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Oracle's $5 BEEELLION acquisition zeppelin looms over Micros Systems

Database and software megafirm Oracle is mulling a multi-billion-dollar acquisition of hospitality and retail tech vendor Micros Systems. The two companies are currently in "exclusive talks" about Oracle buying the company for over $5bn, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Such an acquisition would help Oracle combat the slowdown in …
Jack Clark, 17 Jun 2014
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Amazon looks at Google's cheap SSDs, slashes its own prices

Sometimes Amazon's entire purpose as a company seems to be to act as a deflationary force on the economy, and this is especially apparent in its cloud services. As is traditional with the cloud computing market, Amazon has taken a look at Google's just-announced flash-backed persistent disks, then dipped its chip-encrusted hands …
Jack Clark, 17 Jun 2014
Flash Gordon

Google slings SSD persistent disks at huge 'n' hungry servers

Google has given admins a far faster medium to store data in when fiddling around with servers on its cloud. The advertising company turned cloud-slinger announced on Monday that it is adding SSD persistent disks to its cloud, along with multi-data center load balancing. By doing this, Google has given admins a way to …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014

Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

The world's ferocious appetite for gadgets and computers has worked its magic again, driving storage prices down enough for Linux hoster Linode to cut the price of its servers, making it competitive with young rival Digital Ocean. The 11-year old company announced on its birthday that it was adding a new server class to its …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
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Do data centers dream of electric sheep? Microsoft announces machine learning cloud

Microsoft is flinging some of its internal machine learning tech up into the cloud, putting its Azure service ahead of rival products from Google and Amazon. The company's new "Azure ML" service was announced on Monday and means developers can access machine learning systems hosted in the Azure cloud and even link their …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014

Microsoft 'Catapults' geriatric Moore's Law from CERTAIN DEATH

Microsoft has found a way to massively increase the compute capabilities of its data centers, despite the fact that Moore's Law is wheezing towards its inevitable demise. In a paper to be presented this week at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), titled A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large- …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
Anchorman street fight

VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD

VMware says Amazon's new total cost of ownership calculator uses "biased and inaccurate assumptions" when comparing the cost of VMware's software with Amazon's. The virtualization company, which competes with Amazon's AWS cloud via its own recently-launched vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) tech, released a blog post on Friday …
Jack Clark, 13 Jun 2014
GoogleProjectShield

Google discovers it must expose itself to compete with AWS

Google is giving away some of its internal technologies in an attempt to beat Amazon in one area where Bezos may be loathe to compete: transparency. The company announced this week that it was creating an open source project named "Kubernetes" based on its super-secret Omega cloud technology, and another project named cAdvisor …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014

Intel prods PC market's corpse, corpse shouts 'I'M NOT DEAD!'

Chipmaker Intel has raised its revenue expectations after discovering that the PC market is less moribund than it imagined. Chipzilla said on Thursday that "as a result of stronger than expected demand for business PCs," it was raising its second-quarter growth revenue estimate from $13bn to $13.7bn. "Intel now expects some …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014
DellMachine

Dell exec: HP's 'Machine OS' is a 'laughable' idea

Updated Dell thinks HP's bet-the-company approach on an entirely new open source operating system built around systems based on memristors and photonics is "laughable". When asked at a meeting in San Francisco on Thursday about their thoughts on HP's just-announced, memristor-based "Machine OS", Dell software chief John Swainson and …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014
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HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch ... THE MACHINE

HP may have found a way to save itself from oblivion, but apparently the only way to be sure is to throw three quarters of its research team at an ambitious new product suite based on a much-hyped yet troublesome technology. The beleaguered IT giant plans to rejuvenate itself with a set of advanced technologies that, when …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014

IBM slashes SoftLayer prices and plugs it into more data centers

The great homogenizing force of cloud economics rolls on, this time pushing prices for IBM's SoftLayer cloud close to those of rivals Amazon and Microsoft. In yesterday's case of Adam Smith's invisible hand gently forcing a corporation to cut prices below rivals and grab some business along the way, IBM announced that it was …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014
Fail whale

