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US government wants Microsoft 'Irish email' case reopened

The United States Department of Justice has asked the nation's Second Circuit Court of Appeals to re-open its three-year-old case attempt to have Microsoft hand over e-mails stored on servers in the Republic of Ireland. At the same time, the Department has dropped more than a hint that Google's in the cross-hairs. In July, …
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IBM's focus on cloud and software isn't novel – it's survival

IBM believes it is closer than ever to returning to overall revenue growth for the first time in more than four years. That's looking at the whole picture, though: while cloud and software are pulling in the right direction, the corporate goliath's remaining hardware operations are still looking pretty grim. Big Blue said …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2016
Tangled magnetic tape

HPE tops in tape. Yes, tape is still a thing

IDC says HPE is the big cheese in the tape systems market, getting more revenue from streaming ribbons of rust devices than anybody else. The research firm's Worldwide Quarterly Tape Tracker for the first half of 2016 says HPE is the tape device primary canine because it's number 1 in : stand-alone tape drives with 5X the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016
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Mega-Misys IPO trimmed: Firm slashes expectations by £1bn

Misys, the British banking software business, has slashed the value of its initial public offering by £1bn. The London-based business is currently privately owned by Vista Equity Partners, which purchased Misys for £1.3bn back when it delisted in 2012, and has more than 4,600 employees on a global basis. It had first listed in …

HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

The classic management domino affect has reached Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s UK team with new broom Marc Waters naming his sales lieutenants. Changes started in July when EMEA boss Peter Ryan was made global sales head for the Enterprise Group, he was replaced by UK boss Andy Isherwood who was then succeeded by UK EG boss …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2016
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Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Singh blows free

Cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh has floated free of Cisco Systems. The roving entrepreneur who turns corporate heads was brought in as Cisco's chief technology officer for platforms in July 2015. Singh was member of incoming chief executive Chuck Robbins’ new team and arrived as the former …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2016

In 2020, biz will chuck $100bn+ at protecting itself online

Security spending is predicted to grow from $73.7bn in 2016 to $101.6bn in 2020, according to analysts. This compound annual growth rate of 8.3 per cent, more than twice the rate of overall IT spending growth, will be increased security spending in healthcare as well as continued strong demand in banking and government. The …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2016
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HP Inc to blast more humans from employment cannon

HP Inc - not wanting to be entirely out done by the other half of the business that it split from - is to toss up to another 4,000 workers onto the employment bonfire, and the ailing PC and printer market is to blame. Confirmation of the “approved restructuring plan” was outlined last night in an SEC filing, it will be …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Post-referendum UK still part of Euro cyberterror stress test... for now

European enterprises are teaming with information security agencies and governments to run a pan-European cyberwar readiness exercise today. Cyber Europe 2016 - which involves thousands of experts from all 28 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway - is being co-ordinated by European Union security agency ENISA. It's the …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2016

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust. AWS-bashing is almost becoming an annual feature at Canalys Channels Forum; in 2014 the analyst estimated AWS was losing billions of dollars; and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Exertis gets claws in Hammer for undisclosed sum

DCC Technology today confirmed its subsidiary, Exertis, has gobbled specialist storage and lesser known server distie Hammer for an undisclosed sum, which should help ease recent top line pressures. Hammer trades with “almost” 1,000 reseller, system integrator and cloud service provider punters, selling infrastructure gear …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

You've been hacked. What are you liable for?

Hacking is big news and we’re all susceptible. In the UK, hackers could face jail time under the Computer Misuse Act, but the question on many businesses’ minds will be where the liability lies if they are hacked. The list of successful mega breaches continues to grow; extra-marital affairs site Ashley Madison hit the …
Frank Jennings, 14 Oct 2016
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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

Marmite-aggeddon? Blame Brexit. The implosion of the UK’s Labour Party? Blame Brexit (more so leader Jeremy Corbyn). Now it seems analysts want to put the sickly British PC market onto the list of things gone awry. The crystal ball-strokers at Gartner have forecast weak demand for traditional client devices for 2016 - …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

The UK's 'Universal Credit mega cockup was the coalition's NPfIT' - Margaret Hodge

When Margaret Hodge was appointed chair of the UK Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in 2010, she was the first Labour leader since 1997 – as its head is always drawn from the main opposition party. In 2015 her colleague Meg Hillier became the new PAC chair, with all indications so far suggesting her successor will also be …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2016
Dell micro Modular Data Center

