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MongoDB's feline brains trust sink their claws into NoSQL

By any measure, BerkeleyDB was a hit. It became the world’s most widely deployed embedded and open-source database, meaning that the company which did the most work to maintain it, Sleepycat, got swallowed by Larry Ellison’s database giant Oracle in 2006. Mike Olson was Sleepycat’s business chief. He’s now CEO of Hadoop venture …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015

Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

Upgraded your Windows Server 2003 yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Gartner reckons there are eight million Windows Server 2003 OS instances in operation, and SI Avanade reckons that of those instances, a full 20 per cent – 1.6 million – will blow past the 14 July end-of-support date. What happens six months from now, on 14 …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015
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IBM cuts down Amazon with cloudy 10-year ShopDirect deal

IBM has landed a 10-year cloud and services contract with one of the UK’s biggest and most aggressive privately held firms. Shop Direct, the firm behind Very.co.uk and owner of the Littlewoods brand, will use IBM’s SoftLayer cloud. Financial terms of the contract were not revealed. Andy Wolfe, Shop Direct CIO, told The Reg …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2015

Microsoft: Even cheapo Lumias to get slimmed down Windows 10

The “next chapter” in Windows is coming to Microsoft's cheapo, mass-market Lumia phones. Microsoft is working to get Windows 10 working on devices with just 512MB RAM, including the Lumia 520. The news was tweeted by Microsoft operating systems group vice president Joe Belfiore on Sunday. Just one catch: small memory means …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2015
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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

The first Ubuntu Linux smartphones go on sale next week, after more than a year of chatter about the upcoming release. Spanish e-reader and 'slab maker BQ’s Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be sold online only during a series of flash sales prior to broader availability. Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2015

Microsoft's Nadella: Congratulations on 12 months of not being Steve Ballmer

It’s Satya Nadella’s first year as chief executive of the world’s largest software company. What has happened during that time? My Reg colleague Neil McAllister listed the notable developments here earlier today. Over the past 12 months, we've seen Windows 10 as a preview; Office for iOS, Android and even HoloLens; a new …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2015

Who'd be Target's infosec chief? Tesco CIO joins hack-battered firm

UK retail giant Tesco has lost its veteran CIO to Target, whose IT chief is stepping down after just a year. Tesco’s Mike McNamara is taking charge of Target’s IT operations at 1,790 retail stores, 37 distribution centers, global development and online. He replaces Bob DeRodes, hired in spring 2014 after US retailer Target lost …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2015
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SAP unveils its biggest thing for 20 YEARS: Core suite with HANA

SAP has rolled out a new version of its flagship business suite – and it's married to in-memory database Hana. The software giant announced SAP S/4HANA on Tuesday, with CEO Bill McDermott billing the fourth generation of its suite as the biggest launch in two decades. The core, on-premise Business Suite for running finance, …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2015

DataStax slurps graph database biz Titan's brains

NoSQL database-start up DataStax is today expected to announce its plans to start developing and selling a graph database for enterprises. DataStax will announce it has bought Aurelius, whose team is behind the Apache-licensed Titan distributed graph database for Cassandra. Financial terms were not revealed. DataStax said the …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2015
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Yahoo!'s Firefox search hook-up pays off as it nicks Google's US clicks

Yahoo!’s marriage with Mozilla browser Firefox is winning the search engine clicks, according to one net tracker. Marissa Mayer’s firm in January saw its third-place US search ranging grow to 10.9 per cent, according to StatCounter’s global stats. Yahoo! was still third in market-share volume, but it's now in a slightly …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2015
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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

A trio of software firms is taking a large US-based fashion retailer to court for allegedly pirating their software. Adobe, Autodesk and Corel claim that clothes bazaar Forever 21 infringed their copyright by illegally copying a raft of well-known software tools and not paying license fees. Forever 21 is a $3.8bn retailer with …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2015
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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

Microsoft is working on a free version of Windows 10 that runs on Brit-tech hit Raspberry Pi in order to penetrate the Internet of Things (IoT). Microsoft and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been collaborating for six months on the joint project, which emerged early on Monday. Windows 10 will run on the latest version of the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Feb 2015
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Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

