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Avnet's interim CEO is here to kick sales team ass and play golf. And he's all out of golf balls

Avnet's new acting CEO has started the clock ticking on a corporate turnaround – after he talked up ideas to overhaul a business that has disappointed Wall Street's moneymen. Former Lenovo boss Bill Amelio – who’s been on Avnet’s board for the past two years – was made interim chief in July, and last night fronted his maiden …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2016

Acer: 'We made a profit!' Yeah, but your sales figures are shrinking

Over-the-hill PC maker Acer is still under-performing, its latest set of shrinking product sales figures have confirmed. The Taiwanese biz, among the two biggest shifters of notebooks in Europe a decade ago, is still searching to regain the formula that propelled it – but people just aren’t buying cheap lappies in the volumes …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2016
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Imperva under pressure to find buyer after disappointing results

An activist investor is reportedly pushing data centre security firm Imperva to find a buyer following disappointing financial results. Cisco Systems, IBM, Raytheon or Symantec are touted as potential suitors of the Israeli entrepreneur-founded firm, which markets Web Application Firewalls and DDoS mitigation services. …
John Leyden, 11 Aug 2016
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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

Intel’s latest Diversity and Inclusion mid-year report shows that numbers of African American and Hispanic people have hardly changed, despite the company’s $300m pledge to achieve full representation by 2020. Although the number of female workers have slowly been rising – especially for those in more senior roles – the same …
Katyanna Quach, 11 Aug 2016

Cyber-crime cost calculation studies are rubbish: ENISA

ENISA, the European Union Agency For Network And Information Security, has taken a look at “cost of cyber attack” studies and reckons they're not much good. The agency is far too polite to put it that way, but in this report, it says there's no consistent approach to trying to quantify the cost of attacks on what it calls …
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Public cloud spend will rise by $100 BEEELION in five years

Spending on cloud computing will more than double by 2020, say abacus-shufflers IDC. The firm's new Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide says that in 2016 we'll all spend US$96.5bn on software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS). By 2020 that figure …
Simon Sharwood, 11 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

Avnet CEO: Sales down, profits down, but we dumped $70m in cost

Bill Amelio might be the new interim exec holding high office at Avnet but the messages he delivered as the distie reported another quarter of falling sales were all too familiar - define the strategy and cut costs. The industry old timer, a former chief exec at Lenovo, was made top dog at Avnet on 11 July, though he can’t …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016

Oracle to shutter License Services division – source

Oracle’s cloud sales drive may have claimed the giant’s Compliance and Optimisation License Services (COLS) unit. A source close to Oracle’s licensing operations has told The Reg COLS is in the process of being wound up as the company prioritises cloud sales for new hires. The software firm is less concerned about deals that …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2016
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Violin Memory cuddles up to GlobalLogic for R&D help

Violin Memory has entered a strategic partnership with GlobalLogic to help accelerate its research and development efforts. GlobalLogic offers digital development services and has a fine roster of clients it is working with on R&D, such as Qualcom, BMC, Avid and Reuters. GlobalLogic has more than 10,000 employees. Not bad for …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
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HPE Software memo: We ARE several senior sales veeps lighter

The global and EMEA sales leaders of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software organ – the bit that is in discussions with potential buyers – have each left in the space of a week, insiders have told us. Frank Vella, vice president of worldwide sales who reports to Alan Fudge (himself the number two at HPE Software) exited on 29th …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2016
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Your mission, should you accept it, is to use cheap VMs before they self-destruct

Google has taken another step in the never-ending cloud price-cutting dance, shimmying to make the cost of VMs as little as a cent an hour. That price only applies, however, to what the Alphabet subsidiary calls “Preemptible VMs”, cloudy virtual machines that can only run for 24 hours. And which Google can shut down at any …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2016
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SAP whacks application cracks, shutters baker's dozen of potential hacks

SAP has issued a baker's dozen of high, medium, and low-severity patches. The fixes cover four denial of service vulnerabilities, two sets of directory traversal and missing authorisation holes, a cross-site scripting and a SQL Injection flaw, and four miscellaneous security shortcomings. SAP does not include any detail about …
Darren Pauli, 10 Aug 2016

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

Updated Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure …
Chris Williams, 10 Aug 2016

