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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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EMC moves into Dell house: Where'd I put the spoons?

Comment We've learnt how the EMC organisation has been fitted into its new Dell house, at least at a top exec and product level, and here is an org chart set to show what we believe we know. At the top is Dell Technologies, and that's split into seven product area entities. Dell Client Solutions is the notebook and PC business unit. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016

EU legal eagle: Euro court should review Intel's €1.6bn fine

An EU High Court Advocate General has recommended a review of the case that saw Intel slapped with a record fine after it was found to have coerced OEMs to avoid using rival companies' x86 CPUs. Back in 2009, the EC imposed a €1.06bn penalty - 4.15 per cent of Intel's turnover - following a multi-year legal battle but …
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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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SimpliVity sheds staff, rattles tin for another $100m from investors

+Comment Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendor SimpliVity is working with Morgan Stanley to get more private funding and to launch an IPO possibly in 2017. It has also laid people off. SimpliVity has been making cuts while looking for $100m in extra cash, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. We have seen …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016

Brexit killed any hopes of growth in global technology spending

IT vendors across the world can blame Nigel, Boris and other pro-Brexiteers for a reduction in the amount of money that will be splashed on tech in 2016, at least that’s where mages at Gartner have laid the blame. Customers are expected to cough $3.387 trillion on IT this calendar year, which if correct - and it's a big if - …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2016

Dell-EMC, Pure Storage disengage from legal brawl

The IP dispute between Pure Storage and (Dell) EMC is over with Pure paying some cash to Dell and getting a licence to the disputed patent. The background to the dispute can be read here, following the hot-links through the stories. It seems two things prompted the settlement: the setting aside of a $14m award to EMC in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
VCE VxRail

VxRack and VxRail systems feel the Edge of Power

EMC's VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged infrastructure systems are getting wholesale Dell PowerEdge server transplants. That means Broadwell Xeons, and the headline speeds and feeds are that VxRail systems, get: 250x more configurations, 40 per cent more CPU performance for the same price, 25 per cent lower entry price …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
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Dell/Quest Software plans layoffs and relocations – source

The deal restoring the independence of the entity formerly known as Dell Software is expected to close in early November, which is when The Register understands things are going to get very interesting for customers and staff alike. The new Quest Software, as the former Dell Software will be known, comprises the assets of …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2016

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016
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HP Inc to blast more humans from employment cannon

HP Inc - not wanting to be entirely out done by the other half of the business that it split from - is to toss up to another 4,000 workers onto the employment bonfire, and the ailing PC and printer market is to blame. Confirmation of the “approved restructuring plan” was outlined last night in an SEC filing, it will be …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Exertis gets claws in Hammer for undisclosed sum

DCC Technology today confirmed its subsidiary, Exertis, has gobbled specialist storage and lesser known server distie Hammer for an undisclosed sum, which should help ease recent top line pressures. Hammer trades with “almost” 1,000 reseller, system integrator and cloud service provider punters, selling infrastructure gear …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Marmite-aggeddon? Blame Brexit. The implosion of the UK’s Labour Party? Blame Brexit (more so leader Jeremy Corbyn). Now it seems analysts want to put the sickly British PC market onto the list of things gone awry. The crystal ball-strokers at Gartner have forecast weak demand for traditional client devices for 2016 - …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016
Dell micro Modular Data Center

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

Dell's teased something interesting ahead of next week's DellWorld gabfest: a “micro Modular Data Center (MDC)” that can be deployed outdoors if required. As depicted above (or here for those of you on our mobile site) Dell's offering has three racks. One will hold the company's DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure that our …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2016
I quit

Lenovo big cheese walks

Lenovo exec and its one-time UK boss Dave McQuarrie has upped sticks after years aboard the Chinese PC maker with HP Inc tipped to be his next destination. McQuarrie ran the EMEA notebook division when he joined from Dell in 2008, before taking on other senior posts; chief operating officer; Western Europe veep of SMB, …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2016
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Big Mickey Dell is wrong: Cloud ain't going to eat all of IT

Storage architect Public cloud will not consume all of IT. At least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming. In his opinion, cloud will become just another form of computing and a choice will be made by users to do cloud on-premises or rent from a cloud provider. Bearing in mind Dell is in the hardware business, we can hardly expect a comment …
Chris Evans, 12 Oct 2016
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Just minding your own business, doing HCI. Suddenly you're inside ... a magic quadrant

Gartner's gnomic gurus have shone their light on the hyper-converged/integrated system suppliers and devised a new magic quadrant, following on from its August 2015 effort. SimpliVity gets the big promotion, from a visionary last year to a leader this year. The other changes are: HPE jumps to the front of the leaders, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
Windows Server 2016, now with Windows 10 desktop

