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Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data

Apple, Cisco, Verizon and AT&T are considering joining Microsoft’s battle against the US government to safeguard customers' privacy – but European corps should also take note. Microsoft is embroiled in a legal case to resist US authorities’ efforts to seize emails stored on servers in Ireland. The warrant was issued in December …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Oct 2014

Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

IBM and Microsoft’s Azure cloud are blending after the two firms inked an enterprise partnership. Big Blue and Microsoft on Wednesday committed to host and integrate their enterprise software on their respective clouds. Also, they'll work together on deeper developer and VM support. Staples of enterprise IT spanning servers, …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2014
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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

Windows doesn't have the best reputation for security, but Microsoft has been outlining a series of improvements in the new operating system that it believes will stymie hackers and leave corporate data more secure. "We're no longer facing an evolution in security threats but a revolution," Chris Hallum, senior product manager …
Iain Thomson, 22 Oct 2014
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EMC profits flatline as VCE joins the storage-tastic federation

For its third quarter EMC reported good numbers but the news is overshadowed by the expected VCE announcement and the activist investor pressure on the Hopkinton firm. EMC recorded a satisfyingly chunky nine per cent uptick in consolidated quarterly revenues for its third 2014 quarter – a round $6bn compared to $5.5bn a year ago …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2014

DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Windows using malicious PowerPoint documents, Microsoft and security firms warn. An advisory from Microsoft warns that the as-yet-unpatched flaw is present in all supported versions of Windows except Windows Server 2003 and has already been abused in "limited, targeted attacks …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2014

VMware, Cisco, EMC lovechild to live in Big Daddy EMC's house

As rumoured, VCE, the three-way love child of VMware, Cisco and EMC, is to be absorbed into the EMC Federation this quarter. VCE builds and sells converged Vblock systems based on VMware’s virtualisation software, Cisco servers and networking and EMC storage. It is a startup and was jointly funded (until now) by Cisco and EMC. …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2014

APPLE support doc CONFIRMS 'ORGANIZED NETWORK ATTACKS'

Apple is warning its iCloud users over heightened spying risks following the discovery of attacks which security watchers have claimed are down to crude snooping by the Chinese government. Without naming China directly, Apple said it was "aware of intermittent organised network attacks" on its iCloud service designed to obtain …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2014
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Amazon rolls cloud and on-prem into single sign-on service

Amazon has revealed plans to tie AWS to customers’ Earth-bound Microsoft IT estates and infrastructure using a directory service. The cloud giant Wednesday unveiled the AWS Directory Service, which it said connects portions of its cloud to customers’ “existing, on-premises” directories. Amazon didn’t name Microsoft, but it didn …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2014
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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

Data generated by devices in the "internet of things" age should be "regarded and treated as personal data", data protection authorities from across the globe have agreed. The watchdogs said it is "more likely than not" that such data can be attributed to individuals. "Internet of things’ sensor data is high in quantity, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Oct 2014
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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

You can tell a lot about how a company is going by listening to financial analysts' questions at the end of an earnings conference call. When things are good – as they were in VMware's Q1 earnings call – analysts can almost gush. If there's a hint of weakness or illogic, analysts can find all sorts of things about which to ask …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2014

How much will it take to make OpenStack better? Well, stack dev Mirantis just bagged $100m ...

Three-year-old OpenStack startup Mirantis has scored $100m in venture-capital funding, we're told. The series-B cash injection came from Intel Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures) and other investors. Mirantis was founded in 2011, and (until now) had $20m in the bank from Valley sugar daddies. It …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2014
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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

Comment When you are walking on the Moon, far from home and Earth's tethering gravity then giant steps are what you take. When a product set becomes low or no-growth, then its tethering product gravity effect is weakened and you need to take giant steps to rebuild it ... which brings us to IBM. Witness its results. IBM's old certainties …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2014
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie presents the Cloud Platform System

Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre

Analysis Two words were missing from Microsoft’s cloudy event in San Francisco yesterday, where CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise VP Scott Guthrie presented an update to the company’s Azure and hybrid cloud strategy. Those two words were System Center. That was an odd omission considering that System Center is meant to be the …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

Satya Nadella famously told women to not bother asking for pay rises, which now looks a bit rich after Microsoft revealed his $83.4m pay packet. After all, what would you know about asking for a raise when your pay packet is more already than the combined wages of 800 Microsoft minions? Redmond announced its great leader's …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2014

