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TSO Host no closer to solving customers’ email issues as Brit firm pops up on more blacklists • The Register

Customers of Brit hosting outfit TSO Host are suffering from a cluster of issues leaving them without email services for a prolonged period or a clear idea when they'll get them back. No one using TSO Host been able to send emails to Microsoft Hotmail or Outlook addresses since the end of July. The...

Python the latest language to slither into Microsoft’s serverless Azure Functions service • The Register

Python developers – the world of Azure Functions is yours at last. Having been in preview for a while, support for Python 3.6 on the Azure Functions 2.0 platform has emerged blinking into the light with Microsoft unsurprisingly pitching the tech directly at those who like a little serverless with...

Fresh deepfake video freaks everyone out again • The Register

Roundup Our weekly AI roundup is back from a little summer break, and once again covering bits and pieces from the world of machine learning beyond what's already been reported by Team Register. Eight-billion parameter model trained in under an hour: Nvidia claims it has managed to train the larges...

Generous Google gives Chrome users Inbox Zero: Sign-in outage boots own browser out of webmail, services • The Register

A bizarre outage left unlucky Chrome users unable to sign into Google services, from Gmail to Google Docs to even Chromebooks, earlier today. Using Chrome in incognito mode, or using a non-Chrome browser – such as Safari, Firefox, Edge, or Internet Explorer – allowed folks to get into their acc...

‘Deeply concerned’ UK privacy watchdog thrusts probe into King’s Cross face-recognizing snoop cam brouhaha • The Register

The UK's privacy watchdog last night launched a probe into the use of facial-recognition technology in the busy King's Cross corner of central London. It emerged earlier this week that hundreds of thousands of Britons passing through the 67-acre area were being secretly spied on by face-recognizing...

Apple’s WebKit techs declare privacy circumvention to be a security issue • The Register

Apple's WebKit team on Wednesday formalized the company's oft-repeated pro-privacy stance (provided you're not in China) by declaring that privacy-piercing browser code will be treated as a security abuse. In a privacy-focused manifesto titled WebKit Tracking Prevention Policy that ought to alarm o...

Fancy a career exposing cloud data leaks? Great news, companies are still largely clueless • The Register

Anyone hoping to halt the flood of data leaks stemming from cloud services got bad news this week when Palo Alto's Unit 42 found little sign companies were improving their security practices. The networking giant's security branch examined cloud servers hosted on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platfo...

There’s a trade war going on? Could’ve fooled us – just check out these swollen digits • The Register

Alibaba, China's nearest equivalent to Amazon, is weathering the "uncertain economic" landscape caused in part by the "trade war" between the US and Middle Kingdom governments. The group reported Q1 revenues of ¥114.924bn ($16.751bn) for the three months to 30 June fiscal '20, up a whopping 42 per...

Oracle lays off hundreds as the biz formerly known as Pillar Data is shuttered • The Register

Oracle is shuttering its flash storage division and laying off at least 300 employees, according to various sources. Employees were told of the mass redundancies on 15 August by Mike Workman, senior veep of Storage at Oracle via a conference call. A middle ranking outgoing staffer at Oracle, told ...

Now you see them… IBM made over 800 UK jobs vanish in 2018 despite improving fortunes • The Register

One in 15 IBM jobs in the UK were rubbed out during calendar 2018 despite local financials returning to growth. Profit & loss accounts filed at Companies House (PDF) have confirmed some 11,297 workers were on the payroll at the end of the year, compared to 12,124 the year before. Big Blue made redu...

Tariffs, don’t like it. Rock the AFA, rock the AFA: NetApp’s all-flash sales crash hits top-line stats • The Register

A sharp slowdown in enterprise customers' all-flash array purchases has sucker-punched NetApp, and though it is hiring more sales heads to fix this worry, things aren't forecast to get better anytime soon. NetApp warned investors a fortnight ago that things had gone awry but the actual decline for ...

Virtually all polled enterprises say they’ll use SD-WAN in next two years. Do you know what it is? Let us fill you in • The Register

Backgrounder Businesses relying on hybrid clouds need to be especially mindful of how they protect the sensitive data that flows between their on- and off-premises systems. Employees can be anywhere, using multiple devices (sometimes simultaneously) and any type of network (including public Wi-Fi) t...

iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud’s real backend • The Register

Apple is being sued for breach of contract, false advertising, and unfair business practices for allegedly reselling Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform services under its iCloud brand – and failing to adequately disclosure that relationship to customers. The iGiant, w...

Microsoft’s Cortana booted off yet another service while Google and AWS get a bit catty over licensing shakeup • The Register

Roundup Welcome to your midweek Microsoft roundup – stories you might have missed amid another seven days of Nadella action. Cortana gets another kicking It was all supposed to be so different for Microsoft's assistant. A healthy push from the company's mobile platform coupled with a variety of ...

BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows • The Register

Patch Tuesday Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP may have just ruined more than a few summer vacation plans, thanks to a massive and critical Patch Tuesday bundle of security fixes this month. Microsoft still struggling to close RDP coding blunders Among the 93 CVE-listed flaws patched this month are four ...

You’re all set for your long summer vacation. Suddenly a text arrives. It’s the CEO. ‘Data strategy by Friday plz’ • The Register

Go back 15 years and big data as a concept was only just beginning. We were still shivering in an AI winter because people hadn't yet figured out how to funnel large piles of data through fast graphics processors to train machine-learning software. Applications that gulped down data by the terabyte...

Printer pwnage, phone poppage, and apparently US Homeland Security needs security help • The Register

Roundup Here is your friendly summary of recent news from the front lines of information security beyond everything else we've already reported. Our vultures have also spent the past week or so flying around Las Vegas, keeping a close eye on what is essentially hacker comic con. Follow these links ...

Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but… it’s OK to pull your data back from the cloud • The Register

Analysis The concept of cloud repatriation – shifting systems back in house from the cloud – is nothing new. For as long as there have been cloud services, there have been those who have hosted applications and workloads off-premises before bringing them back in. The past few years have served ...

There’s only one cloud biz that can do the job and it starts with an A (or rhymes with loft) • The Register

The US Department of Defense is pushing back against criticism of its proposed $10bn winner-takes-all cloud mega-deal, dubbed JEDI. The Pentagon this week emitted a flurry of paperwork and presentations including a slide deck [PDF] on the project and an alleged fact sheet [PDF] addressing condemnat...

Shopaholic Salesforce flashes $1.35bn, sucks up field service biz ClickSoftware into cloudy arm • The Register

Cloudy CRM giant Salesforce has splashed $1.35bn acquiring Israeli software company ClickSoftware, its latest spending-spree purchase. In June, Salesforce shelled out $15bn on data visualisation biz Tableau. Click provides field service management software, with features including scheduling and d...

Cloud vendors can’t resist the lucrative smell of gaming dollars – and they’re all in it to win it • The Register

Feature For better or worse, it looks like cloud computing is here to stay. Among other things, "someone else's computer" is changing how people buy and consume entertainment, and after murdering television, the cloud is now messing with the very nature of video games. Games are the biggest enterta...

Yep, biggest security risks down to customer, not provider • The Register

Industry nonprofit the Cloud Security Alliance has published a report on the top threats to cloud computing, concluding that the biggest issues are caused by customers, not by the cloud "solution" providers (CSPs). In the early days of cloud computing, security concerns were centred on the risks of...

Captain, we’ve detected a disturbance in space-time. It’s coming from Earth. Someone audited the Kubernetes source • The Register

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today released a security audit of Kubernetes, the widely used container orchestration software, and the findings are about what you'd expect for a project with about two million lines of code: there are plenty of flaws that need to be addressed. The CNC...

Everything old is new again in this week’s Microsoft round-up • The Register

Roundup While many prepared for a well-earned August holiday, the Microsoft purses were a-flapping and keyboards a-clacking last week. Join us for a round-up of the stories that you might have missed. Redmond gets its claws into BlueTalon With an eye to data compliance and security, Microsoft snap...

Microsoft’s Windows Terminal preview gets jiggy with Azure – but emphasis on ‘preview’ • The Register

Microsoft continued its breakneck pace of Windows Terminal development with a major update to its open source command line baby over the weekend. The very-preview code has hit 0.3, and we took a look at version 0.3.2142.0, which can currently be found in the otherwise moribund Microsoft Store. The ...

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure ‘Dedicated’ Hosts • The Register

Microsoft has introduced a preview of Azure Dedicated Host, which provides a physical server hosted on Azure and not shared with other customers. Alongside this new service, the company has made licensing changes that will make Microsoft software more expensive for some customers of AWS, Google and...

Choc-a-block: AWS sues sales exec for legging it to Google Cloud. Yup, another bitter battle over non-compete clauses • The Register

Amazon is suing a former AWS sales exec in the US after he suddenly jumped ship to rival Google Cloud, contrary to the non-compete clause in his contract. Philip Moyer, who lives in Pennsylvania, joined Amazon Web Services in 2017, and signed, in the tech giant's home state of Washington, an agreem...

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT’s ‘old fuddy duddy’ • The Register

An ongoing age-discrimination lawsuit against IBM by one of its former star cloud salesmen has this week blown the lid off Big Blue's inner struggle to reinvent itself as a hip'n'cool place for millennials. Buried in court paperwork filed by lawyers acting on behalf of ex-IBMer Jonathan Langley, is...

Ouch. Reinstalling Windows 10 again? By 2020, a ‘cloud download’ may be all you need • The Register

Microsoft responded to speculation that Windows 10 would be acquiring a cloud recovery option – with a terse confirmation in last night's Windows Insider emission. The release, planned this time rather than accidentally released over all the Windows Insider Rings, was otherwise a tad humdrum if n...

You’ll soon be fragging noobs on Kubernetes with Google’s cloudy take on game servers • The Register

Google is testing a new cloud service designed specifically for video game developers, based on a fully managed version of the open-source Agones project. Agones, launched in 2017 and named after a type of contest in ancient Greece, is built on top of Kubernetes and subverts everyone's favourite co...

IBM ships software portfolio into containers thanks to Red Hat providing the packaging • The Register

There are many reasons for IBM’s recent purchase of Red Hat, but one of them became apparent today - the Big Blue has announced that it has packed more than 100 products across its software portfolio into containers, designed for Red Hat’s OpenShift. Linux-based application containers package a...

Google becomes third major cloud vendor to tie the knot with VMware • The Register

VMware enthusiasts will be able to lift-and-shift their virtualized workloads directly into Google Cloud before the end of the year, after the two businesses agreed a deal. Support for VMware software will be based on integrations developed by CloudSimple, the same firm that was responsible for the...

Pivotal CEO describes the pain and benefits of technology transition • The Register

Interview Pivotal CEO Rob Mee is in a talkative mood, waxing lyrical about the transition of its key products to run on Kubernetes – something which has long-term benefits but also costly pain points. The company confirmed last week that its Pivotal Application Service (PAS), part of Pivotal Clou...

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it • The Register

Microsoft-owned GitHub has slapped restrictions on users residing in certain countries as the company bows to restrictions resulting from US sanctions, according to a hand-wringing tweet from CEO Nat Friedman. Friedman took to Twitter over the weekend after users began noticing their accounts had b...

Big Four providers increase dominance, Alibaba grows fastest – Gartner • The Register

Analysis According to a Gartner report, the top five IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) cloud providers have increased their share of the global market to nearly 77 per cent, up from under 73 per cent in 2017. Number three in the market after Amazon and Microsoft, and the fastest growing, is Alibab...

Microsoft preps to purge its cloud access security broker of shonky crypto protocols TLS 1.0, 1.1 • The Register

Transport Level Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 is to be axed for users of Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) from 8 September as the company shores up security with a requirement for TLS 1.2+. It has been a while coming. The company announced that it wanted to kill off TLS 1.0 and 1.1 last year, joini...

Alibaba crafts world’s ‘fastest’ ‘open-source’ RISC-V processor yet: 16 cores, 64-bit, 2.5GHz, 12nm, out-of-order exec • The Register

Analysis Chinese tech giant Alibaba claims to have designed the fastest RISC-V processor to date, and reckons it will open source at least some of the blueprints for others to use. The chip was unveiled this week at Alibaba's Cloud Summit in the Middle Kingdom, though details are curiously thin. Wo...

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re safe and secure in the cloud. It could become a right royal pain in the SaaS • The Register

Backgrounder Without in-house staffing to set up or manage their IT estates, many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have migrated to cloud-based business applications, email, messaging, file sharing, and file-storage services. But don’t think, just because you’ve handed the keys of your IT esta...

Get a better view of your data with Sophos Cloud Optrix • The Register

Webinar Cybersecurity company Sophos says it has the answer to the challenge so many businesses face when they move to the public cloud and struggle to manage their growing quantities of data. Sophos's Cloud Optix security management platform harnesses artificial intelligence and automation to ensu...

Free supported Java turns up in latest SQL Server 2019 preview • The Register

Microsoft will be including free support for Java with SQL Server 2019 in a move that involves a little shade thrown at arch-rival Oracle. Java in SQL Server is nothing new – the language can be found lurking in various places around the product, including the interop layers used by the company's...

Ford writes down $181m in Pivotal stock as investors claim cloud biz still can’t do Kubernetes properly • The Register

Ford says it took a hit on its $182m investment in cloudy biz Pivotal Software. In its financial filings for the second quarter of this year, published Wednesday this week, the automaker noted it had to write down $181m of what it termed a "mark-to-market valuation loss" on its 2016 Pivotal investm...

Cisco ‘in talks’ to borg with web app protector Signal Sciences for its web app firewall tech • The Register

Network overlord Cisco is reportedly planning to purchase Signal Sciences, a frequent cybersecurity collaborator and member of the Cisco Security Technical Alliance. Signal Sciences is an American upstart that deals in web application security. Its flagship product is a next-generation Web Applicat...

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military’s top-secret internets • The Register

On Call Welcome to Friday. The weekend is almost upon us so put down that bacon sarnie and pick up today's On Call, The Register's weekly column of tales from the tipping point. Today's story comes from "Jason", who spent some quality time working as a local sysadmin "at one of the larger bases in ...

That’s four consecutive quarters of revenue decline now • The Register

IBM notched up its fourth straight quarter of revenue decline as the areas it deems strategic – hybrid cloud, AI and blockchain – couldn't paper over cracks in the legacy operations of big iron and outsourcing. That said, Big Blue took actions to "de-emphasise" its lower-margin services contrac...

Qualcomm fined €242m over ‘predatory pricing’ that helped to knock off British competitor Icera • The Register

The European Commission has issued American chip maker Qualcomm with a hefty €242m fine for anti-competitive practices. The commission claimed the company had sold 3G baseband chipsets – used for voice and data transmission – at a loss, just so it could force its British competitor, wireless ...

We need citizen devs, cries Microsoft – but pricey new licensing plans for PowerApps might put paid to that • The Register

Microsoft introduced new licensing plans for its PowerApps platform at the Inspire partner conference this week to accommodate the increasing capabilities available. Microsoft's PowerApps is growing apace, certainly in terms of the effort the company is putting into extending it. It is one of three...

IT giant turns green with Azure, cash poured all over investors • The Register

Microsoft on Thursday reported record revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 and for its full fiscal year, predictably pushing its stock higher in after-hours trading. The software giant brought in $33.7bn in FY Q4 2019 revenue, a 12 per cent increase over the same quarter a year ago. Analys...

Having flogged off its data centers, AT&T cozies up to Microsoft, IBM to keep it running • The Register

AT&T has announced “strategic alliances” with both IBM and Microsoft, as it looks to capitalize on cloud computing without getting its hands dirty. In the beginning of 2019, the world’s largest telco completed the sale of its data center business to Brookfield infrastructure, offloading 31 fa...

In the US? Using Medicaid? There’s a good chance DXC is about to boot your data into the AWS cloud • The Register

Exclusive Wonderful news for some US Medicaid patients: king of the cost-cutters DXC is planning to shunt their data into Amazon's cloud. In a memo seen by The Register, software, services and severance outfit DXC said it has signed off on migrating systems that are used by millions of US state Med...

IBM drags Websphere devs towards Kubernetes with Kabanero package • The Register

IBM is the latest to pile into devops darling Kubernetes, pulling its Kabanero project out the bag at the O’Reilly Open Source Software conference, currently under way in Portland, Oregon. Kubernetes, invented by Google and affectionately known as K8s, is today's platform of choice for orchestrat...

Hybrid Cloud. You gulp. You get the cloud – but what’s this ‘hybrid’ bit? • The Register

Backgrounder The move to hybrid cloud is growing. One recent survey found 58 per cent of companies are planning a hybrid cloud strategy, where organisations connect systems hosted by a public cloud provider to their own on-premises equipment, and balance workloads and services across the lot. This...

No support for CloudEvents standard as AWS does its own thing with EventBridge • The Register

Amazon Web Services has gone live with an upgrade of its CloudWatch Events service, EventBridge, which has integration with third-party SaaS applications built in. EventBridge is not really a new service, but rather an enhancement of an existing one. CloudWatch Events has been around since early 20...

I don’t have to save my work, it’s in The Cloud. But Microsoft really has to fix this files issue • The Register

On Call Join us in closing out the week with another tale from those brave souls charged with taking that call in our weekly feature, On Call. Today's storyteller we will call "Jason" in order to protect the less-than-innocent. Jason worked as support for an organisation in the process of migrating...

Rackspace cloudy ‘mix and match’ stacks now available for EMEA mortals • The Register

Bit barn landlord Rackspace is hoping Euro users will opt to inhale its managed public cloud via subscription packages called Service Blocks. The service, launched in the US in October 2018, is now being rolled out in the EMEA region. It's basically a create-your-own-stack service where users can ...

Oracle told to warp 9 out of court: Judge photon-torpedoes Big Red’s Pentagon JEDI dream • The Register

Oracle today lost its bid to be considered for the US Department of Defense's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, leaving either Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure as the likely winner of the $10bn, decade-long deal. JEDI aims to provide "enterprise-level, commercial ...

You’re still the best (out of four) at training neural networks • The Register

Analysis Nvidia and Google continue to dominate in AI hardware, according to the latest benchmarking results from the ML Perf project published this week. Tech companies all want a little slice of the machine learning pie: Nvidia has rebranded GPUs for AI, Intel is busy trying to tout its CPUs and ...

You’re still the best (out of five) at training neural networks • The Register

Analysis Nvidia and Google continue to dominate in AI hardware, according to the latest benchmarking results from the ML Perf project published this week. Tech companies all want a little slice of the machine learning pie: Nvidia has rebranded GPUs for AI, Intel is busy trying to tout its CPUs and ...

Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers • The Register

Exclusive NHS Inform, Scotland’s answer to the NHS 111 Online health symptom checker website, is calling user tracking elements from Google and Facebook. The trackers from the two American multinational corporations relate to Google’s Tag Manager product, which interfaces with the Google Double...

Partner boss explains yanking of free licences • The Register

Microsoft's Toby Richards, General Manager of programmes within the Commercial Partner organisation, has explained the company's removal of free licences from the benefits assigned to resellers. Richards presented an "Ask me anything" (AMA) session yesterday on the subject of "Partner investments a...

Learn Bluespeak with IBM: Internal buzzword-bingo memo schools staff on this newfangled thing called The Cloud • The Register

Exclusive It's been an oft-heard refrain at tech conferences that IBM "doesn't know what it's bought" with regard to Red Hat. Usually meant positively, it seems it might be a bit closer to the truth than anyone thought; at least, for Big Blue's marketing department. As IBM closes its $34bn slurpage...

AWS’s upgraded DeepLens AI camera zooms in on Europe • The Register

Hands On While it's fair to say Amazon Web Services' upgraded DeepLens AI camera is essentially a mini PC with a cloud-connected HD camera, it also has many slick features. The gear is now available in Europe – the first version was only available in the US. The new edition is now in seven new co...

Microsoft middlemen rebel against removal of free software licences • The Register

More than 2,500 resellers and integrators have signed a petition opposing Microsoft's intention to remove free software licences granted to members of the channel to run their business. The changes are described here: Effective July 1, 2020, we will retire the internal use rights (IUR) association...

Big Purple Hat is on as IBM closes acquisition of enterprise Linux firm • The Register

IBM has officially completed the acquisition of Red Hat for around $34bn. The deal was made public in October 2018. The official spin is that it is all about hybrid cloud. Red Hat is a specialist in packaging and supporting open-source software for enterprises, including OpenStack cloud computing, ...

Who needs 4th July fireworks when there’s a new Windows 10 build? • The Register

Round Up While the US prepared to celebrate its escape from the clutches of British control – a USexit if you will – Microsoft continued its rich tradition of flinging out software and fixing bugs. Eye-eye – it's another build of Windows 10 After the wholly unsurprising revelation that (1) W...

Metropolitan Police’s facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report • The Register

Facial recognition technology trialled by the Metropolitan Police is highly inaccurate and its deployment is likely to be found "unlawful" if challenged in court, an excoriating independent report has found. Researchers from the Human Rights, Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University o...

Code crash? Russian hackers? Nope. Good ol’ broken fiber cables borked Google Cloud’s networking today • The Register

Fiber-optic cables linking Google Cloud servers in its us-east1 region physically broke today, slowing down or effectively cutting off connectivity with the outside world. For at least the past nine hours, and counting, netizens and applications have struggled to connect to systems and services hos...

RIP Netezza, IBM’s FPGA-powered data warehousing dream • The Register

IBM finally pulled the plug on Netezza on 30 June, a family of data warehousing and analytics appliances that have been around for the past 15 years. All of the models have reached the end of support, and no new Netezza boxes will ever be made - IBM has effectively killed the brand, and salted the ...

What happens in Vegas … will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada • The Register

Google has started building a new hyperscale data centre in Henderson, Nevada, expected to cost a cool $600m. The facility will provide a home for the new Google Cloud region serving the western US, and will come online in 2020. You might think that building data centres in the desert is unreasona...

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land • The Register

Roundup As June turns over to July, here are some additional bits of security news besides our regular infosec coverage. Trump officials mull: Why not just ban strong encryption? Haven't we done this before? The White House is said to be weighing a plan to force US tech giants, software and hardwa...

Armed with a billion dollars, Equinix goes after the hyperscalers • The Register

Colocation giant Equinix is about to test a new business model - the company has entered a joint venture to build bit barns specifically for hyperscale customers. To this end, it has obtained more than $1bn in funding, all provided as part of a joint venture with the sovereign fund of Singapore - b...

IBM wafts stat minimum redundo terms under noses of Global Tech Services staff • The Register

IBM has fired the starting gun on voluntary redundancies for UK staff working in the Technology Support Services (TSS) unit of the Global Technology Services division (GTS). The number it is looking for? Ten. Big Blue confirmed on 7 June that globally it will chop 1,700 heads across multiple divisi...

Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory • The Register

Analysis Google's reCAPTCHA v3 system, designed to separate people from bots during website interactions, is more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt as a human if you happen to be signed in to your Google Account – and is more likely to deem you dubious if you're trying to protect your pr...

Roll up, roll up, you want machine learning in a box? Google Cloud Platform’s service enters beta • The Register

Deep Learning Containers (DLC) has entered beta stage, according to Google's Cloud Platform team. The service lets users you run up an instant machine learning environment - local or remote - pre-configured for popular frameworks like TensorFlow and PyTorch. DLC are sold alongside Google’s exist...

Epyc crypto flaw? AMD emits firmware fix for server processors after Googler smashes RAM encryption algorithms • The Register

Microchip slinger AMD has issued a firmware patch to fix the encryption in its Secure Encrypted Virtualization technology (SEV), used to defend the memory of Linux KVM virtual machines running on its Epyc processors. "Through ongoing collaboration with industry researchers AMD became aware that, if...

Hey China, while you’re in all our servers, can you fix these support tickets? IBM, HPE, Tata CS, Fujitsu, NTT and their customers pwned • The Register

Fresh details have emerged revealing just how deeply Chinese government hackers plundered HPE, IBM, DXC, Fujitsu, Tata, and others, stealing corporate secrets and rifling through their customers' networks. An explosive in-depth report by Reuters today blows the lid off APT10, the infamous Beijing-b...

RIP Dyn Dynamic DNS :'( Oracle to end Dyn-asty by axing freshly gobbled services, shoving customers into its cloud • The Register

Oracle is sharpening its ax for the Dyn networking biz it acquired in 2016, with plans to slash jobs and switch off services. Big Red on Tuesday confirmed it will tempt its commercial Dyn customers onto its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) service, where possible, and pull the plug on Dyn enterpri...

Red Hat signs off last set of numbers before it is likely gobbled by IBM • The Register

With the EU tipped to approve IBM's $34bn slurp of Red Hat next week, the open-source software house started Q1 of fiscal '20 with double-digit hikes in sales and profit, though its top line fell short of analyst estimates. The US regulatory authorities have already given Red Hat the thumbs-up to b...

Enterpise hardware makers cry out as hyperscalers clip infrastructure spending • The Register

IDC has clipped 2019 sales forecasts for the infrastructure kit used to power hyperscalers' cloud services – the one area of the market that helped to prop up old world vendors' hardware revenues. Wafting away the earlier 6.1 per cent growth estimate, the boxcounters lowered their growth projecti...

NetApp wraps Elements HCI and Google Cloud Platform in Data Fabric • The Register

NetApp has wrapped up Elements HCI and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) into its Data Fabric en route to building a hybrid multi-cloud orchestration or operating system. Data Fabric is an IT consumption-based, cloud-style service running in local and remote data centres, be they in the customer's or...

The European Space Agency is going to visit a new comet in 2028. Which one? We haven’t discovered it yet • The Register

The European Space Agency is embarking on a new mission to a faraway comet floating on the outer edges of the Solar System that is yet to be discovered. The mission dubbed "Comet Interceptor" was chosen as part of ESA's Cosmic Vision programme, a series of long term projects launching between 2015 ...

Who needs a supercomputer when you can get a couple of petaflops on AWS? • The Register

Descartes Labs, a company which analyses big data, has managed to nab the 136th spot on the top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers with $5,000 and an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. The AWS "supercomputer" has 41,472 cores, 157,824 GB RAM, and achieved 1,926.4 TFlop/s using the LINPA...

With speakers from iRobot, BBC, Lego, the worlds of Google, AWS and Azure, and more, do not miss Serverless Computing London 2019 • The Register

Event We’re thrilled to announce the first tranche of conference speakers for Serverless Computing London, which will return to the UK capital from November 6 to 8. Our 36 conference sessions will take you from the fundamentals of serverless computing, right through to developing for, deploying o...

Azure flock can stop faffing over bastion hosts: Microsoft has made it noob-friendly • The Register

Those suffering sphincter-tightening terror when opening a port to their VMs have been soothed by Microsoft in the form of Azure Bastion. Getting access to machines on private networks from the outside world is problematic. Secure Shell (SSH) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connectivity means mak...

Google’s cloud second only to AWS in dev survey • The Register

Coders use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) more than Microsoft Azure, though Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a comfortable lead, according to a Developer Ecosystem survey conducted by tools vendor JetBrains. Developer usage is 67 per cent AWS versus 28 per cent GCP and 21 per cent Azure, according to the...

Adobe chomps down more fat subs revenue, points sucking straw at all your delicious customer data • The Register

Price increase or new customers? That was the question analysts quizzed Adobe on last night as subscription profits swelled in Q2 ended 31 May – the response from its chief bean counter was "both". CFO John Murphy referenced the bottom line-fattening Creative Cloud price increases in April 2018 o...

Net-sweet! Oracle cloud shows growing signs of life, just don’t ask about the on-prem stuff • The Register

Database giant Oracle beat market expectations for its fiscal Q4 2019 and FY 2019 financial results, reporting $11.1bn in quarterly revenues and $39.5bn for the full year. The better-than-anticipated revenue represents an increase of one per cent, or four per cent in constant currency, over fiscal ...

Samsung reminds rabble to scan smart TVs for viruses – then tries to make them forget • The Register

Samsung on Sunday sent out a tweet urging people to check their Sammy smart TVs for viruses – and then deleted the message, as if someone realized that highlighting the risks posed by connected TVs may be bad for business. The Twitter post, sent via the South Korean manufacturer's @SamsungSupport...

Virty boys Parallels bring machine learning, Windows Server 2019 support to RAS VDI line • The Register

Windows-on-Mac flinger Parallels gave its Remote Application Server (RAS) a slapping with the wet fish of AI this morning with the release of version 17, featuring Session Pre-Launch. RAS is the company's take on the increasingly crowded Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop-as-a-Server ...

The future of faster enterprises • The Register

Promo Amazon Web Services is launching a series of videos to illustrate the various ways its cloud can help businesses innovate and prosper. Watch the video, The Future of Faster Enterprises, to hear Miriam McLemore, enterprise strategist at AWS and former corporate CIO at the Coca Cola Company, sh...

GitHub goes home with code collab specialists • The Register

Microsoft-owned GitHub has waved a big bunch of bamboo shoots at code collaboration outfit Pull Panda. The buy will see the company, started 18 months ago by CEO Abi Noda, shamble under the GitHub umbrella. Pull Panda has a trio of products – Pull Reminders, Pull Analytics and Pull Assigner. Dem...

Fancy a fondleslab dab? Adobe pulls oilcloth off new iPad-first Fresco painting, drawing app • The Register

Adobe has unveiled Fresco, the new drawing and painting application – previously known as Project Gemini – that should be out later this year. Project Gemini was announced in October 2018, the code name suggesting perhaps the "twinning" of features from Photoshop and Illustrator, which are, res...

Since y’all love cloud subs so much, we’ll throw all our boxes into GreenLake by 2022 • The Register

HPE – the company that failed to cut it in the public cloud and offloaded its Enterprise Services biz a few years back – wants to make its whole portfolio available to buy as-a-service by 2022. The grand old lady of tech today revealed that enterprises will be able to slurp its hardware via a m...

Run on any cloud you like and get portability • The Register

VMWare's Rajiv Ramaswami, Cloud Services COO, has told investors that VMs (virtual machines) are here to stay, even as container-based applications grow in popularity. Well, he would, wouldn't he. Analysts questioning Ramaswami at a conference organised by investment banking firm Stifel were specul...

Get a grip on neural networks, R, Python, TensorFlow, deployment of AI, and much more, at our MCubed workshops • The Register

Event You know that you could achieve great things if only you had time to get to grips with TensorFlow, or mine a vast pile of text, or simply introduce machine-learning into your existing workflow. That’s why at our artificial-intelligence conference MCubed, which runs from September 30 to Octo...

Playing games from the cloud? Seems too expensive to be viable right now • The Register

Akamai Edge World Akamai CEO Tom Leighton – an expert in distributed computing with 50 patents under his belt – has thrown shade on Google’s plans to launch a cloud-based gaming platform. Leighton seemed skeptical such a subscription service would be cost-effective, and he ought to know: for ...

Behold the might of dynamic crimefighting duo Captain Met Police and the Microsoft Kid • The Register

Lucky London plod have been gently nudged down the Microsoft 365 staircase with the cloudy platform rolled out to Metropolitan Police employees. In news that will leave criminals positively paralysed with fear, Microsoft and the Metropolitan Police Service have buddied up to tackle London crime. B...

Apple and Microsoft’s odd couple collab on iCloud for Windows is more Hall & Oates than Walter and Jesse • The Register

Uneasy bedfellows Apple and Microsoft have hooked up to update the PC client for the fruity firm's cloudy storage service. Those excited to see another example of Apple's push into the enterprise world with improvements to its Google Drive also-ran, iCloud, will be in for a disappointment. The app...

Rubber glove time! Microsoft flings open gates to its very own Azure FHIR health data fest • The Register

Feeling a bit poorly? Good news! Microsoft has added SQL to its FHIR Server for Azure, so your symptoms can now be flung even further. The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) framework is aimed at getting healthcare professionals – who have had a great deal of difficulty shedding th...

Silicon Valley doesn’t care about poor people: Top AI models kinda suck at ID’ing household stuff in hard-up nations • The Register

Off-the-shelf object-recognition systems struggle, relatively speaking, to identify common items in hard-up homes in countries across Africa, Asia, and South America. The same software performs better at identifying stuff in richer households in Europe and North America. Though initially shocking, ...

Wondering where that upcoming meeting with ‘Cheap Viagra’ came from? Spammers beat Gmail filters by abusing Google Calendar, Forms, Photos, Analytics… • The Register

Spammers are abusing the preferential treatment Google affords its own apps to score free passes through Gmail's spam filters, it was claimed this week. The ad giant greases the wheels so that incoming messages involving Google Calendar and other Big-G appsvslide through the filters and appear in G...

IBM raising axe for ‘significant workforce balancing in Europe’, says staffer rep council • The Register

The Global Technology Services division at IBM will bear the brunt of the latest round of bloodletting in Europe, according to a letter from the organisation that helps impacted employees navigate redundancy. In a letter to staff mid-May, seen by The Register, the European Works Council (EWC) warne...

What’s big, blue, and throws pink slips everywhere? IBM on Thursday

IBM is once again understood to be warning staff they face the chop in a number of its divisions. Both the Watching IBM group and multiple posts on job board The Layoff say workers in the Watson Health, Cloud Services, and Global Technology Services (GTS) Infrastructure Services Delivery units had ...

Databricks wants one tool to rule all AI systems – coincidentally, its own MLflow tool • The Register

American upstart Databricks, established by the original authors of the Apache Spark framework, reckons its open-source machine-learning management engine MLflow is ready for prime time. The released version 1.0 of the platform focuses on core API components. It improves the handling of metrics and...

Does this bring me Joyent? Nope. Then in the bin it goes • The Register

Samsung has killed off its Joyent public cloud – its unsuccessful answer to Amazon and Google's public cloud services – almost three years to the day after it acquired the biz. Joyent is well known for being the first corporate steward of node.js, as well as developing container management soft...

Did Oracle bully its customers into the cloud? Nine insiders to blow the whistle • The Register

The ongoing lawsuit between Oracle and a major pension fund over claims Big Red artificially inflated its cloud revenues has just stepped up a notch. In April, database giant Oracle denied legal claims that it had artificially inflated its cloud revenue by coercing on-premises customers to pay for ...

AWS goes lives with Windows containers… but contain yourselves

AWS has confirmed the arrival of Windows Containers on its Elastic Container Service (ECS) – but with caveats that show limitations versus the more commonly used Linux-based containers. Windows Server containers were introduced in Windows Server 2016 and enhanced in Windows Server 2019. Amazon's ...

Cloudera CEO quits as customers delay orders due to uncertainty after Hortonworks merger • The Register

Fiscal '20 hasn't started well for Cloudera as enterprise customers paused spending due to roadmap uncertainty over the Hortonworks merger and held off for the coming of the Cloud Data Platform (CDP). Oh, and CEO Tom Reilly has quit just months after getting the job at the expanded organ. He is set...

Google digs deep behind back of multicoloured chaise longue, finds a spare $2.6bn to slurp analytics house Looker • The Register

Google is spending a whopping $2.6bn on data analytics and machine learning specialist Looker. The all-cash buy aims to boost Google’s analytics chops for enterprise customers. Looker claims to offer access to complex business analytics without requiring an army of white coated data scientists. ...

Heavyweight notorious for aggressive licensing practices hooks its cloud up to Oracle’s • The Register

Microsoft got together with Oracle today to fling interoperability at users of Azure and the latter's less-loved Cloud. The trading relationship is aimed at running workloads over both services. The dream has the likes of Analytics and AI in Azure connected to Oracle's Autonomous Database, plugging...

Digital transformers, more than meets the eye (Autobots are coining it for you) • The Register

Digital transformation - sorry readers, we feel sick too - is as important to CEOs in this day and age as preparing for the Millennium Bug was to CIOs in the countdown to the year 2000. This was the among the many utterings by Marc Benioff, the founder, chairman and co-CEO of the "ethical" SaaS biz...

Supra smart TVs aren’t so super smart: Hole lets hackers go all Max Headroom on e-tellies • The Register

Owners of Supra Smart Cloud TVs are in danger of getting some unwanted programming: it's possible for miscreants or malware on your Wi-Fi network to switch whatever you're watching for video of their or its choosing. Bug-hunter Dhiraj Mishra laid claim to CVE-2019-12477, a remote file inclusion zer...

Apple’s tailored SwiftUI makes coding Mac and iOS apps RAD again • The Register

WWDC Apple's freshly laid SwiftUI uses a declarative syntax to create user interfaces and enables powerful new visual design tools in Xcode, the company's developer tool for Mac and iOS applications. SwiftUI was squeezed out at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, currently under way in San Jose...

US cloud pusher Fusion Connect hits ice after double-merger debt pile-on, files for chapter 11 • The Register

American cloud peddler Fusion Connect has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after entering a series of risky mergers and accumulating more debt than it could hope to repay. The company borrowed $680m in 2018 to fund for two mergers in two months, absorbing its competitors Birch Communicat...

Google may have taken this whole ‘serverless’ thing too far: Outage caused by bandwidth-killing config blunder • The Register

Google says its four-hour wobble across America and some other parts of the world on Sunday was caused by a bungled reconfiguration of its servers. The multi-hour outage affected Google services including Gmail, YouTube, Drive, and Cloud virtual-machine hosting, and knocked out apps like Uber and S...

Sunday seems really quiet. Hmm, thinks Google, let’s have a four-hour Gmail, YouTube, G Suite, Cloud outage • The Register

Google is right now recovering from a multi-hour outage that knocked several of its internet services offline for unlucky netizens on Sunday. Beginning around 12.20pm US West Coast time (1900 UTC), the ad giant started noticing systems, ranging from Gmail and YouTube to its G Suite and cloud hostin...

BT berries Juniper’s SDN kit in network architecture refresh • The Register

BT will be using software-defined networking (SDN) tools from Juniper Networks to breathe new life into its ageing infrastructure and prepare it for the deluge of data expected when 5G goes mainstream. The telco will deploy Juniper's Contrail Networking platform for SDN capabilities and fabric mana...

Not wanting to share Facebook’s fate Google puts devs on data diet, tightens lid on cookie jar • The Register

Google on Thursday announced plans to tighten its requirements for developers of Chrome extensions and apps that utilize the Drive API as part of a previously announced re-evaluation of third-party access to Google user data. The Chocolate Factory said that in the fall Chrome extensions will only b...

Euro public cloud is sooo strong • The Register

Cloud slingers are leasing larger chunks of third-party colocation facilities as they can’t build their own data centres fast enough in locations they need, and nowhere is this trend more pronounced than Europe. According to real estate specialist CBRE, in the past quarter 81 per cent of new colo...

We are Google, we are proud, English football is moving to our cloud • The Register

RotM The Football Association - which governs competitive football in England - has fallen prey to the rise of the player analytics machines, having thrown its lot in with Google's public cloud and associated tools. Besides adding G Suite and Hangouts to its game plan, the FA and its national centr...

DigitalOcean drowned my startup! ‘We lost everything, our servers, and one year of database backups’ says biz boss • The Register

Nicolas Beauvais, the CTO of a two-person AI startup called Raisup, raised a ruckus on Twitter on Friday to revive his company and it worked. Cloud hosting biz DigitalOcean, he declared, "just killed our company." But with the help of the Squeaky Wheel support tier – by which we mean making a lot...

Azurely not! OpenVPN support and NetApp Files among new toys for Microsoft’s cloud • The Register

Microsoft has announced the general availability of OpenVPN support in Azure point-to-site VPN gateways, used to enable client PCs and devices to connect to an Azure network via a secure tunnel. OpenVPN is an open-source VPN protocol which uses the OpenSSL encryption libraries. It is available for ...

Microsoft? Oh it’s just another partnership, insists GitHub CEO • The Register

"GitHub has to be both independent and neutral," CEO Nat Friedman said at the company's Satellite event in Berlin - despite its acquisition by Microsoft in October 2018. "We treat Microsoft as a partnership, we have great partnerships with Google and Amazon and we continue to do that because for de...

What do our IT pro readers make of virtualization in 2019? Here are the poll results, plus our insight and tips • The Register

Sponsored If you dig back through El Reg's archives to 2007 and 2008, you'll find a lot of coverage of how x86 virtualisation was changing the world. The name of the game was server consolidation, and IT teams were waking up to both the cost-saving benefits and the prospect of eliminating a lot of s...

That’s just Huawei it goes, shrugs founder as analysts forecast sales slump for embattled biz • The Register

Analysts are predicting a big slump in sales for Huawei thanks to the US Department of Commerce and the ongoing trade wars. But the majority of analysts are hedging their bets on exactly how big that slump will be. Most observers predict a fall in handset sales. Reuters managed to wring a figure of...

DataStax has starts in its eyes over Constellation, it’s latest tweak on Apache Cassandra • The Register

Datastax Accelerate DataStax, the business built around the Apache Cassandra open source database, is creating a new system-as-a-cloud service using the platform. The big new idea is Constellation, which attempts to lower the bar on skills required to manage and maintain distributed databases, with...

Tiptoe through the tuples • The Register

Stob When the BBC announced a rejig at Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time, Stob hoped for a much more radical change of format than a mere replacement head composter. The panel answers your nerdicultural questions Chair: Hello and welcome to Programmers' Question Time, which this week comes from D...

Weak AF array sales at NetApp leave analysts feeling cold • The Register

NetApp reported quarterly revenues that were weaker than expected last night – reduced by feeble sales across flash arrays, OEM and EMEA. Execs fingered poor execution on renewals and foot-dragging by data centre buyers. The storage firm's shares dipped more than 6 per cent as it reported result...

Mirantis teases Kubernetes-as-a-Service to terrorise bare metal, public clouds, everything in between • The Register

At Kubecon this week cloudy services biz Mirantis gave some sneaky previews of its upcoming Kuberentes-as-a-Service product, a technology aimed at self-managing and provisioning multi-cloud clusters. Those playing buzzword bingo can put away their cards, at least until the technology makes its way ...

Storage firms etch for a stretch – 15 more years of fab flash hookup • The Register

Storage roundup It's a garage sale of storage info this morning, including faster IBM object storage, Rubrik hiring a Google veteran, Nakivo backup supporting Nutanix AHV systems and much, much more. WD and Toshiba extend flash JV to 2034 Western Digital and Toshiba have agreed to extend their Fla...

Microsoft shoves serverless container baby Virtual Kubelet at Kubecon crowds • The Register

The shadow of Microsoft loomed large over Kubecon with the version 1.0 release of its serverless container tech, Virtual Kubelet. While banished to the rear-end of keynotes for the first day of the CNCF Kubecon shindig, Redmond had a few nuggets with which to delight the faithful, including the Ser...

A boat load of updates, but is it too ambitious? • The Register

Microsoft has made numerous updates to its Azure Portal, partly to accommodate new features announced at its Build developer conference, and partly in an attempt to improve the user interface. The Azure Resource Graph Explorer lets you query Azure resources using the Resource Graph Query Language, ...

Windows Server containers loaded up on the Azure Kubernetes Service • The Register

From the department of "and about time too" comes news that Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) now supports Windows Server containers, in preview form at least. It has been a while coming, with Windows Server fans casting envious glances at the Linux love-in underway within the house of Win...

Amazon Web Services pulls out the stops to speed you to the cloud • The Register

Sponsored Cloud computing brings a host of benefits, from the ability to respond quickly to market dynamics to scalability and flexible cost structures. Little wonder that it is becoming an increasingly attractive option for enterprises of all sizes. The most popular and convenient choice of cloud ...

Datrium goes multi-cloud upstacking with Automatrix, new name for HCI platform DVX • The Register

Analysis Datrium has relaunched its DVX product as Automatrix, a multicloud data platform with compute and five data services. These are primary storage, backup, disaster recovery, encryption, and data mobility. From its founding, Datrium took the middle ground between converged and hyperconverged...

Microsoft fiddles with cloudy databases as Build 2019 recedes • The Register

As it continued to wipe the residue of Build from the streets of Seattle, Microsoft made good on Azure database promises with a slew of updates for its cloudy database stack. Cosmos DB gets SQL tweaks and ARM (no, not that one) support Cosmos DB – Microsoft's take on a globally distributed, mult...

El Reg rifled through the history of Huawei’s ‘new’ GaussDB – only ‘new’ bit is machine learning • The Register

Earlier this week, Huawei teased the launch of a new database product, featuring machine learning and compatible with Arm-based processors. AI! Databases here we come, yells Huawei as it preps software you can fling your Arm around READ MORE This morning, more details were announced during an even...

Google warns of Titan(ic) Bluetooth issue sinking its security keys, recalls early builds • The Register

Google is recalling some of its Titan Security Keys, used for two-factor authentication, after finding a security flaw exposed the key's Bluetooth connections to an attacker The Chocolate Factory on Wednesday advised customers with certain Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) versions of Titan Security Keys ...

Titan-ic disaster: Bluetooth blunder sinks Google’s 2FA keys, free replacements offered • The Register

Google is offering free replacements of its Titan Security Keys, used for two-factor authentication, after learning the widgets' Bluetooth connections could be compromised by nearby hackers. The Chocolate Factory on Wednesday advised customers with certain Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) versions of Tit...

Trio of training events to choose from • The Register

Promo IT security training specialist SANS Institute is bringing three major training events to London this summer and autumn, each offering a bumper programme of intensive courses designed to arm security professionals with the skills they need to defend against data breaches and malicious attacks....

How much open source is too much when it’s in Microsoft’s clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds a note of alarm • The Register

Anyone still worry about the Microsoft monopoly? Executive director of the Eclipse Foundation Mike Milinkovich does. Following GitHub's announcement of an integrated package registry, he snarked on Twitter: A monopoly on both development experience and artifact pipelines. Just what I always wanted...

Sage Business Cloud enjoys a Tuesday totter • The Register

Updated Accounting software giant Sage has been having a few irritating interruptions this morning as users encountered difficulty counting beans with the company's services. The first reports of issues began trickling just before 09:30 UK time as users found themselves unable to log in to the comp...

RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub • The Register

Analysis In conjunction with Intel's coordinated disclosure today about a family of security vulnerabilities discovered in millions of its processors, Google has turned off Hyper-Threading in Chrome OS to fully protect its users. Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft, IBM's Red Hat, QubesOS, and Xen advised ...

