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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Cisco has instituted a cap on the commissions it pays to sales staff, The Register has learned. A Cisco staffer tells us that some account managers could lose as much as 25 per cent of their compensation, due to an edict sent out last week. The new is retroactive, meaning the company will attempt to recover some commissions it …
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'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

Investors had their knives out for Oracle once again on Wednesday after the database giant's fourth-quarter results missed analysts' estimates on both earnings and revenue. The report capped off a disappointing year for Oracle, one in which its total revenue for the twelve months was flat from the previous year, at $38.23bn. It …
Neil McAllister, 17 Jun 2015
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Symantec announces latest grand fromage prior to split

Symantec has appointed another senior exec to its team, ahead of a major corporate restructuring which will see the firm split into two by the end of the year. The company today named Keith Bird, UK boss of Check Point, as its next managing director for Northern Europe. The division will effectively undo the 2004 acquisition of …
Kat Hall, 17 Jun 2015
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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Ex-Nokia chief Stephen Elop is officially out of Microsoft. Redmond announced the cull of top execs at the software company in the past hour, and Elop is the most high-profile victim of the bloodletting. Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will be leaving Microsoft following a handover period at the firm. It means that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2015
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Microsoft unzips $120,000 in FREE gizzits for cloudy upstarts

Microsoft is trying to top Amazon and Google's cloud giveaways by stuffing $120,000 in credits to startups committing to its cloud. Redmond said on Wednesday that “qualifying” startups would receive an annual allowance of $120,000 in credits for Microsoft Azure from July 1. For the numerically challenged, that means $10,000- …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2015
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Six Degrees separates: Sold to Charlesbank Capital Partners

Private equity biz Penta Capital has agreed to sell hosting and managed services outfit Six Degrees to funds affiliated with Charlesbank Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. The business came onto the market in February with corporate financier DC Advisory managing the sale process, as El Chan exclusively revealed. …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2015
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Brace yourselves: Public cloud is coming. When? Er... soon, possibly

Spending on Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-as-Service is rapidly increasing, but will still add up to less than 10 per cent of the overall infrastructure services market by 2018, research from analyst firm TechMarketView has concluded. Widespread uptake of the public cloud is not happening anytime soon, despite …
Kat Hall, 17 Jun 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Network Services delayed AGAIN. Suppliers: Oh FFS

It is week 40 of the Network Services framework tender and suppliers are still in the dark about the cause of the latest delay - which means nobody knows who's made the cut and who hasn't. A prior information notice for the framework, estimated to be worth between £100m and £2bn over four years, was published in July and a …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015
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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The growing use of VoIP technology in business and a greater availability of hacking tools that dumb down the process of hacking into systems has led to an increase in attacks worldwide. UK-based systems are being …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2015
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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers. The health service came out on top in the league of prosperous procurements across 20 industry sectors, with one head admitting to coughing a margin of 920 per cent above trade …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jun 2015

Blighty wants to ‘strengthen links’ with Huawei via the begging bowl

John Whittingdale, the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has indicated Blighty would like more cash from Chinese kit maker Huawei after its current £1.3bn investment pot runs dry in 2017. Speaking at Huawei's annual summer bash at Whitehall's Banqueting Hall, he suggested the UK would be keen to have its …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2015
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VMware's got SaaS – and you – surrounded with SSOaaS

VMware's ever-expanding end-user computing and cloud portfolios have embiggened, again, with the advent of a new single sign-on product called VMware Identity Manager. Stay awake there, you at the back. Yes, you the one rolling your eyes because single sign-on's been done to death a hundred different ways, some of them by VMware …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2015

Duqu 2.0‬ malware buried into Windows PCs using 'stolen Foxconn certs'

The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is craftier than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple …
John Leyden, 15 Jun 2015
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Deutsche Telekom, Huawei: Let's rain on Amazon’s euro cloud together

Deutsche Telekom claims to have Amazon and Google in its sights (thanks to a little lens polishing from a Chinese big boy) as it ramps up its cloud business and attempts to dominate the sector in Europe. DT said it would step up its relationship with Huawei as part of the drive, which it said would double its cloud revenue from …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

One of the official cheerleaders of Europe’s digital industry said he couldn’t believe the UK would be mad enough to vote itself out of Europe in the upcoming EU referendum, and leave itself effectively stuffed as a tech power. OK, John Higgins, former intellect boss and now director general of DigitalEurope, was far more …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
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Salesforce's $20 billion challenge: to go deep, deep, deep

