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Comms providers call on Ofcom to get tough on Openreach

Communications providers Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have called on Ofcom to dramatically reform BT's Openreach in a "10 point plan" published today. The action plan published by membership body the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) follows a decision by Ofcom not to recommend a structural separation of Openreach …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016
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I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

An insolvency and restructuring veteran has taken a seat at the board of moribund cloud services firm Outsourcery as one of the requisite Ts&Cs to secure a funding lifeline from Vodafone. The AIM-listed firm run by former Dragons’ Den badass Piers Linney and joint-CEO Simon Newton revealed David Duggins, senior advisor at …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016
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Outsourcery inks Vodafone finance deal as selloff rumours grow

Sickly slinger of cloud services Outsourcery has signed a finance deal with Vodafone to keep the wolves from the door as it prepares to restructure – or do what some are interpreting as readying itself for a sale. The AIM-listed bringer of infrastructure, apps and UC services revealed at the start of this week it is again …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016

SecureWorks' sorry IPO falls $48m short of aim

In the first initial public offering of the year in the technology sector, Dell's infosec subsidiary SecureWorks has raised much less than expected. Despite plans to raise $160m with the IPO, Dell has pocketed only $112m after selling eight million shares at $14, merely 70 per cent of its aim. The squib of an IPO is …
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Oh dear, IBM. Storage isn't looking like a cash cow any more, is it?

IBM's storage hardware revenues continue falling as growth businesses stay submerged under the declining ones. In its first quarter of 2016 results, IBM's storage hardware revenues were, at $433.5m, six per cent down year-on-year, continuing the now familiar trend. This was a billion-dollar-a-quarter business in the fourth …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018

Analysis The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been ratified by the European Parliament. The final seal of approval follows successful passage through the EU Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Following four years of discussions and amendments, the GDPR is now officially EU law and will …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2016
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Dell infosec unit SecureWorks given $1.42bn price tag in IPO

Dell's cyber security subsidiary SecureWorks has been valued at up to $1.42bn ahead of an initial public offering. SecureWorks filed to go public in December 2015. The S-1 form placed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the time offered a $100m placeholder figure before the valuation, though this …

Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

Analysis The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might be …
Frank Jennings, 31 Mar 2016
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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

Universal credit, the proposed one online benefits system to rule them all, has always been Iain Duncan Smith's brainchild – but with his shock departure from the Department for Work and Pensions, will the government finally put a bullet in the troubled project? Announced with great fanfare in 2011, the programme intended to …
Kat Hall, 21 Mar 2016

Dell plans sale of non-core assets to reduce EMC buy debt

Dell and EMC have agreed on the documentation to be put to the latter's shareholders at a forthcoming meeting that will vote on the merger of the two companies. And the document reveals that Dell plans to sell off some non-core businesses after the merger. The document in question is a Form S-4, one of the many regulatory …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2016
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Array biz's figures leave little to the Imation

Well, we were expecting diminished revenues and growing losses – and storage biz Imation didn't pull off any last-minute surprises. The Minnesota-based outfit's revenues were down 52 per cent year-on-year in its final quarter of 2015 as it divested itself of everything except its Nexsan array business and the acquired …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016
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How will Ofcom reduce our reliance on BT if it won't break them up?

Opinion The publication of Ofcom’s 2005 Strategic Review of Telecoms was preceded by many long evenings of intense debates within Ofcom and with BT and other stakeholders. The review took 18 months and resulted in the UK having the most competitive broadband market in the world. It’s worth remembering why that happened – because Ofcom …
Chi Onwurah, 26 Feb 2016
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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

Oracle has been telling a number of organisations running its database software that they are breaking the company's licensing rules – and therefore owe it millions of dollars in unpaid licence fees. The issue hit the headlines in January after US confectionery giant Mars took Oracle to court in the US over claims Mars had …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2016
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WD CEO: We ain't getting Unisplendour's $3.8bn. But we'll buy SanDisk anyway

Western Digital is facing an investor revolt over its SanDisk buyout and has had the $3.8bn wad it expected from Unisplendour halted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Unis (Unisplendour) is a Chinese corporation, owned by the Tsinghua Unigroup, that proposed to invest $3.8bn in WD thus getting a 15 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016
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Ingram Micro set for $6bn sale to Chinese enormo-corp HNA Group

The world's largest tech distributor, Ingram Micro, is set to be acquired by the Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for approximately $6bn. Ingram Micro has announced that it has accepted the terms of a merger agreement with Chinese shipping company, Tianjin Tianhai, and will become part of the Chinese mega-firm HNA Group – an …
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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

Vodafone has embarked on a major cost purge that could see hundreds of workers laid off, insiders have told The Register. El Reg was contacted by staff at the telco who told us around one-fifth of those put at risk of redundancy are techies, but that many more in “customer-facing” roles will go too. Vodafone employed 12,391 …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016
Microsoft's Project Natick underwater data centre

Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2016
AMD bloodbath

Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

Analysis AMD claims there is light at the end of its tunnel, but the beleaguered chip maker is having a hard time pointing it out. The Intel rival's share price was down 6.15 per cent to US$1.83 in after-hours trading on Tuesday; investors quickly moved after AMD published the financial figures for its final quarter of 2015, and for …
Chris Williams, 20 Jan 2016
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Former prez of Misco parent Systemax declared bankrupt

To say 2015 wasn’t exactly a vintage year for former Systemax EMEA president Perminder Singh Dale – AKA Pim Dale – is an understatement. He lost his job in the summer and by Christmas the man was bankrupt. According to the London Gazette, a bankruptcy petition was filed against Dale on 7 October by London Law Funding (LLF) Ltd …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2016

Imation sells off the family jewels

+Comment Imation, now run by activist investor Clinton Group people, is selling the Memorex trademark – and two trademark licences associated with it – for $9.4m, while also disposing of its corporate headquarter facility in Oakdale, Minnesota, for $11.5m. "Both sales are consistent with the (our) stated restructuring, wind down …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016
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IBM cloud chief joins top-brass exit

Two more senior executives – one with veteran status - have exited IBM’s $16bn software business. Cloud chief technology officer and staffer of 18 years Danny Sabbah has retired. He goes, however, with just a single year as IBM’s cloud chief under his belt. Also gone is general manager of IBM Security Brendan Hannigan, who …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2016
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IBM's $16bn software supremo Mills reportedly exits

One of IBM’s most powerful executives is reportedly stepping down. Steve Mills, executive vice president software and systems, is said to have retired on New Year’s Eve, tidily in time for the end of IBM's fiscal year. He joined IBM in 1973. IBM did not respond for comment at the time of writing. Mills added the “systems” …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2016

NetApp sings to Solidfire: All I want for Christmas is buying you

NetApp is buying SolidFire to get scale-out all-flash arrays for cloud provider-like use cases – the sort of use cases that are closed to NetApp's all-flash E-Series and ONTAP systems. The acquisition was rumored this month, and had a $1.2bn price tag attached to it. NetApp is paying $870m in cash for SolidFire, a move …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2015
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Dell SecureWorks files for IPO

Dell security subsidiary SecureWorks is trying to raise funds for working capital and acquisitions, according to a filing with the SEC. The S1 Form lodged last night indicates the division expects to sell up to $100m in stock but this is a placeholder figure that could change before the flotation. Under the terms of the plan …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2015
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EMC: No rival offers, so we're flying solo with Dell

Dell’s proposed $67bn acquisition of EMC edged ever closer this weekend after the storage titan confirmed the end of the so-called "go shop" period that allowed rivals bidders to enter the fray. The biggest deal in tech history was first announced in October when privately-owned Dell stated it will pay EMC shareholders $33.15 …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2015
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SCC buys 'controlling stake' in mobile services biz One Point

SCC has injected a mobile element to its managed services portfolio by grabbing a “controlling stake” in voice and data minnow One Point Communications, The Channel can reveal. This is the third such investment in new skills this year following similarly structured deals with voice and UC specialist SIPCOM and data …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2015
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HPE: If we don't give Deutsche Bank right contracted outcome, we'll lose money

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a risk and reward element hard wired into the 10-year cloudy infrastructure deal with Deutsche Bank and will lose money if things don’t go as planned, an exec has confirmed. This is HPE putting its money where its mouth is in the multi-billion dollar deal it penned with the German financial …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2015
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Iomart, Logicalis and VIRTUS buy data centre firms

The data centre sector witnessed a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity today with three DC firms changing hands. Let’s start with Iomart, which is paying up to £11m for United Communications Ltd, a managed hosting firm based in Hemel Hempstead, with about 6500 mostly small business customers. Iomart is paying £7.5m in …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2015
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KCOM: We're selling our national network assets...

Tech-integrator-cum-comms-provider KCOM Group has slapped a for sale sign on its national network infrastructure (except in Hull and East Yorkhire) as management continues to reshape the organisation. KCOM has, like the rest of the tech world, placed its bets on the cloud, and is making less money from the traditional carrier …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2015
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Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip

The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare. Since the deal was announced, VMWare shares (VMW) have lost considerable value compared to EMC’s shares. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks the EMC share price fall “can be attributed to the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015

Systemax: Shuttering our North America Tech Group may cost $55m

Systemax has gone public with the cost of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts in the closure of its remaining North America Technology Group (NATG), and it's going to be pricey. Very pricey. The ailing reseller revealed last week that US dealer PCM has offered $14m to pick up certain assets, including the right to hire roughly …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

Systemax offloads North America problem child to PCM for $14m

Ailing tech supplier Systemax looks to have dealt with the corporation’s problem child – it is selling “certain assets” of the North American Technology Group (NATG) to PCM for $14m and will shutter the rest. The once mighty reseller has reported steep losses and falling sales this year; it has already closed 31 retail stores …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2015

