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Salesforce back in the red, reviews future black ink orders

After a brief interlude in the black, Salesforce is back in more familiar loss-making territory, according to the financials for its second financial quarter this year. The giant CRM provider posted total revenue of $1.63bn (£1bn) for the period, an increase of 24 per cent year-on-year. Operating profit remained above water …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
Boarders take over a ship

Imation now fully under activist investor's control

Imation's progress towards its uncertain future of big changes has taken another step forward, as an activist investor took the board chair after getting the CEO ejected from his directorship. The Clinton Group – disgusted with Imation's downward revenue spiral and deepening losses – instituted a proxy war, which saw CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

Tech Data: screw you Wall St, we're a high flying distie

Walloping Wall Street expectations is becoming a bit of a habit for Tech Data - tighter cost controls beefed up operating profit, and higher than expected sales led to a double digit spike in the share price. The world’s second largest tech distie suffered at the hands of currency exchange rates - like the rest of the US-based …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2015

G-Cloud framework's latest booster has Allott to give

Stephen Allott, the man whose job it was to persuade government IT types to spend more with small businesses, will now try to convince civil servants to learn to love the G-Cloud framework from his new office. Allott was Crown Rep for SMEs in the Cabinet Office for more than four years, but the former barrister will work on "G …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
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Forget Big Data hype, says Gartner as it cans its hype cycle

Analyst outfit Gartner has decided that Big Data hype is so last year and canned its hype cycle for Big Data. In new research titled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” the firm says “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015
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HP is getting so good now at negative growth, it should patent it

HP CEO Meg Whitman said on Thursday that she was pleased with the company's performance during the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, despite the fact that nearly every reporting segment was down annually. The PC and printer giant missed analysts' estimates on revenue, with total sales for the quarter of $25.35bn, an 8.1 per …
Neil McAllister, 20 Aug 2015

Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Updated Another load of internal files swiped by hackers from Ashley Madison have been leaked online – and they apparently feature the CEO's emails and the website's source code. The 18.5GB leak includes, it is claimed, archives of internal company emails, including one folder labeled Noel Biderman – the chief exec of Avid Life Media …
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2015

People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

Global spend on smartphones rose at the slowest rate since 2013 for the second quarter of 2015, according to magic quadrant wizards Gartner. Worldwide sales of smart mobes totalled 330 million, up 13.5 per cent from the second quarter of 2014. In contrast sales for the whole of 2014 rose 28.4 per cent to 1.2 billion, compared …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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Amazon putting London’s hipster startups in the loft

Amazon is to open a support centre for AWS users in London – the first of its kind outside the company's Seattle base. The purveyor of cloud and tat is to open a “Loft” – or tech support space to you and me – in East London in the September to support a number of tech startups. London is apparently the obvious choice to …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

Despite government plans to cut expensive contracts, IT running costs across Whitehall crept up by 7 per cent year-on-year to £4.6bn in 2014/15, according to a spend analysis by The Register. The findings are based on official government figures from eight of the largest Whitehall departments. The Ministry of Defence – which …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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NetApp falls into loss-making territory as yearly revenues drop 10 per cent

No wonder Tom Georgens had to go; NetApp’s first fiscal 2016 quarter showed a $30m loss, it’s first for several years. Revenue of $1.34bn was 10 per cent down on the year ago’s $1.49bn, and 13 per cent down on the immediately preceding quarter. A year ago, profits were $88m. In the prior quarter they were $135m ... and now …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Comment In a November 2014 blog, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen wrote ... The last few weeks have been particularly chock-full of news and announcements, culminating this week with Gartner releasing its updated Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013 ... Analysts play a crucial role in the market and have …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

Microsoft has flicked the switch on its Azure Backup service for Windows 10 clients. Azure Backup is Microsoft's cloud backup service and is positioned as an alternative to tape, rather than a rapid recovery tool. Application data is the service's main target, if only because Azure Site Recovery already handles the chore of …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2015
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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

Samsung is taking its patent battle with Apple to the US Supreme Court. The Korean electronics kingpin has asked the US top court to hear its appeal of a jury decision that found its handsets in violation of multiple patents held by Apple, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Samsung did not return a request for comment. …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2015
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Bruce Schneier: 'We're in early years of a cyber arms race'

