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UK distributor Steljes goes titsup

Specialist audio visual distributor Steljes Ltd has called in the administrators after liquidity dried up in what was its 29th year of commercial life. The company had “suffered from severe cash flow difficulties over the past year”, a rep at insolvency practitioner AlixPartners, which is managing the end of life process, told …
Paul Kunert, 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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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016
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Dell Storage Centre: Following more than one of our series? Here's the remote

Dell says its Storage Center OS v7.0 adds deduplication and compression to make more efficient use of flash memory. It also adds common management and cross-replication for SC and PS series kit. SC, or Storage Center, is the operating system software for Dell's SC series arrays, originally branded Compellent, and generally …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2016
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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

The first of HP Inc’s much-delayed (and cynics might say over-hyped 3D printer) is to hit the market “late” this year – launching into a crowded space with a challenger device the firm hopes will brighten its future. The Jet Fusion 3D 3200 will sell for $130,000 – add another $25,000 for services including post-processing …
Paul Kunert, 17 May 2016
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Microsoft boots fake fix-it search ads

Microsoft has laid out new rules for its Bing search engine designed to crack down on tech support scams. Redmond said that it will no longer allow advertisers to pitch their third-party support and repair products as "official" or branded tech support. Under the new rules, Bing search ads will have to present themselves …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2016
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Acer made less than £1m profits in Q1 as forex rates bit hard

Ailing Acer – one of the PC makers considered at risk of vendor consolidation – has made an inauspicious start to calendar year 2016 as sales and profits tumbled. The Taiwanese business today reported revenues of NT$56.32bn (£1.19bn) for the three months ended 31 March, down 17.1 per cent on the prior year’s stats. It didn’t …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016
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I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

An insolvency and restructuring veteran has taken a seat at the board of moribund cloud services firm Outsourcery as one of the requisite Ts&Cs to secure a funding lifeline from Vodafone. The AIM-listed firm run by former Dragons’ Den badass Piers Linney and joint-CEO Simon Newton revealed David Duggins, senior advisor at …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016
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Imation's losses deepen 500%. CEO says things are 'successful'

+Comment About turn! You never lack for excitement with Imation, which has turned the previous quarter’s $94m in revenues and near $10m in losses into this quarter’s $10.7m revenues and $91.1m losses. Oy vey, where did the money go? Let’s try and sort this amazing black hole of red ink – excuse the tortured metaphors – into some kind …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2016
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Experian Audience Engine knows almost as much about you as Google

We have grown so used to credit reference giants like Experian knowing almost as much about us as Google, but unlike Google, they put this information up for sale. This is perhaps why we have forgotten that Experian could form the basis of one of the most powerful personal intelligence systems in the world. And that it is a …
Faultline, 09 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016
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Q. What's orange and white, has a new CEO but is red all over? A. Teradata

+Comment Data warehouse and biz intelligence wrangler Teradata made a loss in its first quarter of 2016. It also recruited a new CEO to get the company motoring again. The new broom is 67 years old, and you don't need big-data analytics to see he won't be around for long. Teradata's revenues for the three months to March 31 were $545m …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016
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Opower, my power: Oracle spends $532m to get some utilities cloud, er, power

Oracle has announced it will acquire Opower in a $532m deal to close by the end of 2016. Virginia-based Opower, which stores and analyses more than 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end-customers, is a public company. Its shares were up 29 per cent in pre-market trading on Monday after Oracle declared it would …
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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are designed to turn raw data into useful information, so why don’t they do the job properly? Why do most of them fail so completely to make use of the huge range of capabilities that the analytics world has to offer? Even at the most basic level, they fail catastrophically to take simple …
Mark Whitehorn, 02 May 2016
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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

The Republic of Ireland’s IT industry would be damaged if its second-biggest trading partner Britain left the European Union. Firms are concerned about the impact on exports - particularly if the British economy and sterling hit the skids. Some think Ireland could benefit from international firms wanting an English-speaking …
SA Mathieson, 29 Apr 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 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
Shouting match

Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

Britain’s membership of the EU has small tech firms divided. A survey of owner-managed businesses by accountant Moore Stephens found 60 per cent of SME owners would vote to stay in the EU with less than one-in-five (17 per cent) supporting Brexit. Mark Lamb, a partner at the firm, said: “Owner-managed businesses are concerned …
Marcus Gibson, 27 Apr 2016
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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