Salesforce last month announced another quarter of growth, up 23 per cent, year on year. Only this time, there was also profit — the first in 18 quarters. Thirty per cent of “top” deals for the quarter were new customers – Bank of America, John Deere, Western Union and Zurich Insurance, the toast of Wall St. Not just that, but …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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Revenue up 62 per cent, as Redcentric posts bumper post-buy results

Managed services biz Redcentric reported a significant increase in sales and profits for its full-year 2015 results, as the firm's acquisition strategy began to bear fruit. The Yorkshire outfit posted an increase in revenue of 62 per cent to £94.3m, compared with 2014. Profits rose to £8m from £1.8m for the same period. The …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2015
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IBM lobs 3,500 staffers at Apache Spark

IBM has thrown its full weight behind Spark, Apache’s open-source cluster computing framework. Spark will form the basis of all of Big Blue's analytics and commerce platforms and its Watson Health Cloud. The framework will also be sold as a service on its Bluemix cloud. IBM will commit more than 3,500 of its researchers and …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2015
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EU steps (marginally, tentatively) towards new data protection law

European ministers are expected to reach some sort of agreement on new data protection laws later today, according to reports and sources, although discussions before a final decision are set to continue for months yet. Justice and Home Affairs ministers from across the EU are meeting Monday in Luxembourg and the main item on …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Jun 2015
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Veeam-ing all the way to the bank: No IPO for these VM replicants

Comment At a UK temple to old tech, the London Science Museum, storage firm Veeam introduced its new tech, promising replication of VM images to the cloud – and El Reg quizzed two top Veeamers about the company. V9.0 of Veeam’s Availability Suite will add Cloud Connect Replication for Service Providers, using SSL, and be generally …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2015
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Hyperconvergence isn't about hardware: It's server-makers becoming software companies

Public cloud is supposed to be a mortal threat to enterprise hardware vendors, whose wares look clunky and costly compared to a servers-for-an-hour-for-cents cloud and the threat looks scary … until you actually use a public cloud for a while. The Reg increasingly hears that the cost of operating in a public cloud quickly adds …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2015

How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Analysis If the latest reports are true and Chinese hackers have managed to pilfer as much data about US government employees in sensitive positions as is thought, the Obama administration may be headed for a serious intelligence crisis. According to an Associated Press report on Friday, hackers linked to China may have compromised …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2015
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Microsoft says its latest, dodgy Windows 10 build is good for (almost) everyone

Microsoft has released Build 10130 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview to the Windows Insider program's Slow release ring, despite a few lingering issues – particularly with Redmond's latest hardware. The build was initially only released to the Fast release ring – the one that gets rapid updates of the pre-release OS, even when …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2015

Activist shareholder Elliott spotted lurking on Citrix parade route with rain cannon

Activist investor Elliott Management has turned its sights on Citrix and things look as though they may turn ugly for the software firm’s management team - and its global legion of channel partners. The hedge fund yesterday revealed that it owns 7.1 per cent of Citrix stock, making it the largest single investor, and wasted no …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2015
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Not Boxing clever: non-paying customers still hold sway

File sharer Box’s burst into profitability is still being delayed (for quarter after quarter) by its massive, heavy boat anchor of pay-nothing customers. First-quarter revenues rose 45 per cent from a year ago to $65.6m, beating Wall Street estimates, while the net loss deepened 23 per cent from a year ago to $47.3m. Revenue …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2015
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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

ISP Level 3's customers have been left without internet access since this morning, after the provider seems to have leaked routes to a Tier 1 transit provider in Malaysia. An incident report from CloudFlare said that while "the Tier 1 transit provider of the ISP leaking routes appears to have stopped accepting these …

It's 2015 and Microsoft has figured out anything can break Windows

Microsoft head software engineer Lee Holmes says Windows 10 applications will now be able to plug into installed anti-virus platforms to better combat malicious scripts. Holmes says the Windows 10 Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI) will allow apps and services to use anti-virus to find badness operating in memory. He says most …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2015
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Benioff's Bulging Benefits: Salesforce CEO handed massive pay cheque

Salesforce.com's chief executive has been handed a massive $39.9m (£25.7m) pay packet, despite objections from a number of major shareholders related to its modest record of profitability. Shareholders narrowly approved the package for Benioff and the six other directors, totalling $81.6m (£53m) in 2015. Dutch pension company …
Kat Hall, 11 Jun 2015
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Duqu 2.0: 'Terminator' malware that pwned Kaspersky could have come from Israel

