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Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive. So …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017

'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'

When we rather fancifully wrote a column about storage system management by chatbot, and added the idea of an Alexa-type, speech-recognizing front end, we thought we’d left the back of our envelope far, far behind. Turns out we hadn’t. Tintri has been working to develop a chatbot for storage admin staff. The chatbot project …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017

Final 25G/50G Ethernet spec finally lands

There's already product a-plenty on the market, but it still matters that the Google-led 25G Ethernet consortium has formalised the release of its technical specification. It follows the publication of the final report from last August's 25G/50G Ethernet plugfest. The plugfest demonstrated an impressive 882 25G link …
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See you around, Larry: AWS is our new Oracle, says Microsoft's Nadella

Analysis Amazon's cloud service AWS has replaced Oracle and VMware as Microsoft's chief rivals, the Windows giant's CEO Satya Nadella has said. In a conference call with analysts to discuss its Q2 2017 financials, Microsoft executives said their margins were fat enough to fend off AWS and other cloud competitors. Nadella said: "Even …

Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

TalkTalk has spotted an opportunity to win back customers following its mega data breach in October 2015 with a flash sale broadband promotion. Most broadband providers are hiking prices this year, with BT the latest to announce an inflation-busting increase. Virgin Media's broadband and TV packages also went up by up to £3.49 …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017
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Smiley techie Datacore chairman Ziya Aral: RIP

Obit Datacore co-founder and chairman Ziya Aral has passed away, aged just 64. He co-founded DataCore with CEO George Teixeira in February 1998 after a 20 year career in the software industry, including serving as chief technology officer / vice president of engineering at Encore Computer Corporation. He also designed the first …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2017
Gavel

So the co. that won the bid for VM is called (drumroll): VM Bidco...

One "VM Bidco" has been revealed as the successful bidder for Violin Memory at its auction. Violin's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings have now revealed two failed attempts, spaced a year apart, to sell the firm. US federal court filings for the bankruptcy proceedings list document 172 which states: The highest and best value for …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2017
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Baird is the word: Netflix's grandaddy gets bronze London landmark

BBC TV, famed for such nation-capturing programmes as Playschool and Great British Bake Off, celebrated its 80th birthday last November. It did so in the same week that watching the country's then most popular TV programme, The Crown, required neither the BBC nor a TV set. Just a Netflix account and a connected mobe. With the …
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Jan 2017
Money down the drain

Avaya's bankruptcy protection is a 'good thing,' says Europe North veep

Ronald Rubens, Europe North veep at telecommunications biz Avaya, is busy doing some serious damage limitation, after the US Avaya parent company filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week. When Rubens and Gary Barnett, senior VP and general manager of engagement solutions at the biz, spoke to El Reg last week, it was …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017

Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Oracle has changed the way it charges users to run its software in Amazon Web Services, effectively doubling the cost along the way. Big Red's previous licensing regime [PDF] recognised that AWS's virtual CPUs were a single thread of a core that runs two threads. Each virtual CPU therefore counted as half a core. That's …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017
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Google Cloud kicked QEMU to the kerb to harden KVM

Google has revealed how it hardened the open source KVM hypervisor to run in its cloud. Removing the QEMU hardware emulation tool looks to be a big part of its efforts. Google Cloud's technical lead manager Andy Honig and senior product manager Nelly Porter write that the company decided it needed to develop its own …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

Secret HPE letter tells sales team and partners to keep selling Arista 'confidently'

HPE has gone the full Rick Astley with Arista, telling its sales team and partners customers it will never give it up, let it down, run around or desert it. In a hoped-to-be-secret letter to “HPE Sales and Channel Partners” sighted by The Register, and signed by HPE's chief of enterprise group sales Peter Ryan and veep/GM for …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017
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Memory loss: Toshiba puts chip biz up for sale

Toshiba says it will sell off its memory semiconductor business as it looks to recuperate from the write-off of losses to its nuclear power business. The Japanese electronics giant said on Friday that it wants to flog its flash chips and SSD divisions of its storage and electronic devices solutions company by March 31 of this …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2017
Failure

Happy Friday: Busted Barracuda update borks corporate firewalls

Updated A firmware update pushed to Barracuda firewalls has knocked out boxes in large firms and crippled networks, we're told. The change was sent out to customer gear by Barracuda on Friday morning Pacific Time, according to a source familiar with the matter. The update is automatically installed, and promptly caused the devices to …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2017

New York to draft in 250 IT contractors because state staff 'lack talent'

New York state officials say they are having to hire outside consultants to work on their systems because the state's own IT personnel lack the skills to manage newer technology. This according to testimony from the state's head of civil service, Lola Brabham, who told a state budget committee that the state's in-house IT …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2017