IBM has left UK staff in no doubt it wants Britain to remain in the European Union even though many of those working in its services division might not be EU-based by the end of 2017. In February, Big Blue was one of 200 large firms across a range of industries that urged Brits to vote to stay in the Union, claiming a "Brexit …
Paul Kunert, 26 Apr 2016
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Cloud gear biz Outsourcery is running out of cash. Again

Misfiring AIM-listed cloud provider Outsourcery appears to be running out of runway. Sales still haven’t matched the predicted highs, cash flow is drying up again and a crash seems possible. The purveyor of infrastructure, software and unified comms clouds has pre-announced its calendar year 2015 results, with revenue up nine …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2016

EE grows network by one-third, promises to build 750 new sites

EE has is expanding its 4G network by one-third to cover 95 per cent of the UK by 2020 – following its mega contract with the Home Office to provide emergency services coverage across the country. Under the plan the operator is building 750 new sites across the country in a bid to eradicate "notspots". It is the first major …
Kat Hall, 25 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

Check Point chugs on: Profits and revenues up despite volatile market

Check Point’s share price has dipped a touch after the firm reported lacklustre Q1 financial results. During the first quarter ending 31 March 2016, Check Point’s total revenues came in at $404m, compared to $373m in the first quarter of 2015, a nine per cent increase year-on-year. Its GAAP net income rose, albeit modestly. …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2016

12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

Only the Paranoid Survive, or so former Intel chief executive Andy Grove once wrote. And it seems that, faced with the demise of the PC market, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has found his inner Andy Grove. Grove, who died last month aged 79, left both an awesome business record and some great quotes behind him. While Intel co- …
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Cashman steadies ship: EMC revenues shrink, profits fatten

EMC saw a slight revenue decline year-on-year in the first 2016 quarter, with Latin America a trouble spot. Revenues of $5.5bn were 2 per cent down year-on-year from $5.6bn. However profits, of $268m were 6.3 per cent higher year-on-year EMC’s first quarter is seasonally weaker than its fourth quarter and, indeed, the fourth …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2016
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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

The EU's competition authority thinks it has a smoking gun against Google. Consumers suffered because Google’s contracts with phone OEMs prevented the market from creating a better Android, the EU Commission alleged today. It has sent a formal Statement of Objections to Google that forces Google to come up with remedies or …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
Screen wipe

One million patients have opted out of Care.data

More than one million patient opt-outs have been implemented for the controversial Care.data scheme, the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has said today. Those patients have opted out of having information that identifies them "being shared outside of the HSCIC for purposes beyond direct care". The major …
Kat Hall, 20 Apr 2016
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ARM Holdings gives the thumbs-up, reports revenue and licensing uptick

Chip designer ARM has reported revenue and profit increases in Q1, with its shares trading up despite a moody FTSE 100 this morning. Q1 2016 saw a year-on-year dollar revenue rise for ARM at 14 per cent (22 per cent in £) when its results were posted today. Pre-tax profits of £137.5m are an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year …
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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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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

The EU is launching a €6.7bn (£5.3bn) mega “science cloud”, intended to better exploit the continent's academic research via big data. According to a press release from the European Commission, the EU is the "largest producer of scientific data in the world, but insufficient and fragmented infrastructure means this 'big data' …
Kat Hall, 19 Apr 2016
Train wreck

IBM shuffles units, axes staff, sees profit shrink

IBM's attempts to re-organize its businesses and focus on its Watson cloud-AI-offering-thing did not prevent Big Blue from tumbling to its sixteenth consecutive quarter of falling revenue. The enterprise giant said on Monday that its new "reporting structures" will show how it is focusing on growth markets like cloud services …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016

Seagate revenue numbers rain on cloud after market misses

+Comment Seagate has issued an early warning that its third fy2016 quarter revenue will be off by $100m from its forecast of $2.7bn. The company expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6bn and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23 per cent, for the quarter which ended April 1 – no, this is not a late April Fool joke. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Microsoft licensing giant yanked off market after sales bid fails

