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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

Ericsson slurps up unified data centre software shop

Ericsson has bought an 11-year-old data-centre cloud specialist. The telecomms infrastructure player has bought Sentilla, used to manage data-centre “assets” – physical, virtual and private and public clouds. Sentilla claims to use model-driven analysis and intelligent capacity forecasting to deliver a “unified view of data- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014

Solaris fix-it firm offers free BASH patch for legacy Oracle kit

A Solaris fix-it-firm being sued by Oracle over copyrighted code says it has stepped in to defend customers not protected by Larry Ellison's firm from BASH attacks. Terix has released a BASH fix for Solaris on SPARC and x86 that it claims goes further than Oracle’s own recent BASH patch. BASH, vulnerability CCE-2014-7169, lets …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014
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CIO of children's charity: Data re-org will change the giving game

There’s nothing charitable about working in the third sector. In fact, it’s extremely unforgiving, as children’s charity Merlin discovered in 2013. The charity merged with Save the Children after management determined they couldn’t raise the kinds of funds that corporate sponsors wanted to see it raising. The giving scene is …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014

Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

Microsoft has sparked fury among the faithful following a DMCA takedown trawl that snared innocent Windows bloggers. The company was put on the defensive and forced to apologise after loyal podcasters and video bloggers received takedown warnings and had their YouTube accounts suspended for claimed copyright infringement of …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2014
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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

A banner-dangling partisan drone caused a mass brawl between rivals players, fans and officials during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbian and Albania on Tuesday night. Suspended beneath the unmanned aerial vehicle was a banner bearing the Albanian flag and a map that included Kosovo, along with the slogan “greater …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2014
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SAP, IBM snuggle up for HANA-as-a-service

IBM will host SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud on its global data centers, it was announced today. Big Blue reckons this means customers can run managed SAP workloads in the cloud from testing to production on a single, consistent architecture partly powered by IBM-owned SoftLayer. HANA is SAP’s in-memory database that sits beneath …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2014
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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

Ada Lovelace Day, 14 October, marks the achievements of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Women have ascended to great heights in the technology sector – Ginni Rometty is chairperson, president and chief exec of IBM, Meg Whitman and Marissa Mayer are CEOs of Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo! …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2014
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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

Satya Nadalla’s Karmagate will spark an examination at the highest levels within Microsoft of women’s pay and its corporate culture. That’s according to computer scientist Maria Klawe, the person whose softball questioning of Microsoft’s CEO at a women-in-tech event saw Nadella land himself in hot water last week. Klawe is …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2014
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Fruit of the Loom: Teradata ladles out free bowls of Hadoop data soup-strainer

As of Thursday, Teradata is giving out free dollops of big-data analytics for Hadoop, via the latest release of its recently purchased Loom tool. The data warehouse giant is expected to release Loom 2.3, updating the data-provenance and metadata suite it bought in July from Revelytix. Loom is used to prep data coming into BI …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Oct 2014
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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

There’s something in the water at Hewlett-Packard. No, I’m not referring to the "HP Way", that pseudo-Victorian philanthropic work creed. It’s the propensity for those running this tech giant to make really big bets — multi-billion-dollar rolls of the dice have become standard operating procedure. Three of HP’s most recent …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2014
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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Brid-Aine says: Ever since Doctor Who arrived back on Auntie Beeb screens, there has been a great divide in this country. The Caretaker episode Doctor Who Who you gonna call? Clara and Doctor Who in The Caretaker On the one hand, those who knew and loved the old Doctors, their serious and gentlemanly deportment when faced …

EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

A group established to shield Linux from patent trolls has warned OpenStack will be the next big target for intellectual property hoarders. The Open Invention Network (OIN) reckons the open-source cloud is ripe for the plucking by trolls, who would easily be able to box off and claim core technologies as their own. That would …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014
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Larry Ellison: Who's the DINOSAUR NOW, cloudy rivals?

There’s more to cloud than putting an ad on the back of The Economist, as a relatively contrite Larry Ellison and Oracle tried to demonstrate this week. His PR people rattled out the product news at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, California, like he, or they, were trying to prove something. What could it be? “ …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014

Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

There’s nothing tech companies like more than creating buzz. The more buzz, the less substance – as a rash of me-too tablet events a few years back proved. Tomorrow, Microsoft is scheduled to host an event on the West Coast that many believe will be the scene of the unveiling of the next version of Windows. Upping the …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2014
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Twitter's Mesos brainbox joins data centre OS venture

The academic brainbox who got his data centre operating system adopted as a piece of critical infrastructure at Twitter has now gone into business. Benjamin Hindman, the co-founder of open-source cluster manager Mesos – which runs at large web properties including Twitter and Airbnb – has joined VC-backed Mesosphere. The startup …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2014

BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

Newly private BMC Software is taking ServiceNow to court, claiming its up-and-coming enterprise help-desk rival trampled over its sacred patents. BMC has accused ServiceNow of violating seven of its patents (5,978,594, 6,816,898, 6,895,586, 7,062,683, 7,617,073, 8,646,093 and 8,674,992), spanning incident management, performance …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Sep 2014
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Can Marten Mickos make 'Linux for the cloud' work for HP?

