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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

For those wondering if we've reached Peak Smartphone: global smartphone shipments saw their first ever quarterly drop, say analysts. Research house Strategy Analytics says that shipments in the first quarter of 2016 declined by three per cent over the same period in 2015. This marks the first time analysts have recorded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2016

Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

Prospects for handset-makers just got worse, with the smartphone market recording its worst quarterly growth ever. Remember how at the end of March, Gartner predicted a mere seven per cent smartphone growth for 2016, the first time the market hadn't managed double-digit growth? That forecast is starting to look like rose- …
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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Apple has confirmed analysts' fears of a drab quarter, reporting its first year-over-year sales decline in more than a decade. Its share price is down 8.2 per cent to $95.76 in after-hours trading – dipping below the magic hundred-buck mark. The Mac maker said that in the three months to March 31 – the second quarter of its …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Alcatel-Lucent embarks on cloudy board shake-up

Networking biz Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is replacing its chief exec Jeff Ma with Jack Chen, as the outfit vows to make itself all about the cloud. Prior to joining Alcatel, Chen was the head of the Asia Pacific and China region at Alcatel and its China Wireless biz. The biz has also unveiled a new cloud strategy to provide …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2016
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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EMC results: It'll all come out in the post-Dell deal wash

+Comment EMC saw many pockets of growth in its first fiscal 2016 quarter’s results but overall revenues declined because core legacy product revenues fell, as did RSA and the enterprise content business. These declines more than offset the impressive growth rates of newer products. In the EMC earnings call, CEO and chairman Joe Tucci …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016

Seagate revenue numbers rain on cloud after market misses

+Comment Seagate has issued an early warning that its third fy2016 quarter revenue will be off by $100m from its forecast of $2.7bn. The company expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6bn and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23 per cent, for the quarter which ended April 1 – no, this is not a late April Fool joke. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Juniper bleeding data and money: slaps Band-Aids all over Junos OS and warns markets

Juniper's code reviewers have been hard at work, and have shipped a bunch of security bug-fixes. First up: the company has turned up a bunch of Junos OS privilege escalation vulnerabilities that need patching. As the advisory states, CVE-2016-1271 covers a set of CLI commands that can be exploited to get root access to the …
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Total cloud: Huawei's plan for planet's telcos and its own bottom line

Huawei reckons it can outgrow its enterprise competitors without seeking a bumper acquisition and is going to spend two years cloud-enabling its entire networks product line. Reports from the company's 2016 analyst summit in Shenzhen, China, suggest that rotating CEO Eric Xu (the company has three CEOs, who take six-month …
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Sanctions-slapped Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE swaps execs

Chinese telecoms vendor ZTE is overhauling its management board just one month after the biz was slapped with sanctions by the US government over accusations it had violated trade rules in Iran. The company today confirmed it will meet this week to install a new team, following revelations in the Wall Street Journal over the …
Kat Hall, 04 Apr 2016
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Huawei on bumper results: We owe growth to ginormous ICT market

Chinese telco Huawei posted bumper sales and profits for its full-year 2015, with revenue up 37 per cent to 395bn Chinese yuan (£42bn) and a net profit increase of 33 per cent to in annual revenue worldwide. Its traditional kit-building biz contributed the lion's share of sales, up 21 per cent to ¥232.3bn (£25bn). The company …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2016

Gartner: RIP double-digit smartphone growth. 2016 has killed you

Remember the rapacious smartphone growth that turned once-troubled Apple into the world’s most valuable company? That’s over. Smartphone sales will grow seven per cent in 2016, to 1.5 billion units. It’s the first time sales of this once must-have piece of personal tech has grown by a mere single digit percentage, according …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016
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Nexenta wins Lenovo as server partner

Lenovo and Nexenta are developing combined System X X86 server/DAS/NexentaStor software offerings, joint go-to-market strategies, and Lenovo service and support. Lenovo is the third-largest server shipper worldwide. Nexenta’s NexentaStor offers open source storage software offering file and block access scalable out to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2016

Thin client market gets even thinner, down seven per cent in a year

Thin client sales have dipped 6.9 per cent in a year, to just 5.08 million, according to the abacus-shufflers at analyst firm IDC, which says 5.454m devices shipped in 2014. The firm thinks the dip is attributable to economic factors, rather than a loss of interest in thin clients or desktop virtualisation (VDI). Lower public …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2016
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Lenovo says bye-bye to key exec amid massive spring reorganisation

Lenovo is embarking on the mother of all spring cleans after digesting the acquisitions of Motorola and IBM’s volume server biz. The group is re-arranging execs and the business units they steer amid numerous sector challenges, including the weakened state of demand for traditional PCs, tabs and smartphones, or the sales hit …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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SanDisk stockholders book a table, prepare for Western Digital gobble

SanDisk shareholders have voted in favour of Western Digital buying their company. At SanDisk's special stockholders' meeting today, 98 per cent of the votes were in favour of the sale to WDC. WDC shareholders, via more than 90 per cent of the votes cast, have separately approved WDC issuing more shares (common stock) to help …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016
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2015 server sales hit all-time record of 9.7m machines

