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Give us a week to GUT Superfish, begs Lenovo CTO

Lenovo's chief technology officer Peter Hortensius has issued another statement on how the company plans to handle Superfish. The missive explains that Lenovo has worked with anti-virus vendors to get their products flattening Superfish whenever a PC starts up and issued a removal tool. Hortensius says Lenovo is now “in the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015
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HP cloud reorg shock: Ex-Eucalyptus boss Mårten Mickos backs off

Leadership at HP's cloud division is in flux once again, with senior vice president Mårten Mickos backing away from day-to-day operations of the unit and familiar faces stepping up to take his place. "As we look at both the short and long term strategic direction of our business, the time is now to open up some additional …
Neil McAllister, 24 Feb 2015
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Last round, folks: Dell 'n' pals pull out wallets as Nexenta preps for IPO

Nexenta is clearly keen to be top dog of the software-defined storage world. After reportedly experiencing 100 per cent year-on-year growth from 2013 to 2014, Nexenta says it is gearing up for an IPO in the next 18 months or so – with channel and geographic expansion and a final funding round coming. Nexenta says it has reached …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2015
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EMC looks to military to swell ranks of sales and techie army

EMC is trying to close the skills gap by recruiting the next wave of sales and technical personnel from the armed forces, training steely eyed military leavers for a life on Civvy Street… well, flogging storage. The corporation, in conjunction with specialist military support service X-Forces, is putting 20 people through their …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015
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Fibre Channel's looking a bit flat. Bad news for these three firms

Comment The Fibre Channel trio, Brocade, Emulex and QLogic, are seeing declining popularity in their SAN storage networking businesses and need to find growth elsewhere. As we have seen with Emulex and QLogic's results, Brocade has found growth through better business efficiencies but the basic Fibre Channel market is widely seen as a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2015
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IBM: UK Systems Middleware voluntary redundo plan launches

IBMers wanting to leap from the business before they are pushed will today get more details of the package they'll walk away with when leaving Big Blue. The Employee Consultation Committee for Systems Middleware staffers working in Platform, Integration or Smarter Process units was formed last week and its first meeting has …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015

Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Apple is spending $1.9bn (£1.24bn) on a pair of big, green, environmentally friendly data centres in Ireland and Denmark. The fruity firm is splashing the cash (equivalent to €1.7bn) on two 160,000m2 facilities in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Jutland. The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2015

Ailing Calyx Managed Services flogged to MXC Capital for £9m

Private equity fund Better Capital has offloaded troubled Calyx Managed Services to tech investment and advisory house MXC Capital for £9m in what signifies a likely break-up of the biz. VC veteran Jon Moulton’s Calyx MS came on the market before Christmas, with corporate financier Rickitt Mitchell & Partners distributing an …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015

TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

Updated Encrypted disk users who upgrade to Norton 2015 have been confronted by the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Norton 2015 appears to trigger a crash on Windows 8.1 PCs that runs a disk encryption driver, according to user complaints about the problem in a thread on a Symantec support forum. Many of those affected are running …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2015

UK public sector biz keeps French giant Atos buoyant

Sales at French outsourcing giant Atos rose 5.1 per cent to €9.1bn (£5.9bn) for its full-year 2014, buoyed by UK public sector spend. Net income was €283m (£183m), up a respectable nine per cent from the previous year. However, the firm said when currency exchange was taken into account, sales dropped 1.1 per cent on last year …
Kat Hall, 19 Feb 2015

Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

Lenovo is in hot water after being caught intentionally shipping laptops with software that steals web traffic using man-in-the-middle attacks. The "Superfish" software was present on laptops sold until late last month and stole all manner of web traffic using fake, self-signed, root certificates to inject advertisements into …
Darren Pauli, 19 Feb 2015
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Check Point buys bare-metal security upstart Hyperwise

Check Point has pounced early to buy up stealth-mode security startup Hyperwise, which does sandboxing on the CPU itself rather than in the OS. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, were not disclosed. Israel-based Hyperwise’s CPU level threat prevention technology is designed to throttle malware-based attacks at …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2015
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Rackspace posts double-digit jump in sales and profits

Cloud purveyor Rackspace clocked up sales of $1.79bn (£1.16bn) for its full-year 2014, a 17 per cent increase on 2013, while net income rose 28 per cent to $110m (£73.1m). Fourth-quarter net income at the cloudy firm was particularly strong, increasing 80 per cent to $37m (£24m) on revenue up 16 per cent to $472m (£306m). But …
Kat Hall, 18 Feb 2015