Hewlett-Packard didn’t just buy cloudy startup Eucalyptus Systems to build its fledgling OpenStack cloud biz, it also bought Marten Mickos, the firm’s Finnish CEO. HP isn’t the first to pay for Mickos' expertise - that was Sun Microsystems, when it acquired his venture previous venture, MySQL AB, for $1bn in 2008. Just who is …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2014
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Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone

Software guru Ray Ozzie, once billed as Microsoft’s “next Bill Gates” before he left Redmond, has risen once more – in startup mode. Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie, who left Microsoft in 2010 after four years as the giant's chief software visionary, took his new startup Talko public today. Ozzie has been working on Talko since 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2014

Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

When it comes to soundbites, Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison is a pro. Reporters show up not just to hear what he says, but how he says it. Bill Gates, Microsoft, SAP, IBM, cloud, yachting, his own phenomenal success – all have been subject to Ellison's barbs and meditations. Scheduled or off-the-cuff, his words turned a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2014
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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

What's the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God doesn't think he's Larry Ellison. So goes the title of Mark Wilson's 2003 biography on Ellison, Oracle's now former chief executive – a man who by force of will forged a multi-billion dollar software empire. In the process, Ellison became not just the best-rewarded CEO on …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Sep 2014

Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

Mozilla has quietly shuttered its Labs, folding people and projects into the main organisation. The closure came to light through a blog post by former Labs staffer Ian Bicking, here. Labs was a separate organisation from Mozilla Reseach, as made clear here. The browser maker confirmed the change to The Register, saying the …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Sep 2014

Cisco greedily slurps up private cloud-AAS upstart Metacloud

Cisco is buying Metacloud, a startup that promises to spin-up OpenStack clouds both privately and as a service. Metacloud will be folded into Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services unit, building Cisco’s InterCloud initiative – which the firm announced in March. Cisco chief executive John Chambers pledged he’d spend …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014

What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.” Facebook, Google and Twitter, cloud collaboration services Dropbox and Box and code site GitHub have joined payment providers Square and Stripe, US retailer’s WalMart Labs and a body called the Khan Academy …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2014

OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

Proposals to stop tax avoidance by multinationals like Amazon and Google have been unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The international group proposed on Tuesday that firms be subjected to detailed reporting on a country-by-country basis of their assets and operations so officials can …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014
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SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn

Attachmate, the software shop that headhunted Novell and SUSE Linux, is itself being bought out by Micro Focus International. The mainframe and COBOL specialist is acquiring Attachmate Group from its parent company Wizard in a deal calculated at $2.3bn before costs. Micro Focus is taking Attachmate Group in exchange for 86.60 …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2014
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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

Having closed down its own lesser gaming operations, Microsoft is spending $2.5bn on buying one with a big punch – Minecraft maker Mojang. Loss-making Minecraft will break even in 2015, Microsoft said in a statement. The deal is expected to close late this year. Microsoft is doing more than buying a leading and popular game …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2014
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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

Richard Kiel, the actor who played imposing metal-toothed henchman Jaws in two James Bond films, has died aged 74. Kiel appeared in the Roger Moore maritime and space capers The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker, two years later. His character joined a very short list of competent adversaries to grapple with and give HM’s …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2014
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Citrix rips up and rebuilds CloudStack business

Citrix has shaken up its cloud division with at least one senior executive checking out. The company has combined its Cloud Platforms and Cloud Networking groups to create the Networking, Cloud and Service Provider Group (NCSP). Group vice president and general manager for the Cloud Platforms Group, Sameer Dholakia, has left …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2014

Ex Red Hat CTO installs self as Google Cloud boss

Red Hat’s former technology chief Brian Stevens has floated over to Google to run its cloud operations. Stevens suddenly left the Linux distro maker and aspiring OpenStack cloud fluffer after 12 years as executive vice president and chief technology officer. As of this month, Stevens has become Google’s vice president of cloud …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2014
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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

The NHS has ripped the Oracle backbone from a national patient database system and inserted NoSQL running on an open-source stack. Spine2 has gone live following successful redevelopment including redeployment on new, x86 hardware. The project to replace Spine1 had been running for three years with Spine2 now undergoing a 45-day …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2014
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SAP chaps cook up Glass Glass style apps for ...WHERE are you off to with that FORKLIFT?