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

Dell's teased something interesting ahead of next week's DellWorld gabfest: a “micro Modular Data Center (MDC)” that can be deployed outdoors if required. As depicted above (or here for those of you on our mobile site) Dell's offering has three racks. One will hold the company's DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure that our …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2016

Amazon AWS: 'Hi there!' VMware: 'We submit. Please, save us'

Amazon Web Services and VMware have agreed to work together to make VMware's vSphere server virtualization software available on AWS infrastructure. At a media event held at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco on Thursday, Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, said that in recent years, enterprise customers have been confused about the nature …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016
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Galaxy Note 7 flameout: 2 in 5 Samsung fans say they'll never buy from the Korean giant again

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco continues to erode the South Korean goliath's customer base. Two days ago, the electronics giant said it would stop selling the Note 7 after a series of fires arising from faulty batteries. It also advised Note 7 customers to stop using the device. Now, a survey conducted by ecommerce company …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Oct 2016

Personal info on more than 58 million people spills onto the web from data slurp biz

A US-based data aggregator that trades people's personal information with the automotive industry and real estate companies has seemingly spilled the private information of more than 58 million people online. A large MongoDB file – which belongs to Modern Business Solutions and containing tens of millions of records – was …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2016
I quit

Lenovo big cheese walks

Lenovo exec and its one-time UK boss Dave McQuarrie has upped sticks after years aboard the Chinese PC maker with HP Inc tipped to be his next destination. McQuarrie ran the EMEA notebook division when he joined from Dell in 2008, before taking on other senior posts; chief operating officer; Western Europe veep of SMB, …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2016

Barracuda's satisfying cloud meal offsets appliances dip

Barracuda can smile as another solid quarter's work, the appliance of cloud science as we might say, brings in revenue growth and profits. Total revenue for the cloud-using, data protection and security business grew 12 per cent year-over-year to $87.9m, compared to the estimated $81m at the end of the last quarter. Revenues …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016

Fresh from 1,800 job cuts, Fujitsu boasts of spinning rust-killing flashy boxen

Fujitsu's second-generation all-flash ETERNUS arrays are poised, priced and positioned to replace disk storage arrays in serving primary data to servers, it says. Fujitsu's first generation flash arrays, the DX 200 S3 and the earlier DX600 S3* are being succeeded by the ETERNUS AF250 and AF650. The top-of-the-range 5U AF650 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

Comment “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what the very word ‘citizenship’ means." So British Prime Minister Theresa May told her party’s conference last week. Home secretary Amber Rudd laid out plans at the conference to make it harder for British employers to hire …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2016

New GCHQ unit: Psst, breached biz bods. We won't rat you out to the ICO

The new National Cyber Security Centre is pitching itself to CEOs as a friendly government organisation which won't get the regulators involved after data breaches. Those gathered this morning on the 18th floor of 125 London Wall heard one of the NCSC's deputy directors address CEOs on how they should lead their businesses' …
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Tax-swerving IT director disqualified for 8 years

Anthony Hodges, a Basingstoke-based IT consultant, has been barred from acting as a company director for eight years due to mischief undertaken as his company went into liquidation. Investigating the demise of management consultancy Hodges & Coley, of which Hodges was the sole director, the Insolvency Service said it had …
Old ladders

Lenovo soups up storage for supers servers

Lenovo NeXtScale System servers will get faster access to files as a result of a collaboration with DDN. Installed DataDirect Networks Exascaler kit allows users to benchmark the storage and file system elements of an HPC set-up in combination with Lenovo’s HPC systems. An ES7K ExaScaler storage array, running Intel's Lustre …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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Data-updater CTERA gets IBM reselling approval stamp

IBM is becoming a CTERA reseller to ship enterprise file services integrated with its SoftLayer, Cleversafe-based, object storage, and fully support it. CTERA provides a cloud storage gateway for file sync and share, and data protection, plus a NAS appliance. It has just gained $25m in a funding round; no doubt the VCs were …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016

Oracle rip-off merchants Rimini Street fined another $28m, hit with permanent ban

Rimini Street has been hit with yet another fine for infringing Oracle's copyright, as well as a permanent injunction barring it from providing any Oracle software to customers. In a judgment [PDF] on Tuesday, a Nevada judge fined the company $27.7m in prejudgment interest – with more to come. He also issued a permanent …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2016
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Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

