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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

Software companies must enable customers that acquire an unlimited licence to use their product to download a copy of that software to replace originals that have been damaged, destroyed or lost, the EU's highest court has ruled. The right to access a replacement for damaged, destroyed or lost software exists in this way under …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 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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Fujitsu to staff: Toe the party line over this PC sale talks story

Fujitsu might well be talking to interested parties, including Lenovo, about offloading its withering PC business but has asked staff to maintain the party line on its “absolute commitment” to customers. The Japanese HQ’d organisation yesterday issued a statement following reports in the Nikkei Asian Review that it was locked …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016
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HPE is mulling 'tuck-in' buys of cloud firms, gros fromage says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is sat on pile of cash that will be used to fund “tuck-in” buyouts, with cloud services a potential hunting ground, the company’s number two has told The Register. Antonio Neri, also exec veep and GM for the Enterprise Group, said the major structural work that has seen the PC and print units spun …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2016
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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

For the second time in three weeks, delegates are flooding into San Francisco for a big conference – last month it was Oracle OpenWorld and now the Salesforce Dreamforce conference kicks off on Tuesday. Dreamforce sold out early this year, with the $1,799 tickets getting snapped up more quickly than expected. As with anything …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2016
HP 3D printer

HP Inc: No DRM in our 3D printers, we swear (unlike our 2D ones)

While HP Inc is getting a lot of flack over its DRM lockdown on 2D printing consumables, in the 3D world the company wants to address that it won't be setting the prices on consumables. Speaking at the 50th anniversary party for HP Labs, Tim Weber, global head of 3D materials for the firm, said that HP Inc would not be the …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2016
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Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine

Ignite Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 at its Ignite event in Atlanta. The commercially supported edition of the Docker engine is included at no extra cost. Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are available for download this week and will be on sale from October 1 2016. A key feature of …
Tim Anderson, 26 Sep 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise bigwig chuckles at talk of buyout talks

The number two at Hewlett Packard Enterprise has brushed off talk the slimmed-down organisation could be vulnerable to a takeover, as the company is again linked with “possible” buyers - this time around Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, Cisco and, er, Dell. Antonio Neri, executive veep and general manager for the Enterprise Group, told …
Paul Kunert, 21 Sep 2016

Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?

Salesforce has unveiled Einstein, a deep learning platform it hopes will form the foundation of all of its future SaaS offerings. Touting years of development and hundreds of millions of dollars in both in-house development and acquisitions, Einstein will be baked into pretty much every major product Salesforce offers. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2016
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Oracle settles with State of Oregon for US$100m, by locking it in

Oracle and the US State of Oregon have struck a $US100m settlement over Big Red's botching of a health portal project. But even though Oracle looks like the villain, it will probably come out ahead in the long term because the state has committed to implementing plenty of its software. The settlement came about after a $300m …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
PowerEdge T630 Tower Server

Cloud pause slows server revenues amid price war rumours

Server sales are continuing to rise, but that's not translating into bulging bank accounts. So says abacus-wielding analyst firm IDC in its new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker covering April to June 2016. “Overall server market growth has recently slowed in part due to a pause in hyperscale datacenter expansion and is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016

Straight outta Staines: Attenda has finally been sold... to US biz Ensono

The Staines-based managed service provider Attenda has been sold to Ensono, and we called it. Initially due to be up for sale by owner Darwin Private Equity last year, Attenda wasn't flogged due to its fairly poor results. As we we reported at the time discussions began, Arma Partners worked as financial advisers for the deal …

Waters named HPE boss on his 40th b'day

White smoke emanated from the towers at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s London-based digs yesterday as Marc Waters was ordained leader of UK and Ireland ops. The permanent job offer always seemed on the cards when Waters was made acting MD in July, taking over from Andy Isherwood, who was himself elevated to EMEA boss in a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Sep 2016

McAfee's back! Intel flogs security software biz, pockets $3.1bn

Intel is selling off a majority stake in its security software arm – formerly known as McAfee – to private equity firm TPG, which will rename itself to, er, McAfee. Chipzilla absorbed McAfee Inc in 2010 for $7.68bn, and in 2014 it phased out the McAfee brand name. According to Intel, that software division is today valued at …
Iain Thomson, 07 Sep 2016
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O2: Float or flog. What's it going to be, Telefonica?