The global server industry is in rude health, clocking up a record 9.7 million shipments in 2015 and hauling US$55.1 billion through the door along the way. That's eight per cent more revenue and 4.9 per cent more shipments than recorded in 2014, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Cloud is …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2016
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ODMs feast on server sales bonanza as IT buyers ignore price rises

The march of Far East Original Design Manufacturers into a server industry traditionally dominated by the big brands continued in Q4, official stats revealed today. According to abacus fondler Gartner, global server sales climbed by 8.2 per cent year-on-year to $15.13bn on the back of a 9.2 per cent spike in shipments to 2. …
Paul Kunert, 09 Mar 2016
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Lenovo, Juniper in hyper-converged mashup.... hang on, who's doing storage?

Lenovo and Juniper have set up a strategic alliance to build converged, hyper-converged and hyper-scale data centre infrastructure products for enterprise and web-scale customers. Lenovo contributes x86-based servers and switches. Juniper has a portfolio of routers, switches, network management software, network security …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016
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Hardware – yes, hardware – is driving Hewlett Packard Enterprise's top line

Hewlett Packard Enterprise spends much of its time talking about hybrid IT taking over the world, but it was good old fashioned hardware - boosted by a $3.5bn buy - that made Q1 of fiscal year 2016 better than it might have been. In the period ended 31 January, the first full quarter of since HPE split with the PC and printing …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 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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2016: The year IT sales will go sdrawkcaB

The world will spend US$2.3 trillion on information technology hardware, software and services in 2016, but that represents a “major slowdown” according to analyst firm IDC. Smartphones and China are mostly to blame for the decline. The former is at fault because new buyers are drying up, which makes it harder for smartphones …
Darren Pauli, 18 Feb 2016
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US software biz fined $28 million for bribing Chinese buyers with free vacations, gifts

Massachusetts-based software maker PTC and two of its Chinese subsidiaries have been fined $28m for bribing buyers in the Middle Kingdom. US regulator the SEC found that PTC, which builds design and process management software, broke the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) between 2006 and 2011. The American biz bunged …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2016
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Enterprise network spend hits the brakes – and Cisco's OK with that

The financial market turmoil that's characterized 2016 has led Cisco to set modest expectations for the coming three months. Having said that, the networking giant is pleased with its performance in Q2 of its fiscal 2016, aka the quarter to January 23. Its US$11.8bn second quarter revenue (normalized to exclude the cable …

Lenovo: China biz down, PC and mobile down

The relatively weaker economy in China and slumping demand for gadgets puts Lenovo between a rock and a hard place. The company spent last year swamped with PC stocks as it had failed to recognise the oncoming slowdown, but has of late started to clear the decks helped in part by write-downs in Europe. Evidence of this can be …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2016
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WD notebook drive shipments plummet

WD revenues and profits are declining as it finds disks and SSDs a hard sell in what its CEO calls “an increasingly challenging global economic environment”. Revenues for the second fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Jan 1, were $3.3bn, which is 2.94 per cent lower than the $3.4bn recorded for its first quarter and a decline of 15 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2016

Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

Apple has once again set a high watermark for quarterly revenues and profits, though only by a smidgen – its meteoric rise has otherwise completely stalled. The Cupertino consumer electronics behemoth said that from October through December – Q1 of its fiscal 2016 – it pulled in US$75.9bn in revenues [PDF], leading to an US$18 …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2016

Microsoft hammers first nails into Enterprise Agreements' coffins

Microsoft is to prevent SMEs from buying software via an Enterprise Agreement, a move some industry figures interpreted as the first of a death-by-a-thousand-cuts fate for the volume licensing programme. From the start of July, Microsoft will raise the minimum commitment on EAs from 250 users/ devices to 500, channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 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

Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

My web browser ate my homework. I spent nearly two hours typing an analysis article on Intel's latest financial figures into our intranet thing when the browser tab unexpectedly refreshed and I lost everything. Hadn't saved. Moron. So let me start again and get to the point: the nosedive in sales of personal computers around …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016

CIO spending will stand proud this year, no really, honest

Tech spending is set to rebound this year and next following across-the-board declines in the last 12 months. And it is all the fault of software – specifically, sustained demand for analytics and cloud stuff. Of course this becoming reality is predicated on the good folk at Forrester Research stroking their collective crystal …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jan 2016
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Juniper 'fesses up to TWO attacks from 'unauthorised code'

Updated Juniper Networks has offered a more detailed description of the security issues resulting from its find of “unauthorised code” in ScreenOS, the software that powers its firewalls. The company's knowledge base article on the incident says: “The first issue allows unauthorized remote administrative access to the device over SSH …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2015

Samsung shoves IT arm into connected cars, hires new hands

South Korean conglomerate Samsung is setting up new organisations including a car tech component team, and rejigging some of the leadership as the company prepares for winter in tech land. The annual structural re-org this time around is to “pre-emptively respond to business uncertainties”, the company stated. The fundamental …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2015
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Huawei: Hey, storage bigshots – we're coming for your top 3 spot

