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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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Cut-throat cloud pricing not as cut-throat as you'd think

Cloud providers have taken a leaf out of the budget airlines playbook, with what looks like a suicidal price war masking static pricing on the added value services that customers actually need to run real businesses. But while overall cloud costs are not plunging anywhere near as precipitously as headlines might have you …
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2015
lotus F1 team's supercomputer

HP tops HPC charts, former Big Blue biz not so super

HP has consolidated its position at the top of the HPC tree this year, after IBM’s protracted offloading of its x86 server business to Lenovo spooked customers and stalled purchases. IDC said the market was flat in 2014 at $10.2bn compared to $10.3bn the previous year, with the IBM/Lenovo transition delaying purchases and …
Joe Fay, 16 Jul 2015
"Typical E-scrapping dismantling operation. 100,000 such migrant workers labor in Guiyu breaking down imported computers in hundreds of small operations like this one in a four village area surrounding the Lianjiang River."

New racks, cables for aging and neglected data centres

Enterprises are shuttering their smaller data centres, but are opting to shift to larger upgraded facilities rather than shifting the whole shebang to the cloud. 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Datacenters survey found that in Q2 a whacking 87 per cent of data centre operators in Europe and North America are maintaining …
Joe Fay, 02 Jul 2015
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No more customisation? Cloud Security Alliance calls for Open APIs

The Cloud Security Alliance has teamed up with CipherCloud to try and impose some discipline on the sector by defining protocols and best practice. CipherCloud will co-lead a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to develop vendor neutral protocols and best practices under the the Cloud Access Security Broker Framework. The …
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2015
storage arrays superimposed on cloudy sky

Red Hat promises lustre for Gluster, and heft for Ceph

Red Hat has ratcheted up its software defined storage portfolio, taking the wraps off Ceph Storage 1.3 and Gluster Storage 3.1 at its marquee customer event in Boston this week. The vendor played up the ability of both products to help customers manage storage at “petabyte scale”. Which one matters most to you depends, of course …
Joe Fay, 26 Jun 2015
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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

Project management as a service vendor Clarizen will open a European datacentre this summer as it seeks to assure customers here that the US government will not rifle through their Gantt charts whenever they feel like it. The San Mateo-based firm will partner with Equinix to serve European customers from an Amsterdam-based …
Joe Fay, 25 Jun 2015
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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

Driverless cars will be taking over our roads in around 12 years time, when comms technology has advanced to deliver the power of the datacentre direct to your preferred motor. Andreas Reich, head of electronic pre development at Audi, this week told a Huawei Innovation Conference in Munich that if the 1970s was the age of …
Joe Fay, 25 Jun 2015
Tim Worstall victory dance at his Reg lecture

Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

Reg lecture Tim Worstall brought together rare minerals, bacon and eggs, and his own interpretive victory dance in his battle to stop us all worrying about running out of resources, at our most recent Reg lecture. In just under 50 minutes, Tim covered the economics of resources, why you won’t find a Ferrari in a scrap yard, and just what he …
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2015
Germany celebrates winning Fifa world cup 2014 in Brazil

Deutsche Telekom, Huawei: Let's rain on Amazon’s euro cloud together

Deutsche Telekom claims to have Amazon and Google in its sights (thanks to a little lens polishing from a Chinese big boy) as it ramps up its cloud business and attempts to dominate the sector in Europe. DT said it would step up its relationship with Huawei as part of the drive, which it said would double its cloud revenue from …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
The European flag

Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

One of the official cheerleaders of Europe’s digital industry said he couldn’t believe the UK would be mad enough to vote itself out of Europe in the upcoming EU referendum, and leave itself effectively stuffed as a tech power. OK, John Higgins, former intellect boss and now director general of DigitalEurope, was far more …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2015
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Camgirls, crypto currency and beer: The Register tours the Dark Net

Register Lectures Very few of us, even at The Reg, have spent a year trawling the darkest corners of the internet, getting to know right wing agitators, crypto currency zealots, and Yorkshire’s leading Camgirl. Jamie Bartlett did though, and he shared his experiences with a room full of Register readers at our Summer lecture on May 21. He took …
Joe Fay, 05 Jun 2015

Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

Reg events If you think a technological legacy should be more than some undocumented code, a pile of scrap tin and half a draft user manual you really should come along to El Reg’s June 24 lecture. Kevin Murrell, co-founder of The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley (yes, that one), will be explaining why he really wants you to take …
Joe Fay, 02 Jun 2015

Reg Lectures serve up Net Terrors, Rare Earths, and Ancient Tech

Reg Events If you want to get ahead of the on-beach reading lists this year, you need to get down to our next series of Register Lectures. We’ve lined up three lecture evenings that will leave you streets ahead of your colleagues. And as always, it’s you, the readers, who will be asking the questions of our top notch speaker lineup. All …
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2015

El Reg Summer Lectures Span Dark Net, Rare Earths, and Vintage Tech

Reg Events If you’re the sort of Reg reader who likes to expand their mind as well as their tech arsenal, you’ll want to snap up tickets for our Summer series of Lectures. We’ve assembled a cracking trio of speakers, who between them will take you on a tour of sometimes obscure but incredibly interesting corners of the world of tech – all …
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2015
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Bristol’s ‘Smart City’ reserved for boffins. Sorry bumpkins

The City of Bristol claims it will be the world’s first programmable city, after launching a software-defined network that will deliver ultra-fast fibre and a wireless canopy across the city. However, locals hoping to hop on to the network being rolled out along the watery town’s Brunel Mile will be disappointed, as it will be …
Joe Fay, 02 Apr 2015
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

Tech leaders: Is your biggest threat North Korea or your own board?

