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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 …
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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

Foxconn to slurp loss-making Smart Technologies for $200m

Loss-making interactive display vendor Smart Technologies has agreed to sell up to Foxconn for $200m. Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese contract manufacturer will fork out $4.50 per Smart Tech share, equating to a 21 per cent premium on the average trading price in the last 90 days. The buy gives Smart access to a “ …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2016
HP CEO Meg Whitman

Whitman deletes another chapter in HP history as CSC and ES borg

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is dismantling another legacy bequeathed to her by a predecessor as she waves goodbye to Enterprise Services. The first lady of Palo Alto has already closed the chapter opened by one-time CEO Carly Fiorina who had signed off the buy of Compaq, only for HP's PC business to be ejected …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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NetApp posts $8m loss as its pivot continues. Feeling comfy, George?

In its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter NetApp revenues were $1.38bn instead of the $1.425bn predicted at the mid-point of its last forecast, and the company made an $8m loss – the second in George Kurian’s tenure as CEO. The revenues were down 10.4 per cent on a year ago and 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. A year ago NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016
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Hungry UK services slinger swallows hosting biz for £65m – sources

UK managed services slinger Pulsant has agreed to fork out £65m for data centre and hosting biz Onyx, multiple sources close to the situation have claimed. A "for sale" sign was erected outside Onyx’s Stockton-on-Tees HQ in January and the process was managed by Deloitte, as we exclusively revealed. “The deal is done,” said …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016

Trad software sales type looking for a break? Atlassian shrugs

Most new companies are likely to opt for cloud-based software, the president of Atlassian said today. And that might just bring a tear to the eye of traditional IT sales bods, given that the company had grown to its $117.9m Q3 revenue off 57,000 companies, without ever having a fleet of besuited sales types. The JIRA and …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2016
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VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016. Nutanix is felt to be the revenue leader in the field, having …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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Dell Storage Centre: Following more than one of our series? Here's the remote

Dell says its Storage Center OS v7.0 adds deduplication and compression to make more efficient use of flash memory. It also adds common management and cross-replication for SC and PS series kit. SC, or Storage Center, is the operating system software for Dell's SC series arrays, originally branded Compellent, and generally …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2016
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Acer made less than £1m profits in Q1 as forex rates bit hard

Ailing Acer – one of the PC makers considered at risk of vendor consolidation – has made an inauspicious start to calendar year 2016 as sales and profits tumbled. The Taiwanese business today reported revenues of NT$56.32bn (£1.19bn) for the three months ended 31 March, down 17.1 per cent on the prior year’s stats. It didn’t …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016
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VxRackery dominates EMC World day 2

EMC World's second day saw hyper-converged rackery put front and centre, with a stronger DSSD offering, Neutrino* nodes coming to the VxRack 1000 as well as a DSSD variant, and a hybrid cloud VXrack offering. We'll check out the Neutrino rack stuff first. The VCE VxRack 1000 is a hyper-converged, servers+storage+networking+ …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

For those wondering if we've reached Peak Smartphone: global smartphone shipments saw their first ever quarterly drop, say analysts. Research house Strategy Analytics says that shipments in the first quarter of 2016 declined by three per cent over the same period in 2015. This marks the first time analysts have recorded …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2016

Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

Prospects for handset-makers just got worse, with the smartphone market recording its worst quarterly growth ever. Remember how at the end of March, Gartner predicted a mere seven per cent smartphone growth for 2016, the first time the market hadn't managed double-digit growth? That forecast is starting to look like rose- …
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It's a good time to be in hyper-converged, eh, Pivot3?

Pivot3's had its highest-ever revenue growth rate in 2016's first quarter. The company hyperconverged appliance company bought Nexgen, an all-flash and hybrid array starup spun out of SanDisk, earlier this year, and gained $54.6m in funding. Now we see why the VCs were excited about Pivot3's prospects. Pivot3 saw a greater …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Swallow flies into Logicalis UK exec nest

Logicalis has sworn in acting UK boss Bob Swallow as the permanent MD, vowing to fill the other seats in the senior management team next month. Swallow moved to the Slough-based system integrator last summer, first as a contractor to restructure sales for the Cisco team and then as sales director from November. The man has …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2016

Gartner's broken out its crystal ball again. Huawei's object storage bods won't be happy

Comment Gartner's gurus have ranked the top twelve object storage suppliers in a Critical Capabilities report, with Cleversafe at the top and Huawei last. The report states: "Object storage is pervasive as the underlying platform for cloud applications that we consume in our personal lives, such as content streaming, photo sharing and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Microsoft licensing giant yanked off market after sales bid fails

The sales process for Microsoft enterprise licensing house Comparex is "ongoing", the parent company has told us, denying claims from multiple industry sources it is dead in the water. The Raiffeisen Banking Group-owned reseller hired investment banker Jefferies to manage a sales process in May and by September just two …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016
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Salesforce takes AIM, hits bullseye in enterprise integration

If you buy into the IBM and Oracle PR that they are cloud “leaders” and are successfully transitioning their on-prem software businesses, think again. Gartner’s latest assessment of the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market serves as a timely slap in the kisser. The report demonstrates that gold made by those …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 Apr 2016

Opinion

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