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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 Harbour 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

SAP pitches Cloud Foundry real-time customer service

SAP has become the latest enterprise giant to promise real-time “insight” into customers, via the cloud. Europe’s tech giant is re-serving the Hybris e-commerce platform it bought in 2013 with a shot of Cloud Foundry, the open-source project it joined in 2014. Hybris has been updated with the addition of two modules, SAP …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2015
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Here they come: Salesforce unleashes Wave analytics tools

Salesforce has announced new apps and ISV partners for its real-time analytics-as-a-service Wave cloud. A year on from announcing its great Wave cloud, Salesforce introduced Wave Actions, Lightning Reports and Dashboards, and Wave embedded dashboards. Actions are tools that let you create actions based in information or data …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Sep 2015
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HP signs ex-Microsoft IE crew for global migration fun and games

Mighty Hewlett Packard has tapped a tiny browser startup spun up by ex-Microsofties to shift customers off the legacy Internet Explorer browser. HP will globally sell and implement management software from Browsium that lets customers run apps written for legacy versions of Microsoft’s browser in the new IE11. It’s the …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Sep 2015

Salesforce's developer push on receiving end of big cloud reboot

Salesforce is floating one big developer cloud to woo code jockeys. The SaaS-CRM vendor Thursday announced App Cloud, which integrates its existing Force, Heroku Enterprise and Lightning services. The trio will share a common identity, data and network services framework. Also in the mix is Trailhead, something new Salesforce …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2015

Amazon cloud consultant DualSpark slurped up by Datapipe

AWS consulting startup DualSpark has been schlurped by mega-host Datapipe to shovel cloud newbies onto Amazon. DualSpark was founded by a pair of former Amazonians in July 2014 to provide consulting services to help customers get on AWS. The duo are Simon Plant, a former AWS professional services practice manager, and AWS …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2015
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Hadoop spinner Cloudera lights Spark on MapReduce retirement

Cloudera, one of the Big Data pioneers founded on Hadoop – the open-source implementation of Google’s MapReduce – is replacing... MapReduce. On Wednesday, the firm announced the One Platform Initiative, which will see it substitute MapReduce for the Apache Software Foundation’s Spark, a cluster-computing framework which has …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2015
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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

Think Argos and you think catalogue: The Laminated Book of Dreams, as comedian Bill Bailey puts it, placing thousands of products from crayons to cookers within the easy reach of eager shoppers. Go ahead, laugh it up, but that book introduced a brand new way of shopping in beige 1970s Britain. Shopping from a catalogue was the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2015

Oracle plugs socket numbers on DIY Standard Edition

Oracle is clamping down on uses of its entry-level Standard Edition database by throttling threads. Larry Ellison's giant has cut by half the number of sockets users are allowed to run with Database Standard Edition (SE2), released at the start of this month. SE2 users are now restricted to just two sockets, down …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2015

Gang charged with $1 MEEELLION MacBook Air heist

Four people have been charged with stealing $1m worth of MacBook Airs destined for local school kids. US prosecutors have charged the four with participating in a scheme to steal, transport and sell 1,200 of the fruity machines. One of those charged is the driver of the lorry involved in transferring the devices. The …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2015

Strong dollar will deal death to US firms' overseas growth

2015 is shaping up to be “pretty awful” for US tech vendors, which have been hit by a one-two of strong international competition and a strong US dollar. That’s according to Forrester, which reckons global tech purchases in local currencies will grow by 3.6 per cent this year – down from the 5.3 per cent growth forecast in …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Sep 2015

Fruity Firefox: Mozilla caves to Apple, unveils iOS-friendly browser

Two years after dramatically challenging Apple to open up iOS for its browser, Mozilla has slipped out a fruity-friendly Firefox. It was briefly serving ex-Moz chief Gary Kovacs who in April 2013 said there’d be no Firefox for iPhones and iPads unless Apple relented on its WebKit-first policy. “iOS has a policy, generally …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2015

Microsoft boosts Azure's VM creds with price cuts and GS

Microsoft has increased the size of its compute-and storage-centric cloud VM instances while cutting prices by up to 27 per cent. The software giant has announced the GS family of VMs, running on Xeon E5 v3 chips with up to 64TB of storage. It surpasses the G-series instances released in January, with a maximum limit of 6. …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2015
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Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

Apple's wristjob is preparing to speed past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC. The fruity firm sold a total of 3.6 million watches in the second quarter, having only released the phone-dependent wristable in April. Apple closed to within 0.8 million units of Fitbit, which has been pumping …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame. Worldwide PC shipments will now fall by 8.7 per cent by the end of the year and growth won’t return for another two years, the IDC said. The number cruncher had expected that the arrival of Windows 10 in July would …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

Scientists want to electronically tag the world’s honeybees in a bid to understand the mass death of entire populations. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has called for a global project fitting bees with micro-sized RFID chips to gather critical data. Data would be …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015

Hortonworks bags US-gov inspired Big Data tech

Hortonworks is buying dataflow specialist Onyara, making the Hadoop-simplifying tech for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) its third corporate purchase. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed. The deal follows the Hadoop spinner’s purchase of SequenceIQ in April this year and XA Security in the Big Data security …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Aug 2015
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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

