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Barracuda Networks chomps up contract with reseller Quadsys

Barracuda, a security, networking and storage vendor, has terminated its relationship with security reseller Quadsys. Five staff from Quadsys managed to avoid prison in September when they were handed either suspended sentences or community orders after pleading guilty in July to the charge of securing unauthorised access to …

Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup

Whitehall's spending watchdog is to review the achievements of the Government Digital Service in light of the Rural Payments Agency's IT disaster. In an update note on the Rural Payments Agency's Common Agricultural Policy IT system on Monday, the National Audit Office said it will shortly be undertaking a review of GDS's …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016

Cabinet Office gears up to ink mega Oracle deal

The Cabinet Office is gearing up to ink another mega pan-government Oracle licensing deal, multiple sources have told The Register. One person close to the matter told us: "Government is supposed to be moving away from big monopolies by big companies, especially expensive ones that operate bully behaviour like Oracle. "Yet it …
Kat Hall, 24 Oct 2016
Price rises

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Life is to get a lot more expensive for Microsoft customers from the start of next year with currency linked, double-digit price hikes looming for cloud and on-premise software. Software resellers, integrators and cloud service providers were warned about the price rises late on Friday afternoon and told us they expected a …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2016
Satya Nadella

Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella

Microsoft's first-quarter results for its 2017 fiscal year reveal a four per cent year-on-year fall in profit and 10 per cent dive in operating income. Just before the quarterly results were announced, Microsoft's stock was down about half a per cent to $57.25 a share. Then when the figures landed, and despite the fall in …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016
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May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable

Former UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has said Theresa May blocked plans to bring in Indian immigrants in the area of IT, claiming the former Home Secretary was "obsessed with immigration". The comments come as Prime Minister May is set to visit India in November to lay the groundwork for a possible trade partnership after …
Kat Hall, 18 Oct 2016

HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

The classic management domino affect has reached Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s UK team with new broom Marc Waters naming his sales lieutenants. Changes started in July when EMEA boss Peter Ryan was made global sales head for the Enterprise Group, he was replaced by UK boss Andy Isherwood who was then succeeded by UK EG boss …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2016

You've been hacked. What are you liable for?

Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to grow; extra-marital affairs site Ashley Madison hit the …
Frank Jennings, 14 Oct 2016

The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

When Margaret Hodge was appointed chair of the UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in 2010, she was the first Labour leader since 1997 – as its head is always drawn from the main opposition party. In 2015 her colleague Meg Hillier became the new PAC chair, with all indications so far suggesting her successor will also be …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2016

Barracuda's satisfying cloud meal offsets appliances dip

Barracuda can smile as another solid quarter's work, the appliance of cloud science as we might say, brings in revenue growth and profits. Total revenue for the cloud-using, data protection and security business grew 12 per cent year-over-year to $87.9m, compared to the estimated $81m at the end of the last quarter. Revenues …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016
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Data-updater CTERA gets IBM reselling approval stamp

IBM is becoming a CTERA reseller to ship enterprise file services integrated with its SoftLayer, Cleversafe-based, object storage, and fully support it. CTERA provides a cloud storage gateway for file sync and share, and data protection, plus a NAS appliance. It has just gained $25m in a funding round; no doubt the VCs were …
Chris Mellor, 13 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

WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously. The Green brand is for secondary storage, being reliable, cool and eco-friendly whilst Blue products are built for PC primary storage use. Other WD brand colours include Black for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
Microsoft monopoly

Windows updates? Just trust us, says Microsoft executive

Interview At Microsoft's recent Ignite event in Atlanta, The Reg sat down with Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client and Mobility. Brad Anderson is a Microsoft veteran who oversees how Windows and mobile devices are managed in business. A decade ago it was simple: firewall-protected network, Windows PCs, and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Oct 2016

It's executive whack-a-mole at Big Data replicator WANdisco

Sacked WANdisco CEO Dave Richards is back in post just seven working days after being ousted; the chairman of the board has now resigned along with another director, and also Erik Miller, the recently-appointed CFO. On September 29 CEO Dave Richards was fired at a breakfast meeting by non-exec chairman Paul Walker at London’s …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016
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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Sysadmin blog What works for 100 users frequently doesn't work for 10,000. The same is true in reverse, however, there are far fewer vendors worrying about tailoring software designed for the enterprise to the needs of the SMB. True mass market software needs to walk the tightrope between both worlds, and very little of it succeeds. Let's …
Trevor Pott, 05 Oct 2016

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

HP Inc is trying to spin its way out of the mess it created when it decided it would be a fantastic idea to brick unofficial and refilled printer cartridges. Jon Flaxman, COO of the printers'n'PCs chunk of the former Hewlett Packard, confirmed on Wednesday his company really did in fact issue a firmware update in March that …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2016
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Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