HP Split: Naming the big dogs for new-look giant

Exclusive More pieces of HP’s management puzzle are being slotted into place at a country and regional level, ahead of the major split in the corporation planned for October. As world + dog knows, the PC and print businesses are to separate from the rest of the organisation to create HP Inc, with all other divisions falling under Hewlett …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015

Speaking in Tech: C'mon, Gartner... PRIVATE CLOUD DENIAL?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This episode of El Reg's talk-tastic techcast is hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the crew tackles private cloud deniers, Amazon's drone problem and bit rot. Their special guest is Jody Tyrus, senior technical architect, Security at California …
Team Register, 18 Feb 2015
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Microsoft opens Office storage back end for iOS love

Users of Microsoft’s Office on iPhone and iPad could now store their vital documents on Apple’s cloud. Microsoft said on Tuesday that it would allow third-party cloud storage providers to integrate natively with the locations picker of iOS Office apps. It didn’t name iCloud, but the implication is clear – all that’s needed now …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2015
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Hey, go easy on Gilbert Fiorentino, he’s a changed man – defence lawyer

The lawyer representing disgraced former Systemax exec Gilbert Fiorentino, who is awaiting sentencing for committing fraud while employed there, has cast the man as having had issues with alcohol, but said he'd since become an upstanding citizen who did "charity work". Back in November, the Feds charged Fiorentino and his …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015
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UK.gov: Just one in three G Cloud suppliers have won ANY business

The majority of tech suppliers on G Cloud haven’t seen a penny of taxpayers cash – not a bean – according to official figures on government spending. The sixth iteration of G Cloud is now live on the Digital Marketplace, introduced at the start of this month with 1,453 companies touting for business, up 15 per cent on the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2015

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced it has sold its five-millionth machine, and said that in so doing it could claim the crown as the UK's best-selling computer ever. That the Pi guys have done well is not in dispute, but the Reg archives cast doubt on the claim it's now the best-selling Brit computer ever. As we wrote …
Darren Pauli, 18 Feb 2015

Infosys tires of boring ERP maintenance business

Infosys appears to have tired of maintaining ERP systems by hand and would prefer to offer more interesting consulting services instead. The shift is evident in the decision to slap down 200 million crisp greenbacks to acquire Panaya. The newly-acquired outfit's main offering is the CloudQuality suite, a toolset that offers …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Feb 2015

Annodata consumes print services minnow STS

Hertfordshire-based Annodata has plucked print services minnow STS Ltd from relative obscurity to bolt onto its own division that operates in the same field. The buy fills a gap in the portfolio, namely large format specialised printing, adds nearly £3m in annual revenues and a customer base including William Hill, and several …
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2015
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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

Much ado in Big Blue land today; it is making XIV available as Spectrum Accelerate software-defined storage, while also rebranding GPFS as Spectrum Scale in Linux mainframe environments. There's also a Spectrum Storage family coming. Based on IBM website information we've seen it looks as if the giant is developing its software- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015

First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

Exclusive The public sector is committing millions of pounds of tax fraud by incorrectly claiming money back on IT services which are not VAT recoverable. Under VAT rules, government bodies can claim back 20 per cent of the price of IT services that are managed by a large provider, as well as bespoke custom-made software. Money spent on …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2015

Gartner to CIOs: Go on, SPEND some CASH on ROBOTS 'n' 'Things'

CIOs in the UK and Ireland are bullish on “digitalisation” of their businesses as spending returns. That’s according to Gartner, who ranked so-called digitalisation third in the list of CIO’s spending priorities in the UK and Ireland. It’s up from sixth place the year before, and a bigger priority here in the UK than for CIOs …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2015

Juniper CEO axed after SALES FAIL: report

When former Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir departed the company in November 2014, the company cited customer negotiations as the reason. Ostensibly voluntary, Kheradpir's departure looked from the outside as if he was pushed rather than jumping. Juniper's statement merely said the board and Kheradpir had “different perspectives” …
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Microsoft: Look at our cloudy privacy award. Isn't it so ... meaningful?

Microsoft is in self-licking lollipop mode after its cloudy wares passed the privacy water mark set by the International Organisation for Standardisation, letting it paper over customers’ concerns. Data sovereignty is a major hurdle for global companies trying to sign up customers to the fluffy white stuff, particularly in …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015
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IBM: Who wants to leave with a swollen package?

