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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016

Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

Larry Ellison is rumoured to be mulling a substantial cash injection into a foundering business which has seen itself unable to compete in recent years with more powerful rivals. No, not Oracle, but Aston Villa, according to the the word on the street and in The Sun, which says that a Brit consortium linked to the US …
Paul Kunert, 21 Apr 2016
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Hortonworks CEO tells El Reg: 'Clearly there's a lot of work to do'

Interview Hortonworks CEO, Rob Bearden, told The Register that “clearly there's a lot of work to do” as the business attempts to stop burning cash by the end of 2016. In an interview in The Marker hotel in Dublin, just across the River Liffey from where Hortonworks was hosting its EMEA Hadoop Summit, Bearden reaffirmed that the Santa …
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SAP's results are a right Waldorf salad: Core sales dip, yet support biz is stable

SAP has confirmed a sudden and sharp drop in sales of its software with continued, escalating sales of cloud. Sales of new licences for its core, on-premises software fell 13 per cent in the first three months of 2016 to €609m, compared to the first quarter of 2015. It was a sharp about-turn given SAP closed the last three …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016

Oracle plans Exadata-as-a-service, in cloud or on-prem

Oracle is preparing an on-premises version of its new Exadata cloud service. Big Red recently introduced a cloudy version of Exadata, its dedicated database appliance which itself scored a new release. The headline items in the seventh-generation appliance are the new Broadwell Xeons. Oracle's chosen the 22-core version to …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2016

Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

Tech firms are the largest corporate tax dodgers in the US, according to a new report from Oxfam. The charity has published a special report on "how America's dysfunctional tax system costs billions in corporate tax dodging" called Broken at the Top [PDF], and at the top of the top are computer companies. Apple is the number …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Apr 2016
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Salesforce takes AIM, hits bullseye in enterprise integration

If you buy into the IBM and Oracle PR that they are cloud “leaders” and are successfully transitioning their on-prem software businesses, think again. Gartner’s latest assessment of the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market serves as a timely slap in the kisser. The report demonstrates that gold made by those …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Shareholder rage freezes Salesforce boss Marc Benioff's package

Mark Benioff won’t be getting a pay rise this year thanks to shareholder discontent over the “excessive compensation” of Salesforce management. The CRM-as-a-Service chief exec and co-founder will take home just $1.55m in Salesforce’s fiscal year 2017, exactly the same as last year. Benioff’s potential cash bonus has been …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016

Dell/EMC will rule the cloud, for a while

Once Dell gobbles EMC for good, the combined company will rule the cloud. That's The Register's conclusion after grabbing analyst firm IDC's abacus and having somee fun with its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, the data it publishes after combining sales of servers, storage, and Ethernet switches by …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2016
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EMC's virtue is its VCE, but Cisco and NetApp's Flexpods slightly floppy

IDC’s Converged Systems Tracker for 2015’s fourth quarter shows EMC’s VCE unit is doing very well, Flexpod reference architecture systems are limp, and hyper-converged system growth is properly perky. Over all the converged systems market grew revenue 8.5 per cent year over year to $3.1bn in 2015’s last quarter. Within this …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016
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Microsoft lures top Linux exec from Oracle to Redmond

Larry Ellison will be throwing his boats out of the bathtub on the news that Wim Coekaerts, possibly Oracle's top Linux guy, has jumped ship to Microsoft. "Wim Coekaerts has joined Microsoft as Corp VP of Open Source in our Enterprise Cloud Group," Mike Neil, VP for enterprise cloud at Microsoft, told El Reg. "As we continue …
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2016
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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

The Oracle v. Google fight over Java took a couple of twists just before the Easter weekend. The database giant now reckons it is owed up to $9.3bn in copyright-infringement damages for Android's use of Java. Meanwhile, the judge in the trial wants to ban Oracle and Google lawyers from scouring jurors' social network profiles …
Chris Williams, 28 Mar 2016
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Oracle traps its cloud inside own tin boxes

Oracle is throwing one stone at two birds troubling its business: cloud and falling server sales. That stone: cloud in a box. The database giant has announced Oracle Cloud at Customer, a package of its publicly available, but relatively unwanted cloud software - in its reciprocally related servers. The stone has a name: …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2016

Oracle fires big red Solaris support sueball at HPE

A new outbreak of hostility between former partners Oracle and HPE has seen Big Red fling a flaming sueball at Hewlett Packard spin-out over who has the rights to support the Solaris operating system. The basis of the spat is that an HPE-backed a third company, TERiX Computer, has pitched itself as offering Solaris support but …
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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