Controversial quantum computing venture D-Wave Systems has scooped $29m in lovely fresh cash, courtesy of investors, despite lingering doubts about whether what it offers can be considered "quantum". This is D-Wave’s tenth round of funding from 14 investors, bringing total investments to fairly hefty $174m. D-Wave didn’t …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2015
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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing. In a TV interview Hurd is reported to have come out fighting. “Make no mistake about it, we are laser-focused on taking share, we are focused on growing,” Hurd is reported to have said. “We are focused on driving the company …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2015
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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

Analysis Microsoft has made Office on Android available on tablets at the exact moment its fortunes with Apple and Samsung are in flux. If Redmond's going to win, it needs to bet on Apple. Redmond removed the preview label from Office for Android apps on Thursday, making Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote available from Google’s Play …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2015
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Citrix: Hmmm, profit down 30%? Right. 900 HEADS WILL ROLL

Hundreds of workers at Citrix Systems are to be shown the door to counter nose-diving profit and boost the R&D pot. The purveyor of virtualisation, networking and cloud infrastructure stuff last night rolled out results for the three months ended 31 December and sales were up six per cent to $851m – analysts had forecast $844.3m …
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Docker unveils new top team to look after enlarged container biz

The Docker project has been re-organised following last year’s rapid success, with the names of folk filling the positions of chief architect, chief maintainer and chief operator being announced on Wednesday. Those people are Docker founder Solomon Hykes, maintainer Michael Crosby and project newbie Steve Francia, who served as …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015
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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

Details of Microsoft’s fledgling Windows 10 Spartan browser are emerging with a suggestion of possible support for Windows 7. Redmond’s Spartan team is working on a plan for support for extensions to the Windows 10 browser. Silverlight, HTML and CSS extensions will be supported in Spartan, according to the software giant. “Yes …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015

Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle

Oracle-Sun anniversary Feeling calm and relaxed? Join the Reg on a journey to an alternate reality where Oracle’s cloud business is the envy of all of its competitors. It holds two trillion objects and is growing faster now than at any time in its history. What began as something for developers is becoming an enterprise IT staple – a platform for …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2015

Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

The morning after Microsoft published its second quarter figures, its share price tumbled 10 per cent as markets opened in New York – wiping $30bn off its value. Never mind the 3D goggles announced a few days before: a brace of Wall St analysts have cut their estimates and ratings for the software giant. The Street has talked …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2015
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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

Two years after its last browser strategy policy change in Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting the pieces around the board again. Microsoft last week unveiled Spartan, project codename of the browser for use with anything and everything running Windows 10. Spartan is for any Windows 10 device, no matter if its input mechanism be …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2015
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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

Sony plans to delay its third-quarter financial results and has blamed North Korea’s crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s business systems. The media giant has asked Japan’s Financial Services Agency to extend its deadline by a month so it can compile the period’s results. Sony needs the extension so its film …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2015
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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

A pair of 3D ski glasses eclipsed Windows 10 at Microsoft’s next-generation event on Wednesday. Headline writers and geeks cooed over HoloLens, a set of virtual reality eyewear, and accompanying 3D HoloLens software. It was easy to get distracted from something as boring as a new Windows client. With free pricing and the return …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2015
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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Analysis First the good news: Windows 10 will be free – for one year. Microsoft announced upgrades to its next-planned client operating system during an outpouring of PR love and vision on Wednesday. We won't claim the credit for Microsoft’s decision to give its next version of Windows as a free upgrade for 12 months to those on Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

IBM said it reckoned on earnings per share of $15.75-16.50 for this year, when it announced its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday. 2015 was supposed to be a golden year for IBM, where it would hit the $20 EPS goal under the five-year plan of former chief executive Sam Palmisano. Software was to be the engine of that 2015 plan …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

