Friday 31 August 2018

Who wants to read 34 pages about getting VMware Private Cloud to run on NetApp HCI?

Deployment in 'less than 30 min' – but not including reading the manual

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.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 30 August 2018

Oracle trying hard to make sure Pentagon knows Amazon ain't the only cloud around

Big Red files additional protest over JEDI contract

The Pentagon is no longer taking questions on its controversial cloud contract after making last-minute amendments to the deal – and has received another complaint from disgruntled prospective bidder Oracle.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Let's get ethical, says Salesforce as revenues rocket 27% – thanks in part to US Border Patrol

Benioff: CEOs just want to spend, spend, spend

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.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Can a script kiddie pwn your SD-WAN? Better check the config, friend

Unpatched, outdated software abounds, say researchers

Russian researchers armed with Shodan and Censys have identified nearly 5,000 SD-WANs with vulnerable management interfaces.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Huawei pleads with FCC to overturn US ban, says it's 'anticompetitive'

While Japan mulls own action against Chinese comms giant

Huawei has pleaded with the US Federal Communications Commission to come to its rescue in the ongoing debate over whether its kit can compromise national security.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

AIM-listed iomart inhales third cloud biz in 4 months

North Yorks-based Bytemark slipped into trolley

Exclusive  AIM-listed iomart has carved out the umpteenth notch on its bedpost, so to speak, buying UK managed hosting and cloud minnow Bytemark.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

No D'oh! DNS-over-HTTPS passes Mozilla performance test

Privacy-protecting domain name system standard closer

As the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) secured domain querying draft creeps towards standardisation, Mozilla has run a test to see if applying encryption brings too heavy a performance penalty.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Fear mongers forced to eat shorts over spam swamping claims

GDPR and no Whois hasn't caused catastrophy

When new European privacy legislation forced internet registries and registrars to withhold the ownership details of internet domain names, a number of groups - including intellectual property lawyers and cybercrime experts - warned it would result in a jump in spam and online fraud.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 29 August 2018 flings £95bn at public sector superfast broadband rollouts

Local council or NHS? Step right this way. Not you, SMEs

The UK's Ministry of Fun is still trying to give away piles of cash to companies tempted to install superfast broadband, with £95m up for grabs from last autumn's commitment to splurge £195m.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cloudera stirs its data warehouse-as-a-service into hybrid cloud with dollop of analytics


Cloudera's hybrid cloud data warehouse-as-a-service – Cloudera Altus Data Warehouse – will be available from tomorrow, a week ahead of the firm's latest financial results.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

Sewerage department pinches off big brown puff for Big Red

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.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Cisco Meraki kills the dongle star, adds SD-WAN to branch and teleworker kit

Docking stations were a pain, because people trip on cables

Sometimes it's the little things that count: in prepping a refresh of its branch and home office networking kit, one of the things Cisco Meraki paid attention to was getting rid of docking stations.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

Peering rows lead to traffic turbulence – report

Analysis  We've discovered another reason why IPv6 is, right now, a poor substitute to IPv4: fisticuffs have broken out over the protocol on the internet's trunk roads, causing traffic jams.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Juniper prepping for a 400 Gbps Ethernet world

Interview: EVP Manoj Leelanivas talks to El Reg

With vendors gearing up for the transition from 100 Gbps to 400 Gbps Ethernet in bit-barns, The Register's networking desk spoke to Juniper Networks' Manoj Leelanivas about to expect.…

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We've found another problem with IPv6: it's less stable

Report flags peering disputes as cause of global problems

Aside from the complexity and cost and lack of interactivity, we've discovered another reason why IPv6 is currently a poor substitute to IPv4: the new tech can be less stable.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Net neutrality and unbundlers spam California's with dishonest robocalls

Everybody gets a raise in the heady world of ISP lobbying

The California State Assembly is voting today on a revised net neutrality bill for the state; one that would likely create a standard that other states will adopt.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks's love-in with big biz for digital services continues, as does claim of boosting small firms

More millions handed out to Atos, CDW, AWS...

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".…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

EU tosses Nokia a small loan of €500m, tells it to go crazy with 5G R&D

Cites being left behind by US and China in tech stakes

The European Union reckons 5G R&D needs a boost – so it has slung a loan of €500m in the general direction of Finland.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 24 August 2018

It's a net neutrality whodunnit: Boffins devise way to detect who's throttling transit

Simple, really – follow the congested links

Back when net neutrality was a thing, engineers at the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) tested US interdomain links, and found them mostly flowing freely.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Netadmins: Grab a plate and wander down El Reg's network buffet

Broadband Forum standards, ZTE drags down optical market, and more

The Broadband Forum has dropped the first open-source code in an access interoperability project designed to support cloud-based access infrastructure and services.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 23 August 2018

Australia blocks Huawei, ZTE from 5G rollout

Claims network protections are 'ineffective' in 5G. No, really

Five Eyes member Australia has banned Huawei and ZTE from participating in the coming rollout of 5G mobile networks – without naming the companies.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Outsourcerer Tata sidles up to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, kisses IaaS

