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Cloudy desktops are as mature as cloudy servers … from 2008!

Desktop-as-a-service in 2016 is about as mature as infrastructure-as-a-service was in 2008, so waiting until it matures is more sensible than diving in now. So says Garter for Technical Professionals' analyst Mark Lockwood, who The Register's virtualisation desk beheld yesterday at the firm's Infrastructure Operations & Data …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2016
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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Comms providers call on Ofcom to get tough on Openreach

Communications providers Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have called on Ofcom to dramatically reform BT's Openreach in a "10 point plan" published today. The action plan published by membership body the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) follows a decision by Ofcom not to recommend a structural separation of Openreach …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016
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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

The European Commission may impose its largest ever fine on a company for misbehaving - and for Alphabet's Google, it could just be the start. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Commission is considering a fine “in the region of €3bn” for Google’s anti-competitive search practices - or around half of Google’s European …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2016
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tells Reg data loss 'minimal'

Salesforce.com's nasty outage and subsequent data loss haven't made a major impact on customers. CEO Marc Benioff has told The Register. In a private Twitter message, Benioff told us “The amount of data lost was minimized because this was a North American instance(na14) and the loss occurred in the middle of the night.” From …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2016
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Microsoft boots fake fix-it search ads

Microsoft has laid out new rules for its Bing search engine designed to crack down on tech support scams. Redmond said that it will no longer allow advertisers to pitch their third-party support and repair products as "official" or branded tech support. Under the new rules, Bing search ads will have to present themselves …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2016
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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

A date has been set to formally decommission the government's online identity Gateway portal by 2018 - a move that raises serious questions as to whether the Verify replacement will provide a fit for purpose alternative. The deal to pull the plug on Gateway - which is most importantly used for self-assessment tax users - has …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2016
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Quadsys Five: Judge dismisses abuse of process application

A Crown court judge has dismissed an abuse of process application made by three former directors of reseller Quadsys, who are facing trial over allegations of hacking into a rival’s database to steal customer and pricing info. In August, Thames Valley Police charged five men at the reseller including owner Paul Streeter, MD …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2016
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Symantec: I know we said things'd get better when we sold Veritas...

Symantec is slipping back into cost-cutting mode just months after the split with storage arm Veritas was supposed to provide the healing balm the business so clearly needed. The standalone security biz wants to carve out savings of $400m via an “efficiency programme” that includes “eliminating stranded costs” from the sale of …
Paul Kunert, 13 May 2016
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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger quashes departure rumours

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has quashed rumours he will depart the company once the EMC/Dell merger concludes. The rumour was aired in a channel publication earlier this week, citing anonymous sources. Now Gelsinger has quashed the rumours himself. Speaking at the Jefferies Technology Conference this week, an event recorded in …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016

Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

Salesforce.com's protracted outage earlier this week caused data loss. An update on the company's status page dated May 12, 2016 20:00 UTC says data “written to the NA14 instance between 9:53 UTC and 13:29 UTC on May 10, 2016 can not be restored.” There's a tiny ray of sunshine in that announcement, because previous updates …
Simon Sharwood, 13 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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Seagate ready for the HAMR blow: First drives out in 2017

Seagate is reducing its manufacturing capacity while still focusing on high-capacity disk drives for cloud and hyper-scale storage of unstructured data. This means it needs higher capacity drives, requiring new read-write head technology. It is a high-technology, nano-scale, clean room manufacturing process, and drive read- …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

An insolvency and restructuring veteran has taken a seat at the board of moribund cloud services firm Outsourcery as one of the requisite Ts&Cs to secure a funding lifeline from Vodafone. The AIM-listed firm run by former Dragons’ Den badass Piers Linney and joint-CEO Simon Newton revealed David Duggins, senior advisor at …
Paul Kunert, 12 May 2016

TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

TalkTalk's profits plunged by 56 per cent during 2016 to a mere £14m, but chief exec Dido Harding claimed the company "bounced back strongly in the final quarter". That quarter was certainly unusual. The firm recorded its lowest ever churn in Q4 despite experiencing a massive data breach just seven months ago. The fall in …
Kat Hall, 12 May 2016
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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsoft’s browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016

EU vetoes O2 and Three merger: Hutchison mulls legal challenge

Hutchison is considering a legal challenge against the EU over its decision today to block the proposed £10.25bn merger between mobile operators Three and O2. "We will study the commission’s decision in detail and will be considering our options, including the possibility of a legal challenge," said Three's owner Hutchison in …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016
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Imation's losses deepen 500%. CEO says things are 'successful'

+Comment About turn! You never lack for excitement with Imation, which has turned the previous quarter’s $94m in revenues and near $10m in losses into this quarter’s $10.7m revenues and $91.1m losses. Oy vey, where did the money go? Let’s try and sort this amazing black hole of red ink – excuse the tortured metaphors – into some kind …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2016
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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

Lenovo's European president Eric Cador is today stepping down from the firm after just 12 months in post, citing "strategic disagreements". Luca Rossi, currently president of Lenovo’s biz in Latin America, will succeed Cador. Prior to joining Lenovo in 2015, Rossi was EMEA president for Acer. Cador will return to his …
Kat Hall, 10 May 2016
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Cisco should get serious about storage and Chuck some cash about

Comment Cisco should buy Nutanix, or Pure or both, and get itself a serious stake in storage for converged and hyper-convegred systems going forwards. What Cisco, with its UCS servers and converged/hyper-converged storage supplier partnerships is a raft of enterprise-class converged and hyper-converged system suppliers with more ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