IBM is continuing to set up Employee Consultation Committees to identify people who want to jump rather than be pushed in the latest workforce purge, according to a memo seen by us. Rob Lamb, veep of manufacturing and development for Europe and a Hursley Lab leader, informed staff last week that Big Blue was forming an ECC to “ …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015

Channel on track: British tech insolvencies fall to seven-year low

It is official: 2014 numbers for corporate deaths in the Brit tech channel have slumped to a seven-year low, figures from credit reference agency Graydon UK confirm. Some 48 local suppliers went under in Q4, taking the tally of insolvencies for the 12 months to 198 versus 293 in 2013 – annual levels not seen since prior the …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months. That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which has collated losses across all departments for 2013 – 2014. The Alliance uncovered £107m lost as projects were scrapped, gains weren’t realized or unnecessary costs were …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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SAP's ex-Hana chief swallows software firm, bets big on... Hana

The exec who led SAP’s Hana has bought enterprise software management specialist Panaya, pitting his new firm against his old bosses. Vishal Sikka, chief executive and managing director of Infosys, has announced that his firm – India’s second largest outsourcing company – is buying Panaya for $200m. The new acquisition produces …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015

Insight’s director churn continues as ‘key player’ leaves

The revolving door at Insight keeps swinging, with folk entering the building, others deciding to walk and some being forcefully ejected. IT Services director for the UK, Stuart Lemon, has exited and El Chan understands he is joining a reseller with big ambitions. In a statement, Rolf Adam, veep of services at Insight EMEA, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2015
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Huawei Browne-noses UK after hiring ex-BP peer for its board

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has appointed ex-BP chief exec Lord Browne to head up its UK board of directors. The company has repeatedly rejected concerns that Huawei has too much control over Blighty's critical infrastructure and communications systems, based on claims that its chairman (and erstwhile member of the People's …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2015
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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

Microsoft is officially charging customers at least $600 per server to safely run Windows Server 2003 after its July 14 support cut-off date. The number has come to light from Microsoft licensing expert Paul DeGroot of Pica Communications, who told The Reg he knows customers who’ve been quoted this figure. The price is for the …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015

Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

IT outsourcing contracts agreed in 2014 totalled £3.44bn in value, with nearly a third of that value accounted for by deals struck in the energy and utilities sector. Those deals were worth £1.05bn and accounted for most of the 187 per cent year-on-year rise in the sector on £373 million spent on all outsourcing deals in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2015
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Google offers universal cloud benchmarking tool

Google is trying to establish an independent cloud benchmark, driven by a new tool called PerfKit Benchmarker. The tool's open source, but Google's not being entirely charitable: it says it created the tool because customers struggled to compare apples to apples when assessing the performance of Google's cloud and rival …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2015

Hackers break the bank to the tune of $300 MEEELLION

A series of bank hacker heists have hit more than 100 financial institutions, say Kaspersky researchers, and more than US$300 million appears to have walked as a result. The attacks targeted employees at as-yet-unnamed banks with malware dubbed Carbanak that gave access to corporate networks, giving criminals access for more …
Darren Pauli, 16 Feb 2015
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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

Acer wants to become a "hardware + software + services" biz – and issued 300 million shares on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange to fund this strategy and pay down debts. It’s been a challenging couple of years for Acer: a returning demand for PCs will help relieve the pain, although all the crystal ball strokers from Gartner to IDC …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015

IBM tells channel types 'stick with us, you'll be millionaires'

IBM is going through massive changes to shift its business towards the cloud. It desperately needs channel partners to come along for the ride, so this week threw out a bunch of initiatives that it reckons will help. In a global exclusive last month, we revealed the creation of Big Blue’s One Channel, and at the PartnerWorld …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015
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Wanted: PC salesman to head up HP's UK channel ops

Headhunters may be scrambling for their phones on the back of the news that HP is on the look-out for someone with PC sales skills to conduct its UK channel orchestra. A note was distributed to some HP workers this week that Damian Cusick is leaving the enterprise, SMB and channel director role, stating that he is looking for a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015

What on Earth has EMC done to VCE?

EMC and Cisco's converged infrastructure love child, since spurned by the latter parent, will reveal how it's re-inventing itself as a member of the EMC federation on March 12th. The Reg's virtualisation desk is in receipt of marketing emails promising a “next wave” and “the next big thing” in converged infrastructure. There's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2015

BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

One of the more prized wins in reseller-land is a sale of workstations, because the heavy lifting such machines perform generate lots of data. That means a chance to talk storage, networks and many other topics, making workstations a fabulous foot in the door. Plenty of folks will therefore be rather happy that market-watcher …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2015

Look who's SAP happy: HDS eyes up French techies at Oxya for lunch

Hitachi Data Systems intends to acquire Oxya, a SAP technical services and hosting outfit. Oxya, founded in 1998, is an international business headquartered in Paris, France, and has operations in Belgium, China, the UK and the US. It offers technical SAP services, hosting and outsourcing, and has had a relationship with HDS …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2015

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VC sequence could end not with a bang, but a whimper
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