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
Falling profits

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

New data from analyst outfits IDC and Gartner suggest the PC market continues to crater. The latter firm's 3Q2016 data records an eighth consecutive quarter of shipment decreases, to 68.9 million units or a 5.7 per cent decline from the third quarter of 2015. IDC found “nearly 68 million units in the third quarter of 2016 ( …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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HPE, IBM, ARM, Samsung and pals in plot to weave 'memory fabric'

A group of suppliers have got together as a consortium to develop Gen-Z - a scalable, high-performance bus or interconnect fabric linking computers and memory. The Gen-Z consortium is an open, non-proprietary, transparent industry standards body. It says it believes open standards provide a level playing field to promote …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Dell-EMC races to add and extend flashy bits into its boxen

Dell EMC is driving full tilt to extend flash support and lower costs in its storage array hardware and software product set, with in-line compression, high-capacity SSD support and the spinning off old data to the cloud. Data Domain arrays get a speed boost with metadata storage in flash, and an effective capacitty boost with …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Brace yourself, Samsung: Activist investor Elliot's in an arm-twisting mood

Analysis Activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management is not shy about on taking on the world's biggest companies, and now it wants Samsung to bend to its will, splitting in two and paying shareholders an eye-watering $27bn. Elliott famously tried to seize an Argentinian war ship in its pursuit of a payout from the embattled …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016

Everspin's Friday IPO goes pop: Moderate amount of champagne all 'round

Everspin has spun out its IPO; it offered 5 million shares at an estimated $8 a pop to rake in an estimated $40m, with shares starting trading on Friday October 7, opening at $9.10 and currently trading at $8.02. Not a disaster then. The magneto-resistive RAM startup has pulled in total funding of $80.3m since it was founded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016

Fujitsu Tech Products boss channels his inner Sid Vicious

If the rhetoric from the latest chief straddling Fujitsu’s UK Technology Product Group (TPG) sounds familiar, it’s because it is. James Johnston quietly took over from Tom Roche two months ago but his change of role was not the only move at TPG; more recently, sales director Kevin Matthew jumped ship, perhaps before he was …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

Fujitsu in talks to bail from PC market, Lenovo one of the suitors

Fujitsu has become the latest sub-scale PC maker to consider exiting the client market amid ongoing talks with potential buyers including Lenovo. The Japanese giant reacted to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review this morning that put Lenovo, the world’s biggest shifter of PC tin, as the leading candidate to gobble the business …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2016

World spent US$7.7bn on cloud in Q2, and that was during a lull

World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a soon-to-end lull in construction of hyperscale data centres. So says market-watcher IDC, which in its new Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker says sales of servers, switches and storage destined for use in public and private clouds grew by 14.5 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

Dell EMC 'backs' Huawei open-source management disrupter

LinuxCon Berlin Huawei today announced OpenSDS, an open-source project to replace vendor-specific storage controllers with the weight of enterprise and external storage number-one Dell EMC behind it. It’s understood OpenSDS was presented to Linux Foundation reps on a recent visit to China. The idea is that vendors’ products would plug into …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2016
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Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Michael Dell shrugged off the threat from the public cloud this morning, suggesting that many users will eventually realise running a server on Amazon is a lot more expensive than actually owning one. The Dell Technologies chairman, speaking on stage at the opening of the Canalys Channels Forum EMEA, said the current hype …
Joe Fay, 04 Oct 2016

Roll over Beethoven: HPE Synergy compositions oughta get Meg singing for joy

Comment HPE's Synergy is, it thinks, the next great advance in servers and is far more capable than hyper-converged infrastructure systems, being able to provision bare metal as well as servers for virtual workloads as well as containerised ones. Getting a grip on this beast is tricky. Is it a form of dynamically reconfigurable …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Nutanix, yesssss: Fist-pumping breaks out everywhere storage IPO wannabes are found

Comment There’ll be a spring in the executive offices of Cohesity, Rubrik, Tegile and other storage startups this morning; senior managers will have checked Nutanix’s share price and have that rosy glow that comes when your prospects have suddenly brightened. Hyper-converged market leader Nutanix IPO’d on Friday and, so far, it has …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact. Well, the days of furtive downloads are dead and the suits are coming. Microsoft demonstrated that last month, letting people down by saying Azure Stack won’t be something …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Analysis SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here... In the locker room that is Oracle’s quarterly conference calls with Wall Street, somebody’s ass is always on the receiving end of a sharp thwack from the towel of head coach Larry Ellison. Ellison has zinged his verbal towel off many a noble …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016

Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter. The market amounted to $2.9bn and grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y). IDC’s beancounters cut converged systems into four categories: Integrated Systems - pre-integrated, vendor-certified combos …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*. Huawei is telling everyone it's the 4-socket server number 1: “Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware

Microsoft is dangling a new Technical Preview of its Azure Stack in front of enterprise customers who want to run an applications and services platform across their on-premise private cloud and Redmond's globe-spanning Azure public cloud. Azure Stack was first detailed at the company’s Ignite conference last year, when it was …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2016

