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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Enterprise adoption of Windows-powered computing slabs will make Microsoft the fastest growing tablet computer maker by 2019. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, which reckons Microsoft will hold 18 per cent of the global tablet operating system market in four years – up from 10 per cent now. Android will remain top dog, …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
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Protection at last: Operation Emergency UPS succeeds for Telecity

UK internet hub Telecity has successfully completed emergency maintenance on power equipment at its Sovereign House facility. It was Telecity’s third shot at repair work in a week. Telecity has now, The Reg understands from sources, installed systems allowing for the safe switch-over of customers’ servers and storage to …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers. According to an email seen by The Reg, Telecity’s chiefs have scheduled a three-hour window between 01.00 – 04.00 GMT on 26 November to fix wonky power phasing at the firm's Sovereign House data centre. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
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VMware lawsuit fallout causes funding issues for GPL lobby group

The Software Freedom Conservancy is turning to open source citizens to fund its operations and reduce its reliance on big tech. The GPL campaign group is making the change, it claims, because its campaigning has put it at odds with corporate sponsors. The breaking point was the group’s decision to support a legal case by a …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015

Telecity fails with car park net rescue plan. In fact, things got worse. Again

Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic. The data centre and colocation centre provider's plan was to employ a static transfer switch to transfer load to a mobile DR system installed especially in the Sovereign House car park, …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
Wordpress logo ditches PHP for Calypso JavaScript beat

Blog web hosting service provider is embracing JavaScript and open-sourcing its code base, in what the platform’s chief reckons is a big, risky and controversial bet. Automattic, the creator of WordPress, has revealed the existence of Calypso, a 20-month-old project that rewrites and open sources …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Nov 2015
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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Nov 2015
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The Register reveals SAP’s very own version of Black Friday

Exclusive SAP is understood to be aggressively discounting the price it charges for maintenance to retain customers. A Register investigation has uncovered cases where the software giant is offering customers who are considering switching to independents extremely competitive deals. The threat is this: companies paying SAP on an …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2015
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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

Telecity cancelled its plans for a second shot at fixing the stricken power supply in its Docklands internet hub at Sovereign House. Engineers for the data centre operator were due to try fixing the broken system again on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, sources told The Register. However, The Reg has learned, these plans …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's CRM chief defects to Salesforce

Microsoft’s head of its CRM business apps division will front up Salesforce's analytics cloud, just as Microsoft prepares to release its Dynamics CRM 2016 suite. Corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics Robert Stutz has been poached by Salesforce, becoming the as-a-service CRM provider's chief analytics officer. He'd …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015
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Amazon: Just to let you know, Oracle's cloud is so 2011. That's all

Amazon has pressed the AWS new-service release stream to persuade enterprises against being tempted by tasty deals from cloud weakling Oracle. Andy Jassy, AWS senior veep, didn’t name names at the AWS enterprise summit in London on Tuesday, but he didn’t have to. It was clear who he was referring to, and boasted AWS had “more …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

Updated Telecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility. They will be working 24 hours after their first efforts failed and resulted in a second power outage. The internet service giant had planned to repair and fully fix the power supply in the early …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015
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Debian daddy Murdock joins the unstoppable Docker crusade

Debian daddy Ian Murdock has joined Linux container shop Docker. Murdock, who founded Debian in 1993 and led the project for three years during its birth, has taken up position as a member of Docker’s technical staff. Details of Murdock’s role or responsibilities were not available at time of writing. Docker, though, has a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Nov 2015
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Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

Microsoft’s online shipping and delivery service is in the dock, this time angering fans of Redmond’s Windows wearable. Hopeful owners of the Band 2 are complaining about Microsoft having taken their money but not delivered the goods. Band 2 is due to launch in Canada on 20 November, but the firm has been taking orders with …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2015
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Facebook CTO: Clear legal grounds needed for EU-US data exports

A European Court last month threw data-sharing with the US into a thicket by tearing up the so-called safe harbor agreement. The catalyst for that was Facebook – or, rather Austrian Max Schrems, who’d accused Facebook of illegally analyzing user data, tracking users on third-party pages and participating in the US National …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Nov 2015
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Facebook's laser-powered internet drone preps for take off

The prototype craft for Facebook’s laser internet-in-the-sky is close to take off. A solar-powered, carbon fiber flying V-shaped wing, that’ll pump out 10Gbit/s connectivity using a laser, will begin test flights “soon”, the firm said Thursday. Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said preparation for the …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2015
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Major Salesforce discounts. If you renew early ... and big

Salesforce is offering substantial discounts to customers who sign up early and commit to its full business suite plus services. The cloud provider is understood to be going 25 per cent over its standard volume discount in cases where customers qualified for a maximum 50 per cent off. The catch is that customers must sign up …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2015

