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NFV vendors of the world unite! Or maybe work together?

Light Reading, the insider’s publication for the comms industry, is calling on vendors to join the world’s first interoperability tests for Network Function Virtualization (NFV). The online magazine has teamed up with the European Advanced Networking Test Center, based in Berlin, as its test partner to evaluate "which products …
Drew Cullen, 11 Aug 2015
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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

Dear Reg reader. Do you have an Android phone? Maybe you downloaded our Android App? Found it wanting - a lot? Help us make it better by joining our beta testers group. it is easy-peasy although you do need a G+ account. 1. Apply to join the private G+ community group El Reg Alpha Test. 2. Once accepted you can download the …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jul 2015
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Red Hat bolts the stable with RHEL 6.7

Enterprises are rarely in a rush to upgrade their operating systems – they want others to do the battle testing for them first. As is the way with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, released in June 2014. Red Hat has many customers on the “stable, proven and predictable” RHEL 6.xx and is living up to its 10-year support pledge with …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2015
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HP recruits Intel for Top 100 supercomputer push

Interview To the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, where we caught up with Bill Mannel, general manager of HP’s freshly minted HPC and Big Data group, a business unit within the server division. HP’s HPC and big data hardware revenues include blade servers and some Superdomes in the mix. But the company is …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jul 2015

Microsoft customers on the great (hybrid) cloud migration

Microsoft’s enterprise customers are adopting its cloud software in droves, a survey of delegates at the vendor’s Ignite 2015 conference in Chicago reveals. Nine in ten of the 267 delegates polled said their organisations are utilising cloud-based technologies and 84 per cent are currently using Microsoft Cloud. Office 365 …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2015

Server guys: Are you running fewer than 200 virtual machines?

Mid-sized companies can reduce technical debt and free up IT budgets by switching to hyperconverged infrastructure systems (HCIS) in their next data centre refresh. So says Gartner, which defines 'mid-market' as companies with fewer than 200 virtual machines. The IT analyst firm's recommendation appears to be getting through to …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2015
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Surging US dollar curbs global IT budgets

Global IT spending is projected to fall 5.5 per cent to total $3.5tn in 2015 - but only because of the strong US dollar. Translated into constant currency, the worldwide IT market will grow 2.5 per cent compared with 2014, according to Gartner’s latest IT spending projections. So will US vendors raise prices outside their own …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2015
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Rogue IT is shadow of its former self

“Rogue IT” - the practice of business units secretly sidestepping the IT department to procure their own tech - is in decline. But only because business units are now openly buying their own technology solutions, this time in collaboration with their counterparts in IT. The findings, reported in the June 2015 CompTIA study …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2015
Internet Meme: text says Integrate all the Things

It's sales boom time for (some) converged infrastructure vendors

The world’s great enterprise hardware vendors are in a dog fight – to dominate the buoyant market for converged infrastructure. Global sales in Q1 2015 totted up to $2.1bn, up 8.3 per cent year on year, according to IDC. It is highly competitive out there, says Kevin M. Permenter a research analyst, who covers enterprise …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jun 2015
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Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

Microsoft canned support for Windows XP and Office and Exchange 2003 in April 2014 - unless you are the U.S. Navy, which is paying $9.1m a year until 2017 to obtain security patches for these obsoleted products. The Navy contract also includes support for Server 2003, which is unplugged from life support on July 2015. Our hats …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2015
Containers

Not in front of the CIO: grassroots drive Linux container adoption

Here’s a thing. CIOs don't care about vast swathes of technology in their organisations. They have people to do that. While they make speeches at fancy conferences about being agile / compliant / regulated / on top of the suppliers / skilling up the workers bees, those worker bees are handling the next Windows refresh. …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2015
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45% of UK data centres have suffered a natural disaster. Really?

