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Codename Brainwave: Microsoft reveals tricks and tips for whipping cloud FPGAs into shape

Hot Chips Microsoft today teased chip designers with Brainwave, its cloud-hosted pool of FPGAs designed to perform AI stuff in real time. The Windows giant has previously spoken of bunging FPGAs in its Azure cloud. It's been using the programmable logic gate arrays in its data centers for a few years now. The chips are typically used …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2017
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Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

Google is making a push for its Chrome OS in the business space with a new Enterprise edition of the cloud-centric operating system. The paid service will allow companies to manage multiple devices running Chrome, and includes support for Microsoft Active Directory and VMware Workspace One, as well as managed or custom …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Aug 2017

Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

The world's internet providers and sysadmins need to make sure they are running up-to-date software or they risk cutting their customers off from the internet in October, DNS overseer ICANN has warned. Following a process that started back in May 2016, the cryptographic keys that secure the foundations of the domain name …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2017
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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth. The telco says that its four new plans will allow customers to get unlimited data allowances at a lower monthly cost – $75 for a single line and $40 per line in a bundle of 4 or more – so long as …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Aug 2017
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Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit

Micron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan. Micron's recently appointed CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, who arrived in April, was SanDisk's CEO when it was acquired by Western Digital, staying on at WD for a time and then joining Micron to succeed Mark Durkan, who retired …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017
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End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash

End-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m. Why is the VC community doubling down on Druva, with total funding now at the $200m level? The company is growing strongly,with 300 per cent annual growth in server data protection. It has more …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie

Analysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter. Macie is an Amazon Web Services bot that safeguards the sensitive contents of S3 buckets. Amazon bought the company behind it, Harvest.ai, surreptitiously in January this year, paying a rumoured $19m. Neither Amazon nor Harvest.ai confirmed that anyone bought anything …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017
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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

Updated Virgin Media is seemingly suffering a series of outages accross the country, with aggrieved customers using alternate methods to air their ire at the telco. A number of Virgin's customers have been in contact with us over the past day or so to complain about not receiving the service they have paid for. "All I could get from …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Aug 2017
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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

Research has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply. In the latest Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure study, 451 Research finds that 64.7 per cent of its respondents are wanting to recruit server-focused staff, up from 62.1 per cent a year ago, due to business …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017
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Microsoft rolls its own hyperconverged appliance program

Microsoft's revealed it's signed up several server vendors to make hyperconverged appliances running Windows Server natively. Hyperconverged appliances have, to date, nearly always been about giving vSphere a nice place to live. But plenty of those who use vSphere in any environment do it to run Windows Server. Which is a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2017

Who needs 5G? Qualcomm, Ericsson and Verizon hit 1Gbps with LTE gear

A group of researchers working for Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm say they have hit a record 1.07Gbps download rate with LTE hardware. The three companies say that, in a controlled Ericsson lab, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 chipset was able to use Verizon spectrum to access 12 simultaneous LTE streams and pull data at a gigabit …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2017

Tegile arrays tire of SAS backplane, cosy up to hunky newcomer NVMe

Tegile is moving on from SAS backplanes and has developed an N-Series array product line with NVMe flash drives. This product is said to be capable of delivering up to 3 million IOPS with consistent 200 microsecond latency. Tegile says that, with the N-Series, businesses can consolidate transaction processing, analytics, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017

Get hyped: Cisco makes $320m intentions known to startup Springpath

Cisco is buying Springpath for $320m and will have the startup supply the software for its HyperFlex hyperconverged products. When Cisco realised it needed to get more server skin in the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) game being led by Nutanix and Simplivity than meet-in-the-channel deals, it struck up a …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017
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How offsite solutions can complement NAS setups

Sponsored Storage is a growth area in IT, as the volume of data generated by users and applications keeps on expanding at an increasing rate, while legislation dictates that organisations must retain some types of data for regulatory purposes and cannot just delete it all to free up capacity. Traditionally, data would simply have been …
Dan Robinson, 21 Aug 2017
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NVMe? You should. Mangstor hauls in $7.1m for array development shop

Stuttering NVMe-over-Fabrics startup Mangstor has raised $7.1m and is hiring. In December last year Mangstor, which developed the NX6320 and NX6325 arrays, replaced founding CEO Trevor Smith with investment advisor Craig Gilmour, who had previously run a veterinarian supplies website, VetDepot. The firm then went quiet while …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017
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The rice of cloud, avocado of virtualization and salmon of doubt: Let's eat storage sushi

We've got a few storage news sushi snacks to start off your week. Get your chopsticks out and lift up each of these little beauties to get a taste of who's doing what in the land of the data-baiters, virtualizer commercializers and the cloud crowd. Code42 Data protection supplier Code42 has partnered with cloud-based e- …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017
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HPE memory options rising by double digits... from today

HPE is hiking server memory prices by up to 20 per cent from today, according to communications with the channel, seen by us. The background is that the industry is recovering from a global DRAM shortage and consequently the component has become more expensive. In an email about the changes sent to trade customers, HPE stated …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017

NVMe fabrics could shuffle traditional arrays off to the graveyard

Opinion NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMeF) shared storage access could kill the legacy storage array business – unless vendors get inventive and somehow continue to supply charged-for data management services alongside NVMeF data access. How do we work this out? An NVMeF setup works with applications in servers requesting a storage IO, and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2017