The sales process for Microsoft enterprise licensing house Comparex is "ongoing", the parent company has told us, denying claims from multiple industry sources it is dead in the water. The Raiffeisen Banking Group-owned reseller hired investment banker Jefferies to manage a sales process in May and by September just two …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016

Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

We all want to protect our customer and employee data, but as the threat landscape changes and the publicly disclosed data breaches get increasingly larger, our approach may need to change. What constitutes "state of the art" information security in 2016? It’s tempting to create a listicle of 10 shiny new security tools that …
Danny Bradbury, 13 Apr 2016
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IT suppliers: Amazon is starting to pay its debts. Some of them, anyway

Amazon has presented irate distributors and vendors with a deal that will see them receive some payment for historical disputed deliveries stretching back a year. As we exclusively revealed last month, suppliers are battling the retail giant to get paid for orders they claimed were delivered from the spring of 2015. The …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 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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Dell infosec unit SecureWorks given $1.42bn price tag in IPO

Dell's cyber security subsidiary SecureWorks has been valued at up to $1.42bn ahead of an initial public offering. SecureWorks filed to go public in December 2015. The S-1 form placed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at the time offered a $100m placeholder figure before the valuation, though this …
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Capita not sitting on Hands: IT Enterprise Services boss splits

Capita IT Enterprise Services (ITES) overlord Peter Hands has strapped on his walking boots and strolled right out of the business for pastures news, the company has confirmed. Insiders claimed Hands had been under some pressure from the group’s joint COO Dawn Marriott-Sims, who was critical of the whole of ITES, “especially …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2016
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Gartner: Why we had to dash tech cash splash

Tech spending stats look quite respectable for 2016, but only in certain product areas or geographies and only in a constant currency basis. Performing a classic flip-flop, Gartner today downgraded earlier forecasts by a whole percentage point, and told us it now expects customers to collectively find $3.49 trillion for new …
Paul Kunert, 07 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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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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IBM snaps up small Bluewolf for reported $200m

IBM is set to buy its second CRM-as-a-service business this month, announcing the imminent acquisition of Bluewolf, a Salesforce partner, for a reported £200m. Bluewolf will join IBM's Interactive Experience (iX) arm, to provide Big Blue with Salesforcesque offerings in its customer relationship management. iX is an IBM …
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Micron turns $900m profits into a $97m loss. Only took 12 months

Micron revenues plummeted for the fifth quarter in a row and it made a loss after eleven successive profitable quarters. What's up with the boys from Boise, the USA's memory and NAND powerhouse? Revenues for the second quarter, ended 3 March, were $2.93bn, 29.7 per cent down on a year ago, and 12.3 per cent less than the first …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2016

HPE adds power-fail-protected NVDIMM tech to servers

HPE's ProLiant Gen9 servers now support Persistent Memory, non-volatile memory, enabling customers to expand in-memory app usage and get faster analytics and database processing by avoiding disk and SSD IO. HPE says it will provide up to two-times-faster SQL Server database logging performance and up to four-times-faster SQL …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016

Load DynamiX ties knot with Virtual Instruments

Load DynamiX, a storage workload monitoring and simulating company, and Virtual Instruments, a Fibre Channel/Ethernet tapper and monitoring business, are merging after the tapper ran out of meaningful growth room. The merged entity will be called Virtual Instruments (VI), and Load DynamiX (LDX) CEO Philippe Vincent will be its …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016
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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Comment So, Windows 10 isn't the saviour of the PC industry after all – and is beginning to look more like a Windows Vista than a Windows XP. PC growth predictions have been revised down by IDC. A range of companies including HP Ink and Northamber blame Windows 10 for flagging sales. "We have not yet seen the anticipated Win10 …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2016
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Creaking Surrey distie Northamber: Windows 10 ate my hamster

AIM-listed tech distie Northamber’s sales are again withering on the vine, with blame falling on Microsoft’s Windows 10 and pesky human beings who are failing to buy more computers. Sequestered in an industrial estate in deepest Surrey, Northamber has made a living from selling IT for the past 35 years but might just have seen …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 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

Opinion

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Frank Jennings

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo
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Chris Evans

It does simplify the hardware setup, whatever it is
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Chris Mellor

Do something and stop faffing about in the bush league

Kat Hall

International system in general needs greater transparency

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