Intel gobbles AI chip biz Nervana for $350m

Intel is knuckling down its efforts into artificial intelligence by buying Nervana Systems, a startup company that specializes in deep learning. The deal is, we're told, worth $350m. Chipzilla's server-grade processors, the Xeon and Xeon Phi, power a lot of the world's deep learning training, and it's the algorithms from …
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Rackspace CEO: Yes, Brexit has hit us, yes we sold our Cloud Sites biz

Rackspace execs confirmed the sale of its Cloud Sites hosting sub to Liquid Web but ignored the white elephant in the room that Apollo Global is reportedly in talks to slurp the entire organisation. The private equity house might well end up taking Rackspace private again in a deal valued at up to $4bn, buying the company time …
Paul Kunert, 9 Aug 2016
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Oracle Java patch problem? Browsium rolls management fix

Released in 1995, Java went from a language running in a browser to the ubiquitous platform of today, one which underpins the entire industry and with deep tentacles in enterprise IT. After more than 20 years, Java remains one of the world’s most popular programming languages and employed by nine million devs. Java runs on 97 …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Aug 2016
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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

London’s Metropolitan Police has missed its deadline to dump Windows XP, with tens of thousands of copper still running the risky OS. The force, on the front line against terrorist threats and criminals in the capital city, is running Windows XP on around 27,000 PCs. At last count, in May 2015, the Met had a total of 35,640 …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Aug 2016
Credit card fraud

UK tops European charts ... for carder fraud

The United Kingdom has copped the largest jump in credit card fraud of all European countries with an 18 per cent rise resulting in £88m ($114m, A$150m) of additional losses. Blighty outpaced fraud growth in Greece and Denmark where fraud increased by five percent according to Euromonitor International data mapped out by big …
Darren Pauli, 9 Aug 2016
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Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

Hackers infected hundreds of computers within Oracle, infiltrated the support portal for its MICROS payment terminals division, and potentially accessed sales registers all over the world. The miscreants installed malware on the troubleshooting portal to capture customers' usernames and passwords as they logged in. These …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2016

Dear Imation. It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black

Nexsan-owner Imation's second quarter of 2016 marked its tenth straight quarterly loss. But hey, at least it was the smallest loss of the ten. Revenue from the three months to June 30 was $10.6m, down 37 per cent from the year-ago quarter's $16.9m, and a smidge less than the prior quarter's $10.7m. Imation said this was due …
Chris Mellor, 8 Aug 2016

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Users are reporting that upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update renders their PCs unusable. A lengthy Reddit thread explains the problem: the Anniversary Update installs just fine, but when users re-start their PCs after the upgrade … nothing happens. Users report that their PCs simply hang on restart, sometimes …
Team Register, 8 Aug 2016
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Symantec appoints first cybersecurity czar to woo hacking talent

DEF CON Hardcore hackers and the corporate security industry have never really got on that well. Symantec is looking to change that after hiring Tarah Wheeler to act as its website cybersecurity czar. Wheeler has a long career in the IT industry, including stints at Microsoft and Blackphone-maker Silent Circle. Both of her parents …
Iain Thomson, 6 Aug 2016

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear. Now another part has arrived in a new lawsuit lodged against internet telephony company Avaya: BlackBerry's going to become a patent troll …
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Hortonworks losses deepen despite growth in subscription sales

Operating losses at Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks deepened to $64.3m (£49.3m), compared to a loss of $42.9m (£32.9m) during the second quarter last year. It's not looking good for Big Data. Revenue at the firm, however, increased by 46 per cent to $43.6m (£33.4m) for its second quarter of fiscal year 2016, compared with the same …
Kat Hall, 5 Aug 2016
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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

Microsoft is planning two releases of Windows 10 in 2017. The giant has said there will be no new features coming for the rest of 2016, so the plan is for “two additional feature updates” in 2017. Microsoft folded the news inside the overall headline grabber on Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2. There were no more …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Aug 2016
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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

Salesforce has splashed out $582m on what some hail as its alternative to MS Word. Without spending anything, Microsoft has shown the true meaning of power. For years, it has been macro makers who have done the daily work of making Office more and more useful to end users, embedding it more into daily working life. Now, as …
Gavin Clarke, 5 Aug 2016

Springpath will return Simplivity's sueball serve with gusto

It's IP war in hyper-converged storage land. SimpliVity is suing Springpath for wilful patent infringement and has won an early round in the case. But Springpath wants us to know that it is early days and it’s going to defend itself vigorously. Marketing veep Ashish Gupta sent us this statement: Springpath believes that the …
Chris Mellor, 5 Aug 2016
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Fortinet axes two per cent of workforce, chops 100 sales, ad staff, execs