Microsoft’s first update to Windows 10 is bricking some users’ PCs. The cumulative update is rebooting after getting part way through the installation process on x64-based systems without completing set up. The update is KB3081424. The problem has been reported, here, on Microsoft's official forums. In the case of one user, …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2015
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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

Interview Zurich Insurance, Europe’s third-largest insurer with $70bn in revenue and 55,000 staff, hinted last week that it might buy RSA Group. Yet six major acts of M&A have saddled RSA with 15 data centres, managed and run differently and propping up a creaking architecture. Worth £4.5bn and with 19,000 staff and 20 million customers …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2015

Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

Exclusive Oracle customers could soon be the beneficiaries of an unlimited, all-you-can-eat licence for its core database, with the giant understood to be readying a deal that would grant use of its database in perpetuity at a flat rate. Oracle’s prospective licence is being referred to as the Perpetual User License Agreement (PULA). …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 PCs are being force fed a diet of Windows 10, breaking a promise made by Microsoft. The problem is affecting domain-attached Windows 7 PCs not signed up to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patches and updates, but looking for a Microsoft update instead. The upshot is PCs, ranging from 10s to hundreds at a …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

Are you a Windows 10 converts responsible for young computer users? Be on your guard. Child-friendly Family Features from Windows 7 and 8 won’t be recognised or accepted in the new operating system. Rather, children using Windows 10 PCs are seen as standard users; no dedicated child-user account exists. That means any …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015
Cabinet Office sign. Pic: Sgt Tom Robinson RLC/Crown copyright issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

Exclusive Whitehall bean counters have ordered government departments to find fresh ways to end their reliance on Oracle. The Cabinet Office is understood to have formally contacted central agencies within the last month and asked them to look for ways to “get rid of Oracle". No. 10 is believed to be concerned about the amount civil …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2015
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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit. Microsoft’s new desktop operating system has employed a torrent-style approach to sharing updates with your fellow Windows 10 users. The OS employs a system of sharing updates between users’ PCs and across their own networks rather than …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2015
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
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Zorawar Biri Singh lands Cisco CTO post as firm shuffles its top brass

Cisco has swapped one high-profile chief technology officer for another as incoming CEO Chuck Robbins expands his collection of new top brass. The company named Silicon Valley cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh as its CTO for platforms and solutions on Monday. His appointment comes as CTO and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2015
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We need the power of corporates, says OpenStack exec

The OpenStack Foundation’s executive director has defended the community project’s growing corporatisation following criticism from a former colleague and lead pioneer. Jonathan Bryce told The Reg big companies are critical to the success of OpenStack as they bring vital resources lacking at startups and among individuals. …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2015
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MariaDB seeks home-grown CEO for Oracle bout

Exclusive MariaDB is going after Oracle in its own back yard with plans for a fresh CEO drawn locally in order to tap funding from A-lister venture capitalists. Patrik Sallner is stepping down as MariaDB Corp’s chief executive for a new job, with the firm’s management now interviewing replacements, The Reg has learned. There are a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2015
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Adobe names ex Microsoft and Oracle bod as cloudy pipe CTO

If you need some cloud plumbing, who you gonna call? Well, for Adobe, it's seemingly Abhay Parasnis. The US multinational software developer has picked Parasnis – a former Microsoft and Oracle exec who claims responsibility for critical infrastructure and activities floating those giants' public clouds – as its chief …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
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Dancing in the fluffy white stuff ain't helping SAP's bottom line

Rampant cloud growth struggled to offset falling profits for SAP, Europe’s largest software company, during the firm’s second quarter. Post-tax profits tumbled 16 per cent to 469m euro ($508.2m) while total revenue increased by a fifth, to 4.9bn euro ($5.3bn) for SAP’s three months to June 30, 2015. Earnings per share fell 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015

Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

Windows 10 isn't even out yet but already its creator Microsoft has foretold its death. Support for Redmond's Omega operating system will cease finally on October 14, 2025. That’s the date when fixes and patches in all their forms for the as-yet unreleased client operating system will finally be turned off by Microsoft. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2015

Oracle retreats on $210m Rimini Street 'value' damages

Rimini Street has struck back at Oracle after the database giant withdrew its claim for $210m damages against Rimini. Larry Ellison’s firm had claimed the amount based on fair market value of the copyright that it owned and that it claims Rimini Street has trampled. The figure was based on income lost based on a hypothetical …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2015
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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Comment Roll up, roll up for Windows 10, the greatest show on Earth! Forget everything you think you know or might have heard. THIS changes everything. Windows 7 and Windows 8? Pah. THIS is the one you want. Yes, the bandwagon on the Windows 10 hype machine is trundling along, and its online followers are hailing its game-changing …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2015

Data centre OS upstart Mesosphere flutters eyelashes at devs

Data centre operating system hopeful Mesophere has rolled out programs and tools targeting developers and prospective partners. The VC-funded startup announced the Mesosphere software developer program and SDK on Wednesday. Included for code-slingers is documentation, reference libraries and support that Mesosphere reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2015
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Microsoft suspends Windows 10 new-build downloads ahead of launch

Microsoft’s closed the tap on fresh builds of Windows 10 in preparation for final launch. Windows 10 preview builds 10162 and 10166 are no longer being rolled out through the Windows Update service. Also, if you look for anything new the current build you’re on will be shown as “up to date". ISOs for build 10162 are also …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2015