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Want $50bn from Uncle Sam? Put in a bid on these IT contracts

The US government's General Services Administration (GSA) has opened bidding on what it says will be a $50bn IT services contract package. The federal agency is now accepting applications for the Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 Small Business contracts to create what it describes as a "large, diverse pool of industry partners." The …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2016
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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

Comment Martin Fink’s HPE Labs has been dangling the Memristor in front of us for years. With Fink retiring and HPE Labs losing its independence, becoming part of Antonio Neri’s Enterprise Group, inventing far out blue sky stuff will likely shift to devising technologies that can be realistically productised. The Memristor cannot. The …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Intrinsic: We have no CEO. Otherwise everything is tickety-boo

Cisco Gold partner Intrinsic Technology has confirmed it is CEO-less - which Reg readers already knew - but that all is OK, everything is working out as planned. Honestly. As revealed by us this week, the Merseyside-based reseller has burned through four leaders in five years with the latest departure – Mark Bates – having …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2016
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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

The private equity profiteers behind Maplin Electronics have turned the screws on suppliers to hand over bigger rebates to help pay for physical and digital store improvements or risk having their kit sidelined. The geek fiddlers emporium was sold to Rutland Partners for £85m almost two years ago when the investor promised “ …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2016
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HDS goes hyper with its latest pile of converged IT Lego blocks

Aiming to stem the Nutanix snd SimpliVity hyper-converged tide, HDS announced the UCP HC V240, its first hyper-converged UCP product, along with the entry-level converged UCP 2000, for its mid-market and enterprise customers. Think of UCP (Unified Compute Platform) systems as being like EMC Vblocks (H-blocks?) and UCP HC boxen …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype

Google's going after Office 365 and Skype users in a cloud telephony partnership with Microsoft VoIP ally RingCentral. The search giant and RingCentral on Wednesday announced RingCentral Office Google Edition, a package letting you make online calls from within Google's Apps. Apps are integrated using WebRTC, the real-time …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2016

TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

Dido Harding, the chief exec of beleaguered firm TalkTalk, was handed £2.8m in salary this year, despite the company suffering a catastrophic cyber attack last year. The payout included base salary, shares and cash – the latter being related to performance targets between 2012-2015, the biz said in its annual report today. …
Kat Hall, 20 Jun 2016
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Quantum is shutting down sync'n'share biz Symform in July

Storage firm Quantum bought the Symform cloud consumer/small business file sync and share business in August 2014 – and is going to close it down on July 31. It has gone from acquisition to closure in 23 months. Why? According to a Quantum FAQ: "Quantum is discontinuing the Symform service due to its strategic business focus …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2016

Outsourcery sold after Dragon runs out of puff

Something positive was salvaged from the crash at cloud biz Outsourcery - 100 employees have transferred with the business in a pre-pack sale to new owners GCI Network Solutions. The loss-making company ran into cash flow shortages on multiple occasions, most recently in April when principal secured lender Vodafone stepped in …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2016
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Outsourcery to perform ULTIMATE outsource as it enters administration

Manchester-based failing cloud biz Outsourcery is to undertake a pre-pack administration with Vodafone partner GCI Network Solutions waiting in the wings to buy the company’s assets. The move, exclusively revealed by The Register last week, was confirmed by AIM-listed Outsourcery to the London Stock Exchange this morning. “ …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jun 2016

Fujitsu UK calls time on Entatech distie deal

Fujitsu has given Entatech their marching orders following a review of the UK line-up designed to tackle over-distribution, but it has granted a reprieve to Ingram Micro and Arrow ECS to get their act together. Kevin Matthews, UK sales director for Fujitsu’s Technology Products Group, said the review criteria involved sales, …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2016

Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

"Remember that dystopian view of the future in which technology displaces millions of people from their jobs? It's happening." So begins the less-than-cheery explanation of the huge $26.2bn acquisition of LinkedIn to staff by its CEO Jeff Weiner. Weiner appears to recognize that for many of his employees, being acquired by …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2016

Dragons' Den-run cloud biz Outsourcery close to sale – sources

Cash-strapped AIM-listed infrastructure services biz Outsourcery – co-run by former Dragons' Den badass Piers Linney – is close to wrapping up a pre-pack administration, multiple sources have told The Register. Trading in the firm's shares was suspended on Friday after top brass postponed publication of last year's results and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2016
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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

The UK government would be likely to have an "emergency" budget shortly after next month's EU referendum if there is a "leave" vote. It would use that budget to give clarity on its priorities for changes to the tax regime. Its proposed changes to the corporate tax regime would be influenced by the eventual trading relationship …
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Jun 2016
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Eject button hit: UK overlords of tech distribution split

What a week it has been for high level UK departures, with three major tech distributors – Arrow ECS, Ingram Micro and Wick Hill – parting with a big cheese. First up is Nick Thurlow, veep of north west Europe at Arrow, who confirmed to us he is leaving at the end of this month a little over three years after he joined from …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2016
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HPE is still swinging the layoffs axe: 500 more services folk get chop

Another quarter and another round of people are being crammed into Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services’ employment cannon – 500 poor souls in the UK and Ireland have been told to stand in line. As revealed by El Reg some months ago, HPE’s Enterprise Services (ES) division – the one being merged with CSC – put nearly 1,100 …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Hands-on In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Microsoft highlighted its increasingly popular Surface line as the growth leader in its More Personal Computing line of business. Surface led the category with 61 per cent growth in constant currency, a rise driven by the top products in the line, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and the …
Addison Snell, 27 May 2016
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Whitman deletes another chapter in HP history as CSC and ES borg

