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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 paid me $650 to scrub Windows 10 from my grandpa's PC, says man

Microsoft has paid the relative of an Alzheimer’s patient for having to scrub his PC clean of Windows 10. Jesse Worley said he'd received a cheque for $650 from Microsoft – seen by The Register – which he told us he'd received after threatening the giant with court action over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade. Tech consultant …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Fujitsu UK sales director: I'm off

It is all change at the top of Fujitsu’s product business with UK sales director Kevin Matthews quitting after he struggled to get the revenue dial moving in the right direction, sources have told us. Former HP veteran Matthews signed up to lead the vendor’s direct sales and channel organisation in October. He joined amid …
Paul Kunert, 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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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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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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Exploding public cloud just getting bigger, will be worth $200bn in 2016 – Gartner

The global public cloud services market is set to grow by more than 17 per cent in 2016. According to Gartner, cloud services were worth $178bn in 2015. This is set to increase to $208.6bn in 2016, higher than the nominal GDP of Portugal. This growth will be driven by cloud system infrastructure services, which are projected …

Quadsys Five sentencing hearing delayed

The sentencing hearing for the Quadsys Five, who pleaded guilty in July to hacking into a rival security reseller, has been postponed as relevant paperwork remains uncompleted. Oxford Crown Court confirmed the “pre-sentence report” was not yet ready and 29 September is new date the defendants will be put before the beak. “It …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2016

My Dell merger wish list

Sysadmin Blog It's merger day, it's merger day! Everyone please crank out a pile of speculation, research, facts, and innuendo about Dell, EMC, VMware and the ever important "what it all means". We will watch and participate as the entire internet completely overloads everyone's signal-to-noise filters by bombarding them with unprecedented …
Trevor Pott, 07 Sep 2016
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Intel adds vision to its AI vision with computer vision firm buyout

Intel is not just content to build the silicon brains that will power the Rise of the Machines – it is bidding to own their eyes too, with the acquisition of computer vision developer Movidius. Movidius is 11 years old, having been founded in Dublin and transplanted to San Mateo. No price was disclosed, but the 140-strong firm …
Joe Fay, 06 Sep 2016

Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

Analysis September 7 sees Dell Technologies absorb EMC and its VMware holding. Storage-watchers are seeing lots of overlap between the Dell and EMC storage products and wondering if there is going to be a product cull. So far there are no signs of this and it could be useful to ask if Dell + EMC is going to be a traditional few- …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2016

Kaspersky 'terminates' deal with security reseller Quadsys

Kaspersky Lab is the first big vendor to publicly rip up its contract with disgraced security reseller Quadsys in the wake of the hacking scandal that the company’s bosses recently admitted to. On 22 July, Quadsys owner Paul Streeter, MD Paul Cox, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve Davis and security consultant …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2016

UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is moving some of its internal tech to the public cloud, in a move to "embrace the opportunities that modern IT can bring". The AWE has a £1bn-per-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence lasting 25 years covering the design, manufacture and support of warheads for Blighty's nuclear …
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2016
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VMware's vDare: Build more complexity and silos, or virtualize more

VMworld VMware opened its VMworld 2016 conference asking its customers to “Be tomorrow,” a couplet that was introduced at the event's opening keynote with a performance of poetry that felt like the work of a slick self-help spruiker. But VMware might just be onto something here, because it knows that in not many tomorrows, serious …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2016

Enterprise storage is a stagnant – and slightly smelly – pond

Opinion Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results. Calvin posted on the Around The Storage Block blog, covering details on both servers and storage. He highlighted the fact HPE was now ahead of EMC in terms of total Enterprise System Storage sales. Note …
Chris Evans, 31 Aug 2016
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Nutanix: Yup, OK, we gobbled PernixData, Calm.io. 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 Calm.io. No prices have been disclosed but we understand the Calm.io deal was the one referred to in a Nutanix S1 amended filing, which involved 528, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016

Tech Data swings and misses Wall Street moneymen's target

Tech Data's latest quarterly financials show a distributor wrestling with “weaker than expected” IT spending and trying to dip into “pockets of demand” across Europe and the Americas. The world’s second largest tech wholesaler filed turnover of $6.4bn for Q2 of fiscal year 2017 ended 31 July. This was down three per cent as …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
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Movers and shakers: Execs take a hike from Lenovo and HPE

A couple of industry greybeards at Lenovo and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have quietly packed their bags for a permanent vacation while another vendor old timer has moved to another channel biz. Steve Kendall-Smith, executive director at Lenovo has split after half a decade at the company - he had run the large enterprise and …
Paul Kunert, 25 Aug 2016
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Gartner's Magic Quadrant mages shake crystal ball, Violin goes topsy turvy

Gartner's latest all-flash array Magic Quadrant contains expected news, a few surprises and a demotion that has prompted a public response from Violin Memory. The report, Gartner's 2016 Solid State Arrays Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities" report, can be accessed by Gartner subscribers here. The Magic Quadrant (MQ) …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016

Hyper-converged top-of-the-pops list is out: Guess who hasn't crushed it?

