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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
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Self preservation is AWS security's biggest worry, says gros fromage

State-sponsored cyber armies, lone-wolf attackers, denial-of-service attacks ... which keep Amazon’s Web Services security boffins awake at night? None of the above. It’s customers – those who don’t protect themselves adequately against hackers and malware. That’s according AWS head of global security programs Bill Murray, who …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2015

Google sticks anti-SQL injection vaccine into MySQL MariaDB fork

Google is dropping encryption into MariaDB, the fork of Oracle’s MySQL, to help shut out SQL injection attacks. Mountain View is credited with developing and testing tablespace encryption in MariaDB Server 10.1 - the community edition of MariaDB. The development has been branded a "major enhancement" for MariaDB security by …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2015

IBM tightens Passport Advantage licensing terms

IBM software customers should be on their guard following changes to the fine print of the giant’s Passport Advantage program. IBM reworded part of Passport Advantage late last year, The Reg has learned, putting more onus on the customer than ever before to keep clear and accurate records of their software use. The changes mean …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2015
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John Lewis stakes £100,000 on building a working tech creche

John Lewis has launched a £100,000 technology incubator competition to encourage tech start-ups to get involved with its business. The 150-year-old retailer unveiled JLAB 2 earlier this week, a 12-week program of pitching and mentoring for up to 10 technology firms. The prize for one winner is £100,000 funding, plus the chance …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2015
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Facebook sued: Data center designs 'nicked' for Open Compute

Facebook is being sued in the US by a UK biz, which claims Zuckerberg & Co stole its blueprints for data centers. BladeRoom Group alleges the social networking giant swiped trade secrets and intellectual property on ways to install pre-fabricated, modular warehouses of servers. Specifically, BladeRoom claims Facebook took its …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2015
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Document Foundation pledges Office 365 and Google Docs challenger

A hosted edition of LibreOffice is planned as a free and open alternative to Office 365 and Google Docs by year's end. The suite would provide online editing and sharing of documents written using the free, open-source suite. The Document Foundation said on Wednesday that LibreOffice contributor Collabora is working with …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Mar 2015

SGI sales mushroom with Atomic Weapons Establishment deal

A new range of SGI supercomputers will be used in nuclear weapons research at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. SGI has landed the contract to install a pair of Linux-based SGI ICE XA supers at the UK AWE, responsible for the warheads installed in the UK’s Trident missiles. The ICE XA was unveiled in November 2014 by SGI, …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2015
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Ex-Google & Facebook bods are on a Quest for the Enterprise

“Enterprise” and “Java” aren’t things you’d expect from Google — and certainly not Facebook. Talk Google and you think search, ads and YouTube. Your second thought might go to Google Apps and Chrome. Say “Facebook” and what do you think of? A firm making fistfuls of money from ad men mining its members’ data. Their diaspora …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2015
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Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

Analysis Feeling pressured? A sense you’re being rushed into something you’re not sure about? Or, perhaps, you have a nagging feeling about that free gift you accepted. That sensation is your IT supplier pushing you into their cloud. Oracle and Microsoft, two of the biggest names in corporate IT, have been left standing by the success of …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
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Couchbase unhitches NoSQL: Multi-Dimensional Scaling is almost here

Couchbase is cracking open its NoSQL document store’s architecture by allowing core database services to run on different server parts. The firm announced Monday Couchbase Server 4.0, featuring an architecture it's developed called Multi-Dimensional Scaling. Multi-Dimensional Scaling will let you isolate query, index and data …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015

Oracle salesmen get SEVENFOLD salary boost for flogging its cloudy aaS produce

Exclusive Oracle salesmen are being awarded bonus packages up to seven times larger than their salaries in return for getting customers to buy its as-a-service (aaS) offerings, a source has told The Register. The company reported a total rise in Oracle cloud revenue of 33 per cent - $527m - for the three months to February 28. How Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2015
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HP's great cloud server cattle roundup with Foxconn begins

Think servers, you think Hewlett-Packard – the world’s number-one by market share. HP makes $3bn a quarter on such machines; by virtue of owning Compaq, HP claims it made the industry’s first PC server, the SystemPro in November 1989. Aside from some claims on software and cloud, HP’s history is as original equipment maker (OEM …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2015

Adobe lifts sheet on Dropbox-style doc sharing cloud

Adobe has unveiled a Dropbox and Box-esque document sharing and collaboration cloud that plugs into Microsoft Office 365. Adobe Document Cloud will let you create, edit and sign documents electronically through a mobile- and touch-enabled interface, built using its software. Adobe reckoned its new cloud, the firm’s third after …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2015
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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 for the Internet of Things and an Azure IoT suite. The software giant said on Monday that Windows 10 would be delivered for a “diverse set of IoT devices" under the new moniker. Microsoft announced the Windows branch at the Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2015

Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

Microsoft is porting its personal-assistant software Cortana to Android and iOS to go head to head against Apple's Siri and Google Now. Cortana will be available as a standalone app available for download to phones and tablets running the Google and Apple operating systems, Reuters reports. Cortana will debut on Windows 10 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2015
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VMware activates AirWatch MDM fail removal plan

Exclusive VMware is updating AirWatch for the second time in just over two weeks after an earlier update crippled the software, which Virtzilla bought for $1.54bn. The firm told The Reg it plans to release an updated version of the AirWatch Agent, 5.1.2, to fix the problem. The updated agent will be available from the Google Play Store …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2015
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Court nixes four HP patents in ServiceNow infringement case

Hewlett-Packard has suffered a setback in its patent infringement lawsuit against help-desk competitor ServiceNow. Four of the eight technology patents HP had asserted ServiceNow had trampled over have been thrown out of court by the US judge hearing the case. US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman, sitting in California, had …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Mar 2015

US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

US regulators have finally detailed how they'll enforce net neutrality among broadband carriers and service providers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) two weeks ago formally approved a new set of rules that would impose net neutrality. However, the body didn’t say how the rules would be imposed. On Thursday the …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2015
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Watch this, Apple. Fruity firm gets down and dirty with Facebook’s OCP

Luxury watch maker Apple has thrown its lot in with Facebook’s project for an “industry standard” data center. The Open Compute Project's chairman, Frank Frankovsky, dropped the news at the OCP’s conference in San Jose, California Apple is understood to have been working with OCP for some months. There were no further details …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Mar 2015
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Job cuts klaxon: SAP axes 2,200 staff, denies 'cost cutting' to blame

Europe’s largest software firm is reportedly cutting up to three per cent of its workforce. SAP’s HR chief Stefan Ries has told Bloomberg the enterprise giant is cutting 2,000 staff. The firm's total headcount is 74,406. Its chief executive Bill McDermott announced its second round of job cuts in less than a year. When …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Mar 2015
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'Data center OS' Mesophere plans 2015 hire and roadmap drive

When Mesosphere landed $36m VC funding in December 2014 it also released the first part of its Datacenter Operating System (DCOS). Mesosphere is now in the middle of a recruitment drive, looking to hit a headcount of between 100 and 150 by the end of 2015 – up from 52. Engineering and product development are the other priority …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2015
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HP: Windows Server + OpenStack will lure biz bods from the Amazon

Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Amazon's corporate cloud business, with fully backed Windows Server on its cloud. HP is now running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 on its Helion OpenStack cloud, with full support from Microsoft. Redmond will provide technical support for customers through its …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2015
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Telefonica seals deal with HP's 'carrier grade' OpenStack phone cloud

MWC 2015 Telefonica will roll out software-defined network and cloud services using an x86 system from Hewlett-Packard. The companies are expected to announce HP’s OpenNFV today. The array was first trailed a year ago and has been selected to underpin the Spanish multinational’s new service rollouts. Financial terms of the agreement …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2015

Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

Exclusive Microsoft has reserved the right to nail firms making Android devices running its Office suit for possible Windows patent infringements. The giant has decided against signing a licence with Open Invention Network (OIN), a group of 1,300 companies dedicated to defending Linux against patent suits. Signing an OIN licence could …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2015
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Hadoop gets native C/C++ injection

Like Hadoop but it’s just a bit too Javary? There’s now an answer for that: MapReduce for C (MR4C). MR4C is an open source framework letting you run your native C and C++ code on the big-data crunching framework. Released quietly earlier this month and picked up here, MR4C lets you run C/C++ apps on Hadoop without needing to …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2015
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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses. Mountain View has opened Android for Work to build secure and sandboxed apps running on Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Android for Work apps will use dedicated work profiles on Android-powered devices …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
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Salesforce boss: One day I'll run a $10bn... er, software biz?

