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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

The leap second did not break the internet, it wasn’t the second coming of the Y2K bug and nor did it challenge the world’s financial markets or make the Greek situation any worse. Neither did it kick Amazon.com, Netflix, Instagram or Pinterest offline. At most, the addition of a leap second to Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2015
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Half of Windows Server 2003 fans will miss July's security cut-off

More than half of companies are now expected to miss the deadline to quit Windows Server 2003 before Microsoft’s 14 July end-of-extended-support cut-off point. Many will seek security cover through Microsoft Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) charged at $600 per server, or reckon on having in place their own plans for coping. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

Scientists are trying to raise awareness about planet-killing chunks of flying space rock with today's Asteroid Day. Among them are ex-Queen guitar man and astrophysicist Brian May and meedja celeb Brian Cox. Asteroid Day accompanies a call for a 100-fold increase in the detection and monitoring of asteroids, called the 100x …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

Time could be up for leap seconds later this year, if Tuesday night's addition of one second to the world's time proves to be a success. International weights and measures standards-keepers at the Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) near Paris want an end to leap seconds and favour a single, consistent time standard. BIPM has …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

There’s nothing like sweetening the bad news medicine, and that’s what Microsoft’s tried with its latest internal staff memo. It wasn't until the penultimate para of Satya Nadella’s saccharine, 20-paragraph ramble about magical things that Microsoft's CEO delivered the bad-tasting medicine. “Tough choices” are coming in …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2015
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Dell cooks up cloud recipes with Microsoft, VMware and OpenStack

Dell is doubling down on its policy of selling infrastructure, after retreating from its public cloud service provider plan. The firm, which has carved out a big niche in web-scale server centres, will release plans in the next six months to guide others building their own clouds. Blueprints will be for Microsoft’s Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015

Bank of England CIO: ‘Beware of the cloud, beware of vendors’

The Bank of England is loosening up on IT delivery and recruitment, but not its resistance to public cloud. John Finch, CIO of the UK's central bank since September 2013, Wednesday ruled out the use of any public cloud by the bank for the foreseeable future. Cloud has however crept into the Bank’s IT margins, where it’s been …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2015
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Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

SQL Server, with Windows and Office, helped make Microsoft. The database sits in a $13bn business unit and while Microsoft’s server products grew 11 per cent – $1.7bn last year – that was driven primarily by sales of SQL Server. The man who paved the path was Bob Muglia. A 24-year Redmond veteran, he was SQL Server’s first …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2015
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Former Cisco money chief cash-lands at Red Hat

Cisco’s departed financial chief Frank Calderoni has landed as CFO and operations chief at Linux distro kingpin Red Hat. Calderoni was the network giant’s CFO for seven years and managed the company through growth, acquisitions, layoffs and restructuring. He replaces Red Hat’s CFO Charlie Peters, who is retiring. During his …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

Oracle technology chief Larry Ellison is embarking on a journey Microsoft couldn’t complete: beating Amazon’s cloud services on price. Oracle’s former CEO is reported to have kicked off a price war by committing his database firm to undercutting AWS on storage. “We are prepared to compete with Amazon.com on price,” Ellison said …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015
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Joyent and Umbongo union jilts VM at cloud altar

Canonical has partnered with Joyent to spin up Ubuntu clouds minus the virtualisation. The firms are today expected to announce a version of Ubuntu certified to run with Joyent’s Triton Elastic Container Infrastructure. Triton, released this week, lets you run software built specifically for containers like Docker where Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 18 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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Dynatrace and Keynote are Borging into a super-APM outfit

Six months after being split from Compuware by private equity surgeons, Dynatrace is working to get under the noses of devs in suits. Dynatrace is today expected to announce it’s merged with Keynote Systems, a specialist in application performance monitoring. While Dynatrace also provides application performance management …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2015
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MapR and Typesafe put Apache's Spark to work on big data