The slow reveal that is Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux strategy has taken a small step forward, with Redmond pressing “publish” on a blog post discussing SQL strategy. Microsoft has also promised to ship SQL Server 2016 during this calendar year, having recently and quietly popped out the first release candidate (in which “ …
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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Oracle whistles happy tune as shadow of AWS bus parks on database lawn

Oracle is brushing off challenges from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to its core database business as a natural consequence of leadership. Rivals are pouncing to take advantage of the shift from on-prem licensing of software to the cloud, the firm reckoned. “People are coming after us, because we are by far the market …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2016

Oracle made slightly less money last quarter, and America is to blame

Oracle is blaming a strong dollar in cutting into its Q3 fiscal 2016 numbers. The enterprise giant reported [PDF] a three per cent decline in revenues and a 14 per cent drop in net income on the year-ago quarter, but said that when adjusted for constant currency, revenues would have been up one per cent and income down just …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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Commvault visits Nutanix's Acropolis, adds AWS/Azure action

Commvault has extended its Commvault Data Platform (CDP) with support for Nutanix hyper-converged appliances and improved on-premises-to-public-cloud mobility and protection. The Service Pack 3 additions are: IntelliSnap support for NEC and Nutanix API access via S3, REST, and Office 365 Online WOPI Interfaces to CDP …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

SQL Server for Linux: A sign of Microsoft's weakness. Sort of

Analysis Microsoft is porting SQL Server to Linux, with a private preview available now and full availability “in mid-2017”. This is a big strategic move for the company. Microsoft’s server applications, including Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM, and the various components of System Center, have …
Tim Anderson, 09 Mar 2016
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Oracle tweaks exchange rate, hikes up database prices in UK

Oracle’s database customers are set for a five per cent price hike in the UK. The database giant is bumping up charges across the board for user and processor licences, for software update licences as well as support for Standard Edition 2, Enterprise Edition and on NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition. Unlike some other Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2016
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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

Oracle's remaining experienced support staff have been asked to assist the company's more recent support hires, sources familiar with the matter have told The Register. Oracle workers around the globe responded to our story yesterday in which we reported that Big Red's consolidation of support resources worldwide is nearly …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016
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Pretty, Nimble, but these financials just aren't nimble enough

Nimble Storage’s revenues rose to $90.1m in its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter but its losses deepened, to $32.4m, counter-balancing that good news. Overall revenues didn’t rise enough to assuage investors' concerns about future profitability. The company has fixed the big hole in its product line with the release of an all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2016
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016

One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

Security researchers have discovered a new technique for deciphering the contents of supposedly secure communications. The DROWN attack - it has already got a name, like recent high profile crypto attacks Lucky13, BEAST, and POODLE - is a “cross-protocol attack that can decrypt passively collected TLS sessions from up-to-date …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2016
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EMC’s DSSD all-flash array hits the streets, boasting 10m IOPS

+Comment EMC has launched its all-flash, rack-scale DSSD D5 array* offering 10 million IOPS and 144TB in 5U of rack space. Other headline numbers for what EMC calls its rack-scale flash array are 100 microsecond latency and 100GB/sec bandwidth. Consider the D5 product as being suited for “emerging next-generation applications based on …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016
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Microsoft finally ties the knot with Xamarin, snaps up mobile app biz

Microsoft has bought its long-time partner Xamarin for an undisclosed sum. "With today's acquisition announcement we will be taking this work much further to make our world-class developer tools and services even better with deeper integration and to enable seamless mobile app dev experiences," said Scott Guthrie, VP of …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2016
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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

Oracle has been telling a number of organisations running its database software that they are breaking the company's licensing rules – and therefore owe it millions of dollars in unpaid licence fees. The issue hit the headlines in January after US confectionery giant Mars took Oracle to court in the US over claims Mars had …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2016

Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

At least two police forces have signed contracts to shift their tin to the the government's Crown Hosting shared data centre and close their existing server farms, the head of the Police ICT Company, Martin Wyke, has said. Wyke estimates that almost every force currently has its own dedicated data centre. However, he said …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2016

Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud

Oracle has acquired Ravello, purveyor of a cloud-spanning hypervisor. Ravello de-cloaked in 2013, giving the world technology that virtualises hypervisors to make them portable. The outcome of that trick is the ability to encapsulate an app and run it just about anywhere, without having to re-tool it for a particular cloud. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2016
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SAP’s Byzantine licensing leaves its customers feeling exposed

SAP’s complex and “opaque” licensing conditions means the majority of its users think they are exposed to “incalculable” financial risks when third parties dip into their systems. A survey of German SAP user group members by SAM specialist SecurIntegration showed that over half thought they were “possibly” or “very probably” …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2016

Public enemies: Azure, Amazon, Google, Oracle, OpenStack, SoftLayer will murder private IT

