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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

Lord Sugar has declared that he is quitting the Labour Party thanks to its "anti-business" policies. In a statement released on Twitter, the Sugar Baron stated that he intended to remain in the House of Lords "representing the interests of business and enterprise in the UK." The hairy walnut was, however, calling an end to …

Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

Fujitsu Forum 2015 Fujitsu has outlined a timetable for its hybrid IT digital platform after inking a deal to acquire French-based fluffy white services outfit UShareSoft. Some components of the digital business platform MetaArc are already available, including an Internet of Things, big data, mobility solutions and app dev. Head of Fujitsu’s …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015
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Wall Street turns off music at Adobe results after-party

Financial analysts last night ejected everyone from Adobe’s party prematurely as weaker-than-expected forecasts for the current quarter eclipsed the good progress made in cloud services, causing a share dip. The Creative Suite developer reported a 21 per cent bounce in turnover to $1.22bn in its Q3 of fiscal ’15 ended ended 28 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Sep 2015
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Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

If you’re planning a Christmas party and you’re the sort of miserly Scrooge type that doesn’t want to waste any money on excess Christmas crackers, science has got you covered. A trio of those party-loving statisticians has worked out the formula for the optimum number of crackers for a party to ensure that everyone wins one …
Team Register, 18 Dec 2014

HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

Personal data linked to 1,000 Customer Delivery Services staff at HP was accidentally emailed to an external third party yesterday. Insiders told us that HP CDS sent the entire employee payroll's info – which contained National Insurance numbers, addresses and salaries – to an unknown party yesterday by accident. An HP …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2014

EMC customer? You can only buy from third-party sales bods now

EMC says it will remove the tools that allowed its direct sales reps to quote kit prices to customers this quarter. The process is running slightly behind schedule due to some teething issues, but should be in place soon, it said. The internal reps used the Direct Express (DXP) to fire off quotes to customers while partners …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2014
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Alert after Intel Skylake chips, mobo sockets 'warp under coolers'

In brief Beware if you're fitting third-party coolers to your Intel Skylake processors: it's reported that the chips and their sockets can be damaged by the weight of the heat sinks. Apparently, the Skylake parts have a thinner substrate than their Broadwell predecessors, and are more likely to bend and break when heavy-duty coolers …
Chris Williams, 04 Dec 2015

HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

Our recent shock exposé on plans by Hewlett Packard Enterprise to open a private drinking club in its new City of London HQ led to speculation as to what exactly the boozer might be christened. To recap, a Reg reader spotted a licence application attached to the front of 1 Aldermanbury Square, on which the-then HP signed a 15- …
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2015
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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

With all the hoopla coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on Wednesday, there was surprisingly little talk of Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8.x for ARM-based tablets – and perhaps with good reason. In a Q&A with press following Wednesday's keynote, Redmond OS bosses Terry Myerson and Joe …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jan 2015

RM to schools: You can have third-party kit, just not from us

Education supplier RM has told customers they can buy discounted third-party hardware from Misco after finally shuttering its own reselling operation and closing the PC production order book. A hardware referral agreement was always on the cards, as revealed by CEO David Brookes last month and Misco has beaten rivals to what was …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

US and EC (European Commission) officials have until the end of the day today to reach a new Safe Harbor agreement or risk a breakdown of transatlantic e-commerce. Despite furious efforts over three months and, for the past few weeks, daily meetings between officials, the two sides are still reportedly at loggerheads over two …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Feb 2016

Cisco: Businesses are losing the ground war against hackers

Only half (54 per cent) of businesses are confident in their ability to verify and defend against an attack, according to a study by networking giant Cisco. Cisco's latest Annual Security Report concluded that this lack of confidence is mostly down to hackers becoming more nimble, resilient and persistent while businesses are …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2016

HPE to open private London drinking club

It has come to our attention that megacorp Hewlett Packard Enterprise is planning to open a private drinking establishment in its new London nerve centre, for the benefit of "employees, officers, guests and persons attending bona fide private functions". Earlier this year, the then-HP signed a 15-year lease on 1 Aldermanbury …
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2015

