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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Analysis First the good news: Windows 10 will be free – for one year. Microsoft announced upgrades to its next-planned client operating system during an outpouring of PR love and vision on Wednesday. We won't claim the credit for Microsoft’s decision to give its next version of Windows as a free upgrade for 12 months to those on Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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ULLtraDIMM dam plus inventory oops smacks SanDisk’s Q4 growth

+Comment The expansion of SanDisk’s business nearly stopped in its latest quarter, with revenue growth stalled and profits down as it lost a major customer, experienced troubles in its supply chain and the ULLtraDIMM injunction took hold. Just a temporary setback guys, nothing to see here, move along folks. The consumer and enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Analysis Microsoft offered a teaser of its work across its three main platforms yesterday, enough to give us an insight into how well Operation Relevance is going. It’s very much a work in progress. Here are the five key points on Windows 10 and the accompanying strategy. 1. 'Please come back to Windows 10 – for free' The challenge is …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2015
Lost

2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

IBM said it reckoned on earnings per share of $15.75-16.50 for this year, when it announced its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday. 2015 was supposed to be a golden year for IBM, where it would hit the $20 EPS goal under the five-year plan of former chief executive Sam Palmisano. Software was to be the engine of that 2015 plan …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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Oracle opens Uncle Larry's cut-price bit barn emporium

Oracle has pledged to be the planet's lowest-cost provider of core data centre equipment. Executive Chair Larry Ellison today announced a refresh of the company's Engineered Systems range – they're now called X5 – and a new strategy to offer the industry's lowest purchase prices. Ellison's rationale for the low-price play is …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015
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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

Microsoft is planning a big push for Windows 10 and will be giving away the new operating system to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8 users in the first year of release. "With Windows 10, we think of the operating system as 'Windows as a service'," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's VP of operating systems. "In next few …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2015
Dunce

Microsoft: Flunked our test? Fear not, techies...

Microsoft knows all about second chances – just look at Windows 8.1 – and now it is giving techies who failed the Certified Professional exam the first time around another bite of the cherry. The company this month has awarded an exclusive contract to testing centre Pearson Vue; it had previously worked exclusively with …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015
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Pure Storage confirms EMEA veep Rose has left the building

It is a strange world when the EMEA* organisation of a business boasts about meteoric growth and then parts with the boss of that region – but this is exactly what Pure Storage has done. The flash storage business has waved bye-bye to industry vet Steven Rose, who less than a year ago joined as veep and is now looking for his …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Remember 21 January, 2015: it will go down in history either as the date that made Microsoft or the reason why victory in mobile was put on hold for another two years. Today, the world’s largest software firm will officially reveal what it is calling the “next chapter” in Windows: Windows 10. Microsoft is expected to release …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015

Mega-firm Carphone Dixons toasts £375m profit forecast

Dixons Carphone Warehouse has raised its profit expectation for its first financial year 2014/15 to £355m-£375m, following a bumper Christmas trading period. The firm owns Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse and was formed by of a £3.7bn merger between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in May last year. In the nine weeks …
Kat Hall, 21 Jan 2015
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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

Just two and half years ago Microsoft dropped Windows 8 on the world, playing Redmond’s card in the touch-tablet game against Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android. Windows 8 was remarkable for three reasons: the touch-inspired Metro interface, the fact Microsoft built its own-branded tablet running Windows, and it put Windows on …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015

Network virty comes to VMware's cloud

VMware's made some tweaks to its vCloud Air public cloud. The biggie is the addition of network virtualisation. VMware looks to have baked just about all of its NSX network virtualisation platform into its cloud, so users get very fine-grained control over how data flows among virtual machines. Presumably this spans private …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2015

Data centre hunger gives Ethernet switch market a boost

Market research outfit Infonetics reckons the data centre Ethernet market is set for a shake-up as 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps drive the migration from 10 Gbps products. Reporting on third quarter sales from 2014, the company's Data Center Network Equipment report says with Broadcom set to ship its 25G and 50G silicon, it's vendors are …

Ailing AMD battered by goodwill, inventory charges

AMD emerged from a bloody fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Tuesday, reporting revenues down and profits sapped by painful one-time accounting charges. The chipmaker's total revenues for the three months ending on December 27, 2014 were US$1.24bn, a 22 per cent year-on-year decline. And the figure for the full year was better …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jan 2015

ONE in A HUNDRED reported bugs exploited, says Cisco

Cisco's latest annual security report has found a mix of the usual things and emerging trends: people are still naive, there's too much unpatched software out there, and there are new threat types emerging as attackers respond to defences. The report, here, notes that attackers are learning to tread more carefully. For example, …

Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

Google has reported a local file flaw affecting Windows 7 and 8.1 32 and 64 -bit systems in the third vulnerability dropped since a spat with Microsoft erupted last week. The vulnerability that allowed a malicious Server Message Block version 2 server to force a client to open arbitrary local files was marked high severity by …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015
Red pen

Big Blue bleeds more red in Q4, promises better days to come

The fourth quarter of IBM's fiscal 2014 was a disappointing cap on a year that saw Big Blue's revenues and income both decline significantly since 2013. Total revenues for the quarter were $24.1bn, which was 12 per cent lower than the same period a year ago and missed analysts' expectations. Revenues for the full year didn't …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jan 2015
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SAP’s cloudy future prompts a dip in profit forecast

German software giant SAP has cut its profit margin forecast for 2017, as its cloud offering is set to take off and dent the company's (still-bulging) pockets. According to its results today, Tuesday, by 2017 operating profit will be around €6.3bn-€7bn (£4.8bn-£5.3bn) on revenue of €21bn-€22bn (£16bn-£17bn). This is down from …
Kat Hall, 20 Jan 2015
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

IBM to open up on global re-org TONIGHT - sources

Execs at IBM are expected to go open kimono tonight about the company-wide re-organisation dreamt up by harassed CEO Ginni Rometty, according to company insiders and channel partners. Just as some of us in Blighty will be getting ready for bed or – god forbid – watching Celebrity Big Brother, Armonk-based IBM will be lifting the …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2015

Lawsuit schmawsuit: Pure lures EMC UK boss James Petter

EMC veteran and UK boss James Petter is defecting to flash nemesis Pure Storage to take on a senior European role. Petter has been at EMC for a little over eleven years, and prior to that was a district manager at Cisco, covering the defence, SI and outsourcers sector. In a statement, Pure confirmed Petter will join as EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2015

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Each time there’s a new version of Windows, Microsoft bills it as “the best Windows yet," understandably enough. History teaches us that each time Microsoft tries to really stretch itself and push the development envelope on Windows, it backfires. Windows 8 was the most recent stumble in Microsoft’s journey, with Redmond …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2015
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SimpliVity claims fivefold sales boost, hugs Cisco tightly

Sysadmin blog Things are looking up for hyperconverged vendor SimpliVity, which reported record growth in 2014 on the back of a number of strategic wins and a key partnership with Cisco. Simplivity is claiming a nearly 500 per cent increase in sales compared to 2013 and has now passed 400 employees worldwide, all of which makes me wonder what …
Trevor Pott, 20 Jan 2015
Osama bin Laden

Oracle adds Osama Bin Laden's NEMESIS to board

Oracle has added Leon Panetta, a former US secretary of defence and director of the central intelligence agency (CIA), to its board. Panetta was Bill Clinton' chief of staff from 1994 to 1997, served in the US House of Representatives and was later appointed head of the CIA by Barack Obama. During his time at the agency, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015

Oracle E-Business suite wide open to database attack

Clear some time in you diary and drink an extra coffee, sysadmins: a top hacker has warned that Oracle will tomorrow patch a horror bug that needs urgent attention. Datacom TSS hacker David Litchfield told The Reg he has reported to Oracle that versions of its E-Business suite contain a "major" misconfiguration flaw that allowed …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2015

SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

Updated The Serious Fraud Office has retracted its probe into the sale of Autonomy to HP in 2011 on grounds that the information presented to it provides "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction". The investigation began in early 2013, following a referral from HP. In 2012, the company alleged Autonomy had "outright …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2015

GDS: We might miss our digi-goal. Quick, MAKE IT BIGGER

The government has admitted it will fall significantly short of its original target to make 25 digital services live by March - a goal it had given itself four years to reach. So far the Government Digital Service (GDS) has made a total of just eight digital services live, a figure it has indicated may not increase by the March …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2015

Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

A channel-wide migration skills shortage is a real danger this summer as stragglers strain available resources by making an eleventh hour dash to flee Windows Server 2003, distributor veterans are warning. Public and private sector organisation have 176 days to escape the software before extended support expires on 14 July, …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015
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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION POUND bid for O2 – report

British mobile operator O2 has reportedly been eyed up by Hong Kong biz baron Li Ka-shing, with a takeover bid of up to £9bn apparently being floated. The owner of Hutchison Whampoa, which controls UK mobe carrier Three, has been in tentative talks with Telfonica-run O2, according to a report in today's Sunday Times (£), which …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2015