Apple is moving into a shiny new HQ at the revamped Battersea Power Station in London – just as soon as developers have finished wrecking rebuilding the iconic Southside brick masterpiece. The owners of the building site have said that Apple will take “ six floors of office space” at the site from 2021, relocating 1400 staff …
Joe Fay, 28 Sep 2016
editorial only image of Whitehall. Pic Daniel Gale/Shutterstock is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

Analysis If IT wasn't perceived to be such a boring topic by Joe Public, the amount the government still spends on expensive clunky technology would be viewed as a national scandal. Across the entire public sector the annual figure has been pegged at around £20bn. No one knows for sure. As long as Whitehall's money is locked into …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2016

Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Microsoft has “streamlined” its Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) certifications and will require holders to sit exams annually to stay current. Redmond says the four new MCSE and sole new MCSD certification “are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2016

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Smelly toilets, smoking outside and questions as to who is the best Kardashian: these were just some of the issues Virgin Media top brass were grilled on in a Q&A session with staff seen by The Register. Many of Virgin Media's staff are worried about their future following its mega merger with US biz Liberty Global - as …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2016
Green data centre

Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

Microsoft is turning over a new leaf and going green. At least, that's what the firm’s chief environmental strategist has claimed as he sketched plans to make its data centres more sustainable and efficient. This is not the first time Microsoft has talked about cleaning up its act, but at a green technology event in Santa …
Dan Robinson, 23 Sep 2016
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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

Microsoft has started to serve up Azure services from a new cloud region in Germany – operated under the supervision of a data trustee – to pitch for European punters with concerns about security and data sovereignty. Redmond's plans for expanding its cloud footprint were confirmed last year by CEO Satya Nadella, and included …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016
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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

Review It’s impossible to read former bollocker-in-chief Margaret Hodge’s account of being chair of the government's spending watchdog without repeatedly banging your head against the wall. Hodge presided over the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee between 2010-2015, during the coalition government’s austerity programme. …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016
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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

Article 50, the process for Britain’s formal withdrawal from the European Union, is looming. Upon the conclusion of Article 50, data centres resident in Britain will no longer be subject to EU data protection rules. Today, UK data centres are bound by the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/C), which was in turn based on the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 Sep 2016
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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

The Cabinet Office is failing to coordinate the UK's government departments' efforts to protect their information according to a damning report by the National Audit Office. The NAO found that the Cabinet Office failed in its duty and ambition to coordinate and lead government departments’ efforts in protecting such …
Office Space

HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

HP Inc has agreed to purchase Samsung's printer business for over $1bn, the largest print acquisition in its history. Describing the deal as "accelerating the disruption of the $55bn copier industry" HP Ink expects its acquisition of Samsung's tech will help it replace copiers with "superior" multifunction printer (MFP) …

Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

Review At $3,000 Microsoft’s Hololens isn’t going to be in too many gamers’ Christmas stockings this year, being more of a chance for corporates to work out the business case for augmented reality. I did manage to get my hands on, and head in, a Hololens set. I did so thanks to Kazendi who – for £17,500 – can knock out a fixed-price …
Dominic Connor, 12 Sep 2016
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Cisco's head of enterprise networking bails

Cisco's senior veep for Enterprise Products and Solutions has left the company. Robert Soderbery posted news of his departure on LinkedIn, where he attributed his move to a seven year itch. “Seven has always been the magic number in my career,” he wrote, as “after 7 years, new callings beckon, new adventures to be sought. …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016
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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon. The giant’s Azure and Office 365 services are being hosted as options at locations in London, Cardiff and Durham. Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year. Until now, UK …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2016
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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

Comment After a summer of vagueness, prime minister Theresa May is starting to define Brexit, with controlling immigration at the top of her list. That is likely to mean ending the freedom of European nationals* to work in Britain on the same basis as the locals – which will have a major impact on the many British IT employers who draw …
SA Mathieson, 05 Sep 2016
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Nutanix to kick off its IPO extravaganza on ... go on, take a guess

Nutanix, the darling of the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance industry, is, we're hearing, going to kick its IPO process into gear from September 6. Closely following on from its acquisition of and its gobbling of PernixData, the market-leading head HCIA honcho will start the ball rolling from September 6, with …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2016

UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is moving some of its internal tech to the public cloud, in a move to "embrace the opportunities that modern IT can bring". The AWE has a £1bn-per-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence lasting 25 years covering the design, manufacture and support of warheads for Blighty's nuclear …
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2016

Healthcare and local gov are most likely UK bodies to suffer infosec breaches

The number of security incidents reported to UK data privacy watchdogs nearly doubled in the past year, with organisations increasingly becoming overwhelmed with security problems. Data disclosed in error and security breaches were the two primary reasons for an 88 per cent rise in self-reported data protection breaches …
John Leyden, 01 Sep 2016
VMworld 2016

VMware's vDare: Build more complexity and silos, or virtualize more

VMworld VMware opened its VMworld 2016 conference asking its customers to “Be tomorrow,” a couplet that was introduced at the event's opening keynote with a performance of poetry that felt like the work of a slick self-help spruiker. But VMware might just be onto something here, because it knows that in not many tomorrows, serious …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2016

