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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe. The low-cost WwB portables reached distributors by summer '14, designed to counter what was seen as a growing threat to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016
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Hortonworks CEO tells El Reg: 'Clearly there's a lot of work to do'

Interview Hortonworks CEO, Rob Bearden, told The Register that “clearly there's a lot of work to do” as the business attempts to stop burning cash by the end of 2016. In an interview in The Marker hotel in Dublin, just across the River Liffey from where Hortonworks was hosting its EMEA Hadoop Summit, Bearden reaffirmed that the Santa …
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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

Intel will axe 12,000 employees globally – more than one in ten of its workforce – as it moves further away from being a PC chip company. The layoffs are among the biggest into the company's history, and come as PC industry continues to tank harder than Intel expected. The Santa Clara-based biz sees a lot of growth in the …
Chris Williams, 19 Apr 2016
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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

3D printing is still perched on the edge of greatness, industry types insist, but sales are not yet matching the marketing bluster. The latest stats in the shipment stakes arrived on our desks today from the number-crunchers at Context - units sales went up 19 per cent year-on-year in Q4 to 73,012 machines. Some 96 per cent …
Paul Kunert, 05 Apr 2016
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HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

Interview HP Inc is threatening to bring an era of open platforms to 3D printing, one it claims will turn the well used – and much criticised – ink toner supplies biz model on its head. So how exactly does HP expect to print money when it is actually using thermo-plastics? There's one buzz word on the tip of the CTO's tongue – …
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2016
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Symantec warns of serious security holes – in Symantec security kit

Symantec is advising users of its Endpoint Protection (SEP) software to update their systems, after three vulnerabilities were reported in the computer defense tools. Two of the bugs – a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw, and a SQL injection vulnerability – are in the SEP Management Console, a web-based portal you can log into …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2016

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Review I've always wondered what people who pay more than £2,000 for a Windows laptop are thinking when they boot the machine. It's a bit like paying a fortune to gain admission to a secret and exclusive members club, only to discover once you're in, that it's run by the bloke who does the pub quiz on a Tuesday night at your local …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016

Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)

One of the things about being the world's richest man and also one of the most famous is that people tend to be interested in the minutiae of your life and in just about every thought you express. And so it is, with him recently hitting his 60th birthday, we are forced to ask: is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? On …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Mar 2016
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Pretty, Nimble, but these financials just aren't nimble enough

Nimble Storage’s revenues rose to $90.1m in its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter but its losses deepened, to $32.4m, counter-balancing that good news. Overall revenues didn’t rise enough to assuage investors' concerns about future profitability. The company has fixed the big hole in its product line with the release of an all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2016
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Lenovo set to hire fresh top bod to run UK biz

Lenovo is tipped to make John Harber its next UK managing director, according to well placed industry sources. Harber is presently veep of global sales at wearables and peripherals vendor Jawbone but has agreed to join the Chinese biz and is understood to be working out his notice at his current employer. A change at the top …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2016
Toshiba SG5 M2

Toshiba rolls out PC-busting monster: 1 terabyte TLC flash SSD

It’s a PC disk drive killer: a 1TB SSD built by Toshiba, using TLC flash, and built with 15nm cell lithography. The SG5 series comes in both M2 and 2.5-inch SSD format and signals a wave of product refreshes as Toshiba's existing 19nm SSD products are changed over to use denser 15nm NAND during the next six to 12 months. With …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2016

Barracuda kills CudaDrive and Copy cloud storage services

Barracuda Networks' financial woes look to be biting, as the company has announced it is killing its cloud storage services, CudaDrive and Copy.com, and focussing resources on stuff that really matters. The company has blogged the news, with Rod Mathews - veep and general manager of the company's storage business – saying …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2016
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Safe Harbor ripped and replaced with Privacy Shield in last-minute US-Europe deal

European and US legislators have hammered out a last-minute deal to allow data flows across the Atlantic to continue without breaking the law. "For the first time ever, the United States has given the EU binding assurances that the access of public authorities for national security purposes will be subject to clear limitations …
Iain Thomson, 02 Feb 2016

This EMC is bereft of expansion, it is formerly increasing ... it is ex-growth

Analysis EMC is now an ex-growth stock. It pulled out its traditional hard-selling fourth quarter, but it achieved 0.7 per cent less than the year-ago quarter. Full-year results, published on Wednesday, were ahead in the annual compare by just 1 per cent. It's been a hard year for the world's number one storage supplier. Fourth …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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Stop everything! PC sales did increase in the UK over Christmas

Finally some PC shipments have arrived on our desk that reveal the products customers are actually buying – and the real picture is far less negative than most other analysts’ stats state. Both IDC and Gartner track shipments into distributors and retailers, not actual sales to punters, and after a sustained period of channel …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2016
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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

United States and European Commission officials have promised they are doing everything possible to reach agreement over transatlantic data-sharing before a critical deadline at the end of this week. After the Safe Harbor agreement – put in place in 2000 – was struck down by Europe's highest court back in October due to NSA …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jan 2016
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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