Sophos, Fortinet settle patent lawsuit, allegations of staff poaching

Sophos has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with US competitor Fortinet, in a case that also involved allegations of staff poaching. The recently listed UK company, a cloud and network security solutions outfit, paid an undisclosed sum to Fortinet to settle the dispute, as a brief statement (below) explains. Sophos …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2015

HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'

It's official: Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club has been dubbed the "Hewlett You Inn?" in a reader poll which saw the name pip "The DrinkJet" to the post by a single vote. To recap for the benefit of those who inexplicably missed what was the single most significant IT-related boozer scoop of 2015, it …
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2016

Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

Election 2015 Hot on the heels of Labour, the Conservatives today launched their manifesto – which matched their rivals for the sheer lack of detail on tech-related policy. "We will ensure that Britain seizes the chance to be a world leader in the development of 5G, playing a key role in defining industry standards," read the manifesto. No …
Kat Hall, 14 Apr 2015

Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

Enterprise security vendor Fortinet has attempted to explain why its FortiOS firewalls were shipped with hardcoded SSH logins. It appears Fortinet's engineers implemented their own method of authentication for logging-into FortiOS-powered devices, and the mechanism ultimately uses a secret passphrase. This code was reverse- …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2016
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Tech Mahindra posts profit warning: The end for Indian outsourcing?

Indian outsourcer Tech Mahindra, which bought disgraced rival Satyam in 2012, has issued a profit warning — the first sign of trouble in the buoyant market for some time. In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, it blamed a "seasonally weak" mobility business for dragging down first-quarter revenue, with shares …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2015

Vote now to name HPE's London boozer

POLL The moment has arrived for you, our beloved readers, to name Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club - a members-only establishment in the computer outfit's new HQ at 1 Aldermanbury Square. Here's the building last month, before HPE moved in, and when we spotted a licence application taped to the facade …
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2015

Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

Election 2015 Labour was the first major party to kick off the round of pre-election pledges this week, releasing its 2015 General Election manifesto. Amid the usual list of vague-sounding promises were a number of familiar platitudes about plans to "build on our strengths as a leader in digital technology". "Labour will ensure that all parts …
Kat Hall, 13 Apr 2015

NetNames confirms easily.co.uk whacked by cyber crims

The UK’s number two website hosting business, Easily.co.uk, has confirmed to customers it has fallen prey to cyber crims. The NetNames-owned company, which hosts 100,000 sites including 65,000 in Britain, told punters yesterday IT systems were attacked by an “unknown third party”. “A forensic investigation by independent …
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2015
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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

Microsoft engineers are struggling to fix a seven-day-old, self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage. IMAP access to Office 365 tanked on January 18, meaning customers could not access emails using Exchange Online via IMAP or connect third-party mail clients via IMAP. Microsoft told disgruntled Office 365 customers that the …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jan 2016
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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

An issue with the new Windows 10 Start menu means that those with more than 512 application shortcuts will have missing entries. In Windows 10, the Start menu includes an All Apps list, which you can search for quick access to installed applications. Start menu shortcuts are still shortcut files placed in the same special …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015
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Microsoft calls out Amazon's humble hybrid cloud

Microsoft's cut Azure prices again, while also making it plain that it thinks Amazon Web Services (AWS) is weak in the hybrid cloud. After explaining the price cuts, Nicole Herskowitz, Microsoft's director for cloud platform product marketing writes that “Prices aside, customers are using Azure … for its hybrid capabilities …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2016

Huawei and DataCore spawn a beautiful hyper-converged system

A hyper-converged server and storage system is coming as the offspring of a Huawei-DataCore deal giving channel partners of both an answer to Nutanix, SimpliVity, and EVO:RAIL-type offerings. Basically it’s Huawei FusionServer servers running DataCore SANsymphony-V software with Huawei Oceanstor direct-attached storage made into …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015
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Microsoft to offer (very) limited support for Linux on Azure

Microsoft has announced it will offer “limited support for major Linux distributions, third party and Open source technologies on Azure.” “Limited” might be a bit too kind a term for Microsoft's willingness to support Penguinistas. At present, the company welcomes Linux virtual machines to Azure but if something goes awry will …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2015
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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