Spanish telco Telefonica has indicated it could soon hold an IPO of O2 in order to raise funds to pay off debt. Telefonica has previously made noises about exiting the UK market after the EU Competition Commission over the proposed sale of O2 to Three for £10.3bn earlier this year. It had hoped the sale would help reduce its …
Kat Hall, 05 Sep 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise in talks to offload software, asking for '$8bn to $10bn'

The breakup of Hewlett Packard Enterprise is set to continue with execs locked in talks to offload the software division to private equity biz Thomas Bravo. The asking price is said to be $8bn to $10bn. The sale, reported first by Reuters, would close the curtain on one of HPE’s most embarrassing episodes, namely the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2016
NetApp founder Dave Hitz and SolidFire founder Dave Wright

Solidfire is 'for people who **CKING HATE storage' says NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

VMWORLD 2016 NetApp founder Dave Hitz has apologised to a VMworld 2016 audience for being slow to produce proper flash arrays. In a session on the future of storage he shared with SolidFire founder Dave Wright, Hitz said that work on Clustered ONTAP had consumed more resources and time than the company anticipated, leaving it short of …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Sep 2016

Intel's makeshift Kaby Lake Cores hope to lure punters from tired PCs

Intel's stop-gap Kaby Lake processors – aka the seventh-generation Core family – will ship in laptops starting from September, we're told. According to Chipzilla, the first wave of the new Cores will appear in 10mm-thick notebooks and two-in-one convertible tablets aimed at small businesses and normal folk. The CPUs will …
Chris Williams, 30 Aug 2016
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Nutanix: Yup, OK, we gobbled PernixData, What you gonna do about it?

At long last Nutanix has come clean and revealed it is buying PernixData (VMware's hypervisor memory caching software biz), and confirmed it also slurped devops software company No prices have been disclosed but we understand the deal was the one referred to in a Nutanix S1 amended filing, which involved 528, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016

Arista slapped with import ban after US Trade Rep lays down law

The US Trade Representative has upheld a ban on all Arista Networks products, following a complaint of patent infringement by Cisco. A federal commission found in June that the company's products infringed patents owned by the switchzilla. "The International Trade Commission determined that Arista wilfully and intentionally …
Kat Hall, 24 Aug 2016

The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

AMD is continuing to drip feed information about Zen, its long-awaited designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture. Zen is a big deal, or rather needs to be a big deal, for AMD because its previous Bulldozer microarchitecture was, well, bulldozed by Intel's Core series. Thus, AMD needs Zen to succeed in order to win …
Chris Williams, 18 Aug 2016

Ingram Micro $6bn sale to Chinese logistics biz delayed

Ingram Micro has pushed out the completion date of its $6bn sale to Chinese logistics provider Tianjin Tianhai to let the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CIFUS) review national security implications. The world’s largest tech distributor said last night the “end date” to conclude the deal had been “extended” to 13 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2016

Imperva under pressure to find buyer after disappointing results

An activist investor is reportedly pushing data centre security firm Imperva to find a buyer following disappointing financial results. Cisco Systems, IBM, Raytheon or Symantec are touted as potential suitors of the Israeli entrepreneur-founded firm, which markets Web Application Firewalls and DDoS mitigation services. …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2016
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HPE Software memo: We ARE several senior sales veeps lighter

The global and EMEA sales leaders of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software organ – the bit that is in discussions with potential buyers – have each left in the space of a week, insiders have told us. Frank Vella, vice president of worldwide sales who reports to Alan Fudge (himself the number two at HPE Software) exited on 29th …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016
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Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz

Rackspace execs confirmed the sale of its Cloud Sites hosting sub to Liquid Web but ignored the white elephant in the room that Apollo Global is reportedly in talks to slurp the entire organisation. The private equity house might well end up taking Rackspace private again in a deal valued at up to $4bn, buying the company time …
Paul Kunert, 09 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