Earlier this year I managed to sleep - somehow - through the Kent Earthquake. And in 2011 and 2012 about 30 centimetres of snow blocked my village for one or two days at a time. I also know someone who got flooded last year - she lives next to an estuary just a few kilometres away. Five weather systems can collide over the …
Drew Cullen, 18 Jun 2015
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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

Haters gonna hate, but not corporate employees who actually quite like the support their IT departments provide. That’s according to a survey of 2,500 staffers in Australia, France, Germany, the UK and the USA that landed on our helpdesk this week. When asked to give a letter grade, more than 80 per cent of respondents gave …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2015
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today. Changed screen outside site background colour from white to grey. Top Art in stories - now editorially selectable - in response to feedback about relevance (see above). Reduced headline font size on Hero “story” at top of front page, articles …
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2014
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The Shock of The New: The Register redesign update 2

One week into our redesign and more than 800 comments so far. (Also a fair few emails, tweets and a bit of Facebook feedback). Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat. It is a publishing axiom that all readers hate change - and in our …
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2014
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 1

Site news This is going well … just letting you know that we are listening to your feedback on the redesign. And also reminding you that this design is the first major change to the site in six years. Hence the Shock of the New is that little bit shockier. However, 90 per cent of the work in this redesign comprises changes under the hood …
Drew Cullen, 12 Dec 2014
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The Register website gets a lovely makeover

Site news The Register got a fresh lick of paint today, with the front page getting its biggest overhaul in six years. The brief for our in-house team was "quick, modern and fresher" and these key threads translated into a project scoped for front page, story page and navigation. Of course we know you will love all the changes - ok so …
Drew Cullen, 11 Dec 2014

Non-techies: The cute things they say

Reader's corner Cthulhu jumping out of a printer Vociferous Time Waster recounts some conversations with non-techie colleagues he has had in the last year over at El Reg Forums. The server is down "The server is down." "Which one, we have hundreds." "I don't know, I'm not in IT." "Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2014

I need data recovery software for my laptop. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner Says Reg reader normanpritchard59 in El Reg Forums: "I use the dell latitude E6420. I need a data recovery solution for it and seem to like Rollback Rx. Acronis True image also looks ok. What do you think? Let's not talk of hardware backup right now.” I suspect that norman has worked out what he wants, but let's share this …
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2014

Tech that WE want but THEY never seem to give us

Reader's corner Where's my flying car? Says Ossi in El Reg Forums: I was just reading the story about the phone manufacturers' squeezing ever more pixels into their screens, and I was thinking about what things you want but the industry never seems to give you. Here's my list: Phones that compromise their thinness to give you more battery …
Drew Cullen, 26 May 2014
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How do I escape this damned email blacklist?

Readers' corner Commentard m0rt writes in El Reg Forums: Someone who has a mailing account with one of my domains, which in turn is hosted on a mate's server, had his email password lifted from his XP laptop and subsequently that account was used to send out a near a million spam messages. Or attempted to, I caught it with 847k still to go. So …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2014
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Speccing out a NAS-based home media rig. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner And in El Reg forums, commentard Le Adder Noir is looking for a bit of a steer on a project for a new house. He writes: I'm looking to build a NAS-based home media set-up. I live outside the UK, where TV media is, dare I say it, even worse than in Blighty, so most of our stuff is purchased online and stored on drives. Up until …
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2014

I am an IT generalist. Am I doomed to low pay forever?

Readers' corner Reg readers! Bene Pendentes wants your esteemed advice. Don't hold back, he says. I'm an IT generalist. I know a bit of everything - I can behave appropriately up to Cxx level both internally and with clients, and I'm happy to crawl under a desk to plug in network cables. I know a little bit about how nearly everything works …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2014
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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Readers' corner El Reg reader h4rm0ny wants your advice. Here goes. I've been using Bash for well over a decade. (About fifteen years?). I'm reasonable with it. I'm now teaching myself Powershell and whilst some of it I like, the default environment is terrible. I'm not talking about the language itself, but the fact that to use Powershell I …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2014
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El Reg gets mobile makeover

Site news We are redesigning The Register's mobile site m.theregister.co.uk: please help us make it better. Try it out and post your feedback here – and don’t forget to tell us what OS/ browser you are using. Before you get started, we know there is plenty of work to do, for instance, on comments pages, but bear with us. Our devs have …
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2014

