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Ark scoops £700m to host ALL UK.gov's data centre needs

Exclusive Small data centre biz Ark has won a £700m four-year outsourcing megadeal with the Cabinet Office to supply the government's entire data centre estate via its Crown Hosting contract, multiple sources have told The Register. El Reg understands that the estate will initially be run via the company's two data centres in Farnborough …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2015

Data centre hunger gives Ethernet switch market a boost

Market research outfit Infonetics reckons the data centre Ethernet market is set for a shake-up as 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps drive the migration from 10 Gbps products. Reporting on third quarter sales from 2014, the company's Data Center Network Equipment report says with Broadcom set to ship its 25G and 50G silicon, it's vendors are …
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The data centre is becoming the cloud file doorway centre ...

Interview On-premises flash storage for blocks with files migrating to the cloud; that's cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni's view of the world. We thought this was a tad self-serving, but then again it could be true. So we asked Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez some questions to find out more: El Reg: Do you think on-premises computing is …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2015
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Computacenter UK giggles as cash rains on revived data centre ops

Computacenter’s UK sales team must be in self-licking mode after a barnstorming start to calendar ’15 – but revenue zapping currency conversions and an unsettled French operation hit the group’s top line. In a trading update, the London-listed services-based reseller said Q1 revenues reduced by two per cent as reported to £715. …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2015
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Oracle data centre offers its back end to banking upstart

Oracle is becoming a British banking back end, with its data centres about to start holding the money and details of some of the UK’s wealthiest citizens. Hampden & Co, due to launch in the first quarter of 2015, has picked Oracle’s Flexcube as its core banking platform, the database giant said Tuesday. Unlike other Flexcube …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2015
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Telecity boss directed to the exit after a decade at helm of data centre biz

Telecity Group boss Michael Tobin has been hastily unseated from the CEO job he had held at the top UK data centre firm for more than a decade. He agreed to resign after being pushed out of the company following discussions with the Telecity board. Tobin said in a face-saving statement to the City that "the board and I agree …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2014

Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Security bod Stefan Viehböck has detailed holes in Symantec's data centre security platforms that the company plugged this week because they allowed hackers to gain privilege access to management servers. The patches fix holes in the management server for Symantec Critical System Protection (SCSP) 5.2.9 and its predecessor Data …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jan 2015

Brit data centre biz Pulsant sold to private equity house

The ownership of mid-market co-lo player Pulsant has changed hands, with private equity house BDC Capital selling up to Oak Hill Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. As revealed last month, BDC enlisted investment bank Jeffries to advise on a sale and seek interested buyers, more than three-and-a-half years after it snapped …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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White box switches out-sell Brocade, Arista in the data centre

Analyst outfit Gartner has noticed something interesting: white box switches destined for the data centre outsold both Brocade and Arista in 2013. Gartner's data covers 1G/10G/40G/100G port shipments and revenue. Counting sales of those sorts found market share for the blank boxen was 3.8 per cent, on sales of 1.8 million ports …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2014
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Six Degrees love triangle: Final bids for data outfit due tomorrow

Two suitors vying to acquire Brit managed services and data centre provider Six Degrees have until tomorrow to lodge a winning bid. The Penta Capital-owned business was put on the market by corporate financier DC Advisory in February, as El Chan exclusively revealed. The private equity backer is looking to at least treble the £ …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jun 2015

Life is good in the data centre – UKFast boss reports from hot tub

If life is hard in the data centre space, then someone forget to tell the boss of UKFast, who may just be toasting a bumper 2013 from the confines of his corporate hot tub. The Manchester-based hosting biz, which plies its trade from three fully owned bit barns in Trafford Park, posted results for last calendar year and they …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2014
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China, clouds, to kill data centre tech market growth

China's data centre kit-providers will take two per cent of the global market from current suppliers, according to newly-released Gartner research titled “Four Highly Disruptive Factors Will Challenge the Survival of Incumbent Data Center Market Vendors.” Gartner says China will advance because it is “buoyed by deep resources” …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2014
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Outsourcer Atos outsources hardware, data centre refresh

