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Arcserve UDP Archiver We were curious where Arcserve bought FastArchiver from, so we asked and were told: "FastArchiver is the name of the technology and company – they're a private company founded by archiving experts. The technology was custom built as an archiving solution. There was no prior affiliation with any company. so …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage. Global Wireless Solutions clocked up almost a million data points to find a winner and loser. On average Britain’s linear car parks, er, motorways only maintain an LTE signal 62 per cent of the time. But the M6, originally built for ferrying northerners to Cup …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2017
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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Episode 6 "Ok James, I think it's time we released you into the wild," I say. "What?!" James gasps, no doubt thinking window, brief scream, distant thud, car alarm. "Into the wild," The PFY says. "We can teach you no more. From now on it's all practical experience." "What?" "We've found you a job, faked some credentials and you have …
Simon Travaglia, 28 Apr 2017
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Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz

Analysis WD took advantage of stable disk drive and strong flash markets to crank revenues and profits in its third fiscal 2017 quarter, giving Seagate an object lesson in how to run a storage business. Revenues of $4.6bn were well up on the year before's $2.8bn, 64.3 per cent, bulked by revenues from acquired SanDisk and its flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
Blue Origin rocket launch

Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

Amazon Web Services growth slowed down a bit, but still brought Amazon cash at a record clip in the first three months of 2017. On Thursday, the Jeff-Bezos-led retail and cloud empire talked up another strong quarterly performance in its first financial report of the 2017 fiscal year: Revenues of $35.7bn were up 23 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2017
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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Microsoft has reported strong results in its latest quarter, pulling in nearly $5bn in profits and showing good cloud revenue growth. Just don't mention the sagging Surface fondleslab sales. Still, CEO Satya Nadella was in ebullient form on a conference call Thursday with investors and analysts, saying the Windows giant was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2017

Arcserve gobbles up email biz to sate hunger for message archiving

Arcserve has bought its way into the email archiving game by gobbling up FastArchiver. The now-privately owned Minneapolis-based Arcserve wants to spread its wings beyond basic data protection and recovery software, and mail archiving is a natural choice, apparently. The amount paid for FastArchiver wasn't disclosed in this …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Memory-centric analyst firm TrendFocus reckons Intel's Optane is going to take years to make a difference in the data centre, which means using it in PCs is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. The good news is that Optane screams in PCs: the firm cites a Gamespot review to assert that a PC with Optane and a 1TB …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2017

Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

Intel today revealed that its first-quarter earnings and sales were more or less as forecast, sending its stock down in after-hours trading. Analysts had anticipated a Q1 2017 earnings-per-share figure of $0.65, non-GAAP, in line with Chipzilla's guidance. The Santa Clara, California-based processor giant reported EPS of $0.66 …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2017
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Micron looks to SanDisk for new CEO

Micron has hired ex-SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Mark Durcan. Durcan confirmed his coming departure in February this year. Mehrotra was in charge at SanDisk when WD bought it for $19bn in October 2015, and will assume his new roles, with concomitant board membership, at …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
Tripping over

Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

Comment Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave while rival Western Digital has pivoted sideways to embrace flash. Is Seagate sensibly husbanding its resources because, while flash will store edge and enterprise fast-access data, the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

HPC Blog Another world record has fallen. Asian Student Cluster competitors have broken the student LINPACK record with an amazing score of 31.7 TF/s. This barely tops the former record of 31.15 TF/s set at SC16 by the University of Science & Technology of China. The new record holder is Weifang University of Science & Technology, a …
Intel Atom C2000 family

Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

Intel finally has reworked its flawed Atom C2000 chips, which have been failing at a greater-than-expected rate for about a year and a half. On Wednesday, through an update to its chip errata [PDF], Intel revealed that its Atom C2000 chip family has a new C0 stepping, up from the previous B0, meaning at least some parts of the …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2017
Fast Cloud

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

Australian company Exablaze has released a switch with claimed latency of just 49 nanoseconds. The ExaLINK Fusion FastMux is designed for those who can't wait for data to make it through a box, especially high-frequency traders but also HPC types. The device isn't a switch to rank with the likes of Cisco or Arista, because it …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2017
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Fistful of flaws blow away SolarWinds network appliances

Admins of SolarWinds system management systems can block out a biggish chunk of their diaries to implement a bunch of serious patches. There are five bugs of varying seriousness in the company's Log and Event Manager appliance discovered by KoreLogic and posted to Full Disclosure. Four of the bugs depend on an attacker …
FTP

FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they're hard to operate and maintain. The project has told world+dog that come November 1st, 2017, ftp://ftp.debian.org and ftp://security.debian.org will cease operations. The reasons are pretty simple: …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2017
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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately. Its sales staff have been instructed to shut down customer demos and proof-of-concept installations. IT buyers will be told to try other gear if they want to evaluate and roll out software-defined networking. HPE workers have also been …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017
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Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

Seagate made a canine evening meal of its third 2017 fiscal quarter – with flattish revenues on the annual compare greeted by a disappointed Wall Street expecting more and marking the shares down 15 per cent. The full year revenue is likely to show an annual decline as well. Chairman and CEO Steve Luczo’s company recorded $2. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas. The Orange County Register (no relation), said that according to the Orange Council Business Council, there were 1,400 WD employees in Irvine and another 200 in Santa Ana …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later. This week, the San Jose-based networking business sent an email to customers, seen by The Register, confirming …
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For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter. It recorded ₩6.29 trillion revenues, up 72 per cent on the year and 17 per cent on the quarter. Net income was ₩1.9 trillion, up a rather impressive 324 per cent year-on-year and, after that, an uninspiring 17 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

