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PHP pioneer and Zend co-founder enlists for AWS big-data mission

Andi Gutmans, a pioneer in scripting language PHP and co-founder of Zend Technologies, has joined Amazon’s cloud. Gutmans has become general manager of the NoSQL Group, part of the AWS data services unit. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gutmans is “working on the next generation of NoSQL database”. Gutmans blogged here: “ …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Warren Buffett picks Apple

Apple’s Wall St fortunes have received a boost from veteran investor Warren Buffett. His Berkshire Hathaway took a 9.8-million-share stake in the firm at the start of the year, news that boosted Apple's stock two per cent before trading on Monday. Buffett traditionally limited his exposure to tech stocks – he holds an 8.59 per …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016

Salesforce parks its planned IoT cloud on... shocker! AWS

In a major break from the past, Salesforce is turning to an outside supplier to run a portion of its cloud. The CRM-as-a-service provider has asked Amazon’s Web Services to deliver the plumbing for its latest planned service – an Internet of Things Cloud. Announced in September 2015 and due by the end of this year, Salesforce …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016
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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsoft’s browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016
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Groupon fires patent suit at IBM

IBM has been taken to court by online marketplace Groupon over claimed patent violation. Groupon filed a counter claim on Monday in a court in Chicago after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in an earlier, separate suit. The online marketplace is reported to have targeted IBM’s WebSphere Commerce platform. Its claim …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2016
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NetSuite CEO: 'It will be $99 forever for every user'

NetSuite has ruled out following its business-apps-as-a service peer Salesforce in hiking prices for customers. Zach Nelson, chief executive since 2002, has fixed his firm's monthly per-user pricing – currently at $99 - in stone. Business-cloud software rival Salesforce has increased its core pricing, stable and barely changed …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016
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Sage cheerfully pours £10m over Salesforce partner Fairsail

Payroll and accounting software firm Sage Software is taking a stake in Salesforce-HR platform partner Fairsail. Star-struck Sage, which has also announced interim financial results with growth in its own cloud service, will take a £10m minority stake in Fairsail and a board seat. Sage is leading the funding round. Fairsail …
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2016

Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash

Samsung delivered what Apple couldn’t in the first three months of 2016 - increased smart phone sales. The chaebol today reported overall group net profit of 5.25 trillion won ($4.5bn), up 5.6 per cent for calendar Q1 on sales that grew 5.6 per cent to 49.7 trillion won ($43bn). The giant’s mobile unit reported eight per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2016
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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016
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OneDrive shrinks

Microsoft is emailing OneDrive users about its plan to shave 10GB from its 15GB free storage. From July 27, OneDrive users will get just 5GB of free storage in Microsoft's cloud. Microsoft is offering a year’s free subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1Tb storage for people over the 15GB threshold in response to the outcry …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

Analysis Microsoft has reiterated its belief in a mythical annual income of $20bn from cloud despite growth in Azure and its apps-as-a-service business slowing. Chief executive Satya Nadella Thursday reiterated the existing belief Microsoft will hit £20bn “run rate” in cloud business for fiscal 2018. That’s the fiscal year after …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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VR sales to 'skyrocket'

Virtual reality headset sales will explode this year, according to IDC. Applying its trademark number-of-units-sold forecaster to the VR market for the first time, IDC reckoned 9.6 million VR hardware units will be sold in 2016, worth a total of $2.3bn – an increase of 183.8 per cent on last year. Samsung, Sony, HTC and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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Microsoft headhunters seek Linux folk for secret open source unit

Exclusive Microsoft is recruiting from open-sourcers to build a unit apparently selling open-source wares on its Azure cloud. Recruiters working on behalf of Microsoft have been contacting employees of Linux firms, interviewing them for what’s being called an open source practice. Microsoft is specifically looking for those with …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Apr 2016
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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

Cloud killing on-premises kit for enterprise IT providers? Yes if you’re IBM, no if your name’s Red Hat. At least, according to Red Hat. Wall Street’s money men are shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover Amazon with AWS is now number two on a list of enterprises’ mega-critical IT suppliers. IBM? Not so much. A firm with …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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SAP's results are a right Waldorf salad: Core sales dip, yet support biz is stable

SAP has confirmed a sudden and sharp drop in sales of its software with continued, escalating sales of cloud. Sales of new licences for its core, on-premises software fell 13 per cent in the first three months of 2016 to €609m, compared to the first quarter of 2015. It was a sharp about-turn given SAP closed the last three …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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Capital One releases AWS code

Banking giant Capital One has released code it built for AWS. Capital One is reported to have open-sourced its Cloud Custodian on GitHub, a rules engine for managing resources running on AWS. The financial firm claimed Cloud Custodian has helped it slash its consumption of AWS resources by a quarter, producing cost savings. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016

Mesosphere flings Data Center OS code at open sourcers to fill in gaps

Software upstart Mesosphere has open-sourced its commercial Datacenter Operating System – DC/OS – with the backing of 60 big names in tech. Mesosphere says it is throwing open the doors on its code to “put its power in as many people’s hands as possible.” DC/OS has been deployed on massive scale at Apple, Airbnb, Yelp, Netflix …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016

Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

Acer and Lenovo's PC sales tumbled during the first three months of 2016 as the EMEA market contracted by 10 per cent, according to Gartner. While everybody except Asus was down compared to 12 months ago, Acer was the single biggest loser. The ailing notebook maker shipped 26.4 per cent fewer PCs – 1.5m units – leaving it …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016
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Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project

Cambridge University is leading a £2.7m project building energy efficient, high-performance supercomputers. Called Project Superspin, the project will attempt to marry research into electron spin with research on super conductive materials. The goal is to produce prototype logic and memory devices by 2021 for use in a …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016
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GoDaddy CTO quits

GoDaddy’s chief techie is leaving the web host, reportedly for Google. Elissa Murphy joined GoDaddy in May 2010 from Yahoo!, where she’d served as vice president of engineering for Hadoop cloud services. Before Yahoo!, Murphy had been with Microsoft since 1997. GoDaddy announced Murphy’s exit in a regulatory filing. GoDaddy’ …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016