LinuxCon 2015 Security guru Bruce Schneier says there's a kind of cold war now being waged in cyberspace, only the trouble is we don't always know who we're waging it against. Schneier appeared onscreen via Google Hangouts at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon conference in Seattle on Tuesday to warn attendees that the modern security …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 is here, and with it, Microsoft takes another step forward into the much-hyped world of cloud native computing. Most importantly, this build gives us our first look at Windows Server Containers, which were conspicuously absent from the previous build that shipped in May. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015

We're saving tax payers' money on Oracle licensing, honest, says Gov.uk

The Cabinet office has signed a 'memorandum of understanding' with Oracle in a desperate bid to ease the financial burden of its eye-wateringly expensive contracts with the database titan. The body reckons it will "deliver additional savings" for the taxpayer over the next three years. But when asked by The Register exactly …
Kat Hall, 19 Aug 2015
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Lenovo and SimpliVity cozy up for a hyperconverged push

SimpliVity has announced a partnership with Lenovo, adding yet another tier-1 vendor online who can supply hyperconverged server nodes with SimpliVity's hardware-accelerated deduplication and compression secret sauce. Since acquiring IBM's server business, Lenovo has been going from strength to strength, building a portfolio …
Trevor Pott, 19 Aug 2015
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Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

Sony Vaio is making a comeback overseas, with plans to relaunch the brand on Windows 10 devices in the US and Brazil later this year. Last year, Sony axed 5,000 workers worldwide and offloaded its loss-making PC business to private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). Chief executive of JIP Yoshimi Ota told the Wall …
Kat Hall, 19 Aug 2015
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Enchanted Lenovo uses StorMagic spells for hyper-convergence

Lenovo and StorMagic are offering three hyper-converged configurations from Arrow partners that are channel-integrated, pre-tested and ready to plug-and-play for less than $5K. The entry level is a two-node cluster (without hypervisor) starting at $5,000, significantly less than Nutanix, SimpliVity and EVO: Rail hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015
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Hype Circle 2015: Gartner stares groggily into crystal ball

Smart Dust is entering the Innovation Trigger, Micro Data Centres are nearing the Peak of Inflated Expectations and virtual reality has escaped the Trough of Disillusionment en route to the Slope of Enlightenment. Yes folks, it can mean only thing: Gartner has been hitting the psychotropic drugs again has cast its collective …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2015
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Seagate scoops Dot Hill for US$694 million

Seagate has announced it will acquire storage outfit Dot Hill for US$694 million. The canned statement announcing the deal says “Dot Hill’s external storage array-based systems and software products will complement and expand Seagate’s storage systems offerings and be offered as part of Seagate’s Cloud Systems and Electronics …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

Google has admitted that some customers running Persistent Disks in its europe-west1-b region have been forced to recover data from snapshots after a combination of lightning and old storage kit was is to blame. The outage hit last Friday and left some users unable to connect Persistent Disks – a disk that exists independently …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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Paul Maritz retires from Pivotal, says his time as a manager is over

Paul Maritz has stepped down as CEO of Pivotal. Maritz is a former VMware CEO and in a storied career can point to having started Microsoft's Windows NT, now Windows Server, business and having a big hand in getting Windows 95 out the door. He's spent the last 15 years in various senior roles at EMC, where he was seen as a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015

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
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EMC management trio jump ship to competitors

Three executives are leaving EMC, and that points to tensions inside the storage kingpin. Isabelle Guis, a product marketing VP and head of cloud strategy at EMC, joins Egnyte in September to become its chief strategy officer. Egnyte is a file sync 'n sharer for enterprises, now saying it's involved in adaptive enterprise file …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015

You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

The UK government plan to jail online copyright pirates for up to 10 years has been attacked by legal boffins in a public consultation that ended yesterday. The British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA), said the idea was “unacceptable, infeasible and unaffordable”. The public consultation invited …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Aug 2015

Row rumbles on over figures in Oracle CSO’s anti-security rant

Security researchers picking through the entrails of a withdrawn blogpost by Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson reckon not even her figures add up. Oracle countered that only it had access to the raw figures, so there. Davidson's 3,000+ word diatribe against bug bounties, security researchers or customers hunting vulnerabilities in …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2015