The move to strike down Safe Harbour has created worrying uncertainty for companies, the Conservative minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has said. Responding to a Parliamentary question on the European Court of Justice’s judgement last month on the Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case, Neville- …
Kat Hall, 04 Nov 2015
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UK SMEs with weak security risk procurement exclusion – survey

SMEs need to take cyber security seriously or face being frozen out of the procurement process, according to a new survey from management consultants KPMG. In a poll of UK procurement managers, nearly all (94 per cent) agreed that the cyber security standards of their supplier are important when awarding a contract to an SME. …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2015

Arrow: Fraudsters impersonated one of our execs to steal money

Enterprise tech distributor Arrow Inc will take a $13m charge on the chin after a fraudster posing as a company exec transferred money from the corporate bank account to an external one. The admission came as Arrow outlined calendar Q4 numbers for the three months ended 31 December, with sales up six per cent year-on-year and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2016

Silicon Valley freeze-out: EU watchdog tells firms clock is ticking to limit data transfers

Companies have been put on notice by Brussel's top privacy bod, who has warned them that the transfer of EU citizens' data to the US must be limited – and this must happen soon. It comes several weeks after a landmark decision in the European Court of Justice nullified the questionable US-EU Safe Harbour Agreement. "No one …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015

PEX vex: Partners uninvited from the VMware party – report

+Comment VMware has reportedly asked at least two vendors – including Nutanix and Veeam – to "limit" their "presence" on the exhibition floor of the virtualisation juggernaut's Partner Exchange conference next week, prompting consternation in the storage community. The story, broken by CRN, has caused a Twitter frenzy and much chatter in …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
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Former HP vet Matthews is back! Slips into channel boss jacket at Fujitsu

Exclusive Fujitsu UK is to merge its B2B direct sales and enterprise channel management teams under the control of former HP veteran Kevin Matthews, El Chan can reveal. In recent weeks Fujitsu has parted with B2B divisional sales director Richard Pianta and channel and enterprise director Simon Worsfold, who oversaw distributor and …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015

Shocker: Clearing 2015's vast PC backlog was 'costly' for vendors

Stuffing European retailers and distributors’ shelves with PCs proved to be a pricey gamble that didn’t pay off for major suppliers: it took eleven months of last year and hefty price cuts to clear. Some 76.3 million computers were shipped into EMEA channels in 2015, down 18.2 per cent year-on-year, according to numbers from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016
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Softcat hires Domino’s Pizza man as NED ahead of IPO

Softcat has hired former Domino’s Pizza beanie Lee Ginsberg as non-exec director ahead of its long awaited flotation on the London Stock Exchange. The Marlow-based biz is tipped to list next month with a valuation estimated to be between £400m to £500m, the first time a local reseller has floated in years. Credit Suisse was …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015
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Unify leashes direct sales reps as it cozies up to channel types

Unify – formerly Siemens Enterprise Comms – is prepping "Rules of Engagement" to govern the behaviour of its direct sales reps as it relies more on channel types to make a living. The Siemens and Gores Group-owned firm, currently being offloaded to Atos in a sale process expected to close this quarter, has hired ex-Avaya exec …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2016
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Dell drops next network OS on the waiting world

Dell's taken another arrow from its software-defined network (SDN) quiver and drawn a new bead on Cisco, with the launch of Dell Networking Operating System 10. Leading the release is a split in the network architecture, to get rid of the platform-specific Linux tweaks needed so the operating system can talk to the silicon. …

No more tomorrows for TomorrowNow suit as Oracle and SAP settle

Oracle and SAP have settled their long-running dispute over third-party support outfit TomorrowNow. The case was fought over whether or not SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow was within its rights to download Oracle software to its own servers, by using Oracle customers' licence keys. TomorrowNow 'fessed up way back in 2008, when …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2014
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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