Fujitsu's Australian cloud suffers storage crash, outage

Fujitsu Australia has confirmed that its data centre in the Australian suburb of Homebush has experienced an outage. “A storage array in Fujitsu’s Homebush data centre became unavailable at 9.24PM on Saturday night and has affected services to customers,” a spokesperson told The Register. “We are treating this matter as a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017

Qualcomm moved its Snapdragon designers to its ARM server chip. We peek at the results

Hot Chips Qualcomm moved engineers from its flagship Snapdragon chips, used in millions of smartphones and tablets, to its fledgling data center processor family Centriq. This shift in focus, from building the brains of handheld devices to concentrating on servers, will be apparent on Tuesday evening, when the internal design of Centriq …
Chris Williams, 20 Aug 2017
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NetApp swallows Icelandic cloud management software biz

NetApp has made one of its relatively rare acquisitions – this time an Icelandic cloud management software house called Greenqloud with its Qstack product. In the latest earnings call, NetApp CEO George Kurian said: “At the start of Q2, we acquired Greenqloud, a private startup company that created a cloud services, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2017

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

+Comment It's all change at FalconStor, which has a new CEO and CFO just six weeks after the last chief exec was appointed. Todd Oseth became CEO in June, replacing Gary Quinn. His interim CFO was finance EVP Dan Murale. Now Oseth is out, moving sideways to become a strategic industry advisor, and in comes Todd Brooks as CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2017
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Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?

Analysis Like many enterprise tech dinosaurs, Cisco has clutched at new lines of revenue for some time, positioning its security arm as the centrepiece of a long-talked-about reinvention as a software biz. So when Switchzilla reported lacklustre growth in security of 3 per cent to $558m (£433m) for its fourth quarter results this week …
Kat Hall, 18 Aug 2017
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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can’t really redefine the server you are running in, can you? Its software creates virtual machines, of course, called TidalPods, and these are used to “right-size” X86 servers dynamically to application …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2017

Who wants multiple virtual workstations on a GPU in a blade server?

NVIDIA's cranked up the virtual workstation caper by giving the world a new GPU that slots into blade servers, plus software to let it run multiple workstation-grade VMs. The new GPU is the TESLA P6 and uses NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, the company's current flagship. The P6 has 2,048 CUDA cores, 16 GB of memory and uses the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues. PC, smartphone, server and other DRAM component sales pulled in about $16.5bn in the second quarter of 2017, according to analysis by DRAMeXchange. A spokesperson for TrendForce said there had …
Andrew Silver, 17 Aug 2017
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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit. First quarter fiscal 2018 revenues of $1.33bn were 10 per cent up on the year and produced profits of $136m, 112.5 per cent up on a year ago. Traditional seasonality came into play …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
Pinky and the Brain

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Newly-IPO’d Tintri has made its storage array bigger, better and faster by extending it out to the AWS and IBM clouds, speeding specifically Storage vMotion, upping its scalability limit and predicting future capacity and compute needs. It says its on-premises arrays meet autonomous services, rapid elasticity or expansion, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

In November 2016 IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote to then-president-elect Donald Trump with a list of ways IBM hoped to help the real-estate tycoon Make America Great Again. And today she wrote to IBM staff to let them know Big Blue has walked away from Trump's strategy and policy forum, which was closing down anyway, and agrees …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket. It comes in metallic blue with 250GB and 500GB capacities and black for 1TB and 2TB versions. It measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm and weighs 51g, although precise weight varies by capacity. That's smaller than the average portable disk drive. This …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Western Digital Corp has notched up another win in its attempt to force Toshiba to talk turkey about selling its Memory Business to WD, or a bid group with its JV partner in it. Like Gulliver being held down by myriad silken threads, mighty Toshiba is currently being hampered by yet another WDC legal action. The Superior …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Loss-making storage survivor Sphere 3D looking at 'strategic alternatives'

Sphere 3D is "reviewing strategic alternatives", a sign that it’s open to a sale or being split up. The company is the result of Canadian Sphere 3D merging into the loss-making and tape-heritage Overland Storage-Tandberg Data combo in 2014 with the hope that its Glassware and other virtualisation technologies would transform …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Xen fixes guest privilege escape and plenty more

Xen admins, get busy: the open source hypervisor's issued fixes for bugs that range from data corruption and leakage up to privilege escalation. Let's start with CVE-2017-12137, which could let a paravirtualized (PV) guest escalate to host privilege. It's down to a mistake in memory allocation when a PV guest is launched. …

Love cloudy HPC? Microsoft does, slurps Cycle Computing

Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old company which has carved out a niche spinning up big-iron-like CPU collections on public clouds, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Microsoft. The company first came to our attention in 2011, showing off software that let it spin up 10,000 cores on Amazon's EC2 service, claiming a …
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Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

Red Hat has banished the Btrfs, the Oracle-created file system intended to help harden Linux's storage capabilities. The Deprecated Functionality List for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 explains the decision as follows: The Btrfs file system has been in Technology Preview state since the initial release of Red Hat Enterprise …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017
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When is a Barracuda not a Barracuda? When it's really AWS S3

Barracuda's backup appliances can now replicate data to Amazon’s S3 cloud silos. According to the California-based outfit, its backup appliance is now available in three flavors: On-premises physical server On-premises virtual server In-cloud virtual server Barracuda backup schematic Data can be backed up from Office …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017

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