Marc Benioff has accused the world’s largest business software maker and the industry’s biggest database firm of not cutting the mustard on Salesforce's cloudy home turf. Yet his sales fluffer is doing rather well as a – wait for it – software company. Benioff says it will hit $6bn in revenue in 12 months' time. From there, his …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
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Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks

If the future of big data is Hadoop, those peddling it still have a long journey ahead of the them. Newly IPO'd Hortonworks' inaugural results show a company whose losses are growing as its business expands. Further, it’s not subscriptions to Hortonworks’ implementation of the open-source Hadoop that are growing most – it is …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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Microsoft cuts Facebook Messenger, Google Talk from Outlook.com

Microsoft is doubling down on Skype by killing integration with Google Talk and Facebook Messenger in Outlook.com. The software giant has begun emailing Outlook.com users, saying it is discontinuing support for Google and Facebook's chat apps in its free email service within the “next couple of weeks”. Microsoft blamed Mountain …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2015
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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

A completed first version of what’s been called the Hadoop Database has been released, seven years after work started. HBase 1.0 was signed off on Tuesday by the Apache Software Foundation. The system has been built to work with different implementations of Hadoop. Michael Stack, vice president of ASF HBase, welcomed the news, …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2015

Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Apple is spending $1.9bn (£1.24bn) on a pair of big, green, environmentally friendly data centres in Ireland and Denmark. The fruity firm is splashing the cash (equivalent to €1.7bn) on two 160,000m2 facilities in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Jutland. The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2015
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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

Once muzzled by officialdom, former operators of Colossus have reacted well to a Royal Mail stamp marking the achievements of the computing beast and its designer, Tommy Flowers. The Colossus stamp is part of eight in the Royal Mail’s series, called Inventive Britain. The world’s first electronic, programmable computer, …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2015
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Microsoft opens Office storage back end for iOS love

Users of Microsoft’s Office on iPhone and iPad could now store their vital documents on Apple’s cloud. Microsoft said on Tuesday that it would allow third-party cloud storage providers to integrate natively with the locations picker of iOS Office apps. It didn’t name iCloud, but the implication is clear – all that’s needed now …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2015

SAP's 10-year HANA gamble: A life without the big boys

SAP was gung-ho about its HANA-or-nothing database play for the next version of its software crown jewels earlier this month. The enterprise and software giant rolled out what it claimed was its biggest launch in decades – SAP S/4HANA. The system is built to run on one single database – SAP’s HANA. Previously, SAP has relied …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2015

Gartner to CIOs: Go on, SPEND some CASH on ROBOTS 'n' 'Things'

CIOs in the UK and Ireland are bullish on “digitalisation” of their businesses as spending returns. That’s according to Gartner, who ranked so-called digitalisation third in the list of CIO’s spending priorities in the UK and Ireland. It’s up from sixth place the year before, and a bigger priority here in the UK than for CIOs …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2015

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months. That’s according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which has collated losses across all departments for 2013 – 2014. The Alliance uncovered £107m lost as projects were scrapped, gains weren’t realized or unnecessary costs were …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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SAP's ex-Hana chief swallows software firm, bets big on... Hana

The exec who led SAP’s Hana has bought enterprise software management specialist Panaya, pitting his new firm against his old bosses. Vishal Sikka, chief executive and managing director of Infosys, has announced that his firm – India’s second largest outsourcing company – is buying Panaya for $200m. The new acquisition produces …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

Microsoft is officially charging customers at least $600 per server to safely run Windows Server 2003 after its July 14 support cut-off date. The number has come to light from Microsoft licensing expert Paul DeGroot of Pica Communications, who told The Reg he knows customers who’ve been quoted this figure. The price is for the …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2015
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Ex-Microsoft open source plan man lands top Cloud Foundry job

Sam Ramji has been named chief executive of Cloud Foundry Foundation, to shepherd the open-source platform cloud effort. Ramji shot to prominence as the architect of Microsoft’s open-source strategy in the 2000s, having been handed Redmond’s radioactive "relations with the community" by his bosses. Ramji's efforts went a long …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Datameer rolls out Hadoop-as-a-service for impatient IT bods

Big-data analytics startup Datameer is rolling out analytics-as-a-service running on Hadoop. Called Datameer Professional, the service targets potential Hadoop users unable to build their own large-scale Hadoop clusters or unwilling to wait for an enterprise-wide rollout. Datameer claims a number of big-name customers for its …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015

It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

Nearly all private clouds customers build are failing – and the biggest problem isn’t the technology, it’s people. That’s according to analyst Gartner, which reckons 95 per cent of the people it polled reported problems with their private clouds. The single biggest problem is failure of organisations to change the way they work …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Gleeful Apple and Microsoft bathe in bathfuls of debt

Tech giants have discovered an ingenious way to borrow money – assume debts nearly paid for by the lenders. Apple is reported to have raised 1.25bn in Swiss francs ($1.19bn) from two bonds that will mature in 2024 and 2030 with rates of 0.25 and 0.7 per cent. That means Apple will pay back almost zero interest to the bond’s …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2015

IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

IBM is taking discount leisure travel service Priceline.com to court claiming patent infringement. The global systems giant alleges that Priceline infringed on four of IBM's patents in the running of its websites, among them restaurant reservation service OpenTable and travel-booking agent Kayak.com. Big Blue is seeking …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015