Wanted: a new IT service desk for up to 200 users. Nothing fancy

Readers' corner Reg commentard PaulW is looking to install a new IT service desk and is opening up to the wide audience that is The Register. He is "looking at something like Sysaid but ... suggestions would be appreciated." Just ramping up to look for a new Helpdesk/Service desk with the current employer. They have and homegrown Access based …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2014
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Aargh! Bamboozled by security licensing - what works for my family?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums and Edwin, a commentard since 2007, who is having a bit of trouble in choosing IT security software for his family. He writes: I'm rapidly losing my mind in the minefield that is security software, particularly when it comes to licensing many devices... The internet has become useless for this sort of …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2014
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Rebuilding my home PC for Linux and Windows: What works best?

Readers' corner We return from our regular trawl of El Reg Forums with this nugget from Bronek Kozicki, who is rebuilding his home PC "for serious use". He wants your advice on which combo of Linux distro and virtual machine would work best. The time is slowly approaching for me to rebuild my home PC, Bronek writes. Since I've been using Linux …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2014

I am migrating email for 1000 users. How do I make it bullet proof?

Readers' corner And so to Reg reader chivo243, who has penned the following question on El Reg Forums. The topic of email system migration has come up during our weekly meetings. Since I missed the fun and glory of the last migration our institution embarked upon, I have a question regarding time and planning. Little background, about 1000 …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2014

Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

A brief update on the crowdfunding efforts of three British journalists, who left Linux Format to launch a new magazine. They have hit their £90,000 launch target for Linux Voice, 14 days before deadline. At time of writing, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard have received £93,000 in pledges. They have an interesting …
Drew Cullen, 10 Dec 2013
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Wanted: A regulation friendly version of that thing that Dropbox does

Readers' corner And in our second outing to El Reg Forums this week, we highlight this request from J.Cook, who is looking for recommendation for a regulation-friendly, cloudified file-dropping service that his company's clients can use. At the company I work for, we deal with a number of vendors who like sending us large files. These are …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2013

I want to play with VMs. So where do I get started?

Readers' corner Reg reader Neoc has fired up this thread on El Reg Forums: A few years ago, a local company moved and sold some of its IT equipment. I purchased their rack cabinet, all 1.9 meters of U's. First thing I built was a storage box - got a rackmountable computer case and stuffed it with 9x2TB worth of hard-drives. Still running like …
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2013
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Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013

When three Linux journos go crowdfunding

Three journalists who worked on the UK newsstand publication Linux Format have struck out on their own and are using crowdfunding to get a new magazine off the ground. Less than a week into their Indiegogo campaign, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard are already a third of the way to reaching the £90,000 launch budget …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2013
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Issue of the day: When is the right time to drink coffee?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums where Simon Rockman has fired up this foodie thread. You know that the Italians say that you shouldn't have Cappuccino after 11:00 and that it's a breakfast drink, a faux pas akin to Nadurra before the sun is over the yard arm? Turns out there is a scientific basis for this: chronopharmacology. Aaah, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2013
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Check out The Register's Google+ page

Off-site news The Register has taken a billet at Google+. You can find us at http://google.com/+theregister. Nothing spectacular – just a feed of our articles, and the very occasional cartoon share. We will monitor and sometimes reply to comments and will step up our social media community engagement ... if numbers justify. Google+ naysayers …
Drew Cullen, 15 Nov 2013

Backup for my hard drive and cloud: Is there one program to rule them all?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg Forums, where Monkeyfish has fired up the following thread: I've been looking at using Google Drive to backup photos and such, should the house burn down. I already use an external HDD for local backups, but do it manually. I'm looking for some recommendations for software that would handle backing up files to …
Drew Cullen, 09 Nov 2013

Win a free delegate pass to PHP 2013 Europe!