Venture Capital investment in Silicon Valley hits dot-com boom levels

Analysis We're now at dot-com bubble levels of investment in Silicon Valley, according to the latest stats, raising the specter of another tech crash. PricewaterhouseCoopers' MoneyTree report, which tracks venture capital investment across the US, has announced (though not yet published) its Q4 2014 results, and revealed that in the …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2015
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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops. Microsoft has re-worked the fine print of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) in a way that confers greater power on its licensing agents to interpret the rules. It has …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

Amazon’s sweetheart tax deal with Luxembourg is illegal, according to the European Commission. The Commission’s preliminary findings indicate that the deal, struck back in 2003, constitutes illegal state aid. Since then, Amazon has been paying taxes worth only 4-6 per cent of its operating expenses - an arrangement that the …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Jan 2015
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Hyperconverged IDC shamans mumble mantras over market

The MarketScape wizards at IDC have pounced on the hyperconverged systems market for their latest escapade, putting Nutanix well ahead of Simplivity. The two are in the leaders' section of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Hyperconverged Systems 2014 Vendor Assessment which plots suppliers in a 2D space defined by strategies (low …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015

Nimble gives Mann severe kicking while he's down

Comment Nimble's w-w sales VP Eric Mann resigned abruptly a few days ago and the firm has released an unflattering statement about his departure. "Eric Mann made the personal decision to leave Nimble acknowledging that he underestimated the level of personal and professional commitment required to build and lead a high-performance sales …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2015
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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

Microsoft’s cloud had the worst service reliability of the three main players in 2014, according to annual metrics from uptime experts CloudHarmony. Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines suffered 103 outages for the year, resulting in downtime of 42.94 hours. The Azure Object Storage service was offline 138 times, leaving users in …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
The future of air war

US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

The US and the UK are planning a series of joint war games involving cyber-warriors from either side attacking each other in a bid to expose security weaknesses before they are abused by criminal hackers or hostile governments. The exercises, which will initially test the security defences and procedures at banks on Wall Street …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2015

Lloyds supplier payments TITSUP: What, you want MONEY from a BANK?

Exclusive Lloyds Banking Group’s (LBG) failure to settle debts with some tech suppliers over the past few months has reached “crisis” point, and could have dire consequence for smaller players, sources tell us. The High Street lender recently automated its payment processing system and brought it back on-shore with the intent of speeding …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2015

GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

Google has once again decided Microsoft's moving too slowly on the security front – by dropping yet another proof-of-concept attack against a Windows 7 and 8.1 bug that Redmond tried and failed to fix this week. The flaw is present in Windows on 32- and 64-bit architectures, and can accidentally disclose sensitive information or …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2015
Bank vault

Ex-Apple, Google, Intel geeks in line for $415m over wage-fix pacts

As expected, a four-year-long wage-fixing case could be over – after Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe offered to pay out $415m to make the case go away. The foursome are trying to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by former employees over claims senior management quietly entered a pact to not poach each other's staff. This …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

Intel closed the book on a smashing first full year under CEO Brian Krzanich on Wednesday, reporting record revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates. But not every aspect of its business looked equally healthy, with mobile as the obvious trouble spot. Chipzilla pulled in $55.9bn in revenues during its fiscal 2014, a 6 …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015
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SAN upstart Coraid AXING staff, struggling to survive – sources

+Comment Multiple sources have told us that Etherdrive storage SAN startup Coraid is floundering and staffers are losing their jobs after the firm spent over $100m trying to launch itself as a viable business. The UK service office has no staffer answering calls, Coraid in Australia gives out a recorded message asking for your number. " …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2015
No Sale

Samsung and BlackBerry: Coming together? Not at this price

Analysis A Reuters report that Samsung held talks with Canada's BlackBerry over a possible acquisition doesn't ring true, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the deal as reported would represent a haircut for BlackBerry's biggest shareholder, and financial saviour Prem Watsa. Watsa's Fairfax Holdings bought most of BlackBerry stock at $17 …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2015
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Don't RELAX! Euro tech market still 'volatile' – Datatec

Logicalis is locked in recovery mode following the sales crash during last year’s World Cup and the loss of the Wales PSN contract to BT, but it is the Westcon distribution arm of parent Datatec that is really motoring. The group, listed on both AIM and South Africa's Johannesburg Stock Exchange, reiterated today in an interim …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2015

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