Comment The odds of paying Oracle top dollar to keep updating your database or business software shortened this week, despite Oracle’s victory over Rimini Street. Larry Ellison’s giant secured $50m in damages from Rimini in a case that has rattled on for five years. $14m of that will be paid by Rimini’s charismatic chief executive, …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2015
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RM's core tech division suffered a 12% revenue dip in 2015

Ditching PC production, the running down of the old Building Schools for the Future contracts, and relatively “subdued” government spending on education ate into RM’s lunch money in 2015. The specialist education supplier turned over £178.2m in the year ended November, down 12 per cent on the prior fiscal, and it was all the …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2016

Name that HPE boozer: Last orders please

Our call for potential names for Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club has prompted the expected rush to the bar from readers. The paradigm-busting green rectangle formerly known as HP or Hewlett Packard or whatever will serve up booze and music to punters at its new City of London HQ at 1 Aldermanbury …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015

A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

IDF15 It's party time at Intel. The mixtape is in the deck. The beers are chilling in tub. The chip giant has 99 per cent of the data-center market. Its profits in a single quarter can slip a few per cent, and still stand at $2.7bn. AMD is still AMD. What has Intel got to worry about? OK, mobiles, PCs, laptops, and tablets are …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2015
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Europe: Go on. Ask us to probe the £130m 'sweetheart' deal HMRC made with Google

The EU's Competition Commissioner has said Europe would probe Google's £130m sweetheart deal with the UK government "if asked" - following growing calls for Brussels to scrutinise the deal. The Scottish Nationalist Party has today written to Brussels to investigate the arrangement. Stewart Hosie MP said: "The truth is that we …
Kat Hall, 28 Jan 2016
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Former Dragon lures reseller exec into cloud cave

Manchester-based cloud-slinger Outsourcery has confirmed that outgoing Insight Enterprises UK boss Emma de Sousa will land as managing director in April. Sources told us last week that de Sousa was quitting Insight - it was confirmed by the company yesterday - and that one option on the table was the offer from Outsourcery. …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2015
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EMC: We know this much is True, our rebate deal is 'illegal' in the EU

Canalys Channels Forum The cash cannon EMC fired at channel partners in the US who vowed to transact the lion's share – if not all – of their storage business with the vendor will not cross the pond, in its current form at least. The True rebate programme was pushed out at this summer’s EMC World in Las Vegas, and was intended to be a staggered …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2015
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Ex-Logicalis UK boss Starkey signs up as EMC SDS biggie

Exclusive Former Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has crossed the fence into vendor land for the first time, rocking up as the lead for EMC’s software defined storage unit. The exec split from the IBM and Cisco integrator in February after 17 years at the firm, the last two at the helm of the Brit operation, and was subsequently replaced …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015
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Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

Could it be that time spent by Microsoft on software security counts for naught? Possibly - based on the findings of an investigation by enSilo that found some of the best-known AV names are susceptible to new vulnerabilities. The results are alarming, suggesting an entire of ecosystem unwittingly opening a back door into …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2015

Intel Skylake delays, Win10 and stock glut blamed for Q4 PC sales shrinkage

PC sales into the EMEA channel bombed in Q4 - it was partly the fault of Microsoft for releasing a free upgrade to Win10 but mostly due to high stocks levels that continued to plague retailers and disties. The mages at Gartner estimated that 22.5 million boxes were shipped into third party sellers in the final quarter of 2015 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2016
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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

United States and European Commission officials have promised they are doing everything possible to reach agreement over transatlantic data-sharing before a critical deadline at the end of this week. After the Safe Harbor agreement – put in place in 2000 – was struck down by Europe's highest court back in October due to NSA …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jan 2016
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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

Robbed of their Safe Harbor protection, US cloud giants are taking shelter behind a new data-export and privacy fig leaf. Microsoft and Salesforce have become the first to publicly invoke “model clauses” – saying customers can continue shipping data outside the EU and onto their servers in the US despite Tuesday's ruling by …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2015

Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

Updated While other IT industry heavyweights have embraced bug bounties and working with security researchers more generally, Oracle has set its face in the opposite direction in a blog post likening reverse engineering to cheating on your spouse. Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle's chief security officer (CSO), expressed corporate dislike …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2015

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