AI! Databases here we come, yells Huawei as it preps software you can fling your Arm around • The Register

Huawei is about to make life more complicated: it is gearing up to launch its own database product, featuring machine learning and compatible with Arm-based processors. This thrusts Huawei directly into competition with both traditional database vendors like Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, and a new bre...

Adobe snips away legacy versions of its Creative Cloud apps • The Register

Adobe has left customers reeling after bringing an axe down on old versions of its Creative Cloud line-up. The US software giant has been encouraging users to switch away from perpetual licensing to the delights of its Creative Cloud subscription since the service's inception. The plan, which on fi...

Google Cloud glitch leaves Nvidia T4 GPUs off estimated bills for some virtual machines • The Register

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. There appears to be a bug in the Google Cloud Platform online user interface that may lead engineers into thinking they're renting GPU-accelerated virtual machines for free, when, really, they're not. Anyone hoodwinked by the glitch will reali...

Watch online: CTO of Hybrid Cloud at HPE meets our team to discuss real-world multi-cloud deployments • The Register

Sponsored webcast The jury is back, a consensus has been reached, and the results are in... Multi-cloud models are the way to go for any organisation looking to deliver innovation and keep on top of technology costs. While many organizations have realised that not everything lends itself to the pub...

Golf clap and backslap for NetApp chaps and their all-flash data vat, ONTAP 9.6 unwrap • The Register

NetApp has made life a bit harder for its all-flash competitors, claiming to offer the industry's best price/performance on a new mid-range end-to-end NVMe array and updating its ONTAP OS and services. Data storage suppliers like NetApp gleefully envisage torrents of data incoming from 5G networks ...

If Carlsberg did cloud outages, they’d probably look like ConnectWise’s • The Register

Biz automation platform ConnectWise has issued a credit note to disgruntled customers caught up in last week's day-long outage that the firm blamed on a wobble in its "highly resilient" cloud infrastructure. Systems went down at around 7:30 BST in the morning on Friday 5 May, preventing users from ...

Nutanix dives into hybrid cloud, mines for secondary data gold • The Register

.NEXT Nutanix has made a flashy bid for hybrid cloud relevance by enabling its environment to run in AWS and added a Mine appliance to bring backup data into its fold. By converging primary and secondary data storage, Nutanix will compete directly with Cohesity's hyperconverged secondary storage bu...

Blind bird ticket offer ending soon • The Register

Events If terms like FaaS, Serverless and event-based computing are creeping on to your to-do list, here’s something else to add: grabbing a blind bird ticket for our Serverless Computing Conference while you still can. The agenda for Serverless Computing London goes live in a couple of weeks, bu...

Disk drive reliability improving • The Register

Cloud backup bods Backblaze this week cracked open another spreadsheet and fed it some log files, spitting out a bunch of fresh drive availability stats that show a mild uptick in Seagate drive failures. Over the last three years, the general trend for both Seagate and HGST has been that annualised...

Yet another UK.gov figure joins Amazon Web Services payroll • The Register

Exclusive Amazon Web Services has hired Alex Holmes, the deputy director of cyber security at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport - another senior IT Government figure to move to the cloud biz. Big Cloud gets bigger: AWS's growth alone in 2018 matched Google's total haul – but Bezos beast ...

VMware now officially supported on Azure. We repeat

Avengers assemble: Satya Nadella popped in to say hi to Michael Dell and Pat Gelsinger at their Vegas shindig this week Dell World Microsoft and VMware appear to have buried the hatchet, with the virtualization juggernaut's entire software stack now officially supported on Redmond's Azure. The par...

$1.7bn EU fine, slower growth take their toll • The Register

Google parent Alphabet reported $36.34bn in revenue and $9.50 earnings per share on Monday for its Q1 2019 quarter, rather less than investors had anticipated. Analysts expected something more like $37.34bn in sales, and $10.58 per share. The shortfall drove Alphabet's stock down about seven per ce...

NetApp shutters certain EMEA offices and lays off staff • The Register

NetApp has laid off a bunch of staff in EMEA, shuttering certain offices and withdrawing a direct presence in the countries where it is deemed economically viable to sell only via channel types. Fujitsu eyes sales decline, decides to yank teams from 19 countries READ MORE Sources close to the stor...

AWS’s growth alone in 2018 matched Google’s total haul – but Bezos beast is still on the hunt • The Register

Amazon Web Services bulked up in 2018, jugging down a protein shake of $2.3bn in cloudy infrastructure services revenues – equalling Google's total haul for the 12 months. In dollar terms, Jeff Bezos's cloud services wing grew 41 per cent year on year to $7.6bn, figures from Canalys show. Microso...

Google Cloud grabs serving spoon, ladles instances loaded with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs • The Register

Google has become the first bringer of clouds to sell server instances equipped with Nvidia’s Tesla T4 GPUs in general availability. The new instances are aimed at organisations that work with machine learning, analytics and rendering, but don’t require the power of Nvidia’s beefier and consi...

The A in AMD stands for ‘Aaaaannnyway…’ Q2 is gonna be good, chip biz vows, after dismal Q1 • The Register

Chip second-fiddle AMD, a day away from its 50th anniversary, delivered better-than-expected Q1 2019 earnings on Tuesday, lifting its share price about four per cent in after-hours trading to $28.66 apiece. And that's better-than-expected in the same way that falling into a quagmire and keeping you...

Dell pulls, er, large lever, powers up Big Switch OEM deal • The Register

The newly public Dell EMC is to OEM Big Switch Networks software and wrap it up in Dell's own Ready Stack converged systems. This is a milestone deal for Big Switch, which was founded in 2010 and is privately owned and VC-funded - to the tune of $119.5m, at least according to Crunchbase's numbers. ...

Say hi to pay-as-you-go on-prem IT: Dell, VMware tout private cloud-as-a-service, or rentable tech as everyone would call it • The Register

Dell Technologies World Hardware giant Dell and its software-slinging sibling VMware have unveiled a service that enables customers to deploy Dell-EMC-built IT infrastructure on-premises without having to buy it outright. The VMware Cloud on Dell EMC offers the entire software-defined data centre (...

Down is the new up at Intel: PC processor sales rise while data center chips fall (So much for that data-centric push) • The Register

Intel's CEO Bob Swan told Wall St on Thursday he had "the best job in the world," though it can't have felt like it as he announced his first full quarter's financial figures as the official head honcho. The chip-slinger has been hit by a triple whammy of woe, he explained. Demand for Intel hardwar...

Eggheads confirm it’s not a bug – the universe really is expanding 9% faster than expected • The Register

Hubble boffins have confirmed that the universe is expanding about 9 per cent faster than expected thanks to new measurements taken by the venerable space telescope. Readers might remember the team from Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute, led by Nobel Laureate Adam R...

No stormy weather on Microsoft’s horizon – as quarterly commercial cloud cash balloons 41% • The Register

Microsoft announced healthy revenues for its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday, citing a growing demand in Microsoft 365 and its cloud services. In an earnings conference call, CEO Satya Nadella gushed to investors and analysts about Redmond’s strong performance. “It’s the result o...

A copy-paste of Europe and a ‘5G’ hotel: El Reg’s Adventures in Huawei Land were fairly wacky • The Register

The Register paid a visit to Huawei's HQ in Shenzhen, China, to find Europe in miniature along with a "5G" hotel that was, er, pretty much what we expected. The 5G hotel that wasn't A buzzword bingo card needs to be handed out at check-in to Huawei and the Intercontinental Shenzhen's 5G Smart Hote...

Last year, we joked that Amazon was a cloud giant with a gift shop. Looking at these AWS figures, we were right • The Register

Cloud cash-cow and stuff-shifter Amazon on Thursday reported $59.7bn in revenue for its Q1 2019, up 17 per cent from a year ago and about what financial analysts expected. A surprise came in the form of earnings, which hit $7.09 per diluted share (GAAP), representing net income of $3.6bn and about ...

Whose cloud is it anyway? Apple sinks $30m a month into rival Amazon’s AWS – report • The Register

Apple has been identified as the largest customer of Amazon Web Services, splashing tens of millions of dollars each month on public cloud infrastructure supplied by its rival. Amazon competes with Apple in the mobile device market with its Kindle Fire tablets, and in voice-activated personal assis...

Ubuntu 19.04 has an infrastructure bent, snappier GNOME and another stupid name • The Register

Pull on those flares and perch atop your most precipitous platforms – Canonical has emitted Ubuntu 19.04, aka "Disco Dingo", with its sights set firmly on infrastructure. Although, as this is not a Long Term Support (LTS) version, enterprises are likely to hold off a while – the Dingo is only g...

DevOps grandpa Electric Cloud absorbed into youthful CloudBees • The Register

CloudBees, DevOps darling and spiritual home of the Jenkins platform, has been on a bit of a spending spree, picking up release orchestration outfit Electric Cloud. Electric Cloud is an industry veteran, having been founded in 2002, years before CloudBees was a twinkle in CEO Sacha Labourey's eye. ...

We reveal what’s inside Microsoft’s Azure Govt Secret regions… wait, is that a black helico– • The Register

Microsoft has set up two new Azure cloud regions in the US – dubbed Azure Government Secret regions – to store data involving American national security. The services are in private preview, and are pending official government accreditation. The Windows giant hopes the pair of regions will obta...

IBM stretches its revenues, profits… in the downward dog position • The Register

IBM is attributing another slow quarter to currency headwinds and purchase cycles, as Big Blue logged a dip in revenues for the third consecutive quarter. That means it's back into its old groove of shrinking sales. The enterprise compute giant saw its systems and services operations take a hit in ...

Whomp… there goes IBM’s storage hardware revenue • The Register

Analysis IBM has posted a third sequential quarter of storage hardware revenue decline as part of its first 2019 quarter's results. Storage hardware revenues were 11 per cent down year-on-year to a calculated $350.9m. IBM's overall revenues were $18.2bn, down 4.7 per cent y-o-y. Storage hardware is...

How to tame tech’s terrifying Fragmented Data Monster – the Cohesity way • The Register

Sponsored One customer, one customer order, right? Wrong. Sales will have a copy of the original as will shipping, who have probably copied it to a desktop. That’s two or three, right there. Credit control will receive a copy, via email, that might get stored on a network drive with a copy then s...

Indian outsourcing giant Wipro confirms flushing phishers from systems • The Register

Indian IT outsourcing behemoth Wipro admitted this morning to falling victim to a "sophisticated" phishing attack. The outfit confirmed to Reuters: "We detected a potentially abnormal activity in a few employee accounts on our network due to an advanced phishing campaign." Security blogger Krebson...

Is Google’s new cloud gaming service scalable? Yes but it may not be affordable, warns edge-computing CEO • The Register

We're doing gaming all wrong, says the CEO of UK-based Polystream, Bruce Grove, and that includes Google new cloud-based games service Stadia that was announced last month. Currently, you either have to force users to download massive files (and updates) to their machines, or build huge, inefficien...

IBM bid to unmask age discrimination whistleblower goes down in flames • The Register

The judge hearing an age discrimination claim against IBM in Texas on Wednesday issued a withering denial of the company's motion to unmask the source of internal documents at the center of plaintiff Jonathan Langley's case. Langley, who served as worldwide program director and sales lead of IBM's ...

Better late than never: Cisco’s software-defined networking platform ACI finally lands on AWS • The Register

Networking overlord Cisco has punted its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) platform into AWS-hosted public cloud. Available on-premises since 2014, ACI is Switchzilla's home-brewed software-defined networking platform that automates management of connectivity and security policies, with a fo...

Windows Subsystem for Linux distro gets a preening, updated version waddles into Microsoft’s app store • The Register

There was good news this week for the Venn region of Windows 10 users who also enjoy a bit of Linux bothering on the desktop, as Pengwin 1.2 popped up on the Microsoft Store. The Debian-based distribution tuned for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) was formerly known as WLinux before a visit fr...

When is a phone not a phone? When it’s an Android security key • The Register

People with suitably modern Android phones can now use their handsets as a hardware security key to safeguard both their Google Accounts and Google Cloud accounts. The ads and compute-time rental biz announced the change at Google Cloud Next '19 in San Francisco, in conjunction with some hand wavin...

UK watchdog reveals naughty list of which companies haven’t paid data protection fees • The Register

Cloud data biz NetApp, pizza purveyor Prezzo and the UK arm of games developer Ubisoft have been named among a list of firms that haven't paid data protection fees to the UK's overstretched watchdog. Since May, data controllers – organisations that define how and why personal data is processed ...

Here’s what Lynch, Hussain and HPE are saying about Autonomy pre-buyout due diligence • The Register

Autonomy Trial With the Autonomy trial well and truly under way, what is each side saying about auditors' reports and due diligence? The Register has been through the legal papers to distil it down. The state of Autonomy's auditing and pre-buyout due diligence forms an important part of HPE's plead...

That disavowed hookup has actually happened • The Register

Despite HPE's previous public efforts to distance itself from a hookup with Nutanix, it will, in fact team up with the punchy storage startup to ship a subscription-access hyperconverged box. Partners? With them? No way, says HPE of Nutanix READ MORE The system is available under HPE's GreenLake a...

Analysts get hot under collar as ex-Oracle cloud guru ditches corporate wardrobe for Google • The Register

Google's new cloud chief, Thomas Kurian, has talked up plans to win enterprise customers by expanding his sales team, boosting its dealings with other businesses to shift kit and taking a "sympathetic" approach to legacy tech. The former Oracle man, who moved to Google Cloud in November, was speaki...

Qualcomm serves up trio of new chips garnished with lavish ladles of AI gravy • The Register

AI Day Qualcomm has dropped the veil on a trio of new chips today, including two Snapdragon processors for smartphones and one AI accelerator for cloud services. The chips were confirmed at Qualcomm's AI Day keynote speech in San Francisco. While the new Snapdragons are logical evolutions of the pr...

Google Cloud flashes flower power in bid to realize ‘write once, run anywhere’ dream • The Register

At its cloud-touting event Google Cloud Next'19 on Tuesday, the Chocolate Factory announced a service that debuted last year, now with a new name and broader scope. Those who recall the blandly branded Cloud Services Platform, which consisted of the managed Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), GKE On-Pr...

Nifty camera tricks haven’t made mobe mandatory over last year’s model • The Register

Review In 2018, four years after The Reg predicted (to much derision from readers) that Huawei was coming to eat Samsung's lunch, the Chinese giant appeared trotting over the horizon, wearing a bib and waving a steak knife. Huawei has run HTC, Sony and LG off the British high street, but the Korean ...

Cloud prez Robert Enslin is latest SAP exec to ditch German ERP firm amid restructuring pains • The Register

SAP veteran and cloud president Robert Enslin has quit as the German enterprise software firm forges ahead with restructuring, amid industry talk that its in-memory data platform HANA is in trouble. Enslin, who joined SAP in 1992, was promoted to his last role just two years ago and was most recent...

If you can’t beat ’em, flog your analytics platform as a service in the cloud • The Register

Teradata – the American hardware and software maker traditionally associated with reassuringly expensive, sprawling data storage and analytics systems – continues to slowly wrap its arm around the cloud. The company spewed three announcements at the Teradata Universe knees-up in Madrid, and all...

One step forward and one step back for Apple’s privacy campaign with latest Safari build • The Register

Apple recently released Safari 12.1 for iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4, bringing with it both privacy improvements and an unexpected regression. On Friday, Jonathan Davis, web technologies evangelist for Apple, highlighted a handful of feature additions, the most significant being version 2.1 of the co...

The biggest barrier to AI? It may be the AI companies themselves • The Register

It seems the answer to every problem these days is artificial intelligence. Want to reduce traffic congestion? You need AI. Cut down on fake news? AI. Understand your business better? AI. Create next-generation sliced bread? AI. But as has become repeatedly and painfully transparent – most recent...

Quantum’s joined the NVMe fabric array party • The Register

Quantum, like IBM Storwize, will be using a classic 2U, 24-bay chassis for its excursion into end-to-end NVMe array land, The Reg can reveal. This F2000 array, the first in an F-Series product line, lowers latency through NVMe-oF, as well boosting data access speed – and should give its StorNext ...

Hard, er, Core: Qumulo dropkicks scale-out storage software at Google’s cloud • The Register

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo's Core scale-out distributed file storage software – available on-premises and AWS – has now been ported to Google's cloud too, and should be available from the GCP Marketplace later this year. The company has also announced CloudStudio for monitor...

Um, can we have multiple cloud vendors, please? • The Register

The CIA is reportedly planning to award a multibillion-dollar contract to extend its cloud services for the intelligence community to more than one vendor by summer 2021. This is the contract you've been looking for: Pentagon releases JEDI bids READ MORE Perhaps heeding the lessons learned from th...

Pure Storage swallows Swedish filer biz for its, er, purely file storage software • The Register

All-flash array supplier Pure Storage has bought Compuverde, a Swedish scale-out filer software business, giving it an entrée into the classic file storage market. Last February, IBM OEM'd Compuverde's product as its Spectrum NAS, positioned as scale-out NAS with less file storage capabilities tha...

International Bullying Machine? Big Blue seeks exposure of corporate canary • The Register

IBM has demanded to the name of the person who leaked an internal document that appeared to show the company was deliberately targeting and firing older workers. The demand by Big Blue's lawyers comes in a lawsuit brought by one of those that was pushed out, Jonathan Langley, who is suing his old c...

SUSE flings Enterprise Linux at SAP HANA on Azure • The Register

SUSECON '19 Veteran Linux slinger SUSE kicked off its Nashville shindig, SUSECON 2019, with a slew of new tech to gladden the hearts of enterprise fans. The first has seen the company dropping a cut of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) tailored for SAP HANA Large Instances on Microsoft Azure. Mi...

SUSE on Cloud 9 for love-in with OpenStack and Kubernetes • The Register

SUSECON '19 At its Nashville SUSECON gathering, the German open-source software maker told more than a 1,000 attendees that version 1.4 of its Cloud Application Platform (replete with Kubernetes goodness) and its take on OpenStack Rocky will be inbound before the month is out. With the Cloud Applic...

Azure giveth and Azure taketh away while the Windows 10 19H1 issue list keeps a-shrinking • The Register

Take some time to ease yourself into Monday with a round-up of some tales from Redmond in the last week that you may have missed. The Seekers to make a comeback in Windows 10 19H1 Windows Insiders on the Slow Ring wondering if and when they might receive Build 18362 will be delighted to learn that...

How will Serverless change your life? Find out this November • The Register

Whether you're planning your first foray into Functions, are ready to get your initial Lambda experiments into production, or want to take your current FaaS set-up to the next level, you should join us at our Serverless Computing London conference. And until the end of May, you can grab tickets for...

US biz could be allowed to fire up their own data centres beyond the Great Firewall of China • The Register

Chinese government could open the local data centre and cloud market to US firms as part of a deal aimed at ending the ongoing trade tariff war between the two countries. The olive branch was revealed at talks between Premier Li Keqiang and representatives of major western business including IBM, P...

Beginner, seasoned pro, IT buyer… if you’re keen to see Amazon’s cloud demystified, pop along to this free AWS Summit • The Register

Promo Whether you are still considering a move to the cloud or already a seasoned user, you should find plenty to interest you at the AWS Summit London on Wednesday, 8 May, 2019. The free one-day event at ExCeL is one of a series held by AWS around the world to introduce its platform to newcomers w...

Take a dip in our joint data lake, ‘seamlessly’ hoover up intel on customers – Microsoft, SAP and Adobe • The Register

Organisations that fancy pushing data from Adobe, Microsoft and SAP platforms into a single data lake will soon be able to – and it won't just be on Azure – the firms have said. The trio announced plans for an "Open Data Initiative" last year, but revealed precious little detail at the time. Ho...

MEPs call for EU websites to be scrubbed of trackers • The Register

MEPs have urged the Council of the European Union and the bloc's data protection board to take action against cookies following a report about widespread use of commercial trackers on EU websites. The report, published earlier this month, found that all but three EU member states' main government w...

Boxer Box wants to step up to the heavyweight class before investors lose their patience • The Register

Comment Ambitious online file-silo boxer Box can't enter the heavyweight enterprise content management (ECM) championships because its core platform is too skinny to cope. Cloud-based data-storage biz Box reckons it is best placed to integrate its sync-and-share platform with enterprise content man...

Volkswagen hooks up with AWS to float German carmaker’s Industrial Cloud • The Register

Volkswagen has thrown its lot in with Amazon Web Services to float a cloud that will suck up data from the scandal-struck car maker's 122 manufacturing plants and systems to manage the effectiveness of assembly kit. The thrust of the "multi-year" contract is to construct the Volkswagen Industrial C...

Take a deep breath: AWS has just rolled out cheaper instances, glacier-slow storage, and AI container tools • The Register

Amazon devs and users are gathering in Silicon Valley as Amazon Web Services hosts its AWS Santa Clara Summit '19 on Wednesday and the former book vendor used the event to announce a veritable cornucopia of new stuff. At the show the cloudy side of Amazon announced the availability of block storage...

Microsoft trots out Azure Anomaly Detector tech, which oddly enough spots oddities in data • The Register

Microsoft has emitted a couple of technologies for its Azure Cognitive Services designed to spot unusual patterns and classify images. First up is a preview of a new Cognitive Service, Anomaly Detector. With "does what it says on the tin" branding, the tech is built to detect unusual patterns or ra...

Oracle swings axe on cloud infrastructure corps amid possible bloodbath at Big Red • The Register

Oracle has laid off about 40 people in its Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) group based in Seattle – and on Friday began notifying about 250 workers at its Redwood City, California, facility, and about 100 at its Santa Clara, facility that they will be let go as of May 21, 2019. The layoffs are part of...

Terrified of network downtime? Connectivity collapse? Let analytics banish fear of outages • The Register

Promo Infrastructure failure is a major cause of concern for enterprises, incurring huge costs in troubleshooting and a multiplicity of monitoring tools. Cisco believes organisations should strengthen the reliability of their networks by following the emerging trend of what it calls intent-based ne...

Don’t become another expensive statistic: Learn how to tackle cyber-criminals, at SANS London next month • The Register

Promo As data thieves and hackers become more inventive, and more destructive, learning how to protect networks from attack and threats is zooming up organizations' lists of priorities. Security training specialist SANS Institute is staging one of its renowned events in London from 8-13 April, prov...

Bless. It’s VMware and Dell EMC’s first jointly engineered hybrid cloud infrastructure solution • The Register

VMware's Cloud Foundation hybrid cloud stack has hit version 3.7 and is available from April as a component of a pre-built private cloud appliance running on Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit. VMware and parent Dell EMC have billed this as their first jointly engineered hybrid...

HPE has an idea about where you should stick your workloads… Ouch. No, definitely not there • The Register

HPE has pulled the sheets off a service designed to advise punters on the bits of their IT infrastructure to keep in-house, and the workloads to offload to public cloud data centres. Right Mix Advisor comprises a bunch of software tools, consulting from HPE's Pointnext division and migration assist...

Shall we play a game? Wouldn’t you prefer a nice game of SaaS? • The Register

On a rainy Wednesday morning in San Francisco, Google pitched its Cloud Platform (GCP) to power games, and brought friends along to sing its praises at the annual Games Developer's Conference. It's an easy sell. Game makers represent the ideal market for on-demand infrastructure because their IT re...

First, Google touts $150 AI dev kit. Now, Nvidia’s peddling a $99 Nano for GPU ML tinkerers. Do we hear $50? $50? • The Register

GTC 2019 It's that time of year again. Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, paraded a range of goodies for GPU nerds, including a forthcoming credit-card sized AI computer board and software updates for its CUDA platform, during his company's annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Silicon Valley on Mond...

Revenues grow 21% as UK reseller refuses to blink at Brexit • The Register

With Brexit possibly just around the corner, reselling machine Softcat says it has made all the preparations it can to minimise the impact on the supply chain and sales. Not that any uncertainty caused by the unpredictable nature of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union damaged the London St...

Meet YouTube-linked games-streaming Stadia, yet another service Google will kill in two years – or will kill Twitch • The Register

Challenging Amazon and Microsoft for the attention of gamers and for the billing of game industry customers, Google announced a planned game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Stadia, which will be integrated with YouTube, is expected to l...

Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people! Skype

Roundup It has been a bumper week at Microsoft with new builds, bigger meetings and streaming software. 50 people walk into a Skype meeting It's taken a while, but Skype has finally leapfrogged FaceTime in the group meeting stakes, bumping the maximum participants in a group call from 25 to 50. Ap...

UKCloud hauls Cisco reported 10% stake as biz tries to convince IT punters to buy British • The Register

UKCloud today sucked up £25m in funding from Cisco-backed Digital Alpha Advisors for a 10 per cent stake in a business battling to convince buyers to use national rather than multinational cloud bringers. Former Attenda CTO Simon Hansford and Ark Data Centre founder Jeffrey Thomas set up the compa...

Bad cup of Java leaves nasty taste in IBM Watson’s ‘AI’ mouth

IBM has issued a security alert over five vulnerabilities in its golden boy Watson analytics system. Big Blue has issued an update today to clean up a series of security flaws in Watson that stem from the analytics system's use of Java components. The bugs are present in installations of Watson Exp...

It’s alive! Big Switch stitches together an open-source Network Operating System • The Register

Networking software specialist Big Switch has launched a Network Operating System (NOS), cobbled together from freely available open source components. The open source NOS stack includes Open Network Linux (ONL), which Big Switch contributed to Open Compute Project in 2014, and Software for Open Ne...

Oh dear. Now Adobe has mapped out a slowdown • The Register

Adobe, maker of pricey software for artsy types, is still growing like a weed but last night joined a list of tech titans to forecast a slowdown. Revenue for Q1 ended 1 March (PDF) grew 26 per cent year-on-year to $2.6bn, beating guidance of $2.54bn: subscriptions were up 29 per cent to $2.3bn; pro...

Juniper grabs controller, inserts code, gets ready to play some SONiC Mania on its switch • The Register

US networking specialist Juniper is setting up its switches to support SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) – an open-source toolkit developed by Microsoft to run the plumbing of its Azure cloud platform. The switch controller software uses the Linux kernel, is based on Debian, and p...

That’s Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation • The Register

Emma Haruka Iwao, a developer advocate at Google Cloud, has celebrated Pi Day (3/14) by setting a new Guinness World Record for calculations of the beautiful mathematical constant, reaching a number with more than 31.4 trillion (ha!) digits. Researchers have been competing to calculate the most dig...

Following ‘stellar’ flat sales growth, operating profit dip, Oracle says it has 1,000 Autonomous Database customers • The Register

Oracle on Thursday reported revenues of $9.6bn for fiscal Q3 2019 – which is about what analysts anticipated and prompted the stock to bounce up and down indecisively in after-hours trading. For those three months to February 28, GAAP EPS increased to $0.76, or $0.87 non-GAAP, which is up eight p...

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend • The Register

Mozilla's Firefox Send, a free encrypted file sharing service, graduated from test to official release on Tuesday after a year and half of refinement. Available on the web at send.firefox.com and soon through an Android app, Send first appeared in August 2017 as a way to encrypt local files and sto...

IBM boss’s wage package shrinks in 2018 on her own recommendation • The Register

IBM's head honcho Ginni Rometty was paid $16.45m for running the company last year though this was dramatically lower than it could have been – the exec herself downgraded her final incentive score and the board agreed. According to a 2019 Notice of Annual Meeting & Proxy Statement this week file...

Hey, DevOps fans. We’ve got another acronym for you to write down

CloudBees has launched the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), which will operate under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. Just like what the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) does for containers, microservices and orchestration, CDF is all about continuous delivery in the open-source w...

Top cloud exec jumps ship, analyst recommends cutting shares • The Register

Google has poached another of Oracle’s top cloud execs with company veteran Amit Zavery joining his former boss Thomas Kurian at the ad-search behemoth - the latest blow to the Oracle's services ambitions. Zavery was executive veep for Oracle's cloud platform and was the highest-ranking officer i...

Is that rain or tears of frustration on your face? Google Cloud bursts, Console and Dataflow washed away for hours • The Register

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has been under the weather today, failing to respond to developers for several hours and counting. The outage, which began around 09:58 Pacific Time and is still ongoing at time of writing, appears to be limited to the the Google Cloud Console, the web-based interface th...

Racist self-driving car scare debunked, inside AI black boxes, Google helps folks go with the TensorFlow… • The Register

Roundup Hello, here's a quick recap on all the latest AI-related news beyond what we've already reported this week. Are self-driving cars racist? You may have seen news reports that autonomous cars are unlikely to detect pedestrians crossing the road if they have dark skin, and thus run them over. ...

Veritas inhales cross-cloud infrastructure analyser Aptare • The Register

Veritas has said it will buy privately held analytics biz Aptare for an undisclosed amount. UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off READ MORE The backup outfit is itself owned by private equity house Carlyle Group and currently undertaking a massive shape-shift with the help of rest...

Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research • The Register

Oracle's battle to keep from being left behind by cloudy competitors AWS and Google has taken an academic twist – it has stuck its name to a project assessing how cloud computing can be used for research. The Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS), launched at the end of 2018, is fu...

You have the right to remain on-prem, but you should really head for the cloud, UK plod told • The Register

Six years after the UK government introduced its "Cloud First" policy, a load of police forces have continued to mostly keep their feet firmly planted on the ground, a survey has revealed. Just over half of UK's 43 police forces responded to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, and 13 per cent s...

$120k for a year before you get a foot in the door, though • The Register

Google has squeezed out a plan for what it calls "predictable" cloud storage pricing, locking customers into a year-long payment commitment. The barrier to entry for the Cloud Storage Growth Plan is at least $10k a month for a year – so $120,000 – at a fixed rate, based on GCP storage needs the...

Microsoft blesses the clouds down in Africa in full-blown Azure-gasm • The Register

With Premium Blobs, Azure DevOps Server and a new Africa Azure region, Microsoft has spaffed out cloudy goodness like a Roomba in reverse. (Premium) Blobby, Blobby, Blobby! Blob storage in Azure is a flexible thing. It is unstructured and can scale up and down as needed. It can be immutable. You o...

Alphabet snoop: If you’re OK with Google-spawned Chronicle, hold on, hold on, dipping into your intranet traffic, wait, wait • The Register

RSA Google-spawned security outfit Chronicle this week unveiled a service that analyzes telemetry data from customers' networks to detect cyber-attacks lurking among the rivers of packets. Dubbed Backstory, the tool will allow IT admins to sift through things like DNS usage, endpoint activity logs,...

Happy graduation day, Containerd! Canonical has something for you • The Register

Canonical has announced support for Containerd in its upcoming 1.14 releases of Charmed Kubernetes and Microk8s on the same day that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) stamped "Graduated" on the container tech. Canonical said the release will improve the "security and robustness" of its c...

Renting out dedicated cloud server hardware? Don’t just grin and bare it. Check your firmware is scrubbed of any spies • The Register

Cloud providers renting out bare-metal servers must make sure they scrub every last byte of writable storage on their boxes between deployments, infosec outfit Eclypsium has urged. Otherwise, malicious customers could stash malware in motherboard flash memory that activates when the next user of a m...

After IBM SoftLayer fails to scrub bare-metal box firmware of any lurking spies, alarm raised over cloud server security • The Register

Cloud providers renting out bare-metal servers must make sure they scrub every last byte of writable storage on their boxes between deployments, infosec outfit Eclypsium has urged. Otherwise, malicious customers could stash malware in motherboard flash memory that activates when the next user of a ...

Burger chain Wendy’s serves up settlement, NeverQuest hacker guilty, cloudy payroll users hacked and more • The Register

Roundup Last week, the security world saw Adobe take a do-over, Cisco clean up some bugs and the NCC head out to space. Let's kick off the week with some other happenings in the world of infosec. Bamboo spills beans on hack attack Cloud-based human-resources biz BambooHR has admitted that some co...

Azure IoT heads spacewards to maintain connectivity at the edge, courtesy of Inmarsat • The Register

While HoloLens 2 took center stage at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft sneaked out some intriguing Azure Internet-of-Things news aimed at dealing with connectivity challenges in remote areas. Those partaking in the Satya Nadella buzzword drinking game were likely under the ...

Docker to anoint new CFO this week, lures execs from tech giants amid layoffs, hires • The Register

Exclusive Docker has been unable to contain itself. The San Francisco-headquartered company that popularized software containers has been shedding cash and talent as while trying to make the transition from open source innovator to enterprise mainstay. According to CEO Steve Singh today, however, ...

Trust the public cloud Big Three to make non-volatile storage volatile • The Register

AWS and Google Cloud virtual machine instances – and as of this month, Azure's – have NVMe flash drive performance, but user be warned: drive contents are wiped when the VMs are killed. NVMe-connected flash drives can be accessed substantially faster than SSDs with SAS or SATA interfaces. The ...

Google emits a beta of Cloud Service Platform to entice hold-outs with hybrid goodness • The Register

Google's hybrid Cloud Services Platform (CSP) emerged blinking into the light today, in beta form at least. Announced at last year's Google Cloud Next event, CSP is built on top of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and includes GKE On-Prem which does, er, exactly what it says on the tin. GKE On-Prem b...

Major ad scam ‘DrainerBot’ is rinsing Android users of their battery life and data • The Register

A major ad fraud operation could be sucking your phone of juice and using up more than 10GB of data a month by downloading hidden vids, Oracle has claimed. The database vendor has dubbed the dodgy data slurper DrainerBot, and said it uses infected code on Android devices to deliver fraudulent, invi...

Oracle sued for $4.5m after ERP system delivery date ‘moved from 2015 to 2016, then 2017, then… er, never’ • The Register

Software giant Oracle was sued on Wednesday by Worth & Company, a Pennsylvania-based mechanical contractor, over a failed enterprise resource planning (ERP) software deal. The lawsuit, filed in a US federal district court in San Francisco, California, alleges Oracle breached its contractual obligat...

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star • The Register

A fierce legal battle over the Pentagon's $10bn Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud IT deal was put on ice by a judge Tuesday – after the Department of Defense (DoD) vowed to probe itself regarding the contract. A ruling [PDF] issued by Judge Eric Bruggink of the Federal Claims C...

All your ETL pipeline are belong to us

Google has hoovered up data pipeline pusher Alooma for an undisclosed amount as the ad slinger continues its efforts to clamber up the cloud charts. A specialist in Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) applications, Alooma allows users to slurp data in real time from a wide variety of sources, including ...

Guess who’s working on a health data-slurping digital tool. Bzzt! Nope, it’s the UK Department for Work and Pensions • The Register

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions is drawing up plans for an internal service that allows it to automate slurps of medical data on claimants to dole out health-related benefits. In an ad posted on the UK's Digital Marketplace, DWP said the work was currently in alpha and it now wanted a sup...

Serverless types trouser $4.8m as investors eye faster FaaS • The Register

Interview Israel-based serverless specialist Nuweba has slurped $4.8m of seed funding from investors keen on the company's bold claims that its tech runs at 10 times the speed of the competition. Admins are increasingly looking to serverless computing and Function-as-a-Service platforms as way to p...

GitHub waves larger wads of dollar bills to tempt bug hunters • The Register

Social code storage biz GitHub, now a ward of Microsoft, on Tuesday divulged plans to make itself more attractive to hackers by flashing larger sums of cash and offering better indemnity. The company's five-year-old Security Bug Bounty program is being refurbished with ampler awards and broader ter...

Pure Storage’s would-be Data Domain killer out in March – but it’s still shy about the internals • The Register

Pure Storage will introduce a shiny new backup box - dubbed ObjectEngine - from as early as next month to pinch sales from veterans including EMC-owned sectoral kingpin Data Domain. The ObjectEngine uses acquired StorReduce variable-length deduplication tech which runs on ObjectEngine//A on-premise...

Roses are red, we’ve received about fifty. Google’s next trick? Pixels for the thrifty • The Register

Long-rumoured cheaper Google phones will make their debut this year, according to Nikkei, which claims to have an idea of how much (or how little) they'll cost. "Midrange to high-end phones are priced at between $150 and $700, while low end models sell for less than $150," the news service suggeste...

Santander hands over $700m to IBM in hopes of becoming incredible banking machine • The Register

Santander is locked, loaded and ready to fire the cash gun at IBM in an effort to speed the bank's jaunt towards the cloud. The five-year deal will see Santander spank $700m to get its hands on IBM's tech, including AI smarts in the form of IBM Watson, which will be, er, put to work "enhancing bran...

Funnily enough, says NetApp, when the global economy slows down, people don’t buy quite as many storage arrays • The Register

The old saying goes that when America sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold. According to NetApp boss George Kurian, some large businesses are already reaching for the tissues. To blow their noses. From a cold they've caught from America's looming economic slowdown and trade tariff war with...

It’s now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on • The Register

Patch Tuesday Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to give users and sysadmins plenty of work to do this week. The February edition of Patch Tuesday includes more than 70 CVE-listed vulnerabilities from each vendor – yes, each – as well as a critical security fix from Cisco. You should patch them...

Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin’… Tricky containers can root host boxes. It’s like that – and that’s the way it is • The Register

Aleksa Sarai, a senior software engineer at SUSE Linux GmbH, has disclosed a serious vulnerability affecting runc, the default container runtime for Docker, containerd, Podman, and CRI-O. "While there are very few incidents that could qualify as a doomsday scenario for enterprise IT, a cascading se...

Dell stamps on the gas for backup devices with speed and cloud boost • The Register

Dell is claiming a 2.5 to 4x increase in restore speed for software and cache updates to its Data Domain and Integrated Data Protection Appliance products, and has added extended public cloud support. Data Domain is Dell EMC’s purpose-built deduplicating backup target appliance. The Integrated Da...

There’s just so much of it • The Register

Analysis So much for the "Big Tech backlash". The "surveillance" model of data slurping used by behavioural ad giants Google and Facebook has never been under such focus as it is today. And they've never made as much money. Last week Facebook, and this week Google reported almost obscene numbers. ...

Investors dump $250m on analytics biz like a ton of Databricks • The Register

Analytics biz Databricks has doubled its total funding with a $250m investment, valuing the company at $2.75bn. The firm, founded in 2013, was based on open-source analytics engine Apache Spark created by Matei Zaharia, who is now chief technologist at Databricks. The biz today announced its Serie...

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you’ve turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral • The Register

Party like it's 199, er, 2007 ... Satya Nadella when he was just a veep of business solutions Stepping into the sweaty shoes of Steve Ballmer was never going to be an easy task. Satya Nadella’s first five years as third CEO of the software giant has brought pain to fans of Microsoft's consumer te...

What’s that, Skippy? You want a taste of Windows 10 19H2? Oops, too late • The Register

Roundup Over the past week in MicrosoftLand, Windows Mixed Reality continued its slow shuffle to relevance, a new Project Rome ushered in a world of cross-platform data slinging and Insiders had a play with the latest Skype tweaks. Azure woes The services key to Microsoft's success continued to wo...

Judge denies Oracle’s requests to add to JEDI cloud contract sueball • The Register

Oracle's bid to depose two former US government staffers and pull in extra material to support its legal wrangling over the $10bn Pentagon cloud contract has failed. In an order filed under seal last week but now publicly reissued, Eric Bruggink, the senior judge in the case, denied Oracle's reques...

Japanese amateur astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet with commercial ‘scopes • The Register

A plucky group of low-budget amateur astronomers has pulled off quite a coup by spotting the smallest object yet in the Kuiper Belt that encircles our outer Solar System. The OASES (Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey) team put a pair of small 28 cm (11 inch) telescopes on the r...

Microsoft Teams gets Atlassian glisten • The Register

Microsoft has given its collaborative platform, Teams, some Atlassian affection this week while dropping another subtle hint to Skype for Business users that it is time to stop putting off that migration. Atlassian, responsible for the likes of Jira and Trello, hopped into bed with Teams arch-rival...

The thing is, ‘loyal workforce’, we want the ‘best’ minds • The Register

SAP is embarking on a €950m restructuring project to update internal skils, move on some of the old guard and "simplify" the org chart. The German database biz confirmed the overhaul - its first major one since 2015 - as it outlined a 5 per cent increase in revenues to €24.7bn for calendar 2018...

Edgy Cisco pushes out cloud-native, look-at-NVMe HyperFlex HCI • The Register

Cisco has added performance features to its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), with all-NVMe systems, Optane SSD caching and FPGA acceleration. It has also extended HyperFlex out to ROBO* sites with central management. HyperFlex 4.0 was announced at Cisco's Barcelona CLEUR gig and featu...

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It’s a coin flip, says Microsoft

Updated The day of week ends in "day" so, of course, Microsoft's Office 365 has fallen over, and Azure portal is having a wobble, too. Right now, if you're trying to login afresh into Microsoft 365, there is a 50-50 chance it will work. The outage appears to be worldwide, and Australia and New Zeal...

Arrcus looks to 400G future, Tonga stuck on satellite connection, and Linux Foundation’s new edge computing effort • The Register

Roundup Relative newcomer Arrcus wants to help networking upstarts follow the industry's juggernauts into the 400Gbps Ethernet world with the latest update to its year-old ArcOS network operating system. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, founder and CEO Devesh Garg said the migration to...

Miscreants sweep internet for unpatched Cisco kit, fears over bugged Chinese parts, Roger Stone nabbed… • The Register

Roundup This week we saw Hadoop hacks, Exchange exploits, and Deadpool besting scammers. Here's some more computer security news to round off your week... Alarms sounded over incoming Cisco attacks Earlier this week, Cisco cleaned up a series of security flaws in its routers. Now, admins are bein...

Kubernetes network toolkit graduates at last • The Register

On Thursday, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) plans to announce the graduation of its fourth open source project, the CoreDNS Kubernetes DNS server system. There won't be much ceremony but those running services in the cloud may be heartened to see CoreDNS fitted for a cap and gown and ...

Oracle’s priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra

Analysis All too aware database sales alone won't sustain it, Oracle's execs are seeking to push Big Red as a one-stop shop for cloudy apps. Big Red, which has been struggling to gain foothold in the cloud market, is looking to make applications and integration the order of 2019 to help it win 50 p...

Oh no, Oracle doesn’t need those docs, AWS tells court • The Register

Oracle's lawsuit over the Pentagon's $10bn cloud contract is cherry-picked "spin", AWS has said in a submission (PDF) aiming to stop Big Red accessing internal documents and deposing two former government staffers. Oracle is suing the US Department of Defense over its decision to hand the mega-clou...

Canonical brings some bling to the Internet of Things with Snap-happy Ubuntu Core 18 release • The Register

Canonical unleashed Ubuntu Core 18 on the public today following a beta of the locked-down Linux in December. Ubuntu Core is Canonical's pitch at the IoT and embedded market and brings the company's Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, released back in April 2018, to devices that prefer stability to life on the bleed...

Users are crying out for cloud tiers • The Register

Veeam has added a Cloud element to its Availability Suite, tiering off old data to object storage in AWS and Azure or on-premises. Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 will be revealed today at the firm's Velocity partner event in Orlando, Florida, along with its Availability for AWS and Availabil...

Microsoft’s Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform • The Register

Roundup Culling Cortana, poking Phone users and feeding the UWP XAML developers – it's all in a week's work for Microsoft. For whom Nadella the Axeman cometh We noted last week that Microsoft's unloved assistant, Cortana, had been booted from desktop search in the latest Windows Insider build (h...

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud • The Register

Roundup Hello, here’s a very quick roundup of some of the interesting AI announcements from this week. Read on if you like robots and GPUs. Nvidia robotics lab opens: Nvidia’s AI robotics lab has officially opened its doors after CEO Jensen Huang paid a visit to its Seattle office. The lab was...

Sage takes a breath as cloud sales bounce • The Register

Shape-shifting accounting software biz Sage issued a trading update this morning and the good news - for investors at least - is that it didn't contain any nasty surprises, but did highlight a bounce in cloud sales. After a less than vintage year for the company that saw it part with CEO Stephen Ke...

Outlook Mobile heads to the White House, passes infosec clearance for federal sector • The Register

The US government may be enduring its longest shutdown in history, but federal workers can at least console themselves with Microsoft’s Outlook mobile app that has been given security clearance for use. That's for Android and iOS, of course; hard-pressed workers have suffered enough without havin...

There’s gold in them thar clouds as Infor guzzles $1.5bn from Koch and Golden Gate • The Register

Enterprise cloud botherer Infor announced today that shareholders were tipping the best part of $1.5bn into its coffers ahead of a potential IPO. The money has come from shareholders Koch Equity Development, LLC (KED) and Golden Gate Capital. New York-based Infor, founded back in 2002 as an ERP co...

Biz game in the mainframe: T-Systems buddies up with IBM • The Register

IBM is to buy Deutsche Telekom's ailing maniframe unit, according to multiple sources. IBM talks 'emerging, high value segments' – so you know the Q3 numbers aren't great READ MORE A docket on Germany's competition authority website that appeared on New Year's Eve refers to an "acquisition" by I...

Storage startup Rubrik showers in VC moolah • The Register

Palo Alto storage software startup Rubrik has inhaled $261m in an E-round of funding, taking its total funding to north of $553m and giving it a $3.3bn valuation. Investors in the five-year-old firm include Bain Capital Ventures, investing in Rubrik for the first time, and existing investors Lights...

Google hands out roses to preferred Android MDM vendors • The Register

Google is extending its Android Enterprise Recommended program to mobile device management. The Mountain View advertising giant has unveiled the first crop of vendors to gain its official endorsement for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software and services. Firms that are given the title will...

Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft… Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm’kay? • The Register

The campaign against Uncle Sam's use of facial recognition stepped up a notch this week: scores of rights-warriors have urged Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to cease selling the panopticon tech to the US government. "Companies can't continue to pretend that the 'break then fix' approach works,” sa...

Facebook’s pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from ‘fake’ profiles • The Register

Analysis Imagine a store where you go in, pay money, and sometimes leave empty-handed. That's digital advertising on social media in a nutshell because it's seemingly full of fraud. Simon Arthur, founder of custom parts maker Big Blue Saw, believes he had more or less that experience buying Faceboo...