Big data and developer advocates are joining IBM promoting Apache’s cluster computing framework as a safe and consumable platform for business. MapR is bowling out Spark offerings tailored to three scenarios with its implementation of the Hadoop batch-crunching framework. MapR has announced the Real-time Security Log Analytics …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2015
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How OpenStack became the big dogs' game – and why it's still for you

If you did have any doubts, recent events should have assuaged them, the division between the public and private cloud is here – and widening. In what might seem to be the industry’s quickest act of consolidation and M&A in less than five years, almost all the originators of OpenStack and the early entrants are gone – snapped up …
Gavin Clarke, 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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Brace yourselves: Facebook plans MORE PHP jiggery pokery

Facebook isn’t done fiddling with PHP – far from it. Team Zuckerberg are cooking up fresh changes to streamline further this veteran server horse for mobile, set to be released under open source. It’s the latest chapter in a rebooted community source strategy that’s chalked up Hip Hop, which then evolved to became Hip Hop …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2015
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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

Facebook has ruled out a return to platform-neutral HTML5 for mobile, dedicating itself to a future of React Native – its own JavaScript framework. The social networking giant told journalists in London this week that it won’t be writing future mobile apps in HTML and vanilla JS. Asked about whether it might reexamine HTML5, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2015
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Mainframe staffing dilemma bedevils CIO dependents

More than half a century after its birth, the mainframe poses conundrum for hundreds of CIOs. Mainframes are firmly ensconced as a critical piece of the IT infrastructure underpinning their business – just ask any of the traditional banks. The fear is that as those maintaining them retire or get outsourced, nobody will be left …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2015
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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

Successful BBQ at the weekend, or did a cloudburst stop play, leaving your fridge groaning beneath a mountain of uncooked ribs and sausages? If only the weather forecast had been more reliable. By 2017 that might be possible, as the Met Office – responsible for generating more than 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings each …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2015
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Oh, my sainted super clusters! Free Mesosphere!

A free edition of the commercial version of Mesos cluster manager – described by its creator as a data centre operating system – has been released on AWS. Mesosphere DCOS Community Edition was announced on Tuesday (June 9). Mesos creator Benjamin Hindman, chief architect and co-founder of the Mesosphere commercial entity …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jun 2015
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Star Trek's Lt Uhura hospitalised in LA after stroke

Star Trek actress and NASA recruitment ambassador Nichelle Nicols is recovering in hospital following a stroke. Nichols – best known for playing Lt Nyota Uhura on TV and in the Star Trek film franchise – suffered a mild stroke while at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. Her agent Zach McGinnis informed Nichols’ …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jun 2015
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IBM thinks inside Blue Box with OpenStack private-cloud purchase

IBM has snatched OpenStack cloud floater Blue Box, a 12-year-old firm delivering private cloud as a service. IBM claimed the marriage of the Big Blue and Blue Box would help it speed deployment of private clouds and simplify management of OpenStack clouds. Blue Box will be deployed to Bluemix, IBM’s programme to build, manage …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jun 2015
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NoSQL champ MongoDB plugs into SQL analytics power

NoSQL database maker MongoDB is tapping the power of business intelligence and data visualisation, working on a connector for SQL-compliant data analysis tools which it promises would work with giants such as IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, plus tools from Qlik and Tableau Software. As a NoSQL database, MongoDB had been …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2015
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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

Windows 10 will be coughed up by Microsoft on July 29, the company said on Monday morning – and Windows 7 and 8.1 users can reserve their free upgrade right now. Gratis upgrades to Windows 10 are pegged to last for 12 months, as previously announced by Microsoft. That gives you until the end of July 2016 to claim them. Also, on …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2015
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The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere

Exclusive Servers running Microsoft’s cloud will be briefly out of sync with each other and official time standards on June 30, as they implement the leap second. Microsoft has determined that clocks on tens of thousands of servers globally running Azure should switch to the leap second at midnight in the time zone where they are based. …
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2015
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Hey biz types: You don't grok Big Data. But you can use Salesforce, right?