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is dismantling another legacy bequeathed to her by a predecessor as she waves goodbye to Enterprise Services. The first lady of Palo Alto has already closed the chapter opened by one-time CEO Carly Fiorina who had signed off the buy of Compaq, only for HP's PC business to be ejected …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue. HPE has made lots of noise about turning around its services division, largely by aggressively reducing its headcount. In this move, HPE will be senior partner in the new entity by revenue and headcount but …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016

Trad software sales type looking for a break? Atlassian shrugs

Most new companies are likely to opt for cloud-based software, the president of Atlassian said today. And that might just bring a tear to the eye of traditional IT sales bods, given that the company had grown to its $117.9m Q3 revenue off 57,000 companies, without ever having a fleet of besuited sales types. The JIRA and …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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Crayon names former Di Data sales director as UK top dog

Microsoft enterprise licensing slinger and software asset management biz Crayon has finally filled the empty seat at the top of its UK organisation after grabbing former Di Data’s local sales director Richard Lockey. The exit of Gareth Johnson in January and the last-minute decision of the candidate chosen to replace him not …
Paul Kunert, 19 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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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

There appears to be a broad consensus that a Brexit would be bad for Ireland: that Ireland’s economy would be seriously affected if the UK decides to leave the EU on June 23. A report by Irish business lobby group Ibec has warned of “the far-reaching impact on Ireland if our nearest neighbour, key trading partner and close …
Billy MacInnes, 06 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

Chomp! Barracuda gets its bite back after turning a profit again

The sum of $83.7m exceeded Barracuda’s revenue estimates for its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Feb 29, 2016. It was a 16 per cent rise year-on-year and a 4.5 per cent rise quarter-on-quarter. There was a $3.2m net profit, pleasing after five straight loss-making quarters. The full year revenue number was $320.2m, 15.4 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

VMware cloud gros fromage packs his bags and takes a hike

At some point you have to say this is starting to look like a rout. VMware EVP Bill Fathers is taking a hike, no longer content to be general manager of the cloud services business unit. Father's responsibilities will be shared between two cloud co-general managers, Allwyn Sequeira and Laura Ortman, who will report to VMware …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016
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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will announce his running mate at a campaign event on Wednesday afternoon – and the pick to revitalize his flagging campaign is Carly Fiorina. Fiorina ended her own bid for the presidency in February after a lackluster performance in which she proved herself to be factually challenged …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Wanna walk the plank voluntarily? You got it

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to initiate a voluntary redundancy (VR) option nearly two months after putting 1,092 UK staff in Enterprise Services (ES) on the chopping block. Techies at HPE were told they were in scope for compulsory job cuts in March including 780 in IT Outsourcing and 173 from the Application Business …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016
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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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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016
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It's a good time to be in hyper-converged, eh, Pivot3?

Pivot3's had its highest-ever revenue growth rate in 2016's first quarter. The company hyperconverged appliance company bought Nexgen, an all-flash and hybrid array starup spun out of SanDisk, earlier this year, and gained $54.6m in funding. Now we see why the VCs were excited about Pivot3's prospects. Pivot3 saw a greater …
Chris Mellor, 25 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
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 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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Dell slips Scality's RING onto its OEM finger

Dell has upgraded its nine month old Scality reselling deal, offering the SD7000-S file and object storage server running OEM'd Scality RING software. This follows on from the HPE-Scality deal with HPE investing $10m in Scality and selling its RING software with its Apollo 4000 and ProLiant servers. The purpose-built and …
Chris Mellor, 18 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
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Europe's new privacy safeguards are finally approved, must invade EU nations by 2018

Analysis The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been ratified by the European Parliament. The final seal of approval follows successful passage through the EU Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Following four years of discussions and amendments, the GDPR is now officially EU law and will …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2016

Microsoft: We have a bullet ready for 12 competencies

Microsoft is to take 12 "old world" accreditations out back to be shot as it drags channel partners – some of them kicking and screaming – into the cloud. Gavriella Schuster, GM of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group, said it will “streamline” certifications and funnel investment on “building successful cloud practices”. “ …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016

Confirmed: Cisco did invest in SpringPath

When Cisco entered the hyperconverged product area with its SpringPath software-powered HyperFlex system, it had already invested money in SpringPath and gained board-level representation. Cisco VP for world-wide Data Center and Virtualization, Frank Palumbo, revealed this at a Data Centre partner meeting in Rome. The amount …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 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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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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Hyper-converged prospects? Thanks to firm-gobbling habit and OEM deal, Dell has 3

EMC-Dell deal Dell has three horses in the hyper-converged system race: VMware’s VSAN colt, EMC’s ScaleIO mustang and OEM’d Nutanix’s filly. Come 2017, VMware and EMC should be inside Dell and eyes will look quizzically at the Dell Nutanix OEM deal. Specifically, Dell says it has the broadest hyper-converged stable offering available from …
Chris Mellor, 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 …

Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

Analysis The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might be …
Frank Jennings, 31 Mar 2016
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Nexenta wins Lenovo as server partner

Lenovo and Nexenta are developing combined System X X86 server/DAS/NexentaStor software offerings, joint go-to-market strategies, and Lenovo service and support. Lenovo is the third-largest server shipper worldwide. Nexenta’s NexentaStor offers open source storage software offering file and block access scalable out to …
Chris Mellor, 30 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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Dell presses shuffle, revamps UK channel

Dell has given its channel team a lick of paint with some mid-level management shuffling at the UK organisation, El Chan can reveal. Andy Corcoran is set to start as regional sales director from the beginning of next month with a remit to help partner development managers squeeze more business out of the resellers they oversee …
Paul Kunert, 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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Chris Mellor

Execution warrant close to being signed for Fink's folly
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