Reg Events If you're a tech boss looking to increase your profile, the one sure-fire way to make the headlines is to have a major security breach on your watch. Just ask some of the senior techies who used to work at the DWP, Sony, Target, and...well, you get the picture. That’s why our May Roundtable will be considering: The world in …
Joe Fay, 01 Apr 2015
Exterior shot of At-Bristol Planetarium

That's a big 4Ker of a cosmos: 3D planetarium to open in Bristol

Junior star-gazers in Bristol have been given notice that they will have to share the city’s soon-to-be-3D planetarium with data scientists and marketeers as the city burnishes its tech hub credentials. Exterior shot of At-Bristol Planetarium Just a few gallons of Windolene and we'll be up and running The planetarium at the …
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2015

Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

The Register Lectures The Register is looking for speakers who are as fascinating and knowledgeable as our audience and as good at story-telling as our writers. Our first series of Register Lectures were a great success, with speakers covering Big Data, Interplanetary Exploration and the chequered history of GCHQ. All washed down with craft beers and …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2015
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

CIOs: What tech will be running your organisation in 2020?

If you’re running IT for your organisation, your skill set should include the ability to see into the future. If you doesn't, the next best thing would be to know what your peers are thinking. That’s why for our second Register Roundtable of 2015, we’re going to be discussing: What technology will really change your business …
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2015
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

Tech leaders: Can you predict the future? Tell us all about it

Reg Events If you’re running IT for your company, you’ve presumably got the ability to see into the future. If you don’t, you probably want to see what your peers are thinking. That’s why we’re going to be discussing this at our second Register Roundtable of 2015, : What technology will really change your business over the next decade? …
Joe Fay, 06 Mar 2015
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

Behind every great tech boss there’s ... who exactly?

Reg Events Are you the sort of tech chief that expects to ditch 30 per cent of the staff on your first day at your new firm in favour of a tried and trusted team? Or perhaps you think a key part of the job is getting the incumbents up to speed and making a very small number of strategic appointments. Either way, we want to hear from you …
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2015

CIOs: What jobs do you have to fill before you can get on with yours?

Reg Events You’ve snagged the top job and you’re now defining the digital future not just for IT, but for your entire company. But without the right team to pull it all together, you’re going to get precisely...nowhere. That’s why the first Register Roundtable of 2015 will be asking: How do you build and keep a winning team? Who do you …
Joe Fay, 16 Jan 2015

CIOs: Sign up for The Register's 2015 Roundtables

Reg Events The Register kicks off its 2015 Roundtables in March as we continue to explore the real world challenges faced by top IT execs, and their ingenious responses, in our CIO Manifesto program. One of the biggest challenges facing you when you snag the top job is making sure the rest of your staff is up to the job too, so on March 3 …
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2015

Vid: Reg lecture launches readers from Clerkenwell to outer space

Register Events If you’re at all concerned that the UK is falling behind in the race to space, Dr Geraint Jones’ Reg Christmas Lecture should put your mind at ease. A couple of dozen Reg readers bravely ascended the stairs to the upstairs room at the Craft Beer Company in Clerkenwell on December 9. Once there, a team of highly trained Reg …
Joe Fay, 24 Dec 2014
Columns of coins in the cloud

Could Cisco's Intercloud give it another chokehold on the Internet?

Interview When companies around the world are still running $40bn worth of your networking kit that is officially classified as past end-of-life, you might have to learn a few new tricks to keep the revenue coming in. Or even better, dream up a whole new strategy. So, let’s think this through. We’ll probably need a few buzzwords. Cloud is …
Joe Fay, 17 Dec 2014

Fujitsu boss: UK's 2015 elections won't make any difference to us

Interview The UK government is unlikely to make any drastic changes to its IT acquisition strategy no matter who scrambles into Number 10 next May, the European boss of public sector IT giant Fujitsu predicts. Yet the Japanese-owned firm is still striving to ramp up its private sector business as part of its worldwide restructure put in …
Joe Fay, 10 Dec 2014

