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VMware unleashes desktop-grade desktop-as-a-service service

VMware has flicked the switch on its Horizon DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) service. Virtzilla's service is based on Desktone, an outfit it acquired last year, and its schtick is that it allows customers to blend virtual desktops served from their premises with virtual desktops served from its cloud, an arrangement it talks up as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2014
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VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software. Desktone is apparently a "pioneer" of Desktop-as-a-Service and has "an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service", according to VMware. " …
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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

After months of slowly inflating expectations, Microsoft recently released its follow-up act to Windows 8.1 – the Windows 8.1 Update. It’s a transitional release, with the destination being a substantial reworking of the original concept. The problem for Microsoft is that it based Windows 8 around a new touch-friendly app …
Tim Anderson, 09 Apr 2014
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DEATH of the desktop: Virtual systems could KILL OFF the biz PC

The business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing. Her are just a few reasons to predict the death of the business desktop : EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array, twinned with VMware View or Citrix Xen Desktop and backend VNX arrays, can support 7,000 or more virtual desktops All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

Gartner is forecasting that total hard disk drive shipments will grow at a leisurely 2.9 per cent CAGR from 2013 (552 million units) to 2018 (635.1 million units). But bear in mind that's an average: desktop drives unit shipments will be shrinking at a -7 per cent CAGR over the period while high-capacity business drives grow at …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Tablet-types drive demand for all-in-one desktop PCs

More than a third of desktop computer sales in Britain are all-in-one machines, up from a quarter during the first half of the year. So says local market-watcher GfK, which noted a sudden jump in over-the-counter sales of AIOs in August and September. AIOs grew by 27.4 per cent in sales value, driven by a 6.5 per cent increase …
Tony Smith, 14 Nov 2013
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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

A set of screenshots leaked to the web purports to show how Microsoft is working to better integrate Metro-style apps with the classic desktop in a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1. The screenshots, which were posted online by Russian serial leaker "WZor," were allegedly taken from a prerelease testing build of Windows 8.1 …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2014
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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

Intel has decided to stop making desktop motherboards. Except one. In a statement sent to El Reg, a Chipzilla spokesdroid told us “In order to focus on new and innovative areas in desktop computing, Intel has made the decision to ramp down the Desktop Motherboard Business over the course of the next three years.” Motherboard …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2013
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Samsung quits desktop PC biz, will stick to all-in-ones and portables

Underscoring yet again the radical shift underway in the personal computing industry, Samsung is shutting down its traditional desktop PC business to focus on devices with more modern form factors. "Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus," a company official told Korea Times. "Samsung is speeding up its …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jun 2013

Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Windows 8.1 adoption is speeding up, with the operating system now the planet's fourth-most-popular, according to Netmarketshare statistics. With January 2014 now behind us, the firm has totted up the results of its ongoing observations of just what browsers and operating systems hit the world's web servers. Those explorations …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2014
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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

WD has released a 4TB desktop drive, an extension of its Caviar desktop range, now branded the WD Black. As with previous versions, it comes in a 3.5-inch form factor, rotates five platters at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache and a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It carries over technologies like the dual-stage actuator head from the previous …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2012
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IBM outsources UK desktop support operation lock+stock to Phoenix

IBM is the Global Services Provider (GSP) that is outsourcing desktop support to Phoenix IT Group, The Channel can reveal. Yesterday Phoenix confirmed it has penned a five-year £40m contract with an unnamed GSP to provide desk-side services for the firm's employees as well as its customers. Around 180 IBM staffers are to be …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2012
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Desktop virt used to cope with Starbucks workforce security

The trend for mobile working has fuelled demand for desktop virtualisation, says a survey by Citrix as employers want to know that their out-of-office workforce are on secure machines. As employees increasingly work from home, or Starbucks, companies want ways to keep their devices and data secure. Desktop virtualisation is seen …
Anna Leach, 12 Dec 2011
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Total APPLE DESKTOP ABSENCE set to last past XMAS - sources

Apple's channel partners and customers will have a desktop shaped hole in their respective portfolio and shopping list this Chrimbo. The new 21.5-inch iMacs were due to start shipping in late November and the 27 inch model was expected in December, but the word in the supply chain is that no products are likely to arrive in any …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2012
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Phoenix IT Group signs £40m desktop support win

Phoenix IT Group has inked a five-year £40m desktop support deal with an unnamed customer, the troubled firm revealed today. This is the sort of news investors will cheer after a challenging year in which the Northampton-based firm axed staff, watched its profits collapse, unearthed serious accounting errors, and accepted its …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Microsoft seems willing to try almost anything to increase the use of Windows 8 these days – including rolling back some of the software's least-loved features, and even giving it away for free in some cases. The latest batch of tweaks to Redmond's latest OS comes in the form of the Windows 8.1 Update, which shipped to MSDN …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2014
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Applied desktop virtualisation: Reg readers speak