EMC is being sued by Nexsan, which claims the storage goliath is trying to rip off its Unity trademark. EMC is also trying to force Nexsan to give up the Unity name, it's alleged. Nexsan, the renamed Imation, launched its Unity array on April 26 only to see EMC launch its own Unity, the updated VNX/VNXe product line, on May 2 …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2016
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EMC says Pure Storage dedupe is both in-line and post-process

EMC has won $14m in damages because Pure, it claimed, infringed its patented inline deduplication – yet it is also claiming Pure’s deduplication is not inline in a “Pure Top Ten Lies” document. According to Pure, Hopkinton is arguing in a Massachusetts District Court case1 concerning recruitment of EMC employees by Pure, that …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2016
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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

An IT glitch at the Post Office has caused a "nationwide problem" leaving thousands of customers unable to pay bills, post packages or collect benefits this morning. The Post Office apologised on Twitter for the inconvenience caused by issues with counter services at some branches this morning, saying they had now been …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2016
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NetSuite CEO: 'It will be $99 forever for every user'

NetSuite has ruled out following its business-apps-as-a service peer Salesforce in hiking prices for customers. Zach Nelson, chief executive since 2002, has fixed his firm's monthly per-user pricing – currently at $99 - in stone. Business-cloud software rival Salesforce has increased its core pricing, stable and barely changed …
Gavin Clarke, 9 May 2016
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Violin faces second NYSE delisting threat

Violin Memory is facing a second NYSE delisting threat. The company makes all-flash arrays and its revenues have been so low for so long as to result in a falling share price. The NYSE, which lists Violin’s shares, told it by letter on April 27 that it was facing delisting because its average capitalisation over a 30-day …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2016

Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

Comment Ireland has repeatedly been in the spotlight for its favourable and controversial tax incentives - which have attracted numerous large tech companies to its shores. However, the country has also been accused of being less than transparent in some of its tax arrangements. The European Commission is currently investigating the …
Kat Hall, 9 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 6 May 2016
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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

There appears to be a broad consensus that a Brexit would be bad for Ireland: that Ireland’s economy would be seriously affected if the UK decides to leave the EU on June 23. A report by Irish business lobby group Ibec has warned of “the far-reaching impact on Ireland if our nearest neighbour, key trading partner and close …
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Q. What's orange and white, has a new CEO but is red all over? A. Teradata

+Comment Data warehouse and biz intelligence wrangler Teradata made a loss in its first quarter of 2016. It also recruited a new CEO to get the company motoring again. The new broom is 67 years old, and you don't need big-data analytics to see he won't be around for long. Teradata's revenues for the three months to March 31 were $545m …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2016

Keep an eye on your lunch, integrated systems. Hyper-convergers are hungry

The hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS) market is set to engulf the integrated systems market by 2019, according to Gartner. HCIS are racing ahead of integrated systems. They are predicted to grow by 79 per cent this year, and will reach almost $5bn in sales, taking up 24 per cent of the market by 2019, the analyst …
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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, 5 May 2016
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VMware hikes NSX price, adds cheaper versions

VMware has taken the scissors to its NSX product's feature list to offer versions that won't set back customers quite as much as the full product, at the same time hiking the price of the top version of the product. Pitched at companies that want to create software defined data centres, NSX slips networking and security into …

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 4 May 2016
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Uncle Lenovo turns up to the startup party with a $500m punch bowl

IT old-timer Lenovo Group will inject half a billion dollars into the tech startup scene, it claimed today. The Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group (LCIG) unveiled in Beijing will plough cash into fledgling companies developing cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and robotics. The PC maker’s venture cap division …
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Did your UK biz just pay £1,500 to stop a DDoS? You've been had

What kind of a grifter pretends he's going to DDoS you? The kind that easily makes off with a lot of cash, it seems. "Hackers" who have been making empty DDoS threats while posing as the Armada Collective appear to have have moved on. No, they didn't stop scamming people, they just changed their modus operandi: they're now …
John Leyden, 4 May 2016
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Long term sick-note abuser Misco not losing nearly as much money

A pinkish hue has yet to return to the cheeks of sickly European reseller Misco but its latest financials indicate the patient is finally out of intensive care - the same cannot be said of its parent. Most of Misco’s vital statistics improved in calendar Q1, all but sales which slipped 5.3 per cent to $258.2m - or were down a …
Paul Kunert, 4 May 2016

How 'flexible' can the UK actually be on EU data protection law?

If EU member states can, by law, exercise legislative “flexibility” when implementing 50+ Articles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), how can the regulation ever become harmonised across European Union? Pose this important question another way: given that the UK government intends to use legislative flexibility …
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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

A Reg reader has passed on the most beautiful email exchange we've seen this year, between himself and UK backup business Monster Cloud, after the company suddenly bumped up its prices mid-contract. The London-based reseller came under fire from customers earlier this month when customers who had paid £50 for a year's worth of …

Dell CTO for Enterprise legs it to pastures new

Dell's CTO for Enterprise, Paul Perez, has left the company. Perez joined Dell from Cisco in March last year, and hasn't lasted long. With Dell buying EMC and the Dell EMC part of Dell Technologies handling the enterprise business, and having lots of its own EMC CTO firepower, perhaps there was an excess of CTOs and someone …
Chris Mellor, 4 May 2016
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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

Carly Fiorina's astonishing career trajectory into oblivion remains on target tonight after her bid to be US Vice President was cut mercifully short. Just seven days ago, the ex-HP boss was chosen to be the running mate of Texan senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. On Tuesday evening, crushed into a sad paste …

EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2016

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …

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Frank Jennings

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo
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It does simplify the hardware setup, whatever it is
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Do something and stop faffing about in the bush league

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International system in general needs greater transparency
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IDC stats reveal who's who in the backup appliance bearpit

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