Will EMC swallow cloudy upstart? These analysts seem to think so

Any move by EMC to acquire Maginatics — and the latter’s software-only cloud storage gateway — would be a “very smart buy”, according to analyst Ben Woo at technical consultancy Neuralytics, following speculation the storage giant is closing in on the startup. “Software defined storage is not just about on-premise [developments …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2014
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Most cloud apps flout EU data protection rules – study

Three in four cloud services do not conform to the current EU Data Protection Directive, according to a new study. Enterprise cloud visibility firm Skyhigh Networks found that nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of the cloud services used by European organisations do not meet the requirements of the current privacy regulations, …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2014

Palo Alto Networks boxes spray firewall creds across the net

Misconfigured user identities for Palo Alto Networks firewalls are leaking onto the public web potentially exposing customer services including VPN and webmail, says security luminary HD Moore. The mess is a result of a user control module being allowed to operate in untrusted zones, rather than a vulnerability in Palo's kit. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2014
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Who's that sniffing around BlackBerry? Oh, is it YOU again, Lenovo?

Lenovo may be close to a deal to acquire Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry – for real, this time – according to multiple reports. Citing anonymous sources, Canadian broadcaster CBC claimed on Monday that the Chinese equipment maker is planning to offer to snap up ailing BlackBerry at around $15 per share. The Toronto Sun and …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014
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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Peak tablet In case you'd forgotten that Apple is making money hand over fist, the company announced on Monday yet another record financial quarter – thanks to its iPhones and Macs, but no thanks to its iPads. The House that Steve Built said the fourth quarter of its 2014 financial year – ending September 27 – was its best ever Q4, as Mac …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2014
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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans …
Neil McAllister, 20 Oct 2014
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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

IBM's storage revenues are continuing to slump, with the latest overall IBM results causing the abandonment of a long-term earnings/share goal. IBM's overall revenues for its third 2014 quarter were $22.4bn, down six per cent year-on-year and down 8.2 per cent sequentially. Net income was $3.5bn; it was $4.1bn in the previous …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2014
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Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently. It’s a big target to set yourself. There’s plenty of competition from incumbents such as Microsoft (now changing its game), and new entrants such as Amazon (breaking down the doors). One thing both have to help …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2014

Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

The CHAPS system used to handle most bank-to-bank transfers in the UK has collapsed, with all mortgage payments currently on pause. We were told that the problem was due to an update over the weekend, when the details of new CHAPS users were being added and old ones removed. This is meant to be a routine operation, but a glitch …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Oct 2014

Violin: Don't weep for Tier 1 storage... it'll soon be flashtastic

Comment Flash will replace all enterprise tier 1 storage, and shared arrays will prevail over server-side SANs, while network latency remains a solvable computer science problem, argues Violin Memory CEO Kevin DeNuccio. The market and technology shocks waves of cloud, virtualisation and flash are coming Violin's way, with the all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2014
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Sophos to offshore American support operations

Exclusive Sophos plans to offshore support operations from the US to Canada and the Philippines as part of a wide-ranging restructuring of its support operations. The plans were outlined in an internal email to staff from Mary Winfield, SVP Global Support, leaked to El Reg by an anonymous tipster. "Another year, another round of layoffs …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2014

IBM: Please, take our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 billion

Big Blue is going to become slightly less Big and Blue by paying Global Foundries $1.5bn to take on its chip-making business, according to multiple media reports. The giant's retreat from hardware continues following the transfer of the X86 server business to Lenovo. Bloomberg and others reported an IBM statement saying it is …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2014
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SDI Wars: EMC must FORGET ARRAYS, adapt or disappear

Sysadmin blog Register storage supremo Chris Mellor has recently been reporting on EMC's slow descent into corporate depression due to a combination of activist investors and recalcitrant internecine political strife. There's nothing surprising here, I've been hearing the same things all across the EMC federation, though I've no inclination …
Trevor Pott, 20 Oct 2014

Hey small biz: You know what you need? A tape library – Overland

Overland has got itself a new NEO tape library (cue jokes about the Matrix Reloaded) called the NEOxl, and it's packed a huge amount of capacity inside it. The two models in the product line both support LTO5 and LTO6 tape formats and come in 6U enclosures: NEOxl 60 To 3 drives and 60 slots 90TB-375TB capacity (90TB is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2014

