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HP's Machine and IBM's $3bn R&D splash – aka how to survive Google

IBM and HP are trying to invent their way out of severe problems that lurk in their future. Both companies face slowing sales in some of their traditional high-margin areas, like enterprise servers and other on-premises hardware. And both are having a tough time converting existing business divisions over to selling the high- …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014

How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast

VMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements. The virtualization giant reported its second quarter of 2014 financials [PDF] on Tuesday, with revenues of $1.46bn and earnings-per-share of $0.81 both beating analyst expectations of $1.44bn and $0.79 …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014

SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

SAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products. This perplexing state of affairs was announced by SAP on Tuesday when it said it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation to the tune of $25,000 a year. Oracle is also a sponsor, as …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014

Autonomy's ex-chief beancounter tries to kill HP investor settlement

Autonomy's former chief financial officer has sought to block HP from settling three shareholder lawsuits over its botched acquisition of the British software company. The former exec claims HP will use the settlements to "forever bury" its supposed culpability in the calamitous buy. Sushovan Hussain, who served as Autonomy's …
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab

The US government is taking artificial intelligence research seriously again, and so are some companies that will surprise you. IARPA – an agency whose job is to develop and furnish the US spy community with advanced technology – has gathered companies and academics to discuss modern machine intelligence at a one-day conference …
Jack Clark, 21 Jul 2014
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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

Dell has started accepting Bitcoin as payment for stuff. The PC giant, which notches up about $60bn in annual sales, said on Friday it is testing a feature that lets customers pay for gear with cryptocurrency. "We’re piloting bitcoin, the world’s most widely used digital currency, as a purchase option on Dell.com for consumer …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014
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Intel teaches Oracle how to become the latest and greatest Xeon Whisperer

Intel has gone through its fabs and found the greatest possible Xeons, tweaked its firmware, and sold 'em off to Oracle. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had partnered to work on a Xeon chip whose cores can be turned on or off and clock rate manipulated by Oracle's software. The Xeon E7-8895 v2 SKU was tweaked …
Jack Clark, 18 Jul 2014

Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming service fell offline this afternoon, San Francisco time, and remained down for at least a couple of hours. The US giant reported that access to its Xbox Live Core Services and TV, Music and Video services were "limited". "We understand that some of our members are running into issues when attempting …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014
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Skiddies turn Amazon cloud into 'crime-as-a-service' – security bod

Amazon Web Services' share of cloud-hosted malware-slingers has more than doubled in the last six months. That's according to NTT subsidiary Solutionary, which revealed the finding in its Q2 2014 Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) report published on Tuesday. The infosec researchers said that, out of the top ten ISPs and …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014

Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

IBM and Apple have forged a pact to sell software to enterprises: Apple will handle support and IBM will actually sell the iPads and iPhones, which will be loaded with Big Blue's ported apps. Oh yes. The "landmark partnership" was announced by the two companies on Tuesday, and will see each firm help the other make money from a …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
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Don't mention ZE WAR: Battling Box touts unlimited storage to biz

Storage startup Box will give some of its customers unlimited storage, following moves from established cloud competitors Google, Microsoft et al. The upstart announced on Tuesday that its $15 per user per month "Business" customers will now be given unlimited storage. This, it says, is because "every industry – from …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
Mind blown

Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

Microsoft is developing a new approach to splatting bugs in software before they take down production systems. It involves wiring up programmers to sensors that record brain activity, track eye movement, and test how sweaty the engineers are. If the developer is stressed – bingo, they're probably reading some rather hairy code …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
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Smashing, groovy, baby – yay, capitalism! Digital Ocean flogs Brit VMs

Cheap-as-a-chips virtual-machine hoster Digital Ocean has put roots down in the UK by opening up its first bit barn in Blighty. The US cloud company, based in New York, said on Tuesday that it had opened the doors on its "London" (LON1) data center. Pricing for its Linux VMs hosted in England is the same as the pricing at …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014

Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

Oracle wants all technology to speak the same language as the one found in its eponymous database. Unfortunately for Oracle, the world doesn't work like that, so on Tuesday the company announced new software that lets Oracle aficionados use Oracle SQL commands to probe non-SQL systems, such as Hadoop and NoSQL databases. The " …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
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Microsoft's new 'Adam' AI trounces Google ... and beats HUMANS

The battle for neural-network dominance has heated up as Microsoft has developed a cutting-edge image-recognition system that has trounced a system from Google. The company revealed "Project Adam" on Monday and claimed that the system is fifty times faster and roughly twice as accurate as Google's own DistBelief system. In one …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014

Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

An academic turned corporate researcher, described as "the visionary" behind Google Glass, has jumped ship to arch-rival Amazon. Dr Babak Parviz announced on his Google+ page on Saturday that he was moving to Amazon, and was "super excited." He later said he was looking forward to "working on a few other things" for the gigantic …
Jack Clark, 14 Jul 2014
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InMage now InMicrosoft: Redmond slurps disaster recovery hardware biz

Microsoft has made another acquisition that lets it sit Azure-friendly data-protection gear inside customers' server warehouses. Just days after telling its partners that it is preparing to sell StorSimple storage gear that comes pre-loaded with software built for its Azure cloud, Microsoft on Friday announced it had acquired …
Jack Clark, 11 Jul 2014
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Forget the mobile patent wars – these web giants have patented your DATA CENTER

As the months go by, the world's tech giants again and again face off in court alleging patent infringement, usually to bag some extra cash and derail their rivals. In the last few years we've seen various landmark lawsuits in areas as diverse as the inner workings of the software within Android (Oracle v Google), and the …
Jack Clark, 11 Jul 2014
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Salesforce fires tractor beam at RelateIQ, hauls upstart into mothership

Salesforce has announced plans to acquire younger rival RelateIQ, a move that will shore up its core customer relationship management business with some advanced technology. The software-as-a-service giant said in an SEC filing published on Friday that it had agreed to pay $390m to purchase CRM startup RelateIQ for $350m in …
Jack Clark, 11 Jul 2014

Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM and others help Google build cloud Trojan Horse

Tech companies large and small are teaming up to develop open-source software Kubernetes, the success of which will reduce the relevance of VMware's virtualization tech in the cloud. IBM, Red Hat, Microsoft, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS and SaltStack announced on Thursday that they are working with Google to develop open-source …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2014
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Things that make you go hmm: GlobalFoundries hires ex-IBM chip fabber

A former IBM exec who oversaw chip fabrication has been hired by GlobalFoundries, the company that's rumored to be buying IBM's chip fabrication wing. Henry DiMarco, a longtime Big Blue employee, has moved to GlobalFoundries as vice-president of site construction and facilities, to help out on the construction and " …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Use apps anonymously? We'll help make that happen – Amazon techie

Mobile is the new cloud! we imagine a swivel-eyed CIO shouting on the street, while clutching 10 phones to his or her chest. But judging by Amazon Web Services' latest major release, there is a truth to this, as the cloud giant announced on Wednesday a set of AWS Mobile Services designed to make it easier for developers to hook …
Jack Clark, 10 Jul 2014
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Amazon Zocalo rocks Box, socks DropBox, clocks Google Docs

Amazon has revealed Zocalo, its sync-and-share and managed storage for enterprise. This spells bad news for Box and Dropbox, and perhaps even Google Docs. Zocalo, we're told, features: A secure tool to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, and text files. Encryption of data in flight and at rest …
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Microsoft: Give us three MORE WEEKS, folks – our StorSimple Cloud is coming

Microsoft says data center admins will have to wait a mere three more weeks until they can buy hardware built for – and intimately linked with – its Azure public cloud. The software giant said on Wednesday that it had made a number of upgrades to its Azure cloud to help it compete with rivals Amazon and Google and make it easier …
Inside the Google Lab where surgeons prepare the human/dog experiment

IBM's $3bn bet on next-gen computers: Carbon nanotubes, neuro chips

IBM boffins have been given a tidy $3bn cash pile to solve a problem that lurks not too far in our future. That problem is the imminent breakdown in conventional chip operation and chip materials as we shrink transistor gates from today's 14nm process size to 10nm and 7nm. At around 7nm, which most industry observers expect we …
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2014
Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society

Why is VMware hiring data center gurus in JAPAN? It doesn't take a vExpert to work it out...

Public clouds need to be global, so VMware is shortly going to open an Asian hub for its vCloud Hybrid Service, judging by job postings seen by The Register. The virtualization company is preparing to announce a new data center location for its vCHS cloud, we understand, and it looks set to put down roots in Kyushu, Japan, based …
Jack Clark, 08 Jul 2014
Scrooge McDuck

Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

The future of startups is the chopping board, not the computer keyboard. In fact, there's one weird trick that if properly platform-ized could net a canny startup a mouthful of cash. Interested? [This better be good - Ed] That secret to startup liquidity, which The Register is able to reveal to you, dear reader, today, lies not …
Jack Clark, 07 Jul 2014
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Intel told to PUT A SOC IN IT: Fill our kit with chips, says Panasonic

Intel has notched up another customer for its fledgling Foundry business as it tries to make money out of its manufacturing and engineering expertise besides x86 processor sales. The world's most valuable chip manufacturer said on Monday that Panasonic's audio-visual gear will make future system-on-chips (SoCs) in Intel's …
Jack Clark, 07 Jul 2014
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