Apply these security fixes if you’re using German giant’s software • The Register

While you were sighing your way through Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, enterprise vendor SAP slid 11 security advisories under your door. Top of the list is a depressingly familiar howler in SAP Cloud Connector pre-version 2.11.3: the software neglects authentication checks for functions that require u...

Fill the gaps in your security knowledge at SANS London April 2019 • The Register

Promo As data thieves and hackers become more numerous, more inventive and more destructive, learning to protect themselves against cybercrime is ever higher on the list of companies' priorities. SANS London 2019 from 8-13 April promises to provide the training that security professionals at all le...

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in • The Register

UK government spending risks slipping back into the bad old days of legacy lock-in, MPs have been warned. As part of its inquiry into digital government, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee today heard evidence on the state of the government's procurement systems. In particular, ...

Double denim? Ha! Now you can go triple denim with Seagate’s hipster portable drive range • The Register

Seagate and Western Digital has of course announced new mobile HDDs, SSDs and data protection facilities at the CES gadgetfest in Las Vegas – and some of Seagate's are clad in a "tactile, textile industrial design". Oo er. Seagate LaCie and BackupPlus The LaCie range consists of Mobile Drive and...

New year, new NVMe? Eh, probably. Meanwhile, here’s how a few storage types started their 2019 • The Register

Roundup 2019 kicked off with storage action from Actifio, Exagrid, IBM, WANdisco and WekaIO, as well as some musical chairs at Mellanox, Weka and Virtuozzo. IBM, Actifio, Spectrum Scale and Containers IBM has OEM'd Actifio's Sky virtual appliance and shoved the technology into its InfoSphere Virtu...

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for ‘age discrim’, calls Ginny and biz ‘morally bankrupt’ • The Register

An award-winning former IBM saleswoman who tried to patent a system that slurped fired graybeards’ mainframe knowledge before they departed is now suing IBM for age discrimination – and squarely blames CEO Ginny Rometty for Big Blue’s “morally bankrupt” actions. Former IBM saleswoman Terr...

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You’ve gone too far • The Register

GitHub, the code storage and developer data gold mine acquired by Microsoft last year, has lowered the price it charges for private repositories from $7 per month to zero. The website planned to unveil the changes on Tuesday, though word of the looming announcement got out earlier today, and so the...

Forget 2019’s tech biz takeovers, here’s the mega-merger everyone’s talking about: Milky Way and LMC, coming soon • The Register

It has long been known that our Milky Way is on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy, with the epic prang to take place in four to eight billion years' time. New data suggests we'll hit another galaxy well before that, though, and the super-smash could send our Solar System headfirst on a pa...

Hope you’re over that New Year’s hangover – there’s an Adobe PDF app patch to install • The Register

Adobe has issued its first patch of the year, emitting fixes for a pair of high-risk vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader. The APSB-02 security bundle is being recommended as a high-priority fix, so install it as soon as you can. The two CVE-listed bugs haven't been targeted in the wild yet so adm...

The solid state of storage in 2018: Latencies, they are dwindling. On-premises, the kit is glistening… • The Register

Roundup 2018 wasn't too shabby for storage as the three-pronged attack of IoT edge, AI and multi-cloud defeated notions of the public cloud eating on-premises storage. Revenues also rose, capacities increased and latencies dived to boot. Capacity rises followed new technology promising extra layers...

Facebook Like, social sharing buttons on your website may land you in GDPR hot water if data goes a-wandering • The Register

In a case being considered by the European Court of Justice (CJEU), Advocate General Michal Bobek argued on Wednesday that website operators should share some responsibility with providers of embedded web widgets for ensuring that any data collection complies with legal requirements. In other words...

Serverless is awesome (if you overlook inflated costs, dislike distributed computing, love vendor lock-in), say boffins • The Register

Serverless computing, which does actually involve servers, has been touted as a way to reduce computing costs though its pay-per-use model and to free developers from operational concerns. But – and there's always a but – researchers from the University of California at Berkeley contend that it...

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once

Red Hat and Oracle both on Monday reported their latest financial figures. Let's take a look at how they fared. Red Hat reported $847m in total fiscal Q3 2019 revenue, a 13 per cent increase from a year earlier, or 15 per cent in constant currency. That sales number also just missed Wall St's expec...

The future is bright, the future is NVMe • The Register

Promo Technical work on the first spec for Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) began in 2009 with a first version released two years later. A decade on, NVMEe’s time has come. NVMe first emerged as a means to unleash the performance of the increasingly ubiquitous SSD that was being held back by th...

‘Exclusive swag’ up for grabs as GitLab flings bug bounty scheme open to world+dog • The Register

DevOps outfit GitLab has opened its bug bounty scheme to world+dog, having paid out $200,000 last year and fixed "nearly 200 vulnerabilities reported to us". "In managing a public bug bounty program, we will now be able to reward our hacker community for reporting security vulnerabilities to us dir...

Supernovae might explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 billion years ago • The Register

A gigantic supernova explosion may have triggered mass extinctions for creatures living in Earth’s prehistoric oceans some 2.6 billion years ago, according to new research published in Astrobiology. Marine animals like the Megalodon, a fearsome shark around 10.5 meters (34 ft) long and with huge ...

Supernovae might explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago • The Register

A gigantic supernova explosion may have triggered mass extinctions for creatures living in Earth’s prehistoric oceans some 2.6 million years ago, according to new research published in Astrobiology. Marine animals like the Megalodon, a fearsome shark around 10.5 meters (34 ft) long and with huge ...

Thwack… boing: Amazon EFS rival Elastifile flings out multi-cloud file store through Google • The Register

Scale-out software filer supplier Elastifile has buddied up with Google to thrust its NAS file system into Mountain View's Cloud Platform. The firm's file storage service is a rival to EFS, Amazon's Elastic File Store, which has been available since 2016. Google offered its Cloud File Store to beta...

Supermicro and Intel offer a taste of cloud innovations • The Register

Promo Server giant Supermicro recently teamed up with Intel to set up its Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) at its logistics hub and manufacturing facility in the Netherlands. The CCoE, featuring the company's complete range of Intel-based application-optimised solutions, is designed to bring toget...

Kubernetes has become ‘boring’ and that’s good, Google tells devs • The Register

Kubernetes "is now very, very boring," declared Janet Kuo, software engineer at Google, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday. Kuo, co-chair of the conference, was providing an update on the state of the open source container orchestration project. "Bor...

Google’s rent-a-cloud biz revs Istio for its Kubernetes service • The Register

KubeCon As a gathering of DevOps types at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 gets under way in Seattle, Washington, Google plans to tell anyone who will listen that its managed Kubernetes service, GKE, now can be ordered with Istio on the side, though you'll have to ladle it on yourself. H...

Kubernetes caretaker auditions for Hoarders; takes in another open source project • The Register

At the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 meetup on Tuesday, the CNCF revealed it will adopt, shelter and nourish an itinerant jumble of letters known on the street as "etcd." Pronounced "et-cee-dee" among those who dare speak its name, etcd is a ...

BT to ‘sunset’ Apache CloudStack cloud, customer demand went AWOL • The Register

BT’s Cloud of Clouds (CoC) field of vision is about to narrow. Its open-source cloud software platform, based on Apache CloudStack, will be "quietly withdrawn", The Reg can confirm. The CoC strategy launched in 2015 contained a cloud services catalogue that included BT's own cloud infrastructure ...

App-happy SAP Santa offers partners free access to Cloud Platform • The Register

So desperate keen is SAP to lure more developers to write apps using its cloud tools that it is promising them a year's worth of platform access for free. SAP's Platform-as-a-Service allows devs to build applications in a managed cloud environment. SAP has already this year launched a private cloud...

Celebrating K8s crates inflation rate, Linux mates congregate • The Register

A number of open source types are heading toward Seattle, Washington, on Monday, if they're not already installed there, to attend the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 confab. The forecast for the cloud-centric event is rain, with widespread Kub...

Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft • The Register

NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has followed its sibling, Voyager 1, into interstellar space, according to the team managing the veteran spacecraft. Voyager 1 exited the heliosphere – the bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun that surrounds the solar system – back in 2012, althoug...

You’ve patched your cloud software, and feeling smug when… bang! A legacy edge device bricks itself • The Register

Backgrounder Sitting on many enterprise networks is a constellation of equipment. A lot will be legacy network-connected industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gear, together with some relatively new IIoT gear installed within the last few years as a move to what has been sweepingly called the "digita...

Red Hat fiddles with OpenShift Dedicated and lures customers with price cuts • The Register

The team at Red Hat has continued its toiling in the Big Blue shadow of IBM, and has churned out some tweaks to its OpenShift Dedicated platform and also sliced a few prices for the Kubernetes service. Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform is an on-premises Platform as a Service (PaaS) product, wh...

Get real! Microsoft CTO of AI quits Redmond for real estate biz • The Register

The office of CTO for AI at Microsoft now has a stonking great “vacant” sign plastered on it, as previous incumbent Joseph Sirosh this week trotted off to become CTO of Compass, a New York-based real-estate outfit. Sirosh joined the gang at Redmond just over five years ago in July 2013, having ...

Microsoft gets open-sourcey with Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation • The Register

Connect(); Microsoft today continued its efforts to show that it really has bought into the whole open-source thing by flinging much of its client user experience tech at the GitHub wall and seeing what sticks. It is, of course, not the open-sourcing of Windows (although that is perhaps not the imp...

It’s all about the cloud for Microsoft • The Register

Connect(); Because it wouldn't be a Microsoft event without the Azure drum being banged loudly and often, there were a slew of reveals related to Redmond's cloudy product line at today's Connect();. AI is always listening Though the debate on what AI actually is continues, Microsoft is happy to sl...

CNAB spec is a container of containers • The Register

Write once, run anywhere. You've perhaps heard that before in the context of Java, Flash, or Xamarin, among other cross-platform technologies. It's been more or less possible for a while, though seldom to everyone's satisfaction. But with the widespread adoption of cloud services and containers, ope...

Nutanix uses quarterly results to spill its multi-cloud future beans • The Register

It's been a busy Wednesday for Nutanix: a new tie-up with tier-two vendor Juniper Networks, the general availability of the Xi Cloud services confirmed, and deepening losses in its latest financial figures. For the first quarter of its fiscal 2019, the three months to October 31, Nutanix's revenues...

Amazon makes lift-and-shift play for Windows File, Lustre workloads • The Register

Amazon is in on-premises application landgrab mode and has released two fully managed services that lift and shift Windows File Server and Lustre workloads to AWS. The FSx for Windows File Server and FSx for Lustre are both based on SSD hardware and landed this week. Amazon FSx for Windows File Se...

HPE slurps BlueData to jump on containerised analytics and machine learning bandwagon • The Register

HPE has gobbled BlueData, purveyor of the EPIC Big Data-as-a-service software that can run large-scale distributed analytics and machine learning workloads in Docker containers. The business was founded in 2012 by CEO Kumar Sreekanti and chief architect Tom Phelan, and has taken in just $39m in fun...

Come buy our kick-aaS products! Pretty please, says HPE boss man Neri • The Register

HPE Discover 2018 HPE chief exec Antonio Neri reckons what the corporate world really wants is to have a nice cloud "experience," which is an interesting way of saying "please, please, buy our cloud-as-a-service". In a mostly unremarkable keynote speech at this week's HPE Discover knees-up in Madri...

Reckon you can build the next Netflix? AWS has a cloud for you • The Register

re:Invent Media distribution is the next market in AWS's sights at its re:Invent conference, with the announcement of a media "ingestion and distribution" service, another step in monetising the company's global network for on-cloud customer traffic. AWS Elemental MediaConnect is the company's shot...

Amazon’s self-driving AI robo-car – THE TRUTH (it’s a few inches in size) • The Register

re:Invent Rent-a-cloud biz AWS has cooked up a melange of still more AI-oriented bit bundles to serve pay-as-you-go customers, topped with the promise of AI-enhancing hardware and a throwable self-driving car. It already has quite a few smart code confections: Rekognition, Lex, Polly, Transcribe, C...

Roll up, roll up, HPE’s composable infra charabanc is coming • The Register

HPE Discover 2018 HPE is updating its wares to reduce the skill level needed to deploy its so-called composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure is its fancy term for pools of networking, storage, and compute resources, all managed as one platform through software and automation, and not n...

AI snaps business titan jaywalking • The Register

AI facial recog – it's all about as terrifying as this hokey stock picture suggests (whose subject is *not* Dong Mingzhu). #F_AI_L An Artificial Intelligence system in China publicly shamed one of the country’s most prominent business executive for jaywalking - after spotting their mug going pa...

HPE Storage crows: All the array-slingers NVMe for my SCM • The Register

HPE has made its storage arrays faster with Optane caching, while adding containerisation support to its Cloud Volume Nimble arrays to bridge on-premises, AWS and Azure public clouds. First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening READ MORE It is also beefing up InfoSight 3PAR...

Amazon’s homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU • The Register

re:Invent Amazon Web Services' customized Graviton processor, revealed this week, was very nearly an Arm-based chip from AMD, The Register has learned. Up until early 2015, Amazon and AMD were working together on a 64-bit Arm server-grade processor to deploy in the internet titan's data centers. Ho...

Everyone’s all like ‘stick it in the cloud!’ What of the mad lads pushing data closer to compute? • The Register

Roundup There was action at opposite ends of the spectrum this week – we learnt about three Israeli storage startups aiming to get data closer to compute while while world+dog stuffs it in the cloud. Lightbits Labs and TCP Lightbits Labs is developing NVMe access over TCP/IP instead of lossless ...

Real talk: You’re gonna have to get real about real-time analytics if you wanna make IoT work • The Register

Backgrounder Many have started down the road of rolling out non-trivial Internet-of-Things platforms, and you may have, too, to some degree. So, what happens next? Here are some things to think about – particularly in terms of handling all that data, noise and all, coming back live from your IoT ...

£60m says we can convert more folk to Business Cloud • The Register

The latest CEO to take the controls at Brit accountancy software maker Sage is intending to convert the laggards in its customer base to the cloud by spending £60m on R&D and product improvements. It has been a troubled year for the organisation, what with operational execution woes hitting financ...

You thought we were just good for hot flash? Feel our cooling hybrid cloud • The Register

+Comment Pure Storage is going to make hybrid public-private cloud data services available to customers, allowing them to, among other things, restore snapshots to either on-prem kit or AWS silos. A year or more ago, Pure recognized that selling flash boxes for on-premises enterprise use was limiti...

Microsoft snaps up FSLogix to paint go-faster stripes on virtualized Office • The Register

Microsoft has joined the throngs of excited Black Friday shoppers to snap up desktop virtualization specialist FSLogix. The software giant named FSLogix as one of its partners when it launched its Windows Virtual Desktop product back in September. Mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Citrix...

Let’s have a look-see, Pure. Sales, up. Staff, growing. Forecasts, beat. Projections, rising. Profit… oh look at the time, gotta run, cya… • The Register

Pure Storage has reported quarterly results that beat Wall Street estimates and caused it to upgrade full-year guidance – but one thing still evades the all-flash array maker, and that is profit. For the three months ended 31 October, Pure's Q3 of fiscal '19, revenues crossed the line at $372.8m,...

We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS

Microsoft is recovering somewhat from a bad case of the Mondays that left some of its subscribers unable to use multi-factor authentication to log into their cloud services. The Redmond giant said that around 2130 UTC today it had managed to get its Azure Cloud back up and running as per normal. Me...

Pick three people you think will replace Google Cloud CEO Greene, then forget them – because it’s Thomas Kurian • The Register

Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene has quit the online ads giant, and will be replaced by ex-Oracle executive Thomas Kurian. The handover of power will begin on November 26, it was announced today: that's when Kurian will join Google Cloud, and will take over fully in January. Greene will stay on as a d...

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla’s throwing at IoT Christmas pressies • The Register

The FREDI baby monitor has been ranked creepiest connected home gadget on offer this festive season in a survey by Mozilla. According to Mozilla, the babycam uses a default password of "123" that users aren't forced to change, it doesn't use encryption and has a history of being hacked – earning ...

NetApp flashes plump figures. China trade worries? Let’s manage ‘variables within our control’ • The Register

With one eye on uncertain currency movements and the developing US/ China trade war, NetApp reported a solid set of Q2 numbers, albeit figures that highlighted a slowdown in its monumental all-flash array sales growth. The storage biz, which has cast itself - via its Data Fabric product - as the da...

OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia? • The Register

Monday's prolonged Google cloud and websites outage was triggered by a botched network update by a West Africa telco, it is claimed. Main One, a biz ISP based in Lagos, Nigeria, that operates a submarine cable between Portugal and South Africa, said a misconfiguration at its end caused Google-bound...

We’ve got an Azure stack flash rack. What’s with these techies wanting technical details? • The Register

HPE has finally coughed some details on those all-flash server configs it said it would provide for its Azure Stack rack last week. El Reg can reveal that "HPE’s current plan is to support 4-8 nodes with 12 and 16 SAS SSDs per [Microsoft Azure Stack] node to give us a higher capacity up to 102TB/...

Oracle’s JEDI mind-meld doesn’t work on Uncle Sam’s auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for • The Register

Oracle's bid to halt the Pentagon's JEDI $10bn winner-takes-all cloud IT contract has been turned down. Uncle Sam's Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that it would not be taking up Oracle's appeal of the US Department of Defense's stipulation that the...

Stanley Kubrick made Eyes Wide Shut. Data-protecting Andes Rubrik makes bytes slide shut • The Register

Rubrik has expanded its database, unstructured data, and in-cloud protection. The Cloud Data Management v5, codenamed Andes, release brings a list of improvements: Live Mount for Oracle databases providing instant recovery and clones for app development NAS Direct Archive to manage and globally s...

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today? • The Register

People's connections in the US to Google – including its cloud, YouTube, and other websites – were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in a textbook Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack. That means folks in Texas, California, Ohio, and so on, firing up their browsers and s...

Cloud zeta: Google’s data-transfer boxen hit beta in Europe • The Register

Playing catch-up with AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud has pulled the EU dust covers off its cloud onboarding appliance. Available as a beta from today in the European Union, Google said the 100TB device "lets you move large amounts of data to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) quickly and securely"....

SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers? • The Register

SAP has used its annual British user shindig to big up reforms to internal structures and licensing – but customers wary over indirect access won't be won over easily. The German ERP giant is trying to shrug off concerns about licensing that reached fever pitch last year after a set of high-profi...

I’ve got the key, I’ve got the secret. I’ve got the key to another person’s DJI drone account

Chinese drone giant DJI has fixed a critical security hole that left its customer account data and quadcopter videos potentially up for grabs. From March through September this year, DJI's customer records, many of which include sensitive data from drone flights, video footage, and owners' personal...

A guide to raising a good platform, so you can raise a glass later • The Register

Backgrounder Where once it was public, now hybrid cloud is the future – and by hybrid, we mean a mix of public and private. Virtualised, elastic, and on-demand resources hosted by someone else combined with on-premises infrastructure. While uptake of cloud continues to grow as a whole, Gartner ha...

Rimini Street reports $48.4m net losses • The Register

Support biz Rimini Street's net losses have skyrocketed to $48.4m in the latest quarter as a result of debt payoffs. The firm yesterday announced results for the three months to 30 September – in which it pulled in revenues of $62.6m – saying that it had now completed refinancing its credit fac...

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy ‘clean cache’ wipes files • The Register

Adobe is being sued after Premiere Pro unexpectedly deleted a snapper's valuable media files. David Keith Cooper on Wednesday sued Adobe in San Jose, USA, on behalf of himself and anyone who purchased Premiere Pro 11.1.0, and, as a result, had their personal media files nuked by the video-editing s...

VMware and Lenovo are about to hit go-go on Project Dimension beta • The Register

VMware and Lenovo intend to run beta tests of Project Dimension from next month – think of it as VMware's infrastructure-as-a-service cloud that runs on a customer's data centre on-premises and at edge locations. A few details of the project were released in August. VMware said customers like the...

Cisco and AWS hop into bed for steamy hybrid Kubernetes action • The Register

Networking giant Cisco has opened the corporate kimono to reveal tech that manages its on-premises Kubernetes environment and AWS's cloudy version in a single product. The thinking goes that AWS has the lion's share of the market for containers, and Kubernetes and Cisco would dearly like a piece of...

Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week • The Register

Exclusive Cisco has confirmed to The Register it launched a round of layoffs on Monday, effectively slashing its Customer Experience (CX) team, after insiders alerted us to the cuts. Between 200 and 300 jobs have at least been axed at Cisco CX, one Reg reader told us, along with up to 10 per cent o...

The Register translates VMware’s VMworld Europe 2018 news into plain English – our free guide for every reader • The Register

Today marks the opening of VMware's VMworld Europe 2018 event in Barcelona, Spain. The Dell-owned virtualization giant has a bunch of announcements to kick off its shindig. Now, your humble vulture has seen his fair share of marketing departments' techno-biz babble in his time during product launch...

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000 • The Register

The Information Commissioner’s Office plans to slap fines totalling £135,000 on Leave.EU and Brexiteer Arron Banks’ insurance biz Eldon for “serious” breaches of direct marketing laws. Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to READ MO...

You’ve heard of ‘trust but verify’, right? Well, remember ‘trust but protect’ when mulling building a hybrid cloud • The Register

Comment Trust the hybrid cloud, service providers tell us – they are, apparently, the experts. But when outages occur, and when data or virtual instances are lost or become unavailable, the impact is profound. Few businesses can trade for any length of time without access to their data or infrast...

We love Kubernetes, but it’s playing catch-up with our Service Fabric, says Microsoft Azure exec • The Register

Interview A curious feature of Microsoft's cloud platform is that it has two fundamentally different platforms for microservices. One is based on the homegrown Service Fabric, while the other is orchestrated by the Google-originated Kubernetes, available on Azure through the Azure Kubernetes Service...

Google flings $25m at Social Good AI contest, Baidu’s whips up neural-net camera to treat eye diseases, and more • The Register

Roundup Hello, here’s this week's dose of AI news. Google has promised to throw more money at AI research that benefits society, OpenAI developed a new technique to get bots to be more curious, and Nvidia has launched its own AI Research Residency Program. AI for Social Good: The Chocolate Factor...

Smartphone industry is in ‘recession’! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached ‘peak tech’? • The Register

The smartphone biz is now in a slump, according to two number-crunching outfits. After estimating that year-on-year sales worldwide fell 8 per cent in Q3 this year, Strategy Analytics has declared that the handset segment is "effectively in a recession". Sales in Q3 were 360 million worldwide, the ...

Behold! Blocks and Files is born again as storage tech website returns • The Register

Several years ago, The Register absorbed the storage-focused Blocks and Files website because storage news was becoming mainstream IT industry news. The bits and bytes making up blocks, files and objects were becoming so large in number that developing storage arrays to hold them was a complex busin...

IBM’s Red Hat gobble: Storage will be a test of Big Blue’s commitment to open-source software • The Register

Comment So we all know by now that IBM is buying Red Hat for $34bn – the largest software acquisition ever. Of course, that includes all Red Hat's storage products. There are the two big ones, Red Hat Ceph (object storage with file and block access) and Red Hat Gluster (Scale-out NAS). Then ther...

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat • The Register

Analysis IBM has spent a good long spell slumped at the bar in the last chance saloon for businesses figuring out how to make a mark in the public cloud arena. The proposed buy of Red Hat is supposed to change all that. The audacious $34bn bid for Red Hat last night equates to a $190 per share offe...

Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you • The Register

Analysis Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud. Oracle – the IT giant once known for its derision of the off-premises tech – spent its four-day annual conference waxing lyrical about how it is now great at the fluffy stuff. Having been caught on the back foot, and having watched Amazon, Google, and Micros...

Nokia layoffs possible, Broadcom waves new network silicon, Arista goes 400G and more • The Register

Roundup Nokia is sharpening the axe again, looking for €700m in savings after turning in net sales of €5.45bn for Q3 2018, and a net loss of €54m, in what president and CEO Rajeev Suri said was a solid result. In the company's Q3 announcement, Suri added that conditions had improved in the se...

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can’t hear you over the clanging cash register • The Register

If Microsoft is sweating from the heat it's taking on Windows 10 release quality, its financial figures certainly aren't showing it. Virtually every part of the Redmond giant's major businesses reported a gain as Microsoft turned in a record FY 2019 first quarter on Wednesday. For the three months ...

EU Citrix Cloud users experiencing non-virtual problems starting up their virtual desktops • The Register

Using Citrix Cloud in the EU? You might want to consider taking a longer lunchbreak as the virtualisation service is having a bit of a moment. EU customers using Citrix’s Gateway Service are experiencing what the company describes as “intermittent issues,” and struggling to launch virtual app...

Shingled-minded Western Digital insists its latest hard drive sets disk capacity record • The Register

Western Digital has claimed its shingled 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620 is the highest capacity disk drive in the world. It is a follow-on from the 14TB Hs14 drive, available in either 14 or 15TB capacities. Both the Hs14 and the HC620 are helium-filled drives with, we understand, eight platters. Western...

NetApp: Public cloud, public cloud we really love the… you’re going to keep some things on-premises, right? Right? • The Register

At its Las Vegas Insight event, NetApp was quick to assure customers they could have the public cloud and NetApp products both – and that indeed, the two are better together. NetApp is primarily the Data ONTAP storage software company with a on-premises FAS array platform and AWS/Azure public clo...

UK.gov should spend more on AI, bleat VCs and consultants. Oh? Why’s that then? • The Register

Comment Unlike some of the people who invented it, the House of Lords AI Committee has "no doubts" AI will bring "tangible and practical deliverables" to the UK – if only the right sort of people use it. Caution about expecting too much from today's AI has been urged by neuroscientist Gary Marcus...

Hang on, don’t go out yet – wait till IBM’s done swinging its storage announcements around • The Register

IBM has fired a broadside of announcements at the storage world. The gist? Flash arrays get more capacity and NVMe-over-fabrics has been added to a slew of arrays using Fibre Channel to speed data access. DS8880F This high-end array has new flash modules with doubled capacity; 737.3TB compared to ...

NetApp puts MAX Data, er, ONTAP and StorageGRID gets flash acceleration • The Register

It's gonna be great when the MAX Data music plays NetApp has a new version of ONTAP which supports server persistent memory caching, a flash-accelerated object storage system, and its containerised storage provisioner supports NetApp cloud storage in AWS and GCP. ONTAP v9.5 supports MAX Data, auto...

Apple boss decries ‘data industrial complex’ while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS • The Register

Analysis At a European conference for privacy watchdogs on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook praised EU data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli for defending privacy and warned that technology, for all its utility, can do harm rather than good. "Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve ...

Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can’t wait • The Register

Comment Windows isn't working – and Microsoft urgently needs to change how it develops the platform, and jettison three filthy practices it has acquired in recent years. In 2014 Microsoft decided it could do a better job if it discarded a lot of software testers. This bright new dawn was lauded a...

If you want to rent AMD Epyc bare-metal boxes in the cloud, Oracle hopes you see red • The Register

OpenWorld Oracle today insisted it is the first public cloud vendor to offer bare-metal servers powered by AMD’s Epyc processors. We're told an Epyc-based bare-metal Standard E2 server can be rented at $0.03 per core per hour, and is available immediately. Oracle claimed this was up to 66 per cen...

Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence • The Register

Alibaba Cloud has launched in the UK, the Chinese cloud purveyor has declared, as it prepares to take on dominant player AWS and the other also-rans. Yeming Wang, GM of Alibaba Cloud’s EMEA outpost, who spoke to journalists at a briefing last week, noted that Britain’s “public cloud market is...

We’ll put customers, applications, and AI first, says Oracle at annual SF shindig • The Register

OpenWorld Oracle has kicked off the first day of its annual OpenWorld gabfest with a hard sell on applications – the chunk of the business that is, according to the latest figures, struggling the least. The opening keynote on the first day of the conference, in San Francisco, USA, was given over ...

Finally, a use for AI and good old-fashioned simulations: Hunting down E.T. in outer space • The Register

Google Cloud has teamed up with NASA’s Frontier Development Lab to search for extraterrestrial life using simulations and machine-learning technology. Figuring out where exactly life may exist in outer space is non-trivial: it's not always clear which specific conditions and materials are necessa...

Metadata-farming, data-silo-killing startup: Go on. Bring us your unstructured stuff • The Register

+Comment Newcomer on the storage software-as-a-service scene Hammerspace announced the general availability of its eponymous SaaS application this week. This software has been engineered using technology from Primary Data – yes, that Primary Data – applied to hybrid IT and cloud environments, pr...

IBM talks ’emerging, high value segments’ – so you know the Q3 numbers aren’t great • The Register

At least the mainframes did well IBM saw its stock price take a hit Tuesday afternoon after the enterprise tech giant saw quarterly revenues miss the mark. For the Q3 2018 period, ending September 30: Revenues of $18.8bn were down 2 per cent from the year-ago total of $19.2bn and well short of an...

IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all • The Register

IBM has trotted out tech it reckons will ease management of services over a variety of cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft and Amazon's as well its own. "Multicloud Manager" is aimed at controlling Kubernetes clusters over different clouds and data centres. Users can shift their clusters and...

IBM’s Q3 financial scores are out tonight • The Register

IBM might be pinning its ambitions on emerging tech, but some corners of Wall Street will be looking closely at legacy hardware sales when Big Blue reports its third-quarter results later today. "We expect a largely in-line Q3 '18 for IBM," said Bernstein partner Toni Sacconaghi. "A key determinant...

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist’s disappearance • The Register

Google Cloud's gros fromage, Diane Greene, has pulled out of a Saudi Arabian summit following the disappearance of a writer who criticised the Saudi regime from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have alleged that Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the con...

‘A project that will do for software development what we did for the pull request’ • The Register

At San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts on Tuesday, GitHub held its annual tech touting talk in a space that once housed the city's Exploratorium science show. It's a fitting venue, said Jason Warner, SVP of technology at GitHub, during the opening keynote. The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the ...

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist’s worrying disappearance • The Register

Google Cloud's gros fromage, Diane Greene, has pulled out of a Saudi Arabian summit following the disappearance of a writer who criticised the Saudi regime from the country's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have alleged that Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the con...

Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more • The Register

Roundup German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint. The company brought a federal court lawsuit in 2016 that it lost in May this year, and late last week it was seen tryin...

Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with ‘immediate effect’ • The Register

Fujitsu has taken the K5 platform for a long walk off a short pier, sending the hybrid cloud service to a watery grave - to stretch the metaphor - just a year and a half after its UK launch. K5 came in various flavours: it was sold and deployed as public, private virtual or private hosted service i...

Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants • The Register

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers. According to anonymous sources at the Pentagon in Washington DC, an unnamed individual was able to access department travel records earlier this year, and would have been able to log employees' ...

UK.gov asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you? • The Register

Twenty years ago, the internet was promised to level the playing field allowing small fry to compete with the bigger, entrenched players. But online digital markets have tended towards monopoly, or a small number of dominant firms. The British government wants to know why. In August it established ...

Cloud data warehouser Snowflake has just trousered another $450m • The Register

Cloud data warehouser Snowflake has raised nearly half a billion dollars in its latest tranche, taking total funding to $923m. Its previous biggest round was $263.5m in January, a mere eight months after raising $105m. Its total cash raised in January was $473m and now it has raised almost as much ...

Google emits NATty odds ‘n’ sods • The Register

Google Cloud Next Google has released another handful of networking features for its cloud, including Cloud NAT, which lets devs build cloud-based services that do not have public IP addresses. “With the beta release of Cloud NAT, our new Google-managed Network Address Translation service, you ca...

Commvault gets up its customers B&RaaS with in-cloud backup service • The Register

Commvault started its GO user conference in Nashville, TN, by telling attendees it had signed up NetApp as a reseller, made its main backup and recovery product available as a service, introduced bigger and smaller backup appliances, and said it has a complete new system management product coming, w...

Falco to perform in CNCF sandbox • The Register

Falco, Sysdig's open source project for monitoring container runtimes, is slated to join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation on Wednesday, becoming the first runtime security tool to be added to the Cloud Native Sandbox project, a home for early stage projects. The CNCF, which is part of the Linu...

Western Digital chucks some bucks at Kaminario • The Register

Western Digital has invested in all-flash array supplier Kaminario, which supports WD's composable systems technology. Western Digital's OpenFlex Software Composable Infrastructure (SCI) initiative envisages NVMe-over-Fabrics-connected OpenFlex hardware with E3000 and D3000 flash and disk drive enc...

Google Cloud boss promises ‘security built into every layer of the system’ at UK shindig • The Register

Google Cloud Next At the Google Cloud Next conference in London today the adtech company's enterprise tech arm declared that business clients would soon enjoy location restriction policies and other new tools of control freakery on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). What's holding you back from Google Cl...

Pentagon’s JEDI mind tricks at odds with our ‘values’ says Google

Google has withdrawn from bidding on a multi-billion US military cloud contract, citing corporate values. And a lack of certification. The Chocolate Factory confirmed in a statement on Monday that it has dropped out of the race against tech giants to bag the Pentagon's US$10bn Joint Enterprise Defe...

World’s largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing • The Register

Yet another IoT device vendor has been found to be exposing their products to attackers with basic security lapses. This time, it's Chinese surveillance camera maker Xiongmai who was named and shamed by researchers with SEC Consult for the poor security in the XMEye P2P Cloud service. Among the pro...

Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc • The Register

Note: This is a real corgi and not an AI Roundup How about we kickstart the week with artificial intelligence goodies? PyTorch 1.0 is (almost) out: Details about PyTorch 1.0, the latest version of the popular AI framework developed by Facebook, were teased out at the inaugural PyTorch Developer Co...

US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz’s nbn broadband plan and much more • The Register

Oh no, Congress wants to lead Wi-Fi policy, and to that end representatives Republican Bob Latta and Democrat Jerry McNerney have created the Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus*. Apparently the caucus will focus on “5G, cybersecurity, internet of things (IoT), smart cities, spectrum optimisation, autonom...

Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers’ email addresses with no help from hackers • The Register

Cloud-based email marketing service SendGrid has copped to blabbing customer email addresses, chalking it up to some overenthusiastic indexing without explaining why pages were public-facing in the first place. In a breach notice sent out on Tuesday 2 October, SendGrid said that "some email address...

DB dev waggles GPU-dosed POWER9 server at data warehouse crowd, yells: SQream • The Register

GPU database-botherer SQream has said its DB runs up to 150 per cent faster when it uses IBM's POWER9 CPUs linked to the GPUs rather than x86 processors. SQream's big idea is to run repetitive data warehouse routines on GPUs rather than on limited-in-number CPU cores and so bring GPU acceleration b...

New Orleans! Microsoft emits v2.1 of scaling-for-dummies app platform • The Register

Microsoft has updated its distributed high-scale applications platform Orleans, claiming a 30 per cent increase in performance. Orleans is a framework with roots in the labs of Microsoft Research and aims to give developers a simple approach to creating distributed, scalable applications without ha...

What’s in the container, Cisco? A nice, plump SAP Data Hub • The Register

Cisco's Container Platform, launched in January, is now certified to run SAP's year-old Data Hub management platform. It's a decent scalp for SAP, which built the Data Hub last year to handle data governance, data refining and sharing. The tie-up wants to integrate data across public clouds (inclu...

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one • The Register

There is still no sign of the elusive Planet X, but astronomers have stumbled across Goblin along the way. A new object hailed as 2015 TG387 nicknamed Goblin was confirmed by the International Astronomical Union. It was discovered by a group of researchers working at the Carnegie Institution for Sc...

HPE squirts cold data at on/off-prem object stores, adds capacity to StoreOnce for ever-increasing data firehose • The Register

HPE has beefed up its data protection product set, adding extra capacity and performance grunt, better Nimble array support and a fresh integration deal with Commvault. The backdrop is ever-increasing amounts of data to back up, the need for faster recovery and better copy data management, and the ...

Here’s your weekly dose of networking intel • The Register

Microsoft's Ignite conference attracted some attention in the networking biz this week, with Fortinet and Riverbed putting up the jazz hands to get attention. From Fortinet comes an expansion of its Azure security offerings. FortiCASB – its Cloud Security Access Broker – is a subscription serv...

IT management software crowd Kaseya buys cloudy data protection crew Spanning • The Register

Kaseya has bought in-cloud backup supplier Spanning as Insight Venture Partners, which owns the latter and has a controlling stake in the former, shuffles its holdings pack. This is just four months after Kaseya was merged with another Insight-owned business, data protection vendor Unitrends. Kase...

Oracle cloud supremo Thomas Kurian extends temp leave to the heat death of the universe • The Register

It's Friday afternoon on the US West Coast, and everyone's playing pingpong in the office. The East Coast is ordering the next round of martinis. The Europeans are stumbling home from the pub. The Australians are hitting the beach. Anyone by their computer or phone is glued to rolling headlines of ...

AWS elbows Google Cloud aside in fight for SAP HANA customers • The Register

AWS has wheeled out a fresh version of EC2 with high amounts of memory available – up to 12TB today, the firm says, with promises of 24TB by next year. The intent is to make AWS attractive to users of large in-memory databases such as SAP HANA. "Combining the largest memory sizes available in th...

Microsoft Azure IoT Edge • The Register

Microsoft has released 1.0.2 of its Azure IoT Edge, which now allows Edge devices to function offline "indefinitely" while finally tipping its Azure Sphere service into public preview. IoT Edge now happy to take itself offline Since first making its pitch for the IoT market generally available, ba...

Open-source boffins want to do for the IoT edge what Kubernetes did for containers • The Register

Two high-profile open-source collaborations are putting their heads together to work out how to take Kubernetes, more familiar in hyperscale environments, out to Internet of Things edge computing projects. The Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group is the brainchild of the Cloud Native Computing Foundat...

Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II

Ignite SQL Server 2019, the latest version of Microsoft’s venerable database, dropped into preview at the company’s Orlando shindig, Ignite, this week. Head honcho of SQL Server at Redmond, Asad Khan, was keen to mention the 25 years of history behind the database software. Graybeards who remem...

Oracle pours a mug o’ Java 11 for its loyalists, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink • The Register

Oracle on Tuesday delivered Java 11, in keeping with the six-month release cadence adopted a year ago with Java 9. It is the first "Long Term Support" (LTS) release, intended for Java users who prioritize stability over Zuckerbergian fast movement and breakage. Oracle said it will offer commercial ...

Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft and IBM have some news • The Register

The Cloudflare content delivery network (CDN) has teamed up with Google, Microsoft, IBM Cloud and others to form the Bandwidth Alliance, a group of companies committed to trimming fees for data passing through the CDN. The initiative follows from Cloudflare's experience with Google's CDN Interconne...

Hitachi Vantara brain dump: IoT, servers, containers and self-regulating data centres • The Register

Hitachi's data subsidiary Vantara has dumped a load of announcements on attendees of its NEXT 2018 user conference in San Diego. Servers and stuff Its first all-NVMe hyperconverged system is the V124N, a development of the all-flash V123F announced in June. Like that model, the new kit is a 1U sin...

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business

Ignite At its Ignite conference in the US on Monday, Microsoft pitched Cortana as a corporate worker, as the software and cloud biz pushes companies to interact with technology via voice. Javier Soltero, the Microsoft corporate vice president who oversees Cortana, suggested that voice interaction h...

Juniper’s Contrail gets edgy, Cloudflare joins BGP club, and an $Important announcement • The Register

Juniper Networks this week pulled the covers off the latest in its Contrail range, a carrier edge product called Contrail Edge Cloud. The Gin Palace said the software targets applications like base stations, hub sites, and switching sites. Integration with Red Hat's OpenStack IaaS platform allows ...

Head for sunny Nice to catch up with the fast-moving world of software development • The Register

Promo A survey by analyst firm Forrester found last year that half of its developer respondents had already rolled out DevOps practices, and a further 27 percent plan to do so. As rapid DevOps adoption transforms the business world, it is no surprise that the newly named DevOps World | Jenkins Worl...

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move • The Register

Adobe has forked out $4.75bn for cloudy software-as-a-service biz Marketo, in one of the largest marketing tech buys to date. The transaction, which was first mooted last week, was confirmed today and puts Adobe in a position to compete for enterprise customers in the marketing automation playing f...

HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand • The Register

Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK is grouping its disparate cloud businesses, scrapping the brands of services outfits it has bought and moving the whole thing to a hipster village in East London. The hardware giant had seemingly failed to get with the cloud programme: it ditched the public cloud servi...

Download the Windows 10 crash course eBook • The Register

Promo Although Windows 10 has been on the scene since 2015, users were at first reluctant to abandon their familiar and usable Windows 7 for the attractions of the bigger and better operating system. Windows 10 is more secure and stable than ever, has a design that makes Windows 7 users feel at hom...

SAP claims to be first Euro biz to get seriously ethical about AI code • The Register

SAP has created an AI ethics panel to guide its use of machine-learning technology. If only it had a similar committee for fraud allegations: it might have avoided the corruption scandal engulfing it in South Africa. The German ERP giant – which is accused of kicking back $2m to secure state cont...

Mobile, on wheels, or in the cloud… how do you want to do AI? • The Register

Events Machine learning and artificial intelligence have moved out of the realms of academia into the world of real business – and the myriad applications and platforms that implies. You can develop and run models on massively complex data-rich systems, just like the most lavishly funded academic...

Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world’s biz computers • The Register

Microsoft hopes to assimilate traditional IT admin roles into its cloud with the launch of its Microsoft Managed Desktop (MMD) service. Under MMD, customers will get preconfigured hardware running Windows 10, Microsoft 365 Enterprise subscriptions, cloud-based device management, and Microsoft-manag...

No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain • The Register

Oracle's stock price took a hit on Monday after the enterprise giant saw revenue growth come to a virtual crawl, crucial cloud segments stagnated, and overall performance fell short of forecasts. Here's a summary of Big Red's first quarter of its fiscal 2019, the three months to August 31, as relea...

Kick-Kaas: NetApp gobbles cloudy Kubernetes upstart StackPointCloud • The Register

NetApp has snapped up Kubernetes botherer StackPointCloud for an undisclosed sum in a deal that heralds the creation of the inspiringly named NetApp Kubernetes. Snapping up StackPointCloud, specialists in multi-cloud Kubernetes-as-a-service (KaaS) - because, let's face it, there just aren't enough ...

Nutanix shares briefly wobble over Google server appliance fears • The Register

Despite Google's claims that it isn't building a private cloud product, its partner Nutanix's shares took a 10 per cent dive when word got out. A hastily denied story published on Monday by an American blog called The Information claimed that Google is "building custom-designed computers – which ...

‘I am admin’ bug turns WD’s My Cloud boxes into Everyone’s Cloud • The Register

Miscreants can potentially gain admin-level control over Western Digital's My Cloud gear via an HTTP request over the network or internet. Researchers at infosec shop Securify revealed today the vulnerability, designated CVE-2018-17153, which allows an unauthenticated attacker with network access t...

Datrium takes $60m D-round as it tries to distance self from cutthroat HCI scene • The Register

Near-hyperconverged system startup Datrium has gained $60m in D-round funding. The round was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, with participation from Icon Ventures, and existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Michael Mullany of Icon Ventures will join the Datrium Board. The company wa...

Cloud rains down even more cash on Adobe • The Register

Adobe, the maker of reassuringly expensive software for creative types that have limited tech alternatives, has again wrapped up another quarter of double-digit jumps in both the top and bottom lines. Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only READ MORE For the three months end...

Adobe chatting up Marketo – reports • The Register

Adobe, the developer of software clouds for creative types, is reportedly locked in talks to buy marketing software-as-a-service slinger Marketo. California-based Marketo, which writes B2B marketing applications, was taken private a little more than two years ago by private equity house Vista Equit...

Profits diving? All part of the plan, says Juniper Networks beancounter • The Register

Juniper Networks' chief beancounter has told world+dog that he has a cunning "strategic" plan that explains precisely why both revenues and profits have been slipping downwards at the US networking kit firm. Speaking to CFO.com, Juniper's top counting chap, Ken Miller, insisted that the firm's 35.3...

Unity tweaks AI training tools, makes bid for academic respect • The Register

Unity Technologies on Monday released version 0.5 of its ML-Agents toolkit to make its Unity 3D game development platform better suited for developing and training autonomous agent code via machine learning. Initially rolled out a year ago in beta, version 0.5 comes with a few improvements. There's...

Cloud spending to outstrip Slovakia’s GDP this year • The Register

What sector of tech is forecast to grow fatter than the Slovakian economy or Elon Musk’s ego in 2018? The cloud. Global spending on the fluffy white stuff is predicted by mystics at Gartner to reach $175.8bn this year. If the House of Crystal Ball Strokers are right - they’ve been wrong before ...

Plex plucks cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit • The Register

Streaming provider Plex has dumped its cloud storage offering, prompting users to dump its subscriber service. "We've made the difficult decision to shut down the Plex Cloud service on November 30th, 2018," the company said on Tuesday – six weeks before the deadline. "We've been actively working ...

Ericsson, NXP chow down, Ciena on the prowl • The Register

Freed from the attentions of Qualcomm, NXP Semiconductor has been looking around for its own acquisitions, and this week announced it had slurped OmniPHY. The six-year-old acquisition target specialises in automotive Ethernet subsystems, with a focus on megabit and gigabit products. In-vehicle net...

US military chucks $2bn at AI, Google touts machine-learning data search, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of AI announcements this week beyond what we've already covered. US Defense research unit funding billions for AI Next campaign: DARPA is dumping a whopping $2 billion to kickstart the “third wave” of AI focused on making systems more adaptable. It’s all part o...

Prepare to have your minds blown, storage industry. 5 words

Analysis Super-fast storage array access looks to be coming, with persistent memory front-end caches in the accessing servers. Persistent memory (PMEM), also known as storage-class memory, is non-volatile solid-state storage in DIMM format, with DRAM-like access speeds but, hopefully, prices somewh...

