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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Analysis Deep Thought calculated the number 42 to be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Over at IBM it was the frequency the word "transform" was used to explain another dire quarter. The supercomputer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took 7.5 million years to determine the importance of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016
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Riverbed gears up for its second IPO

Exclusive Almost exactly a year since networking biz Riverbed exited from the stock market following pressure from activist investor Elliot, the company is once again gearing up for an IPO. The move to go private was prompted by Elliot, which had complained that the $1bn revenue company was not performing. Private equiteer Thoma Bravo …
Kat Hall, 26 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
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Swallow flies into Logicalis UK exec nest

Logicalis has sworn in acting UK boss Bob Swallow as the permanent MD, vowing to fill the other seats in the senior management team next month. Swallow moved to the Slough-based system integrator last summer, first as a contractor to restructure sales for the Cisco team and then as sales director from November. The man has …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2016

VMware says users run away screaming after trying OpenStack

VMware has reported a cracking first quarter for 2016, with year-on-year revenue growth of five per cent making for a US$1.59bn revenue haul for the three months to March 31st. Not everything is rosy down VMware way: compute virtualisation sales were off ten percent and revenue down one point, as expected. Licence sales ticked …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2016

Mitel nabs Polycom in $1.96bn deal

Elliott Management has struck again: Mitel has agreed to cough $1.96bn for bigger unified comms rival Polycom some months after the activist investor took a stake in both businesses and started the match-making. The $23bn hedge fund took a 6.6 per cent stake in Polycom and 9.6 per cent in Mitel in October and was calling for …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016

Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

Tech firms are the largest corporate tax dodgers in the US, according to a new report from Oxfam. The charity has published a special report on "how America's dysfunctional tax system costs billions in corporate tax dodging" called Broken at the Top [PDF], and at the top of the top are computer companies. Apple is the number …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2016

Confirmed: Cisco did invest in SpringPath

When Cisco entered the hyperconverged product area with its SpringPath software-powered HyperFlex system, it had already invested money in SpringPath and gained board-level representation. Cisco VP for world-wide Data Center and Virtualization, Frank Palumbo, revealed this at a Data Centre partner meeting in Rome. The amount …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Apr 2016

Server vendors? Pah, they're mere resellers

Comment A few days ago Dell announced that they are reselling hyper-convergence solutions bundling software coming from Nutanix and VMware – and possibly others, too. From my point of view this is not a good strategy. Yes, it will boost some sales in the short term, but what is your differentiator in the long term? What is your value …
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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 …

Dell/EMC will rule the cloud, for a while

Once Dell gobbles EMC for good, the combined company will rule the cloud. That's The Register's conclusion after grabbing analyst firm IDC's abacus and having somee fun with its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, the data it publishes after combining sales of servers, storage, and Ethernet switches by …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016

Rackspace invites itself into your data centre

Rackspace will bring its cloud to you: the company has revealed a new offering whereby it will pour OpenStack into a box and run it from its own data centres, a third party's bit barn or your own premises. On-premises clouds are all the rage at present: Microsoft's AzureStack is in preview and is winning support from the likes …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2016
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Shall we? Shan't we? Nutanix inches towards IPO

Background + Comment Nutanix has filed an updated pre-IPO document indicating it could IPO sooner rather than later this year. The hyper-converged systems market, in which single scale-out products combine server compute, storage, networking and hypervisor software in one orderable entity with virtual SAN capability, is hot. In recent weeks: …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2016
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Logicalis Euro honcho Spirlet quits for exec role at Cisco

Logicalis European head honcho Arnaud Spirlet is to exit the business before fully implementing the turnaround strategy he drafted. Spirlet, who was made head of Europe in October 2014 when he succeeded Ian Cook, is to take the keys to the top exec suite at Cisco’s Belgium and Luxembourg operation. Company insiders at Cisco …
Paul Kunert, 06 Apr 2016
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SimpliVity slips Hyper-V into its hyper-converged party

The “V” in SimpliVity now stands for Hyper-V as well as virtualisation, with the startup adding Microsoft hypervisor support to its existing vSphere and KVM use. Its OmniStack is a hyper-converged product, combining and integrating compute, network and storage with ASIC-accelerated X86 server base hardware, and, up to now, the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2016
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Hyper-converged prospects? Thanks to firm-gobbling habit and OEM deal, Dell has 3

EMC-Dell deal Dell has three horses in the hyper-converged system race: VMware’s VSAN colt, EMC’s ScaleIO mustang and OEM’d Nutanix’s filly. Come 2017, VMware and EMC should be inside Dell and eyes will look quizzically at the Dell Nutanix OEM deal. Specifically, Dell says it has the broadest hyper-converged stable offering available from …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2016
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EMC's virtue is its VCE, but Cisco and NetApp's Flexpods slightly floppy