Google is to pay £130m to settle a tax dispute with the British Government over how it account for revenues booked in the UK. More importantly for Treasury coffers Google will now "pay tax based on revenue from UK-based advertisers, which reflects the size and scope of our U.K. business,” a Google spokesman wrote in an email …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jan 2016
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HPE finds new Azure czar lurking in channel biz

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rejigging the management team to power up Microsoft Azure sales after shuttering its own public cloud service at the start of this month, El Chan can reveal. The firm has cuddled up to Microsoft and its cloudy service, rather than competing with public cloud players on price, as seems to be the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016
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Intel aims for PC-style position in drones, robots and wearables

CES 2016 The need to control not just the processor itself, but the whole surrounding software and connectivity platform, was very clear in Intel’s launches and keynotes a last week's Consumer Electronics Show. While the PC and smartphone processors or SoCs have been premium products, in semiconductor terms, in the IoT the hardware …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jan 2016
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Fujitsu ushers another ex-HPer into channel ranks

A enclave of former HP execs is amassing at Fujitsu with Paul McLean the latest to turn up at the company as enterprise boss for indirect sales in the UK and Ireland. This is the first appointment that Fujitsu’s channel overlord Kevin Matthews - who once ran HP’s British partner business for some years - has made since rocking …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jan 2016
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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Windows 10 is not proving as popular as Microsoft’s earlier clients – even the hated ones – among the channel. The number of PCs pre-installed with Windows 10 moving through western Europe’s distribution channel in the four months since launch is lower than for Windows 7, and the hated Windows Vista and Windows 8 over the same …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2015
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Fujitsu channel man prepares for war on enterprise rivals

Fujitsu UK’s latest channel czar, Kevin Matthews, has promised tighter account management as he struggles to force his way into corporate clients dominated by enterprise rivals. The former HP enterprise man was last month given control of both the channel and the internal direct sales force, following a year of declining sales …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015
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Intel sprinkles Saffron on its chips, to satisfy its Big Data appetite

Intel's slung some spare silver at Saffron, a cognitive computing business with customers in aerospace, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing. It's yet another Big Data play, with Intel new technology senior veep Josh Walden blogging that the company offers a “fresh look” at big data anlytics. It's almost a copy of today's …
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Fujitsu channel boss Simon Worsfold steps down

Simon Worsfold, channel and enterprise director at Fujitsu, has left his role after half a decade at the Japanese enterprise biz. The company confirmed Worsfold has "stepped down" but refused to reveal who will be filling in until a permanent successor is found. A spokeswoman said it will make public Worsfold's replacement in …
Kat Hall, 23 Oct 2015
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About that IBM hardware revenues dive: Blame storage, says CFO

IBM's storage hardware revenues declined by 19 per cent year-on-year in its third 2015 quarter, continuing a four-and-a-half year fall. IBM_Storage_HW_revs_to_Q3fy2015 IBM Storage hardware revenues to Q3 2015. IBM CFO Martin Schroeter put IBM's revenue declines in the context of IBM switching from declining businesses to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

At last, UK customers are buying PCs again

The Brit PC market showed signs of life in Q3, according to official stats from distributors – but the same could not be said for much of the rest of Western Europe. Sales-out data tracked by Context showed a little over one million (1.056m) notebooks, desktops and workstations found their way into the loving arms of a …
Paul Kunert, 20 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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'Traditional' forms of thuggery decline in UK, cybercrime on the rise

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released information suggesting cybercrime incidents are growing more prevalent in British society than traditional criminal incidents, and has noted that this may be due to more criminal enterprises transitioning to the digital world. Included for the first time among the ONS's …

Oracle slices $50m off Rimini in bloody battle over cut-price support

Rimini Street, which touts bargain-basement software support for apps from Oracle and others, must pay US$50m to the database giant after losing a five-year legal fight. Nevada-based Rimini offers support for Oracle's enterprise products at rates as much as 50 per cent lower than Oracle's own, including support for JD Edwards …
Chris Williams, 14 Oct 2015
AWS Senor VP Andy Jassy shows off web services growth

AWS jabs at rivals, proclaims cloud the 'new normal'

AWS Reinvent "This is not intended to be a sales and marketing conference, it’s really intended to be an education and training conference," said Amazon Web Services (AWS) Senior VP Andy Jassy at the keynote for Reinvent under way in Las Vegas. Yet marketing dominated his keynote as he jabbed at competitors. The truth is, AWS does have an …
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2015
Windows 10

'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

Microsoft is announcing new Windows 10 devices at an event in New York today. This is crunch time for the “One Windows” strategy, the idea that presenting developers with something like a single platform across many device types will stimulate a strong ecosystem of applications. The company is expected to announce a range of …
Tim Anderson, 06 Oct 2015
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Capita and private equity biz circling, sniffing around Xchanging