ZCEU OK guys, The Register is a media sponsor of PHP 2013 Europe and Zendcon, the show organiser, has offered us one free delegate pass to give away. (The winner is responsible for own arrangements.) The conference is in Paris, 18-20 November and you can get more details here. We will pick the winner at random via our first Twitter …
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2013

Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

Cray, the supercomputer maker, has bought intellectual property assets from the collapsed UK switch maker Gnodal and is taking on "the vast majority of staff" to bulk up its European R&D team. Bristol-based Gnodal, a small start-up with just 15 employees, was venture-backed so we infer that it failed to get a new funding round …
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2013
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Issue of the day: Do dishwashers really blunt knives?

Readers' corner hand in chain mail glove cutting meat with sharp knife The sharpest tool in the box? An apposite opportunity for commentards to dust down the Where’s the IT icon for this post, courtesy of Simon Rockman, who sometimes writes for The Register He starts his forum thread thus: I'm told I should not put sharp knives in the …
Drew Cullen, 31 Oct 2013
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El Reg intros post editing for all

Readers' corner As some of you have already noticed, we opened up post-editing for all yesterday (once five of your comments have been accepted for publication). This gives you a 10-minute edit window to clean up your typos, a feature previously available to gold and silver badge members only. Post-edit is the feature second most requested by …
Drew Cullen, 30 Oct 2013
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GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

This month, GOV.UK is one-year-old. Operated by the Government Digital Service, GOV.UK replaced Direct.gov and a bunch of disparate departmental sites. Anyone who uses the site can testify that it is cleaner than its predecessors, although we have had complaints that some functionality has been lost in the transition. But in the …
Drew Cullen, 29 Oct 2013
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Coding 'cockwomble' answers exceptionally dull critics on El Reg forums

Readers' corner A couple of days ago, we alerted Reg readers to a provocative article attacking the UK Government's proposed ICT curriculum. The Daily Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton took a couple of swipes at crap ICT teachers and those"exceptionally dull weirdos', otherwise known as coders. Readers responded in droves on our El Reg Forums …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2013
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A steampunk VDU: How would it work and what would it look like?

Readers' corner Boy in steampunk fancy dress, with hat, mechanical monocle, waxed moustache, cravat and Bavarian-type jacket A steampunk VDU? Yes, I can do that Many Reg readers are fans of steampunk Sci-Fi, and so we hope you relish this little challenge posed on El Reg Forums by John Smith 19, a gold badge commentard. If you know Charles …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
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Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. These galaxies are located 190 million light years away. The photograph was taken September 21, 1954 using the 74-inch telescope at Radcliffe Observatory. Nestled in a 200 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
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Coding: 'Suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Readers' corner Teaching all children to code software is daft and pointless to The Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton. In an article attacking the UK government’s plans to update the ICT curriculum, the “investigative journalist and television producer", writes: The new rules expect five to seven year-olds to understand the definition of an …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2013

Programmers! How to spot a coder's comment

Readers' corner In our latest raid on El Reg Forums, we turn to 'Parax' (a developer, we guess), who writes: So you can spot a T-SQL coder's comments because he uses 'single' instead of "double" quotes. A TCL Programmer uses {Braces} instead of (Brackets). I'm wondering how many other good tells for other languages are out there? There are …
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2013
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Programmers! Have you been asked to solve a computationally intractable task?

Readers' corner And so to El Reg forums, where Julian Bradfield, an academic, writes: In a vigorous discussion about revising courses in a computer science degree, one of my colleagues opined that "every decent programmer is sometime going to come across a task that is NP-hard, so they need to know to tackle NP-hard problems". I'm curious as …
Drew Cullen, 23 Oct 2013

ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

In the US it is different, but in the European Union, free speech is no defence for a publication when readers make defamatory comments on its website. Setting this in stone, the European Court of Human Rights yesterday rejected a plea from a leading Estonian news website contesting on human rights grounds a fine for offensive …
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2013

El Reg introduces inline comment voting

Readers' corner From today, Reg readers can up- or down vote posts by their fellow commentards - and stay on the same page. But do note: you must log-in first for this to work. Formerly, voters were sent to another page when voting and then had to click a link to return to the article or forum thread. Yes, this was old-fashioned, bad UI and …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013