Is someone chopping onions? Oracle cloud boss bids colleagues emotional farewell • The Register

Oracle's cloud guru Thomas Kurian has reportedly taken extended leave from the firm. Kurian, who has been with Big Red since 1996 and leads a team of 35,000 engineers across 35 countries, told colleagues the news in an email. "By now many of you may have heard that I have decided to take extended ...

Dust yourself off and Tin-try again: DDN buys Tintri biz remains for $60m • The Register

DDN is forking out more than $60m for Tintri's business and will begin supporting the trembling, sweaty owners of the bankrupted firm's arrays this week, it confirmed today. The plan is to hire 100 new bodies before year end to populate global engineering, support, field technical, sales and market...

Huawei wants to print data centres for telcos to fling at governments • The Register

At Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum 2018 gabfest in Munich, Germany, this week, the Chinese giant teased "ShapeCloud" – a concept designed to help telcos build bit barns for government customers. Huawei's grandly titled Data Center Integration Solution Domain General Manager Wang Wei said...

Microsoft Germany emerging from behind Deutsche Telekom cloud • The Register

Microsoft's Frankfurt and Berlin data centres will start shipping bits from the fourth quarter of 2019. Azure will be the first service to go live in the new regions, with Office 365 following in Q1 of 2020 and Dynamics later that year. The launch will bring Redmond and its customers into line wit...

IBM Cloud Private user wanting containerised storage? It’s all yours • The Register

MayaData has linked arms with IBM to make OpenEBS storage available to IBM Cloud Private users, giving Big Blue an answer for those that want containerised storage. OpenEBS is open-source, container-native software that provides block storage and uses Kubernetes as the underlying framework for sche...

The week in storage, lovingly crafted by our machine-learning algos. loljk, we had to write this • The Register

El Reg has once again curated a selection of storage news tidbits for all you thought leaders out there. Surely there's some sort of machine learning algorithm that can find the stuff and write it by now, hm? Anyway, grab a cup of your favourite caffeinated beverage and absorb this perfectly formed...

build better apps and release them faster with Microsoft App Center • The Register

As a developer, you would want to spend less time on drudgery and more on your apps. Microsoft’s answer to this is the recently introduced App Center, a continuous integration, delivery and feedback service for iOS, macOS, and Android developers. App Center is the next generation of Microsoft’s...

Congress wants CVE stability, China wants your LinkedIn details, and Adobe wants you to patch Creative Cloud • The Register

Another week has come and gone. This one included some Fortnite flaws, a nasty Intel bug, and a voting machine maker whining about hacking contests. Here’s a bit more of the recent news in security: Exciting new LinkedIn use case: Chinese spying Be careful the next time you get an invite to con...

Chocolate Factory anoints Tink crypto as Google project • The Register

Last year, a group of Google engineers emitted an “unofficial project,” a cryptographic library called Tink. Now, the Chocolate Factory has decided the software's good enough to carry its name. One of Tink's developers, infosec engineer Thai Duong, made the library “official” in this blog p...

Who wants to read 34 pages about getting VMware Private Cloud to run on NetApp HCI? • The Register

NetApp has produced a verified architecture for VMware on its Element hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), promising deployment in under 30 minutes if its rules are obeyed. VMware Private Cloud (VPC) is basically VMware installed on-premises. NetApp's Element HCI is, as we understand it, a converge...

Sage Group head honcho has left the building • The Register

Sage Group chief exec Stephen Kelly has unexpectedly stepped down from his director and CEO roles. Boring as she goes at Sage? Oh no, no, no! Shares slide as sales slip below forecasts READ MORE Kelly, who joined on a £790k salary, departs several months after the software company’s half-year f...

Post-HCI hardware vendor Nutanix keen to show its soft side as it flashes Q4 numbers • The Register

"We expect to achieve Red Hat-like sales* by fiscal 2021," said Nutanix CEO and chairman Dheeraj Pandey in an earnings call as the company reported its Q4 and full year fiscal 2018 results. Invoking a software firm was not a coincidence, it seemed, as the exec and his CFO continued to push the mess...

Google sets Kubernetes free with $9m in its pocket for expenses • The Register

Now that the Google-born open-source Kubernetes project has come of age, its proud corporate parent is setting it free on the path to maturity and independence with sizable wad of cash to get it started in its new home. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which oversees various open source proje...

Rubrik says bye to global sales boss • The Register

Cloud data management biz Rubrik has split with its worldwide sales boss who, according to the company, hung up his boots to spend more time with his family after breaking quarterly "booking" records. Mark Smith joined Rubrik in February 2017 as exec veep for global sales and business development, ...

Let’s get ethical, says Salesforce as revenues rocket 27% – thanks in part to US Border Patrol • The Register

Salesforce is launching an office for "ethical and humane" tech less than a week after it was heavily criticised for supplying software to the US Border Patrol, which is itself overseeing an abusive immigration policy. The cloudy CRM goliath revealed the move yesterday as it published results (PDF)...

It’s 2018 – so, of course, VMware is touting open-source blockchain code, Internet-of-Things tools • The Register

VMworld US It's day two of VMware's VMworld 2018 US conference in Las Vegas, and here's a quick guide to what's new. The hypervisor giant has emitted an Apache 2.0-licensed codebase dubbed Project Concord, and put it on GitHub. This roughly 30,000 lines of open-source C and C++ code that can be use...

SaaSy! Panzura emits global on-prem and public cloud file indexer • The Register

Cohesity has Helios, Rubrik has Polaris, Druva has DCP, and now Panzura has Vizion.ai, a SaaS-delivered file data management service. File sync 'n' share player Panzura has developed the product to catalog and index a customer’s entire global file estate, and then optimise its management. That is...

Detroit sh*t shifter’s operating costs waste away with Oracle’s cloud • The Register

The City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) – more used to channeling waste away from civilisation – has squeezed out some fluff for Oracle by claiming its migration to Big Red's cloud saved it $1m. The shift to various flavours of Oracle clouds, which happened in May last year, ...

Event management kit can take a hammering these days

Analysis Who'd have thought it? Diagnostic event streams and log files are fashionable at last. But, despite many advances, they're still as big a pain in the backside as they were 30 years ago – both as a tool for observing and reporting security issues thanks to their sheer volume and, increasi...

Everything you might like to know about storage (this week) but were too afraid to ask • The Register

Amid the inexorable flurry of storage industry releases this week, Datera announced increasing revenues and new hires, DriveScale attempted to crack Europe, Maxta touted its Hyperconverged (Un)Appliance, which looks pretty much like any old HCI, and Rubrik got chummy with Cisco bigwig John Chambers....

UK.gov’s love-in with big biz for digital services continues, as does claim of boosting small firms • The Register

The UK government handed about twice as much cash to large firms for 'digital services' than small ones over the past four months – but still brags about helping SMEs "flourish". According to Digital Marketplace data, in the four months to 31 July 2018 just 15 £1 million-plus deals went to small...

VMware AWS cloud goes down… under, launches in Asia-Pacific, touts devops-ish tools, etc • The Register

VMworld US The VMware world's VMecca – VMworld 2018 US – is upon us this week in Las Vegas. The virtualization giant has a large bunch of stuff to announce to kick off its three-day conference today. Its management wants to talk about holistic experiences such as empowering the vision of cloud ...

EMC adopts cloudy and VMware-friendly kit at VMworld Vegas shindig • The Register

VMworld US EMC has been singing off a multi-cloud and hyper-converged songsheet at sibling VMware’s Glitter Gulch VMworld event. At its Las Vegas jamboree VMware is pushing the notion of a multi-cloud world needing common infrastructure platforms, services and tools across the on-premises and pub...

AI will help security teams smack pesky anomalies • The Register

Analysis With highly targeted cyber attacks the new normal, companies are finding the once-hidden Security Operations Centre (SOC) is the part of their setup they really count on. SOCs have existed in a variety of guises for decades, emerging in recent years as a natural consequence of centralising...

Android data slurping measured and monitored • The Register

Google's passive collection of personal data from Android and iOS has been monitored and measured in a significant academic study. The report confirms that Google is no respecter of the Chrome browser's "incognito mode" aka "porn mode", collecting Chrome data to add to your personal profile, as we ...

£1 in every fiver that UK biz, public sector spent on software in 2017 went to *drumroll* Microsoft • The Register

Microsoft accounted for almost £1 in every £5 that Brit businesses and the public sector spent on software in 2017, unsurprisingly clinging to the top spot in the spend rankings. The research, published by analyst TechMarketView (TMV), revealed a total of £7.353bn coughed on enterprise software ...

Grab a plate and wander down El Reg’s network buffet • The Register

The Broadband Forum has dropped the first open-source code in an access interoperability project designed to support cloud-based access infrastructure and services. The Open Broadband – Broadband Access Abstraction (OB-BAA) project was announced here and published here. Broadband Forum CEO Robin...

All clouds rain into VMware’s steadily swelling coffers • The Register

VMware keeps growing its sales like, depending on your opinion of the virtualization giant, weeds in an unkempt garden, or a lottery jackpot prize pool. For the second quarter of its fiscal 2019 – the three months to August 3 – services revenues rose to $1.27bn, up 11 per cent year-on-year. Alo...

StorageCraft sounds like an arty handmade set of drawers – but it’s spun up a Cohesity-Rubrik type box for small biz • The Register

StorageCraft has flung a converged scale-out box at small and medium businesses – in the hope that there's room in the market for Cohesity and Rubrik-style enterprise storage and data protection for those with a modest budget. The firm has pitched its OneXafe box as a converged scale-out storage ...

Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary • The Register

Database maker Redis Labs this week moved the Redis Modules developed by the company from the AGPL to a license that combines Apache v2.0 with Commons Clause, which restricts the sale of covered software. The licensing change means that house-made Redis Modules – RediSearch, Redis Graph, ReJSON, ...

OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros • The Register

The International In the past hour, OpenAI's artificially intelligent bots lost their first match against professional players at smash-hit computer game Dota 2 at The International – the video game's annual championship tournament. It's the first bout in a best-of-three competition between human...

Whoa, is it Patch Tuesday already? No, just an unexpected critical Photoshop fix • The Register

Adobe says there's a critical flaw in its Photoshop Creative Cloud software for Windows and macOS that can be exploited by malicious files to hijack systems. The unscheduled update fixes up critical memory corruption bugs discovered by Fortinet's Kushal Arvind Shah, both of which leave vulnerable s...

OpenWhisk, Kubeless, AWS Lambda – don’t be confused, let us teach • The Register

Conference If you want to find out what serverless is all about, join us and almost 40 pioneers in the field this coming November. And if you want to really dive deep into key aspects of the technology, sign up for one of our optional day three workshops. AWS Lambda has been a key driver of server...

Cohesity’s Helios tool tells you when your cluster’s in a fluster • The Register

Secondary storage hyper-converger Cohesity has introduced a SaaS management tool. Helios is designed to provide a global view of a customer's Cohesity Data Platform sites; local and remote, on-premises and in the public cloud. Helios components It has a single dashboard with analytics and machine...

Network monitoring is hard… If only there was some kind of machine that could learn to do it • The Register

Comment It's difficult not to wish for the "good old days" when workloads stayed put, packets behaved, and firewalls just did basic port-level filtering. Admins knew where they stood. The cloud has changed that. Workloads and the resources they run have become malleable, virtual machines can be shu...

Oy vey! You want how much, Microsoft? • The Register

Microsoft’s desire to move users into the exciting world of Office 365 subscriptions has been dealt a blow as the Israeli government took a look and said “no thanks.” In a statement given to The Register, the Israeli Ministry of Finance explained that it currently spends more than 100m Israel...

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows • The Register

Microsoft’s desire to move users into the exciting world of Office 365 subscriptions has been dealt a blow as the Israeli government took a look and said “no thanks.” In a statement given to The Register, the Israeli Ministry of Finance explained that it currently spends more than 100m Israel...

Outsourcerer Tata sidles up to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, kisses IaaS • The Register

SUSE today confirmed that Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services has opted for its OpenStack Cloud as the standard for its Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP). Tata launched ECP last November, using Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to give customers a path to a cloudy future via pr...

Igneous Systems says bye-bye to proprietary hardware, hello to data management services • The Register

Igneous Systems has set its sights on becoming a data management supplier using commodity hardware. Data protection vendors, especially ones like Igneous with proprietary hardware, face stronger competition from players treating data protection as an entry to the wider data management market, offer...

What’s holding you back from Google Cloud? Oh, OK… it was hoping you’d say ‘lack of hardware security modules’ • The Register

Google Cloud Platform has armored its cloud in metal by offering customers beta access to hardware security modules (HSM) to handle encryption keys. With a cloud-hosted HSM, GCP users can execute cryptographic operations on FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified kit, which is one level short of the most stri...

London’s Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail • The Register

London Gatwick Airport’s shiny new cloud-based flight information display system had a hard landing this morning as its vision of the future was brought down to earth with a bump. While collecting the Cloud Project of the Year award at the Real IT awards in May, the airport proclaimed its new scr...

Amaze your colleagues, confound customers and perturb partners with your encyclopaedic storage news knowledge • The Register

Yes, you can become an instant storage thought leader with our unique highly available, deduplicated, cloud-native and multi-region storage newsfest. Here's everything worth knowing in the land of storage for the last week. Kaminario supports WD's composable infrastructure gear All-flash array sup...

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up • The Register

Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure. Microsoft's embrace of Linux is well-documented, with even its client OS seeing some penguin-based love in ways that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago. Redmond sees its future in the ...

MCubed early bird tickets finish tonight • The Register

Our early bird ticket offer for Minds Mastering Machines expires this evening, so act now if you want to enjoy three days of conference and workshops showing how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence. Our independent programme committee has lined up two superb ...

Datrium shifts disasters up the Amazon: Adds DR in AWS for on-prem kit • The Register

Datrium has introduced disaster-recovery-as-a-service to its existing on-premises DVX system. The new disaster recovery (DR) scheme backs up VMware server system data to Cloud DVX in AWS. If the on-premises DVX/VMware system fails, then a VMware Cloud on AWS is the failover DR site and CloudShift k...

Marvell man touts private cloud box • The Register

A Marvell co-founder's cloud edge firm appears to have thrown its hat in the personal NAS ring with its Wi-Fi-connected Amber product. Latticework was founded in 2014 by Dr Pantas Sutardja, a co-founder of Marvell and an ex-CTO of that company. Co-incidentally Western Digital’s MyCloud personal N...

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud … outside China • The Register

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time. “With the expanded footprint, customers outside China will now have access to the real-time search, ingestion, a...

Tech titan IBM pumps out storage software blast • The Register

Not to be outdone by any storage niche players, IBM has emitted a veritable catalogue of storage software updates, plus one on the storage hardware front – a new all-flash array. It said, software-wise, that: Spectrum Protect's automated tiering has been extended to a object storage tier, Spect...

Hello darkness my old friend, what happened last week in Redmond? • The Register

In a week when NASA flung a spacecraft into space to touch the Sun, Microsoft has brought darkness to Windows 10, given Skype Classic a mission extension, and continued its efforts to send SMB1 screaming into the heart of our nearest star. Windows Insiders: Dark Mode complete! Kind of... It was a ...

Run, don’t walk, to patch this critical Database takeover bug • The Register

Oracle is advising customers to update their database software following the discovery and disclosure of a critical remote code execution vulnerability. The flaw, dubbed CVE-2018-3110 was given a CVSS base score of 9.9 (out of 10) and Oracle warns that successful exploit of the bug "can result in c...

Patch Tuesday heats up with pair of exploited zero-days squashed – plus 58 other vulns fixed • The Register

Microsoft and Adobe have teamed up to deliver more than 70 patches with this month's Patch Tuesday batch released today. Microsoft contributed the bulk of the fixes emitted this month, kicking out updates for 60 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products. These should be installed as soon as you're...

L’ Optane, Unity, NVMe and QLC. Take a sniff of a week in storage • The Register

It took a globally and organically sourced supplier base to create the perfume de storage we set before you, distilled from everything worth knowing over the past seven days on this tech news beat. You can look forward to distilled oils of Unity and SC, zesty DDN and Optane contributions, refined c...

IBM’s Watson ‘n’ cloud head honcho targeted by WPP

IBM’s top cloud and Watson AI man has reportedly been tapped up about moving to scandal-hit ad company WPP Group as chief executive. David Kenny, veep of Big Blue’s Watson and Cloud Platform division, was reportedly interviewed by top WPPers who were hoping to tempt him across from Watson. WPP...

Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government • The Register

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use. The release extends Microsoft's Azure program for the government into the on-prem market, and gives Redmond one more selling point in its battle with AWS to land the lucrative IT service contracts Uncle Sam ...

Train ImageNet for $40 in 18 mins, a robot that can play Where’s Wally? etc • The Register

Roundup Hello, here are a few bits of AI news for the weekend. You don't always need a ton of cash to buy a wad of GPUs to train your models super quickly. You can do it pretty cheaply on cloud platforms. There's also a robot that can play Where's Waldo (Wally in the UK), and Microsoft's computer th...

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street throws off credit shackles, plans ‘aggressive’ sales drive • The Register

Software support biz Rimini Street said it planned an "aggressive" investment in sales and marketing as it posted a 20 per cent boost in both revenues and client numbers. The thorn in Oracle’s side has previously complained that covenants in a refinancing deal had put a caps on its sales spending...

Microsoft’s Azure Kubernetes Service mucked my cluster! • The Register

Microsoft's Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was launched to world+dog in June, however, a few disgruntled customers say the managed container confection isn't fully baked yet. In a blog post published on Monday, Prashant Deva, creator of an app and infrastructure monitoring service called DripStat, ...

How to squeeze value out of machine learning from the start… • The Register

Events You’ve got just over a week to grab early bird tickets for MCubed and ensure cut-price, front row spots for three days of prime machine learning, AI and analytics goodness. Our speakers have been handpicked by our independent programme committee to ensure you walk away with masses of pract...

DDN catches Tintri customers, Seagate beancounter goes to Tesla, NGD powers up • The Register

The inexorable storage travelator this week brought us news that Seagate's CFO jumped ship for Tesla, Nutanix lost its president, NGD made its computational storage system more powerful, and DDN came to the rescue of abandoned Tintri storage customers to provide service and support. Kaminario widen...

Google’s cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports • The Register

Google is pondering a cloudy move to China and a hookup with local operators Tencent and Inspur, according to reports. China, long coveted by the Western technology industry for its massive, tech-hungry markets, is a ripe target for the usual big firms on two fronts: as a market to sell into and as...

Can you hear that? It’s the world’s smallest violin playing for DXC, IBM and Capgemini • The Register

British businesses and the public sector spent £448m less on infrastructure services (IS) from DXC Technology, IBM and Capgemini in 2017. Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts READ MORE Frankenfirm DXC was still by far the biggest recipient of IS cash, hauling in £1.61bn in the yea...

UK govt’s tech heavyweight Maxwell quits for Amazon job • The Register

Exclusive The UK government’s top tech adviser Liam Maxwell is to swap public life for the private sector, with a global role at tax-efficient cloud titan Amazon Web Services, The Register can reveal. Maxwell – who currently holds the title of national tech advisor to the government, and before...

OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on $24m mega-tourney • The Register

OpenAI’s machine learning bots have beaten another team of semi-professionals in Dota 2, in their second public match in the traditional five-versus-five settings. What does it take for an OpenAI bot to best Dota 2 heroes? 128,000 CPU cores, 256 Nvidia GPUs READ MORE You can watch the action on ...

Salesforce cloud glitch blurted customer data at unauthorised users • The Register

Customer data stored on Salesforce's marketing cloud might have been shared with unauthorised parties, cloud slinger has warned. Users of the software firm's Marketing Cloud Email Studio or Predictive Intelligence products may have been affected by a glitch that meant their data was either copied t...

OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney • The Register

OpenAI’s machine learning bots have beaten another team of semi-professionals in Dota 2, in their second public match in the traditional five-versus-five settings. You can watch the action on Twitch – complete with commenters typing in SKYNET! every few seconds – here, or find a summary of th...

Nutanix inks deal to swallow desktop apps-as-a-service cloud flinger • The Register

Hyperconverged player Nutanix has agreed to buy Frame, a supplier of desktop apps-as-a-service, for an undisclosed sum. The San Jose storage firm is hoping to up its on-premises VDI offerings as it builds out its cloud services with the acquisition. Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another fi...

NetApp pits scaly A800 ONTAP beast against Pure’s AIRI fairy • The Register

The clash of the million-dollar AI titans resumes. NetApp has designed an ONTAP AI architecture based on its topline A800 flash array and Nvidia DGX-1 to try to win fat-pocketed customers away from Pure and Nvidia's AIRI AI system-in-a-box. If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI...

NSA’s crummy crypto crop Suite B binned, and other network nuggets • The Register

Over at the Internet Engineering Task Force, a notorious piece of history is being consigned to... well, history. This Request for Comment, RFC 8423, reassigns a bunch of specs that were authored or co-authored by American intel bods at the National Security Agency (NSA) to "Historic Status". The ...

Whoa, AWS, don’t slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help • The Register

Gartner's magic quadrant rating public cloud storage suppliers has suggested Amazon is losing ground while Google and Microsoft make gains. The analyst pointed out that Google has consistently higher availability and markedly better network performance when compared to its main competitors for its ...

Cache of the Titans: Let’s take a closer look at Google’s own two-factor security keys • The Register

Analysis Intriguing news for anyone who believes that FIDO two-factor authentication keys are the obvious way to stop phishing attacks that not enough people use – Google is launching its own authentication token. Called the Titan Security Key (not to be confused with Google’s Titan security ch...

Amazon, ditch us? But they can’t do without us

Amazon is reportedly planning to stop relying on cloud rival Oracle’s database software entirely by early 2020. What's going great for Oracle? Cloud. What's not great? Just about everything else READ MORE Rumours that Jeff Bezos’ firm is attempting to free itself from Big Red have been circlin...

Facebook’s security boss is offski. Not to worry, it has ’embedded security’ in all divisions • The Register

Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the social network to work on information warfare at Stanford University. The social network has not named any replacement. Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys? READ MORE The soci...

Arm launches ‘any device, any data, any cloud’ IoT service • The Register

Arm – the designer of processors used in billions of gadgets, smartphones, and other devices – has launched a new Internet-ofThings platform that it claims will be able to handle any data from any device on any cloud. There's no shortage of organizations offering IoT solutions, but Arm claims i...

Cisco drops a cool $2.3 billion on SaaSy outfit Duo Security • The Register

Cisco has announced plans to buy privately held authentication firm Duo Security for $2.35bn (£1.80bn). How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron? READ MORE The Michigan firm markets unified access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud. Th...

Turn around, Capita: I’m trying but my pre-tax profits slipped 59% • The Register

Capita – the UK government’s top IT and software outsourcer – has reported a 59 per cent fall in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2018. Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap READ MORE The results, reported this morning, were met with an 11 per cent drop in...

Last chance to grab MCubed early bird tickets • The Register

Events Our early bird ticket offer for Minds Mastering Machines expires this evening, so act now if you want to enjoy three days of conference and workshops highlighting how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence. With two superb keynote speakers, 36 conference ...

Uh-oh-oh-oh-oh. Now hounds of storage are hunting – run if you know what’s good for ya • The Register

Over the past week in storage, Gartner shifted the disaster recovery goalposts, Datrium realised its salespeople were in the wrong places, JetStream pressed eject and was spun out of Western Digital, there were some needful updates and refreshes ... and more. A heck of a lot more. So buckle up. Buf...

Beam me up, UK.gov: ‘Extra-terrestrial markup language’ booted off G-Cloud • The Register

UK.gov bods have been stripped of access to services for the emerging non-terrestrial standard XTML, beamed in by little grey vendors A51 Technologies, following an El Reg probe. The "extra-terrestrial markup language" implementation and support service was listed on the Digital Marketplace by A51 ...

15% revenue growth is great for most – but it’s piddling if you’re Huawei • The Register

Chinese smartphone maker and telecoms flinger Huawei announced its first-half revenues for 2018 today and it's clear the days of blockbuster growth are behind it. Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite READ MORE In the announcement the company claimed it saw ¥325.7bn (...

SoftNAS no longer a soft touch for hackers (for now)… Remote-hijacking vulnerability patched • The Register

SoftNAS has plugged a serious vulnerability in its cloud storage management tool that can be exploited to execute malicious code on a victim's server. Core Security's Fernando Díaz and Fernando Catoira discovered the command-injection security flaw in the StorageCenter component of SoftNAS Cloud v...

We went to the moon, why can’t we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week • The Register

Roundup There has been a bumper crop of security news this week, including another shipping company getting taken down by ransomware, Russian hackers apparently completely pwning US power grids and a sane request from Senator Wyden (D-OR) for the US government to dump Flash. But there has been other...

Yakety-yak app HipChat whacked in Slack chat chaps’ tech snatch pact • The Register

Oz enterprise software biz Atlassian is discontinuing its chat apps Stride and Hipchat – and handing the tech blueprints over to Slack. If you're using those two Atlassian messaging platform then you'll need to migrate away to some other service as the plug is being pulled. “We have always had...

If you were a firm-swallowing storage giant, how WD you digest them all? • The Register

Analysis Western Digital is chewing on agglomeration antacids as it continues to digest the 14 acquisitions made by the firm itself and its various business unit family members over the past decade or so. The storage giant is seeing consolidation to nearline disk drives in its main revenue-earning ...

This is the contract you’ve been looking for

The Pentagon has finally opened the bidding for its major cloud contract, which could be worth some $10bn – and is to be awarded to one vendor. Winning the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) programme – which will cover all branches of the military and run for a maximum of 10 years ...

Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year … by making stuff pricier • The Register

Microsoft has announced tweaks to its Volume Licensing programmes from 1 October, under which existing plans will be renamed, discounts removed and prices "changed". For "changed", read "increased". In a blog post published by Microsoft during the excitement over previews of its on-premises server...

Big Switch pokes a straw into the cloud, sucks its netops onto the premises • The Register

What's missing from Virtual Private Clouds? According to Big Switch Networks, it's an on-premises implementation. Sure, Google might have just told the world about its upcoming on-prem Kubernetes alpha, AWS is throwing its Snowball appliance over the fence, and Microsoft's gently extending Azure's ...

Now its cloud cozies up to Microsoft’s GitHub • The Register

At its Google Cloud Next 18 extravaganza in San Francisco on Thursday, Google took a moment to address developers directly. Where the keynotes for the previous two days were calibrated for a general audience, the developer keynote focused on live coding and devops arcana. Adam Seligman, veep of de...

Pesky ‘restructuring charges’ make off with Citrix’s cloudy cash • The Register

You win some, you lose some. Citrix has embiggened its quarterly revenues – while at the same time shrinking profits by a couple of million dollars. How did they manage that? The firm on Wednesday reported revenues of $742m for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, a 7 per cent increase on the ...

Google App Engine finally ready for Python 3 (and PHP 7.2) • The Register

Location, location, location ... the Moscone conference center for Google Cloud Next in San Francisco this week Google App Engine will support two additional programming language runtimes in its standard environment in the next 30 days: Python 3.7 and PHP 7.2. Oren Teich, product management direct...

HPE’s Hybrid IT group gets shiny new permanent head • The Register

HPE has appointed a permanent president to its new hybrid IT business group, in the form of Phil Davis, who is currently the firm's global sales chief. Public, private, hybrid cloud? Take a dip in our GreenLake HPE urges READ MORE Davis, who starts his new job on 1 August, was appointed "new globa...

In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server • The Register

Microsoft threw a commercial preview bone to cloud-phobes* this week in the form of on-premises versions of its Server and Office applications. While the software giant really, really wants its customers snugly ensconced in the loving embrace of Office 365, realists within Redmond Towers accept tha...

Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next ’18 • The Register

It's day two of Google's Cloud Next 2018 conference in San Francisco – and the Chocolate Factory has been unveiling its defenses to thwart hackers and malware. Top of the list is the Titan two-factor authentication widgets Google is going to start shipping later in the year, consisting of a pair ...

Flash, spinning rust, cloud ‘n’ tape. Squeeze. Oof. Hyperconverge our storage suitcase, would you? • The Register

Ready to unzip this densely packed storage news suitcase? We've got a bulging information-fest with all that's worth knowing from the past week, ranging from SSDs through disks to public and private clouds. We'll run thorough it alphabetically and start with big boss storage supplier Dell EMC. Del...

Whisk-y business: How Apache OpenWhisk hole left IBM Cloud Functions at risk of hijacking • The Register

IBM has patched a critical vulnerability in its Cloud Functions platform that would have allowed miscreants to remotely overwrite customers' code – and execute malicious commands to hijack services. The flaws, designated CVE-2018-11756 and CVE-2018-11757, are actually present in Apache OpenWhisk,...

Google answers ‘Why Google Cloud?’ with services and spectacle • The Register

Is it me you're looking for? ... Diane Greene on stage Amid ongoing renovations at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, Google Cloud Next '18 opened on Tuesday, the scent of new carpeting and paint still lingering in the air. Rebranded in 2016, what was previously a modest, unassuming tech g...

Neural nets designed by neural nets? It may as well be AI hyped by AI • The Register

Hello AI, we are a business and we need your help. Analysis Google is thundering on with its mission to "democratize AI" with its Cloud AutoML platform – even though it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It was first introduced earlier this year, and was marketed as a tool for businesses that ...

♫ Reans can come true. Look at me, babe, I’m with you – Hitachi V • The Register

Hitachi Vantara is gobbling up Rean Cloud – a public cloud systems integrator, managed service provider, and AWS pusher that comes with a $65m five-year US military contract in its back pocket. Here's a potted history of the upstart: Rean Cloud, based in the US, was founded by Sekhar Puli and Sri...

Engineers, coders – it’s down to you to prevent AI being weaponised • The Register

Comment Debate has raged for months over various internet giants' forays into providing next-generation technology for war. For example, in March, dissenters at Google went to the press about the web goliath's contract with the US military's Project Maven, which aims to fit drones with object-detec...

IBM wants everyone to marvel at the size of its Strategic Imperatives • The Register

The latest financial headlines emitted by the faltering enterprise juggernaut that is IBM indicate that its years-long efforts to turn a corner might be paying off, though not everyone on Wall Street agrees. Big Blue last week reported a sales uplift of 4 per cent to $20.4bn for Q2 ended 30 June. T...

Atos to hoover up US tech buzzword biz Syntel for $3.4bn • The Register

Atos has diverted attention from some cracks in its North American ops by making public its intention to spend lots of cash – a cool $3.4bn to be precise – to buy US-HQ'd tech services outfit Syntel. Michigan-based Syntel sells a menu of cloud, mobile, analytics, IoT, and automation services, w...

Global Domination = Profit Reduction • The Register

Dusting off a $5bn European monopoly abuse fine over Google's Android business, parent company Alphabet delivered better than expected Q2 2018 earnings – lifting its shares in after-hours trading. Alphabet today reported $32.7bn in revenues in the three months to June 30, up 26 per cent compared ...

IBM sales creep up three per cent, share price follows suit • The Register

IBM is touting the growth in its "strategic imperatives" business lineup with helping its revenues once again gain over the year-ago quarter. It wasn't all great news for Big Blue, however, as other favored businesses such as Cognitive Solutions and Technology Services and Cloud were flat or down f...

Telco IT admins on red alert as Cisco flings out patches for security holes in policy toolkit • The Register

Cisco has emitted 25 product security advisories – with four critical bugs flattened in its service provider-oriented Cisco Policy Suite. The suite’s Policy Builder toolkit can be exploited by an unauthenticated remote attacker to gain access to its policy interface, due to an authentication bu...

Want to save more on Serverless Computing? You’ve gotta be FaaS • The Register

If you like simplifying your infrastructure, saving money, and beating deadlines, you’ll want to know that you’ve got just one month to save hundreds of pounds on tickets for Serverless Computing London. We’ve got almost 40 speakers joining us in London in November, including keynote speakers...

Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year • The Register

Microsoft has closed out a massive fiscal 2018 that saw the Redmond giant lay claim to more than $110bn in total revenue. Azure and its cloud compute operation was singled out in Redmond's financial figures – released on Thursday – as one of Microsoft's top performers both in the full year and ...

Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France • The Register

Google has announced its first private trans-Atlantic cable, with landings at Virginia Beach in the US and on the French Atlantic coast. Named Dunant (after Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross), the cable will go overland to follow a terrestrial link to the Chocolate Factory's cloud region in Be...

Google Cloud Platform reins in bot-driven account suspensions • The Register

With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. "With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said ...

Google Cloud Platform reins in its trigger-happy account-axing AI cops • The Register

With no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace. "With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said ...

What’s in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently • The Register

Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept. Cambridge Analytica was one of five firms placed into administration amid the fallout from the Facebook data harvesting scandal. The firms – C...

Get a good look at Microsoft’s Windows Analytics suite • The Register

Promo Windows Analytics is a cloud-based suite of solutions that provides proactive insights into the current state of a Windows environment. The suite uses telemetry data to monitor an organisation’s devices, detect any problems and keep the devices secure and up to date. It aims to streamline s...

Report claims AWS will make switches to go after Cisco • The Register

Rumours emerged late last week that AWS plans to make and sell white box switches for you to use on-premises. Citing a couple of folk familiar with the plan, The Information framed a story as AWS using white box switches to go after Cisco by undercutting it on price. Causation hasn’t been proven,...

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming

Quite a few things happened in the land of storage this past week. When it came to hardware, there were a raft of substitutions in the second half, and we also saw the appearance of a new benchmark that hopes to punt real-world workloads past the goalie. There was also, of course, an attempt to win ...

Exec-transcribing AI so you can click Like on their brainfarts. Oh Microsoft, you spoil us • The Register

It’s Monday and Microsoft’s Partners are already winging their way to Las Vegas for Inspire. That means it must be time for a news round-up. Surface a-go-go While the soap opera of the mythical Andromeda device rumbled on, Microsoft finally admitted that yes, a new Surface device was on the wa...

Salesforce slurps up cloudy Israeli AI marketing biz for ‘around $800m’ • The Register

Salesforce has slurped up Israeli cloudy artificial intelligence biz Datorama for a reported $800m. The CRM firm today announced that it will acquire the firm, which offers a cloud-based marketing intelligence and analytics platform. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters said estim...

Juniper makes a meal of Spectre

Roundup Juniper Networks has issued its semi-regular bug-dump, with sixteen advisories arriving late last week. There's a Spectre/Meltdown patch in there, but you need to go looking: it's in the Junos Space management platform, along with various other items. Junos Space also received one fix for B...

Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there’s another Russian hacking scandal, and more • The Register

Roundup This week, when we weren't watching the football and sobbing uncontrollably, we saw security headaches at NPM and Ticketmaster, and a priest in hot water with cybercrime charges. But there's always more in the security world. Here are a few other bits of security news from recent days. Rus...

NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts • The Register

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017. The service is a bit late: NetApp called for pilot users back in November 2017 and said it would “be available for public preview in early 2018”. We’re pr...

Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance • The Register

Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises. The DP4400 comes just over a year after an Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) quartet was announced: the DP5300, 5800, 8300, and 8800. The DP4400 comes in a 2U box and is po...

‘For goodness’ sake people, cut down on the meetings!’ • The Register

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email. Helpful hints or management monitoring? You decide The first, Workspace Analytics solution for ...

Vid services and big AI appear in Microsoft’s government cloud • The Register

Azure Government users rejoice! Azure Media Services and Azure Batch AI have made the leap from the public sector to the not-at-all-ominous halls of the US government. Microsoft was chuffed to announce this week that yet more functionality had been deemed fit to make the move into the highly contro...

For God’s sake, people, cut down on the meetings! • The Register

Microsoft yesterday squeezed out a couple of technologies aimed at encouraging teams to adopt a healthier approach toward meetings and, you know, maybe think a bit before firing off that midnight email. Helpful hints or management monitoring? You decide The first, Workspace Analytics solution for ...

Thought two-factor auth completely locks down Office 365? Not quite • The Register

Hackers can potentially obtain access to Microsoft Office 365-hosted emails and calendars even if multi-factor-authentication is thought to be in place, we were warned this week. Cybercrooks are able to force their way into corporate Office 365 accounts, bypassing single sign-on or multi-factor aut...

Salesforce ‘Einstein’ now smart enough for customer service • The Register

Salesforce has unleashed an upgrade to its Einstein AI that equips it to handle customer service chores. Einstein has hitherto been offered as an assistant capable of helping Salesforce users to make predictions based on the data they’ve collected on the SaaS platform, with one variant also capab...

Ticketmaster breach ‘part of massive card-skimming campaign • The Register

The Ticketmaster breach was not a one-off, but part of a massive digital credit card-skimming campaign. Threat intel firm RiskIQ reckons the hacking group Magecart hit Ticketmaster only as part of a massive credit card card hacking campaign affecting more than 800 e-commerce sites. Magecart has ev...

Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers • The Register

Microsoft’s revealed a new way to buy Windows Server and SQL Server – a subscription offer tied to Azure. The new offer is tied to Azure Reserved Instances plan that Redmond announced last year, under which you can pay up-front for one or three years of Azure servers. As of July 10th, Reserved ...

Ransomware is so 2017, it’s all cryptomining now among the script kiddies • The Register

The number of organisations affected by cryptomining malware in the first half of 2018 ramped up to 42 per cent, compared to 20.5 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to a new report from Check Point. The top three most common malware variants seen in the first half of 2018 were all crypt...

We shall call him Mini-U – Ubuntu reveals tiny cloudy server • The Register

Canonical has released a new cut of Ubuntu it recommends for use in the cloud and containers. “Minimal Ubuntu” is based on either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or 18.04 LTS. A Docker image of the latter weighs in at 29 megabytes. Images of the OS for the cloud are said to be “less than 50% the size of the...

‘It’s legacy stuff brute-forced in’: Not everyone is happy with Citrix’s cloud • The Register

Though Citrix may see its future in the cloud, some users of the service have complained that its promises may be a little too vapoury for comfort. Folk have taken to social media to vent their frustration with the platform, which Citrix markets as being fast, adaptable, secure and good for clients...

Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests

Analysis Cambridge Analytica had data ferreted away on disconnected servers, Twitter actually kicked the firm's ads off its platform, and Facebook still has a lot of questions to answer. Also, British political parties used software to guess voters' ethnicities. These were some of the findings of ...

Take a pinch of Intel Skylake silicon, some flash powder, sprinkle into IBM’s FlashSystem • The Register

IBM today added new models to its FlashSystem line to more than double the family's maximum capacity, push performance higher with Intel Skylake processors, and strengthen its NVMe-over-fabrics capabilities. There are two new systems on offer: the 9100 and the 9150. Both come in 2U enclosures with ...

US taxmen want an AI to do the security checks it seemingly can’t do itself • The Register

The US tax authority – the Internal Revenue Service – is looking at how AI can secure and protect taxpayers’ data held on its servers. It recently filed a request for information aimed at experts that can help guide the IRS into possibly developing a platform that uses machine learning to sni...

Hardware rumours, goat-spanking search engines and plenty of Azure. It’s last week in Redmond • The Register

New builds, no outages and a few brokenhearted fanboys. It's the week at Microsoft. While plucky little America celebrated its liberation from the might of the British Empire, Microsoft was busy devising ways of liberating budget-conscious Surface fans from their cash as new hardware was sighted at...

AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more… • The Register

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of some announcements from the world of AI this week. OpenAI researchers reach the highest score yet on the computer game Montezeuma's Revenge through reinforcement learning, DeepMind teaches its bots to play Capture the Flag on Quake III Arena and the US Depar...

IBM Cloud’s elasticity stretches and stretches (Big Blue’s credibility?) • The Register

IBM’s cloud is having a bad day. An incident that kicked off at 19:48 UTC on Thursday, July 5th, saw “long provisioning times [for virtual servers] … observed through monitoring systems,” leading to a warning to the effect that “At this time, customers may experience longer than normal ti...

Hoping for Microsoft’s mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don’t hold your breath • The Register

Finding a new form factor for personal computing is harder than Microsoft thought. Reports suggest Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld due to incomplete software. So the mythical device looks like the victim of another Redmond reorg. In March, the Windows and Dev...

Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud • The Register

In 2017 Diane Bryant left her post as group president of Intel’s data center group after a 30-year Chipzilla career, then took up a gig as chief operating officer of Google's cloud business. Now, she's left Google after just seven months. Bryant left Intel's Data Center Group in May 2017. The com...

Google releases lite PC-snooper, ‘cos full mobile management is hard • The Register

Google’s released a Chrome extension that lets admins snoop on the state of PCs accessing its cloudy productivity and infrastructure products. The “Endpoint Verification” extension works on Chrome OS, MacOS or Windows devices. The latter two platforms need a “native helper” too. Once ins...

Techies investigate troubling storage underperformance • The Register

Updated Storage systems in several of IBM's European data centres have been down since the small hours, with engineers battling to fix an unspecified "network-related" problem they identified six hours after the outage began. The IBM Cloud Storage wobble struck this morning at 0525 UTC, a disgruntl...

Thrice, in a trice, IBM cloud cuts prices • The Register

IBM has cut the price of cloud services three times in a week. It's far from unusual for clouds to cut prices: AWS and Azure often trade price cuts and say they're duty bound to pass them on as their economies of scale improve. IBM, however, enjoys a lowly position on Gartner's most recent Magic Q...

Juniper pours a shot of its data centre juice into campus networks • The Register

Campus networks will get the same capabilities as data centre networks, after Juniper networks squeezed EVPN-VXLAN fabric functionality into campus-size implementations. The aim, the company said, is to help companies build an enterprise-wide fabric. In particular, the Gin Palace explained, the mov...

Want to know how to save big on AI and machine learning? • The Register

Events If you’re sweating about how to get on top of machine learning and AI, snap up an early bird ticket for MCubed, our three-day delve into how real organisations can exploit these technologies. With two superb keynote speakers, 36 conference sessions, and four optional deep dive workshops, t...

We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m • The Register

UK.gov has trumpeted the addition of almost 650 new small businesses to its G-Cloud marketplace – but SMEs might want to put the Champagne on ice as sales figures reveal that AWS UK is classed in that group. The cloudy supplier framework is part of the government's continued battle to spend less ...

IBM fired me because I’m not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row • The Register

A laid-off IBM cloud sales ace is suing the IT giant for age discrimination, alleging he was forced out for being too old. Jonathan Langley joined Big Blue in 1993, and worked his way up the ranks over the next 24 years. Then, in 2017, as worldwide program director and sales lead of the Bluemix sof...

3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid

I’m a big fan of cloud-based machine learning and deep learning, and AI in general. After all, you can’t be a geek without imagining having a conversation with an artificially intelligent being that can answer questions and carry out your bidding! That’s said, I’m also seeing cloud-based ...

You spin me right round, storage, right round – like a ferrous-based… • The Register

The spinning rust of storage whirls the players around again and again – even the flashy and cloudy sorts who supply kit with no moving parts. When it comes to some of this industry's variables – supply, demand, partnerships and advances in tech – events dear boy, events happen. Cloud Daddy ...

When Google’s robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call? • The Register

A sysadmin given just three days to respond to the threatened deletion of a mission-critical system has prompted a vigorous debate about the quality of cloud support. Writing on Medium, the user describes how the Google Cloud-hosted asset monitoring system for his firm's wind and solar energy plant...

While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued • The Register

Seven days is a long time in the Microsoft world, although possibly not long enough to complete an April 2018 Update of Windows 10. This week brought both good and bad news from the bowels of Redmond. Windows giveth and taketh away While Microsoft quietly did away with support for older CPUs in Wi...

Oracle, for one, says we’ll welcome our new robot overlords

Nine tenths of us pathetic meatbags are just itching for a benevolent AI to take charge of our affairs and make all the big decisions. This according to enterprise software giant Oracle, who for some reason funded a study polling 1,320 "HR leaders and employees" as to whether they would want to be ...

Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google’s clone gets real and IBM’s comes to Europe • The Register

IBM and Google have each announced a competitor for Amazon Web Services’s “Snowball”. Amazon’s Snowball is a rugged box full of disk that it ships to users so they can fill it with tens of terabytes of data. Once full, the Snowball rolls all the way to an AWS bit barn where its contents are...

Ready, get Sets… no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed • The Register

Microsoft dropped another Insider build of Windows 10 last night. Hidden away among the long list of tweaks in build 17704 was news that the anticipated Sets function is unlikely to see the light of day. Sets was one of the more visible changes expected in the next version of Windows (currently kno...

Google pushes NASty Cloud Filestore to beta • The Register

Google has opened a beta programme offering managed file storage for apps running in its cloud platform. Instead of users provisioning their own storage and providing/obtaining file interface software for their apps, they can now directly mount Cloud Filestore volumes on GCP Compute Engine VMs. The...

Yeah, we wanted GitHub too. Whatevs • The Register

So it's official – Google was also keen on acquiring GitHub before Microsoft swooped in with its $7.5bn purchase. Speaking at an event in San Francisco, Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud, said ruefully: "I wouldn't have minded buying them, but it's OK." There was no word on what offer Google was ...

Press 1 for automagic an K8s cluster. Press 2 or 3 for complex Kubernetes • The Register

VMware’s announced a new container play called “VMware Kubernetes Engine” (VKE) that will be offered as SaaS on AWS and soon on Azure too. The product offers vanilla Kubernetes, but automates provisioning, management and maintenance. It does that because VMware’s concluded that many develop...

Google kills AdWords! • The Register

LOGOWATCH When announcing its first quarter results for 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai focussed on what he called "our three big areas, cloud, YouTube and hardware". As we noted at the time, that left the company’s biggest source of cash – ads – off the front page. Pichai did, however, say th...

Microsoft’s next trick? Kicking things out of the cloud to Azure IoT Edge • The Register

After years of pitching its customers to move their compute onto its Azure cloud, Microsoft is trying to push them out. Or at least nudge them to move some of their work out of data centers to edge devices that can offer better response times. To do this, Redmond has made Azure IoT Edge available ...