Surprise, surprise: EMC is not top of the hyper-converged charts … yet. Forrester’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) Wave report for 2016’s third quarter looks at the top dozen HCI suppliers and rates them into four categories – leaders, strong performers, contenders and challengers. A square sectioned into four quarter- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Pivot3 positions itself for possible IPO

Is an IPO being planned? Hyper-converged system supplier Pivot3 says it had record growth in the first half of 2016, with a 103 per cent revenue increase and more than 400 new customers, and has hired a new CFO. Bill Stover has been appointed Pivot3's finance head. Mike Dansby was the prior CFO, serving from June 2014 to July …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2016
Virtual servers

Reds are infiltrating VMs, says new x86 virt Supernatural Square

Gartner's annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure has escaped into the wild, with a suggestion the Reds are taking over. One Red, Red Hat, has moved from the “niche players” category of the quadrant into the visionaries square, on the strength of “a strong tie between KVM adoption and OpenStack, as …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Aug 2016

Raucous Ruckus router ruckus roundly rumbles: Infosec bod says Wi-Fi kit is weak, biz says no

Enterprise wireless hotspots from Ruckus can be trivially crashed and their login systems bypassed, Tripwire researchers warn. Ruckus confirmed there are flaws in its access points while playing down the seriousness of the bugs. Tripwire followed up a 2014 study into the insecurity of Ruckus routers with a new investigation …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2016

Mid-range storage array buyers' report leaves out .... guess who?

Beancounting firm DCIG has published a midrange storage array buyers' report – with one or two suppliers missing. DCIG states that its Buyers' Guide "weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of seventeen (17) arrays from ten (10) different storage providers.” Its spiel continues: “These 17 storage arrays are drawn …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2016
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VMworld 2016: What happens in Vegas ... could be just a desert trip

Sysadmin Blog VMworld 2016 is just around the corner. While some are giving VMworld a pass in 2016, things are looking up from earlier this year. If you don't mind Vegas in the summer, it might be worth your while. VMworld's return to Vegas marks something of a turning point for VMware. Over the past several years VMware has seemed to be in …
Trevor Pott, 03 Aug 2016

Nutanix bought PernixData to slurp caching firm's IP brains

Comment Although not officially announced, it looks like the acquisition of PernixData by Nutanix is a done deal. Confirmation came from Frank Denneman, Dutch blogger and former tech evangelist for Pernix who has now left the company. So what can we make of this? What benefit is there in taking a caching technology and adding it to …
Chris Evans, 03 Aug 2016
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Salesforce's US$582m giggle: It buys cloud collaboration biz Quip

Salesforce has decided there's money in boring stuff: it's bought into office productivity with the acquisition of document/spreadsheet collaboration outfit Quip. That purchase means the cloudy CRM vendor is trying a move that's failed many times before, namely trying to find a profitable niche for a Microsoft Office …
UK pound crashes after Brexit

Lenovo: Our gear will be 10% more pricey from 1 August

Exclusive Lenovo has confirmed the price of its hardware is going to get more expensive in the UK from the start of next month. It is the latest vendor to react to the downward swing in the value of the British pound vs the US dollar. Confirmation of the double digit price hike – seen by us – was sent to channel partners late last week …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2016
Do the right thing on the internet of things

If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on the riches that will rain from the sky once humanity connects the planet, but mostly ignores what it will take to build and operate fleets of things. And the operational side of things could be hell. “IT can barely keep their desktops patched,” Splunk chief technology officer Snehal …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

Security consultant Andrew Tierney has claimed that web platform NeighbourNET contains nasty vulnerabilities that could compromise users. The company's sites are used for local news services, often by councils and councillors to communicate with residents. London districts favoured with sites powered by the service include …
Darren Pauli, 11 Jul 2016
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Microsoft devolves sales ops powers to the UK

Microsoft has finally admitted its internal systems aren’t up to the job as it devolves control of sales operations from a centralised team in Europe to certain local country teams including the UK. Clare Barclay, GM for small, medium solutions and partners at the vendor, confirmed the shift will take place from “early 2017” …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jul 2016
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Sterling's post-Brexit dollar woes are forcing up tech kit prices