Nutanix's 'expected' IPO date is 30 September

Nutanix is letting the Nasdaq do the talking regarding when the tech upstart will launch its stock-market debut: the New York exchange says it's expected to be September 30. The company is the foremost hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software startup and is taking on major incumbent vendors such as Cisco, Dell, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

Winners and losers: Here's who made the cut for mega TP2 framework

A public sector contracts fat cat and some household PC brands are among the suppliers that failed to directly win a place on a mega pan-government hardware and software framework contract, according to a preliminary list seen by The Register. The Technology Products (TP) 2 agreement, worth up to £4bn over four years, is due …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig chuckles at talk of buyout talks

The number two at Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brushed off talk the slimmed-down organisation could be vulnerable to a takeover, as the company is again linked with “possible” buyers - this time around Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, Cisco and, er, Dell. Antonio Neri, executive veep and general manager for the Enterprise Group, told …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016

Cisco re-commits to VCE with a very public display of affection

Dell EMC CEO Michael Dell and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have indulged in a very public display of affection for each other, at least so far as the two companies' collaboration in the VCE converged infrastructure company is concerned. The Robbins-and-Dell-the-man video is full of scripted corp-speak, but the message is clear: …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
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IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

The latest server sales figures for Europe, Middle East and Africa show the continued march of no name server makers as enterprises and big data centres increasingly buy hardware directly from ODMs fron the Far East. IDC numbers showed revenues down 3.7 per cent to $3bn despite a modest 0.8 per cent increase in the number of …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016

We read Nutanix's homework... and the numbers look good

Analysis Nutanix has filed an amended S1 IPO form with the SEC and data within it shows a strongly growing business well-set for an IPO if the financial environment is supportive. The company's latest results show satisfactory quarter-on-quarter and annual revenue growth with net losses growing less sharply and becoming a smaller …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Nutanix's $209m, $13-a-share IPO revealed in homework to watchdog

Hyperconverged upstart Nutanix has submitted more details about its forthcoming IPO to the US financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The San Jose-based biz will seek to raise up to $209,300,000 in the offering by selling 14,000,000 shares of Class A voting stock at a starting price of $11 to $13. An …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2016

Want a Dell printer? Unlucky – they've just stopped selling them

Ahead of the mega-merger with EMC, Dell has decided to quit selling printers as part of its hardware portfolio while its imaging business is being scaled back. Dell's decision to quit the printer business in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific Japan regions was first noted by Stuart Gilbertson over at Consider IT. Gilbertson wrote that …

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences

IDC’s latest storage tracker says the enterprise storage market was flat in the 12 months since 2015’s second quarter, but HPE now ties with EMC for first place, with IBM and NetApp in equal fourth place after Dell. EMC (18.1 per cent) lost -5.5 per cent points of revenue share in the year, HPE (17.6 per cent) gained 8.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
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Cloud pause slows server revenues amid price war rumours

Server sales are continuing to rise, but that's not translating into bulging bank accounts. So says abacus-wielding analyst firm IDC in its new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker covering April to June 2016. “Overall server market growth has recently slowed in part due to a pause in hyperscale datacenter expansion and is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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Dell overtakes HPE in server shipments as worldwide sales shrink

Worldwide server revenue is down 0.8 per cent while shipments are up by two per cent, according to Gartner, and Dell has pipped HPE to the top spot for shipments. The second quarter of 2016 saw very regionalised trends in server revenues and shipments. Everywhere except for Asia/Pacific and North America is in decline, though …
Swiss army knife in cloud

Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit. ZeroStack promises the usual “Our beautiful GUI and cunning plumbing means that if you turn on our boxes and go make a cup of coffee there's be VMs running before the cappuccino foam falls” experience. The likes of VMware, VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016

Gimps with big Dell balls hijack HPE's partner shindig

Dell Technologies chose a bizarre, seemingly cheap way to hijack Hewlett Packard Enterprises Global Partner Conference this morning that involved gimps with big balls. The troupe, unnervingly dressed head to toe in black tights, held aloft balls - or balloons if you prefer - that either carried the Dell and EMC brand or claims …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2016

Dell Tech names regional channel overlords post EMC buy

Dell Technologies has lined up regional execs to run its channel organ following the $60bn buy of EMC, and it’ll be no surprises to some that the team is largely made up of folk that already worked at the Texan tech biz. For Asia Pacific, Dell has installed Ng Tian Being, who was veep of South Asia and Korea; for Latin America …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2016

Kneel before Zod! OpenText claims mighty Documentum from Dell

Dell has finally sold Documentum, one of the oldest and best-known names in storing and retrieving corporate information. Documentum is going to the relatively small OpenText for $1.62bn, as part of Dell’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) division. That price compares to $1.7bn EMC paid for Documentum in 2003. Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2016


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What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
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Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
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Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
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