Sprinkles its Enterprise Cloud Platform with the SUSE juice

SUSE today confirmed that Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services has opted for its OpenStack Cloud as the standard for its Enterprise Cloud Platform (ECP).…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

Three years on, 'superfast' village's internet is terrible

A village in former communications minister Ed Vaizey's Parliamentary constituency is suffering ongoing internet outages despite once being the darling of Britain's superfast broadband rollout.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

Not a great look for telco giant ahead of net neutrality suit

Verizon has been accused of throttling the data plan of a California fire department in the midst of the state's worst-ever wildfire.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 21 August 2018

What's holding you back from Google Cloud? Oh, OK... it was hoping you'd say 'lack of hardware security modules'

Like AWS and Azure, GCP now hosts secrets inside HSMs

Google Cloud Platform has armored its cloud in metal by offering customers beta access to hardware security modules (HSM) to handle encryption keys.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

The Southern Rail experience without stepping on a train

Brits have found themselves facing long delays in acquiring Railcards following a week of mysterious technical problems at…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 20 August 2018

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

Veteran penguin botherer feels the need. For speed

Longtime Linux slinger SUSE has emitted a kernel optimised for the cloudy world of Microsoft Azure.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

Staff forced to whiteboard in terminals as cloud connection goes TITSUP*

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.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 17 August 2018

Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

Contract notice reveals yet another systems migration to Bezos cloud

The Home Office wants to dump all of Britain’s national-level police IT onto Amazon Web Services' public cloud.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

Let there be light

Telefonica’s O2 has confirmed that it is experimenting with transmitting high speed data using lightbulbs, the brainchild of an Edinburgh University professor Harald Haas.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

That noise was AWS rolling over in its sleep

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.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

EE by gum, BT Group brand wins

EE is being strongly challenged by rival networks that have improved their reliability, and in some cases their data performance too.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Monday 13 August 2018

Microsoft gets edge on AWS with Azure Stack for government

Feds can now stick Redmond clouds into on-prem hardware

Microsoft has kicked out a build of its Azure Stack on-premise cloud for US government use.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Grubby, tortuous, full of malware and deceit: Just call it Lionel because the internet is MESSY

So what are we going to do about it? Anything?

Reg Lectures  Trolls, fake news, Russian bots, radicals – there's plenty to put you off going online.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 10 August 2018

Ethernet Alliance plugs and prays so you don't have to, and other networking morsels

Microsoft software-defined data centre coming, NVMe-oF kit, play Mist for me and more

Microsoft has said it'll be bringing "software-defined" capabilities to Windows Server in 2019.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Extreme Networks? Extreme Share Price Crash, more like

Misses Wall Street numbers by circa $1m

Extreme Networks’ share price almost halved after its Q4 financials hit the wires on Wednesday, in spite of the US network infrastrucutre kit-maker reporting a double-digit bounce in turnover. It serves as a timely reminder that tech companies miss Wall Street forecasts at their peril.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Four-year switch: Two Cisco veeps pack bags and go for a wander

Service Provider gros fromage and marketer leave biz

A former Brocade marketer turned Cisco veep is leaving the networking kinpin, along with another veep who ran the service provider division.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 9 August 2018

Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

He'll help AWS to 'transform' international governments

Exclusive  The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has today confirmed the resignation of Liam Maxwell, though the UK government’s top tech advisor will work his notice period and not leave until October.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

Mind you, they're doing all right on basic B2B phone lines

Virgin Media's operating income slid 17 per cent over the past year despite the Brit telco growing its Q2 2018 revenues to £1.275bn, creating interesting conditions for its newly acquired chief operating officer.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

GitHub looses load-balancing open-source code on netops world

GLB Director keeps those packets humming even when new servers are added to pools

If you’ve got a big bare-metal data center, or if you’re just BM-curious, head on over to GitHub, where there’s a new load balancer on offer by, um, GitHub.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Hortonworks revenues up 40%: Mum, are we nearly profitable yet?

Data biz trumpets international sales and IBM partnership

Hortonworks, once criticised for burning through cash, has reported a fair second 2018 quarter, with revenues up 40 per cent and net losses down 27 per cent.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

DXC will be damned if it lets cloud cannibalise the IT outsourcing biz before DXC does

Frankenfirm sets up 'integrated practice' with AWS to eat its lunch before others do

DXC Technology, fed up with the cloud brigade eating into its own IT outsourcing (ITO) business, has set up an "integrated practice" with AWS to get in on the action itself.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Salesforce takes leaf out of Oracle's book to forge little co-CEO bromance

Room for another ego at the top, Benioff?