TweetDeck XSS flap: Miscreants flash their naughty bits at users

Updated Twitter aficionados are being warned to log out of Twitter client TweetDeck and revoke its access to their accounts after an apparent cross-site scripting vulnerability was discovered. Multiple users – including El Reg's HQ in London, England – reported on Wednesday that they had seen a suspicious pop-up within Tweetdeck that …
Jack Clark, 11 Jun 2014
HP cloud

HP plots Amazon assault with bellicose Helion channel army

HP is building a clone army to take on Amazon's mammoth cloud. The enterprise IT company announced on Tuesday that it will make its OpenStack-based Helion cloud technology available to partners and resellers around the world to let them create their own services to compete with Amazon, via the newly-announced Helion Network. It …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Marc Benioff

Salesforce slings software for … sigh … wearables

Salesforce chief Marc Benioff runs his business from his phone and is annoyed that his favorite hotels don't recognize him when he walks in the door. With Salesforce Wear, a developer software scheme to link Salesforce's customer relationship management systems to data generated from wearable technologies, Benioff may finally be …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Parallels bet on virtualization's surprising successor

DockerCon Docker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization. The company announcement on Tuesday at Dockercon in San …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA. With the launch of the Oracle Database In-Memory tech on Tuesday, the world's most influential data- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

HP is imprisoning powerful Intel Xeons inside water-cooled cages ... for science! The company announced on Monday that it has developed two new classes of server for high-performance computing workloads as it prepares to go against traditional supercomputer makers like Cray, Fujitsu, IBM, SGI, and others for the lucrative high- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014

Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

DockerCon "Some of you guys I've never met in person but we've spent entire nights fixing bugs together," said Docker creator Solomon Sykes on Monday, moments before the open source technology went into its 1.0 release. It's been a strange journey for the Linux containerization technology, whose rise has been distinguished by both the …
Jack Clark, 09 Jun 2014

Could you make a Google-grade data center OS? For $10.5m?

The starting gun has been fired on the race to build the fundamental software for modern cloud data centers, and Mesosphere is running ahead with an armful of dollar bills. The company announced on Monday that venture capitalists had thrown $10.5m at it to help it share the inner secrets of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook's …
Jack Clark, 09 Jun 2014

Docker opens online port for packaging and shipping Linux containers

DockerCon Linux container specialist Docker has launched two initiatives to provide services and quality assurance around its eponymous packaged software tech. The schemes were announced at the company's inaugural DockerCon conference in San Francisco on Monday and aim to make Docker not only the chief code contributor to the Linux …
Jack Clark, 09 Jun 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks soars in stock market debut

Arista Networks has gained in its stock market debut, likely causing some employees at networking giant Cisco's competitive intelligence team to put together some slides on what the implications of a wealthy, publicly-listed competitor are for networking incumbents. Arista's stock increased 33 per cent on its debut day to $57 …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Feds: Amazon cloud can be used for healthcare data

The US government will let healthcare insurers store sensitive data in the Amazon Web Services cloud, raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit. The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on a conference call last week that healthcare insurers will be able to feed healthcare data …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2014

Google reaches into own silicon brain to slash electricity bill

Google has worked out how to save as much as 20 percent of its data-center electricity bill by reaching deep into the guts of its infrastructure and fiddling with the feverish silicon brains of its chips. In a paper to be presented next week at the ISCA 2014 computer architecture conference entitled "Towards Energy …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2014

China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

China has stepped up its war on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system with a report in state-backed media that questions the security of the software. In a one and a half minute segment aired on China's CCTV television channel, journalists reported that the Chinese government is concerned by the security of the Windows 8 …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014
GoPro HD Hero

Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

Portable video camera maker GoPro has made former Microsoft executive Tony Bates its president in the run up to its IPO. The onetime Microsoft exec will report directly to GoPro's chief executive Nicholas Woodman, GoPro announced on Wednesday. The firm filed with US regulators in late May to raise as much as $111m in an IPO. …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014
Roughly 150kg of gold

IBM, HP, others admit products laced with NORK GOLD

IBM, HP, Seagate, and other companies have admitted that some of their products include gold from North Korea. The companies disclosed in recent financial filings – first spotted by Foreign Policy – that some of their suppliers sourced gold from the "Central Bank of the DPR of Korea", according to filings with the US Securities …
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
Oracle frankenstein

If you squint, Oracle is starting to look like a cloud company

Oracle is waking up to the money-spinning possibilities of the cloud and has injected some powerful new capabilities into its "Oracle Enterprise Manager" software. The latest version of the management software was announced by Oracle on Tuesday. It, like the rest of Oracle's modern products, is representative of the reinvention …
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
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'Press Like for 1MB of data': Facebook picks up Pryte in-app data tech

Facebook has acquired the team behind in-app data payment software Pryte for an undisclosed sum as part of its plans to lower the cost of accessing its software in developing countries. The acquisition was disclosed by Helsinki-based Pryte on Tuesday. The software company's team indicated it will work with Facebook's internet …
Jack Clark, 03 Jun 2014
VMware's monster VM

VMware hits back at Amazon cloud Trojan Horse with ... a blog post

VMware has responded to a Trojan Horse bit of tech from Amazon with a blog post disparaging the rival's approach. Last Friday, Bezos & Co. announced the "AWS Connector for vCenter" plug-in, which lets admins buy, manage, and migrate Amazon Web Services cloud VMs from within the familiar vCenter admin environment. This free bit …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014
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Google uses disruptive 'poem' tech to announce new Chromebook availability

Google has announced that Chromebooks will soon be available to buy in nine more countries. The advertising company said on Monday that its eponymous key-slabs would soon be available in New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain, and Italy. "Chromebooks are coming to nine more nations to …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014
Kim Stevenson

Intel CIO jumps onto Cloudera's board, scattering cash

Intel chief information officer Kim Stevenson has joined the Board of Directors of Hadoop company Cloudera, bringing with her vast amounts of money. The Hadoop company announced the appointment on Monday, noting that Intel recently gave it an eye-watering $740m in funding as part of a $900m financing round that was announced in …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014
Hadoop in the enterprise

Concurrent crams venture capitalist cash into its big Hadoop port

Hadoop startup Concurrent has slurped $10m in Series B filthy valley lucre as a new sense of enthusiasm breathes life into the "big data" community. Concurrent announced its round on Monday. The company stewards Cascading, a free bit of software that helps devs do application development on top of Hadoop. The company ran into …
Jack Clark, 02 Jun 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

'SURPRISE!' Amazon teleports cloud tech into VMware data centers, slurps cash

Amazon has teleported its cloud business into the management software of a rival that is used in thousands of data centers across the world. One of the great things about superficially boring tech plug-in announcements is that they usually conceal a nefarious and well thought-out strategic attack on another company's business. …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2014

Cloud Foundry Foundation swells to thirty-three members

More companies have knocked at the door of Pivotal's floating cloud fortress and, after proffering almost $100,000 each, have been welcomed into the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Pivotal announced on Thursday it had signed up 16 new "silver" members to the Cloud Foundry Foundation, bringing its total roster of members to 33. Cloud …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
Oculus Rift being tested by the Norwegian army

Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

The Linux Foundation's new elite tech repair team has named its initial areas of focus as it works to find and seal holes in widely-used open source software. The Linux Foundation announced on Thursday that members of the "Core Infrastructure Initiative" (CII) will dedicate resources to working on the Network Time Protocol, …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
Google co-founder Sergey Brin in front of crossed out HAL 9000 eye