Symantec's already virtually split, says letter to suppliers

Symantec's been preparing to split into two entities for about six months, according to a letter sent to the company's suppliers sighted by The Reg. The missive comes from Symantec's procurement team and explains that suppliers won't see any change in the company's behavior “until we complete the separation, which we expect to …
Chris Williams, 17 Oct 2014
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HP to shutter webOS cloud services

HP has announced it will shut down webOS cloud services on January 15th, 2015. The company says it's given the few owners of webOS devices three years of service since canning the software, but that “The user count has dwindled to the point where it is no longer viable to keep the services running.” Devices running webOS will …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2014

AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year. The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments. "While decisions that …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

Giant advertising, sorry, 'Search' firm Google makes BILLIONS - but not enough for Wall St

Google did manage to shrink its dependency on advertising in the third quarter of fiscal 2014 – albeit slightly – but lest you doubt what the online giant's actual business is, ads run mainly beside other people's content still accounted for 89 per cent of its sales. And as has been the case for many consecutive quarters, sales …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2014
AMD CEO Lisa Su

AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

The latest insult to women working in tech came courtesy of chipmaker AMD, whose new CEO Lisa Su will take home a smaller base salary than Rory Read, the man she recently replaced. Su rocked up at AMD early 2012 as senior veep and GM for global business units and was made chief operating officer in January, raking in some $650, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014
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Huawei and Accenture pucker up for enterprise love-in

Huawei looks to be side-stepping glacier-paced reseller recruitment by getting chummy with consultancy Accenture to work on carrier biz support services and private cloudy enterprise stuff. The ink is still drying on the pact but will see the pair “develop joint initiatives” in China, southeast Asia, other emerging markets and …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014
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HP slips on Scality's RING, plans to flog it with ProLiant servers

Analysis HP is going to resell Scality's RING object storage software, despite having its own scale-out StoreAll object storage technology. Scality hopes this is a break-out deal and twins with a market move to unstructured data and server-side storage – as this would help object storage emerge from its chrysalis and float like a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2014
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Cyber-punch-drunk eBay slashes revenue forecasts

eBay continues to bear the scars from a cyber attack that led to the leakage of 145 million users data, as the footfall in its third party online tat bazaar came in below management expectations during calendar Q3. President and CEO John Donahoe said the e-commerce platform has a runway to grow, “however, without a doubt, eBay …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014

Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

Citrix has decided that owners of Android Wear devices will want to log on to conference calls, and has tweaked its GoToMeeting client so it runs on the wearable kit. The updated app can be found here. Citrix says the app is a good idea because you can “Take a jog while you’re taking a meeting.” Which sounds like it will work …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014

NO DEAL: HP/EMC merger talks are off

The improbable merger of industry behemoths HP and EMC will not happen, according to loquacious folk familiar with such things. The pair are no longer locked in discussions and have walked away from any prospective deal “after months of fruitless negotiations”. Discussions were still taking place until last week, according to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2014
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Is HP riding the EVO: RAILs to oblivion?

Comment HP is set to launch a VMware EVO: RAIL hyper-converged appliance that threatens to kill off its StoreVirtual product. HP's StoreVirtual 200-HC hyper-converged system, combines server, networking, storage, and virtualisation and management software for mid-size businesses, remote offices and branch office locations. It is …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014
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EMC reshuffles deck, reveals Core Technology SUPER DIVISION

EMC is collapsing its divisional structure some more and combining its VMAX/VNX unified storage operation with DPAD, its Data Protection Division, to form a Core Technology Division. The new division will be run by Guy Churchward, current DPAD president. XtremIO products will move into the new division as of 1 January, 2015. …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014
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Logicalis: World Cup and IBM kit drop-off hit us hard in H1

Excitable Brazilian firms initiated a network spending freeze during the World that led to a $50m drop-off in kit sales for Logicalis, the integrator’s parent company Datatec said today. Turnover for the first half of fiscal 15 ended August came in seven per cent below the same period a year ago at $714.4m, which when coupled …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2014
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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

The mist has cleared in Gartner’s crystal ball and the resident mystics have deduced that the tab revolution is coming to an end: some 83 million fewer fondleslabs are to be flogged worldwide this year than previously forecast. Shipments of slablets into retailers and tech disties will still grow 10.6 per cent this year to 229 …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2014

Opinion

Microsoft Surface bomb
Killer whale

Chris Mellor

Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Tim Worstall

Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
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Trevor Pott

Can the storage giant overcome a lack of necessary leadership?

Features

No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
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Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that
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You keep the call centres, Hamish, we'll take the banks
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Everyone loves those Things, just not on each others' terms