MongoDB turns on, tunes in, drops ACID and goes mobile • The Register

Document database biz MongoDB is aiming to be all things to all people as it continues to court the enterprise and move up the stack, offering a mobile product, ACID compliance and global clusters. The latest raft of announcements, made at the 10-year-old firm's annual gabfest in New York, are part...

Playing nice with a host of tech-pushers pushed OpenStack close to edge • The Register

If one thing stood out at OpenStack's Vancouver summit in May, it's that the open-source project isn't just about data centre-based cloud computing any more. When Rackspace and NASA founded OpenStack eight years back, they wanted it to drive more efficient computing in the data centre by delivering...

GitLab’s move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition. Yep • The Register

From the department of "yeah, right" comes news that GitLab is shifting its platform from Azure to Google in order to take advantage of the ad giant's Kubernetes technology. It is, of course, absolutely nothing to do with cosying up to developers still anguished following Microsoft's purchase of Gi...

AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks • The Register

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the col...

You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me • The Register

If we've played our cards right, you'll be up to date on the storage goings-on of the week. Otherwise you'll be lost in the shuffle. Here's a hand full of aces, kings and queens – and don't forget the joker. CTERA This secure edge to cloud file services supplier has expanded its appliance produc...

Look, Ma! A common code base • The Register

SUSE today announced the impending release of SUSE Linux Enterprise 15, featuring a boatload of new toys and a leap in version numbering. The new release, which is based on version 4.12 of the Linux kernel and allows the use of a wider variety of hardware (such as new AMD and Intel chipsets, Arm SO...

What does it take for an OpenAI bot to best Dota 2 heroes? 128,000 CPU cores, 256 Nvidia GPUs • The Register

OpenAI's video-game-playing bots are getting much better at mastering sci-fi strategy war game Dota 2, seeing off semi pro players with ease. However, they can’t quite master the whole game to beat top professional teams – yet. Last August, researchers at the OpenAI lab headquartered in San Fr...

Nvidia adds nine nifty AI supercomputing containers to the cloud • The Register

Nvidia has added nine new GPU-charged supercomputing containers to its cloud service. It has expanded its Nvidia GPU Cloud (NGC) to now include 35 containers, and has more than tripled the amount on its platform, which launched last year. They’re aimed at hardcore engineers running huge workload...

The week that QoS in networking, aka WAN, RAN, thank you ma’am • The Register

Roundup Nokia has claimed a first by demonstrating a cloud-based radio access network (RAN) running on an operational carrier network. The demonstration was on the Orange network in Poland. The March – May 2018 trial used Nokia's AirScale Cloud RAN, and was designed to help both carrier and vend...

Something to fire up PyTorch fans, Facebook emits code for analyzing human poses, and more • The Register

Roundup Hi, here are a few announcements in the AI world from this week. Read on to find out what's happening with PyTorch, which startup Microsoft just bought, and who won OpenAI's Sonic challenge. Hurrah, more support for PyTorch: Amazon Sagemaker, a platform that deploys machine learning systems...

Don’t panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam • The Register

Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family. SEC Consult says it found flaws in the Fredi Wi-Fi baby monitor that would allow an outside attacker to remotely connect to the device and use its built in camera...

In huge privacy win, US Supreme Court rules warrant needed to slurp folks’ location data • The Register

In a decision that will define privacy in the digital age, the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Friday that the government needs a warrant to access its citizens' mobile phone location data. Written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the four liberal justices, the majority opinion extended ...

VMware set to reveal blockchain, better app store, new AWS client • The Register

VMware’s published the content catalogues for its VMworld gabfests in Las Vegas (August) and Barcelona (November) and as usual has leaked a few insights into what it’s working on. Attendees at VMworld USA will have a chance to attend a session titled “VMware enterprise blockchain – getting ...

Hot DRAM, we’re still shifting piles of kit, but somebody’s missing our XPoint • The Register

Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed. Revenues were $7.8bn, up 40 per cent annually, with net profits of $3.8bn, more than twice last year's $1.7bn. Memory ruled the quarter with...

Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out… • The Register

Oracle has capped off a solid fiscal year, and, let's be fair, you can forgive it for boasting that big things are coming for its database line in the coming 12 months. On Tuesday, Larry Ellison's enterprise tech giant delivered both the Q4 and full year 2018 numbers reports. It also described its ...

AI-on-demand as Google Cloud TPUs are rentable for a few bucks a hour • The Register

AI developers can now rent Google’s Cloud TPU chips in the US, Asia, and Europe by the hour. The Cloud TPU, also referred to as TPU2, is the second generation of Google’s TPU hardware aimed at optimizing machine learning models written in TensorFlow. The first TPU was more of an internal experi...

Is taking on Amazon’s EFS really such a stretch? • The Register

Analysis Hybrid cloud filer Elastifile's co-founder and CEO Amir Aharoni has stepped aside and the new incumbent of the stretchy hot seat, former Scality man Erwan Menard, has said the firm will offer cloud native product optimised for each public cloud. Menard, who took the helm three weeks ago, a...

You’ve seen the hype. Now you’re curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab… • The Register

Microsoft has thrown open the doors to its AI Lab, a suite of beginner projects to help developers learn machine learning. There are five different experiments that cover computer vision, natural language processing, and drones. “Each lab gives you access to the experimentation playground, source...

♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬ • The Register

Suomeen sovellusten kehittämistä ... sorry, let's have that in English: Google has opened its sixteenth cloud region, taking the Google Cloud Platform to the Nordic region via a data centre in Finland. The company first promised the Finnish region in January 2018. From a connectivity point of vi...

Splunk acquires VictorOps to take it – and you – into site reliability engineering • The Register

Last week Splunk spent US$120m to acquire VictorOps, a DevOps incident management outfit. And yesterday Splunk’s chief technology advocate Andi Mann told The Register why. Mann told us that for years Splunk’s been all about helping to investigate incidents. The company’s big data heritage sa...

Public, private, hybrid cloud? Take a dip in our GreenLake HPE urges • The Register

At its Discover conference on Tuesday Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out a managed service for private, public and hybrid clouds starting with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. The GreenLake Hybrid Cloud includes a set of tools and operational services that are supposed to make workloads acr...

Generally Down, Possibly Recovering • The Register

Updated Microsoft Azure tumbled over in northern Europe – and services have effectively stayed down for unlucky customers for around five hours. The disruption was caused by problems within the cloud platform's storage and networking systems, we're told. Today, from 1744 UTC to now, at time of wr...

Google cuts price of cloudy interconnects from partners • The Register

Google has formally launched its Partner Interconnect product, priced for customers too small to afford 10 Gbps interconnect links. Google Cloud Partner Interconnect connects organisations who don't have access to a Google Cloud Platform peering location, or who have a service provider they want to...

It’s roundup time – like scouring the local paper for pics of your kid, but with storage firms • The Register

Storage companies big and small are always announcing something or other big and small, whether that's sick new tech, astonishing customer numbers or an incremental update to software that is going to totally revolutionise the way you stash data. Yes, storage companies. We see you. We just didn't t...

Hortonworks Data Platform update flicks on containerisation • The Register

Data management firm Hortonworks has enabled containerisation in the latest release of its Data Platform, while announcing a set of extended cloud deals with Microsoft, Google and IBM. CTO Scott Gnau said the overall aim of the announcements, made today at its 11th annual DataWorks Summit in San Jo...

Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses … and down they went • The Register

Google gave some of its cloud customers a rotten weekend by breaking a bunch of virtual machines. Detailed in this incident report, the company first noticed problems at nearly beer o’clock on Friday afternoon, June 15th, Pacific Time – just after midnight on Saturday for European users and ear...

Do NetAdmins like snacks? Asking cos here’s a dish of tasty network news nibbles • The Register

Roundup Be nimble, be QUIC: Google's added secured load balancing support to its QUIC protocol. The Chocolate Factory created QUIC as a way to speed up Web connections by reducing the number of round trips for connection setup and using UDP instead of TCP, but it's seen only limited adoption outsid...

Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud? • The Register

Healthcare providers are the top users of public clouds, says analyst firm IDC. The outfit’s new “Worldwide Semiannual Industry Cloud Tracker” reports that growth in cloud spend across four industry sectors – finance, healthcare, manufacturing and the public sector – is ratting along at U...

G Suitened with helping of Google’s App Maker • The Register

After a year and a half of gestation in its Early Adopter program, Google's low-code application development environment App Maker has been delivered into the hands of its corporate customers. App Maker allows G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise subscribers to create artisanal apps tied to s...

Docker Hub security dissed, dodgy container image data damned • The Register

At DockerCon in San Francisco on Wednesday, CEO Steve Singh highlighted security as one of Docker's core principles. Only a day earlier, Germany-based security software development shop Kromtech suggested security wasn't a priority for the code containerizer. Over the past twelve months, Kromtech ...

Rackspace starts renting its rack space • The Register

Rackspace has entered the colocation business and invited world+dog to put its kit in the company’s data centres. The company’s pitching its service as a fine way for organisations to get used to cloud-style operations and says it’s a fine place to make such a foray because its data centres w...

The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come • The Register

El Reg's radio telescopes are trained on the storage galaxy and use super-advanced AI, machine learning and pattern-recognition techniques to tease information out of the noise. [Ed: Bullsh*t, you read the press releases and get sent a few tweets.] Let's see what the industry has to say this week. ...

Never mind infrastructure, what about the customer? • The Register

Promo Cloud CRM giant Salesforce recently surveyed 1,005 IT leaders in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK to examine how IT is evolving to meet the needs of an ever more connected customer base. The results of the survey were compiled into a report entitled The State of IT in Europ...

Hybrid cloud’s no fun, can’t get nothing done – will Rubrik make you whole again? • The Register

As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid multi-cloud IT strategies, they tend to find themselves mired in a multi-silo data management nightmare. Rubrik has stepped up to claim it can make the fractured mess whole again with its Alta software. Broadly speaking, Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Platfo...

IBM’s cloud adds availability zones • The Register

IBM’s added availability zones to its cloud. Big Blue’s definition of an availability zone will be familiar to cloud-using readers: the company says they’re a “logically and physically isolated location within an IBM Cloud Region with independent power, cooling and network infrastructures i...

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins preaches the cloud, but nothing new • The Register

Cisco Live CEO keynotes at big vendors' annual gabfests are evangelical events, and Cisco's Chuck Robbins didn't disappoint on that score as he opened this year's Cisco Live. But if customers expected a big reveal of new products or strategies, they would have come away disappointed. Sure, Robbins ...

VMware’s remote management agent allows remote execution • The Register

VMware’s warned that the agent used by its AirWatch mobile device management product has a vulnerability that could allow remote control of mobile devices running Android or Windows Mobile, so will deprecate the features that allowed the attack. The critical-rated CVE-2018-6968 details a vulnerab...

10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

Bottom line: Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process. Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the po...

Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6’s party falls flat • The Register

Roundup Last week saw celebration in the IPv6 community this week – not because adoption is finally really taking off, but because, umm, look, something must have happened, right? Well, yes, kind of: in spite of first being authored in 1999, IPv6 lay fallow for more than a decade, even though we ...

It’s all about cloud. Oh and blockchain, let’s do that too • The Register

SAP has used its annual conference to announce plans to release a private cloud deployment with IBM Cloud, offer up blockchain-as-a-service and bolster its Leonardo tool kit. The gabfest, held in Florida, US, this week, has seen the German ERP giant shift its focus to creating what it terms the "in...

Hitachi Vantara injects Skylaking servers with Optane caching, GPU grunt • The Register

Hitachi Vantara has updated more servers with Skylake processors and added variants with Optane SSD caching and Nvidia GPU support. It makes base Unified Compute Platform (UCP) servers, DS(nnn) models, and then optimises them for VMware environments with V(nnn) models. These V(nnn) models are then ...

AI steals the show at Infosec Europe • The Register

Artificial intelligence and machine learning - rather than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation – emerged as a key theme of the Infosecurity Europe Conference. Many security vendors - particularly in the field of endpoint security - have been talking up the potential for artificial intelli...

Oracle says migrating on-prem ERP to cloud now easier than upgrade • The Register

Oracle’s launched a cloud migration service it says can “reduce the time and cost of cloud migration by up to 30 percent” and “enables customers with applications running on premises to upgrade to Oracle Cloud Applications in as little as 20 weeks.” CTO and chair Larry Ellison said the ...

Still digitally transforming biz. Still losing money • The Register

Open source data software slinger Cloudera dramatically slashed net losses in the first quarter of its fiscal new year but only after hacking away at a string of company expenses from R&D to staff costs. Financials for the three-month period ended 30 April 2018 showed a 29 per cent upward swing in ...

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit • The Register

Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs. The Photoshop giant said today its Flash Player 30.0.0.113 update should be a top installation priority for Mac, Windows, an...

If you’re NetApp-y and you know it, clap your hands. If you’re app-y and you know it… • The Register

Burger that ... FlexPod is now a multi-layer IT meal with hardware, software, and applications NetApp is adding application layers to its FlexPod stack, and developing a managed service version. Flexpod installations typically integrate Cisco UCS servers, Nexus switches, MDS directors, and NetApp ...

Microsoft doubles Azure Stack’s footprint, embiggens Azure VMs • The Register

Microsoft has doubled the number of countries in which its Azure Stack hybrid cloud kit will operate, effectively extending Azure's reach with minimal capital expenditure . Azure Stack is an in-a-box-and-on-premises Azure subset and was previewed in January 2016 and formally launched in July 2017. ...

Hacked serverless functions are a crypto-gold mine for miscreants • The Register

PureSec, a maker of security software for serverless apps, has been poking about various cloud service providers, and found that hosted functions offer a shortcut to illicit crypto-mining. Crypto-mining attacks that hijack processing power do best with mass distribution. Those who can harness large...

How poisoned archives can hack your computer • The Register

Video Booby-trapped archive files can exploit vulnerabilities in a swath of software to overwrite documents and data elsewhere on a computer's file system – and potentially execute malicious code. Specifically, the flaws, dubbed "Zip Slip" by its discoverers at security outfit Snyk, is a path tra...

Containers run and flash cells bubble • The Register

Exudence of Toshiba, scrapings of Sphere3D and essence of NGD make a foul-smelling storage broth this week. We invite you to dip in a ladle and get a taste of what the storage industry got up to in the past week. We have a new Toshiba portable SSD, NGD announcing SSDs with embedded Arm application ...

UK Foreign Sec BoJo asks tech firms to save endangered species • The Register

UK Foreign Secretary and Beano* character wrought in flesh, Boris Johnson, put tech boffins and conservationists in a room together today and asked them to come up with a way of combating illegal wildlife trade. Representatives from the likes of Google and Amazon were regaled with stories from the ...

Judge us by our actions • The Register

Microsoft putting everybody at ease by showing competing products next to its own. Phew, what a relief. What's that? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is at pains to reassure developers that its $7.5bn purchase of GitHub won't turn the code repository into an Azure-only space. "We love developers, and w...

There’s no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one • The Register

Apple held its annual developer prep rally in San Jose, California, on Monday to discuss additions and improvements to its software but not its hardware. "Today is all about software," said CEO Tim Cook in his opening remarks. And about using less of it, as Craig Federighi, SVP of software enginee...

Packet mix cake is yum! And so is this mix of packet-related news • The Register

ROUNDUP FireEye has borrowed from the credit card industry to try and detect malicious logins. The company's reasoning is that someone in Sydney at 9AM can't legitimately log into a system from (say) Hong Kong an hour later. So the company's announced GeoLogonalyzer to try to detect malicious logi...

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more • The Register

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of all the important announcements in AI this week. Google has succumbed to pressure and won't be renewing its contract with the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, there's a public massive data dump for useful for training self-driving cars and some hatred fo...

AWS outage killed some cloudy servers, recovery time is uncertain • The Register

Updated Parts of Amazon Web Services' US-East-1 region have experienced about half an hour of downtime, but some customers' instances and data can't be restored because the hardware running them appears to have experienced complete failure. The cloud colossus’ status page reports an investigation...

VMware declares energy-guzzling blockchains ‘immoral’ • The Register

VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell (L) and CEO Pat Gelsinger (R) on stage at the company's Radio conference At VMware's 14th Radio conference in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, CTO Ray O'Farrell presented two possible paths for corporate adaptation in the face of market changes: BlackBerry's exit from t...

Rise of the open source data strategies • The Register

Comment Oracle is industry’s single largest database vandor. That was great during the days before cloud and open source. Now, however, the on-prem RDBMS giant faces a challenge – a challenge compunded by cloud. According to Gartner, Oracle owns a tiny sliver of the cloud infrastructure market ...

USA needs law ‘a lot like GDPR’ says Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff • The Register

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks the USA needs “a national privacy law … that probably looks a lot like GDPR.” “This is going to help our industry,” he said on an earnings call for Salesforces Q1 2019 results. “It's going to set the guardrails around trust, around safety. It's going t...

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it • The Register

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has written to Apple with a request to remove messaging app Telegram from its App Store. Or else. The regulator’s notice about the letter also requests that Apple cease “sending its service push notifications to Russian users.” The notice says...

Hitch a ride on Storship Enterprise’s weekly voyage of discovery • The Register

Huawei's flash arrays have done well in a SPEC filer benchmark, Pavilion has brought out an NVMe-oF array with 20, yes 20, controllers, Nutanix is growing, and OEMs are reportedly feeling the DRAM pressure. It's your week in storage. These are just a few of the news nuggets encountered in our weekl...

Dell EMC ‘years behind’ in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO • The Register

NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015. Profits for the 12 months shrank to $76m, down from $509m a year ago – NetApp blamed a one-time $850m charge under the 2017 US Tax Reform Reco...

Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models • The Register

Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays. It announced new FlashArrays and Purity OS software, a pay-for-use scheme, an entry-...

Adobe acquires Magento to go B2B2C and beyond • The Register

Adobe has announced it will acquire Magento Commerce, and fold the gobbled business's platform into its Experience Cloud. Magento started life as an open-source web platform that melded content management and e-commerce, an approach that simplified matters considerably for small business and attrac...

Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain • The Register

As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches. Barracuda This now data security-focused and private equity-owned company has pushed out its Web Application Firewall as a service – WAFaaS. WAFaaS is built on Barracuda's web applicatio...

Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops • The Register

Analysis The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed dismay that Amazon Web Services has been urging US government agencies to use its Rekognition API for state-sponsored facial recognition. The advocacy organization published emails obtained over a six-month investigation documenting m...

Micron first to strut its NAND stuff in the enterprise quad • The Register

What's better than three flash meerkats? Four. Micron is introducing a 64-layer QLC flash 5210 ION SSD, opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war. QLC (quad-level cell) flash stores 4 bits/cell, one more than currently shipping TLC (3 bits/cell) product. The drive interface is 6Gbit/s SATA....

Apple tells app makers to strip VoIP toolkit from iOS software in China • The Register

Developers of iOS apps distributed in China have started to receive notifications from Apple that they are required to remove CallKit, a software UI framework for integrating VoIP calling services, from their apps. A post in an Apple developer forum last week recounts having an app rejected by Appl...

SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy • The Register

The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand. The filings, submitted to the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court late yesterday, are for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – akin to liquidation in the UK ...

Git push origin undo-my-last-disaster • The Register

"I'm about to make a change that will probably wipe out all of our systems." That was the message a developer employee once delivered to Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, just prior to an attempted system update at his company. Richardson, who also serves as the Technical Oversight Committee C...

Serverless continuous deployment for the AWS crowd: Feeding time in Lambda-land • The Register

Continuous Lifecycle "You'll never go hungry if you know AWS," one of the workshop participants at the Continuous Lifecycle conference in London remarked. Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, was behind the lectern yesterday afternoon, preparing to conduct a tour of serverless c...

Containerised HPC, cosmology, and much more Moore’s Law

PROMO The annual ISC High Performance conference always draws speakers, exhibitors and researchers from all over the world, and this year’s event promises to be a bumper edition. Aimed at revealing HPC technological development and its application in both scientific and commercial environments, I...

Software development slow because ‘Most of our ideas suck’ • The Register

If you want a vision of the future of software creation, imagine a boot process spinning up a server, forever. Speaking at Continuous Lifecycle London* on Wednesday, Mike Roberts, co-founder of consultancy Symphonia Cloud, employed less Orwellian terminology for tomorrow: continuous experimentation...

Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor) • The Register

The Pentagon has doubled down on its plan to hand a megabucks cloud contract to a single vendor. In a letter released just as the Department of Defense was due to issue the final call for proposals for the lucrative Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract (JEDI), the Pentagon insisted th...

Boffins urge Google to drop military contract after employees resign over using AI for drones • The Register

Hundreds of academics across the world have signed an open letter urging Google to stop working with the US Department of Defense in analysing drone footage using its AI technology for Project Maven. The open letter, which has nearly reached 300 signatures at the time of writing, was started by the...

Curiouser and curiouser: Quasi NVDIMMs, GDPR-tastic SaaS and more • The Register

"The time has come," the roundup read, "to talk of many things: Of caching tech – and Optane drives – of in-memory computings..." A lot has happened in storage over the past week. Viking Tech introduced an NVDIMM-like 2.5-inch persistent memory drive; Sphere3D sold off Overland; HPE's SimpliVit...

Enterprise backup bods treat kit for ransomware code lurk • The Register

Backup software crew Assigra has put out a new version of its product which disinfects scanned backup files for ransomware to prevent restoration reloading code that screws with your data. V14 of Assigra's backup product, called Cloud Backup Evolved (CBE), has added ransomware scanning to its backu...

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone • The Register

Adobe has posted security updates for Acrobat, Reader, and Photoshop, many of them critical fixes. The developer says the Acrobat and Reader update will address a total of 47 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including two dozen remote code execution flaws in the PDF readers. Adobe notes that none of the...

AWS Won Serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them • The Register

"Serverless" didn't get a single mention in Amazon's quarterly earnings call. Neither did its poster child, AWS Lambda. Apparently it's not the sort of thing investors want to hear about, even if the developers that keep dumping cash into Amazon's pockets do. In the latest quarter, AWS represented ...

IBM’s storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee • The Register

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cl...

Oracle-botherer Rimini Street cuddles up to Salesforce • The Register

Oracle third-party support slinger Rimini Street has added Salesforce to its portfolio, which isn't going to ease any tension that still exists with Larry Ellison's lot following a protracted court battle. Las Vegas-based Rimini will offer support for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud, addin...

Citrix joins the ‘re-invent the future of work’ chorus with a workspace app and security stuff • The Register

Citrix has used its Synergy conference to pitch itself as a vendor capable of changing the way you and your users work. CEO David Henshall’s spiel is that organisation are using a multitude of on-prem, SaaS and cloud resources and users are therefore “having a hard time finding what they need...

VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client • The Register

VMware has finally set a date for delivery of a fully-functional HTML5 client for vSphere. Virtzilla revealed the client way back in March 2016. The company needed a new client for two reasons, the first of which was that its old web-based client used Flash. Adobe’s spawn is a byword for dodgy s...

UK government’s cloud spending hits saturation

Growth in spending on cloud by certain sectors of the UK government looks to be coming to a juddering halt, according to information provided under Freedom of Information (FoI) and open data. And contrary to the rest of the world, where Amazon’s AWS is number one, it is Microsoft’s Azure that...

Google borg gobbles Israeli cloud migration startup • The Register

Israeli multi-vendor cloud migration startup Velostrata might not be so agnostic about which data centres it shifts workloads to after agreeing to be gobbled by Google for an undisclosed financial sum. Velostrata was launched in 2014 by CEO Issy Ben-Shaul and chief architect Ady Degany. Its tech de...

Not a yoga class, silly, Nutanix’s move into copy data management • The Register

Nutanix has moved into SaaS-based compliance, Acropolis SDN-based security and PaaS-based automated database operations with its new Beam, Flow and Era products. Beam technology is based on the acquired Minjar Botmetric service, a SaaS multi-cloud governance platform to manage spending, security an...

Top IoT M2M module shipper for 2017 was China’s Simcom. Who’s surprised? • The Register

The biggest shipper of Internet of Things cellular modules last year wasn’t one of the usual suspects such as Gemalto or Telit. It was Chinese-headquartered biz Simcom. IoT module shipments are a useful proxy to assess how much market demand there is for The Next Big Thing™. Consulting house S...

It’s 2018, and a webpage can still pwn your Windows PC – and apps can escape Hyper-V • The Register

Patch Tuesday Microsoft and Adobe have patched a bunch of security bugs in their products that can be exploited by hackers to commandeer vulnerable computers, siphon people's personal information, and so on. Redmond emitted 68 patches alone, 21 rated critical and at least two being actively exploit...

Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI • The Register

Google IO The latest iteration of Google’s custom-designed number-crunching chip, version three of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), will dramatically cut the time needed to train machine learning systems, the Chocolate Factory has claimed. Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the third version of t...

NetApp goes all in on Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics • The Register

NetApp has announced a real biggie for storage wonks: support for Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics (FC-NVMe) access to all-flash ONTAP arrays using Brocade gear. The firm also released a faster flash array, deeper public-private cloud integration, plus an object storage update. NetApp claimed...

Gone Gartner part II, Flashdance and, er, Hardware Hackers • The Register

It has been an eventful week in storage with the introduction of a "hardware-defined storage" platform, a blast of helium, another Gone Gartner moment and more. So slap on those 3D glasses, get your popcorn ready – and enjoy our rapid-fire shorts and entertaining trailers. Storage newcomer Storby...

Adobe, ‘hyper personalisation’ and your privacy • The Register

Adobe Summit Business success today is about "data required to understand each person's context in every moment", with the intelligence to take the right action, said Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen in the opening keynote of the company's EMEA Summit in London. "People are buying experiences, not produc...

Microsoft sees Red …Hat for OpenShift-on-Azure public cloud offering • The Register

Red Hat Summit Red Hat and Microsoft today tore the wraps off a jointly managed public OpenShift service running on Azure. The deal will let customers run Kubernetes-container-based applications on either on-premises servers or the Azure cloud, and manage them through OpenShift. Both vendors are pl...

Google’s socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you • The Register

Google IO Google today opened its annual I/O developer bash with details of how it’s going to lob machine-learning software at everything you do online and offline, and it truly means everything. CEO Sundar Pichai took to the stage in Silicon Valley to explain how artificial intelligence will mak...

The world is becoming a computer, says CEO of worldwide computer company Microsoft • The Register

Build At its Build 2018 developer conference in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, Microsoft showered attention on artificial intelligence, as it did last year, leaving Windows chatter for later. When Steve Ballmer still steered the ship, Microsoft's message to developers was as simple as repeating th...

Open a port and get ready to download this week’s networking news • The Register

ROUNDUP What happened in networking this week? One of the more interesting happenings concerns Cisco buying some data. The acquisition looks unusual for Switchzilla: it's a data aggregator called Accompany, which boasts “millions of people and companies” and “real-time profiles for every sing...

If customers’ data should be protected, why hand it over to Zuckerberg? • The Register

Comment Mark Zuckerberg recently endured a grilling from the US Congress over Facebook's inability to stop bleeding user data. A week later, investors rewarded his company with a $50bn increase in its market capitalisation on news that – surprise! – a massive userbase pays big dividends. But it...

Australian government plans to do a Facebook on citizens’ data • The Register

+COMMENT The Australian government has published its formal response to proposals to turn its citizens into Facebook-like data points, promising AU$65 million to spread the Big Data love. The Data Availability and Use inquiry was established in 2016 and delivered its report in 2017. Yesterday, the ...

US techies: We want to see Pentagon’s defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract • The Register

The Pentagon's decision to hand a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to one vendor has come under renewed scrutiny, after an industry group urged Congress to make public the department's reports on the proposals. The IT Alliance for Public Sector wrote to the House Armed Services Committee this wee...

Now that Kubernetes has won, DigitalOcean takes a late dip in K8s • The Register

Now that Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for overseeing software containers, it's all but obligatory for cloud platform vendors to offer the software as a managed service. Google, which created Kubernetes before turning it into a model open-source project, sells its paid service under t...

QED from a storage whizz’s POV • The Register

Interview OK, you think Fibre Channel-based NVMe fabric access is a good idea. How do you implement it? Where is the FC-NVMe cookbook? Consulting technologist Greg Scherer told us about NVMe over Fibre Channel and Ethernet in what has become the first interview of two. He said FC-NVMe was a practic...

Cloudy upstart touts lasso for rustling up Big Tech office spending • The Register

Analysis There are two kinds of technology: the sexy new stuff that creates a new product category and the ho-hum kind for beancounters to help manage things better. VC-cash-chugger CloudHealth has the boring one, but nonetheless claims it has bagged some 3,000 customers over four years of selling....

Dell EMC PowerBricks VMAX… um, yeah, it’s called PowerMax now • The Register

This year's Dell Technologies World, held this week in Las Vegas, has laid boosted VMAX, XtremIO, and HCI offerings at the feet of the EMC faithful, punted two AI-focused, accelerated servers, and prepared its PowerEdge server hordes for composability. Starting at the top, VMAX has been rebranded a...

DRAM makers sued (yet again) for ‘fixing prices’ (yet again) of chips • The Register

Updated The three semiconductor giants responsible for nearly all of the world's DRAM supply are being sued for allegedly working together to keep memory chip prices high. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed to the US Northern California District Court late last week accuses Micron, Samsung, and...

Eat your damn storage news, child! Look, we even chopped it up into little digestible chunks • The Register

Ah, the wide and deep and far-fetched wonders of storage – IBM researchers talking about chemically driven phase transformations, Backblaze looking at a Pelican, HPE setting up an Azure Stack and SQream going off to Thailand. New research, updated products, new deals, new hires and new money are ...

RStor’s network acrobatics helps it wolf $45m from Cisco ‘n’ pals • The Register

Analysis Cloud startup RStor has dropped out of stealth and received $45m of A-round cash, led by Cisco Ventures, to develop its Multicloud Platform compute service. Currently organisations with large data sets that require high-powered processing ship them to public clouds, make deals with superco...

Europe needs more dosh for AI, Google’s TPU2 vs Nvidia’s Tesla V100, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's your roundup of machine-learning news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Axon AI Ethics board A group of civil rights groups and technology researchers has written a letter to Axon, a company that uses AI to analyze video footage aimed at law enforcement. Axon recent...

Did you guess 2019 for Intel’s 10nm chip ramp up? Congratulations • The Register

Meltdown? What meltdown? Intel's 50th birthday in July should be a hell of a bash as the chipmaker is flush with cash and reckons 2018 might well be a record-breaking year. Just don't mention two very little words: ten and nanometre. In a conference call with Wall St analysts on Thursday, to mark ...

your slice of networking morsels • The Register

It's roundup time again, with ISOC working to protect the routing infrastructure, and announcements from Big Switch, F5, and Juniper. The Internet Society this week decided its MANRS initiative needs extra legs, and has recruited Internet exchanges to test the trusted routing process. As The Regis...

For every dollar of op. profit going into Bezos’ pockets, 73 cents came from AWS • The Register

Amazon.com on Thursday reported $51bn in sales for its Q1 2018, an increase of 43 per cent from $35.7bn in the year-ago quarter. The company's net income reached $1.6bn for the quarter, or $3.27 per diluted share. That's more than double the company's Q1 2017 net income of $724m, or $1.48 per dilut...

Cohesity touts instant gratification for cloud-surfing virtual machines • The Register

Secondary storage hyperconverger Cohesity has extended its on-premises appliance products range with software now running in AWS and Azure, and able to spin up backed-up VMs direct in the two cloudy places. It could already send backup data to the public cloud and manage its on-premises and cloud r...

Oracle snaffles ‘don’t seat us next to that smelly brand’ Brit adtech firm Grapeshot • The Register

Oracle has bought a UK biz that claims to help firms avoid putting their ads next to dodgy images or content – just as the marketing tech industry faces increased scrutiny and uncertainty. The acquisition of Cambridge-based Grapeshot, which in 2016 had a turnover of £9m but operating losses of a...

SAP 404s sap.com blog post that said it’s fallen behind on SaaS subs • The Register

Well this is awkward: SAP appears to have canned a blog post that appeared on SAP.com and said the company is struggling to win subscription revenue and is not yet the natural choice to house cloudy ERP. The post popped up in the RSS feed of SAP’s blogs on Monday April 23rd, but the link to the a...

In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing

Google's parent company Alphabet has notched up another quarter (PDF) of swollen sales for Q1 2018, revealing the outcome of investments like its stake in Uber. The firm booked sales of $31.15bn for the quarter ended 31 March '18, up 26 per cent year-on-year or by some $6.4bn. Broken down by segme...

Film folk, HDDs, tape and stacks and stacks of dusty data • The Register

The storage enterprise trade is simultaneously hoping what happened in Vegas does and doesn't stay there as the news of new products, tech developments, company changes and people moving jobs flooded out of the NAB conference in Nevada. Azure April is the month of the National Association of Broad...

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads • The Register

Consumer champion Martin Lewis, Britain’s Money Saving Expert, has declared he is suing Facebook for defamation over fake adverts featuring his face that repeatedly appear on the under-fire social network. In a statement issued last night on the MoneySavingExpert website, of which he is editor-in...

Government requests for Microsoft data reach all-time low • The Register

Government requests for user data from Microsoft fell to the all-time low of 23,000 in the last half of 2017, as Redmond's rate of rejecting the requests rose to a high of 17 per cent. The software behemoth has published transparency data on requests from global law enforcement agencies, US nationa...

Veritas lays off UK workers • The Register

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures. Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible READ MORE Company insiders across the UK told The Register that at least...

Flash! Ah-ahhh! WebEx pwned for all of us! • The Register

Cisco has patched a serious vulnerability in its WebEx software that lets an attacker remotely execute code on target machines via poisoned Flash files. Switchzilla is today advising all users running WebEx Business Suite or WebEx Meetings (both client and server) to update their software in order ...

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it’s the same old BS • The Register

Comment Facebook has previewed its new privacy settings, developed to meet new European privacy legislation that comes into force next month. The company is keen to promote the changes as evidence it is listening to concerns – from user and lawmakers – about how it gathers and sells private i...

Everything the light touches is ours • The Register

Cisco has pitched its intent-based networking capabilities as a way to get control over the Internet of Things. There are good reasons to try and automate the network behaviour of IoT devices: as Cisco's enterprise networking marketing vice president Prashan Shenoy told The Register's networking de...

34 vendors join ‘Accord’ to improve security by doing … security stuff • The Register

ANALYSIS On Tuesday 34 technology companies revealed they’ve created and joined a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” that they say represents “a public commitment … to protect and empower civilians online and to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace.” The 34 vendors incl...

EU wants clouds to cough data from anywhere in six hours • The Register

The European Commission has outlined its desire for a new legal instrument that would require carriers, clouds, email service providers and operators of messaging aps to produce a user’s data in six hours to assist investigations of “criminals or terrorists”. The proposed “European Producti...

Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won’t hurt • The Register

Seduced by serverless functions? Lured by Amazon's Lambda? If so, why not build a serverless framework at home? Project riff, an open source serverless platform from EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, aims to let you do just that. First unveiled at SpringOne Platform in December, riff is still an...

Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast • The Register

Analysis Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools. The financing was arranged by Silverpeak, a European investment bank, with cash from new investor Harbert European Growth Capital, and participation from a...

Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip • The Register

Microsoft has designed a family of Arm-based system-on-chips for Internet-of-Things devices that runs its own flavor of Linux – and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend. Dubbed Azure Sphere, the platform is Microsoft's foray into the trendy edge-computing space, while craftily locking gad...

Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good • The Register

Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook. The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answe...

Forking hell! VMware now has TWO current versions of vSphere • The Register

VMware has given vAdmins a new version of vSphere, numbered 6.7. As predicted and detected by The Register's virtualization desk, it's not a huge release. But it is both a slightly confusing and rather significant one. The significance first: this release is a signal of just how much VMware believe...

Yep, we’re going with a single cloud services provider • The Register

The US Department of Defense (DoD) still intends to choose just one vendor for its multibillion-dollar cloud contract – amid complaints from Oracle's co-CEO that such a plan "makes no sense". The Pentagon made waves last month when it published a draft proposal document calling for just one cloud...

Build up your security credentials at SANS London June 2018 • The Register

Promo Even as IT systems grow and become more complex, so new and ingenious methods for stealing vital data or holding organisations to ransom proliferate at an increasingly rapid pace. More than ever, the world needs security professionals who know how to anticipate these fast-changing attacks and...

Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked • The Register

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker. These were accompanied by cash-raising from Sphere3D and Oracle adding block support to its cloud-based Linux Storage Applianc...

VMware smooths off vSAN’s rough edges • The Register

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN. vSAN already dominates the HCI software market, but the firm is looking to its own users for growth. Yanbing Li, SVP and general manager of VMware's Storage and Availability Business Unit, sa...

One of IBM’s latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares • The Register

Revenues for IBM have risen for its second successive financial quarter – after over five years of declining sales – however, profits are down and Wall Street hammered Big Blue's stock price in after-hours trading. The venerable tech titan booked $19.1bn in sales in the first quarter of 2018 ...

Boffins try to grok dogs using AI, a cyber-brain charter, a bot running for mayor, and more • The Register

Roundup Here are a few bits and pieces from this week's news in AI. Researchers have collected a dataset to analyze dog behaviour using neural networks, the first AI-assisted medical device for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy has been approved by the FDA, and, finally, an AI is running for mayor in ...

PepsiCo hires robots to interview job candidates

PepsiCo, the food and drinks manufacturer with retail sales of more than $1bn a year, is using artificial intelligence (AI) software to find and interview candidates to fill vacancies in Russia. Download this free guide 6 high profile examples of Big Data improving operations for corporations This ...

Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021 • The Register

Public cloud services will be a $302bn-plus global market by 2021 and ten vendors will account for nearly three-quarters of those sales, if the mystics at Gartner have read those tea leaves correctly. All segments are set to expand but the fast growing area is slated to be infrastructure services, ...

Get the FTP outta here, says Firefox • The Register

Mozilla developers have decided to block requests for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) subresources inside web pages. A bug report and Intent to implement notice suggest the change will land in Firefox 61. The browser’s currently at version 59, with 61 due in May 2018. The change will permit access ...

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress • The Register

A few hours after the introduction of Facebook's newly launched Data Abuse Bounty program – an admission the social ad network has no idea what's become of its illicitly harvested data – CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprised his long-running mea culpa show before America's lawmakers. His appearance in W...

SAP’s Business Client can own entire apps, DDOS them into dust • The Register

SAP has issued its >April security update, which brings a waiting world news of ten patch-worthy problems. The nastiest has a CVSS rating of 9.8 and impacts SAP's Business Client, the desktop tool to access much of its wares. Details of the problem are behind a registration wall, but according to ...

Microsoft’s Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage • The Register

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation. What did we find? Some interesting bits and pieces about IBM tape library use, the aforementioned Pelican MA...

Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS • The Register

Just in case you doubt Cisco’s intention to become a software company, it’s now shrunk its Tetration analytics software and spawned a SaaS version. When Tetration appeared in 2017 the telemetry analytics tool needed 36 servers to go about its business. Cisco later cut the server count to six fo...

Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin’ • The Register

Review Planet Computing’s Gemini is a middling Android phone integrated with a Psion Series 5-style keyboard and clamshell case. Since our exclusive hands-on with a real production device, I’ve spent a few weeks in its rattly, plasticky company. And I’ve also managed to get Linux installed. So...

Google wants to gobble up Nokia’s airborne broadband biz – reports • The Register

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz. Nokia's tech could provide Google with a faster alternative to existing in-flight Wi-Fi. The LTE A2G cellular-based system is intended to forge a direct link betwee...

C’mon, Zuck… don’t make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos • The Register

Mark Zuckerberg has been warned not to treat European Facebook users as "second class" as pressure mounts on the CEO to face the music from politicos on the other side of the Pond. As execs from the social media business are lining up meeting after meeting with EU politicians, one name was notably ...

What’s in a spectrum allocation? Aero bods talk drone radio links • The Register

Preparing the ground for remotely flown and autonomous aircraft – drones – of the near future is a challenge. How much effort has gone into clearing radio spectrum for vital command-and-control links? That question was addressed at a recent Royal Aeronautical Society workshop on drone command a...

Angry Aussies argue for ousting of .au execs • The Register

Australia's .au internet registry members have called for the scalps of its CEO and three Board members as part of an ongoing dispute over how the organization is being run. The call comes as the Australian government continues an investigation into the governance structure of auDA following a seri...

Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment • The Register

Mozilla has released a preview version of WebAssembly Studio, its browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) for creating code touted to be the future of internet software. WebAssembly is a low-level assembly language that can be written as text (.wat) and converted to binary (.wasm) or...

Cisco bulks up routers for carriers struggling with CDN traffic • The Register

Cisco might be turning itself into a software company, but that's a slow process, and in the meantime, the router giant still has hardware on the roadmap. This week at YetAnotherConference™ – the MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris – Cisco announced a suite of routing products targeting the ...

ZFS on Linux data loss sparks small, swift upgrade • The Register

Maintainers of ZFS for Linux have hustled out a new version after the previous release caused data loss. ZFS for Linux 0.7.7 only landed on March 21st, but as this GitHub thread titled “Unlistable and disappearing files”, users experienced “Data loss when copying a directory with large-ish nu...

Server blueprint theft spat with Bladeroom settled, but… • The Register

A busy Monday saw Facebook settle one court case, only to have another pop up. When the social network's attorneys weren't helping their CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepare for a grilling before US Congress this week, the legal eagles struck a settlement in a trade-secret battle involving Open Compute Proj...

Application publishing gets the WebAssembly treatment • The Register

British outfit Droplet Computing thinks it’s found a new way to package and publish applications, by bundling them up to run using WebAssembly so they can run in a browser, online or offline. WebAssembly is a low-level safe binary format designed to allow C/C++ code to run in web browsers. Drople...

Microsoft’s new gov cloud needs extra security, says Australia • The Register

So this is awkward: last week Microsoft trumpeted its new Australian Azure regions for government clients. But three days later Australian authorities said the new regions need extra security controls before they're sufficiently secure. The “can do better” guidance (PDF) from the Australian Sig...

IBM’s swings shrink ray from workforce to mainframes • The Register

IBM has shrunk its z-series mainframes to fit 19-inch racks, the size used by just about every other server in the world. The new z14 range includes the ZR1, a single-rack machine said to improve on the smallest Z13 by improving throughput by 10 per cent while doubling memory to eight terabytes. Th...

Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they’re all we have • The Register

I got into an argument with a friend of mine a little while back. This person abhors containers and virtualization, claims not to understand why anybody should need to use them, and refuses to deploy them in production. What I took away from this encounter were some valid gripes about the design of...

Dell software limb Pivotal’s IPO hopes

Dell's cloudy native software production house Pivotal expects its initial public offering to raise up to $592m. This is far more than the initial $100m reported in March. It's offering a total of 42.6 million Class A shares (including an over-allotment option for underwriters) priced between $14 a...

Can’t view memes on London-Southampton train? It’s the worst line for mobile coverage • The Register

The London Waterloo to Southampton train line is today named the worst major commuting route for frustrated wage slaves desperate to get a signal on their way to and from the office. Using data from the major networks' performance last year, a report by analysts IHS Markit's RootMetrics ranked eigh...

Broadcom readies refined fleet of Fibre Channel kit • The Register

In what it has called its Hoth release, Broadcom said it enhanced its gen 6 Fibre Channel products with new NVMe technology, automation technology, and higher density hardware. Starting with the hardware, the G630 is a 128-port Brocade switch and a FC32-64 64-port X6 Director blade has also been an...

Are you SAP-py now?! ERP giant overhauls pricing model following indirect access drama • The Register

SAP has changed its pricing model following mass confusion among customers and fears of litigation over indirect access. As part of the overhaul, the German ERP giant today promised users greater transparency – as well as pledging a "clear separation" between licence sales and audit departments ...

HPE swallows cloud consultancy Red Pixie • The Register

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has gobbled Brit cloud consultancy and app developer Red Pixie for an undisclosed sum. The US titan might have given up on selling its own public cloud but is using the Pointnext division – rebranded from Technology Services – to cuddle up to customers and give advice...

It’s April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts • The Register

Microsoft has released the April edition of its monthly security update, this time addressing a total of 63 CVE-listed vulnerabilities. This month's update includes critical fixes for the usual suspects: Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as one flaw Redmond previously fixed with...

Hey, so Europe’s GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We’re going to miss it … by a year or so • The Register

The internet's domain name system is going to miss a May 25 deadline to become compliant with new European privacy legislation by, um, a year or so. That's according to the companies that register and maintain domain names, who outlined their schedule in a letter [PDF] to DNS oversight body ICANN. ...

VMware vids revealing new vSphere vanish • The Register

VMware appears set to launch a new version of vSphere. Late last week Virtzilla-watchers like Marcel van den Berg spotted some social media posts referring to the new release. Other VMware-watchers spotted posts about “vSphere 6.7”, but they quickly disappeared. A little cache-digging turns u...

Linux Beep bug joke backfires as branded fix falls short • The Register

Retro programmers may need to reconsider using the Linux beep command as an activity or progress alert. One of the silliest bugs on record emerged late last week, when Debian project leader Chris Lamb took to the distro's security to post an advisory that the little utility had a local privilege es...

Facebook suspends, investigates CubeYou, another data-harvester • The Register

Facebook's slow-motion privacy awakening continued over the weekend, with a data analytics outfit called CubeYou suspended from the "platform" pending investigation over T&C violations. For some time, privacy advocates have warned that cute-and-popular quizzes linked from Facebook – “Which Star...

There’s security – then there’s barbed wire-laced pains in the arse • The Register

If IT has a reputation as the gatekeeper, the security department is the one providing the locks and barbed wire. End users think IT security is a hassle: complex passwords, password expiry and multi-factor authentication are tolerated when they are made mandatory, but nobody is thrilled about it. ...