What a place employees at troubled Xchanging find themselves this morning: both Capita and private equity firm Apollo Global are bidding to buy the LSE-listed tech biz. The insurance market BPO specialist and software provider confirmed to the City this morning it has permitted both businesses to look under the hood. …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2015
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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

First Look Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Windows, over two and half years after the launch of Office 2013 in January of that year. The Office team has been busy in the intervening period – and not just with Office 2016. March 2014 saw the release of Office for iPad, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in touch- …
Tim Anderson, 22 Sep 2015
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Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

Apple’s Maxi Pad is no laptop or Surface Pro killer – even though it holds up comparatively well for general workforce usage. This is the prognosis from some in the analyst community and those who will compete against it. The view from the Mac channel understandably differs somewhat. A relatively late market entrant - not …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015
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Nimble flashes the all-flash array as ‘intense’ consolidation period approaches

Comment Hybrid array supplier Nimble is going to introduce an all-flash array, joining other hybrid vendors in riding two horses at once, against a background of coming intense supplier consolidation in the storage industry. Nimble, Tegile and Tintri are the three main new-style hybrid disk/flash array vendors taking business away …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2015
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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

Texan Mick, founder and CEO at Dell – the PC company which took his surname – reckons in five to seven years it will be game over for most of the stragglers currently selling computers. The three biggest shifters of such tin – Lenovo, HP and Dell – already account for more than 50 per cent of shipments globally, but that will …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015

Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

Late in 2014, VMware's network virtualisation guru Martin Casado suggested that his next move after getting network virtualisation up and running as a business might be to try a new approach to enterprise security. Casado, who is credited with inventing OpenFlow and led Nicira, the company that morphed into VMware's NSX …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2015

Win10 PCs still stuck on slow boat from China, warehouses empty

Windows 10 consumer PCs will not show up in big numbers at Brit retailers’ stores until the middle of next month, multiple sources have told us. The reason for the scarcity is that Microsoft didn’t allow the OS to be pre-loaded on to PCs until launch day on 27 July, and lead times including sea shipment were eight weeks from …
Paul Kunert, 27 Aug 2015

Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

HP has criticised the way Microsoft rolled out the latest OS, claiming it was the root cause of an inventory pile-up of Windows 8 consumer PCs across the industry that will take time to “flush” through. Channel analyst Context recently revealed that no computers pre-installed with Windows 10 were sat with European distributors …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2015
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HP storage results borked by bleeding currency rates

With its latest results, HP's third-quarter storage revenues went down 2 per cent on the annual compare, not being pulled up by industry standard servers' revenue which rose 8 per cent. But at constant currency – ignoring foreign exchange rate changes over the year – they rose 7 per cent. The Enterprise Group's revenues were $ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

No PCs pre-loaded with Windows 10 made their way into distributors’ warehouses in the week before launch of the OS – but by golly, they did in seven days after the 'big event'. Venerable number cruncher Context reckons a whopping 150 machines were in distribution a week after launch. The firm gets its data direct from European …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
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Gartner square-slicers name Cisco and Nutanix integrated boxen bosses

Gartner this week popped out its new Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems and the news is good for Nutanix, Cisco and HP. Gartner's square-slicers now consider three classes of integrated rigs, namely: Integrated stack system (ISS) — Server, storage and network hardware integrated with application software to provide …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2015

CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

Analysis Lenovo has sold laptops bundled with unremovable software that features a bonus exploitable security vulnerability. If the crapware is deleted, or the hard drive wiped and Windows reinstalled from scratch, the laptop's firmware will quietly and automatically reinstall Lenovo's software on the next boot-up. Built into the …
Chris Williams, 12 Aug 2015
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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

In what could be seen by some as a slightly hollow victory, Lenovo knocked Apple off the top spot in the global PC race by declining more slowly than its rival. Canalys stats show the total market dropped 11.8 per cent year-on-year in Q2 to a little over 109m desktops, notebooks and tabs. For the record, this equates to 1.46m …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015
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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

In the week leading up to the launch of Windows 10 there were zero PCs pre-installed with the new operating system sat in a warehouse awaiting a new home. Not one. For past releases of Microsoft OSs at least 20 per cent of computers at wholesalers came loaded with the software, but times have changed. Context Research – which …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015
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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

HMRC is to follow the lead set by the Met Police by setting up a private company to run elements of the tech estate that currently fall under the scope of the failing multi-billion pound Aspire contract. This is the first step HMRC is taking to replace Aspire – the largest single tech contract in UK public sector, which it is …
Paul Kunert, 05 Aug 2015
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Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results. Revenues for its fourth fiscal 2015 quarter were 14 per cent down from a year …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015
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Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

Box-counter IDC's latest Quarterly tablet tracker has more bad news for fondleslab fans: sales are down and the market is fragmenting. The firm's preliminary data for 2015's second quarter finds 44.7 million fondleslabs and typoslabs shipped, down seven per cent on 2014's shipments. Q2's never a cracker – it contains no major …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2015
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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe. Sales in the UK nosedived by 31 per cent to 410,100 units, according to the quarterly research on distribution sales compiled by analyst …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 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

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

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