Analysis On-premises IT is facing decimation by six public cloud enemies: Amazon, Azure, Google, OpenStack, Oracle and SoftLayer, who are on course to have the majority of customers' IT spend by 2018. An Internet retailer, started up as an online book store, and a website search facility have kickstarted an IT phenomenon which could …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2016
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Asigra becomes an Oracle reseller

Backup software supplier Asigra is shipping its software with Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance hardware. The software is Asigra's Cloud Backup, which is agentless and multi-tenant. It's also NIST FIPS 140-2 certified. The ZFS appliance hardware had notched up a billion dollars-worth of sales by October last year. Some 15,000 …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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Oracle now fully compliant with UK tax laws*

Good news, britons! Oracle says it is now fully compliant with the nation's latest tax regulations, including those that come into force on April 6th. That's the first day of the UK's new financial year, thanks to some sixteenth-century calendar-realignment shenanigans. Whatever the reason for the day, those who rely on …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2016
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Former Oracle man Block fills Salesforce's COO slot

Oracle's former US sales chief Keith Block has been handed the keys to Salesforce by his boss Marc Benioff. Block has been named chief operating officer but will continue to lead global sales in addition to alliances and channels, industry strategy, and consulting. He was lifted from Oracle in 2013, where Block was executive …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2016
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Oracle hires cloud 'success' pushers, denies EMEA customers are floating away

Oracle is expanding its platform-as-a-service cloud team in Europe, but denied it is a move to revive renewals. The database giant confirmed it is hiring 150 people across EMEA to join the firm’s Customer "Success" programme under Carmen Romero. Oracle told The Register the move is in response to growing customer demand and …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Feb 2016
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CSC boss Gossain is now an ex-exec

CSC UK chief Sanjiv Gossain has joined the not-so-selective club of ex-execs, leaving the ailing integrator less than two years into his tenure. In a wonderful blurt of business-speak, CSC sent us a statement on his departure, confirming Gossain is leaving to “pursue other opportunities as he transitions to the next chapter of …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016
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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

Microsoft’s second fiscal quarter showed a company at a dangerous stage in its transition. It also revealed a firm that is unable to rely on the certainties of old. Not so long ago, Microsoft could call on three engines of growth to drive its business – Office/personal productivity, server and tools, and Windows client …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016

Microsoft hammers first nails into Enterprise Agreements' coffins

Microsoft is to prevent SMEs from buying software via an Enterprise Agreement, a move some industry figures interpreted as the first of a death-by-a-thousand-cuts fate for the volume licensing programme. From the start of July, Microsoft will raise the minimum commitment on EAs from 250 users/ devices to 500, channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016
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The only way is down for NetApp, HPE and IBM storage – study

In its inaugural Voice of the Enterprise: Storage Study, 451 Research forecasts public cloud storage spend to double in two years – with NetApp, HPE and IBM falling down the supplier rankings as Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure bulldoze their way in. We have seen a copy of the report: 451 asked its enterprise research base “ …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2016
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Don’t get in a cluster fluster, Wikibon tells NetApp users

The Wikibon consultancy, in what amounts to a sustained analytical assault on NetApp’s product strategy, claims NetApp 7-Mode array users shouldn’t update to CDOT (Clustered DataONTAP), its latest FAS array operating system, and should think seriously about moving workloads to other suppliers’ systems. CDOT clusters FAS arrays …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2016
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Citrix names former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov prez and CEO

Citrix has appointed former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov President and chief executive officer. Tatarinov spent over eight years as President, Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Division, overseeing Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses. His LinkedIn profile also records …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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Oracle's SE2 update the end for some ISVs, says veteran systems firm

Three months after Oracle announced its new Standard Edition 2 (SE2) product, and seven months before it's rolled out as an automatic update for SE and SE 1, a veteran systems company has claimed Ellison's move could be catastrophic for independent software vendors (ISV). SE2 is Oracle's attempt to increase revenue from its …
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PWC devours cloud consultancy Outbox Group

PwC is the latest big consultancy to grab a piece of the cloud action by hoovering up integrator Outbox Group, a European firm that specialises in CRM, marketing automation and IT maintenance. After maintaining a watching vigil, the big consultancies are starting to fork out cold hard cash for cloud services outfits - late …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016
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Vendors reporting their cloud revenue with funny money

There's no way to tell just how successful your suppliers are in the cloud, because nobody's counting cloud cash consistently. So says analyst house Gartner in a paper titled “Vendor Cloud Revenue Claims — Should Enterprises Care?” Gartner thinks you need to care, because vendors are finding all sorts of ways to cook up a big …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2016

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IDC stats reveal who's who in the backup appliance bearpit
Carry on Cleo

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Infamy, infamy, Amazon and Microsoft have all got it in for me!

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