SAP is set to preview apps for ocular computing platforms such as Google Glass. The world’s largest software maker said it will this week preview the SAP AR Warehouse Picker mobile app and the SAP AR Service Technician mobile app. Warehouse Picker combines hands-free working with visualisation and voice recognition for data …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2014

Nvidia builds CUDA GPU programming library for machine learning – so you don't have to

Nvidia has released a set of software routines for accelerating machine-learning algorithms on its parallelized graphics processors. Over the weekend, the GPU maker uploaded cuDNN – CUDA Deep Neural Networks – which is a library of primitives for building software that trains neural networks. The component is optimized for …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2014

HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

Like the idea of chewing on terabytes data using Google’s MapReduce but think it's too slow, too hardware-hungry and too complicated? A fledgling big-data analytics venture reckons it’s got the answer - a Hadoop programming framework built using Java it claims is 20 times faster than using ordinary Hadoop and that it claims uses …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2014
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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

Customers dependent on Salesforce were kicked offline on Friday morning as Marc Benioff’s cloud went titsup. Sales and marketing teams were left looking at an early start to the weekend as their CRM-as-a-service checked out. The blank screens seemed to be the result of a problem in two of the company’s instances serving EMEA …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2014

Look, ma, FOUR HANDS! Microsoft bigs up pixeltastic TWO-USER mega-screen

Microsoft is getting ready to big up very large-screen systems sporting multi-touch tech it bought in 2012. Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft-exec-turned-Nokia-CEO-turned-Microsoft exec, reportedly told Australians his old/new employer is about to start ramping up production. Microsoft's devices group executive vice president …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2014
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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

Anyone in tech who thinks that the conflict in Ukraine - which has been smoldering since the end of 2013 - is not their business should think again. At the weekend Russia was given one week by European Union chiefs to reverse course in the Ukraine or face new sanctions. Russia has been accused of interfering in Ukraine, …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2014
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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

Open-source project shop the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is now funding its projects with Bitcoins. The US-based non-profit says it’s received 5.35915909 in BTC – just over $2,600 – in just 48 hours after saying it would accept the virtual currency. ASF says it decided to accept the e-coinage in response to an email …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2014
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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

Apple has finally confessed to the reasons why developers' iOS apps are failing to appear in its vaunted App Store. On a new site, Common App Rejections here, Apple has begun listing on a week-by-week basis the reasons behind the rejections being issued from Cupertino. It has also provided a list of tips and advice that …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Sep 2014
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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

Hewlett-Packard has announced the first in a series of new Gen9 servers, racks and blades it reckons turn HP’s existing designs on their head. The world’s largest server maker unveiled the successor to its Gen8 range on Thursday, promising faster provisioning of virtual machines, quicker throughput, and reduced power consumption …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2014

Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Smoother video is on the way for fans of Google's Chrome browser on Windows 7 and 8. The Chromium development team has claimed delivery of a stable release of 64-bit Chrome for Microsoft’s platform. The news, announced on the Chromium blog, marks the successful of testing started in the Chrome dev and canary channels in June …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Aug 2014
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HP: We're still running the ARM race with Moonshot servers

Moonshot servers running ARM chips are still very much in Hewlett-Packard’s future, despite challengers dropping out of the data-centre race. That’s according to HP’s vice president of product management and marketing for Moonshot, Susan Blocher, who spoke to The Register on Tuesday. “Moonshot is very much committed to ARM and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2014
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One for the road: Alfresco gulps $45m pre-IPO VC shot

Alfresco software is beefing up the sales push with one last shot of venture-capital courage before going public. The British open-source business will open new offices and hire sales people to open more doors in the enterprise and big government, the company’s chief technology officer and chairman John Newton has said. New …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Aug 2014
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Microsoft parts Azure cloud, reveals NoSQL doc database

Microsoft has slipped out DocumentDB for Windows Azure, the company’s first-ever non-relational database – and its first new database product since SQL Server. DocumentDB is a complete departure from Microsoft’s relational roots, being a schema-free, NoSQL offering built entirely for consumption as a service on its cloud. …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2014

Linux duo land $54m VC Xamarin cash bag

Two leading lights in open source and mobile have landed $54m in funding for their company. Xamarin, founded by Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza in 2011, announced today that it has been awarded the cash in its third funding tranche since July 2012. VCs have now poured a total of $82m into Xamarin, which lets devs build native …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Aug 2014
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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Windows fans can run their OS of choice on Intel’s counter to Raspberry Pi, courtesy of an Intel firmware update. Chipzilla has delivered firmware version 1.0.2 for the Galileo Gen 1, which means Windows can now run on the developer board. Microsoft fans had had to make do with a preview image until now. Getting the update is …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2014

'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

A so-called "fangless" activist investor has increased its grip on OpenStack cloud cheerleader Rackspace, with a view to a possible sale. Blue Harbour Group has revealed it now holds a 6.4 per cent stake in the aspiring cloud provider, or 9.1 million shares. The company is reported to have started gobbling up Rackspace shares …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2014
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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

Patch early and patch often is the advice of security professionals when it comes to software updates. After all, who needs to be left wide open to hackers and malware writers when the solution is delivered by the software's maker? Yet sysadmins will be increasingly leery of applying such an approach to Windows systems …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014
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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past. One of Redmond’s IE engineers copped to the news during an AMA on Reddit late last week. Asked whether Microsoft had ever considered rebranding IE, browser engineer Jonathan Sampson 'fessed up that, after nearly 20 years, …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014

HANA has SAP cuddling up to 'smaller partners'

Think "SAP and partners" and the mind goes to mega names – giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Fujitsu, Accenture and Deliotte. SAP generally looks to giants who wish to make their hardware and software better at storing and serving the software titan's systems or customising and installing SAP’s suite to run whole operations. …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Aug 2014