Lib Dems, UKIP’s websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day • The Register

Updated Several political websites using the NationBuilder platform have been down for almost 24 hours – perfect timing for the launch of the UK’s local election campaign. The biz, whose marketing bumpf promises “software for leaders”, is used by a range of political parties, including the ...

Flash array floggers jostle for position • The Register

Huawei came out of nowhere in 2017's fourth quarter all-flash array sales race, flogging 10 times as much kit as it did the year before, meanwhile NetApp more than quadrupled its A-Series sales. OK, both jumps are from small bases – $7.3m and $46.8m respectively – but the growth, to $84.1m in H...

Another week, another fistful of storage nouns comin’ at ya like a breeze block to the frontal lobe • The Register

A concentrated storage blast has blown in after the Easter break, with substantial product announcements from Datrium, Nexenta and Rubrik. Other news from Intel, Nantero and Kingston was backed up with Huawei SPC-1 benchmark results, several funding events and exec moves. Grab yourself a cup of you...

Triple Lens Shooter promises the Earth … • The Register

Review Huawei has brought forward the release of its P20 Pro flagship to capitalise on the interest generated by its triple-lens shooter. This is the first Chinese phone that demands – well, screams – to be compared to the market leaders. With a price to match – £799. Although Huawei is pour...

Webinar series just for you • The Register

Promo Amazon Web Services (AWS) has spent years working with thousands of companies across all industries to create the most comprehensive collection of best-practices and guidance known as the Well-Architected Framework. Based on five separate pillars, the Well-Architected Framework is the most co...

T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more • The Register

Roundup While Facebook caught most of the security-related flak this week, there were other infosec stories out there. Here's a summary of stuff happening, beyond what we've already covered. Don't get pwned. Word. Dude Microsoft, which used to be a byword for insecure software until Bill Gates' t...

NUC NUC! Who’s there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app • The Register

Intel has made much of its NUC and Compute Stick mini-PCs as a way to place computers to out-of-the-way places like digital signage. Such locations aren’t the kind of spots where keyboards and pointing devices can be found, so Intel sweetened the deal by giving the world an Android and iOS app ca...

Buggy Verge crypto-cash gets hacked, devs go fork themselves, hard • The Register

The Verge cryptocurrency has seen its value drop by 25 per cent after hackers exploiting a bug in the alt-coin's software forced its developers to hit the reset button and hard-fork the currency. Programmers on Wednesday confirmed that the fun-bux had been on the receiving end of a "small hash atta...

Facebook tried to access and match medical data

You’d think recent events might have dulled Facebook’s rapacious lust for data. But now comes news, from CNBC, that The Social Network™ tried to acquire access to patients’ medical records. The network’s report says Facebook approached “several major U.S. hospitals to share anonymized d...

Microsoft’s five-billion-buck IoT R&D plan is just business as usual • The Register

Microsoft’s announced it will spend $US5 billion on internet of things research over the next four years. But don’t get too excited: they are diverted dollars rather than a new cash splash Redmond’s announcement explains the money will go towards “securing IoT, creating development tools an...

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive • The Register

Since the number of users slurped by third-party data harvesters only seems to rise, the ugly truth for Facebook may be that its growth-at-all-costs culture has led to a dramatic loss in personal privacy. But the even uglier truth is that such data-sharing practices may be the only way the mobile a...

The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher • The Register

Just over a year after the first Black M.2 SSD hit the streets, Western Digital has doubled its maximum capacity to 1TB, doubled sequential read bandwidth and more than doubled the random read IOPS. Here are the main numbers of this single-sided drive: 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, using 3D NAN...

Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP* • The Register

It seems Microsoft's Office 365 is having an unscheduled nap as users across the world report difficulties logging into the administration portal. Office 365 is having issues since 04:51 AM ESThttps://t.co/3GGuh8EZs8 RT if you're also affected #office365down pic.twitter.com/ixHgD7YHv1 — Outage R...

Twitter whacks 270,000 terror accounts, majority flagged by internal tools • The Register

Twitter removed more than 270,000 accounts for terrorism-related violations in the last six months of 2017 – and most of these were detected by internal tools. According to the anger platform's latest transparency report, which covers 1 July to 31 December 2017, this takes the total removed to da...

Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP • The Register

Mark Zuckerberg won't appear in front of Parliament, but Facebook is in the dock again this week as part of a long-running court case over the alleged theft of British trade secrets. BladeRoom is a Cheltenham-based operation specialising in energy-efficient modular data centres. Founder Paul Rogers...

Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches • The Register

A California bloke who operated an unlicensed Oracle support company has been sentenced to 24 months in prison. Bernd Appleby, former CEO of IT support company Terix, was sent down after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will also serve two years of supervised rele...

US watchdog reckons blockchain bods Longfin were wrongfin, maybe this is their swansongfin • The Register

US financial watchdog the SEC has frozen $27m in what it believes are ill-gotten gains generated by a shady cryptocurrency deal. The regulator has accused blockchain tech upstart Longfin Corp and four of its officers of awarding and then selling unregistered shares for their own gain. The group is ...

Facebook can’t count says Cambridge Analytica • The Register

Cambridge Analytica has refuted Facebook’s claim that it had access to 87 million records from The Social Network™. “Today Facebook reported that information for up to 87 million people may have been improperly obtained by research company GSR,” reads a In a Cambridge Analytica statement. ...

US spanks EU businesses in race to detect p0wned servers • The Register

European organisations are taking longer to detect breaches than their counterparts in North America, according to a study by FireEye. Organisations in EMEA are taking almost six months (175 days) to detect an intruder in their networks, which is rather more than the 102 days that the firm found wh...

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed? • The Register

The hype machine has been tuned to 11 for Steven Spielberg's metafest Ready Player One, which opened in time for Easter. Ernest Cline's novel shot to the top of bestseller lists in 2011 so inevitably there would be options on a movie. The only surprise is it took seven years. The book follows a ki...

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it’s in bypass mode • The Register

This Damn War Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. It's a law most IT people would understand and perhaps even fear. It was my third day as the new network manager for a reasonably sized estate across several sites, most inhabited by weirdy beardies who had jobs like counting bats, frogs and other ...

Pure Storage is to raise HALF a BEEELLLION DOLLARS for mystery corporate slurp • The Register

Pure Storage is trying to raise nearly half a billion dollars to fund its first corporate acquisition. The all-flash array biz is to sell privately-placed convertible notes to institional buyers for $450m and will also grant initial purchasers the option to buy another $67.5m, solely to cover over-...

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band • The Register

UK mobile operators have collectively forked out £1.3bn on boosting spectrum following regulator Ofcom's latest auction. O2's owner Telefónica splurged the most, shelling out £205m for all 40MHz of 2.3GHz spectrum, which will be immediately available for 4G services; and £317m on 40MHz of 3.4GH...

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak • The Register

Security researchers have uncovered 1.5 billion business and consumer files exposed online – just a month before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. During the first three months of 2018, threat intel firm Digital Shadows detected 1,550,447,111 publicly available files across...

Microsoft outlines some ground rules to prevent it from nicking your IP • The Register

Big-hearted Microsoft has tried to make reassuring noises to calm the nerves of others who might be thinking of getting between the Intellectual Property (IP) sheets with the Seattle software giant. Going into a tech tie-up can be a risky business for any IP owner. Fears that key IP and knowledge m...

AWSome, S3 storage literally costs pennies • The Register

AWS is letting punters store objects in S3 for $0.01 per GB per month. The catch? The data will be held in one availability zone, meaning there is less resiliency baked into the service in the event of an outage. Users' object storage data is kept in virtual repositories called S3 buckets. These ar...

HPE shines in IDC Converged Systems tracker, Cisco does not • The Register

Cisco stumbled in the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) section of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, for 2017's final quarter as HPE did a Falcon Heavy and took off. The worldwide converged systems market grew 9.1 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to $23.6bn in the fourth quarter ...

Five hours downtime in 17 years is pretty good – but moaning about late planes trumps all • The Register

EUROCONTROL, the organisation that provides air traffic management for Europe, has apologised for an outage that made a mess of air transport across the continent yesterday. The problems with the organisation’s Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS) hit at around 13:00 UTC on Tuesday Ap...

Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles • The Register

Mozilla’s decided the world needs a browser designed for augmented and mixed reality goggles. The browser-baker has named its new effort “Firefox Reality” and said its interest in an AR/VR/MR browser is inspired by the same reasons it makes Firefox: a belief the world needs an open-source bro...

Hard disk drives, optic fiber, PCB making equipment, etc • The Register

The US government on Tuesday revealed the list of Chinese imports it plans to slap extra tariffs on, under orders from President Trump, amid rising trade tensions between America and China. The much-awaited list [PDF] includes metal alloys, electronic parts, and industrial machinery. These extra fe...

CEO Bill Morrow bails • The Register

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has announced that CEO Bill Morrow will step down “by year end 2018”. Morrow’s canned statement features him saying ““I believe that as the company prepares to confront the new challenges ahead, thi...

Facebook want us to believe banning Putin’s troll army safeguards Russian democracy • The Register

Facebook’s No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Year continues , with The Social Network™ enduring another day of explaining its own errors. The day started with Founder Mark Zuckerberg posting new of “an important step to protect the integrity of elections around the world” that he pitched as among...

Intel sells Wind River after it failed to deliver mobile supremacy • The Register

Intel has offloaded real-time OS-maker Wind River. Chipzilla for acquired the company in 2009 for a cool US$884M and declared “The acquisition will deliver to Intel robust software capabilities in embedded systems and mobile devices, both important growth areas for the company.” We all know ho...

Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot… now what’s this new warrant about? • The Register

The four-year court battle between the US government and Microsoft over the release of emails held in the software giant's data centre in Ireland has come to an end – of sorts. Microsoft HQ in Redmond issued a motion with the Supreme Court late yesterday backing the government's request that the ...

DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard • The Register

DXC Technologies has helped pack the bags of another HPE old-timer with global sales honcho Larry Stack said to be leaving of his own volition, although his role will not be replaced. Stack was previously a chief sales officer at HPE Services for four years until he transferred with the business to...

Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports • The Register

Oracle’s co-CEO Safra Catz was reportedly set to enjoy a slap-up meal with US president mop-haired windbag Donald Trump last night, giving the pair a chance to compare Amazon-bashing notes. The evening was, according to Bloomberg, also going to involve Peter Thiel, founder of CIA-backed data anal...

iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop… into a… • The Register

Mobile device management (MDM) vendor Jamf is warning admins to hold off on installing the iOS 11.3 update on iPhones and iPads until it can fix a bug in its software that was causing devices to become unresponsive. The developer says that it is working on an update to Jamf Pro 10.3 that will fix a...

AWS Summit SF, definitely not a sales event

The 2018 AWS Summit in San Francisco began on Wednesday with shock and awe, a chest-thumping bass beat accompanying a fusillade of testimonials from business customers that have cozied up to Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, introduced by text-to-almost-human-speech service A...

nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter • The Register

The outgoing CEO of nbn™, the company building and operating Australia’s national broadband network (NBN), has implored the company’s staff to “keep our costs down” in the “note to employees” announcing his departure. Posted to LinkedIn, Bill Morrow’s note says “I kindly ask for y...

AWS baits cloud hooks with DeepLens machine learning camera • The Register

At the AWS Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday Amazon Web Services invited a handful of tech typers to see a demonstration of AWS DeepLens, its forthcoming camera tuned for deep learning tasks. Announced late last year and given away in limited quantities to select developers, the image capturing ...

They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender • The Register

A remote-code execution vulnerability in Windows Defender – a flaw that can be exploited by malicious .rar files to run malware on PCs – has been traced back to an open-source archiving tool Microsoft adopted for its own use. The bug, CVE-2018-0986, was patched on Tuesday in the latest version ...

Linux 4.16 arrives, erases eight CPUs and keeps melting Meltdown • The Register

Linus Torvalds has pulled the trigger and released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel, thereby killing off his own suggestion this release might need an extra week to mature. One of the more interesting things this time around is the removal of support for eight CPU architectures. That decision means...

Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn’t charge them! • The Register

Hookup fixer Grindr is on the defensive after it shared sensitive information, including HIV status and physical location, of its app's users with outside organizations. The quickie booking facilitator on Monday admitted it passed, via HTTPS, people's public profiles to third-party analytics compan...

Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let’s take a closer look at that • The Register

Analysis Cloudflare has revealed a deal with regional internet registry APNIC to provide a possibly more privacy-conscious DNS resolver at a prestige network address, 1.1.1.1. The biz contends DNS – which translates human-friendly domain names like theregister.com into numeric IP addresses, such ...

Relations between capital and labor don’t matter • The Register

At a riotous final concert at San Francisco’s Winterland auditorium, The Sex Pistols’ frontman Johnny Rotten notoriously trolled the crowd with a final line, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” as the band walked offstage after a fifteen-minute set. That phrase came to mind when s...

Microsoft Australia flicks switch on Protected Azure-for-Gov service • The Register

Microsoft has flicked the switch on two new data centres for Australian and New Zealand government customers. The company announced the “Australia Central” and “Australia Central 2” regions last year, along with the unusual arrangement that they would be housed in third party bit barns run ...

Microsoft reinventing Massive Arrays of Idle Disks for Azure, ‘cos IBM tape ain’t enough • The Register

Microsoft is working on a new class of disk-based storage appliance for its Azure cloud service, because tape is proving too hard and too slow to use in some situations. Azure chief technology officer Mark Russinovich today told an event in Sydney, Australia, that Microsoft has deployed tape librar...

For some reason, you lot love ’em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018 • The Register

For some Reg readers there's only One True Laptop, and it's the ThinkPad. Yes, still. The ThinkPad community may be world's biggest tech grumblers – I know, I am one – and have been complaining about the changes for years. But they keep coming back and paying a premium for the milspec-worthy bu...

Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley • The Register

Consumer group Which? is to terminate its 20-plus-year-old email service, giving long-standing users two months to switch accounts. Which.net was set up in the mid-90s as a benefit to members between 1997 and 2004, after which it was closed to new signups but remained active. The group has now dec...

Ahh, long weekend. Refreshed? Great, now purge yourself with all the storage you missed • The Register

DDN is chief among this week's round-up of tasty storage nuggets: it has jumped on the GPU bandwagon and fed Nvidia's DGX-1 souped-up server, claiming it's the fastest data source for said super box. DDN has said its EXAscaler DGX system, based on its ES14KX all-flash array, delivers 33GB/sec throu...

Citrix opens its third cloud region, this time in Australia • The Register

Citrix has extended its cloud to Australia, with a new “Asia-Pacific South” region joining its US-based and EMEA efforts as of April 4th, Sydney time. David Nicol, the company’s antipodean director for cloud services and new business, said the company has made the move because some of its top...

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers • The Register

Hackers have compromised hundreds of e-commerce sites running the popular open-source Magento platform to scrape credit card numbers and install crypto-mining malware. The Magento sites are being compromised through brute-force attacks using common and known default Magento credentials, threat inte...

Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails • The Register

The US government has issued Microsoft with a new warrant to get access to emails held on the firm's Irish servers, while asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the existing legal battle. The long-running wrangle began back in 2014, when Microsoft was taken to court by American prosecutors who wanted ...

Linux 4.16 arrives, keeps melting Meltdown, preps to axe eight CPUs • The Register

Linus Torvalds has pulled the trigger and released version 4.16 of the Linux kernel, thereby killing off his own suggestion this release might need an extra week to mature. And here's some fair warning: version 4.17 is set to remove support for eight CPU architectures. That would mean Linux will no...

Google to banish cryptominers from Chrome Web Store • The Register

Google will throw cryptocurrency-mining extensions out of its Chrome Web Store after finding so many were badly behaved. From Monday, no more add-ons that churn out fun bucks will be added to the cyber-store's shelves, and by July, those listed in the code bazaar will be removed. The ads giant all...

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots • The Register

Job ad The Register seeks full-time developers and data scientists to build software tools to generate headlines and other text. This technology will draw upon the work of top UK academic Professor Warren Rice, who has assembled a database of more than one million news stories, including the entire...

Here is your low down on TensorFlow updates, France’s AI strategy, and a new DeepMind lab • The Register

Roundup Here's your weekly AI roundup. There were new announcements from Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference and Google's TensorFlow Dev Summit while France announced its own national AI strategy in a report and vowed €1.5bn in public funding. TensorFlow conference - Google hosted the TensorFlow D...

$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal • The Register

Cambridge Analytica bought psychological profiles on individual US voters, costing roughly 75 cents to $5 apiece, each crafted using personal information plundered from millions of Facebook accounts, according to revealed internal documents. Over the course of the past two weeks, whistleblower Chri...

Successful launch and FCC satellite approval • The Register

SpaceX successfully launched 10 satellites into space Friday, completing its sixth launch this year. The launch from pad 4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came on the same day as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company's plan to set up its own broadband netw...

Looking to nab Nvidia’s GeForce chips? You need cash and patience • The Register

Tech companies are suffering setbacks from the shortage of Nvidia’s GPUs, with the GeForce series being hit the hardest. Following his keynote speech at his biz's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang explained to journalists that it was down to intense Ethereum...

Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter’s API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts’ content • The Register

While politicians and the public demand Facebook dam its indiscriminate dispensation of data, academics want to open the social network info-spigot wider still. In a paper popped onto ArXiv this week, boffins from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional's ESIME Culhuacan in Mexico, and the University o...

Machine learning library TensorFlow can count to potato… I mean, 1.7 • The Register

Open-source machine-learning boffins rejoice! Numerical computation library TensorFlow 1.7.0 made a discreet appearance this morning, just a month after 1.6 dropped. TensorFlow was originally developed by Google Brain for internal use before going open source in November 2015. The processor-intensi...

Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP*, drags Virgin Trains and Parentpay with it • The Register

Brit cloud provider Iomart is having an outage-ridden day - but its service-outage-hit customers are arguably having a far worse one. Reports first began to surface on Twitter at 12:26 this afternoon with users of Iomart subsidary Melbourne IT noting some problems. @MelbourneHost @iomart Problems?...

Creaking protocols a threat to EU’s telecom infrastructure security • The Register

Legacy technologies pose a threat to the EU's telecommunications infrastructure, a study by cybersecurity agency ENISA warns. 2G/ 3G mobile networks worldwide still depend on SS7 and Diameter for controlling communications (routing voice calls and data) as well as sets of protocols designed "decade...

Microsoft splits up into ‘cloud’ and ‘edge’ • The Register

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has announced a business reorganization at Redmond to go along with his executive shake-up. In a now-public e-mail to staff on Thursday, Nadella outlined how Microsoft will operate with two major divisions - one focusing on end-users with 'experiences and devices' and a...

Microsoft’s Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson • The Register

Windows supremo Terry Myerson is departing Microsoft after decades of service, according to a memo sent to all employees today by CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella is attempting yet another reorganisation at the software giant, creating two new engineering teams to take the business into the future. Famil...

Plenty leak your IP addresses • The Register

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, turn out to be less private than the name suggests, and not just because service providers may keep more records than they acknowledge. Security researcher Paolo Stagno, also known as VoidSec, has found that 23 per cent (16 out of 70) of VPNs tested leak users' IP...

Stop us if you’ve heard this one

IBM is undertaking another significant round of job cuts, according to multiple sources. The enterprise giant on Thursday is reportedly notifying a number employees they will be made redundant in the coming months, and offering some the chance to move to different positions. This after talk earlie...

Fake news is fake data, ‘which makes it our problem’, world’s info-slurpers told • The Register

Data-hungry organisations have been advised to get a better grip on the data they control and work on building trust. In a week when analytic technologies have had more press than ever, many of the discussions at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, which ran from 19-22 March, focused on dealing ...

cryptocurrency probably not an identity system • The Register

Too many cryptocurrency people are trying to force-fit blockchain technology into identity solutions, when ID needs its own solutions. That's the opinion of Steve Wilson of Lockstep Consulting, who this month co-authored a paper on identity for the Internet Society: Do Blockchains Have Anything to ...

ESA’s Ariel mission will boldly spot exoplanets not seen before • The Register

The European Space Agency is launching a mission to find out how planets form and how life emerges in space, it announced on Tuesday. Ariel, also known as the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey mission, will narrow down on the search for exoplanets and is expected to launch ...

Creaking Chromebooks getting Meltdown protection soon • The Register

Older Chromebook owners should keep an eye open for Chrome OS updates, bcause Google's announced they'll get Meltdown protection soon. The fix for the now-notorious speculative execution side-channel will arrive in Chrome OS 66. This went to the beta channel for Android last Friday (March 16). Old...

Salesforce saddles itself with MuleSoft for $6.5bn • The Register

Salesforce has decided to buy API-farmer MuleSoft for a cool US$6.5bn – about a billion bucks above the latter company’s market capitalisation. Mulesoft offers a cloudy integration platform that lets you discover APIs, then connect them to other APIs. The platform promises just about any-to-any...

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world’s first ‘blockchain election’ • The Register

Blockchain enthusiasts may be a little deflated today, after the nation of Sierra Leone took to Twitter to debunk claims it had conducted “the world’s first blockchain election.” But it’s not all bad news for blockheads, because distributed ledgers were used during the poll and performed we...

Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node • The Register

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game? An NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) array has a bunch of NVMe flash drives inside it which are accessed by applications running in servers. These apps think they are acc...

None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who’s who in fabric-access NVMe arrays • The Register

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping...

HPE burns offering to Apollo 6500, unleashes cranked deep learning server on world+dog • The Register

HPE has updated its Apollo 6500 deep learning server with a threefold performance boost over its precursor by stuffing it with eight Tesla V100 GPUs, which speak to each other via Nvidia's NVlink 2.0 interconnect protocol. HPE claimed the Nvidia gear makes it, on average, 3.12 times faster than the...

Seagate’s HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way • The Register

In 2020 Seagate will introduce its first multi-actuator disk drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) tech with 20TB capacities. This was revealed at the Open Compute Project summit, which took place yesterday and today at the San Jose Convention Center. Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers...

Facebook opens up Big Basin Volta plans to share the server wealth • The Register

Facebook has revealed its updated GPU-powered server design known as Big Basin v2 as part of the Open Compute Project. The OCP was set up by a community of engineers trying to build efficient servers, storage and data centers by openly sharing intellectual property. Companies such as Nokia, Intel, ...

Cisco’s ‘Hybrid Information-Centric Networking’ gets a workout at Verizon • The Register

Last week, we noted the re-emergence of a sleeper technology, Information-Centric Networking (ICN). we've now learned that Cisco's been hard at work on it: Switchzilla has unveiled a trial implementation with Verizon. ICN associates content with names rather than the IP address of the server hostin...

a devops framework for the network admin • The Register

Interview In February, network automation company Ubiqube released another network management framework into the open source world. The Register spoke to CTO Hervé Guesdon to understand the company's hopes for its OpenMSA tools. OpenMSA is the Open Modelling and Simulation architecture, and Guesdo...

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around • The Register

FIRST FONDLE When Samsung gave the world its DeX dock last year, we rated the device a solid, thoughtful job for its feat of allowing a smartphone to deliver a decent desktop experience. In case you missed it, DeX is the name for an app, a desktop environment and the dock that boasts HDMI and USB o...

VMware ponders baking backup into VSAN • The Register

VMware has pondered baking backup and disaster recovery into its VSAN software-defined storage tool. Speaking at the Sydney VMware User Group conference in Sydney today, Cormac Hogan, director and chief technologist of VMware’s Storage and Availability Business Unit, said “We are very focussed ...

Cold cuts from Infinidat, Pivot3 and Pavilion Data, plus some dish on ex-Docker boss • The Register

Roundup In this week's roundup of bite-sized storage snacks: Infinidat has added a second data protection partnership, NVMe-oF startup Pavilion Data has lost one of its two co-founders, a peer-to-peer storage startup nabbed a Docker high-flier, and Pivot3 downsized its HCI product to a slim 1U shelf...

Seagate’s gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB • The Register

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line. The range appeared in November when various Enterprise Capacity and Enterprise Performance drives in 3.5 and 2.5-inch form factors were rebranded. The range topped out with the Exos X12, a rebranded Enterprise Capacity 12TB heli...

Gartner’s top tip to data crunchers on the eve of GDPR? Don’t be creepy • The Register

Businesses risk losing millions from the investments they made in data and analytics if they don’t respect their customers’ privacy, according to Gartner research director Bart Willemsen. Speaking at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in London, UK, yesterday, Willemsen said that organisations ...

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi • The Register

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware. HP, which acquired webOS from original developers Palm, open-sourced it in 2011 and promised to invest. A community of fans gathe...

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston • The Register

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Su...

Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up • The Register

Microsoft has released more information about the new version of Windows Server, including a time-frame for release and a warning on prices. "It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available," Redmond warned. ...

Mozilla’s opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry • The Register

Mozilla's plan to test a more secure method for resolving internet domain names – known as Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) via DNS over HTTPs (DoH) – in Firefox Nightly builds has met with objections from its user community due to privacy concerns. The browser maker's intentions appear to be b...

Cluster-f*ck! Etcd DBs spaff passwords, cloud keys to world by default • The Register

Software called etcd, used for storing data across clusters of containers, has a problem – it does not implement authentication by default and so poses a security risk if deployed without further fiddling. It's also rather widely used because it comes with Kubernetes, the popular container orches...

Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT • The Register

The Linux Foundation has announced a new hypervisor for use in embedded and internet of things scenarios. Project ACRN (pronounced “acorn”) will offer a “hypervisor, and its device model complete with rich I/O mediators.” There’ll also be “a Linux-based Service OS” and the ability to...

Airbus isn’t entirely dumping Office • The Register

Airbus won't eradicate Microsoft Office from its entire user base after all it seems: the Defence, Space and Helicopters units will retain the on-premises version due to the "legal and national security implications" of storing sensitive data in the cloud. As revealed by The Register on 14 March, A...

Private Internet Access VPN opens code-y kimono, starting with Chrome extension • The Register

VPN tunneller Private Internet Access (PIA) has begun open sourcing its software. Over the next six months, the service promises that all its client-side software will make its way into the hands of the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community, starting with PIA's Chrome extension. The exten...

Xilinx to bust ACAP in the dome of data centres all over with uber FPGA • The Register

Xilinx is developing a monstrous FPGA that can be dynamically changed at the hardware level. The firm's "Everest" project is the development of what Xilinx termed an Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP), an integrated multi-core heterogeneous compute platform that goes way beyond your bog-...

Toshiba Memory Corp woos data centres with a little TLC… SSD trio • The Register

Toshiba is making a play for expanded data centre flash drive sales with a trio of 64-layer 3D NAND products. The soberly named triad of drives – CD5, XD5 and HK6-DC (Toshiba doesn't do catchy when it comes to enterprise drives) – provide PCIe and SATA interfaces, and 2.5-inch and M.2 form fact...

Coverity Scan code checker’s systems crypto-jacked to run cheeky mining op • The Register

The systems of freebie open-source code scanning tool Coverity Scan were hacked and abused to run a cryptocurrency mining operation, its operator has confirmed. Synopsys, the firm behind Coverity Scan, said its corporate systems were not affected by the previously unexplained incident, which result...

Potentially a hazardous waste dump of child abuse, malware, etc • The Register

Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with sensitive, unlawful or malicious data, raising potential legal problems in most of the world, according to boffins based in Germany. In a paper [PDF] presented at the Financial Cryptography and Data Security conference on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaça...

Anyone fancy testing the ‘unlimited’ drive writes claim on Nimbus Data’s 100TB whopper SSD? • The Register

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available. It has some unusual characteristics but, first, let's show its size advantage by checking out the competition: Toshiba PM5: 30.72TB, 2.5-inch case, 12 Gbit/s SAS interface, 1, 3, 5 and 10 drive...

What’s going great for Oracle? Cloud. What’s not great? Just about everything else • The Register

Oracle is shaking off falling revenues in hardware and services by pointing to soaring cloud numbers in the three months to March. House Larry says that its Q3 FY2018 figures show its focus on cloud and SaaS paying off: Revenues of $9.8bn were earned in the last three months, up 6 per cent from th...

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose • The Register

Updated Controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytics has been hit with an emergency data seizure order in England following an extraordinary series of events Monday night that revolved around a TV undercover expose. Following a day in which the company became the focus of attention online,...

Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™ • The Register

Google’s beefed up Chrome Enterprise, its US$50-a-year management service for Chrome OS devices. Launched in August 2017, the service introduced integrations with Active Directory, VMware’s Workspace One and printer management, among other features designed to make the idea of running a corpora...

Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries • The Register

Cyber security professionals in Germany earn on average 17 per cent more than their UK counterparts. A survey by recruitment firm Willis Towers Watson found that Germany (£56,485/€64,187) leads cyber security pay1 in Europe, followed closely by Ireland (£55,485/€63,000) and France (£51,197/...

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on • The Register

It's hard to believe there once was a more innocent time when if somebody used the phrase "digital transformation" you might think they were being pretentious about making the switch from renting films on DVD delivered in the post to Amazon Prime downloads. But there's still a lot of confusion aroun...

2017 set record for infrastructure sales • The Register

Analyst firm Canalys has claimed 2017 saw record shipments of data centre infrastructure. The firm’s totalled sales of all storage, servers and data centre networking kit shipped last year and come up with the figure of US$142 billion, up seven per cent from 2016’s spend. Cisco, Dell EMC and H...

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale • The Register

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays. But instead it seems to be getting a new lease of life as a data ...

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there’s a new cable on the market • The Register

This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monitoring and more. First up: Palo Alto Networks has dropped US$300 million on the table to slurp cloud security company Evident.io. Evident.io focuses o...

UK mobe network Three’s profits hit by IT upgrade costs • The Register

Mobile operator Three UK reported a fall in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)* of 2 per cent to £437m for its full-year results – largely due to an IT and network upgrade. Sales went up 7 per cent to £2.4bn for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017 (PDF). C...

To Infinity Storage… and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow • The Register

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services. CEO Caterina Falchi started Milan-based Infinity Storage in 1998 and wrote one of the very first software handlers for WORM optical jukebox storage, a...

Crypt-NO-coins: US city bans mining funbux on its electrical power grid • The Register

A city in upstate New York has become the first in America to effectively ban any new commercial-grade cryptocurrency miners from powering up. Mayor Colin Read and the city council of Plattsburgh this month signed off on a measure to place an 18-month moratorium on any new industrial-scale crypto-c...

Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy • The Register

An effort to resolve conflicts between upcoming European privacy legislation and the global Whois service for domain names has, predictably, failed, raising fears that cybercriminals will take advantage of the impasse. At the end of a week of meetings hosted by domain-name overseer ICANN, the US-ba...

Oracle botherer Rimini Street brags of swelling fortunes – but hands tied on reinvesting cash • The Register

Rimini Street, the third-party support thorn in Oracle's side, has reported increased revenue and operating profit in 2017 – but complained unspecified covenants have prevented it from investing in sales staff or marketing. The Las Vegas-based biz's financial numbers for the year ended December 3...

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there’s a new type of cable to consider • The Register

Brace yourselves, netadmins, there's a new type of cable to consider Meet our new roundup of networking news, this week feat. Cisco, Juniper and more This week's network-news-in-five minutes has Palo Alto Networks acquiring a startup, a slew of Cisco switches, Juniper's fabric fetish, network monit...

VPN tests reveal privacy-leaking bugs • The Register

A virtual private network recommendation site decided to call in the white hats and test three products for bugs, and the news wasn't good. VPNMentor hired Paulos Yibelo, a Cure53 researcher whose handle is “File Descriptor” and one anonymous researcher to put Pure VPN, Zenmate, and Hotspot Shi...

Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply • The Register

PC-and-server-makers spent most of 2017 complaining about profit erosion due to shortages of key components. Now comes news from Taiwan about further disruption to the supply chain, this time for NAND Flash, thanks to a blackout at a Samsung plant. Taiwan’s DigiTimes has cited reports of a ‘le...

Openreach hiring thousands more engineers • The Register

BT's Openreach is to hire 3,500 trainee engineers in a bid to support its 'full-fibre' proposals for Britain. The former stated-owned telco monopoly claimed its "largest recruitment drive" comes off the back of its plan to connect three million premises to full fibre by 2020, up 50 per cent on its ...

Mulled EU copyright shakeup will turn us into robo-censors – GitHub • The Register

Code-repository GitHub has raised the alarm about a pending European copyright proposal could force it to implement automated filtering systems – referred to by detractors as "censorship machines" – that would hinder developers working with free and open source software. The proposal, part of A...

We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G suite looks sweet • The Register

Interview Collaboration rather than cost is the reason Airbus has given Microsoft’s old-world Office app bundle the heave ho and is migrating 130,000 staff – the entire workforce – to Google’s G Suite. As exclusively revealed by The Register on Wednesday, Airbus – yes, the designer, build...

Our next chips won’t have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about • The Register

Intel has claimed its future processors – shipping as early as the second half of this year – will be free of the security design flaws it totally told you not to fret about. Over the past couple of months, it has been incredible watching Chipzilla revise its position, in public and behind the ...

All-flash rules while Brexit slows UK storage spend, says IDC

All-flash storage arrays continue to chart staggering growth and total shipments, with sales accounting for 31% of all external disk systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) and a growth rate in shipments of 35.8%. Download this free guide UK IT Priorities 2018 survey results Download...

‘Dead weight’ Dell would destroy VMware’s value, says big investor • The Register

Investment firm Jericho Capital Asset Management L.P has departed from its usual practice of not commenting publicly on deals by publishing a scathing letter addressed to VMware’s independent directors decrying a reverse merger between VMware and Dell. Jericho owns around 1.8 per cent of VMware, ...

Remember information-centric networking? It’s on the way back • The Register

Ten years ago, the world of tech was waking up to three hot new technologies – Software-Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualisation, and Information-Centric Networking. The first two are now sweeping the world, but what happened to the third? You'd be forgiven for thinking the technology ...

Salesforce courts the great un-CRMed with ‘Essentials’ • The Register

Salesforce has flicked the On switch for two new apps in its "Essentials" range, the cut-down and cut-price version of its SaaS platform launched last November. At launch, Salesforce offered only Sales Cloud Lightning, its CRM and marketing automation tool as an "Essential". Now the company has ad...

Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees • The Register

UPDATED Audio specialist Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for copyright violation as the two companies sit at odds over licensing payments. A complaint [PDF] filed with the Northern California District Court accuses Adobe of violating its copyright on nine different media encoders and software routines. T...

Cloudflare pushes Workers out the door – without layoffs • The Register

Cloudflare has launched a service that lets its customers run JavaScript at the edge of its cloud. Built on Google's V8 JavaScript engine, "Cloudflare Workers" is pitched as a kind of halfway house between central cloud processing and local execution: in beta since September 2017, it integrated the...

Treat yourself to a storage doughnut • The Register

Veritas is renewing its assault on Data Domain and the disk/cloud archive market, Nutanix has offered $3,000 rebates to resellers of a Dell XC Core product, and flash memory researchers are looking at 128-layer 3D NAND. 96-layer flash isn't even a thing yet, but boffins always have to look ahead. T...

Beware VMware! Nutanix sprays all over Virtzilla’s networking territory • The Register

Nutanix this week teased analysts with a software-defined networking product called FLOW and made no secret of its intent to muscle in on VMware's turf. NSX is VMware's software-defined networking and security platform, based on acquired Nicira technology from 2012. Its latest iteration works with ...

18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE • The Register

The first beta of Ubuntu 18.04 is here. The finished article, due next month, will be a long-term support release and, for those who stick with LTS, the first time many see the new GNOME-based Ubuntu. This beta, however, does not include the main GNOME-based release. Instead this is more a communit...

Maplin shut down sale prices still HIGHER than rivals • The Register

Closing-down sale posters are being plastered over the shop windows of moribund Brit 'leccy tat emporium Maplin Electronics, but even now the discounted goods can still be bought more cheaply from rivals. The Maplin administration team at PwC, appointed on 28 February, has so far failed to strike a...

Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google • The Register

Airbus is to shift its entire workforce to Google’s cloudy productivity and collaboration tools, ditching Microsoft Office on-prem wares in the process. The “decision that will shape our company” was confirmed by Airbus CEO Tom Enders in a memo to staff – seen by The Register – who said t...

Beleaguered all-flash flinger Tintri appoints new CEO • The Register

Troubled all-flasher Tintri has found a new CEO, just a week after it revealed it was looking for one. Tom Barton was appointed last night to assume the role from April 2. Chairman and then-CEO Ken Klein confirmed that a search was under way earlier this month and that he would step down when a can...

Supermicro praying for Nasdaq time • The Register

Can I have more time sir, please. Supermicro, under threat of Nasdaq delisting for not filing recent quarterly reports on time, is negotiating fresh loan financing. It asked Nasdaq for another 180-day extension a fortnight ago. Its prior 180-day extension elapsed yesterday. The San Jose-based ser...

WhatsApp agrees not to share user info with the Zuckerborg… for now • The Register

WhatsApp has agreed not to share users' data with parent biz Facebook after failing to demonstrate a legal basis for the ad-fuelling data slurp in the EU. The move comes after a years-long battle between the biz and European data protection agencies, which argued that changes to WhatsApp's small pr...

Developers dread Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2, SharePoint

Stack Overflow’s annual survey has revealed the tools and tech that developers love to hate: Visual Basic 6, IBM Db2 and SharePoint. According to the poll, which took in the views of more than 100,000 devs, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year running. It is closely foll...

Super Cali neutral traffic bill makes web throttling bogus • The Register

California is doubling down on its efforts to mandate net neutrality, this time with a bill making its way through the state senate. The bill, SB 822 [PDF], would mandate the state only work with ISPs that adhere to policies against blocking and throttling lawful traffic. It has been submitted to t...

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs • The Register

The US Consumer Product Safety Division has issued a recall notice for six types of lithium-ion battery packs sold by AmazonBasics. The batteries were sold by Bezos' bunch between December 2014 and July 2017 for prices ranging from $9 to $40 and range from larger 16,100 mAh power bricks with integr...

Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007 • The Register

Around a third of servers at Transport for New South Wales, the public transport department in Australia’s largest most populous state, need security patches, some dating back to 2007. But IBM, which provides IT services to the agency, doesn’t have enough people dedicated to the the job to get i...

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again • The Register

IBM and HCL have outlined their plans for the Notes/Domino portfolio that the former offloaded to the latter last year. Since announcing that HCL would take over development of IBM's collaborationware, the two companies have conducted a long listening tour that saw them stage 22 meatspace meetings ...

VMware-on-AWS coming to Frankfurt, Sydney, Japan, with vMotion between regions too • The Register

VMware has started planning to bring its Amazon Web Services tie-up to Australia and Japan. The company last week made a bunch of cloud announcements about its cloudy future, including a promise that it would get to Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region some time soon. But The Register has sin...

Mellanox says it ships enough ports not to need Starboard • The Register

The spat over activist investor Starboard Value's plan to have Mellanox sell itself or do something else to enhance its value has resumed. Hostility between the two companies dates back to November 2017, when Starboard criticised Mellanox for refusing advances from Marvell Semiconductor. Starboard...

Let’s just pretend you don’t use Kubernetes already • The Register

Container orchestration comes in different flavours, but actual effort must be put into identifying the system most palatable. Yes, features matter, but so too does the long-term viability of the platform. There's been plenty of great technologies in the history of the industry, but what's mattered...

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia • The Register

The Finnish government has snapped up 3.3 per cent of Nokia Corporation in a bid to shore up national ownership. The €844m move by government-owned Solidium Oy will see Finnish hands exerting more influence on the networking specialist, something that unkind observers might suggest should have ha...

UK.gov’s shift to AWS: It’s squeezy-bum time for small cloud pushers • The Register

Analysis UK.gov is investing more and more taxpayer cash on Amazon Web Services, with spend through the G-Cloud digital marketplace growing eight fold year-on-year to £16m in 2017. The government has forked out £19m with AWS over the past five years – and this is the figure from the G-Cloud fra...

Mozilla wants to seduce BOFHs with button-down Firefox • The Register

The Mozilla Foundation has released a Firefox for Enterprise with sysadmin controls to manage deployment. F4E arrives in beta form today. Firefox hooks into Windows Group Policy editor but will also include hooks for Linux and Mac. Organisations interested can apply here and BOFHs find more technic...

There’s more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies • The Register

Analysis At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, last week, The Register caught up with Brian Behlendorf, executive director of The Hyperledger Project, and had a chance to chat about the state of open source blockchain technology. Behlendorf took over the organization in May 20...

Uncle Sam slams plans to give govts final say over domain privacy • The Register

A plan by ICANN to let governments collectively decide who is allowed to bypass new European privacy rules over domain names has been blasted by its most powerful member, the United States. At a meeting of DNS oversight organization ICANN, the US government representative told colleagues from acros...

CableLabs backhaul spec gets speed boost • The Register

Late last week, CableLabs launched another bandwidth-boosting project, this time designed to sweat more gigabits-per-second out of the optical leg of cable networks. The US cable industry's research arm launched its Full Duplex Coherent Optics project, designed to double the capacity of the upstrea...

so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him! • The Register

Who, me? Welcome to the eighth edition of "Who, me?", the column in which Reg readers confess to moments at which they messed things up but good. This week meet "Ben" who told us that "On a Friday afternoon about five years ago I was asked to complete some backup scripts before the weekend." Ben t...

Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable • The Register

A colleague recently excused himself from a meeting because he had to go and judge a robotics contest. It quickly struck me this was a very modern inversion, because we're constantly judged by robots. We're observed and recorded everywhere we go online thanks to cookies, certificates and loyalty c...

Get tooled up before grappling with Google’s Spanner database • The Register

When companies started to build applications at web scale and needed services to scale to millions of requests across the globe, it quickly became apparent that relational databases just didn't work well enough. So companies like Amazon and Google built their own that could service these requests b...

We three kings of Dell EMC are; bigging up storage we traverse AFA • The Register

Analysis Three top Dell execs told the earnings call that they were taking the fall in storage results seriously, were doing all they could to fix them, and that early signs were encouraging. The Dell EMC storage business had shining bright spots, with $15.3m for the full year, the hyperconverged p...

Hyperconverger Nutanix gobbles Netsil • The Register

Nutanix is gobbling Netsil, a startup that develops tech for the discovery, mapping and management of microservices in distributed cloudy spaces. San Francisco-based Netsil was founded as Gencore Systems in 2012 by Cam Nguyen, CEO Harjot Gill, COO Shariq Rizvi (ex-Twitter), and chief architect Tanv...

Microsoft’s Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don’t notice • The Register

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams hit its first birthday this week, trumpeting some big numbers and a slew of new features. Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers last year, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform. Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek t...

UK’s air accident cops are slurping data from pilots’ fondleslabs • The Register

A British government agency has been downloading data from iPads and similar devices used by pilots of crashed aircraft, it has emerged. The Air Accident Investigation Branch routinely recovers data from tablets found in the wreckage of aircraft crashes. Such tablets are normally used by pilots of ...

Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles • The Register

The Russian government has again intimated that it is prepared to cut itself off from the global internet, with a presidential aide telling a Russian news network that it is "ready for anything." Russian presidential aide on the internet, German Klimenko, took an unusual tack: he suggested that Wes...

Tutanota blames Comcast block for March 1 outage • The Register

The creator and co-founder of Tutanota is blaming Comcast after his encrypted mail service was briefly taken offline earlier this month. Mathias Pfau claims his secure email service was mysteriously unavailable to Comcast customers for around 18 hours over a period spanning from the evening of Marc...

Rant launches Eric Raymond’s next project: open-source the UPS • The Register

In February, developer and open source software advocate Eric S Raymond ranted that the Uninterruptible Power Supply market was overdue for open source disruption, and touched so many nerves around the world that the rant has become a project. Last week, ESR opened up the work-in-progress on GitLab...

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security • The Register

Cars are getting smarter every year but their increasing computational power isn’t being backed up by good IT security practices – hacking them is child’s play. That’s the conclusion of a series of speakers at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit. These security researchers have demonstrat...

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday? • The Register

Intel's new 800P Optane solid state disks and the box they come in Intel's launched new and low-ish end versions of its Optane solid state disks based on 3D XPoint non-volatile memory. The new Optane SSD 800P comes in 58GB and 118GB variants, both in the M.2 2280 form factor and requiring an NVMe ...

The Java release train is moving faster, but will developers be derailed? • The Register

QCON "How you deploy Java, how you get access to updates and patches is all changing. Although Oracle has told people about this, they haven't been shouting about it," Azul Systems CTO Simon Ritter told attendees at QCon, a developer conference under way in London. Java used to evolve with comforta...

Microsoft ‘optimises’ its on-prem tech donation scheme for nonprofits • The Register

Big-hearted Microsoft has confirmed pending changes that will make it easier for charities to use its cloud services but will hike prices for anyone daring to use its on-premises wares. Charities – for their sins – got used to having copies of software donated by the Seattle-based corp. For an...

Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You’ll have to improve 4G coverage • The Register

Ofcom has today proposed placing new coverage obligations on mobile operators for 4G services as part of their winning 5G spectrum bids. All four operators have met the obligation to reach 90 per cent of the country's landmass by the end of 2017. But the UK regulator said: "While the previous obli...

Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4 • The Register

Gartner's Q4 server sales count has confirmed a shipment boom took place as hyperscalers, cloud buyers and on-premise all dug deep to freshen their infrastructure. The beanies said global server revenue jumped 25.7 per cent year-on-year to $18.56bn and box sales went up 8.8 per cent to 3.19 million...

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly • The Register

The reboot of the classic Atari games console is back on, with prototypes to be displayed at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month. The news follows three months of dead air in the wake of the company's decision to pull out of pre-order plans at the last minute. La...

Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision • The Register

The space-disaster movie Gravity – where an escalating wave of space debris wipes out a space station and shuttle – now looks like a slightly more plausible scenario. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has pulled permission from Silicon Valley startup Swarm Technologies to launch four s...

Sigh. Cisco security kit has Java deserialisation bug and a default password SNAFU • The Register

Switchzilla's security developers have served up a parcel of patches. First up, there's a gem in the company's Secure Access Control System. The ACS (which ceased sale in August 2017) is a hardware-based login gatekeeper, and it's got a remotely-pwnable Java deserialisation bug. Cisco's notice for...