Salesforce chief operating officer Keith Block is to become co-CEO with Mark Benioff, in a move echoing their former employer Oracle's setup.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Magic million: That's how many Cisco routers can now run SD-WAN

Viptela vManage comes to boxen running IOS XE

Cisco has made the next move in its integration of 2017 acquisition Viptela, prepping an SD-WAN upgrade it is going to ship to a million routers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

Adoption is inevitable, and yet we all keep putting it off

It has been twenty years since the publication of the first draft of the IPv6 standard, in response to the growing realisation that the IPv4 address space would sooner or later be entirely filled. Fast-forward to today, and amazingly the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4, with the rate of adoption of IPv6 possibly slowing.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

FreeBSD has its own TCP-queue-of-death bug, easier to hose than Linux's SegmentSmack

Also: Juniper jumps on its stack

Hard on the heels of the Linux kernel's packets-of-death attack dubbed SegmentSmack, a similar vulnerability has been disclosed and fixed in FreeBSD.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

Where? Not saying, but it'll be nearly everywhere by 2020. Pinky-promise

DOCSIS 3.1 has finally landed in Australia, courtesy of a currently-limited rollout to HFC-connected National Broadband Network (NBN) customers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

Biz files official complaint to auditors over prices, configs

Oracle has filed an official complaint with US government over plans to award the Pentagon’s lucrative cloud contract to a single vendor.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Be your own YouTube: Cloudflare Stream flies out of beta, emits vids

Web giant sends spare resources into the mines

Does the world need another streaming platform? Cloudflare thinks so, and today it set its Cloudflare Stream beta (running for nearly a year) to general availability.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

Drive and Docs may end up in Tencent-owned DCs

Google is pondering a cloudy move to China and a hookup with local operators Tencent and Inspur, according to reports.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Mellanox plumps pipes on Bluefield controller to squeeze out 200Gb/s

That's right, count 'em. And 4 million IOPS to boot

Mellanox claims to have rolled out the world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller at this year's Flash Memory Summit.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cisco let an SSL cert expire in its VPN kit – and broke network provisioning brokers

Well that's one way to secure systems: deny new trustpoints

If your inter-office Cisco-powered VPN suddenly isn't working properly, there's an upcoming update you may need to install.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

Probe confirms: No attack, just an incredibly unpopular policy brought down feedback site

An internal investigation has laid waste to the FCC's claims that its net neutrality comments system was knocked offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Arista cats cough up $400m furball to satisfy Cisco in legal war truce

Just one appeal left standing

Arista has cut a deal with Cisco that leaves the former $400m lighter, and ends nearly all of the long-running legal battles between the two networking vendors.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Monday 6 August 2018

AWS Best Practices Webinar: Your way in... to better output

Getting your head around the Performance Efficiency pillar

Promo  Learn the tenets of the AWS Well-Architected Framework’s Performance Efficiency pillar, hosted by Reliam CTO Jonathan LaCour.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Salesforce cloud glitch blurted customer data at unauthorised users

Put your minds at REST ... there's no 'evidence of malicious behavior'

Customer data stored on Salesforce's marketing cloud might have been shared with unauthorised parties, cloud slinger has warned.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 3 August 2018

NSA's crummy crypto crop Suite B binned, and other network nuggets

NEC cavorts with 5G, Arita finds its Mojo, and much more

Over at the Internet Engineering Task Force, a notorious piece of history is being consigned to... well, history.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Arris CPE revenue hit by component shortages

Price rises lead to 'difficult discussions' with customers

Another network vendor has had its financials dented by component shortages: this time, it's Arris.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Here we go again: monopoly case another round in Arista vs Cisco

Take heart, readers, this can't go on forever ... can it?

Settle in and take you seats, “Rocky Nine” is about to begin filming, in the form of another round of litigation between Arista and Cisco.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 2 August 2018

UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

Plus: Ofcom report reveals demise of the phone-call

Communications revenues in the UK reached their lowest point in 2017, falling 2.1 per cent to £54.7bn, while people are ditching calls and texts for over-the-top messaging, according to Ofcom.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

Buddy, can you spare a time?

When you need parts-per-billion frequency accuracy, “Let's synchronise our watches” doesn't cut it. Take LTE and 5G for example: they need tight synchronisation, both in frequency and phase, and that makes time-signalling an important part of the network.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

Glimmer of hope for Zuck and co to keep pushing data across The Pond

The Irish Supreme Court has made the unprecedented decision to hear Facebook’s appeal in its long-running legal battle with privacy activist Max Schrems – and to do so with urgency.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

FastMail takes a nap in network blunder

Not our fault insists email slinger as customers twiddle thumbs

Email slinger FastMail took some time out to smell the roses this morning, much to the dismay of its paying users.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

How to juggle two smartly incompatible protocols

We can be forgiven for not having weaned ourselves onto IPv6 earlier. It's been around in draft form since late 1998, but was only released as a standard in July 2017 (that'll be RFC 8200). That this has finally happened, though, means we're being told more loudly than ever that we no longer have an excuse. So do we have one? Can we still stick with IPv4 if we want to?…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

Fat thumb – or government intervention? Good thing you encrypted everything you say...

A bunch of Telegram messages went the long way round on Monday: a BGP leak sent people's Telegram chat communications via systems in Iran.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks