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EMC moves into Dell house: Where'd I put the spoons?

Comment We've learnt how the EMC organisation has been fitted into its new Dell house, at least at a top exec and product level, and here is an org chart set to show what we believe we know. At the top is Dell Technologies, and that's split into seven product area entities. Dell Client Solutions is the notebook and PC business unit. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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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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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
I quit

The man running HPE's Microsoft Azure biz says shiz this... after eight months

The director Hewlett Packard Enterprise asked to steer its oh-so important relationship with Microsoft to sell Azure and Hybrid IT is set to leave the business after a relatively short time in situ. John Ansell previously ran the firm’s entire channel organisation that was responsible for 70 per cent of the UK P&L account but …
Paul Kunert, 20 Oct 2016
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SimpliVity sheds staff, rattles tin for another $100m from investors

+Comment Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendor SimpliVity is working with Morgan Stanley to get more private funding and to launch an IPO possibly in 2017. It has also laid people off. SimpliVity has been making cuts while looking for $100m in extra cash, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. We have seen …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
VCE VxRail

VxRack and VxRail systems feel the Edge of Power

EMC's VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged infrastructure systems are getting wholesale Dell PowerEdge server transplants. That means Broadwell Xeons, and the headline speeds and feeds are that VxRail systems, get: 250x more configurations, 40 per cent more CPU performance for the same price, 25 per cent lower entry price …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016

Imagine a sad deflating balloon. There, that's IBM's servers, storage

Analysis IBM's Systems segment saw dismal revenues in its third quarter results, with declines in both servers and storage. Z System mainframes are benefiting from the Watson-style cognitive computing efforts and both all-flash and software-defined storage are looking up, like beacons of light in the gloom. It's worth stressing that …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016

HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

The classic management domino affect has reached Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s UK team with new broom Marc Waters naming his sales lieutenants. Changes started in July when EMEA boss Peter Ryan was made global sales head for the Enterprise Group, he was replaced by UK boss Andy Isherwood who was then succeeded by UK EG boss …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2016

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust. AWS-bashing is almost becoming an annual feature at Canalys Channels Forum; in 2014 the analyst estimated AWS was losing billions of dollars; and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Exertis gets claws in Hammer for undisclosed sum

DCC Technology today confirmed its subsidiary, Exertis, has gobbled specialist storage and lesser known server distie Hammer for an undisclosed sum, which should help ease recent top line pressures. Hammer trades with “almost” 1,000 reseller, system integrator and cloud service provider punters, selling infrastructure gear …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

Amazon Web Services and VMware have agreed to work together to make VMware's vSphere server virtualization software available on AWS infrastructure. At a media event held at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco on Thursday, Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, said that in recent years, enterprise customers have been confused about the nature …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016
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Big Mickey Dell is wrong: Cloud ain't going to eat all of IT

Storage architect Public cloud will not consume all of IT. At least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming. In his opinion, cloud will become just another form of computing and a choice will be made by users to do cloud on-premises or rent from a cloud provider. Bearing in mind Dell is in the hardware business, we can hardly expect a comment …
Chris Evans, 12 Oct 2016
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Just minding your own business, doing HCI. Suddenly you're inside ... a magic quadrant

Gartner's gnomic gurus have shone their light on the hyper-converged/integrated system suppliers and devised a new magic quadrant, following on from its August 2015 effort. SimpliVity gets the big promotion, from a visionary last year to a leader this year. The other changes are: HPE jumps to the front of the leaders, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
Windows Server 2016, now with Windows 10 desktop

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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HPE, IBM, ARM, Samsung and pals in plot to weave 'memory fabric'

A group of suppliers have got together as a consortium to develop Gen-Z - a scalable, high-performance bus or interconnect fabric linking computers and memory. The Gen-Z consortium is an open, non-proprietary, transparent industry standards body. It says it believes open standards provide a level playing field to promote …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016

Everspin's Friday IPO goes pop: Moderate amount of champagne all 'round

Everspin has spun out its IPO; it offered 5 million shares at an estimated $8 a pop to rake in an estimated $40m, with shares starting trading on Friday October 7, opening at $9.10 and currently trading at $8.02. Not a disaster then. The magneto-resistive RAM startup has pulled in total funding of $80.3m since it was founded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016

Lenovo grabs spotlight, hunts for sales uplift after server build shift

Lenovo claimed it has yet to feel the commercial benefit of putting local server assembly into the hands of a contract manufacturer in Europe because the market has “tanked” - the cloud saw to that, an exec has said. The Chinese firm shifted rack and tower production to Flextronics in Hungary from May and will move over more …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

World spent US$7.7bn on cloud in Q2, and that was during a lull

World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a soon-to-end lull in construction of hyperscale data centres. So says market-watcher IDC, which in its new Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker says sales of servers, switches and storage destined for use in public and private clouds grew by 14.5 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

Psst. Need some spy-on-employees tech? Ask Oriium

IPExpo Yorkshire-based "IT solutions" firm Oriium was hawking its CX:inSync spy-on-your-employees platform at ITExpo Europe today. Its cx:inSync product is sold as an endpoint device management solution. Its big selling point is the ability for network admins to implement deduplicated backups of end-user devices. Bundled with that …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Oct 2016
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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Sysadmin blog What works for 100 users frequently doesn't work for 10,000. The same is true in reverse, however, there are far fewer vendors worrying about tailoring software designed for the enterprise to the needs of the SMB. True mass market software needs to walk the tightrope between both worlds, and very little of it succeeds. Let's …
Trevor Pott, 05 Oct 2016

'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 The world’s largest cloud players are in danger of becoming too big to fail, the boss of Canalys warned today. This is a problem because the list of potential trip hazards for the likes of Azure, AWS and Google is growing ever longer – and at least one of them is going to stumble and fall, taking customers' off-premises …
Joe Fay, 04 Oct 2016
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Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Michael Dell shrugged off the threat from the public cloud this morning, suggesting that many users will eventually realise running a server on Amazon is a lot more expensive than actually owning one. The Dell Technologies chairman, speaking on stage at the opening of the Canalys Channels Forum EMEA, said the current hype …
Joe Fay, 04 Oct 2016

Roll over Beethoven: HPE Synergy compositions oughta get Meg singing for joy

Comment HPE's Synergy is, it thinks, the next great advance in servers and is far more capable than hyper-converged infrastructure systems, being able to provision bare metal as well as servers for virtual workloads as well as containerised ones. Getting a grip on this beast is tricky. Is it a form of dynamically reconfigurable …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Microsoft boasts its cloudy Hadoop big data mill's faster than yours

Microsoft has overhauled its cloud-hosted Azure HDInsight Hadoop big data mill with extra security in the shape of enhanced authentication and identity management features plus a claimed 25 times performance boost in crunching big data queries. Azure HDInsight is a service that lets users deploy and manage Apache Hadoop …
Dan Robinson, 30 Sep 2016
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Microsoft will let you pass and fail cert exams at the same time

Microsoft has made a change to the way it marks re-certification exams, removing the requirement to pass all components of a test. The new regime means you'll pass the exam even if you fail some components. The changes has been made for “a variety of psychometric and practical reasons,” writes Redmond's Psychometrician Liberty …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016
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Microsoft's chums Dell, HPE and Lenovo give Azure Stack a shout-out

Cloud isn’t what it used to be. Amazon’s AWS began life like open source, with the same net result: a developer secret that became an infrastructure fact. Well, the days of furtive downloads are dead and the suits are coming. Microsoft demonstrated that last month, letting people down by saying Azure Stack won’t be something …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Analysis SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here... In the locker room that is Oracle’s quarterly conference calls with Wall Street, somebody’s ass is always on the receiving end of a sharp thwack from the towel of head coach Larry Ellison. Ellison has zinged his verbal towel off many a noble …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016

Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter. The market amounted to $2.9bn and grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y). IDC’s beancounters cut converged systems into four categories: Integrated Systems - pre-integrated, vendor-certified combos …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*. Huawei is telling everyone it's the 4-socket server number 1: “Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware

Microsoft is dangling a new Technical Preview of its Azure Stack in front of enterprise customers who want to run an applications and services platform across their on-premise private cloud and Redmond's globe-spanning Azure public cloud. Azure Stack was first detailed at the company’s Ignite conference last year, when it was …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2016
Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

Windows Server 2016 has finally been shoved out the door today, albeit only for evaluation purposes. Which is a very good thing because the software will cost a lot of users more than they paid for Windows Server 2012, especially if they're slow to talk to Microsoft about their upgrade. Microsoft revealed its Windows Server …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2016

Microsoft makes massive changes to MCSE and MCSD

Microsoft has “streamlined” its Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) certifications and will require holders to sit exams annually to stay current. Redmond says the four new MCSE and sole new MCSD certification “are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical …
Simon Sharwood, 27 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

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud This follows on from the E-Series launch of the entry-level all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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Oracle's on-prem cloud plan is mostly Engineered Systems

When Larry Ellison promised on-premises cloud kit identical to Oracle's cloud, we wondered just what form those boxes would take. The answer? Pretty much more of the company's Engineered Systems. Today, said Scott Newman, Oracle's Australia New Zealand's senior director for Platforms and Data Capital Pre-Sales, Oracle's Cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016

Avaya explains its 'hyper-segmentation' approach to security

Interview It's way too easy to get past a firewall, map out an enterprise's network, and start tapping IP addresses looking for vulnerable machines – so why are we using Layer 3 addressing as the basis of the enterprise network? Avaya's new software-defined-networking-based architecture proposes to stop TCP/IP-based attack traffic at …

DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can be painful and debilitating. How can you defend against them? Originally, out-of-band or scrubbing-centre DDoS protection was the only show in town, but another approach, inline mitigation, provides a viable and automatic alternative. DDoS attacks can be massive, in some cases …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Sep 2016
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Oracle's cloud strategy is simple – woo and win the latecomers

OpenWorld Throughout this year's Oracle OpenWorld conference, the company's message has been fairly simple – the database firm is moving to cloud but can offer buyers either on-prem kit, full public cloud, or anything in-between. It's a tempting pitch for those who are somewhat nervous about diving into the cloud with their systems, and …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2016
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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Microsoft has quietly excised Windows 10 free upgrade offers from Windows 7 and 8, aka the GWX.exe . PCs running Windows 7 or 8.x and Windows Update will silently delete the nagware, thanks to a new update dubbed KB3184143. “This update removes the Get Windows 10 app and other software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2016
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Cisco snaps shut remote pwnage hole in Cloud Services Platform

Cisco has provided a patch to address a remote hijacking vulnerability in its Cloud Services Platform (CSP). Switchzilla said that all customers who run CSP 2100 software should install the 2.1.0 update to close a remote code execution flaw it considers to be a high security risk. Designed as an efficient way to manage …
Shaun Nichols, 21 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

Cisco re-commits to VCE with a very public display of affection

Dell EMC CEO Michael Dell and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have indulged in a very public display of affection for each other, at least so far as the two companies' collaboration in the VCE converged infrastructure company is concerned. The Robbins-and-Dell-the-man video is full of scripted corp-speak, but the message is clear: …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016

Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

OpenWorld Oracle’s founder and CTO Larry Ellison took to the stage for his second OpenWorld keynote today, and spent the bulk of his presentation pointing out flaws in his chief cloud rival Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has three database products running on its cloud (Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB), and in terms of features they …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016
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IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

The latest server sales figures for Europe, Middle East and Africa show the continued march of no name server makers as enterprises and big data centres increasingly buy hardware directly from ODMs fron the Far East. IDC numbers showed revenues down 3.7 per cent to $3bn despite a modest 0.8 per cent increase in the number of …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016

We read Nutanix's homework... and the numbers look good

Analysis Nutanix has filed an amended S1 IPO form with the SEC and data within it shows a strongly growing business well-set for an IPO if the financial environment is supportive. The company's latest results show satisfactory quarter-on-quarter and annual revenue growth with net losses growing less sharply and becoming a smaller …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016

Intel drafts in troubleshooting veteran for CFO slot

Intel has hired veteran tech CFO and sometime troubleshooter Bob Swan to take over from long-time numbers supremo Stacy Smith. Swan, or to give him his full press release name, Robert “Bob” H Swan, joins from equity outfit General Atlantic, where he was an operating partner. Stacy Smith, “as previously announced, is taking a …
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2016

Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

Microsoft has downplayed the seriousness of an alleged Exchange auto-discovery vulnerability, saying that it sees no need to patch the reported security weakness. Redmond contends that its existing security advice covers the issue, a point disputed by flaw-finder Marco van Beek. Van Beek explains: “I recently discovered that …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2016
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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


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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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