HPC Blog More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is. Each team consists of five undergrads and a coach, who is usually a faculty advisor. …
Optane

Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Analysis A burst of Optane memory reviews have come out, timed to coincide with Optane retail availability, but none of them answer the "Is it cost-effectively faster than flash?" question. Optane is Intel's branded non-volatile 3D XPoint memory, which has lower latency access and higher endurance than NAND. Earlier this month we saw …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out. The idea is that DNS records could be double-checked …
A figure from Amazon's patent for de-composed disks

Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”. In Amazon's world disk drives have two distinct systems. There's a “drive mechanical module” comprising a drive's arms, heads, spindle, motor and platters. And there's a “control module”, basically the drive's …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2017
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Commonwealth Bank hyperconverges with VMware and Dell EMC

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made a significant investment in VMware's hyperconverged stack. The Register understands that the bank has signed up for a lot of Virtual SAN, to run on Dell EMC servers, and that the combination will become an important part of its hybrid cloud. We understand that the deal goes beyond …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017
NBN fixed wireless tower near Ballarat

nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network. The demonstration was conducted in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat and required the aggregation of eleven “carriers” - …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Apr 2017

WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan says his corporation is willing to help bail out sinking Toshiba. Japanese tech giant Tosh, which runs a NAND foundry joint-venture with WD, is in recapitalization hell: it is trying to sell its flash memory business for a trillion or more Yen ($9bn+) following calamitous and so far …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017

Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS). The Acuity software product can, Pivot3 said, enable multi-priority, mixed-use workloads to run in a hyper-converged environment. The support of NVMe SSDs, with their microsecond latency and the SLAs, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Rubrik's tube: Cloud backup protector looks to suck up more cash – report

Storage startup Rubrik claims it is taking the lead in public/private cloud data management and says it is approaching a $100m annual run rate after 18 months of product availability. The company’s backup-to-the-cloud data management software now supports cloud-native apps in AWS and Azure, and the company is seemingly fund- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
Orchestra

Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

+Comment Violin Memory is back, as a privately owned company fresh out of bankruptcy. The old flash array hardware and software company, which went bankrupt after a long and tortuous struggle, has been bought by Quantum Partners, a private investment fund run by Soros Fund Management LLC (SFM Private Equity). We're told Violin retains …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017

Filer startup Qumulo chosen to help tame the DreamWorks dragon

Case study HPE has enabled DreamWorks Animation to replace legacy storage systems by having Qumulo software running on its Apollo servers. HPE is a long-time supplier of workstations, servers and storage to DreamWorks Animation SKG. The company's CG-animated productions include Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Monsters vs. Aliens and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

Nikon has declared global legal war on rivals it says are ripping off crucial optical technology it developed to print microchips. The Japanese camera giant claims Netherlands-based ASML and Germany's Carl Zeiss together infringed more than a dozen patents it holds in the field of immersion lithography – the high-tech process …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017
NetApp founder Dave Hitz and SolidFire founder Dave Wright

It's a Wright off: NetApp confirms SolidFire boss on hiatus, 'will be back' working on other stuff

+Comment NetApp says its SolidFire chief Dave Wright is on hiatus – and his role upon his return will not involve running the storage organization he founded. Exactly what he'll be doing when he gets back will be decided by NetApp's CEO George Kurian and cofounder Dave Hitz. Following our story earlier today on Wright taking a break, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos. Back then we thought it blindingly obvious it was …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*. But more than just bragging rights are at …
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Calm down, everyone – it's only a Monday storage news blitz

Storage news, like data growth, is unrelenting. This week we learned of new things in the cloud, tape, new storage arrays, object storage, persistent storage for containers, cloud storage gateways, deduping to disk, and ultra-secure disk drives and SSDs. Ready? Here we go. DataDirect Networks DataDirect Networks (DDN) has …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Huawei to build global cloud with bit barns run by different operators

Huawei's going to stitch together a global cloud based on its cut of OpenStack. It will consist of a patchwork of Huawei-built clouds that the firm itself runs, and Huawei clouds that are run by telcos. The company announced its cloudy ambitions a couple of weeks ago when rotating CEO Eric Xu* told its annual analysts …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2017
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IBM SoftLayer plays hardball in object storage price cuts

+Comment Research house 451 says the cloud price struggle has moved away from virtual machines (VMs) to object storage, and fingers IBM for initiating the round of price cutting. This cloud object storage price decrease was started by Big Blue with SoftLayer object storage (Cleversafe) price cuts in the third 2016 quarter. Its three …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
Getting _out_of_the_cloud

Dell backs out of in-cloud backup business by selling Spanning

Dell has sold its in-cloud backup SW biz Spanning to private equity house Insight Venture Partners, ending just four years of ownership. Spanning backs up data from in-cloud applications to other locations in public clouds, such as Amazon and Google's, and, it says, provides far more comprehensive data protection than the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2017
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Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall. Vodafone sells the Sure Signal V3 femtocell for £69 to help users with notspots in their home. But for …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2017

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