Eugene Kaspersky reckons hacking into his firm's corporate network was a "silly" move by cyberspies, but independent experts are far from convinced. All seem agreed that the rare attack by a state against an leading information security firm is bad news for corporate security more generally, as it shows attacks are getting more …
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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

Apple retail store staffers, routinely frisked for stolen goods at the end of a shift or before breaks, complained to Tim Cook of being treated like “criminals”, as part of a written policy that was “demeaning”. The claim was contained in a 2013 lawsuit filed in California, parts of which the judge unsealed yesterday, that seeks …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015
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HP's M&A guru quits ahead of corporate split

The exec who oversaw some of HP’s chunky acquisitions and investments has left the building months ahead of the corporate split, with Dell’s software group reportedly his next bill payer. Tom Joyce was senior veep of global corporate development since August — transactions include the $3bn buy of Aruba Networks, plus deals with …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2015

Intercloud extends management to AWS VMs

Cisco's decided to Borg Microsoft and Amazon services into its Intercloud, in the latest round of Intercloud Fabric software releases. On-boarding for AWS VMs lets companies identify machines already on the Amazon cloud, and put them under Intercloud Fabric control; and Intercloud's zone-based firewall has wrapped its arms …
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Intel sharpening axe for job cuts this month – report

Intel is planning a major, company-wide staff reduction later this month, sources inside the company claim. Portland's The Oregonian newspaper claims to have obtained a confidential internal Intel document explaining that the company plans to keep its expenses flat in 2015, which will include reducing headcount by an unspecified …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015
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Gonna RUB MYSELF against the WALL: Microsoft's Surface Hub 84" monster-slab

Pics Microsoft will take orders for its ridiculo-sized Surface Hub, a huge wall-mounted touchscreen, from July 1, albeit at hefty prices - but it won't be shipping direct to punters. The smaller of the two debut Surface Hub models is a 55-inch, 1080p-resolution version that Microsoft says is designed for offices, small conference …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2015

Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

Kaspersky Lab has unearthed an attack on its corporate network which hit high profile victims in several Western, Middle East and Asian nations, including covert surveillance attempts during the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. The Duqu 2.0 malware platform associated with the attacks was exploiting up to three zero-day …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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Capita wins four out of five stars for 'good', 'inexpensive' service

Capita appears to have captured the hearts of locals in Waterloo, with reviewers rushing to shower the outfit with plaudits, and praising its “helpful and friendly staff” and “great value”. Laycee2008 gave Capita five stars, saying “Friendly staff and ave prices. Staff are really friendly too. We come back every time were in …
Joe Fay, 10 Jun 2015

Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

A pair of technology industry pressure groups have sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to back off demands that companies give government agencies the ability to decrypt all user data. In the letter [PDF], the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) and the Software and Information Industry …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015

Nutanix: We're not a storage company, but, er, watch out, NetApp

Nutanix is working on a scale-out file server and thinks it will set the cat among the pigeons in array-land, especially NetApp's filer business. Sunil Potti, Nutanix's senior veep for engineering and product management, revealed the product today at his company's .NEXT user conference in Miami, Florida. There's two parts to …
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The data centre is becoming the cloud file doorway centre ...

Interview On-premises flash storage for blocks with files migrating to the cloud; that's cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni's view of the world. We thought this was a tad self-serving, but then again it could be true. So we asked Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez some questions to find out more: El Reg: Do you think on-premises computing is …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2015
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Sophos buys cloudy email security outfit Reflexion Networks

Sophos has acquired cloud-based email security firm Reflexion Networks. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed. Reflexion markets archiving, email encryption and business continuity services. Reflexion Total Control blocks spam and viruses before they ever get to the corporate network. Archiving, …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2015
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Shouty investor Elliot trains guns on Samsung merger

Activist hedge fund Elliot Associates is to take legal action against Samsung over its merger, widely seen as a move to consolidate the power of the South Korean firm's controlling Lee family. Last month, Sammy announced its merger with fashion, leisure and construction biz Cheil Industries, a company in which the tech giant …
Kat Hall, 9 Jun 2015
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Nutanix did build 'Acropolis' hypervisor, wants you to bury it

As predicted by The Register, Nutanix has built a hypervisor called Acropolis, but is using it for more than scale-out compute and an assault on VMware. Instead, the company wants to abstract all the stuff that makes up modern applications and make managing infrastructure idiot-proof. We'll explain that in a moment. The …

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