HP Inc in indirect push for biggest UK and Ireland accounts

Hewlett Packard Inc is turning to partners to help drive business among the enterprise and small and mid-markets in the UK and Ireland. HP Inc Wednesday announced it would convert 300 of the region's largest, direct business accounts into indirect relationships to woo partners. The newly independent computer and printer-maker …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2015
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IBM bets on cloud broker with Gravitant buyout

IBM has bought an 11-year-old firm promising cloud brokerage services to sustain the move to hybrid IT. The giant has snapped up Gravitant for an undisclosed sum, it said on Tuesday. Gravitant will be folded into IBM’s mighty Global Services unit and integrated the firm’s capabilities with Software-as-a-Service offerings. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015

Devops platform Cloud Foundry floats on Microsoft's Azure

Open-source devops platform Cloud Foundry has opened for business on Microsoft’s cloud. Cloud Foundry hit general availability on Azure on Monday, featuring integration with the Redmond cloud. The Azure Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) has been merged with the Cloud Foundry Repository, to make it faster and easier to build apps …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

Microsoft will stop all sales of Windows 7 Pro to PC makers on Halloween 2016. Satya Nadella’s firm has quietly let slip that October 31, 2016, will be the final day for PC makers to buy copies of the operating system for pre-install. Microsoft updated its product support lifecycle page, here, in October with the change …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2015
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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

The Google exec running both Android and Chrome has tried to pour cold water on the story that Mountain View is merging its mobile platforms. Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, has tweeted: There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2015
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Empires of the mind: Oracle digs deep on cloud

Larry Ellison laughed off the cloud seven years ago. If anything, cloud meant nothing more than taking out a new full-page ad on the back of The Economist. Nothing would change for Oracle, he laughed. Nothing. Well, it’s changing now, with Oracle’s people digging fast to extract their firm from the hole their captain's hubris …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Oct 2015
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Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

Mark Hurd reckons Oracle and one “other” will own all the cloud pies in 10 years. Hurd seems to have based this statement on his belief that by 2025, 80 per cent of “production apps” will be on the cloud. Oracle is big on production apps, ergo Oracle will be big on the cloud. Oracle is a member of the old guard and it’s the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Oct 2015
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IBM stamps its pedal to the metal: Spark flies onto Big Blue's Bluemix

IBM has made its planned Apache Spark service available on its Bluemix cloud platform. The service was announced in June, when IBM pledged 3,500 staffers to Apache's analytics project, with Spark also becoming the basis of IBM's analytics and commerce platforms and its Watson Health Cloud. Spark-as-a-service will be available …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Oct 2015
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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Bond on Film Aston and Martin. Two words as synonymous with Britishness as “cuppa” and “tea” or “Her” and “Maj.” Of course Aston Martin is synonymous with something else, too: James Bond. It was a DB5 that debuted in Goldfinger in 1963 and which Bond won in a poker head-to-head in Casino Royale with Alex Dimitrios. The car soon became a …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2015

Canonical rolls out Ubuntu container management for suits

Canonical has kicked out its container management architecture for the suits with Ubuntu 15.10. The Linux spinner is today expected to drop its latest disro with the server including final code for its Linux Container Hypervisor (LXD). LXD is Canonical’s container management environment which it claims is similar to a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2015

Dell traps Microsoft cloud in smaller box

Dell is putting Microsoft’s cloud in a smaller box for everybody outside the web-tier super league. On Wednesday, the companies are expected to unveil Dell Hybrid Cloud System, with bridges into Microsoft’s Azure and packed in a PowerEdge R730 rack server. Wrapped in the hardware will be Microsoft’s Azure Pack, System Center …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2015

Google swallows your Docs bill from Microsoft, pitches for user familiarity

Google will swallow the cost of its online collaboration apps to harvest business users on Microsoft Office, a global sales bigwig has announced. The search giant will cover the fees of Google Apps until its contract with Microsoft runs out. Google didn’t name Microsoft specifically, but head of global sales for Google Apps …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015

Cloud drives up growth in SAP's third quarter

Cloud was the fastest growing of all of SAP’s business lines in the last thee months. Europe’s largest technology firm reported a 116 per cent increase in revenue for cloud subscriptions and support to 599m euros ($679m) for the quarter to September 30. Second fastest was cloud software, up 19 per cent to 4.1bn euro ($4.6bn …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2015
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Down and out? Rimini's Oracle slap spells trouble – for Oracle

Comment The odds of paying Oracle top dollar to keep updating your database or business software shortened this week, despite Oracle’s victory over Rimini Street. Larry Ellison’s giant secured $50m in damages from Rimini in a case that has rattled on for five years. $14m of that will be paid by Rimini’s charismatic chief executive, …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2015
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SAP's Orca leaps from the depths early, Needled by Amazon

SAP announced its brand new cloud analytics service under pressure from mighty Amazon. Europe's largest software maker pre-announced Project Orca, now officially named Cloud for Analytics, in response to Amazon's Space Needle BI-analytics-as-a-service, The Register has learned. Sources close to SAP told The Reg SAP hadn't …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2015

Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

EMC/Dell deal Dell has confirmed it is buying storage giant and virtualisation player EMC in a deal valued at $67bn, as we reported earlier today. Privately-owned Dell is scooping up the publicly listed EMC in the industry’s biggest ever tech buyout. The buyout breaks the record established by the $25bn Hewlett-Packard-Compaq deal in 2001 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2015
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Time to lop off Europe's confusing IT rules, says pressure group

EU lawmakers will be pressed for clearer rules on software licensing, support contracts from IT vendors, and intellectual property by the Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL). The group has formed a strategic relationship with the non-profit Free ICT Europe to lobby Brussels to shift the balance of power away from major IT firms …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Oct 2015
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Silicon Valley fights European Court of Justice ruling with small print

Robbed of their Safe Harbor protection, US cloud giants are taking shelter behind a new data-export and privacy fig leaf. Microsoft and Salesforce have become the first to publicly invoke “model clauses” – saying customers can continue shipping data outside the EU and onto their servers in the US despite Tuesday's ruling by …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2015
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Teradata's moon-on-a-stick approach: Floats on AWS and Microsoft Azure

Teradata is throwing its enterprise-class analytics database onto the public cloud, starting with rival Amazon and then Microsoft’s Azure. Teradata Database on AWS will be offered as a service in the first quarter of 2016, and sold on a pay-per-use basis, Teradata was expected to announce Wednesday. Until now, the publicly- …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2015

Rackspace turns into a fanatical AWS cloud-flinger

Managed cloud computing company Rackspace will now sell and support Amazon’s mighty AWS, echoing a similar partnership with Microsoft. The company Tuesday unveiled Fanatical Support for AWS, initially for US customers with support for those outside the US in beta mode. Rackspace will also now sell and consult on Jeff Bezos' …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2015
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Oracle swaps around its licence police bods' top ranks

Oracle’s mighty software enforcement unit is now under new management in the UK, Israel and Ireland. Caroline Crowe-Woolley has been appointed senior manager head of UKII region License Management Services (LMS), taking over from Mike Duncan. Duncan had occupied the LMS spot since January 2013. Also gone is head of LMS UK …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015

Microsoft slaps 13 per cent increase on mobile enterprise levy

Microsoft has bumped up the levy it charges mobile users to connect to Windows servers. The price of Microsoft’s user client access license (CALs) needed for its enterprise suite has gone up by 13 per cent. The new price for the Enterprise CAL suite is $135 per on Software Assurance for a year for those qualifying for …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2015
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Move to the latest IE, or suck it: January’s cold comfort for Microsoft hangouts

The start of 2016 is crunch time if you’re running legacy Microsoft browsers. From January 12, 2016, a huge swath of Internet Explorer versions will no longer get security fixes or updates from Microsoft. IE 8, 9 and IE 10 on Windows 7 SP1 will all slip out of extended support. Microsoft will only support IE9 on Vista SP2, 11 …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2015
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Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness

Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2015

Did you bet the farm on Amazon's cloud? Time to wean yourself off

Comment Oracle is making hay over last weekend's mega six-hour Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud outage. "You get what you pay for," tweeted Oracle's Phil Dunn, with the caveat that all views are his and don't necessarily reflect those of Oracle. But you get the point. Yes, Amazon's been left with egg on its face and rivals will be …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Sep 2015

US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

Google's alleged blocking of rivals' apps and services on its Android phones and tablets has reportedly led to unwanted scrutiny from US regulators. Officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have apparently been poking around the ad giant’s mobile OS business. Representatives from the watchdog have – according to a …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Sep 2015
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IBM: Hey, puny humans. Come stick your digits in Watson's AI brain

IBM is turning its puny-human crushing Watson AI brain over to developers for the first time. Big Blue announced a new set of APIs and tools for code jockeys and business types interested in running its silicon brain on mobile and social apps on Wednesday. The release comes via the Watson Developer Cloud. IBM also announced a …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Sep 2015
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Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Microsoft and Salesforce are extending their strategic partnership with a further integration of their software and CRM clouds. Salesforce is to be pushed together with Microsoft’s Skype for Business, OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, the companies said late on Wednesday. Skype for Business and OneNote are being integrated with …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2015

'Boring' Amazon computational rival scoops $8m VC backing

A self-confessed “boring” computational startup challenging Amazon has piqued the interest of VCs, who’ve awarded it an $8m windfall., founded in 2010, was given the lump sum as part of an A-round of cash – following on from two seed rounds totaling $5.4m. The venture crew included Baseline Ventures, Bain Capital …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2015

Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

Microsoft has been criticised for dumbing down the information on updates to Windows 10 it provides to IT pros. Thousands of corporate tech admins have vented their frustration at a lack of communication from Redmond on Windows 10 updates in an online peition. A growing lack of clarity means pros must rely on word of mouth to …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015