Remember 21 January, 2015: it will go down in history either as the date that made Microsoft or the reason why victory in mobile was put on hold for another two years. Today, the world’s largest software firm will officially reveal what it is calling the “next chapter” in Windows: Windows 10. Microsoft is expected to release …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015
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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

Just two and half years ago Microsoft dropped Windows 8 on the world, playing Redmond’s card in the touch-tablet game against Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android. Windows 8 was remarkable for three reasons: the touch-inspired Metro interface, the fact Microsoft built its own-branded tablet running Windows, and it put Windows on …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2015

Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

Getting Ubuntu onto everything from your home router to commercial drones is the next target of Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth. The Ubuntu daddy’s firm is today expected to announce Ubuntu Core on smart devices, a version of its trimmed down Ubuntu Core that targets the Internet of Stuff. Ubuntu Core for smart devices …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2015

Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Each time there’s a new version of Windows, Microsoft bills it as “the best Windows yet," understandably enough. History teaches us that each time Microsoft tries to really stretch itself and push the development envelope on Windows, it backfires. Windows 8 was the most recent stumble in Microsoft’s journey, with Redmond …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2015
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Microsoft turns the power of FINE PRINT onto enterprise licensing

New wording in Microsoft’s enterprise licensing agreements could see customers forced to pay more to Redmond while simultaneously jumping through new licensing hoops. Microsoft has re-worked the fine print of the Enterprise Agreement (EA) in a way that confers greater power on its licensing agents to interpret the rules. It has …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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Microsoft Azure was most FAIL-FILLED cloud of 2014

Microsoft’s cloud had the worst service reliability of the three main players in 2014, according to annual metrics from uptime experts CloudHarmony. Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines suffered 103 outages for the year, resulting in downtime of 42.94 hours. The Azure Object Storage service was offline 138 times, leaving users in …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2015
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Google-gulped Stackdriver reborn as cloudy control freak

Google has regurgitated Stackdriver, eight months after swallowing the cloud monitoring service. Google Cloud Monitoring has been released to beta here, built on Stackdriver to deliver performance, capacity and uptime management. The service targets Google App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and Cloud SQL. Performance …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2015
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Oracle data centre offers its back end to banking upstart

Oracle is becoming a British banking back end, with its data centres about to start holding the money and details of some of the UK’s wealthiest citizens. Hampden & Co, due to launch in the first quarter of 2015, has picked Oracle’s Flexcube as its core banking platform, the database giant said Tuesday. Unlike other Flexcube …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2015

Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot

There has been plenty of talk about open-source databases growing faster than those belonging to tech dinosaurs like Oracle, but nothing tells a story quite like cash. MongoDB and Basho, pioneers in NoSQL, yesterday separately announced that they are each receiving further wads of cash from the venture capital sources. Open- …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2015
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Cash-burning Box makes yet ANOTHER IPO promise

Loss-making VC muse Box.com, the cloud document storage and sharing startup, says it’s ready to make an IPO – again. Box filed its IPO statement with US regulators on Friday in preparation for going public. The nine-year-old firm is gunning for a drop of up to 12.5 million shares at a price of $12 per share. Box stands to raise …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2015
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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

There’s a reason space missions don’t launch on the day a leap second is added to international clocks. Scientists don’t want to run the risk that the computer systems running things might hiccup on the new time and then malfunction, sending their multi-million dollar lifetime’s investment into a fatal nose dive. The rest of us …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2015
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BMC poaches 'Cloudy' Phil Harris, ex-Cisco CTO

BMC Software has dipped into Cisco for its new techie head, with the once-public systems management specialist nabbing Phil Harris as its chief technology officer. Harris has already updated his LinkedIn profile to announce the change, and replaces BMC veteran Kia Behnia, who’d been CTO since 2006 and was on sabbatical. Harris …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jan 2015

Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

Retail titan Tesco is investigating the sale of Dunnhumby, the big data and data science wrangler it took over in 2004, which had helped propel the supermarket to national dominance. Tesco, Britain’s largest food retailer, has confirmed it has appointed a team of strategic advisors to explore “strategic options” for Dunnhumby. …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2015
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Cyber crims put feet up for Chrimbo: 2014's seasonal retail breaches fell