Outsourcing monster Atos has thrown out the overhaul of its own tech infrastructure to Kelway in a five-year deal valued at £150m in total. The London-based reseller giant will refresh the desktop and data centre hardware estates at Atos' managed services biz in the UK and Ireland, and provide associated services. The contract …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
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Tech Data leaps into professional services pool

Distie Tech Data has crossed the Rubicon into end-user land – ruffling a few feathers in the process – by acquiring North American data centre and professional services outfit Signature Technology Group (STG). The deal was made public last night and reseller customers are digesting the implications, which range from potential …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2015
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Summer of data centre acquisitions on the cards in the UK

The business climate for acquisitions is mirroring the hotter weather outside, with a sales process for data centre providers Pulsant and VTesse Networks taking shape, multiple sources are telling us. Investment bank Jeffries has distributed an Information Memorandum for co-location player Pulsant, with private equity owner …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

Analysis Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center. That was an odd omission considering that System Center is meant to be the …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Apple is spending $1.9bn (£1.24bn) on a pair of big, green, environmentally friendly data centres in Ireland and Denmark. The fruity firm is splashing the cash (equivalent to €1.7bn) on two 160,000m2 facilities in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Jutland. The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2015
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EU steps (marginally, tentatively) towards new data protection law

European ministers are expected to reach some sort of agreement on new data protection laws later today, according to reports and sources, although discussions before a final decision are set to continue for months yet. Justice and Home Affairs ministers from across the EU are meeting Monday in Luxembourg and the main item on …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015

Hungry Six Degrees swallows data centre biz BIS

Hungry mid-market managed voice and data hosting specialist Six Degrees has swallowed London-based colo data centre operator BIS. This is the thirteenth buy racked up by the management team led by CEO Alastair Mills since it launched in the summer of 2011, with £50m backing from private equity house Penta Capital. Previously …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2013

2e2 rescue deal: Daisy swoops in, grabs data centre ops

Acquisitive telco player Daisy Group is taking control of defunct 2e2's data centre operations. Under the terms of the deal, Peter Dubens, owner of Oakley Capital and chairman at Daisy Group has created a special purpose vehicle Daisy Data Centre Solutions to buy the business and assets which include server farms in Gateshead …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013
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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

Doing business in the cloud is more secure than owning your own data centre, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has claimed. Speaking at the Cyber Security Summit 2014 in London, he said: “Doing things in the cloud is more secure than doing [it] ourselves. It is comforting to know where your data centres are - although in …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014

No tiles, no NAP – next Windows for data centre looks promising

All eyes are on Windows 10, but Microsoft has also slipped out a technical preview for the parallel, but as yet unnamed, Windows Server. Whereas Windows 8 has been mired in controversy from the outset, the parallel Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 releases (based on the same core code) have been well received. At first glance, …
Tim Anderson, 08 Oct 2014

IBM pumps $1.2bn into 15 new data centres

IBM plans to grow its data centre estate to 40 sites throughout the world, after it confirmed today that it was investing $1.5bn in the strategy. It means Big Blue will soon have 15 new data centres churning out SoftLayer cloud services, including its web hosting tech, across the globe. China, India and Japan are among the …
Team Register, 17 Jan 2014
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Arrow Electronics engulfs hefty data centre player in €230m gobble

Serial swallower Arrow Electronics has wolfed down security and network distie Computerlinks (C'links) in a deal valued at €230m (£198m). Word on the street was that US-based giant Arrow had been locked in buyout talks with the privately-owned, Germany-based player earlier in the summer, but the deal was only confirmed late last …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013
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Dell pulls Magirus out of the trenches for data centre assault

Magirus has finally penned a distie deal with Dell in the UK more than a year after landing a similar contract on the continent. The agreement, which kicks off in April, covers Dell's data centre kit including enterprise servers, storage and connectivity gear. "Dell's portfolio helps companies cut operational expenditure," …
Paul Kunert, 28 Mar 2012
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Convenience trumps 'open' in clouds and data centers

Comment Call it OpenStack. Call it Open Compute. Call it OpenAnything-you-want, but the reality is that the dominant cloud today is Amazon Web Services, with Microsoft Azure an increasingly potent runner-up. Both decidedly closed. Not that cloud-hungry companies care. While OpenStack parades a banner of “no lock in!” and Open Compute …
Matt Asay, 17 Mar 2015

Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

Big data projects – seen by some as the tech industry’s latest snake oil and others as a potentially valuable tool to dig up fresh information – is being held back by the lack of data scientists for hire. This is according to Ron Raffensperger, Huawei’s chief techie for the IT product line that sits within its Data Centre …
Paul Kunert, 17 Sep 2014
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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

Apple, Cisco, Verizon and AT&T are considering joining Microsoft’s battle against the US government to safeguard customers' privacy – but European corps should also take note. Microsoft is embroiled in a legal case to resist US authorities’ efforts to seize emails stored on servers in Ireland. The warrant was issued in December …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Oct 2014

Forget the accountancy scandal, our biz is back: Tech Data

If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported a 6.1 per cent hike in sales to $6.76bn, largely aided by …
Paul Kunert, 27 Nov 2014
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Reseller SCC buys a slice of Fluidata

IT re-seller SCC has taken an undisclosed stake in London-based data connectivity outfit Fluidata, so as to further muscle into the infrastructure space. James Rigby, chief executive of SCC, said the investment will give the company access to the data telecoms market. "Fluidata positions SCC at the forefront of data centre …
Kat Hall, 23 Mar 2015

Europe targeted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

Expansion-hungry Alibaba is set to increase the global reach of its cloudy biz Aliyun by opening a data centre in Europe, a senior hand has told El Reg. Derek Wang, chief architect of Aliyun's international cloud business, said the company intends to announce expansion plans into both the European and South-east Asian markets …
Kat Hall, 18 May 2015

Arista revenue rises to US$179 million in March quarter

Arista Networks has reported continuing growth, taking its revenue to US$179 million, but at the cost of a slimming of its margins to 65.8 per cent (down from 69.4 per cent a year ago). The revenue growth was strong at nearly 53 per cent higher than a year ago, but it slowed at the end of the period and was only 3.2 per cent up …
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Japanese giant NTT gobbles London data centre biz Gyron

NTT Communications has coughed an undisclosed financial fur ball to take a majority stake in data centre services provider Gyron. The Hemel Hempstead-based Gyron sells colocation and connectivity services to large enterprises including Adobe, Symantec and music streaming outfit Spotify via a 3 MW server farm on the outskirts of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2012

Stricken 2e2 sacks 627, winds down, retains a few data centre caretakers

Stricken UK integrator 2e2 - in administration and unable to find a buyer - effectively started to wind down operations today by confirming 627 people were being let go with just a small group of data centre staffers left to keep things "ticking over". Employees were told at 8.30am to get onto a conference call at scheduled for …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2013
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SCC: the hosted voice market? Yep, we've got plans for that

Building more bit barn capacity, and beefing up security and hosted voice services - potentially via acquisition - are the next moves that SCC CEO James Rigby is plotting from his Birmingham-based war room. The Midlands tech dynasty this week bought a “significant minority stake” in connectivity firm Fluidata to act as the “glue …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2015
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Solar-powered data centre won't get IBM very far...

IBM is rolling out a solar-powered data centre in India that will, it says, be one of the first data centres that don't need the electricity grid – but 80 per cent of the time the sun isn't shining brightly enough. Rod Adkins, a senior vice president in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, said: "The technology behind solar power …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2011
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Data centre season down under

As Asia Pacific data centres hit 90 per cent capacity, a new crop of data hubs is blooming across Australia. This week HP unveiled its ‘Next Generation Data Centre’ in western Sydney suburb Eastern Creek, better known as a motor racing hub. The Sydney data centre investment is part of HP’s US$1 billion “transformation” to …
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Equinix moves into Europe by slurping up Telecity

Data centre outfit Equinix is enlarging its presence in Europe by gobbling up UK-based Telecity for £2.3bn, with the deal adding a further 39 European data centres to the US-based company's existing empire of 100. Equinix chief executive Stephen Smith said the announcement was an "exciting day for the stakeholders of both …
Kat Hall, 29 May 2015

