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Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

BREXIT If there is one thing the IT industry despises it is uncertainty and there was lashing of the stuff poured across the UK following the Brexit vote. Most major vendors already came out in favour of the Remain camp - including Microsoft, IBM, HPE, SAP, EMC, Cisco and many others - the result was so unexpected for the community …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jun 2016
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Intrinsic: We have no CEO. Otherwise everything is tickety-boo

Cisco Gold partner Intrinsic Technology has confirmed it is CEO-less - which Reg readers already knew - but that all is OK, everything is working out as planned. Honestly. As revealed by us this week, the Merseyside-based reseller has burned through four leaders in five years with the latest departure – Mark Bates – having …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2016
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Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be 'cool' like, er, Facebook

OPNFV Summit Network operators have a jealous eye on the likes of Facebook and Google and want to ditch their clunky networks to compete for "cooler" consumer services, the head of the open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) project has said. Heather Kirksey is director of the collaborative Linux foundation's OPNFV project – the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2016
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Put storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster? You're CRAZY... Like a fox

Sysadmin blog Hyperconvergence, putting storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster, was supposed to save us from the cost and expense of centralized storage. Thus far, mainstream providers of hyperconvergence have largely failed to deliver on this promise. 2016 looks set to be the year this finally changes. Nutanix has been …
Trevor Pott, 23 Jun 2016
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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

Exclusive Microsoft invited a UK government cabinet minister from the Remain camp to give its troops the big sell on why Blighty should stay in the EU – but shelved the meeting following the murder of MP Jo Cox, the company confirmed. The senior politician was to debrief the Windows giant's Brit workforce on the benefits of staying …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2016
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Samsung to acquire Joyent

Container pioneer and Sun alumni lair Joyent has been bought by Samsung. Since the buyer is a world-spanning industrial powerhouse, the acquisition is too small for Samsung to have to talk about the price. Joyent's probably most famous as the first corporate steward of node.js and one of the language's largest users. It's …
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Cisco is to spend $10m on infosec scholarships to 'widen talent pool'

Cisco is setting up a $10m scholarship fund to train the next generation of IT security staff. The Global Cybersecurity Scholarship Program will run for two years and will pay for 10,000 applicants to be trained in the art of cyber security. It includes a mentoring program to provide specialist knowledge. The basic coursework …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Here's what six storage suppliers will be doing for the next year or two

Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, has had some fireside chats with senior execs from Brocade and QLogic, Pure and Nimble, Seagate and WDC at a Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco. The execs gave their thoughts on HDD demand, HAMR HDD tech, NVME over fabrics, Gen 6 Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016

Three Four top Cisco execs leave after being made 'advisors'

Updated Last week, a Cisco reorganisation switched three of its big names to advisory roles: this week, they've left the company. The individuals involved are Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani were referred to as “MPLS” within the company (Cisco was an early contributor to the protocol of the same acronym). …

SCC blows up tech sevices balloon, fiscal '16 profits swell

‘Thank god for our IT services biz’ might be the general sentiment expressed by top brass at SCC after another year when the shelf life for firms reselling hardware and software got a little shorter. Services might not be coming good for all IT vendors - for that see the gloom at some of the majors - but they accounted for the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2016
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Cisco drags down the Ethernet switch market, routers grow a little

The Ethernet market remains limp, with IDC's first-quarter data showing a mere 1.4 per cent increase compared with the first quarter of 2015. By contrast, the number-cruncher reckons the router market expanded by a still-disappointing 3.3 per cent. The only Ethernet geography to show double-digit growth was the Asia Pacific, …

Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

Exclusive Cisco will kill off its M-Series modular server line, citing lack of customer interest. In an internal company memo, seen by The Register, Cisco data center/virtualization VP Frank Palumbo said stalled demand for the modular line convinced Cisco to end sales for the compact servers less than two years after their introduction …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2016
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Cisco warns IPv6 ping-of-death vuln is everyone's problem

Cisco is warning network administrators about a flaw in the handling of IPv6 packets that it says extends beyond its own products. The networking behemoth has issued a security alert detailing a vulnerability in the processing of IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) packets that could allow a remote and unauthenticated miscreant to …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jun 2016
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Anaemic hyperscale orders hurt server makers in Q1

A pause in hyper-scale deployments has triggered the first year-on-year decline in seven quarters for global server shipments and revenues. Also a “clear end to the enterprise refresh cycle” contributed to the Q1, 2016 slow down, according to IDC, the tech market watcher. In essence, Q1 2015 revenues were flattered by a major …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016
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'Grey tech' broker DP Data Systems has gone titsup

DP Data Systems has given up the ghost just months after committing to quit the grey market in favour of “authorised” tech. The company’s website stated, “Sorry we have now ceased trading”. Suppliers and customers were then directed to email addresses of the firm's accounts and credit control departments respectively. Back in …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue. HPE has made lots of noise about turning around its services division, largely by aggressively reducing its headcount. In this move, HPE will be senior partner in the new entity by revenue and headcount but …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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Nutanix slims down code, chases after small business

Nutanix is having a crack at the medium-sized business market with a product called Xpress. The new product is a hyperconverged hardware and software bundle that Nutanix says starts at US$25,000 for an entry-level three-node cluster capable of running from 10 to 400 or 500 virtual machines. Nutanix says the secret sauce is …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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EMC, Cisco and pals nail colours to the EU Remain mast

American storage seller EMC is the latest tech tanker to tell the good burghers of Britain it wants the country to remain in the EU, and it even did so without mentioning Hitler or ISIS. Outgoing CEO Big Joe Tucci and execs at other big businesses including Cisco, Ford of Europe, Airbus, Mars, IBM UK and Microsoft UK signed a …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2016
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VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016. Nutanix is felt to be the revenue leader in the field, having …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016

Cisco retires Nexus 6000 switches

Cisco will retire its Nexus 6000 switches in mid-2017. The company recently popped out a end-of-life notice for the switches, which were launched in 2013 as part of a push to encourage adoption of 40G Ethernet. These days Cisco is keener on 100G Ethernet, promising to sell you faster kit for the same price as 40G kit. With …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016

When are flat revenues not so bad? When your name is Cisco

Cisco says that it is optimistic on its financial outlook despite a "challenging environment" that saw the networking giant's quarterly revenues drop slightly. "We delivered a strong Q3, executing well despite the challenging environment," said CEO Chuck Robbins. "I'm pleased with our performance today as well as the progress …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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Cisco should get serious about storage and Chuck some cash about

Comment Cisco should buy Nutanix, or Pure or both, and get itself a serious stake in storage for converged and hyper-convegred systems going forwards. What Cisco, with its UCS servers and converged/hyper-converged storage supplier partnerships is a raft of enterprise-class converged and hyper-converged system suppliers with more ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

There appears to be a broad consensus that a Brexit would be bad for Ireland: that Ireland’s economy would be seriously affected if the UK decides to leave the EU on June 23. A report by Irish business lobby group Ibec has warned of “the far-reaching impact on Ireland if our nearest neighbour, key trading partner and close …
Billy MacInnes, 06 May 2016

Dell CTO for Enterprise legs it to pastures new

Dell's CTO for Enterprise, Paul Perez, has left the company. Perez joined Dell from Cisco in March last year, and hasn't lasted long. With Dell buying EMC and the Dell EMC part of Dell Technologies handling the enterprise business, and having lots of its own EMC CTO firepower, perhaps there was an excess of CTOs and someone …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016
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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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