Shoppers flocked online for retail bargains during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014, but cyber criminals seemingly decided not to join the scrum. Despite a record-breaking surge in online shopping during late November’s online discount binge, cyber breaches actually fell, according to IBM. That’s the good news. The bad? …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2015

No one trusts Oracle, shrieks CCL as cloudy ball misses its goals

Oracle’s cloud growth hinges on overcoming “deep-rooted mistrust” of its core customer base. That’s according to software-licensing pressure group, the Campaign for Clear Licensing. “If Oracle does not address these concerns then the company’s ability to meet its stated $1bn cloud sales target next year, together with the …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2015
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NoSQL pioneer to inject your database with ACID

FoundationDB, the ACID-compliant NoSQL specialist, is working on a document database. The firm already has a prototype that’s in the hands of early customers with plans to go public in 2015, The Register has learned. The move follows delivery of an ACID-compliant graph database for use with FoundationDB’s existing NoSQL engine …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Jan 2015

The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

Facebook buying WhatsApp for nearly as much as Hewlett-Packard spent on Compaq in 2001? Well, 2014 was the year of the selfie, after all. Just don't let that snapshot of your bits get hacked. Leaked naked smartphone pics weren't this year's only embarrassing public spectacles: Microsoft's CEO put his foot in his mouth on women …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2014
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VISC-y business: Can Soft Machines keep the free lunch counter open?

If the free lunch is over, then few have heeded the end-of-break bell. A decade ago next year, C++ expert Herb Sutter wrote that those building the world’s software would need to change they way they architect and construct. Multi-core and hyperthreading were incoming, meaning that apps could no longer be built using sequential …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2014
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Teradata gobbles up data squasher RainStor

Teradata has bought RainStor, the deduping database supplier and Hadoop convert. RainStor specializes in archiving and two years ago put its analytics engine and enterprise database on Hadoop, the Google-inspired big-data cruncher. Financial terms of the deal for the privately held RainStor were not revealed. Teradata called …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Dec 2014
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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

Microsoft won’t give Windows 10 away for free, and plans to charge for new services instead. That’s according to salesman-in-chief Kevin Turner, who promised new services would roll out in early 2015. Microsoft's chief operating officer was grilled by one investor at a recent Wall Street conference who wondered whether the …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Dec 2014
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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

A smartphone-inspired version of Ubuntu Server for Docker minimalists has been revealed with initial backing from Microsoft. Canonical is today expected to unveil the "Snappy" version of Ubuntu Core, a stripped-down server image of just 110MB built for thousands of servers in the cloud. It is available as an Alpha preview. The …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2014

Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

A startup building a "data centre operating system" that owes its existence to a former PHD student has landed $36m in funding from some high-tech high rollers. Mesosphere landed the cash in a round led by Khosla Ventures with backing from others including Andreessen Horowitz. This is second shot from Andreessen Horowitz for …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Dec 2014
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Huawei and Inspur Electronics challenge Q3 server status quo

The server status quo was shaken up in the third quarter of 2014, with Asian intruders mopping up growth and making their presence felt. Huawei and Inspur Electronics are expected to be non-existent on revenue, but should grow fastest in terms of products shipped, according to Gartner’s latest data estimates. Hewlett-Packard …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2014

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

The number of PC running Windows 8.1 nudged past Windows XP for the first time in November. Windows 8.1 broke the global 10 per cent market-share barrier a year after general release, and has now hit 10.95 per cent, according to latest data from StatCounter. Windows XP, released in 2001, slipped down 1.26 percentage points to …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2014

XML daddy Tim Bray pops his head in the Amazon cloud

XML co-creator Tim Bray has joined Amazon and will be working on Jeff Bezos’ cloud. According to Bray, he’s “back in the full-time engineering trenches” working on AWS. Bray announced the news on his blog. While he didn’t reveal what he’ll be working on down in the AWS engine room, he is something of a language polymath, his …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Dec 2014