IDC’s Converged Systems Tracker for 2015’s fourth quarter shows EMC’s VCE unit is doing very well, Flexpod reference architecture systems are limp, and hyper-converged system growth is properly perky. Over all the converged systems market grew revenue 8.5 per cent year over year to $3.1bn in 2015’s last quarter. Within this …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016
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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

The government's plans to make 10Mbps a 'legal right' by 2020 do not nearly go far enough, Bill Halbert, chief exec of telecoms sector firm Kcom has said. Achieving an ultrafast broadband infrastructure is "one of the most important things we can achieve as a country," Halbert told The Register. "The Universal Service …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2016
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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016
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Cisco dices engineering into four: Security, IoT, cloud and networking

Cisco boss Chuck Robbins has reshuffled his engineering operations as the IT giant continues to remake itself with a focus on software-defined networking and services. Robbins broke the news to employees with a memo on Monday. "Yesterday Cisco announced changes within Engineering designed to better reflect our strategic …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2016
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Get on the conveyor: Pure Storage wheels out smaller FlashArray//m

Not content with launching a FlashBlade scale-out filer/object all-flash system, Pure Storage has developed a smaller, entry-level FlashArray//m and a separate converged FlashStack Mini system with Cisco and VMware or Microsoft hypervisors based on it. The FlashArray//m20, m50 and m70 constitute Pure's line of three all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 14 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

WLAN sales closing in on wired Ethernet sales

The global Ethernet switch market has stirred and started tapping messages on the underside of its coffin-lid, according to prognosticator IDC, managing measurable growth in Q4 2015 rather than the of-late-usual shrinkage. At US$6.4 billion, Q4 2015 exhibited an almost-beating heart, with more than 3.2 per cent growth compared …
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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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Cisco plans routers that are servers, or vice-versa, with KVM aboard

Cisco will shortly announce enhancements to its integrated service routers that will make it hard to know if they're a networking appliance or a server. Or a hybrid of both. Cisco already offers the UCS E-series servers, small form factor machines that can plug into devices like the 4000-series integrated service routers. …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2016

Cisco borgs Synata, services shuttered

If you were a Synata user, you are no more: the company's been Borged by the Borg, and all accounts closed down. The company was set up to develop and commercialise its enterprise search technology, which it says offered a single search point across e-mail (Gmail and Exchange), cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive and Box), …
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HPE has released a Gen 2 hyperconverged... er, thingy. Here's the lowdown

HPE is nothing if not persistent. Having launched a hyperconverged appliance that was half the price of Nutanix last August it’s now going to launch a better one – one that’s 20 per cent lower than Nutanix's cost. Sounds odd, and that’s not the only odd aspect. The new HCIA was described in HPE’s Q1 fiscal year 2016 earnings …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2016
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Broker DP Data Systems calls time on selling grey imports

Manchester-based broker DP Data Systems will no longer trade in “grey” market tech, according to its boss. Of course, this will only be the case once a new home is found for existing inventory already in the warehouse. The company told us it has just “ceased” buying grey market kit, which IT vendors term as any product …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2016
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HPE targets Nutanix, squeezes into hyperconvergence suit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month. HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix. HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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LCD price fixing settlement helps sweeten Tech Data's bottom line

A $35m settlement from LCD vendors over price fixing coupled with some general belt tightening on operating costs helped Tech Data bank a double digit profit bounce in Q4 of fiscal ’16. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported sales of $7.48bn for the three months ended 31 January, up two per cent year-on-year. In …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2016
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016

Cisco CTO: Containers will ride to private cloud's rescue. Oh yes!

Cisco Partner Summit The emergence of containers will spark a renaissance for on-premises data centers, thus luring many businesses away from public cloud services, Cisco CTO Zorawar Biri Singh reckons. Speaking at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Diego, Singh said he believes as much as 30 per cent of public cloud workloads will be going offline …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Mar 2016

Cisco to partners: We're all doing services now – resistance is futile

Cisco Partner Summit This week, Cisco gathered its partners in San Diego to make one thing abundantly clear: it's not just about network boxes any more. The company that made its name helping everyone move data from point A to point B has laid out a new vision for itself and its vendors, which will see Cisco put itself everywhere from security to …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2016

Cisco's gone soft: Networking giant tries to wean IT bods off boxes

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco is continuing in its efforts to escape the world of the network appliance with a trio of tools aimed at managing virtualized systems and cloud services. The networking giant said that it would be bolstering its application policy infrastructure controller (APIC) platform with a new set of automation tools dubbed APIC-EM …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2016
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Tech Data signs data centre kit slinger Quanta in big local sales deal