Juniper, VMWare see silver OpenDaylight through the cloud

Updated A couple of OpenDaylight's platinum members, VMWare and Juniper Networks, are scaling down their involvement with the Linux Foundation's SDN controller project. However, it doesn't look as if the project is going away any time soon, since there are still more supporters now than there were in December 2014, and since its initial …
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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

Disk drive shipments have a negative CAGR, and will fall by 3.7 per cent between 2013 and 2020, said spindle motor maker Nidec. Within that, traditional enterprise drive shipments will decrease by 17.6 per cent, PC drives will drop 8.1 per cent, consumer electronics drives by 6.9 per cent and external drives by 0.4 per cent, but …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2015

Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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Vows exchanged as Telecity and Interxion prepare to wed

A merger between Telecity and Interxion made public on Wednesday will create a £600m-plus sales heavyweight in the European carrier-neutral data centre space, if it's agreed by shareholders that is. The duo confirmed a non-binding $2.2bn all-share pact: the proposed transaction is to be structured as an offer by London-listed …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015
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Amazon buys bloody big shed for Dublin data centre

Amazon has bought a 240,000 sq ft warehouse in Dublin and will build a data centre there. According to trade reports, Amazon will use the site to house the European leg of its EC2 cloud computing services. Amazon likes Ireland and Ireland must love Amazon: the company's cloud hosting business now accounts for more than a third …
Team Register, 10 Feb 2011

Ark of the Government deal confirmed, joint venture established

In a massive departure from the usual big supplier merry-go-round of government IT contracts, the Cabinet Office has confirmed a £700m legacy "Crown Hosting" deal with small data centre biz Ark, as revealed by El Reg last week. In a statement, the department claimed the joint venture company, in which Ark will own a 75 per cent …
Kat Hall, 20 Mar 2015

Brocade's IP strategy stutters in flat first quarter

A recovery in storage area networking product revenues has offset sliding IP networking sales to give Brocade a first quarter 2015 revenue result of US$576m, up two per cent quarter-on-quarter and the same amount year-on-year. Although flat year-on-year at at US$353m, the SAN segment swelled nine per cent in Q1 2015, reversing a …

Cisco buys back alumni: wants to acquire Embrane

The Borg has followed up on its 2014 $US14 million investment in virtualisation business Embrane by announcing it intends to buy the business. In an announcement that partner-competitors like Citrix and VMWare will probably wish was an April Fool's release, Cisco said the acquisition will give it a team that lets it “move more …
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Microsoft data centre guru skips over to cloud-flirty Apple

Apple has poached Microsoft's data centre general manager Kevin Timmons, as Jobs' outfit gets serious about clouds. He is still listed as working at Microsoft as the company's data centre services boss on his LinkedIn account. Timmons only joined the software vendor in June 2009, so his departure - first reported by the Green …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2011
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So, does anyone in UK.gov actually know what G-Cloud is for? Apparently not

Updated Data centre supplier Ark has backtracked over the length of a G-Cloud deal with the Ministry of Defence - insisting the contract is actually for two years not ten, as it had originally indicated. Ark initially told us the deal is a "major consolidation and centralisation project" which will "generate significant savings to the …
Kat Hall, 11 Dec 2014
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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

The icy location is a big advantage for the new data centre that Facebook is planning in the northern Swedish town of Lulea. But while the frigid Arctic winds will fan the servers, it's the legal climate that could get hot. A controversial Swedish internet surveillance law passed in 2008 allows the government there to intercept …
Anna Leach, 31 Oct 2011

IBM slashes SoftLayer prices and plugs it into more data centers

The great homogenizing force of cloud economics rolls on, this time pushing prices for IBM's SoftLayer cloud close to those of rivals Amazon and Microsoft. In yesterday's case of Adam Smith's invisible hand gently forcing a corporation to cut prices below rivals and grab some business along the way, IBM announced that it was …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014

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It's do-or-die for Microsoft's new operating system on 29 July
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Simon Sharwood

Clouds sell compute by the glass. On-premises kitmakers want to sell wine-as-a-service

Greg Knieriemen

Privacy, security, information sovereignty, what we all want, right?
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Redmond devotees may as well have demanded manga desktop wallpaper

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