China is coming to shake up our cosy storage world, with Huawei hoping for a top three supplier spot by 2018. Fan Ruiqi, Huawei’s storage products president, told Reuters: “We don't want to just be number one in China ... We want to be at least the top three in the world by 2018” in the storage business. That means acquiring …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2015
Lenovo's HX series of hyperconverged appliances

Lenovo reveals its Nutanix hyper-spawn

Lenovo's relationship with Nutanix has been consumated, with the Chinese kit-maker revealing its hyperconverged boxen running the latter's software. There are three models in the “HX Series” of hyperconverged appliances. The HX3500 is a “compute-heavy” appliance aimed at desktop virtualisation and smaller virtual machine …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Dec 2015
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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

The Ethernet market remains pretty dull: flat on a year-on-year basis, prone to quarter-on-quarter swings in individual segments, and dominated by Cisco. One vendor that can wave IDC's latest numbers in front of its investors is Juniper Networks, which piled on 39.4 per cent year-on-year, but at US$230 million for the quarter …
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Brocade wrings profits from a steady-as-she-goes business

Analysis Brocade has jogged along nice and evenly for four years now, at around $2.25bn annual revenues with steadily rising profits, and its fiscal 2015 added a similar fifth year of pretty decent results. It saw $2.26bn in revenues and a $340m profit, while in full year 2014 it saw $2.21bn in revenues and a $238m profit, indicating …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
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Lenovo grabs HP Inc exec to run EMEA product and channel teams

Lenovo has scored a small win in its battle against big rival HP Inc by poaching an exec to run the product and channel teams across EMEA. Pascal Bourguet has left his HP post as veep for consumer PCs and mobility and will get his feet under his new desk from 1 March, Lenovo confirmed. The newbie will report to regional chief …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2015

Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Dell is to go head-to-head with Apple, HP and Lenovo for the affections of computer-seeking shoppers this Christmas - the XPS range will be never knowingly undersold to the middle classes by John Lewis. Sarah Shields, exec director and UK GM for channel and distribution claimed Dell could not afford to ignore the retail …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015
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Will the Ericsson/Cisco alliance work or simply break?

The reasons for an alliance between Cisco and Ericsson are just as good as the reasons against it. Both want to own ALL of the territory around carrier deployments, but Ericsson comes from dominance in the wireless sector and Cisco from the IP segment, both wired and wireless. And similarly both of them fear incursions from …
Faultline, 16 Nov 2015
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Lenovo loses $784m in Q2. But actually things are OK

Restructuring costs downed Lenovo’s profits for a second consecutive quarter caused by the ingestion of acquired businesses and previously confirmed job cuts. Operating expenses swelled in the company’s Q2 of fiscal year 2016 to $2.36bn from $1.09bn a year ago, paving the way to an operating loss of $784m, compared to an …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2015

Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

In 2012, something like US$80 billion worth of multinationals' profits worked on their suntans in Bermuda, according to an international report into profit-shuffling and tax avoidance. Oxfam, the Tax Justice Network, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and Public Services International have put their heads and wallets …

Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is to build a UK region, alongside existing regions in Dublin and Frankfurt. A region is a high-level concept which is formed from multiple "availability zones," requiring several physical data centers. This represents a substantial commitment from Amazon. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2015
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Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon's brains

Part I Huawei is China's Cisco or Sweden’s Ericsson without the storage hangups that affect the US networking giant. It's a $46.5bn colossus with 170,000 employees, privately-owned by its Chinese national employees, with no venture capital investment and three rotating CEOs. This is most assuredly not your average IT corporation. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2015

You're right to fear a second dot-com crash, says Intel VC boss

ICGS Fears of another technology startup bubble bursting are "legitimate," says the outgoing head of Intel's venture capital arm. As a result, the chip biz is playing it safe in "overheated sectors" of the market, and looking overseas for the next big thing. It's not widely known but Intel Capital is one of the largest venture …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2015
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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

ICGS The last few years haven't been good for the PC market as the old upgrade cycle died and buyers piled into tablets and smartphones. But Intel is convinced the PC will rise again, thanks to new hardware and form factors. "I honestly feel this is a once in a decade moment," enthused Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's client computing …
Iain Thomson, 03 Nov 2015
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Empires of the mind: Oracle digs deep on cloud

Larry Ellison laughed off the cloud seven years ago. If anything, cloud meant nothing more than taking out a new full-page ad on the back of The Economist. Nothing would change for Oracle, he laughed. Nothing. Well, it’s changing now, with Oracle’s people digging fast to extract their firm from the hole their captain's hubris …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2015

Opinion

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Chris Mellor

IDC stats reveal who's who in the backup appliance bearpit
Carry on Cleo

Gavin Clarke

Infamy, infamy, Amazon and Microsoft have all got it in for me!

Tim Anderson

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