Having sidled into the cash-rich analytics party seven months back, Salesforce is now out and proud on the hype-heavy big data field. The CRM-as-a-Service provider on Thursday announced Salesforce Wave for Big Data. It also announced that the big-data trio Google, Cloudera and Hortonworks plus Informatica - plus analytics …
Gavin Clarke, 28 May 2015
Microsoft on Android

Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

LG and Sony have joined 18 other device makers in the latest phase of Microsoft’s strategy to get Office and Skype as portable as possible. The global and regional Android device makers will inject Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on forthcoming fondle pads. A new LG tablet and Sony Xperia Z4 will debut with …
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015
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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

A storm of accusations, claims, and furious counterclaims has hit the Ubuntu penguins, with a community cleaved of its head following allegations of unsavory behavior. Long-time Kubuntu dev Jonathan Riddell has been dismissed as head of Kubuntu and removed from all positions of responsibility within the Ubuntu community. The …
Gavin Clarke, 27 May 2015
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IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

Data. Was ever such a single word filled with such promise – and heartbreak – for IT firms? In the cloud, succeeding in getting hold of people’s data means these people are incentivized through inertia to stay with you. That’s the promise, at least. The rub? Actually making a successful business from people’s data. The act of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 May 2015

Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

Amazon’s mighty cloud will exist in its own time zone for a 24-hour period next month. For 12 hours each side of midnight on June 30, Amazon will make each second on its AWS servers’ slightly longer than the accepted standard definition of one second. Amazon’s cloud will also run for up to half a second behind Universal …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2015
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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Review There’s a commuter who gets off the train where I live who has a tablet down his trousers. Call it the middle-class version of builder’s crack or the male equivalent of the inappropriate G-string, it peeks out over the top of his chinos. Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 tablet Intel inside: Microsoft's Surface 3 Windows 8.1 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2015

Oracle joins OpenStack Murano directory push

Oracle’s thrown its not inconsiderable mass and influence behind a project building a catalogue to list cloud-ready OpenStack apps. The database giant is today expected to pledge its support for Murano, the OpenStack project letting you publish cloud-ready apps in a browsable directory. Murano is an open-source project started …
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2015
Hadoop

Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

Forget the hype and the vendors chinning each other – Hadoop is still not ready for take-off. That’s according to Gartner, whose latest short story in the Hadoop-is-not-ready saga has predicted “anaemic” adoption of Hadoop for at least the next two years. The biggest problem is that people allegedly still can’t use Hadoop, …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2015
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Rackspace's 'fanatical' army drops in on rival clouds

Rackspace is growing – just not fast enough for the Wall Street pack. Looks like it’s time to roll out the service troops to support rivals' clouds. The firm’s stock was gang-battered on Monday, kicked brutally down the stairs by 13 per cent after management announced revenue growth of 14 per cent to $480m. Not bad – but not …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2015
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NetSuite's leap over to Azure cloud - a shot to the pills for AWS?

NetSuite, the ERP-as-a-service firm, is shifting its entire business – and therefore that of its customers - off Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) and onto Microsoft’s Azure. Zack Nelson’s firm plans to shift its 24,000 customers to Microsoft’s cloud as the basis for their hosted business by the end of 2015. Azure will become the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2015
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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

UK government departments still running Windows XP are now doing so entirely on their own. A framework support agreement between the Crown and Microsoft guaranteeing the release of special security patches for PCs still on Windows XP has ended after one year. That deal - revealed here - expired on April 14 and it’s been decided …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2015
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Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365

Microsoft has turned to Equinix to deliver stable and reliable Office 365 services for enterprise customers. Equinix will deliver private, managed connections to Office 365 through its own servers in the third quarter of this year. Connections will come through something called the Azure ExpressRoute through Equinix Cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2015
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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Windows Media Center has come to the end of the road with Windows 10. Microsoft’s next client operating system won’t include Redmond’s media software, for recording and playing TV, music and video. General manager for OSG data and fundamentals Gabriel Aul Tweeted: We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media …
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2015
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ONE BEELLION Windows 10 devices?! OH REALLY