Anti-botnet initiatives USELESS in sea of patch-hating pirates

Three Dutch researchers have crunched data gleaned from efforts to battle the Conficker bot and declared anti-botnet initiatives all but useless for clean up efforts. Conficker was born in 2008 spreading aggressively through a since patched remote code execution Microsoft vulnerability (MS08-067) that affected all operating …
Darren Pauli, 18 Aug 2015
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LaCie to shutter Wuala cloud storage service, data deleted Nov 15

External disk and small NAS vendor LaCie will close its Wuala cloud storage service. Wuala launched in 2008 under the auspices of a company called Caleido that in 2009 merged with LaCie. In the years since, LaCie has included wuala's software with many of its products to smooth the path from its devices to the cloud. That …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015

Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

Microsoft won't change its licensing options to permit services providers to offer Windows 10 desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) on shared infrastructure. Redmond's rules divide the DaaS word into two categories. In the first, a service provider runs “dedicated” infrastructure that delivers DaaS for only one client customer and is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015
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Seagate and pals form key-value hard-drive Kinetic gang

Three disk-drive giants and eight other IT suppliers have set up an alliance to promote directly-addressed object-storage – hard drives that store data in the form of keys and values, in other words. The eleven have formed the Kinetic Open Storage Project (KOSP), which has joined the Linux Foundation as a collaborative project …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

Despite this year's release of Windows 10, notebook PC shipments are not going to see an increase over last year. This according to analysts with ABI Research, who project that shipments will be flat compared to 2014. The entire portable market, which includes Chromebooks, ultraportables (such as the MacBook Air), netbooks, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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Microsoft enterprise reseller SoftwareOne bags private equity investor

Volume licensing transaction engine SoftwareOne has sold a minority stake to private equity investor KKR for an undisclosed sum, the companies confirmed today. Challenges facing the Microsoft enterprise reseller – AKA a Licensing Solution Partner – are multiple, not least the proliferation of the cloud as more businesses …
Paul Kunert, 17 Aug 2015
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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

Big Blue is attempting to drum up new mainframe business with the launch of its LinuxOne machine. IBM has teamed up with Ubuntu outift Canonical to build two versions of a mainframe running Ubuntu Linux. The new mainframe comes in an "Emperor" version – which runs on the IBM z13 – and the smaller "Rockhopper", designed for “ …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2015
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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

Serial litigant and denizen of chip makers' nightmare realms, Rambus, known for its licensing business model and the resultant court cases, has announced it is getting into the manufacturing game itself. Rambus has stated that its products will aid the company to move away from its often litigation-linked business model. CEO …

Adobe pays US$1.2M plus settlements to end 2013 breach class action

Adobe has paid an undisclosed amount to settle customer claims and faces US$1.2 million in legal fees after its 2013 data breach which compromised the details of 38 million users. The creative content king was served a November 2013 class action lawsuit filed in California in which it is claimed "shoddy" security practises …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2015

Oracle to certify its database v.12c for Windows 10

Oracle's decided it will support Windows 10. For its databases. Big Red's popped out a ”Statement of Direction” (PDF) in which it says it “plans to certify Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.2) on Windows 10 by October 2015”. The 32-bit Oracle Database client will get the nod on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. The 64- …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

Windows 10's growth has slowed, according to StatCounter Global Stats. Last week, StatCounter opined that Windows 10 had captured 3.55 per cent of the global market for desktop operating systems. This week the firm's revised that number to 3.78 per cent for the week to August 9th and says that for the following week Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

Comment Eugene Kaspersky is a complex character and capable of many things, but Friday's allegations that he ordered staff to deliberately sabotage rival antivirus packages smells fishy. On the one hand, the problem of AV products flagging up false positives is well known. Signature-file detection of software nasties is dated, and of …
Iain Thomson, 15 Aug 2015

Ex-SAP director: I bribed govt officials to seal the deals on software

A former regional director of German enterprise software outfit SAP has pleaded guilty to bribing officials in the Panamanian government to secure a contract for one of the company's resellers. Vicente Eduardo Garcia, 65, of Miami, Florida, admitted giving $145,000 in bribes to one government official and promising bribes to …
Iain Thomson, 14 Aug 2015

Kaspersky Lab denies tricking AV rivals into nuking harmless files

Kaspersky Lab deliberately fed bogus malware to its rivals to sabotage their antivirus products, two anonymous former employees allege. Kaspersky says the accusations are false. Reuters reported today that two ex-Kaspersky engineers claim they were tasked with tricking competing antivirus into classifying benign executables …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2015

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