IBM stalks Vegas to swell newly-formed pen-test squad

Black Hat IBM has used the biggest week on the security calendar to launch and poach heads for its large security, penetration testing and red teaming unit. Big Blue's new X-Force Red unit is the culmination of nine months fermentation which began in earnest with the hiring of security veteran Charles Henderson. He's had the job of …
Darren Pauli, 03 Aug 2016
Microsoft's HoloLens Augmented Reality headset

Microsoft debuts VR management suite as it expands HoloLens sales

Microsoft has started selling its HoloLens virtual reality headsets to all of its business customers and developer partners in the United States of America and Canada. Redmond's still not offering the finished product – only a “Development Edition” is on sale for now. But at least the hardware is now being offered to anyone …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2016

Domain name bods NetNames netted by CSC Global

Domain biz NetNames has been flogged to US biz services outfit CSC Global for an undisclosed sum. Private Equity biz HgCapital has decided to offload NetNames after taking the publicly-listed outfit private in autumn 2011 for £153m, but it said little else about today's transaction. The deal isn't a massive surprise, as we …
Kat Hall, 02 Aug 2016
British sterling in flames

Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

Defunct cloud infrastructure and apps provider Outsourcery Plc attracted interest from 12 bidders before it was offloaded to GCI Telecom for £4m, in a pre-pack administration handled by EY. The Statement of Affairs filed at Companies House revealed the final weeks of the failed Manchester-based, AIM-listed corporation that …
Paul Kunert, 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

RM to resell Apple, Lenovo, HP, Dell to YOUR children

With revenues down and education spending stuck in the doldrums, supplier RM has hit upon a novel idea to expand - reselling low-margin kit from the vendors that helped sink its own hardware production line. The one-time system builder powered down its own manufacturing facility in Oxford in late 2013 after mounting losses, …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2016

What's on a road to nowhere? Ingram's Q2 numbers

Ingram Micro outlined progress, or rather lack of it, when it reported calendar Q2 numbers last night and did little to convince financial markets - including Shanghai’s Stock Exchange - that it is a business going places fast. The world’s largest tech distributor said revenue for the three months ended 30 June were down four …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2016
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Sweating Springpath fails to defuse SimpliVity's patent bomb

Hyperconverged software biz Springpath has lost an attempt to have SimpliVity's patent infringement case against it thrown out. If SimpliVity wins its legal fight at trial, Springpath's Data Platform product could be banned from sale, triggering the collapse of its Cisco OEM deal. Cisco's HyperFlex product is based on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
The big split

Systemax flogs German sub to CANCOM

The break up of Systemax’s European operations may have just started after it brokered a “definitive agreement” to sell the Misco German subsidiary to CANCOM for an undisclosed sum. Under the terms of the deal, staff and customer lists will be transferred to the new owner. The deal is subject to closing conditions and is …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
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Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more. Dell is already facing a staggering debt mountain to fund the takeover. Now a crack Reg investigative team can reveal that the Round Rock computing giant has an ambitious plan in place to raise the cash necessary for the deal …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jul 2016

Ingram Micro and Tianjin Tianhai: Go on, PROBE us

Ingram Micro and the Chinese logistics giant Tianjin Tianhai that wants to buy it confirmed they are to submit the proposed $6bn bid for review to the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States. This is an about-turn because Ingram - the world’s largest tech distributor - previously said the deal would not “fall …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2016

Whoa! Shanghai Stock Exchange delays $6bn Ingram Micro takeover

Tianjin Tianhai, the Chinese logistics giant, has delayed next week’s shareholder meeting to rubber stamp the $6bn takeover of Ingram Micro as it gathers data requested by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE). Tianjin Tianhai, owned by the conglomerate HNA Group, revealed in February its intended acquisition of Ingram, the world …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jul 2016
mergers and acquisitions