Fortinet has laid off 100 sales and marketing staff along with an unknown number of executives, as part of a company wide restructure that has axed about two percent of its workforce The job losses flow from the company's acquisition of IT operations analytics outfit AccelOps in June 2016. Fortinet told The Register in a …
Team Register, 5 Aug 2016

Sales staff exodus at PernixData as Nutanix gobbles up caching biz

Analysis Amid mounting evidence that Nutanix has bought PernixData, both companies are still keeping their lips firmly and officially sealed. Pernix insiders and several well-placed industry sources have now confirmed the acquisition privately to The Register. Separately, Dan Edson – senior director of marketing operations, automation …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2016

Microsoft has stopped cutting sales fees for resellers? Yep

Microsoft has quit hacking into fees paid for channel software sales, and reselling clouds is getting more profitable – these seemed to be the major takeaways from top brass at Insight Enterprises in an enterprising Q2. Revenue at group level went up two per cent to $1.46bn, but this top line expansion was driven purely by the …
Clodagh Doyle, 4 Aug 2016

UK telco market worth £37.5bn, Ofcom reports

Total UK telecoms revenues grew for the first time in five years – increasing by £0.2bn to £37.5bn between 2014 and 2015, according to research from communications regulator Ofcom. This was partly due to a sharp increase in people switching to superfast broadband, with 9.2 million homes having speeds of up to 30Mbps in 2015 …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2016
Privacy

Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

Microsoft has updated its privacy policy and, for the first time, added a section devoted to “Enterprise Products.” The new section is the listed last in Microsoft's privacy policy and covers “those Microsoft products and related offerings that that are offered or designed primarily for use by organizations and developers.” …

IBM: Illegally Bleeding Mortgages (...allegedly)

IBM has found itself in the crosshairs of the US government after one of its subsidiaries has been accused of financial fraud. A lawsuit [PDF] filed in the US District Court of Southern New York accuses both Big Blue and its Seterus loan servicing company of taking more than $13m from Fannie Mae in reimbursements it was not …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Aug 2016

The 'quiet man' of Computacenter quits

The CEO at Computacenter is mourning the loss of a long serving director Mo Siddiqui who has split for pastures new. Siddiqui was the international director responsible for recruiting 600 services personnel in the US and setting support centres in Mexico, China and India, has resigned. “He has been the unsung hero for …
Paul Kunert, 3 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, 3 Aug 2016
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Post-Brexit spending freeze in UK is real, says enterprise distie titan

Arrow Electronics Inc’s Enterprise tech division in Britain was struck by delayed spending among customers following the outcome of the EU Referendum, the distributor’s chief bean-counter claimed last night. CFO Chris Stansbury estimated “late purchases and weakening of accounts” after the 24 June vote “negatively impacted our …
Paul Kunert, 3 Aug 2016
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Blink and you'll miss the turnaround at Systemax

If a turnaround is happening at Systemax’s European reseller ops (Misco) then someone forgot to give the accountants the right numbers. The Technology Products Group reported sales of $238.2m, down 5.6 per cent year-on-year for calendar Q2, while operating losses widened from $0.8m to $2.2m. CEO Larry Reinhold said the …
Paul Kunert, 3 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, 3 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, 3 Aug 2016
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Loss-making data-viz biz to investors: You know what our problem is? We did too well

Data visualisation business Tableau has told investors its losses have more than doubled because it did too well in Q2. The Seattle-based company, which made its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013, reported a 260 per cent increase in operating losses, from $17.9m to $46.9m, while total revenue grew …
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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

Around 90 per cent of UK government IT contractors will rebel against proposals by HMRC to clamp down on self-employed workers not paying the correct employment taxes. The taxman is currently consulting on whether to shift responsibility for compliance with the intermediaries legislation, known as IR35, from the individual …
Kat Hall, 3 Aug 2016

Opinion

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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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Chris Mellor

Thousands of layoffs announced as spinning rust enters its death spiral

Chris Mellor

BTIG analysts ponder Pure's position and fall in (qualified) love
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Enrico Signoretti

Flash cacher gets undermined by cheapening flash

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Last of Steve Ballmer's old guard heads for the exit
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