The extraordinary cost of the Galaxy Note 7 recall and withdrawal has been revealed in the latest financial figures from Samsung. On Wednesday, the company revealed its preliminary third-quarter earnings and slashed estimated operating profit from 7.8 trillion Korean won to 5.2 trillion won. The difference is US$2.3bn, almost …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Oct 2016
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Cisco UK channel and sales bigwig Roberts splits

Cisco exec Richard Roberts has split from the organisation after a decade in various senior positions, but told us it was his decision to exit and that he was not caught up in the recent wave of company redundancies. Roberts, who was UK and Ireland managing director for partner and commercial sales before he left this month, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2016
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Big Mickey Dell is wrong: Cloud ain't going to eat all of IT

Storage architect Public cloud will not consume all of IT. At least that’s what Michael Dell is claiming. In his opinion, cloud will become just another form of computing and a choice will be made by users to do cloud on-premises or rent from a cloud provider. Bearing in mind Dell is in the hardware business, we can hardly expect a comment …
Chris Evans, 12 Oct 2016
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Just minding your own business, doing HCI. Suddenly you're inside ... a magic quadrant

Gartner's gnomic gurus have shone their light on the hyper-converged/integrated system suppliers and devised a new magic quadrant, following on from its August 2015 effort. SimpliVity gets the big promotion, from a visionary last year to a leader this year. The other changes are: HPE jumps to the front of the leaders, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016

Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

Analysis Stone the crows! Rather than copying the early market leaders - as it has traditionally done - the modern era Microsoft is showing signs of calling trends correctly well in advance. Only last week we were congratulating Microsoft on being the only platform provider to correctly call the wearables trend. That allowed it to …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2016
Windows Server 2016, now with Windows 10 desktop

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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SAP re-positions senior UK cloud brass

SAP is making a number of senior management changes in its cloud business in the UK. Darren Roos, general manager for northern Europe, is taking charge of SAP’s SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud as president. Roos joined SAP in January 2014 from Software AG, where he’d been chief operating officer for EMEA, Asia Pacific and Japan; and …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2016

WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously. The Green brand is for secondary storage, being reliable, cool and eco-friendly whilst Blue products are built for PC primary storage use. Other WD brand colours include Black for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016

Rage-making, anxiety-inducing tech distributors: An ode

Sysadmin Blog As vendors don't seem all that interested in selling equipment directly, value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs) and the like must buy our gear from distributors before selling it on to our clients. Oh, not all disties are totally awful. There's always one we can point to and say "I love those guys". …
Trevor Pott, 12 Oct 2016

UK govt sucks at AI and robots, doesn't use them to its advantage – wait, is that good or bad?

The UK government does not have a clear strategy on how to maximise AI and robotics for economic benefit, according to the Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology. This conclusion was published today in a report by the committee, which earlier this year launched an inquiry into Blighty's take up of artificial …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Oct 2016
Falling profits

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

New data from analyst outfits IDC and Gartner suggest the PC market continues to crater. The latter firm's 3Q2016 data records an eighth consecutive quarter of shipment decreases, to 68.9 million units or a 5.7 per cent decline from the third quarter of 2015. IDC found “nearly 68 million units in the third quarter of 2016 ( …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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Oracle: We're going to be the practical AI people, we swear it

Oracle, like so many other enterprise IT specialists, is talking up plans to integrate machine learning into its software. What the Redwood City giant hopes will set it apart from competitors is the way it plans to use those features. Where rivals have been touting AI and machine learning as a way to overhaul and redefine …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2016

Fujitsu to axe 1,800 jobs across the UK

IT giant Fujitsu is to axe 1,800 jobs in Blighty – around 13 per cent of its UK workforce. The Japanese godzilla denied the move was driven by Brexit but was intended to allow to "better compete and grow in today’s global IT marketplace." A Fujitsu spokesman said the company is planning a transformation program that will …
Kat Hall, 11 Oct 2016
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HPE, IBM, ARM, Samsung and pals in plot to weave 'memory fabric'

A group of suppliers have got together as a consortium to develop Gen-Z - a scalable, high-performance bus or interconnect fabric linking computers and memory. The Gen-Z consortium is an open, non-proprietary, transparent industry standards body. It says it believes open standards provide a level playing field to promote …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
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Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
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Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
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Thousands of layoffs announced as spinning rust enters its death spiral


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Emotional intelligence, not tech skills, is the way to woo suits
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One reselling man tells his tale of woe