EMC staffers: We are crashing into Dell within weeks

Staffers at EMC and its subsidiaries are to get Dell email addresses from the start of next month as the proposed mega buy edges closer, insiders have told The Register. EMC shareholders last night approved the $62.4bn bid – somewhat lower than the original $67bn offer due to a slide in VMware’s share price – and Chinese anti- …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jul 2016

Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

Software suppliers can be forced to pay damages to self-employed intermediaries they contract with to promote their products under UK commercial agents regulations, according to a recent High Court ruling. The High Court ordered Computer Associates UK Ltd (CA) to pay The Software Incubator (TSI) £475,000 in compensation under …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jul 2016
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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Brit-tech success poster child ARM holdings is to be acquired by Japanese telecom multinational Softbank. ARM, whose chip designs drive the majority of the world’s smartphones, is under offer for a remarkable £24.3bn - a premium of 43 per cent over current stock price. Softbank, whose last yearly revenue totalled 19.5 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Jul 2016
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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

WPC 2016 Microsoft is moving into new as-a-service pricing and bundling territory with the full-fat version of Windows 10 Enterprise. Today Redmond announced it is releasing Windows 10 Enterprise E3, which would normally be reserved for big operations and sold via Microsoft's volume-purchase programs, at a price of $7 per seat per …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2016

HPE dumps software biz into the bargain bin

HP Enterprise (HPE) has reportedly begun entertaining offers to sell its software business. A report from Bloomberg cited sources familiar in claiming that CEO Meg Whitman is looking to sell some or all of HPE's software brands, including Vertica, Autonomy, and Mercury. Talks are said to still be in the early stages with no …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2016
Kevin Turner

Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner’s departure as Microsoft’s chief salesman after 11 years marks the final passing of the Redmond old guard. Chief operating officer Turner - KT, as he was known - was a chief of the old-school corporate kind; sales, marketing and Microsoft’s stores all reported into Turner. His departure is part of a massive sales …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2016
I quit

Azzurri CEO quits, will walk out sometime in 'summer'

The CEO of Maintel-owned Azzurri Communications, Chris Jagusz, is quitting in the summer but the company's new owners haven’t specified the exact departure date. Cloudy comms integrator Azzurri was acquired by Maintel in April for £48.5m and so it was only a matter of time before the exec exited once the handover period was …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2016
Lawyer up

Broker DP Data shuts up shop after HP's lawyers took a bite out of them

Grey broker DP Data Systems is facing a trademark infringement case brought by Hewlett Packard that ultimately convinced management to pull down the shutters, the business has claimed in its latest financial filing. As exclusively revealed by El Reg, the Manchester based wholesaler of HP, Cisco, IBM, Juniper and Lenovo shut up …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2016

Lenovo HPC bounces back after IBM spinoff

When IBM sold off its System x division to Lenovo Group in the fall of 2014, some big supercomputing centers in the United States and Europe that were long-time customers of Big Blue had to stop and think about what their future systems would look like and who would supply them. It was not a foregone conclusion that the Xeon- …

Intel mulls sale of Intel Security – reports

Opinion Intel is reportedly looking to offload its Intel Security arm. The IT giant is investigating options for Intel Security cyber security business, the FT reports. These options include selling off the security software business formerly known as McAfee that the chip-maker bought for $7.7bn back in August 2010. Intel is yet to …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2016
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Shareholders rubber-stamp Ingram Micro $6bn sale to Chinese firm

US-headquartered Ingram Micro edged closer to Chinese ownership last night when shareholders voted overwhelmingly to accept Tianjin Tianhai’s $6bn offer. The mega bid for the world’s largest tech distributor was made in February by the Far East company, a subsidiary of HNA Logistics which is itself a division of conglomerate …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2016
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Count 'em and weep: Intrinsic looking for fifth CEO in five years

The high office revolving doors at Intrinsic Technology are clearly still swinging - the company is on the hunt for its fifth CEO in five years after attempts to find a buyer ended unsuccessfully. Top dog Mark Bates has left the organisation after two years in charge and been replaced on an acting basis by non-exec chairman …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 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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Emotional intelligence, not tech skills, is the way to woo suits
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One reselling man tells his tale of woe