Microsoft creates its own movie moment with fancy privacy manifesto

Microsoft has published what can only be described as a privacy manifesto. The unusual online screed comes complete with interactive graphics, including a recording of the FISA court's voicemail, and appears geared at pitching Microsoft as the protector of people's global data. Written by president and chief legal officer …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2015

Imation results drenched in red as exiting consumer biz cuts deep

+Comment Global data storage company Imation is on the accountant's operating table and diseased flesh is being slowly cut away. Its third quarter results are dominated by red ink, with a $152m loss, 148 per cent worse (yes, worse) than a year ago. Revenues for the quarter were $129.2m, 26.2 per cent less than the year-ago quarter’s $ …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015
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What the bleedin' Dell is this? IT giant mulls unit selloffs – report

Reuters reports Dell is thinking of selling off non-core assets to clear the decks before the EMC acquisition and raise $10bn. Four candidate businesses are mentioned: Quest Software IT management with its systems management, security and business intelligence functions SonicWall email encryption and security Rapid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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Seagate’s suffering from mighty profit droop syndrome

Major droop alert: as per its preliminary warning, Seagate’s revenues and profits tumbled on the annual compare. Revenues of $2.9bn in its first fiscal 2016 quarter were 23 per cent down on the $3.79bn reported a year ago while the $34m profit was a whacking great 91 per cent lower than the $381m recorded a year ago. That …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015

Insight UK veep de Sousa set to split – sources

Insight Enterprise's EMEA president has told us that his UK sales general Emma de Sousa is not quitting the company, despite claims from myriad sources to the contrary. The company veteran rocked up at the reseller as sales director in 2006 and rose through the ranks to run German ops, the Southern Europe hub, and for the last …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

EMC animates franken-cloud with bits of itself, VMware, VCE and Virtustream

VMware has revealed its full Q3 2015 results, and they're pretty: US$1.7bn revenue and net income of $1.02 per share were both a tick over the guidance the company has offered to markets. Virtzilla's future results will also receive a boost, because EMC's US$1.2bn acquisition of Virtustream will end as a 50/50 joint venture …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2015

SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC deal could be a game-changer for mobile networks, too

EMC/Dell deal As carriers race towards virtualisation, software-defined networking and increasingly complex back office IT platforms, they will increasingly bump into suppliers from the data centre world. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and others are already very familiar to them, but now there will be a new powerhouse, if Dell’s record- …
Wireless Watch, 19 Oct 2015
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Dell buying EMC: Is this the end times, or the road to salvation?

Sysadmin Blog: Dell bought EMC. The internet promptly lost its mind. Make no mistake, the Dell-EMC merger is a pretty big deal. Everyone has news, thoughts and analysis on the subject. While I feel The Register's coverage has been pretty neutral so far, the internet at large has posted rather a lot of doom and gloom. The most common phrase …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2015
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Where will storage go over the next 15 years? We rub our crystal ball

Analysis Let’s fly up to 20,000 feet and survey the storage landscape from there, and then stay at that height until 2030. What will we see? Our starting view is utterly basic and pretty reasonable. Most of the storage equipment is based on disk and most of it is on-premises. Some of the data is being stored in flash and some of the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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How much? Imation buys Connected Data for $7.5m. No, really

Imation has bought Geoff Barrall’s Connected Data startup for just $7.5m, and finally appointed a new, although interim, CEO. The Clinton Group is the activist investor now in control of Imation’s board and it’s appointed board director Bob Fernander, a Clinton nominee, as interim CEO. He was interim president. Another Clinton …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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Ex-Logicalis UK boss Starkey signs up as EMC SDS biggie

Exclusive Former Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has crossed the fence into vendor land for the first time, rocking up as the lead for EMC’s software defined storage unit. The exec split from the IBM and Cisco integrator in February after 17 years at the firm, the last two at the helm of the Brit operation, and was subsequently replaced …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015

Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

Autonomy founder and ex-CEO Mike Lynch is suing HP for at least $150m (£100m) in damages over its assertion that he helped cook the books to inflate the price it paid for the software firm. Back in the summer of 2011, HP forked out $10.7bn to acquire Autonomy. Little over a year later, the US giant accused Lynch of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Oct 2015
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Straight from the horse's mouth: It's October 7 for Pure's IPO

Pure Storage has told us something quite interesting: "Pure Storage will be listing shares for our initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, 7 October." One of the most eagerly awaited initial public offerings will take place on Wednesday next week with several companies anxious to see how well the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2015
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Tucci’s terrible dilemma: Unlock EMC value without destroying the Federation

Comment War could break out in EMC's investor ranks any day now as the standstill agreement between EMC's board and activist investor Elliott Management runs out this month. Elliott wants the federation structure or status changed so that hidden investor value inside EMC can be unlocked for investors' benefit. This means the potential …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2015

Opinion

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It does simplify the hardware setup, whatever it is
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Chris Mellor

Do something and stop faffing about in the bush league

Kat Hall

International system in general needs greater transparency
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