Microsoft's Cloud UI brings Windows full circle

Microsoft is said to be developing a cross-platform shell to bring the desktop Windows antiques to non-PC devices of different shapes and sizes. According to rumours whispered into the ear of Windows Central, the project is called the "Composable Shell", or CSHELL. Or if this is a mishearing – quite plausible – a Compostable …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2017
Value pack of two tins of Spam

Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

Hundreds of NetApp customers were peeved to find they had accidentally been added to the CC field of an email, resulting in a spamaggeddon of messages. The communique was intended as a support bulletin regarding a previous version of Windows. One customer got in touch to say: "NetApp accidentally emailed all their customers …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2017
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So you want to roll your own cloud

Sysadmin Blog I have set myself a mission to create a cloud this year. Not a lab test version of something or other, but a real and usable cloud that I can sell to my clients. It's not built yet, but I intend to document my journey towards that end. The first question I get when discussing this project is always "why do you want to build a …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2017

IBM's SoftLayer is having a meltdown – and customers aren't happy

Updated An extended outage over at IBM's Bluemix SoftLayer portal has customers fuming – and they say there is no way for them to tell Big Blue about it. A Reg reader whose biz runs more than three dozen servers within the SoftLayer cloud told us the platform has been out all day and the management portal website has been inaccessible …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2017
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Time to face the music, Violin Memory: Upstart's asset auction is over

Violin Memory's assets were scheduled to be put up for auction on Monday in New York. So far, no successful bids have been announced, although a buyer could be revealed by the end of the month. Violin filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December after failing to find a new owner to take it under its wing. Since October 2015, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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NetApp rehires former exec Thurlow to run UK biz

Industry grey beard Nick Thurlow has returned to NetApp to run the UK business half a decade after he quit. Thurlow told us he started the role on Monday following six months of freedom after leaving his post at NetApp distributor Arrow ECS. “I’m running the UK. I was there for 12 year previously, NetApp has some good plans …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2017

WD Corp picks teeth after SanDisk dinner, seems pleased with fuller figure

+Comment Western Digital Corp, still digesting SanDisk, is selling more disk drives than arch-rival Seagate and appears to be doing a booming flash business as well, for now. Second quarter revenues totalled $4.9bn, 48 per cent up on a year ago - but then WDC did buy SanDisk and its flash business in between, and 4 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Too early for champers? Quantum faces its first sales rise in a decade

Get the champagne ready; Quantum might be facing its first annual revenue increase in 10 years – if the next quarter goes to plan. Quantum did as its preliminary 3Q17 statement said it would and showed third-quarter results significantly ahead from a year ago. Revenues of $133.5m were up 8 per cent on the $128m a year ago and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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En garde! Touché! Sorry for the cliché! Pure Storage flashes its blade

Can Pure Storage keep up its booming growth as FlashBlade, its Big Data flash box, becomes generally availabile? FlashBlade is its second solid-state storage product line following the primary data-storing FlashArray. It's aimed at fast access to unstructured data for analytics and so forth, with Pure mentioning data-intensive …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Huawei could rescue Amazon's Alexa from the smart home

Analysis Huawei’s upcoming launch of a smartphone incorporating Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant will mark a new phase in one of the most important battles for the modern internet experience. Voice-activated assistants - which use powerful AI engines to deliver detailed, context-aware and personalized answers to users’ questions – are …
Wireless Watch, 26 Jan 2017
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Toss your day job. Start a backup company. Sorted

Analysis A conversation with Barracuda CEO BJ Jenkins revealed a company whose customers are heading steadily towards the cloud – where the full stack approaches of Dell, HPE and others can’t hold sway – and where Barracuda, natch, thinks it can grow and grow. As a reminder, the company reported revenues of around $90m in its latest …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Infinidat slims down in UK: Storage upstart has just handful of Brit staff

Infinidat has slimmed its UK office from 17 heads to just four since January 2016, and has not won a new customer in that time, we're told. The company, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, is Moshe Yanai's creation that eschews an all-flash design. It sells monolithic storage arrays in competition with EMC VMAX kit, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017

HPE buying SimpliVity is like a 'unicorn barbecue' – HCI boss man

Interview El Reg talked with Scale Computing co-founder and CEO Jeff Ready and asked him about the HPE SimpliVity acquisition and what it means for HPE, for the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market, and for Scale. See if you agree with his thinking that Scale is better positioned than HPE in the HCI market. El Reg: How did the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017
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Speaking in Tech: It is the year of VDI. It is always the year of VDI

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg and Amy drive our weekly tech roundup podcast with guest Brian Gracely of Red Hat. The trio discuss alternative tech facts, moves at Google Cloud, Western Digital and Oracle as well as global reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration. The details… (0:00) …
Team Register, 25 Jan 2017
Facebook's Backpack switch

Facebook, Cumulus take on Cisco with 128 ports of open networking iron

Facebook has pulled apart a bunch of its Wedge 100 Gbps switches and reassembled them as a hefty 128-port 100 Gbps open network switch dubbed "Backpack." The Backpack switch was announced at this week's Disaggregate Networking event. It runs Facebook's FBOSS networking and OpenBMC baseboard management implementations, and The …
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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

Dropbox says it was responsible for an attempted bug fix that instead caused old, deleted data to reappear on the site. A worker said last week that while trying to address a bug that had caused some old files to reappear, someone at Dropbox instead set a huge archive of old information to visible, causing even more deleted …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2017

US Army's spun-off GPU database gets ready for more matrix operations

Kinetica, the in-memory GPU-accelerated database, is adding user-defined functions (UDFs) to contribute to more sophisticated analytic workloads. Eric Mizell, Kinetica's global solution engineering veep, told The Register that the company was keen to discourage the idea of “data science as a black box”. Although Kinetica …

Spun-out Nexsan now prowling the market for growth and acquisitions

Nexsan's sale to private equity has gone through and the company is now looking to drive organic and inorganic growth. Spear Point Capital affiliate NXSN Acquisition Corp bought Nexsan from Imation. CEO Bob Fernander and CTO Geoff Barrall will continue to run Nexsan, which is being given up to $10 million in fresh private …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2017
Bring out yer dead!

IBM: We're not putting XIV on the cart

IBM’s XIV storage array has three more product releases coming, and is not going away, although it is not having a fourth generation version developed, the firm has claimed. Eric Herzog, CMO and VP of marketing and management for IBM storage and software-defined infrastructure, contacted us about our XIV-going-away story and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2017
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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

BT is to write off £530m following an accounting scandal in its Italian business, saying it was "deeply disappointed" with the improper practices uncovered. The firm had previously expected the sum to be £145m, but has today revised that figure upwards after the investigation began last October. BT said the behaviour in its …
Kat Hall, 24 Jan 2017
Cloud moving at a snail's pace

Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

You'd think by now that Wi-Fi has been around so long, nobody could get it wrong, right? Wrong, according to Changhua Pei of Tsinghua University and collaborators from Tencent and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology: Wi-Fi implementations vary so much that 45 per cent of attempted …

Oracle lied: Database giant is axing hundreds of staff – at least 450 in its hardware div

Oracle will cut hundreds of jobs from its embattled hardware division in California, a move the tech goliath had previously denied. About 450 people from the company's hardware operation in Santa Clara will get pink slips, according to a letter from Oracle to the California Employment Development Department seen by The Mercury …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2017
HP CTO Martin Fink

Former HPE CTO Fink retires retirement, returns to tech

Well, well, whaddya know? Meg Whitman announces Martin Fink’s retirement as CTO and HPE Labs top dog, where he evangelised the Machine and memristors, but the fabled techie was clearly not ready to swan off into a post-work life of shed-building and ocean cruises just yet. He's back in the industry and mad for it. Fink has …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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We burned chips in 2016... but then semiconductor sales got healthy again. Whew

Global semiconductor revenue is set to rise 7.2 per cent over 2016 because of ramping demand for DRAM and app-specific standard products for the IoT and allied markets, according to Gartner's digital witch-doctors. ASSPs (app-specific standard products) are like ASICs but for general customers, not individual ones. "After a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017

One sales guy in, one sales guy out, Primary Data shakes it all about

In comes Robert Wilson and out goes Kaycee Lai at Primary Data. Kaycee Lai was SVP for products and global sales at Primary Data. He's joined Waterline Data, a data catalogue startup, as president and COO. Lai joined Primary Data following his role as sales head at Virsto in September 2013. He's also spent time at Delphix and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
Migrating birds in the cloud

GDS chap: UK.gov is better off on public cloud than its own purpose-built network

The Cabinet Office wants government departments to buy public cloud rather than services from the Public Services Network (PSN). In a blog post on Friday, James Stewart, director of technical architecture and head of technology at the Government Digital Service, indicated that the PSN would be wound down. He said the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jan 2017

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

Storage Blockhead Say hello to Wilbur Ross, "King of Bankruptcy" and the likely next US Secretary of State for Commerce – the man charged with implementing President Trump's promise to bring home the jobs stolen by cheap labour countries using free trade policies. Suppose he has his minions look over the storage industry, what will they see? …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017