Google crafts neural network to watch over its data centers

Google has put its neural network technology to work on the dull but worthy problem of minimizing the power consumption of its gargantuan data centers. By doing this, the company says it has created a bit of software that lets it predict with 99.6 per cent accuracy how efficiently its data centers consume electricity, allowing …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

Updated Cloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets. The cloud provider began reporting "transient availability issues" for its US-East-1 data center at around six-thirty in the evening, East Coast time. "Due to an operator error, all …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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BREACH! Spotify flings new app at all Android users

Spotify will ask all Android users of its streaming service to download a new version of its app after its internal systems were compromised. The European music company disclosed the breach in a blog post on Tuesday. No password, financial, or payment information appears to have been accessed, and it only affected one user. "We …
Jack Clark, 27 May 2014
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle shoves aside NoSQL upstarts with smart 'Fabric' tech

After two years of development, Oracle has released a freely available, open source technology that closes the gap between its MySQL software and the capabilities of database upstarts. The "MySQL Fabric" technology was announced by Oracle on Tuesday, and represents a big bet by the company's MySQL development team that it can …
Jack Clark, 27 May 2014

Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

Fans of new Linux operating system "CoreOS" can now run the lightweight tech on Google's main cloud service. This means developers who want a Linux OS that takes up just 168MB of RAM, runs all of its applications within containers, and is designed for marshaling mammoth clusters of computers, can now do so on top of Google's …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

Google is now running "everything" in its mammoth cloud on top of a potential open source successor to virtualization, paving the way for other companies to do the same. Should VMware be worried? Probably not, but the tech pioneered by Google is making inroads into a certain class of technically sophisticated companies. That …
Jack Clark, 23 May 2014

HP says 'turnaround remains on track', cuts thousands of workers

HP has handed in a tepid set of financial results with a surprise note saying it expects to lay off even more employees, as the company trudges down an unknown path into a new IT world. The company reported revenue of $27.3bn and earnings per share of $0.88 on Thursday, meeting analyst earnings expectations but narrowly missing …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
Parliament in the clouds

Oracle emerges from bureaucratic sludge clutching crucial cloud certificate

Oracle has gained a crucial federal certification that will make it easier for US government agencies to buy cloud services from the database giant. The company announced it had gained a provisional authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) on Thursday, almost a year after cloud …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
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Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?

Microsoft is preparing to give its channel partners another way of selling Azure to their customers. The new "Open Licensing" option gives resellers and other channel partner types a way to sell a small amount of Microsoft's Azure public cloud to a customer without having to enter into an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Redmond …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2014
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Couchbase lashes Lite database to cloud with Sync service

If there is one thing that irritates a mobile device user above all else it's the way some apps will chug along perfectly happily for several hours then suddenly enter the lifeless purgatory known as "syncing" as they try to pull some data from a remote cloud server over a rubbish mobile network. Now, database startup Couchbase …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014
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Google: The Internet of Things to become the Internet of ADVERTS ON YOUR THERMOSTAT

Google reckons it will soon be slinging ads at us from our cars, thermostats, watches, and more. Goody. This grim hyper-capitalist future is as inevitable as it is depressing, and was disclosed by Google in a letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that was published on Tuesday. The SEC had asked the world's most …
Jack Clark, 21 May 2014
Salesforce.com protest at Oracle OpenWorld

'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

Salesforce is in the fortunate business where it can simply raise its cloud-coated hand in the air and a fraction of the trillions of dollar bills being blown around the global economy will stick to it. At least, that was the message on the enterprise software-as-a-service company's first quarter earnings call for its fiscal …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014

Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

The Chinese government has banned Windows 8 from a sizeable chunk of public-sector PCs – capping off a long-running dispute with Microsoft over the company's decision to cut support for XP. The ban was announced by the government's IT procurement agency in a notice posted online on Friday. It was addressed to vendors bidding on …
Jack Clark, 20 May 2014