In November 2010, we polled Register readers to find out where you lot are at with desktop virtualisation. Some 192 IT pros, mostly from the UK and the US, completed a big survey, which was framed by The Register's research partner Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by Microsoft. The findings are in and fully crunched and so we …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2011
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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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MoJ opens wallet, offers £300m for desktop services

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is planning to spend up to £300m on end user computing and desktop services as part of a future IT sourcing plan. The tender is for the delivery of effective "infrastructure and devices" across the MoJ's estate, including the supply, management and maintenance of the end computer environment, such …
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Cisco resells Citrix, VMware virty desktop wares

Cisco Systems came late to the physical and virtual server rackets and that means it has to partner to get virtual server slices out there in the data center. And it thinks virtual desktop infrastructure, or what it now calls Virtual Experience Infrastructure or VXI for short, is the killer app for its "California" Unified …

Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a series of updates in 2015 that could see major revisions for the Windows, Xbox, and Windows RT platforms. According to a report from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, officials within Microsoft are planning a series of updates that will take place in 2015. Dubbed "Threshold", the reported …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013
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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

Eight months after launching its pushbutton App Studio GUI development kit for Windows Phone, Microsoft has extended the tool to include support for building apps for Windows 8, too. The latest beta version of the web-based tool formerly known as Windows Phone App Studio, announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference on …
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2014
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 17 Sep 2010

Alternative Networks swallows Control Circle for £39.4m

AIM-listed biz comms provider Alternative Networks has dug deep for the second time this month and found £39.4m worth of loose change to buy managed hosting and cloudy player Control Circle. This equates to nearly 22 times the £1.8m EBITDA that Control Circle made in the year to 30 September 2013, according to Companies House. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma. According to the bean counters at IDC, 26.7 million traditional portables and desktop were sold into EMEA channels during Q4, some 6.4 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

According to two different web-analytics groups – NetMarketShare and StatCounter – Windows' market share has dropped to below 90 per cent for the first time since the mid 1990s and the juggernaut that was Windows 95. As SeekingAlpha reports, NetMarketShare calculates that Windows' market share – that's all versions of Windows …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Mar 2014
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Citrix rides the virty desktop wave

The maturation of desktop virtualization was coincidentally, and fortunately in the case of the Wednesday's financial results from Citrix Systems, timed more or less with the launch of Windows 7 desktops two years ago. The results show Citrix has been steadily capitalizing on its $500m acquisition of XenSource and others. For …
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Dell offers archive product, virtualised desktop service

Dell has announced a file and email archiving system and a virtualised desktop offering. It also intends to make up to eight acquisitions in the next twelve months. The Dell Email and File Archive involves file and email servers hooking up to an archive gateway (El Reg's term) using either Symantec or CommVault software, and it …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2011

AMD avoids a red-ink-stained quarter for once, market says 'meh'

Perennial chip challenger Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a profit for the third quarter of 2013, a turnaround that has failed to excite investors. The good news is that AMD hauled $US1.46bn through the door during the quarter, which means it was in the black by $95m, or 0.06 per share, according to generally-accepted …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
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Successful desktop virtualization

Desktop virtualization: it's complex, it's controversial, it's hard to budget. It is, however, easy to make a mess of it. And if you do get it wrong, every single person in your company will want to know why. Mess this one up and you’ll be lucky if they let you project manage buying toner cartridges for the rest of your career …
Tim Phillips, 26 Jul 2010

Solidfire unfurls MAP to corporate WALLETS, large-scale VDI rollouts

SolidFire claims to have cracked a problem that so many have tried and failed to solve before. It has produced a reference architecture that it hopes will make large-scale corporate VDI rollouts practicable. SolidFire produces a highly scalable, multi-tenant, clusterable all-flash storage array with compression and in-line …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

While Microsoft continues to push its less-than-beloved Windows 8, HP is citing "popular demand" in opting instead to flog its machines equipped with Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year.. The company said that it would allow users the option of ordering both desktop and notebook systems …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2014
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Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

A small faction of IT bravehearts in the Scottish government are dabbling with Windows 8 – yes, you read that correctly – to see if Microsoft's much-maligned OS is suitable for a wider roll out. In a pilot scheme, the devolved administration is handing out 100 units comprised of Samsung Series 7, Dell Latitude 10 and Samsung …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2013
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AMD slips into desktop RAM biz

AMD is entering the desktop RAM market, according to a new page on its website. A new "Systems Memory" page on the AMD website indicates that the company will soon be offering DDR3 modules under the existing Radeon brand, which it acquired with the purchase of ATI in 2006 and previously used for GPUs. "AMD Radeon DDR3 System …
Cade Metz, 08 Aug 2011