THE GERMANS ARE CLOUDING: New AWS cloud region spotted

Amazon looks set to open a data center in Germany, allowing European developers to access Bezos & Co's rentable computer tech with lower latencies. Evidence first gathered by a manager at a Berlin-based startup and subsequently verified by El Reg indicates that Amazon's next cloud computing data center may be in Frankfurt, …
Jack Clark, 07 Jul 2014

Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product

A company with a mad plan to right the wrongs perpetrated on the world by traditional operating systems has released its first commercial product after taking in $8m in venture capital funding. CoreOS made the commercial version of its CoreOS open source operating system available for sale on Monday, before relaxing on a cushion …
Jack Clark, 30 Jun 2014
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Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop

Cloudera has rallied four major companies behind a scheme to tie two open source projects together for the benefit of the Hadoop community. The partnership between Cloudera, IBM, Intel, DataBricks, and MapR to port Apache Hive onto Apache Spark is due to be announced this week at the Spark Summit in San Francisco. El Reg heard …
Jack Clark, 30 Jun 2014
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Couchbase relaxes into golden couch stuffed with 60 meellion dollars

Upstart database firm Couchbase has pulled in $60m in filthy valley lucre to help the company take business away from Oracle and IBM. The funding round was announced on Thursday and led by WestSummit and Accel Growth Fund. It represents a big bet that new database systems are getting popular enough to steal some business away …
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2014
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MongoDB pops up in Microsoft and Google data centers

Those expert dealmakers at MongoDB have done it again and have announced freshly-inked agreements that will loft the company's NoSQL database into Google and Microsoft's cloudy data centers. The company announced on Tuesday that it had sealed pacts with the two companies to make it easier for developers to launch MongoDB …
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2014
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Flumejava, Millwheel ... No, not NSA codenames: The tech in Google Cloud's data grokker

Google has built a new thing for developers who want to have their data-filled cake and eat it right now, or perhaps set it aside for later and chomp it down at leisure. The Google Cloud Dataflow streaming data analysis tool (breathe) was announced by the ad giant on Wednesday at its I/O conference in San Francisco. It combines …
Jack Clark, 25 Jun 2014
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Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough

In the past fifteen years Google has gone from being a consumer of tech to an inventor of technologies, and in doing so has had profound effects on the modern web. One of the key people behind that shift has been Urs Hölzle, who joined the company as its eighth employee and now serves as a senior vice president of technical …
Jack Clark, 25 Jun 2014
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SHOCKER: CIA CIO CAN confirm that AWS cloud safe for big government

In an eyebrow raising presentation the chief information officer for the US's foreign spying wing, the CIA, has praised the cloud computing capabilities of Amazon Web Services and said the agency wants to expand its use of the company's tech. CIA CIO Doug Wolfe spoke at an event in Washington on Tuesday where he said he was …
Jack Clark, 25 Jun 2014
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Aerospike: Thanks for that $20m, VCs ... next we'll OPEN SOURCE our NoSQL database

Startup Aerospike has guzzled $20m in filthy valley lucre. And it'll use the cash to fund its assault on database incumbents, namely making its flash-oriented NoSQL software open source. The company told The Reg on Tuesday that this is not some crazy plan: its decision to publish its database server code under the AGPL license, …
Jack Clark, 24 Jun 2014
Steam engine

Rackspace gives world the servers Google and Amazon keep secret

Troubled hosting company Rackspace has brewed up a life-saving potion based around the secret technologies developed by some of the web's giants. That project, "OnMetal Servers", gives customers the option of renting dedicated hardware from Rackspace based on designs similar to the secret servers operated by Google and Amazon, …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
Oracle Termites

Oracle shares pummeled after giant reports glacial growth

Oracle's shares dropped sharply after the database giant reported results that – yet again – missed analysts' expectations. Ellison & Co. reported revenues of $11.32bn and an earnings-per-share (EPS) of $0.92 for its fourth financial quarter of 2014 on Thursday, missing analyst expectations of $11.48bn and an EPS of $0.95. …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

Microsoft's top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is "getting worse," and carries grim implications for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the US political establishment figures out how …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014

ABANDON CLOUD! Docker Linux containers spring a security leak

A security exploit has surfaced that can allow rogue programs to break out of Docker containers and access files on their host OS, but the flaw has been sealed in the latest version of the tech. Unlike virtualization, which launches a separate operating system instance for every virtual machine, Linux containerization sticks …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014

Intel reveals its FrankenChip ARM killer: one FPGA and one Xeon IN ONE SOCKET

Intel has expanded its chip customization business to help it take on the hazy threat posed by some of the world's biggest clouds adopting low-power ARM processors. The chip company announced on Wednesday at GigaOm Structure in San Francisco that it is preparing to sell a Xeon E5-FPGA hybrid chip to some of its largest customers …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

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
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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