Mega hardware vendors beware: the big gun Taiwanese contract manufacturers are stepping from out of the shadows to build local sales channels for their own branded hyper-scale bit barn gear. Tech Data, the world’s second largest IT distie, has inked a deal with Quanta Cloud Technology to sell servers, storage, network switches …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2016
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HyperFlex hyper boxes – the channel speaks

Cisco Partner Summit Talking to channel sources about Cisco's HyperFlex HCIA, we understand that the four and eight‑node HyperFlex rigs are based on Cisco's UCS C220/C240 chassis, with fabric interconnects included. Apparently, HyperFlex has been scaled out to 64 nodes in testing. Cisco will be leisurely in releasing HyperFlex with node counts …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Cisco flexes its HyperFlex hyper-converged muscles

Cisco Partner Summit Let battle be joined; Cisco has re-entered the storage market via the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance door, with its HyperFlex* system able to separately scale performance and capacity. It uses Springpath HALO software, as many thought it would, and places Cisco in direct competition with other HCIA vendors, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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SimpliVity is Vimply Vedding no Valty tears over Visco's HyperFlex

Cisco Partner Summit Has the Cisco HyperFlex announcement delivered a hammer blow to SimpliVity and its UCS server-based partnership? We talked to a person familiar with SimpliVity and its channel to get their sense of how SimpliVity's hyper-converged product offering compares to Cisco's HyperFlex product with its OEM'd SpringPath software. This …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Huawei, DataCore fire torpedoes into SPC-1 storage box benchmarks

Huawei has broken the 3 million IOPS barrier in the SPC-1 storage performance benchmark. Meanwhile, DataCore has shot past 1.5 million IOPS with staggeringly low latency and $/IOPS numbers. These two suppliers are virtually rewriting the future of SPC-1 performance. The Storage Performance Council's SPC-1 benchmark measures, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2016
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Cisco’s feeling hyper: UCS servers, Springpath ... are you thinking what we're thinking?

Comment Cisco’s storage array game has been broken since the Invicta all-flash arrays were canned last year, but the growing tide of hyper-converged systems, featuring server-centric, virtual SAN-based storage, presents it with a big opportunity. Albeit, one with a dash of VCE partner EMC competition but, hey, what’s new? Cisco is, …
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Cisco to call 'last orders' on NetScaler 1000V

It looks like Cisco and Citrix are sorting through their respective record collections, with The Borg putting the Citrix-derived NetScaler 1000V products on its end-of-life list. Even in the high-turnover world of Cisco stock-keeping units (SKUs), the Citrix NetScaler 1000V has had a brief life. The two companies first …

Arista cats hiss at Cisco, crack open the cream after bumper sales

Arista Networks has topped analyst expectations by posting a 40 per cent revenue jump in its latest quarterly returns. The networking company said the fourth quarter results put the cap on a "spectacular" 2015 that saw revenues spike even in the midst of an ongoing legal struggle against Cisco. "I have been pleased with the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016
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Cisco licks lips, eyes UK's cyber, analytics and fin-tech startups

Acquisition-hungry network giant Cisco is looking to gobble a string of UK businesses this year – specifically in cyber, "fin-tech" and analytics, Tom Kneen, head of business development at Cisco UK has said. Speaking to The Register at Cisco Live in Berlin, Kneen said he "doesn't see acquisitions stopping" at the pace the …
Kat Hall, 18 Feb 2016

Cisco wants net admins to become programmers so they'll buy its SDN kit

Cisco Live For a company specializing in making 80 per cent of the world’s networking kit, Cisco ought to be good at transmitting its corporate plans – but that's not the case when it comes to Cisco's software-defined networking (SDN) ambitions. Over the past few years, observers have commented that SDN poses an existential threat to the …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016

Cybersecurity is slowing down my business, say majority of chief execs

Cisco Live Chief execs polled in a major survey have little time for their cybersecurity folk and believe complying with security regulations hampers business. Some 71 per cent of 1,000 top bosses surveyed by Cisco feel that efforts to shore up IT defences slows the pace of commerce. The study is due to be published next month. Big …
Kat Hall, 17 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 …
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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

Sysadmin Blog Are enterprises really starting to act like service providers? If you ask vendors, social media and "thought influencers" hired to speak at conferences, the answer is yes. I'm not so sure. On the one hand, we're asked to believe that enterprises are almost universally adopting private and hybrid cloud solutions in order to …
Trevor Pott, 09 Feb 2016

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

Also signals stronger cross-platform tools, access to new markets

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