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon. There will be no let-up on any front, with desktops and portables predicted to decline in both the mature and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered. According to IDC, worldwide shipments of desktop systems fell 10 per cent in 2013, the biggest decline in the platform's history. IDC also predicts that for the first time tablets will outsell laptops and in fact the entire PC market by 2015. To borrow IDC’s terminology, …
Philippe Fossé, 24 Jan 2014

Symantec scratches head over balance sheet, calls in JPMorgan

Reports say Symantec, struggling to reverse a revenue slowdown, has called in JPMorgan Chase & Co. to look at its options and help fend off activist shareholders. Symantec is a $6.7bn/year revenue company that is struggling to lift its earnings. The last quarterly report made that abundantly clear. It fired its CEO Steve …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

Openistas beware! Politicos at the German Foreign Office are reportedly ditching Linux in favour of returning their desktop PCs to Windows XP-based systems. According to a report on netzpolitik.org, which was diligently spotted by The H, the German Foreign Office recently decided to dump their Linux-based machines. That move …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2011
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Alternative Networks hauls in heavy duty sales hand

Alternative Networks has turned to former Vodafone UK enterprise channel boss Chris Huggett to reinvigorate stagnating sales. The appointment as group sales director at the London Stock Exchange-listed biz comms provider comes after a disappointing 2013 for investors, when revenue stagnated at £114m and operating profit dipped …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2014
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Citrix, Google kick XP's still-twitching corpse

Citrix and Google have announced a cut-price deal to pipe legacy apps into Chromebooks. The pair chose April 8th, Windows XP death day, to announce the deal. There's not a whole lot that's truly new in the announcement, which explains how the XenApp HTML 5 viewer can now pipe legacy Windows apps in to Chromebooks and that …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
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Microsoft Office on iPad: U can't touch this (yet) says Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Office for the iPad is coming, but not before a fully touch-enabled version of the suite arrives for Windows. "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch first user interface," Ballmer told the audience at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday. "That's in progress for …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013
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VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue. For several years now that's meant a pursuit of end-user devices, be they mobile machines or desktop computers, in the hope that end-user computing might become VMware's “Office” to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

Microsoft will map out its plans for the successor to Windows 8.1 – which might be named Windows 9 – at a company event in April, we're told. Microsoft will start a discussion around the next iteration of its client operating system at its Build Conference on 2 to 4 April in San Francisco, California. "Threshold", believed to …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2014

Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

Thought the UK PC market was like a dead mule? Wrong. There's life yet in those age old desktop and notebook nags, according to distributor shipment data. Numbers from venerable analyst Context, the gentle purveyor of sales-out figures - the stuff that users are actually buying - showed Q3 was not bad, not bad at all. The total …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

A senior JPMorgan analyst has urged Apple to seize a $63bn (£37bn) opportunity by flogging a hybrid laptop-tablet device running iOS. Equity research analyst Rod Hall said the fruity firm was missing out on a huge market by failing to produce a cheap-ish mongrel laptop priced between $500 and $1,000 (£300 and £600). The …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2014

Win 8 PC sales plunge as retailers, disties shave orders by HALF A MILLION in Q3

UK retailers and wholesalers were so busy waiting for Microsoft to release the Windows 8.1 upgrade that they apparently forgot to keep ordering PCs in Q3. Or is it - perhaps more likely - that these companies bought PCs more cautiously, based on inventory pile-ups that have occurred since the consumer market crashed three years …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

HP is trying to prise open SME wallets by rolling out a device-as-a-service pilot Stateside – with wider deployment in Europe set for the summer. The Office in a Box initiative created with Google – not Microsoft – and telco AT&T was launched with US distie Synnex, which created an online configuration tool. The model is pretty …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014
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Salesforce whips out private-public-ish 'iTunes app store' for enterprise IT

Public-cloud preacher Salesforce.com will deliver a white-label version of its enterprise "app store" for private clouds – so businesses can use it to distribute software to staff. The Marc Benioff-run online giant has dubbed the product Private AppExchange, which companies can individually brand and tailor as required. The …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2013

Logicalis swallows Jersey-based iConsult

Logicalis Group has devoured Jersey-based hosted-services minnow iConsult for an undisclosed sum. The integrator, part of Datatec Group, took over the Channel Islands business of fallen 2e2 earlier this year, which operates from Guernsey. Now this latest buy gives it a base in Jersey. Jens Montanana, chief exec at Datatec, said …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2013
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LaCie and Promise Thunderbolt their desktop storage

LaCie and Promise have announced desktop storage products using Intel's Thunderbolt 10Gbit/s interface. LaCie has a Thunderbolt version of its Little Big Disk, saying it is designed to store large audio and video files "with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011

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Chris Mellor

Drives nails forged with Red Hat iron into VCE's coffin
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Trevor Pott

Forget big-spending globo biz: it's about the consumer... and he's desperate for a nap
Steve Bennet, ex-Symantec CEO

Chris Mellor

Enormo security firm needs to get serious about acquisitions

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