EU verdict: Apple received €13bn in illegal tax benefits from Ireland

Updated The European Commission has ruled that tax arrangements between Ireland and Apple were in breach of the EU's state aid laws, and said the American corporation needs to cough up €13bn in back taxes, plus interest. Delivering her judgment in Brussels this morning, the EU's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said: …

Bloody Dell! Is EMC going to drop its logo? Answers on a postcard to Brentford

Pics Corrective brand surgery seems to be taking place at EMC’s London HQ already – it may be that Michael Dell is so keen to get his hands on the storage giant that he can’t wait for the ink to dry on the deal. Following a tip-off about the changes taking place, El Reg in the UK braved the mean streets of Richmond and Kew to reach …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016

Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

Bulky corporate enterprise punters are starting to fall for the, ahem, charms of Windows 10, Computacenter's chief executive claimed today as he flashed his firm’s calendar first half-year trading figures. Mike Norris, boss of the London-listed services-based reseller, said the pending contract sign-off for managed services …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2016

Beardy Ed Vaizey: 'I can't let go. I like the tech sector'

Interview One month after Theresa May swept into government, former culture and digital minister Ed Vaizey is relatively sanguine about getting the sack. "The reason for me not being in my job is due to political reasons ... I didn't have perhaps enough credentials for her [sic] to stay in my post or even stay in government. Others did …
Kat Hall, 23 Aug 2016
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Microsoft buys Genee's lamp, tips it into Office 365, smashes lamp

Microsoft has bought aspiring digital assistant start-up Genee and will roll it into Office 365. Billed by Microsoft as an “artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service,” Genee uses natural-language queries to set up tasks. In its beta phase the service was available free of charge. The service will now, however, shut …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2016
francis_maude_flames_evil depts in post-Mad Frankie Maude landgrab over IT spending controls

Analysis Government departments are winning significantly more exemptions to splash the cash on expensive IT projects since the departure of former Cabinet Office minister Francis “Mad Frankie” Maude last year, according to a Register analysis. The Department for Work and Pensions alone was given the green light for £200m in IT …
Kat Hall, 22 Aug 2016

Summer of Salesforce: CRM cloud swallows tiny pattern-recog firm

Salesforce has made its second acquisition of the month, and its fourth since June. The CRM-as-a-service player is buying business analytics provider BeyondCore for an undisclosed sum. BeyondCore examines data sets using pattern-recognition technology using a set of patented algorithms that combine machine learning and …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2016

Accountancy software firm Sage breached in apparent insider attack

Accounting software outfit Sage Group has been hit by a data breach affecting between 200 and 300 of its customers. The company told Reuters the breach was a misuse of an employee login. This post by Richard De Vere at “The AntiSocial Engineer” claims an employee was behind the breach. Sage says it doesn't know how much data …

Avnet CEO: Sales down, profits down, but we dumped $70m in cost

Bill Amelio might be the new interim exec holding high office at Avnet but the messages he delivered as the distie reported another quarter of falling sales were all too familiar - define the strategy and cut costs. The industry old timer, a former chief exec at Lenovo, was made top dog at Avnet on 11 July, though he can’t …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016
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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

Salesforce has splashed out $582m on what some hail as its alternative to MS Word. Without spending anything, Microsoft has shown the true meaning of power. For years, it has been macro makers who have done the daily work of making Office more and more useful to end users, embedding it more into daily working life. Now, as …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2016

Microsoft has stopped cutting sales fees for resellers? Yep

Microsoft has quit hacking into fees paid for channel software sales, and reselling clouds is getting more profitable – these seemed to be the major takeaways from top brass at Insight Enterprises in an enterprising Q2. Revenue at group level went up two per cent to $1.46bn, but this top line expansion was driven purely by the …
Clodagh Doyle, 04 Aug 2016

Blink and you'll miss the turnaround at Systemax

If a turnaround is happening at Systemax’s European reseller ops (Misco) then someone forgot to give the accountants the right numbers. The Technology Products Group reported sales of $238.2m, down 5.6 per cent year-on-year for calendar Q2, while operating losses widened from $0.8m to $2.2m. CEO Larry Reinhold said the …
Paul Kunert, 03 Aug 2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

Hands on If you’ve travelled at all around suburban or rural Greece, Turkey or North Africa you’ll wonder why almost every other house seems to be permanently under construction. There’ll be a house extension underway that can take decades to complete. Sometimes it’s because there just aren’t enough builders or because more tax has to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2016

Liberata in £43m buyout by Japanese firm OUTSOURCING Inc

OUTSOURCING Inc (OSI) – a Japanese player that does what it says on the tin – has acquired UK public sector BPO specialist Liberata for £43m. The buyer is has spread its tentacles via more than 70 subsidiaries into outsourcing across multiple industries including engineering, manufacturing, administrative and recruiting. …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2016


Frank Jennings

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'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


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One reselling man tells his tale of woe