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crytpo-busting not-a-backdoor • The Register

FBI director Christopher Wray has addressed a cyber-security conference and again called for technologists to innovate their way around strong cryptography. Wray spoke at the Boston College / FBI Boston Conference on Cyber Security on march 7th. He told the audience the issue of crypto can be solve...

US authorities call on cryptocoin ‘exchanges’ to sign up for regulation • The Register

The United States' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has again warned investors to be ever-so-careful when considering cryptocurrencies, because so-called “exchanges” for the assets fit all the definitions of a subject—to-regulation exchange other than having signed up for that regulati...

IBM’s homomorphic encryption accelerated to run 75 times faster • The Register

IBM has rewritten its C++ homomorphic encryption library and claims it now goes up to 75 times faster. Homomorphic encryption is a technique used to operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would make sensitive operations much more secure: for example, companies could encrypt their clo...

Help me, cloudy-WAN-Ciscobi, my SaaS needs A New Hope • The Register

Cisco’s decided that wide area networks need more automated attention, so has released two complementary WAN analytics products. The company’s interest in WAN performance comes from its observation that plenty of organisations are more WAN-reliant than ever before, either to connect remote offi...

Ethernet sales growing, but routing’s been routed by software • The Register

If you watch the fortunes of the big names in switching, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the market is only recording modest growth. According to analyst clan IDC's wrap of calendar year 2017's shipments, the switch business added a mere 3.2 per cent year-on-year in Q4 2017 to reach US...

Netflix could pwn 2020s IT security – they need only reach out and take • The Register

The container is doomed, killed by serverless. Containers are killing Virtual Machines (VM). Nobody uses bare metal servers. Oh, and tape is dead. These, and other clichés, are available for a limited time, printed on a coffee mug of your choice alongside a complimentary moon-on-a-stick for $24.99....

China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race • The Register

Analysis China is to take a clear lead in the exascale superdupercomputer race - its Tianhe-3 system looks to be a whole year ahead of the US's best efforts. Aurora, Frontier and El Capitan, the three US exascale supercomputers, are set to be eclipsed by China's Tianhe-3 1 exaFLOPS system which is ...

Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One’s a pickup, the other’s a juggernaut • The Register

Analysis IBM already had a scale-out NAS (filer) when it announced Spectrum NAS last month: Spectrum Scale, which can grow to 16,000-plus nodes. Why does it need another? The two overlap in the same way as a Dodge pickup and a Mack truck. Sure, they can both carry small loads but using a Mack truck...

Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten? • The Register

"It's never been suggested that the public have some right to require the press to impart information to them," barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC told the Right To Be Forgotten trial in London's High Court yesterday. Tomlinson, acting on behalf of pseudonymous complainant "NT1", was discussing EU data pr...

Yes, Alexa is all very well…but we want YOU to talk machine learning and AI • The Register

MCubed returns to London in October, and we want to hear how your organisation is using artificial intelligence, machine learning algorithms, deep learning, and predictive analytics to solve real world business and technology problems. We’re looking to put together a conference schedule that show...

Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it’s hot? Numbers say no • The Register

Analysis A look at Dropbox's IPO filing suggests a conservative company controlling costs and heading towards profitability this year. It has passed the 500 million user count, though only 2.2 per cent (11 million) of that base are paying customers – the rest use its free services. The firm had h...

Well done, ice cream for everyone! Er, not you, storage • The Register

Dell had a reasonable fourth 2018 quarter in all areas but one – storage. Yes, EMC let the house down with an 11 per cent drop in revenues year-on-year. Total Dell Technology revenues were $21.94bn in the quarter, a 9 per cent rise on the year. Net income was -$533m, a big improvement on the year...

Microsoft floats feelers for fake worlds • The Register

At least two crucial ingredients are missing from virtual and augmented reality: revenue and a sense of touch. The industry is confident that the revenue is coming as hardware costs fall, awareness rises, and expectations become more realistic. Consultancy Greenlight Insights reckons global VR reve...

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor • The Register

FBI director Christopher Wray has addressed a cyber-security conference and again called for technologists to innovate their way around strong cryptography. Wray spoke at the Boston College / FBI Boston Conference on Cyber Security on March 7. He told the audience the issue of crypto can be solved ...

Cisco to trial direct online sales • The Register

Cisco's going to have a crack at direct sales online. Cisco's veep for Australia and New Zealand yesterday told the Cisco Live! event in Melbourne that it's currently possible to buy his company's kit online from the company, but that finding out how to do it is not easy. Cisco's online direct sal...

Cisco says you’re bad at business • The Register

VID Cisco will shortly give the world a voice assistant it believes has a shot at making life uncomfortable for Siri, Cortana and Alexa in the office. The company’s effort won’t be a general-purpose bot. Instead the company plans to make it a part of its Spark collaboration portfolio. The assi...

nbn™ gives ISDN, Frame Relay and Ethernet Lite a stay of execution • The Register

Horror stories about poor installation experiences for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) are everywhere, which might be making businesses reluctant to give up old but reliable services. To get those customers over the line, nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has announced...

Nokia transceiver bakes years of demos into superfast optical chip • The Register

Two years after it first demonstrated its highest-capacity modulation scheme, Nokia has announced its release as a product. The company will show off its PSE-3 (photonic service engine) in San Diego next week, at the OFC Conference. Nokia claimed even over long-haul submarine cable systems, 200 Gb...

Google assisting the Pentagon in developing AI for its drones • The Register

Google is working with the US Department of Defense to develop AI algorithms to identify objects in videos taken by drones. So far, it’s unclear exactly what technology is being used and how involved Google are. But it’s all part of Project Maven, a programme launched by the Pentagon last year ...

Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case • The Register

A former senior saleswoman at Intel who accused the firm of sex discrimination and wrongful dismissal has lost all of her claims and has been ordered to pay the company £45,000 by the middle of this month. Watford Employment Tribunal dismissed all of Mary Guiney's claims and ordered her to pay Chi...

What happened to WD’s SanDisk enterprise flash advantage? • The Register

Analysis Western Digital is letting its acquired market share in enterprise SSDs slip away from a revenue and capacity perspective as rival Micron - now infused with ex-SanDisk execs - keeps on growing like a weed. According to TrendFocus estimates, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Raker...

MPs lay into UK.gov’s planned immigration data exemptions • The Register

The UK government's plan to excuse itself from having to hand over information about the data it holds on immigrants has received short shrift from MPs. In the first debate on the Data Protection Bill in the House of Commons on Monday evening – the draft text having been passed by the Lords in Ja...

Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling • The Register

Gummy mouthed watchdog Ofcom has launched a probe into whether Three and Vodafone breached the EU's net neutrality rules by throttling certain services on their networks. The UK regulator is investigating whether some of the 4G mobile plans offered by operators are compliant with Europe's Open Inte...

VMware’s cloud migration play beams down whole data centres • The Register

VMware's delivered an on-premises-capable version of its Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) that can migrate private clouds to public clouds, and software-defined data centres among any VMware-powered cloud. This is a big-ish deal for VMware, because its core strategy is to keep you using its stuff even ...

BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee • The Register

BlackBerry has found another licensee for its Dolby-like licensing initiative, "Secured by BlackBerry", and expanded the venture way beyond smartphones. From now on, licensees won't need to take BlackBerry's version of OS to earn a "Secured by BlackBerry" accreditation, and potential devices could ...

Broadcom baits hook with promise of $1.5bn investment fund to catch Qualcomm • The Register

Broadcom says it will earmark $1.5bn for funding of 5G wireless broadband networks as part of its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm. The chip designer said Wednesday that, should its $117bn buyout plan for Qualcomm go through, it will set up a $1.5bn fund to "focus on innovation to train and educate...

Tintri finally opens wide, bites restructuring bullet • The Register

Pick one up and bite it - you know it makes sense Beleaguered array vendor Tintri has had to face reality with its latest falling quarterly sales and widening losses prompting drastic refinancing and restructuring action. Revenues of $28.9mn for Tintri's Q4 ended 31 January were down 29 per cent y...

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill • The Register

Analysis A global race to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks has intensified with the approval of new legislation by the US House of Representatives. The peculiarly titled Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act [PDF] – designed to spell out the name of a ...

VMware’s GM for networking and security jumps to Google • The Register

Jeff Jennings, VMware's senior veep and general manager for security and networking has left the company to join Google. Jennings was a 20-year VMware veteran and had been entrusted with VMware's hottest growth business, networking. VMware also sees a great future for its security business, with th...

attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency exploits • The Register

Cryptocurrency-mining malware-scum have started to write code that evicts rivals from compromised computers. The miner in question was first noticed by SANS Internet Storm Center handler Xavier Mertens. Martens spotted the PowerShell script on March 4, and noting that it kills any other CPU-greedy ...

Open source XenServer project is go after crushing crowdcash call • The Register

XCP-ng, the effort to revive an open source version of XenServer, will go ahead after crushing its crowdfunding campaign. The project's Kickstarter sought €6,000 but ended up with €38,531 from crowdfunding contributors. Project founder Olivier Lambert wrote to backers with news that their donat...

Marvell cooks up 400* Gbps Ethernet chips • The Register

Marvell Semiconductor is off and running with 802.3cd-compliant chips, and reckons it's the first sand-baker to ship to the standard. The IEEE's 802.3cd standard defines the physical ports for current and future high-speed Ethernet interfaces – the 50 Gbps, 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps rates expected ov...

Segmentation injection takes Tetration into application protection • The Register

Cisco's updated its Tetration network monitoring software to tackle application security and multi-vendor policy enforcement. Tetration's earlier iterations focussed on giving users visibility of network operations and performance in the data centre, while Cisco's Stealthwatch did the same for camp...

‘Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!’, says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip • The Register

Google reckons it's on the cusp of demonstrating “quantum supremacy” with the development of a 72-qubit processor. Quantum supremacy refers to the point at which a quantum computer should outperform a classical computer, without incurring the performance costs of error correction (as described ...

‘The mainstream is always under attack’ • The Register

Emil Eifrem, chief exec of Neo4j, has said that graph databases are at a turning point for so long that you'd imagine he's bored of the line by now. But 2018 might just be the year his predictions come true. Speaking at his firm's Graph Connect event in London last week, Eifrem once again asserted ...

Good luck saying ‘Sorry I’m late, I had to update my car’s firmware’ • The Register

The IETF has noticed how badly Internet of Things firmware is managed, and wants it fixed. Whether it's the Mirai botnet's attack on Dyn, smart sex toys with dumb vulns, or easily hackable home routers, the problem is often that firmware fixes are needed but too often aren't installed. The Softwar...

Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown • The Register

The UK's self-proclaimed number one website provider, 123 Reg, is having yet another very bad day, although arguably not as bad as those of its long-suffering customers. We're told 123 Reg has hit upon the ultimate method to protect users' website files from hackers by, er, losing them. The hosting...

The external array party is over • The Register

Despite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker. NetApp's position is also weakening as HPE overtakes it in external...

Great, we’re going to get DevOps-ed. So, 15 years of planning processes – for the bin? • The Register

In large organisations, the question is rarely “what are these newfangled practices and technologies,” but more “how could we actually do them here?” DevOps* has been here nigh on 10 years, and in the past three or so of those, large, normal organisations, like Allstate and Duke, have been ...

Open source community crams itself into big tent • The Register

At the Open Source Leadership Summit in Sonoma, California, on Tuesday, members of the open source community gathered under a big tent. It was a tent with carpeting and chandeliers at a stylish wine country inn, but a tent nonetheless, and it served as a clear metaphor for the aspirations of the co...

FCC finally bothers with Puerto Rico as chairman visits • The Register

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally decided to address the months-long lack of telecoms service in Puerto Rico, one day before its chair visits the storm-ravaged island. It has been over five months since the US territory was struck by Hurricane Maria and yet, according to the F...

Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computer • The Register

Alibaba reckons the world needs another quantum computer in the cloud, so it's opened up access to an 11-qubit system. The system landed almost exactly a year after IBM announced its five-qubit quantum offering. In November last year, Big Blue embiggened the system to 20 qubits. So as well as bein...

4G LTE pried open to reveal a slew of new protocol-level attacks • The Register

A group of American university researchers have broken key 4G LTE protocols to generate fake messages, snoop on users, and forge user location data. Those working on the coming 5G protocols should take note: the vulnerabilities are most worrying because they're written into the LTE protocols, and c...

WordPress is now 30 per cent of the web, daylight second • The Register

The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's web sites. W3Techs crawls the top ten million websites as determined by Amazon's Alexa rating service and peers into their innards to figure out what they're running, and sells details rep...

You can survive the migration from Windows vCenter server • The Register

Up until relatively recently, VMware’s vCenter was a Windows-only affair. With version 5 came the VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) based on a hardened Linux installation. It essentially left behind the legacy issues around management and patching (and all manner of other issues) that impact Windows...

Spring break! Critical vuln in Pivotal framework’s Data parts plugged • The Register

Pivotal's Spring Data REST project has a serious security hole that needs patching. Pivotal's Spring Framework is a popular platform for building web apps. Spring Data REST is a collection of additional components for devs to build Java applications that offer RESTful APIs to underlying Spring Data...

Google Flutter hits beta: Another go at cross-platform mobile dev • The Register

MWC2018 Fancy a Flutter? Google is hoping users will take a bet on its new cross-platform mobile development framework, whose first beta was announced at Mobile World Congress last week. Flutter is based on Dart, an object-oriented C-style language developed at Google, where it was designed by Lars...

Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions • The Register

CityFibre has applied to take the Advertising Standards Authority's to court over its decision to approve the continued use of the term "fibre" to describe services delivered over copper-based networks. Last year the ASA found it was "not materially misleading" for ISPs to describe copper hybrid se...

Dell EMC in bid to clap trade secrets injunction on staff now at Rubrik • The Register

Dell EMC has tossed a trade secrets sueball at two ex-sales employees who left for Rubrik, alleging that they solicited other EMC staff to jump ship and approached Dell EMC customers. Rubrik competes with Dell EMC in the data protection business. Complaints were filed against Ryan Baker and Louis ...

Up to 25% of new builds still can’t get superfast broadband – study • The Register

Up to a quarter of new builds still lack access to superfast internet, according to a study by comparison site Thinkbroadband. The research, based on data from the Office for National Statistics, estimates that one in four to one in five new premises don't have provision for 30Mbps. It said: "What...

Supermicro and VMware keep it green with vSAN Hyperconverged Solution • The Register

Promo Launched in August at VMWorld in Las Vegas, Supermicro’s vSAN Hyperconverged Solution promises to optimize performance for specific workload uses and make the world a greener place, thanks to its superior power efficiency. The result of the server giant’s collaboration with VMware and Int...

UK regulator moots data protection sandbox for organisations to play in • The Register

The Information Commissioner's Office has promised organisations a regulatory sandbox to test out the data protection implications of new tech as part of its first technology strategy. The strategy (PDF), which will run from 2018-21, sets out eight goals for the ICO, along with three priority areas...

Scrap immigration exemption from Data Protection Bill or we’ll see you in court • The Register

Campaign groups have increased pressure on the UK government to remove a section of the Data Protection Bill that could effectively prevent people gaining access to immigration data held on them. The bill passed through the House of Lords at the start of the year, and has its second reading in the ...

Emirates dinged for slipshod online data privacy practices • The Register

International airline Emirates leaks customers' sensitive personal information to third-party marketing partners and network adversaries, according to Konark Modi, a data security engineer for Cliqz, a privacy-focused browser based on Firefox. Modi, in an online post on Friday, said that after a cu...

Microsoft builds Uncle Sam custom versions of 365 and Azure Stack • The Register

Courting the lucrative government contract market, Microsoft has unveiled custom versions of Azure Stack and Microsoft 365 for the US government. Redmond says the Government editions of the two cloud platforms would feature special security and management options designed for US government agencies...

Future supers pop up on $636m cash wishlist to get exascale beasts prowling on US soil • The Register

The two new mystery exascale computing systems known only as Frontier and El Capitan popped up on a budget request last week. They are being developed by the US government and have been slated for deployment in 2022 and 2023. If American Congresspeople were to say yes to the budget, the DoE would g...

Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more • The Register

Roundup Here's a quick summary of infosec news from this week, beyond what we've already covered. Cloud security shop Cyren surveyed 500,000 websites over the past four months, and said it saw a 725 per cent increase in the use of surreptitious crypto-coin mining code. The bulk of that code has sho...

Java EE renamed ‘Jakarta EE’ after Big Red brand spat • The Register

The open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) has been renamed Jakarta EE to satisfy Oracle's desire to control the "Java" brand. The renaming became necessary after Oracle moved Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, a shift it hoped would see developers become more engaged with the pro...

Senate mulls offensive AI, new training tools and now Chinese faceswaps Trump • The Register

Roundup Your weekly dose of tidbits from the AI world, beyond everything we've already covered, begins with a senate committee hearing where a US lieutenant general, currently a nominee for the role of the director of the NSA, speaking about his concerns around the technology. And ends with a CEO of...

It’s begun: ‘First’ IPv6 denial-of-service attack puts IT bods on notice • The Register

Analysis What's claimed to be the first IPv6-based distributed denial-of-service attack has been spotted by internet engineers who warn it is only the beginning of what could become the next wave of online disruption. Network guru Wesley George noticed the strange traffic earlier this week as part ...

Mayors of America demand net neutrality protections… again • The Register

More than 75 mayors and city officials across America this week signed a letter asking that the nation's net neutrality safeguards remain in place. Again. The open letter is addressed to the four main Congressional leaders, and calls the controversial decision by the FCC to dismantle is own rules c...

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames • The Register

Canada is about ready to pull the plug on its IBM-built error-plagued Phoenix payroll system that has cost the nation nearly CAN$1bn ($790m). According to the latest version of the Canadian government's spending plans, the Trudeau administration will move to dump the ailing platform in the coming y...

VMware might just have cracked the container market with NSX • The Register

VMware might just have found a way to stay relevant as containers threaten virtualization. The biz today announced another strong quarter: a $970 million charge related to the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tipped the company into a paper loss, but the numbers were otherwise pleasing. Revenue for Q4 201...

OpenStack ‘Queens’ struts into the spotlight • The Register

The 17th version of OpenStack is upon us. "Queens" landed on March 1st, with virtual GPU support in the Nova virtualization module the headline feature. Virtual GPUs make a lot of sense for OpenStack users in the context of another addition: the "Cyborg" framework for managing hardware and softwar...

Dropbox to let Google reach inside it and rummage about • The Register

Dropbox and Google have announced they will integrate some of their services. As explained by Dropbox, the plan means its users "will be able to create, open, edit, save, and share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides directly from Dropbox. And when you're working in Dropbox, you'll be able to save Goog...

So the suits swanned off to GDPR events leaving you at the coalface? It’s really more IT’s problem • The Register

I spend a lot of time telling people that information security isn't the IT department's problem. And it's not: everyone in the business is responsible for making his or her contribution to the security of the organisation's information, and for protecting the personal data the organisation uses. I...

5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest • The Register

MWC18 As Mobile World Congress draws to a close in relatively warm Barcelona (13°C - balmy), it's time to tally up on whether it delivered on the hype. The buzz ahead of MWC was that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S9 smartphone, that 5G connectivity would come closer to commercial reality, and th...

Pure now a billion-dollar revenue biz as Dell EMC, HPE take eyes off prize • The Register

Flash array shipper Pure is now officially a billion-dollar turnover organ and appears poised to finally reach profitability as competition from Dell EMC and HPE contines to wane. For Q4 ended 31 January 2018, revenues were up 48 per cent year-on-year to $338.3m, jumping 34 per cent up on the previ...

With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing ‘HORSE BIRTH NOW’ klaxon • The Register

An American company has devised a system that takes over your entire home, makes all your lights start flashing and broadcasts neighing noises through the whole house when your pregnant horse starts giving birth. Custom electronics trade news website CE Pro, reporting on this interesting mashup of ...

Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another firm • The Register

Hyperconverged player Nutanix reported second fiscal 2018 quarter revenues of $286.7m, up 44 per cent on a year ago and 4 per cent on the prior quarter. Profits seem as far away as ever, with a net loss of $61.5m, better than the prior quarter's $90.7m loss and the year-ago quarter's $76.4m, but no...

Alexa muted, Twilio taps out, and Bitbucket kicks the, er, bucket amid AWS data center hiccup • The Register

Problems at an Amazon Web Service data center in Virginia today are being blamed for outages affecting some major websites and online services today. Amazon said its highly popular US-East region has been dropping packets all morning, US West Coast time, thanks to unidentified connectivity problem ...

Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back • The Register

The US Department of Justice on Thursday filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the Wi-Fi Alliance – a non-profit based in Austin, Texas, that promotes Wi-Fi technology and standards – for allegedly laying off an employee because of his ongoing military service obligations. The gove...

Knock, knock. Whois there? Get ready for anonymized email addresses after domain privacy shake-up • The Register

You may no longer be able to see the name, email or house address for whoever owns a specific domain name under new rules proposed by DNS overseer ICANN. Such details will be removed from the Whois service that covers hundreds of millions of domain names across the world in order to comply with new...

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V • The Register

Microsoft's revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V. Microsoft's definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft's c...

$614m on Verizon (that’s about three days of profit for telco giant) • The Register

Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission. The regulator sought to punish Straight Path for breaking its promise to roll out working high-speed cellular networ...

The DNS was designed for diversity, but site admins aren’t buying • The Register

The world's top eight DNS providers now control 59 per cent of name resolution for the biggest Websites - and that puts the Web at risk, according to a group of Harvard University researchers. The group was led by Harvard's Shane Greenstein, and warned that since 2011, the "entropy" of the DNS (ref...

CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves • The Register

Vid The Spectre design flaws in modern CPUs can be exploited to punch holes through the walls of Intel's SGX secure environments, researchers claim. SGX – short for Software Guard eXtensions – is a mechanism that normal applications can use to ring-fence sections of memory that not even the ope...

Salesforce cracked $10bn in sales for FY’18, but growth slowed • The Register

Salesforce has reported a cracking quarter and financial year, but also revealed growth is slowing. Fourth quarter revenue exceeded estimates by $30m to total $2.85 billion, up 24 per cent year-over-year. Full-year revenue was $10.48 billion, up 25 per cent. Both numbers are a point or two down on ...

Movements in High Bandwidth Memory • The Register

Analysis Getting data into and out of memory is like getting books into and out of bookshelves. The more books you can hold at once, the faster you can do the job. Someone able to hold only one book at a time is going to be far slower than another person capable of holding a stack of eight at a time...

Ethics? Yeah, that’s great, but do they scale? • The Register

This March I'll be co-running the first ethics track for the tech conference QCon London. We've had so much enthusiasm that QCon New York has added ethics too (Americans are notoriously behind the curve). Why the interest? I suspect because widely available tech is now creating hyperscale software ...

Cloudian and Scality collide as object storage endgame nears • The Register

Analysis Both Scality and Cloudian have received fresh funding as they race towards an IPO, acquisition or startup trash can – the three outcomes of the object storage endgame. The object storage market situation can be viewed as three startups that made it to acquisition, four that haven't, of w...

Server shipments up as huge clumps of white boxes suddenly fly off shelves • The Register

Server shipments boomed in 2017's fourth quarter, with total revenues bouncing 26.4 per cent on the prior year and unit sales stepping up 11 per cent. Hyperscalar and cloud service provider customer buying patterns are causing tectonic shifts in the market. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker ...

I know Micron didn’t work out – please buy our 3D NAND • The Register

Intel is discussing selling 3D NAND wafers to China's Tsinghua Unigroup, the same company US government barred from buying Intel's flash partner Micron in 2015. Intel and Micron have a flash chip manufacturing partnership, IMTF, and the two announced they were separating their flash interests in Ja...

Want ScaleIO virtual SAN software? You’ll need to buy Dell servers • The Register

Dell will only sell its hugely scalable ScaleIO virtual SAN software product inside its VxRAck FLEX hyperconverged system from now on – the software-only version has been canned. ScaleIO was founded in Israel, 2011, to build hugely scalable virtual SANs, aggregating local storage on server nodes ...

Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub • The Register

What's purported to be the world's largest distributed denial of service attack to date – measuring 1.35Tbps – knocked GitHub offline for a few minutes yesterday. The massive tsunami hit at 1721 UTC. During the assault, the popular code sharing website's admins noticed thousands of systems and ...

HTTPS cert flingers Trustico, SSL Direct go TITSUP after website security blunder blabbed • The Register

The websites for HTTPS certificate reseller Trustico, and one of its partners, SSL Direct, took a dive on Thursday – after a critical and trivial-to-exploit security flaw in Trustico.com was revealed on Twitter. The vulnerability could be leveraged by miscreants to execute arbitrary commands on t...

We should pass laws to make Google’s life hard! Oh no, sorry, did we say that out loud? asks IBM • The Register

Add IBM to the list of tech companies putting their support behind America's Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The enterprise IT titan said the controversial US legislation was just peachy as far as it was concerned. Its legal eagles does not share the position of others in Silicon Valley ...

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube’s huge financial figures • The Register

In a series of alternatively baffling, amusing and darn-right ridiculous letters, Google-parent Alphabet has told America's financial watchdog to effectively mind its own business when it comes to its income. On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published six months' worth of cor...

Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine • The Register

Intel slipped out a new Microcode Update Guidance on Monday, revealing that lots of Haswell and Broadwell Xeons can now receive inoculations against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws. The new document (PDF) says Broadwell processors with CPUIDs 50662, 50663, 50664, 40671, 406F1, 306D4 and 4...

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft’s Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start • The Register

The battle between the American government and Microsoft over emails on an Irish server has reached the US Supreme Court – and so far, the judges seem wary of Redmond's position. Essentially, back in 2014, the Feds went to a court in New York for a search warrant to demand Microsoft hand over an ...

Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS • The Register

Microsoft has ported its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS. Redmond first announced its forays into quantum computing at the Ignite conference in September 2017 and in December of the same year gave its efforts a name – Q#. In the absence of genuinely quantum hardware to run on, Q# (wit...

Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well… • The Register

It’s almost impossible to talk about Agile software development without mentioning bots. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, maybe try and talk about DevOps without some sort of collaboration tool. Then realise that the two are beautifully linked. The collaborative nature of Agile means solut...

turning something off without turning users off too • The Register

IBM's cloud faces a big test this week: turning something off without botching the job. The "something" in this case is TLS 1.0 and 1.1, the known-to-be-ineffective cryptographic protocols that the world's abandoning just as fast as it can. In 2017 IBM gave its cloudy customers just a few days' no...

Data protection office notes olagoanin’* up 79% • The Register

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner received 79 per cent more complaints last year than in 2016, while data breach notifications rose 26 per cent. The figures, released in the commissioner's annual report for 2017 (PDF), show that the DPC's office received a record 2,642 complaints in 2017. Tha...

Who was the storage dollar daddy in 2017? S. S. D • The Register

Customer spending on SSDs finally ruled the storage roost in 2017 but vendors still shipped more than ten times as much disk capacity as flash. IDC numbers for the fourth 2017 quarter and full year, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Rakers, revealed the revenue crossover between the two t...

Washington (no, not that one) to pass hardcore net neutrality law

The US state of Washington is on the verge of passing a sweeping new set of net neutrality safeguards that would apply to all carriers within its borders. The bill, HB 2282, would bar anyone offering broadband services within the state from throttling traffic, offering paid prioritization, or block...

Google powers up latest app it’ll cancel in two years

Google has moved its Slack rival out of beta and into general availability. The Mountain View advertising house this week formally released Hangouts Chat, the chat-and-collaboration platform thing it teased around this time last year. The system was previously limited to organizations enrolled in G...

Ohhhh-klahoma! Where Verizon’s sweeping legacy down the drain • The Register

Verizon's enthusiasm for 5G and virtualization has spawned a virtual radio access network trial in the USA. The network know-how came from Nokia. Intel, always alive to a network architecture that can put once-specialised functions onto lots of generic servers, also took part. Nokia called the “...

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia’s spooks and cops • The Register

The Australian government has fingered the next threat in the country's cryptography vs. policing debate: the IPv6 protocol. The nation's Department of Home Affairs (a super-department created last year to bring immigration, border protection, and security services under a single minister) aired it...

On-premises hardware sales about to boom says Morgan Stanley • The Register

Financial Services colossus Morgan Stanley reckons on-premises hardware vendors are about to have their best sales season for a decade. The firm popped out a research note on Monday February 26th in which head of North American Technology Hardware Equity Research Katy L. Huberty said that while "ev...

Take SNAT, says Microsoft, to improve Azure load balancing • The Register

Microsoft has rewritten the operation of its Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) protocol in a bid to improve Azure's load balancing performance. Source Network Address Translation is a special sauce that allocates IP port numbers, making it easy for a router to fling traffic around multiple ...

Ye olde ELAs might do the job • The Register

Pricing and licensing "are central to all data and analytics initiatives" and vendors are using organisations' enthusiasm for the field to coin it at your expense. But controlling costs is more than possible, Gartner principal analyst Etisham Zaidi said yesterday at the firm's Asia-Pacific Data and ...

Work continues on 5G, shame no one’s sure what it’s for yet • The Register

The automotive industry has taken an interest in 5G as cars become ever more connected MWC18 5G is – surprise, surprise – dominating this year's Mobile World Congress as more emphasis is heaped on how non-telco vertical sectors can use the fledgling technology. Unlike 4G or any previous cellul...

US G-men are sniffing around Broadcom bid for Qualcomm – reports • The Register

The tale of the Qualcomm and Broadcom merger has taken a turn for the surreal, with The Men In Black (aka the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States – CFIUS) taking an interest. CFIUS, an inter-agency panel that reviews the national security implications of foreign investments in th...

Trying to improve things is like running in treacle • The Register

Webcast On 14 March at 11am we've got a studio full of experts discussing how you can take your infrastructure to the next level, make it more agile, and help the company deliver on its goals. Obviously, a number of options exist to achieve this, based on public and private cloud, software stacks a...

Ofcom gives six operators green light to bid for spectrum • The Register

Ofcom has given all four mobile operators the go-ahead to bid in the forthcoming 4G and 5G auction, as well as Hull-based fixed wireless ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings, a subsidiary of US outfit Airspan. Spectrum in two bands will be made available through the auction process, which Ofc...

TigerGraph emerges from undergrowth with 2.0 release in its jaws • The Register

Database upstart TigerGraph has launched its latest platform, pitching the ability for enterprise customers to collaborate in real time. The business was founded in 2012 but only came out of stealth in September. Today it is launching its 2.0 platform, which it says offers more collaboration, and f...

Brit MPs knock Nix in Fake News probe • The Register

The daughter of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt interned at controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, the company’s CEO confirmed today to the UK's Culture Media and Sport select committee. MPs at Westminster, London, were turning Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix upside-down today in t...

Total Inability To Support Upset People • The Register

We knew Virgin Media was going down the toilet – but not quite this way. For several hours on Tuesday, its business broadband has been offline in the UK, leaving folks unable to reach the internet. "Our customers may be experiencing a total loss of service on broadband and data services," the cab...

Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart • The Register

Fully squaring up to Google in the smart home world, Amazon has gobbled smart home upstart Ring, apparently paying more than a billion dollars for it. The acquisition is a smart one (geddit?) for the Seattle e-commerce monster, as it tries to build on top of its Alexa digital assistant but risks be...

Facebook recruits Nokia to trial and standardise Terragraph wireless tech • The Register

Facebook hopes to get parts of its Terragraph wireless comms platform standardised by the IEEE, and has recruited Nokia to help. Terragraph is a big part of Facebook's plan to connect the “next four billion” to Facebook the Internet using the 60 GHz band. First announced in April 2016, the Terr...

Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems • The Register

Cisco has used Mobile World Congress 2018 to tout a group of vendors working on open tech for the mobile radio access network. “Virtual RAN” – Radio Access Network – refers to a shift in base station architecture away from proprietary functions running on vendor-specific base station hardwa...

HyperGrid lets you shop at 100 million clouds • The Register

Hyperconverged hopeful HyperGrid has pivoted again and now offers a service that assesses the properties of 100 million possible cloud configurations so you can send a workload to whichever one will suit it best. HyperGrid started life selling converged Hyper-V appliances, then jumped into a hyperc...

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won’t they call Police if they hear a crime? • The Register

If you saw someone being assaulted, you'd probably whip out your phone and dial for help. But when one of our newly ubiquitous devices hears a crime, it does nothing. If Alexa or Google Assistant or Siri hears an assault, or a rape, they sit there waiting for their cues to act. But that's a load o...

The phone OS that muggers wouldn’t touch is back from the dead • The Register

MWC2018 Dead phone platforms are coming back to life at MWC in 2018 – like a zombie feature phone apocalypse. FireFox OS was the talk of Mobile World Congress five years ago as the wealthy Californian nonprofit announced an ambitious licensing initiative... and a $25 handset. I will admit I was s...

Data science before algorithms, declares Bosch’s new top techie • The Register

BCW18 Take risks, be first, launch something as the minimum viable product when it's 80 per cent ready – such is the philosophy of the head of Bosch's new Connected Mobility Services division, Bernd Heinrichs. Bosch announced the newly created division at its Connected World conference in Berlin....

A potential IPO, some upgrades, Overland sold, and ‘Fortify the continuum of..’ whut? • The Register

It's been an eventful week in storage land, with contract wins, possible IPOs, biz unit sales and the inevitable poring over financial results. Let's have a look at the people, the product and the numbers... Excelero and healthcare NVMe-over-Fabrics startup Excelero has won IT consulting practice ...

So, cloud is still totally for nerds, right? • The Register

Comment If Larry Ellison earned a dollar for every cloud-hyped phrase he made, Oracle's market share in cloud infrastructure wouldn't be the miserly 0.3 per cent – by Gartner's calculations – that it is today. Big Red has spent years playing make-believe with cloud, trying to convince the world...

Mobile industry wants less regulation, mooooar radio spectrum • The Register

MWC18 5G could, er, bring an end to populism, said Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive during his keynote address at this year’s Mobile World Congress. "We need as an industry to engage to make sure we build a better future for people. "5G combined with IoT really gives us a great oppor...

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet • The Register

MWC18 Folk soon need not look up from their screens when boarding aircraft and wandering the aisles thanks to an alliance formed by OneWeb and Airbus to bring 5G roaming to the skies. OneWeb, which hopes to launch the first of some 900 satellites into low Earth orbit this year aboard a Russian Soyu...

GitHub Marketplace vendors get a clue • The Register

Community code site GitHub on Monday plans to illuminate its Marketplace, not with lights but with data. The social software development biz opened its online Marketplace last year to provide a central storefront for developer tools that can be integrated with its code repositories. GitHub's bit ba...

Hungry American GTT gobbles Euro network biz Interoute for $2.3bn • The Register

London-based fibre and cloud networks business Interoute has been acquired by US networking business GTT for $2.3bn (£1.65bn). The deal will add 72,000km of fibre optic to GTT Communications and expand its presence to 126 cities across 29 countries. Currently the business provides IP and managed n...

Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google’s servers • The Register

If you chose the Apple ecosystem because you don't trust Google – bad news. Apple has confirmed for the first time that it now uses Google servers to store third-party data from iCloud users. Apple has used Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure to host iCloud data since 2011. Spreading the da...

Wanna build an AI robot? Don’t have an actual robot yet? Try this Holodeck for droids • The Register

OpenAI today updated Gym – its system for training intelligent software – so that developers can teach physical robots to hold pens, pick up and move objects, and so on. Gym was launched in 2016, and is a toolkit for teaching programs new tricks, such as playing Atari games and balancing poles,...

VMware user group conferences hit Australia in March • The Register

PROMO Each year VMware's User Groups stage day-long conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have just been set for this year's gigs: March 20th in the harbour city and March 22nd in Melbourne. This year the theme of both events is security, a timely topic given Australia's data breach rep...

Stunning infosec tips from Uncle Sam, furries exposed, Chase bank web leak, and more • The Register

Roundup Happy weekend, everyone. Here's a roundup of computer security news beyond everything we've already reported this week. Last week a consortium of biz giants got together to set the bar on computer security because governments weren't getting their act together. Sadly, based on Uncle Sam's a...

As HPE trousers soaring profit, new CEO looks at cost-cutting Next plan and thinks: More of that! • The Register

Hewlett Packard Enterprise took everyone by surprise Thursday by turning in better-than-expected quarterly financial numbers. The business end of the HP breakup credited a strong start to the year, a tax windfall, and its ongoing efforts to slash costs and jobs, for a nearly five-fold boost in prof...

Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped • The Register

NPM – the biz behind the Node.js package management software used to wrangle JavaScript code and various related frameworks – on Thursday undid a code update less than 24 hours after it was issued because the software was messing with Linux file permissions. The release of npm 5.7.0 on Wednesda...

802.11ax Wi-Fi standard isn’t ready, Qualcomm bakes chips anyway • The Register

In November 2017, the next version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, stalled in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers's (IEEE's) standards process, but vendors want to push ahead with at least some of its features, according to Qualcomm Wi-Fi product marketing lead Prakash Sangam. Speaking to The...

OpenBSD releases Meltdown patch • The Register

OpenBSD's Meltdown patch has landed, in the form of a Version 11 code update that separates user memory pages from the kernel's – pretty much the same approach as was taken in the Linux kernel. A few days after the Meltdown/Spectre bugs emerged in January, OpenBSD's Phillip Guenther responded to ...

Juniper sharpens knife for the carrier network and boxes white boxes • The Register

MWC Juniper's following Cisco's lead into carrier network automation. The Gin Palace's Contrail automation environment will soon grow a Network SlicingBot, which is designed to give operators hands-off provisioning. The aim, according to Juniper, is to let operators build just one network architec...

Here’s how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron • The Register

Code corner Keeping up with the endless torrent of stuff happening online is a losing battle. In the absence of omniscience, there's just no way to catch every bug, cockup, blowup, and scandal as it breaks. The next best thing is RSS, the aging syndication protocol that provides a convenient mechan...

Intel didn’t tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn’t help fix it • The Register

Letters sent to the United States Congress by Intel and the other six companies in the Meltdown/Spectre disclosure cabal have revealed how and why they didn't inform the wider world about the dangerous chip design flaws. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to ...

Pay down your techie debt. It’s time to fix a price • The Register

Technical debt: we probably create it every day. It happens when you do things that might get you closer to goal now, but which create problems that you’ll have to pay for later. The concept “technical debt” in software design and development comes from Agile development guru Ward Cunningham....

Job cuts? There will be blood • The Register

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties. El Reg was told by Veritas insiders that CEO Greg Hughes has engaged Alix Partners to look at the company structure. He discussed cost pressures, initiatives and possible actions being consider...

Ofcom’s wholesale superfast broadband price slash will hurt bottom line • The Register

Ofcom has slashed the price BT’s Openreach can charge operators for superfast broadband, in a package of measures BT said will hit its bottom line to the tune of £120m next year. The proposals are part of broader measures intended to boost broadband investment in the UK, including plans to incre...

Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business • The Register

Google has opened up a major new communications channel for businesses – sending multimedia messages to mobiles using interoperable standards. Any business can now join Google's Jibe programme following a closed beta last year. As well as blast out simple text confirmations, organisations will be...

DropEverything! DropBox DropsDocs to DropStocks • The Register

DropBox today formally filed for its IPO – its initial public offering, its stock-market debut, whatever you want to call it. The cloud storage and collab upstart picked the Friday news dump window to unseal its S-1 paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission: it previously submitted...

Feature Labs launches out of MIT to accelerate the development of machine learning algorithms – TechCrunch

Feature Labs, a startup with roots in research begun at MIT, officially launched today with a set of tools to help data scientists build machine learning algorithms more quickly. Co-founder and CEO Max Kanter says the company has developed a way to automate “feature engineering,” which is oft...

Guys, you’re killing us! LA Times homicide site hacked to mine crypto-coins on netizens’ PCs • The Register

A Los Angeles Times' website has been silently mining crypto-coins using visitors' web browsers and PCs for several days – after hackers snuck mining code onto its webpages. The newspaper's IT staffers left at least one of the publication's Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage buckets wide open t...

Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy • The Register

Venezuela has launched what it claims is "the first State-issued cryptoasset" and asserts it will fix long-standing problems caused by the USA's 1933 abandonment of the gold standard and restore order to the world economy. The "Petro" has also been given the job of realising a "vision of turning th...

Devs shouldn’t have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app • The Register

Index At IBM's Index developer conference in San Francisco, on Tuesday, The Register sat down with Big Blue's Java CTO John Duimovich to talk about the Java programming language, IBM, the cloud and other developer-oriented concerns. Duimovich made the case for IBM as a cloud platform partner, based...

US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens’ info stored abroad) • The Register

The attorneys general of 35 US states on Wednesday signed an open letter calling for the quick passage of the Clarify Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act – with some qualifications. The proposed legislation, if passed by Congress, will allow the Feds to demand people's emails and other person...

The End of Virtualization? • The Register

Do you remember those guys that invented virtualization, founded a company, got rich and lived happily ever after, remembered fondly by all? Well, that’s almost the story of VMware. But we might see a different story with some of the people behind Docker. For several years, Docker has been a very...

Don’t worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move… • The Register

Analysis Data protector Acronis is building hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit for release in 2019 and developing a security product slated for 2020 – markets in little danger of being under-served. A slide extract from one of its recent presentation decks illustrates the plan: Acronis will ...

SAP HANA: Concerns remain over tech skills, complexity, licensing

Customer confusion and a lack of technical skills are still dogging migration to SAP HANA, but the days of deployment horror stories are fading, according to a report penned by an integrator. The ERP giant launched its in-memory data platform SAP HANA in late 2010, but the firm had problems conveyi...

Blockchain nears peak hype: UK politicos to probe crypto-coin • The Register

Hot on the heels of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise and fall - and rise, British parliamentarians have decided to launch an inquiry into digital currencies. The Treasury Committee, one of the more influential of the House of Commons’ talking shops, today confirmed it will investigate the impact of cryp...

UK’s delayed emergency services network review… delayed • The Register

A review of the government's delayed emergency services network intended to replace the national radio infrastructure with a 4G network has itself been delayed by more than half a year. The hugely ambitious project, will see the £2.9bn Motorola-owned Airwave contract switched off at the end of 201...

Real talk: Why are you hanging on to that non-performant disk? • The Register

Analysis Generations of change have produced layers of storage that are a challenge to manage. When I was a boy, storage was easy. You had servers with internal hard drives that had capacities of tens of megabytes, and that was it. It was inefficient – unused space on one server couldn’t be use...

Arm emits designs to add iSIM tech to Internet of Stuff • The Register

Arm has made public the designs to shove SIM technology into ever more connected gizmos by building an iSIM, along with a cellular modem and microcontroller, onto a single chip. The move, which is likely to heap further pressure on cellular networks, is expected to significantly reduce costs and sh...

Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech • The Register

Lloyds Banking Group is to splash £3bn on IT investment, amid a major outsourcing and cost-cutting programme. In a trading update, the Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland brands owner revealed its "business transformation" budget had increased 40 per cent on the previous year. It also report...

Mobile network O2 UK leaps into 5G test bed with Greenwich trial • The Register

O2 UK is the latest operator to jump on the "5G test bed" bandwagon, with plans to trial the tech at the iconic former Millennium Dome in North Greenwich later this year. Installation of the network will begin in March, with demos scheduled of 5G-enabled virtual reality, augmented reality and live ...

America’s broadband speed map is back! And it doesn’t totally suck! • The Register

After four years in purgatory the US government's internet broadband map is back - and it's pretty good. The map was relaunched at the monthly meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, presumably as a way to distract from the fact that the regulator finally published its n...

US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear • The Register

An American telecoms hardware shifter is fed up with US Customs officials slapping extra tariffs on its fiber-optic tech imports – all because the agents are classifying the IT gear as eyeglasses. ADC Telecommunications, which is part of North-Carolina-based CommScope, has urged a US federal appe...

Microsoft Australia changes App Store T&Cs to pay GST • The Register

Microsoft Australia's taken further steps to ensure that Australia's goods and services tax (GST) is collected on apps sold at the Microsoft Store. The company last week quietly updated its App Developer Agreement from version 8.1 to 8.2, with the changelog noting that the new version "Updated tax ...

To automate what’s on the other side • The Register

Cisco's extended its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and WAN Automation Engine in the hope that service providers will see them as a way to achieve automated management of all the kit in their networks, regardless of who made it. As explained to El Reg by Cisco's senior veep and general manager...

If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that’d be great • The Register

AI experts have emitted a lengthy report spitballing how intelligent software may be turned against us humans in the near future. Their aim is to put in motion safeguards and policies to crackdown on malevolent uses of machine-learning technology, rather than whip up panic, and to make scientists a...

43% of login attempts ‘malicious’ Good news

An extraordinary 43 per cent of all attempted online account logins are malicious, Akamai claims in its latest internet security report. "Credential abuse" is an increasingly popular line of attack, thanks in large part to the readily availability of huge user/password databases that has been stole...

We sent a vulture to IBM’s new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question

Index At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious. The presenter, IBM cloud program manager Chris Rosen, fr...

AMD lures Cisco’s server CTO into EPYC new gig • The Register

EXCLUSIVE AMD's push into servers has accelerated just a little after the chip-maker wooed Cisco's chief technology officer for UCS servers to join its ranks. Raghunath Nambiar joined AMD earlier this month in the role of corporate veep in the company's Datacenter Ecosystems and Solutions team. He...

Oh, Bucket! AWS in S3 status-checking tool free-for-all • The Register

Amazon Web Services has signalled it's still worried about poorly configured buckets in its Simple Storage Service (S3) by making one of the tools to manage them free. AWS suffered last year after a rash of data leaks caused by customers who had improperly configured their S3 storage. It's an easy...

Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online • The Register

More than 52,000 internet-connected Mi-Cam baby monitors are broadcasting sound and video to whoever comes looking, researchers have claimed. These Wi-Fi gizmos, built by Chinese biz MiSafes, stream 720p video and two-way audio in real-time to apps running on parents' smartphones, via Amazon cloud ...

Gemini is shipping and we’ve got one. This is what it’s like • The Register

Exclusive It's here. They've really gone and done it, made a modern Psion: a brand new computer that fits in your pocket and that you can touch-type on and everything. Planet Computing's Gemini is not just a PDA: it has been called "the only interesting phone in the market", which shouldn't sound s...

Bosch and Daimler jump in together on driverless vehicle tech • The Register

BCW18 Bosch’s Connected World conference opened with a demo of its automated valet technology. Though the firm’s chief exec, Volkmar Denner, drove the car up to its drop-off point, the self-parking mode failed to engage. That hitch aside - clearly the backup plan of cutting to a prepared video ...

UK data controllers to pay ICO up to £2.4k more a year when GDPR kicks in • The Register

The UK government has revealed plans to increase the top tier of annual fees for data controllers from £500 to £2,900 in an attempt to ensure the Brit privacy watchdog has enough cash to function. The new payment regime comes into effect with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulat...

Brexit to better rural broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Michael Gove • The Register

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised to use the cash we no longer have to give to the EU to subsidise rural connectivity. In a speech heavy on rhetoric but light on detail, Gove told delegates at the National Farmer's Union the government would spend billions of pounds improving rural...

Intel hurls Spectre 2 microcode patch fix at world • The Register

For the second time of asking, Intel has issued microcode updates to OEMs that it prays says will mitigate the Spectre variant two design flaw impacting generations of CPUs spewed out over previous decades. Yep, old Chipzilla has turned up at the scene of the metaphorical IT industry earthquake wit...

Why is the networking business dozing through Meltdown

In the seven weeks since The Register broke the news of the Meltdown/Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities, nearly every corner of the industry has scrambled to patch, re-patch, and work out how to Spectre-proof the world. Except for Ethernet switch vendors, who with a very few exceptions h...

Veritas loses its Vision, kills global customer knees-up • The Register

Veritas has canned its annual Veritas Vision marketing extravaganza in preference of smaller, regional get togethers for channel and end-user customers. Veritas Vision 2017 – the second time the knees-up took place - was held in Las Vegas in September, and scheduled to run again between 3 to 8 No...

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling… • The Register

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor. The latest departure comes weeks after the object storage software start-up split with president and COO Erwan Menard in early Januar...

Pirates’ privates exposed: Flight Simulation add-on nosedives into Chrome’s cache • The Register

Virtual pilots were excited to download the latest update from Microsoft's Flight Simulator Add-On wrangler, Flight Sim Labs, featuring updates to the Airbus A320 model, but it was then tempered with anger. Users found to their displeasure that as well as a plethora of enhancements, such as improve...

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages • The Register

Exclusive Hard pressed outsourcing titan Capita wrestled with almost sxity separate outages at its data centres in the space of just half a year, The Register can exclusively reveal. An internal log of the problems dating between June and December 2017, seen by us, detailed the extent of the downti...

A print button? Mmkay. Let’s explore WHY you need me to add that • The Register

With all our attention on the Morlocks – down there with the whirring gears of Kubernetes and steaming clouds – it's easy to lose track of the Eloi: those concierges of productivity that smooth out the rough, upper crust of The Stack to make sure your software is actually usable. The trend now ...

Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster • The Register

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package. The 30.72TB PM1643 effectively replaces the current PM1633a and its 15.36TB capacity limit, and is positioned as an enterprise SSD, although Samsung does tell us it can stor...

We’ve built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone • The Register

A 3D Robotics Solo drone. How is Vodafone planning to implement geofencing on items like these? Vodafone is working on an airborne drone detection system based on 4G M2M mobile phone technology, the Brit-based network operator said this morning. The “pioneering technology”, as Voda has dubbed ...

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics • The Register

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day. There are three aspects to the bundle of news: software-defined storage; data protection and storage hardware...

US cable giant tries to wiggle out of ‘crap ISP’ legal battle now that net neutrality is dead • The Register

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot. Judge O. Peter Sherwood issued 26 pages of No [PDF] in a lawsuit that has been ru...

Is HCI and ops automation really threatening your job? • The Register

Reg reader survey The march of automation is unavoidable. This is as true in IT as it is in any other profession. From a jobs perspective, some people will win and some will lose. Either way, things will often get shaken up and the status quo threatened. A useful proxy for automation in general in ...

Google’s robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes • The Register

Chalk up another one for good old humans: Google's admitted that an automation failure was the root cause of a 93-minute outage of its Compute Engine in the us-central1 and europe-west3 zones of its cloud on January 18th, 2018. Google's classified the outage as a "network programming failure" and s...

Arista almost done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar • The Register

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year. The company last Friday announced US$467.9 million in revenue for Q4 2017, up 42.7 ...

switches, security, and subs • The Register

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products. The two legs the strategy stands on, Juniper reckons, are security and automation - which are where the company wants to take itself anyhow. Sec...

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL • The Register

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace , the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since. As noted by developer Mark J. Wielaard, this commit by an Oracle developer shows that something is afoot. Big Red ...

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband • The Register

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options. The inspirational idea is an agreement between the Church of England and the government to encourage parishes to use their buildings to boost broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi con...

Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results • The Register

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates. Vendors put these...

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more • The Register

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more. Acronis Acronis has added a technology partnership with the Williams Martini Racing Formula One team, alongside its sponsorship of the Toro R...

When Samsung reveals the S9 at MWC, at least try to act surprised • The Register

There's rarely such a thing as a "genuine" phone leak in our experience – glimpses of unreleased models are carefully choreographed by professionals months in advance. Apple is the obvious exception. A stupendous data dump on the eve of the iPhone launch left presenters with nothing new at all to...

UK.gov’s Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws • The Register

British government ministers have been told not to peddle the idea that trade agreements are incompatible with continued compliance with European data protection laws. As the country's ruling Conservative Party continues to grapple with Brexit negotiations and internal frictions, tech industry bodi...

What’s the deal with DX? • The Register

Over the last few months people have stopped saying “digitalization” or “digital transformation” and abbreviating it “DX.” The industry is full of abbreviations and ephemeral jargon, and the most irritating part of this latest addition, for those of us in receiving end of the phrase “D...

nbn™’s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018 • The Register

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has advised households connected to its hybrid fibre-coax network to expect a visit between March 7th 2018 and July 27th 2018. An "inspection and maintenance notice" sent to your correspondent said a physical i...

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée’s nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke • The Register

A bloke is suing Verizon Wireless in the US because, he claims, personal pictures from his Verizon phone, including intimate snaps of his fiancée, turned up on the phone of another subscriber – who happened to know her. "On February 8, 2018, the plaintiff discovered for the first time that Veriz...

Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's security news beyond what we've already reported. At the Munich Security Conference in Germany, major companies, including Siemens, Airbus, Allianz, Daimler Group, IBM, NXP, SGS and Deutsche Telekom, signed a Charter of Trust for cybersecurity. The signatorie...

Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon’s homegrown AI chips, and more • The Register

Roundup Hello! Here's a brief roundup of some interesting news from the AI world from the past two weeks, beyond what we've already reported. Behold a fascinating, honest explanation of why reinforcement learning isn't all that, Amazon developing its own chips, and an AI that colors in comic books....

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs’ vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs • The Register

Poll Desktop computers powered by future versions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux may collect information on the PCs – unless users opt out. "We want to be able to focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users, and in order to do that we need to get some more data about sort of se...

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don’t already sell ’em, it could be game over, man • The Register

Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed. And HCI vendors with low server sales will not be successful in the HCI market. Now let's look at Cisco, HPE and NetApp through this len...

Microsoft’s System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0 • The Register

Microsoft has offered Windows admins a second look at Project Honolulu, its web-based System Center successor. A new preview of the app landed earlier this week. Microsoft's positioned Honolulu as a more modern face for Windows Server, a way of surfacing useful PowerShell functions without having ...

Judges dismisses majority of Cisco’s ‘insane’ IP defence against Arista • The Register

A US court has agreed to dismiss most of Cisco's IP defences in its long-running antitrust dispute with rival Arista Networks; the latter had previously described them as "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane". The ruling is the latest in Arista's antitrust case against Cisco, filed in 20...

UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike • The Register

Mobile customers face a mid-contract price rise, with all four operators confirming they will hike fees by 4 per cent, 1 per cent above inflation. That is in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) figure for January 2018. Operators will begin introducing the increase from March. Rob Hilborn, head ...

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices • The Register

The flagship of Cisco's “intent-based networking” push, the Catalyst 9000 switch, is leaping out the door, and Switchzilla delivered other good news on it FY2018 Q2 earnings call. The Catalyst 9000 is also in the vanguard of Cisco's other most important strategy, pivoting its income to software...

Don’t expect HFC NBN sales to resume before July • The Register

Telstra has no inside information on when nbn™ will end its moratorium on new HFC conections. CEO Andy Penn made that observation after presenting Telstra's latest half-year results. The most he was prepared to say was that "we would not expect any recommencement … in the current financial year...

Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle • The Register

SpaceX's plans to become a global ISP took a big step forward after Ajit Pai – the boss of America's comms watchdog, the FCC – gave his blessing for Elon Musk's biz to pop broadband-beaming satellites into orbit. The rocketry upstart wants to build a network of low-Earth orbit birds named Starl...

FTTP in UK sucks so much it doesn’t even rank in European study • The Register

The UK is performing so poorly in fibre penetration that it isn't even included in a European study. Latvia comes top, with 50.6 per cent household penetration, according to the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Ultrafast Broadband Country Ranking. Meanwhile, Blighty is estimated to have fibre penetration ...

Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers • The Register

Data centre operators are going green because renewable energy costs less, receives tax subsidies and customers like the idea, according to a report by analysts at IHS Markit. The research notes that Apple has been using fully renewable energy in its data centres since 2013. Google reached the 100 ...

So… Nokia’s taking a long, hard look at its health unit • The Register

Nokia appears to be revising its ambition to be the data kingpin of the digital health industry. The Finnish telecomms giant has put its Digital Health business up for “strategic review”. This “may or may not result in any transaction or other changes”, it says coyly. Over the past two yea...

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended. When, a little later...

Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge • The Register

Oracle is to gobble security outfit Zenedge for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum. Zenedge flogs, er, 'integrated management of businesses' cybersecurity', centred on bot management and protection against malware and Distributed Denial of Servi...

120k FedEx customer files spill from AWS S3 silo • The Register

Another day, another unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket spilling secrets onto the public internet. This time it's a misconfigured AWS cloud silo belonging to FedEx, which openly exposed an archive of more than 119,000 scanned documents – including passports and drivers licenses – p...

Roses are red, violets are blue, VMware’s made a new vSphere for you • The Register

VMware's still trying to encourage upgrades to version 6.0 and 6.5 of its vSphere platform, but that hasn't stopped it from working on a new version too. The Register understands that new effort will likely emerge as vSphere 6.7 and probably appear in the second quarter of 2018 now that a beta prog...

Citrix swallows Cedexis to give NetScaler more multi-cloud cred • The Register

Citrix has bought traffic optimisation company Cedexis for an undisclosed sum. Cedexis focuses on traffic mostly outside the enterprise perimeter, “dynamically optimising the flow of traffic across public clouds, data centres, CDNs and ISPs”, the canned announcement says, for better application...

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches • The Register

A former IT administrator at the Canadian Pacific Railway has been jailed for 366 days for sabotaging the organization's computer network. Christopher Victor Grupe, 46, had a rocky relationship with his employers: in December 2015, he was suspended for 12 days for insubordination and just not makin...

Meltdown-and-Spectre-detector comes to Windows Analytics • The Register

Microsoft's added a Meltdown-and-Spectre detector to Windows Analytics, the company's telemetry analysis tool for sysadmins. The new version of the tool arrived on Tuesday, when Redmond revealed new features to check antivirus status, operating system update level, and firmware status. Sysadmins w...

Microsoft working to scale Blockchain for grand distributed ID scheme • The Register

Microsoft's wanted a really good federated identity scheme ever since the early 2000s, when it gave the world Project Hailstorm, aka ".Net My Services", to let a web of online services know a little about you and the information you are happy to share with others. Hailstorm passed, swept back years...

Pressure mounts on FCC to cough up answers over fake net neutrality comments • The Register

Analysis US lawmakers have weighed in on the FCC's controversial vote to scrap America's net neutrality rules, demanding information on the millions of fake comments submitted to the watchdog's public consultation on the decision – and asking pointed questions about how the federal regulator handl...

We already give up our privacy to use phones, why not with cars too? • The Register

Discussions about the future of cars quickly turn to the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles. But the acronym of choice in such discussions is CAVs – connected and autonomous vehicles – and the "connected" part is already with us. While there are only a handful of fully autonomous vehicles trun...

Winter Olympics 5G isn’t real 5G, says Qualcomm, that won’t land until 2019 • The Register

Qualcomm has fleshed out the details of what's going to land in the hands of the 18 carriers who last week signed on for “standards-compliant” 5G trials. The company last week said the 18 carriers will soon start to field-test its Snapdragon X50 modem, and it's working hard to corner the OEM bu...

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™ • The Register

Real World Test Last year Apple transformed the fortunes of its iPad. In the spring the iconic fondleslab looked so neglected, it was declared "done". Sales were half of what they had been at the iPad's peak. Then in June, the biggest software update in years, iOS 11, transformed the iPad from a gl...

Roses are red, Three’s feeling blue, spectrum appeal rejected, they’ll have to make do • The Register

Ofcom's 5G spectrum auction is to go ahead in April after mobile operator Three lost its final legal challenge to force the regulator to change the bidding rules. Ofcom had planned to hold the auction for the 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands in autumn 2017, but it was delayed by litigation brought by Three UK ...

‘That ban’s unconstitutional!’ Boo hoo hoo • The Register

Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial. In court filings made late last year Kaspersky said it was intending to use the US Administrative Procedure Act to get the ban declared unconstitutional. Now, according t...

Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux • The Register

IBM is bashing out a set of go-faster POWER9 servers in the face of mounting competition from Xeon SP systems. After unveiling its glam AC922 AI server back in December, Big Blue has released six bread-and-butter POWER9 CPU-based 2U and 4U servers with one or two sockets. They have twice the memory...

Violets are violet, roses are… rosey, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy • The Register

Dell Technologies has agreed to offload cloud backup subsidiary Mozy to web-based storage outfit Carbonite for $145.8m. Carbonite president and CEO Mohamad Ali said its data protection platform "serves every scenario, from backing up individual laptops to maintaining uptime for hundreds of business...

How flash is panning out in the enterprise • The Register

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going. Today, you’ll find flash memory in most mobile devices, b...

our new way to look at Australia’s national broadband network • The Register

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network, is the subject of endless controversy. So The Register has decided to try to assess it in a new way, with a scoreboard of the metrics that nbn™ offers in its results presentations, compared to those in its 201...

From Amazon to Ama-gone: Bezos swings the axe on hundreds at HQ • The Register

Amazon has confirmed a round of job cuts are taking place at its headquarters in Seattle, USA. The internet monster on Monday said it was cutting roles, although hopes to reassign sacked people to different positions where possible. "As part of our annual planning process, we are making headcount ...

Foxconn spins out a slice of itself to fund cloud, IoT and 5G push • The Register

Foxconn wants to spin out part of itself, perhaps including a facilities used to build either iPhones or chips for smartmobes, so it can diversify into cloudy and 5G products. The manufacturer-to-the-stars has filed a prospectus with the Chinese securities regulator for a part-IPO of Foxconn Indust...

This Valentine’s day Oracle’s given you 12 big red data centres • The Register

Oracle's announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said whether it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's s...

The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month • The Register

A couple of weeks ago Jeff* quit his job at the Singaporean branch of a major enterprise technology vendor that is, if not quite a household name, certainly known to most IT professionals. Not long afterwards he Googled his old work employee ID number and was unpleasantly surprised to see the first...

How to tamper with neural nets to turn them against us • The Register

Bit boffins from universities in China and the US have devised a way to tamper with deep learning models so they produce misleading results. In a paper posted to pre-print service ArXiv, "PoTrojan: powerful neural-level trojan designs in deep learning models," authors Minhui Zou, Yang Shi, Chenglia...

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing? • The Register

Part 2 Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it. An oppos...

Hotchilli Internet shutters web-hosting service • The Register

Web-hosting outfit Hotchilli has told punters the best way it can continue to serve their needs is by, er, shutting up shop. The London-based company penned a note to customers to warn them that services will be terminated from next month. In the letter, seen by The Register, services director Step...

Dell EMC’s VxBlock range is now a seriously big iron • The Register

Dell EMC has smushed its three-product VxBlock range into a single, more scalable composable infrastructure – the VxBlock 1000. VxBlocks are rack-scale systems converging separate servers, storage and networking into a single converged infrastructure (CI) system orderable as a single product, and...

Hyperoptic’s overkill 10Gbps fibre trial ‘more than a clever PR stunt’ • The Register

Alternative network provider Hyperoptic today tested speeds of 10Gbps at the former Olympic village in east London. The biz, which targets its full-fibre network in 30 cities across the UK, was able to stream four high-definition 4K videos simultaneously, plus one in 8K to a single access point. T...

Ex-Skyera chaps’ Tachyum startup grabs cloud chip cash • The Register

Silicon design startup Tachyum, founded by ex-Skyera top brass after they sold out to Western Digital, has bagged funding to continue developing cloudy chips. The cash comes from IPM Growth, a division of InfraPartners Management LLP, but the amount handed over was unconfirmed. Adrian Vycital, man...

Lenovo says take this code and stick where the SAN doesn’t shine • The Register

Lenovo has refreshed its line of storage-area-network boxes for small and medium businesses with improved software. This faster firmware code has pushed controller IOPS higher, mades disk rebuilds screaming fast, and added distributed RAID, it is claimed. There are three products in this SAN family...

Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle • The Register

An US court has trashed a patent at the center of Cloudflare's legal war with patent troll Blackbird Technologies – and thrown out the latter's case against the web biz. In a victory for Cloudflare, Judge Vince Chhabria, sitting in a northern district court of California, ruled on Monday [PDF] th...

Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again! • The Register

Telegram has fixed a security flaw in its desktop app that hackers spent several months exploiting to install remote-control malware and cryptocurrency miners on vulnerable PCs. The programming cockup was spotted by researchers at Kaspersky in October. It is believed miscreants have been leveraging...

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google • The Register

Having last year axed its scanning of Gmail messages after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again in this area. Now it is extending its much-loved Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to email inboxes. In a blog post on Tuesday, Gmail product manag...

While Western Union wired customers’ money, hackers transferred their personal deets • The Register

Western Union has confirmed one of its IT suppliers was hacked, and that customer information was exposed to miscreants. A Register reader, who wished to remain anonymous, showed us a copy of a letter dated January 31 that he received from the money-transfer outfit. The missive admitted that a supp...

Meltdown’s Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that’s just one of four fixes • The Register

Netflix engineer, dTrace Daddy and famed shouter at hard disk drives Brendan Gregg has cooked up a "microbenchmark" to assess the Linux kernel page table isolation (KPTI) patch for the Meltdown CPU design flaw and come up with predictions of significant-but-manageable performance degradation. Gregg...

If you haven’t already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast • The Register

IBM has warned that bugs in its Notes auto-updater mean the service can be tricked into running malicious code. In its advisory, IBM says the Notes Smart Updater service, which sees upgrades of Notes sent to users' desktops, “can be misguided into running malicious code from a DLL masquerading as...

5G won’t just be fast, it’ll do the ML-fuelled self-optimisation thing • The Register

There's a race to apply machine learning to networking applications (especially for 5G), and as so often happens in periods of frenzied development, there's an emerging standardisation gap the International Telecommunications Union hopes to fix. Following the January Machine Learning and 5G worksho...

How do you win at HCI? It’s SimpliVity … or maybe not, right Dell? • The Register

Analysis What a difference a year makes: just 12 little months ago HPE was ruling the integrated systems roost, but fast forward and it has slipped behind as Nutanix and Dell EMC streak ahead - the latter with help from its VSAN gear. In the latest Gartner HCI Magic Quadrant (MQ), hyperconverger Nu...

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners • The Register

A police force in Yorkshire has been kitted out with fingerprint scanners to run identity checks in the street. Some 250 scanners have been handed to West Yorkshire Police officers, who will be able to run fingerprint checks against two criminal and immigration biometric databases. In an announcem...

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle • The Register

Open Source Insider The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps m...

Vodafone boasts 200Mbps with 4G mini mast in Cornish trial • The Register

Vodafone has unveiled an eight-metre high "telescopic" 4G mast, intended to boost speeds in rural areas to 200Mpbs, following a trial in Porthcurno, Cornwall, UK. Developed in partnership with infrastructure biz CommScope, the kit is aimed at rural hotels, leisure centres, retail parks and tourist ...

We’ve stuffed automation in ‘pretty much’ all our services • The Register

Oracle has announced plans to roll out its self-described autonomous technology to all of its Platform-as-a-Service products. The company launched its self-driving database, available in the latest version, 18c, at the OpenWorld conference last year. At the time, execs promised customers "a freedo...

How back of server pack rat Inspur has sailed into the top-three slot • The Register

Analysis Behind the numbers in Gartner's third 2017 quarter server tracker are some startling revelations concerning Cisco's server pricing and Inspur's arrival as a top-three supplier. So what can we glean from this table? Inspur-presented Gartner Q3 CY2017 server numbers Inspur Seeing Inspur i...

Until last week, you could pwn KDE Linux desktop with a USB stick • The Register

A recently resolved flaw in the KDE Linux desktop environment meant that files held on a USB stick could be executed as soon as they were plugged into a vulnerable device. The security howler created a means to execute arbitrary code on KDE by simply naming a pendrive VFAT volume $() or similar, as...

Facebook smartmobe app’s pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law • The Register

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app. That included an option to share location data when in conversation with another user, and agreement that Google and other search engines could show links to user profile...

Wanna gobble Google’s custom chips? Now you can – its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour • The Register

Google’s Cloud Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips are now available to rent on its cloud platform as a beta-grade service. The Cloud TPU – formerly known as the TPU2 – is the second generation of Google’s homegrown math accelerators geared towards AI and machine learning workloads that rely...

Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1 • The Register

Microsoft has back-ported its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) antivirus tool from Windows 10 to Windows 7 and 8.1. The release will allow those holding out with older versions of the OS to get some of the same exploit and malware-infection prevention and event reporting features i...

Climate studies? GTFO. We’re making the Moon great again, says Trump • The Register

NASA boss Robert Lightfoot stands in front of the green screen they used to film the Apollo Moon landings, am I right? President Trump's administration has handed down a budget for 2019 to NASA – and it effectively kills off key projects in exchange for a vague promise to go back to the Moon. Fo...

It’s official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the ‘net • The Register

You will never be able to own an official .home, .mail or .corp domain name or email address on the public internet. It means if you have machines called things like storage.home or buildserver.corp on your home or private business network, you can be sure no one will be able to buy domains like st...

NSA code backported, crims cuffed, leaky AWS S3 buckets, and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered, to kickstart your weekend. You dirty RAT Scumbags could, once upon a time, buy a remote access trojan called Luminosity Link for about $40, and get a piece of malware that, when installed on victims' PCs, wou...

Rook’s hooked to cook bit nooks by the book • The Register

The organization overseeing container juggling system Kubernetes has decided to befriend a storage project. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on Thursday said its Technical Oversight Committee voted to to bring Rook into its stable of open source projects, a group that includes Kubernete...

Paging all Microsoft System Centre users

Microsoft's delivered the first Semi-Annual Chanel version of System Centre. Redmond's Semi-Annual Channel sees Windows Server and System Centre given upgrades twice a year, but with only 18 months of support. A Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will publish new versions of the product about every...

Nvidia reports record revenues in latest fiscal quarter • The Register

Nvidia’s grip on the GPU market continues to strengthen as it reported its excellent quarterly and full year revenues compared to last year. CEO Jensen Huang told analysts in an earnings call on Thursday that the results were “a record quarter wrapping up a record year”. Huang also spewed hi...

As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains • The Register

Incoming European privacy laws which carry a global impact for anyone doing business in the Union are continuing to cause an epic policy meltdown at internet overseer ICANN. This week the European Commission responded [PDF] to the US-based organization's latest efforts to resolve a stark conflict b...

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost bumpkin broadband • The Register

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for...

How analytics is changing storage • The Register

For all of its advances, the IT sector’s first five decades could be characterised as the electronic storing of systems of record. The move to the electronic era saw paper ledgers, tax returns, bank statements stored and archived safely and legally on machines instead of paper files. Rows of dat...

Paging all Microsoft System Center users

Microsoft has delivered the first Semi-Annual Channel version of System Center. Redmond's Semi-Annual Channel sees Windows Server and System Center given upgrades twice a year, but with only 18 months of support. A Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will publish new versions of the product about ev...

Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC • The Register

Later this year Micron plans to release quad-level cell flash drives that encroach on the nearline disk drive market. QLC flash stores 4bits/cell, whereas TLC stores 3, adding a third more capacity. A 6TB TLC SSD could become an 8TB QLC SSD using this technology. QLC flash has a shorter working li...

Woo! We’re breakeven – just don’t focus on the $46m operating losses • The Register

Data biz Hortonworks shaved $50m off its operating losses in 2017, describing the year as "pivotal", as it continues efforts to rebrand itself as more than just Hadoop. In the quarter ended December 31, and four years since going public, Hortonworks pulled in revenue of $75m and had operating losse...

Trump’s tax reforms lift DXC’s profit • The Register

Tax reforms in the US helped shore up the bottom line of cost hurling Frankenfirm DXC Technologies, but the top line continues to slide at the company for third straight quarter since it came into being. At $6.186bn, revenue for DXC’s Q3 ended 31 December was ahead of consensus estimates from ana...

We spill the tea on the firms, the faces, the dough • The Register

What went on in storageland this week, you ask? Keep your saucer level, but we had Cisco saying its kit will be needed because the cloud is spreading, Delphix snuggling up to SAP, Zerto going even more multi-cloud, plus a good few smaller items. Cisco Cloud Index Study By 2021, 94 per cent of work...

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband • The Register

EE is launching a "shoebox"-sized 4G antenna, which it claims could bring coverage to 580,000 UK homes in rural areas. The 4GEE Home Router contains an external antenna, which can be fixed to the outside of houses and is connected to the 4GEE Home Router in the home via a cable. It is intended for...

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won’t be Java McJava Face) • The Register

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project. Last summer, Oracle said it had b...

Open NFV kit and software gets verification program • The Register

The community working to develop open network function virtualisation has crafted a solution certification suite and published its associated test software. The OVP – OPNFV Verified Program – is the spawn of the Linux Foundation's Open Platform for NFV group. The program covers the gamut of tec...

ISPs splashed for 38 per cent more bandwidth • The Register

Australia's internet service providers have responded to discounts in the Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) by buying more bandwidth for their users, but the news isn't all good because they're still offering just 1.53 Mbps per user. That last figure comes from the Australian Competition and Consu...

Hyperscale oligarchs to rule the cloud as the big get bigger, and the small … you won’t care • The Register

The latest iteration of Cisco's Global Cloud Index has painted a picture of an even more massively oligarchic future cloud. Switchzilla predicts rough seas ahead for all but the biggest cloud operators, if the index [PDF] is any guide: the company reckons the mere 24 operators that count as “hype...

2 days of bughunting, techie chat and code lockdown • The Register

Promo Are you confident you could defend your IT systems against an unexpected attack? Could you spot the early signs of an incursion coming from any direction, as roving bands of hackers, data thieves and other miscreants grow ever more ingenious and determined? CyberThreat 2018, a new two-day eve...

TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps • The Register

TalkTalk plans to bring full fibre speeds of 1Gbps to three million premises, by creating an independent company with a total investment of around £1.5bn. Under the plans, the entity would be 20 per cent owned by TalkTalk and 80 per cent by infrastructure investor Infracapital. The ISP is also rai...

Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff • The Register

When British Prime Minister Theresa May bigged up AI at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, it was as if she had nothing better to talk about. Name-dropping DeepMind, perhaps the only justification for her claim that the UK can be a "world leader in artificial intelligence", seemed a litt...

Let the compute see the data… to smash storage networking bottlenecks • The Register

Part 1 Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment. As data amounts grow from terabyte to petabyte and beyond, the time it takes to bring da...

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom • The Register

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO. The guidance for Micron's second fiscal 2018 quarter, which ends March 1, is now for revenues between $7.2bn and $7.35bn. The earlier expectation was $6.8bn to $7.2b...

Faster mobile, guys? Really? • The Register

A European commissioner raised concerns in a private letter to mobile operators and the network infrastructure industry – seen by The Register – that the 5G project is not working out according to plan. Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in the letter – sent earl...

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity’s Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills • The Register

Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court. This time, he's demanding Bradley Spengler – who runs Open Source Security Inc and develops Grse...

US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment • The Register

Both halves of the US Congress are now mulling draft laws that would ban American government workers from using phones, network switches and other gear built by Chinese communications giants ZTE and Huawei. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Little Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced this week Senate bill 23...

Web analytics outfit Mixpanel slurped surfers’ passwords • The Register

Website analytics outfit Mixpanel has admitted to harvesting passwords. Mixpanel provides a suite of services to help web publishers improve engagement. Among those services is "Autotrack", which promised the chance to track just about every aspect of a user's visit to a website. Including, it has ...

Arlo, can you go? NETGEAR spins out its security cameras biz • The Register

NETGEAR has announced it will spin out its “Arlo” security camera range as a new, listed, company of the same name. The company chose its Q4 2017 earnings presentation to reveal the plan, which CEO and chairman Patrick Lo said has become necessary because “both NETGEAR and Arlo have reached t...

Uber quit GitHub for in-house code after 2016 data breach • The Register

Uber’s confessed that it didn’t use multifactor authentication on its GitHub account, an omission ultimately led to the data breach it revealed in 2017 after keeping it secret for more than a year, after using its bug bounty program to bribe the hacker to stay schtum. It’s now stopped using G...

Mobe network Three’s ‘Make The Air Fair’ ads deemed ‘misleading’ • The Register

Three's campaign for a spectrum cap on mobile operators has been deemed "misleading" by the Advertising Standards Authority for implying it was run by an independent body. Three had wanted regulator Ofcom to impose a 30 per cent cap on spectrum ownership, having waged a strange campaign last year w...

Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs • The Register

Interview We spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat. Our expectation was that, as INFINIDAT uses disk for capacity storage and says you don't need all-flash arrays for performance, we might not even...

Look at stupid, sexy Kubernetes with all the cloud firms hanging off its musclebound arms • The Register

Red Hat, better known for its Linux distro despite years of work in middleware and Java, last week pushed further into cloud through the purchase of CoreOS for $250m. CoreOS is a 130-strong container startup known for its enterprise-oriented Kubernetes platform Tectonic, the Quay container registry...

Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators • The Register

UK budget smartphone maker Wileyfox has called in the administrative receiver Quantuma, The Register can confirm. The administrator was appointed late on Monday and spent yesterday at Wileyfox's premises. Quantuma told us it had reduced Wileyfox's costs to the "bare minimum", which involved laying...

Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday

Intel will today add the D-2100 x86-64 system-on-chip to its lineup of Xeon D x86-64 processors, billing it as its "fastest low-power edge processor." The Xeon D CPU family is aimed at powering web servers, high-speed cellular broadband towers, regional and branch office systems, warm file storage ...

CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad • The Register

Tech giants including Microsoft, Google and Apple have given a proposed US law on overseas data sharing the thumbs-up. The bipartisan Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (PDF), introduced to the Senate yesterday, aims to iron out confusion around which laws apply when governments want access...

Bzzzt! If you’re in one of these four British cities, that was a drone • The Register

A DJI Spark drone in flight. This could become a more common sight across the UK Four British cities have been picked as testbed areas for drone operators hoping to work out new business models for their wares. Tech quango-turned-charity Nesta – formerly known as the National Endowment for Scien...

Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU’s data protection beast • The Register

The leader of the Austrian data protection authority has been elected chair of the body responsible for helping organisations follow European privacy laws. Andrea Jelinek will take the reins at the Article 29 Working Party from the French authority's president, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who has le...

I see you’re writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word • The Register

Microsoft has glued LinkedIn and Office 365's Word together so it can automatically help folks write or update their résumés – and find them new jobs at the same time. Given Redmond has owned social-network-for-suits LinkedIn since 2016, we're floored it took this long. Specifically, Microsoft...

2017 tablet market trended towards torpor • The Register

The tablet computer market took a steep dip in 2017 according to analyst firms IDC and Strategy Analytics. The former firm found sales down 6.5 per cent to 163.5 million, compared to 2016’s 174.9m. Strategy Analytics had a higher number for units shipped – 185m – but a sharper annual dip of n...

The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now ‘site reliability engineering’ • The Register

Someone's been kicking up the "NoOps" ant pile again. There it was, sitting there finally rebuilt after the annual upturning, and The Lord of Cartography, Simon Wardley says: "I think you'll find that the new legacy is going to be DevOps." That said, it is winter, so the ants are moving a bit slower...

UK web grocer Ocado takes £500k hit after robo-warehouse tech splurge • The Register

Middle-class Brit online supermarket nirvana Ocado posted losses of £500,000 for 2017, down from £12m profit the previous year – largely thanks to its "transformation" into a technology provider flogging robot-operated warehouses. The company splashed £42.8m on technology last year, up from £...

Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms firm to SoC it to Intel in the data centre • The Register

Carlyle Group-backed Ampere Computing, run by ex-Intel president Renée James, has launched an Arm system-on-a-chip to take on Chipzilla. The SoC has a 64-bit Armv8 CPU with 32 cores, operating at up to 3.3GHz with turbo mode support. There are L1 caches per core, L2 caches for each pair of cores, ...

About those agreed voluntary redundancies … we were just kidding • The Register

IBM's latest redundancy programme for Global Technology Services staff in the UK and Ireland "descended into near farce" after it reopened the voluntary element and told those it had previously agreed to let leave that they now are not going anywhere. IS Delivery (ISD) and Technical Support Service...

Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup • The Register

Extremely well-funded startup Rubrik has bought distributed database backer-up and fellow startup Datos IO. Datos IO's semantic deduplication RecoverX technology has been applied to protecting big data file systems, such as Hadoop, cloud-native data sources and distributed NoSQL databases. It recen...

Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one • The Register

Adobe has issued an emergency security patch for two bugs in its Flash player – after North Korea's hackers were spotted exploiting one of the flaws to spy on people investigating the creepy hermit nation. At the start of the month, South Korea's Computer Emergency Response Team put the world on ...

OpenWall unveils kernel protection project • The Register

The folk at OpenWall have called for assistance to create a security module to watch Linux kernels for suspicious activity. In the company's explanation, the Linux Kernel Runtime Guard (LKRG) is described as a module that “attempts to post-detect and hopefully promptly respond to unauthorised mod...

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway • The Register

Web analytics outfit StatCounter last week trumpeted news that Windows 10’s market share overtook Windows 7’s for the first time in January 2017. But other ratings services didn’t find the same result. StatCounter’s assessment of Windows version market share for January 2018 suggested that ...

You’re the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell • The Register

Once upon a time, you’d go into the office, do your work during the day at your desk, then leave everything behind and go home. Well, end users would - IT workers have been lugging home the on-call laptop since the dial-up modem was invented. Back then, securing the information and the IT assets ...

Hortonworks accuses ex-sales bod of stealing customers for new job • The Register

Hortonworks is suing a former sales manager accused of taking contracts for himself and his next employer, according to court documents seen by The Register. The Apache Hadoop vendors allege that ex-enterprise sales account manager Ben Rudall used confidential information about the business and its...

Dell soups up low-end Data Domain deduper • The Register

Down in the Dell there is a new Data Domain box – a smallish, entry-level one – the DD3300. It is a 2U rackmount chassis with 3TB or 4TB SAS disk drives providing up to 32TB of usable capacity, said to be 1.6PB after deduplication (logical capacity) and data can be ingested at 7TB/hour using Da...

You’ve only gone and committed to becoming cloud native • The Register

The IT department's transition from being an on-premises owner and manager of an IT equipment stack which provisions and plans data compute, storage and networking to being a responsive services provider is a 2018 priority for many. Yet it is a bold step to migrate data management to the cloud in a...

Docs! Support! Certificates! • The Register

Analysis Technology platform companies depend on third-party developers to such an extent that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously turned his company's codependence into a mantra, repeating "Developers! Developers! Developers!" as a sign of appreciation. Almost two decades later, Amazon, Ap...

Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more • The Register

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered in detail. Exploits for chip blunders spook antivirus land First up, January's Meltdown and Spectre processor security design flaws continue to haunt the IT world. Fortinet put out an advisory on Tuesday warnin...

Google code reckons it’s smarter than airlines, AI funding, and lots more • The Register

Roundup It has been an interesting week in the AI world. There's a whole treasure trove of research papers to read, fresh AI problems to crack, and a new fund for startups. ICLR 2018 The list of papers accepted for this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) are out a...

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people • The Register

Feature Twenty years ago, the Open Source Definition (OSD) was published, providing a framework for the most significant trend in software development since then, and building upon Richard Stallman's prior advocacy for "free software." The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates open so...

SAP to kill off mobile platform in 2020 • The Register

SAP’s decided to kill off its Mobile Platform. An announcement from January 31st pointed out that support ends for the SAP Mobile Platform on December 31st, 2020, but added news that “we do not plan to offer Extended Maintenance.” SAP will offer “customer-specific maintenance”, an ongoin...

India bans crypto- currency, but embraces the blockchain • The Register

India will effectively ban the use of cryptocurrencies within its borders. News of the clampdown was delivered by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his annual budget speech (PDF) delivered on Thursday. “The Government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all meas...

Google prints money for Alphabet to stuff into Uncle Sam’s pockets

Google-parent Alphabet suffered a $3bn loss of the final quarter of 2017 after handing over $9.9bn to Uncle Sam due changes in the US tax system. Despite that hit, Alphabet is still very profitable [PDF] as you'd expect for a biz with near monopolies in ads, search and mobile phone operating system...

Lenovo stops the worst of the bleeding in data centre and mobile • The Register

Lenovo’s announced its third quarter results for 2017/18 and said its mobile and data centre businesses are responding well to turnaround efforts. The company’s top line figures were US$12.9bn of revenue and a $150m pre-tax profit. A $400m payment of deferred taxes, a one-off thing caused by ne...

Bloody hell, we’ve got to think about security too! Sigh. Who wants coffee? • The Register

Imagine you're an organisation that is looking to implement a DevOps approach to applications and services, or perhaps you’ve already started, but you’re worried about security. DevOps is all about rapid iteration and continuous delivery, but your security folks still want to be able to do chec...

Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory • The Register

Interview Intel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others. Why is that? Are the formats unsuitable in some way? We as...

Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag… OUCH • The Register

Analysis The prospects of XPoint and other persistent memory technologies becoming a standard part of servers' design is being held up because the darn stuff costs too much, an analyst has said. That's because it is made in small quantities so no economies of scale occur which would make it cheaper...

Gartner casts runes to find object storage hero and 3 emerge

IBM's on-premises Cloud Object Storage has come out on top in Gartner's latest industry rankings. Critical Capabilities for Object Storage rates 13 on-premises object storage products on eight attributes – value, storage efficiency, security and multi-tenancy, capacity, interoperability, manageab...

AWS looks to tech old guard, hires EMEA boss • The Register

Exclusive Amazon Web Services has turned to an old world IT exec, former Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig Andy Isherwood, to run EMEA ops and inject some enterprise tech experience into the cloud biz. Well placed sources at AWS told The Register that an internal memo was dispatched to employees in...

We’re either going public – or VMware’s gobbling us (or doing nothing at all) • The Register

Tech titan Dell has confirmed in paperwork submitted to America's financial watchdog that it is mulling returning to the stock market as a public company, combining with its subsidiary VMware, or, er, doing nothing. The schedule 13D SEC filing by VMware, dated January 31 and published today, states...

Facebook-basher Schrems raises enough dosh to get his Noyb out • The Register

EU-based campaigner Max Schrems – famous for taking Silicon Valley to task over citizens' privacy rights – has set up a non-profit outfit called Noyb, having exceeded a crowdfunding target. Noyb stands for “none of your business," and has, we're told, raised at least 300,000 Euros (£264,000,...

Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs • The Register

For the past few years, ransomware has been a bane of computer users. These software nasties infect PCs, scramble files, and demand payment in cryptocurrency to restore the documents. Those cryptocurrencies are a right faff to get hold of and transfer to miscreants at short notice. And there's no g...

Astroboffins spot sneaky signs that the Milky Way devoured smaller galaxies • The Register

Astrophysicists have found evidence that the Milky Way has gobbled up neighbouring massive dwarf galaxies over its 13 billion year lifetime. A team of researchers using a spectroscope analysed the starlight from 28 red giant stars hovering on the outer halo of the Milky Way. They then worked out th...

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying, but it’s not all good news at Microsoft • The Register

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs. Disgruntled punters on the Redmond support forums and the dedicated independent website FlickerGate.com say their tablets are prone to a hardware glitc...

ServiceNow plans non-devs writing non-code for real enterprise apps • The Register

ServiceNow has put up a fine set of quarterly and annual numbers and offered guidance suggesting its best is yet to come as the company moves beyond its IT roots and prepares to let non-developer business professionals start to program its platform. The company’s Q4 2017 saw it bring US$546.4m th...

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn’t a clue what to do with it • The Register

As far as database giant Oracle is concerned, the October announcement of its Blockchain Cloud Service (BCS) was timed perfectly. After dabbling with blockchain internally for a year before joining the Hyperledger consortium in August, it had reached the point where its customers – and a market i...

Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme • The Register

Data privacy addicts are being urged to take a 12-step programme – by no less than the Information Commissioner's Office. The ICO, which is the government agency responsible for enforcing Britain's rather weak data laws, has issued guidance for companies to seek redemption ahead of the EU GDPR ru...

EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon • The Register

Not wanting to be too late to the blockchain party, the European Commission has launched a forum to keep an eye on developments and pool ideas on governance. The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has the lofty aim of being a centre for discussions about the tech and how it can be used, as well as...

Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is) • The Register

Despite its astonishing reputation for obliterating HR policy, resisting transit regulations and bending other laws, taxi scourge Uber is rather keen to keep its code clean and ensure it follows the rules. Developers working for the ride app biz have created a software analysis tool called NEAL to ...

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week • The Register

Adobe will next week emit patches to squash a security bug in Flash that can be exploited by malicious webpages and documents, when opened, to hijack and spy on vulnerable computers. The flaw is being abused right now by North Korean hackers to infect victims' PCs. You should update your browser or...

Red Hat tries CoreOS on for size – and buys • The Register

Enterprise Linux biz Red Hat on Tuesday said it has reached an agreement to acquire CoreOS, a maker of open source container software, for $250 million. CoreOS, a 130-person San Francisco company founded in 2013 by CEO Alex Polvi and CTO Brandon Philips, makes Tectonic (an enterprise-oriented Kuber...

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model • The Register

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability. The model for Event Grid will look familiar to old-timers: it's a publish-subscribe model for the cloud. The Event Grid service is the chunk that sits...

Pour yourself a tall one, Juniper investors. It’s lost money again • The Register

Juniper Networks has announced a drop in revenue for Q4 2017 and predicted Q1 2018 will disappoint. In the fourth quarter, the company turned in a US$148.1 million loss on revenue of $1,239.5, which was down 11 per cent compared to a year ago. In a CFO commentary [PDF] the company's blamed “arch...

Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on • The Register

Cisco’s delivered the missing piece of its intent-based networking (IBN) vision and is therefore ready to stand its ground as software-defined networking upstarts try to paint it as a dinosaur. When Switchzilla introduced the vision in mid-2017 it explained that automation was at its core – the...

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car • The Register

Vid Researchers have taught a drone to fly autonomously through the streets of Zürich, Switzerland, by using a simple neural network. As tech companies toy with the idea of using mini-drones for delivery, monitoring buildings, or surveillance, then figuring out how to fly them without human contro...

Cisco throws everything it has at containers, hybrid cloud • The Register

Cisco has decided to throw everything it has at containers by releasing its very own “Container Platform”. At first blush the Platform isn’t much more than Kubernetes and Cisco doesn’t claim that it can do much more than anyone else’s packaging of the Google-derived container-manager. Th...

DRAM, Samsung, these profits are on fire, NAND ain’t that the truth • The Register

Korean tech titan Samsung has posted bumper annual results on the back of high memory chip demand, with yearly operating profit up 83 per cent to 53.7 trillion won (£35.4bn). Semiconductors were the main driver of growth, accounting for two-thirds of its operating profit of 35.2 trillion won. The ...

New click-to-hack tool: One script to exploit them all and in the darkness TCP bind them • The Register

Python code has emerged that automatically searches for vulnerable devices online using Shodan.io – and then uses Metasploit's database of exploits to potentially hijack the computers and gadgets. You set this script running, it crawls the internet looking for machines that are possibly vulnerabl...

When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa • The Register

Computer science boffins affiliated with IBM and universities in China and the United States have devised a way to issue covert commands to voice-based AI software – like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana – by encoding them in popular songs. They refer to these tw...

A Dell/VMware acqui-merge? Good luck landing that, big MIke • The Register

The Wall Street rumour mill has recently week spun out scenarios in which Dell will either allow itself to be acquired by VMware as a short-cut to its own return to public ownership, or buy back the bits of VMware that are public. Both may be clever financial gymnastics that help the company pay do...

The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe • The Register

Comment The cloud has not been kind to legacy tech vendors like IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. With their enterprise software and hardware businesses ravaged by cloud alternatives, and their efforts to get into cloud stumbling, it's not surprising that these erstwhile bellwethers would shed emp...

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