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End of an era: NetApp chair Dan Warmenhoven has left the building

+Analysis NetApp chairman and previous CEO Dan Warmenhoven has announced that he plans to retire in September. His chosen successor as CEO, Tom Georgens, becomes the new chairman.

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

Blocks and Files From co-operation to co-op-etition and then competition: it's happening in front of our eyes with EMC and Cisco. The choreography involves Cisco working more and more with Red Hat and its KVM server hypervisor and less with EMC subsidiary VMware's ESX.
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Where the HELL is my ROBOT BUTLER?

Sysadmin blog For decades the development of the computer has been driven by businesses. Businesses bought mainframes, PCs and servers. They bought in such quantity that the consumer was, for most technology companies, a mere afterthought. Today, consumer purchases of endpoints outstrip business purchases by a wide margin.
Steve Bennet, ex-Symantec CEO

Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Comment Symantec recently fired Steve Bennett, its second CEO in two years. As a previous chairman of the board, Bennett was part of the team that shifted off the previous CEO. Apparently now, new blood is needed to "act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market," in the words of the new chief, Michael Brown.
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So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

+Comment Neelie Kroes' stint as the EU's “Commissioner for a Digital Agenda” ends when the Barroso II Commission closes up shop in the autumn. Perhaps the post should be abolished with her departure.

PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

+Analysis Germans, you do the engineering. We'll design the websites...

Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

Comment After lying in a deathlike slumber for years, the developer market is twitching
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Big Data is like TEENAGE SEX

The joke doing the rounds on social media compares big data to teenage sex: everyone's talking about it, only a few know how to do it, they all think everyone else is at it and so pretend they are too.
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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

Opinion I was finishing up a few things in the office well after 6.00pm when I got a call from one of our clients, a well-known OEM and off-the-page seller whom I visited twice a year and who readily accepted and acted on advice and ideas.
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SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time

Sysadmin Blog The storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. Enterprise vendors have the marketing budgets, they get the press.
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Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill

Storagebod Your mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology.

Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

If Satya Nadella is the answer, what was the question?

Why IBM's server sell-off is a lightbulb moment

We’re not even out of January yet and already the UK's tech channel has possibly seen its biggest story of 2014 after IBM sold its low-end server business to Lenovo.

Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

SAP and IBM? Pah! Says Larry Ellison. Amazon and Salesforce – them’s my competition these days.
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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

Opinion We should have more Marxist analysis of the tech business. So here is some, looking at the manner in which the major firms of Silicon Valley are being accused of perpetrating monopoly capitalism upon the rest of us.

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

Opinion The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered.
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How to survive the end-of-quarter SLOGFEST

Opinion Most of us working in the channel are no strangers to pressure. For better or worse it’s part and parcel of the job and when it all goes your way, there’s no better feeling in the world.
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Brit-boy Bates is Silicon Valley's pick for Microsoft's CEO

Comment Could a Briton end up running quintessential American multinational Microsoft, the world’s largest software company?

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

Opinion If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses.

How much should an ethical phone cost? An extra penny? Or $4bn

As the Dodd Frank regulations about conflict minerals approach the date at which people actually have to do something about them, it's worth seeing if they're really the monstrously ghastly clusterfuck I've been predicting they will be. Much to my surprise they're not: they're worse.
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Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test

Analysis Does the UK government have a chance of being able to push 25 per cent of IT spend onto SMEs as it has promised?
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Startups? Silicon Valley? SHELDONVILLE? It's the dotcom bubble again!

There has probably never been a better time to launch a startup in Silicon Valley. In fact, it’s the dotcom boom era all over again.

Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

Comment As The Reg reported on Thursday, Microsoft communications chieftain Frank Shaw went off on Apple in a near-thousand word blog post defending his company's beleaguered Surface and Surface 2.

They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

Sysadmin blog There's an encrypting ransomware Trojan making the rounds called Cryptolocker.
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How to stop intruders without knocking out the workers

Sysadmin blog For a sysadmin, fighting malware feels like an uphill battle that you are never going to win.

Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints

Sysadmin blog So you want to know about security? Well you have come to the right place. I have been here for a while and I can tell you that outside these gates it’s full of cowboys, sharks and pirates, none of whom will hesitate to take what is yours and call it their own.
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Keeping your endpoint data safe: some simple precautions

Sysadmin blog People are out to get you. Your business, your users, your systems and your data all have value to someone.

On the road with an IT ball-gazer: Forget big data, the future of tech is the 'social enterprise'

Comment I spend a great deal of my time out on the road visiting tech firms and tech buyers. By default I spend a lot of time sitting in the back of cars being driven to and from offices and airports.

Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

Analysis Two years ago today, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs died. Since then, much has changed at Apple, with the most visible difference being Tim Cook stepping out from under the shadow of his larger-than-life predecessor, shepherding Apple's product lines, expanding its distribution, reshuffling its executive team, mollifying investors – and watching its stock take a beating.
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m.

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Chris Mellor

Drives nails forged with Red Hat iron into VCE's coffin
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Trevor Pott

Forget big-spending globo biz: it's about the consumer... and he's desperate for a nap
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Chris Mellor

Enormo security firm needs to get serious about acquisitions

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