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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 his …

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
Boring Christmas

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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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

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

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
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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

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
Windows 10 on Surface 3

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
Breakwater at Portland Harbour

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
Azure Stack

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

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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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

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

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

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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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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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

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

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

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

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
Fountain pen

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

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Microsoft has released an update it says is the first major release for Windows 10. Redmond said the new version of Windows 10, version 1511, will offer better performance and compatibility with third-party hardware. "With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2015
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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

Comment So it's happened. Microsoft will adjust its books and its staff roster to largely erase its purchase of Nokia. Yesterday, CEO Satya Nadella announced an "impairment charge" of $7.6bn related to the acquisition, along with a reduction of 7,800 employees, primarily from "the phone business". The announcement makes sense to the …
Tim Anderson, 09 Jul 2015

Intel Security hires ex-Cisco and Avaya man to run global channels

Intel Security - the company formerly known as McAfee - has hired ex-Avaya global channel overlord Richard Steranka to run the rule over its worldwide partner network. The exec will take control of the security firm’s disties, resellers, managed service providers, alliances and embedded OEM chums - and will have his work cut …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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Masses of Brit IT bods embroiled in leak riddle

Mystery surrounds the origin of a leak on Pastebin containing what looked like the full contact details on tech personnel at hundreds of UK organizations. The leaked document features names of people, the firms they worked for, email addresses, and phone numbers (mobile and landline). It surfaced on Sunday, and purported to …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2015
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Dell and EMC customers happy about prospect of Dell/EMC merger

Dell and EMC customers like the idea of a Dell/EMC merger and largely plan to spend more with the combined companies, according to analyst outfit the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). The firm surveyed “202 senior IT decision makers at organizations that currently purchase from Dell and/or EMC Federation companies”. Of that …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
Sheriff Woody

IBM: Listen up, we're the sheriffs of this leaky external app town

IBM is finally waking up to the potential threat that employees’ Bring Your Own Cloud-based apps pose for corporate enterprises, prompting it to roll out a security service. The Cloud Security Enforcer includes ID management-as-a-service and scans the corporate network to discover external apps that workers are using, then …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015
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Data breach at biz that manages Cisco, F5 certs plus many others

Technology certification management provider Pearson VUE has copped to a computer security breach after malware compromised its Credential Manager System. The Pearson Credential Manager (PCM) system supports a number of companies' certification tracking programmes, including network hardware outfits Cisco and F5. Pearson VUE …

Oracle slices $50m off Rimini in bloody battle over cut-price support

Rimini Street, which touts bargain-basement software support for apps from Oracle and others, must pay US$50m to the database giant after losing a five-year legal fight. Nevada-based Rimini offers support for Oracle's enterprise products at rates as much as 50 per cent lower than Oracle's own, including support for JD Edwards …
Chris Williams, 14 Oct 2015
Amazon data center

Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

Amazon’s cloud services have been declared safe by Europe’s privacy rights watchdogs. The Article 29 Working Party (a group made up of all Europe’s national data protection authorities), led by the Luxembourgish CNPD, has found that Amazon Web Services’ standard contractual clauses meet all the requirements of EU data …
Jennifer Baker, 01 Apr 2015

Oracle claims knockout blow in IP lawsuit

Oracle says new findings by the judge hearing its case against third party software support outfit Rimini Street prove its IP has been pinched. Judge Larry R Hicks' orders aren't online yet, but Oracle has kindly let the world know about what it considers the best bits. Those include a quote to the effect that “Rimini had …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2014

Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

You’ve entrusted your data to a cloud. This has allowed you to sell off (or scrap) your legacy hardware. You’ve got some new, up-to-date software applications. Maybe you have also outsourced all or part of your IT team. You no longer have to manage and maintain the bulk of your hardware, software and data. You are now enjoying …
Frank Jennings, 06 Jul 2015
No Sale

Salesforce snubbed Microsoft's $55bn biz gobble offer – report

Microsoft wanted to buy cloud giant for $55bn, it is reported. CNBC, citing anonymous sources, today claims the Windows goliath offered the 11-figure sum to Salesforce, but boss Marc Benioff wanted $70bn – a whopping price tag that ultimately sunk the deal. Salesforce has a market cap of $48.48bn. The talks …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2015
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Juniper hardware and software to sleep in separate beds

Juniper has decided to embrace the spirit of the white box, by loosening the bonds between Juniper hardware and its Junos software. It's a change that works both ways, as the company's corporate VP for development and innovations Denise Shiffman told The Register: both Junos and Juniper hardware will be available as discrete …
The Starship Enterprise

Windows 10 to grow up, turn extra enterprise-y beginning this month

Microsoft says features of Windows 10 for enterprises that weren't available when the OS launched in July will begin rolling out this month. As was the case with the Windows 10 launch, subscribers to the Windows Insider program will get first crack at the late add-ons, which won't reach general availability until later in the …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2015

HP’s controversial sales scheme isn't dead, it's just resting. There – it moved!

HP’s controversial Value System Integrator sales programme hasn’t been taken out the back and murdered, contrary to the wishful thinking from some in the channel – but it is being scaled back. The mechanism started in the public sector in the noughties as a way to beat Dell on pricing, by removing distributors from the supply …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2015
Dell XPS 15

Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015

Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

Analysis Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has stepped up his rhetoric against HP in his latest lawsuit against the firm, having characterized HP as a snake pit of backbiting and internecine squabbling where execs "generally fought amongst themselves like cats in a sack." In papers [PDF] filed with the UK High Court on Thursday, Lynch …
Neil McAllister, 02 Oct 2015
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IBM pumps up the volumes for data pool party

IBM has a new release of its SVC software coming out to widen the distance between cluster nodes, improve HA and provide better Tivoli integration. This strengthens the V7000 too, as it shares the same SVC binary code. SVC is IBM's SAN Volume Controller, it is a block-accessed, network storage product that sits inline in a SAN …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2011

EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

The EU's advisory panel on privacy and data protection has warned Google to comply with Europe's laws in an unusually strongly worded statement. The Article 29 Working Party vowed to investigate if Google refused to abide by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling – Google Spain v Gonzalez et al – that decreed Google was not …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2014
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft Surface to hit third-party stores on Wednesday

Microsoft has confirmed that it has ramped up production of its Surface fondleslabs in advance of a new global retail sales push, one that should see the devices hit third-party retail store shelves as early as this Wednesday. "The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see," Surface general manager Panos Panay said …
Neil McAllister, 12 Dec 2012

Citrix's boutique virtualisation strategy is working. Mostly

Citrix has taken the unusual step of releasing some market share data that doesn't show it in a completely flattering light. Citrix more or less backed out of the mainstream server virtualisation market in 2013 and 2014. In the latter year analyst firm Gartner said the company “is no longer investing strictly to keep up with …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2015


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