Windows chief Terry Myerson in the thick of friendlies at Microsoft’s Build conference has predicted one billion devices will be running Windows 10 in its first two to three years. He reckons the big lift will come from a wave of Windows 7 users upgrading to Windows 10 and people buying 2-in-1s – laptops that double as tablets. …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2015
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Wolfram bros seek code slinger posse for IBM and Google round-up

The brothers behind the powerful Wolfram Alpha search platform and Wolfram programming language want code-slingers to take on IBM and Google. Stephen and Conrad Wolfram, US and European CEOs respectively of Wolfram Research, are trying to attract Java, Python and Ruby programmers to Wolfram-as-a-cloud. The goal is for those …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2015

Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

Simon Zhang is a former brain surgeon, but that’s literally the last thing you’ll find on his LinkedIn profile. Until March, Zhang was LinkedIn's director of business analytics, having worked his way up through a variety of positions in data science and business analytics since joining the careers social network in 2010. But …
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Siri, is it true that you're totally in love with Apache Mesos?

Apple’s digital assistant Siri is running on Apache Mesos, the cluster-manager billed by its creator as a data centre operating system. This means the open-source project, which began life in 2009, is now powering voice queries on iPhone and iPad. Cupertino is believed to be running one the industry’s largest Mesos clusters, …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2015
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Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH

Don’t be fooled: Microsoft’s cloud business is not bigger than that of Amazon’s AWS, although that’s the immediate implication. Whether it’s better is another matter, and that could be what helps tip the balance Redmond’s way in this neck-and-neck business. Amazon used the occasion of its first-quarter results on Thursday to …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2015
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Cloudy storage merchant Box sneaks on to Chromebooks

It’s hard to escape the commodity niche in cloud, but Box.com is trying. The PR-friendly cloud storage firm has secured backing from Google, gaining a toe-hold on the chocolate factory’s cheaper-than-cheap Chromebooks. A beta of Box for Chrome has been announced, letting you install the document repository as a native app, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Apr 2015
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More SAP-sipping orgs fancy a date with HANA – if only they had the time and money

Interest in SAP’s HANA in-memory database is slowly growing, but deployments are hampered by the age-old problems of time and money. Two-thirds of 120 organizations running SAP have rolled out or plan to deploy HANA, according to a survey by the UK and Ireland SAP User Group, which shared its figures with The Register today. The …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2015
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Docker huddles under Linux patent-troll protection umbrella

Docker has joined an open-source and Linux umbrella that provides shelter against possible patent trolls. The Linux container, finding favour in the cloud as a foundation of microservices, joins 115 packages protected by the Open Invention Network (OIN). Joining Docker in the OIN shelter are Puppet, Ceph, the full LibreOffice …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2015
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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

Ask Amazon about its AWS data centres and you’ll get get this response: Amazon doesn’t talk about its data centres. Until its chief technology officer pitches in, that is. Werner Vogels closed London’s AWS Summit Wednesday by cracking open a little the black curtain that hides Amazon’s data centres from the world during a …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2015
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Redshift is fastest growing AWS service ever, says Amazon

AWS Summit Amazon’s Redshift data warehouse is the fastest-growing service in AWS’s nine-year history, according to Amazon.com chief technology officer Werner Vogels, who told the AWS Summit in London that the old metric of measuring AWS size by raw objects is now outdated. Vogels told the event: “One of the services that’s been on fire is …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2015
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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

Banks have a new option for finally unhitching from Windows XP on tens of thousands of ATMs – Google’s Android. NCR, the country’s largest supplier of cash machines, was today due to unveil a Linux-powered cash-machine running Google’s smartphone operating system. Called Kalpana*, NCR has developed a secure, customised version …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2015