Tech vendors don’t want to admit it but CIOs will need to return to their spending plan spreadsheets: hardware is going to get more expensive post-Brexit as sterling slides against the US dollar. The UK currency fell 12 per cent on 24 June when the outcome of the EU referendum emerged, and this week the pound plunged to a 31 …
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
Uncle Sam's money

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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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is great on paper. But it's still only on paper

I'm not very fond of proprietary hardware. But, as I wrote in March when I saw it for the first time, Pure Storage's FlashBlade seems to demonstrate that Pure has all the attributes to become a primary storage vendor and compete on equal terms against the usual suspects. No longer a startup Pure Storage is demonstrating to …

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CTO, CCO to call it a day

Martin Fink, the chief techie straddling Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s global Labs is quitting just as the prototype of his most ambitions project to date, The Machine, edges closer. In a blog note today, CEO Meg Whitman confirmed the CTO will be “retiring” at the end of the year after more than three decades at the company. “ …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2016
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Oracle: Cloud-first for 12.2 update – on-prem world will have to wait

Oracle is cranking up the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated 12.2 database on a cloud-only basis. Talk of the shift - that will prevent the company’s existing installed base of on-premise punters from accessing new multi tenancy functions - was first spotted across the …
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Ex-SAP exec and pals accused of $500,000 insider trading scam

A former SAP executive and his associates allegedly ran an insider trading ring to net hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chris Salis was, until recently, global vice president and general manager for procurement at SAP. US financial watchdog the SEC claims he used his inside knowledge of SAP's takeover of Business Objects in …
Iain Thomson, 16 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
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SolidFire offers 'pay as you grow' deals to fight off software upstarts

Storage architect If you’ve ever had to scope out and purchase enterprise storage, you’ll know what a nightmare it can be. Vendors love to make the process as opaque as possible, with quotes that run into multiple pages and dozens of line items – including bezels and racks. Consider also the issue of adding more hardware (e.g. drives and …
Chris Evans, 08 Jun 2016

Woah: NetApp is number two in the all-flash market, says IDC

NetApp is now second in the all-flash array market, according to IDC numbers we have been given. The numbers are for vendor revenues and the first quarter of 2016. The figures show NetApp having $181.1m revenues and a 22.8 per cent share, second to EMC’s $245.6m and 30.9 per cent share. It grew its all-flash business 238 per …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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Is that how you define a flash array, IDC?

Comment An IDC all-flash array (AFA) supplier numbers table, forwarded to us by EMC, appears to contain a few oddities, such as the exclusion of Dell, HDS, Kaminario and Violin products. We asked IDC and it has explained its reasoning. Our question to IDC was this: "The table doesn't mention Dell, HDS, Violin or Kaminario. That's odd …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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Lenovo embiggens storage offerings with Cloudian and Nexenta

Chinese smartphone, tablet, notebook, PC, server and storage vendor Lenovo is spreading its storage wings, striking software deals with Cloudian and Nexenta. It has announced factory-integrated products in OEM-style deals using Lenovo servers: DX8200C – Cloudian-based object storage DX8200N – Nexenta-based unified file and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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Cisco drags down the Ethernet switch market, routers grow a little

The Ethernet market remains limp, with IDC's first-quarter data showing a mere 1.4 per cent increase compared with the first quarter of 2015. By contrast, the number-cruncher reckons the router market expanded by a still-disappointing 3.3 per cent. The only Ethernet geography to show double-digit growth was the Asia Pacific, …

Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

Microsoft has issued fixes to its last round of Windows Server Management Pack fixes, but is asking you to help it understand if the new fixes fix the messes the last fixes created. File this one under “doesn't exactly inspire confidence”. This problem started way back in February 2016 when Microsoft released version 6.0.7303 …
Simon Sharwood, 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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Anaemic hyperscale orders hurt server makers in Q1

A pause in hyper-scale deployments has triggered the first year-on-year decline in seven quarters for global server shipments and revenues. Also a “clear end to the enterprise refresh cycle” contributed to the Q1, 2016 slow down, according to IDC, the tech market watcher. In essence, Q1 2015 revenues were flattered by a major …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016
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IDC rolls out all-flash crystal ball again and it's all gone a bit weird

IDC has issued all-flash array revenue numbers showing EMC is the belle of the AFA ball, with Pure fourth in the market, behind EMC, IBM and HPE, while NetApp and Huawei are wallflowers. The numbers more or less agree with Gartner’s all-flash array (AFA) supplier revenue shares published in April, but differ in detail. We …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016
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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

Computers from many of the biggest PC makers are riddled with easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities in pre-loaded software, security researchers warn. The research from Duo Security shows that bloatware is not just a nuisance that causes a lag in system boot-up, but a security risk. Laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo all …
John Leyden, 31 May 2016

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