Darwin, Beer and Big Data? Must be a Reg Lecture Video

Reg Events On Tuesday 25 November, Professor Mark Whitehorn kicked off the inaugural Reg Christmas Lectures, and what a night it was... We packed them in upstairs at the Craft Beer Company pub on Leather Lane, Clerkenwell. It was tight, but nobody was stirring, not even a mouse as Mark took the attendees on a whirlwind journey around the …
Joe Fay, 03 Dec 2014
Cern

CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

When the head of infrastructure services at CERN tells you that he has come to the conclusion that there’s nothing intrinsically “special” about the systems at the multi-billion atom-smasher, you naturally want to check you’ve heard correctly. After all, when we sat down with Tim Bell at the OpenStack Summit in Paris recently, …
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2014
Joseph Reger, Fujitsu cto, with his 3D-printed doppelganger

Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

Fujitsu’s CTO slapped down the net neutrality dogmatists yesterday, saying the flood of data due to the emergence of the internet of things meant society would force a new pricing model. Joseph Reger, Fujitsu cto, with his 3D-printed doppelganger Joseph Reger, Fujitsu CTO, with his 3D-printed replica Joseph Reger told a crowd …
Joe Fay, 19 Nov 2014
Ray Harryhausen's skeleton army from "Jason and the Argonauts"

Fujitsu boss sets CDOs against CIOs at annual do

Traditional IT and CIOs are often seen as a corporate bottleneck, Duncan Tait, the European boss of Fujitsu warned Tuesday, as chief digital officers increasingly take the reins. Such upstarts had little truck with traditional ways of doing IT, said Tait, which may in part explain why the Japanese IT giant has pledged to pour $ …
Joe Fay, 18 Nov 2014

Amazon is the leering monolith in the cloudy room – OpenStack boss

The COO of the OpenStack Foundation took aim at Amazon as “the monolith in the room” today, before claiming its power to dominate the future of the cloud was already on the wane. However Mark Collier delivered little reassurance to other public cloud vendors in his speech, with Azure and Google not even meriting a mention, …
Joe Fay, 04 Nov 2014

El Reg Christmas Lectures to span space, big data and GCHQ

Reg Events What will you be doing in the run-up to Christmas? Mad dash round the shops? Crunching the end of year numbers? Warm white wine and cold sausages in a meeting room? Or will you be kicking back with other similarly bright people, sipping hand crafted beer and listening to a bona fide expert talk about space exploration; or using …
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2014
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CIOs: What’s stopping you getting on the board?

Reg Events Who really sets the technology strategy for your company? If you're the head of tech, but you’re not on the board, it probably isn’t you. So on 28 October, The Register Roundtable will be discussing the thorny problem of: How to get CIOs on the board Senior techies have all sorts of titles written on their business cards. But …
Joe Fay, 01 Oct 2014
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Cisco: Hand us the keys. We'll drive Intercloud into telcos, Google

Canalys Channels Forum 2014 Cisco will announce tie-ups between its Intercloud platform and the major public cloud vendors over the coming quarters, the network giant’s EMEA partner boss said today. Snagging the likes of incumbent telecoms operators, and ensuring full bi-directionality with the likes of Azure and Google is crucial if it is to establish its …
Joe Fay, 25 Sep 2014
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CIOs: Want to find out how to break into the boardroom?

Reg Events Very few businesses don’t rely on technology these days. Yet how often do they place real strategic power in the hands of the people running IT? You know who we mean - you. That's why on October 28, The Register Roundtable will be discussing an issue dear to all our hearts: How to get CIOs on the board There are plenty of tech …
Joe Fay, 17 Sep 2014
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CIOs: Join El Reg and your peers to grapple with slippery vendors

Reg Events How do you think you’re doing when it comes to dealing with your key software, hardware and services suppliers? Are you really "partners", or do you feel like you’re being taken for a ride? Do you want to discuss the intricacies of Microsoft and Oracle licensing, swap tips on how to deconstruct an SLA or simply establish whether …
Joe Fay, 03 Sep 2014
Register Roundtable at the Soho hotel

CIOs: Want to hit your IT suppliers where it hurts?

Reg Events Some IT organisations seem to have their vendors just where they want them. The rest of us? Well, we’re not keen, and we’re starting to get mean. That’s why, following the success of our July Roundtable on IT governance, we’re asking our senior Reg readers to come to our next roundtable to pick apart another of the big IT …
Joe Fay, 19 Aug 2014
Empty racks awaiting customer kit at HP's Aurora data centre

Are you managing your suppliers or are they managing you?

Reg Events When it comes to answering the big questions in IT management, who do you ask? The big cheeses who read The Register, of course. That’s why, following the success of our July Roundtable on IT Governance, we’re inviting our senior Reg readers to come to our next roundtable on 30 September at the Soho Hotel in Central London. …
Joe Fay, 07 Aug 2014
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IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London

Retro computing fans will be thrilled to hear IBM is working on floating mainframe platforms onto the cloud even as its pours cash into the rollout of its SoftLayer offering which will hit London this week. SoftLayer, with its existing 13-strong data centre network, was borged by IBM last June, as Big Blue looked to accelerate …
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2014
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DON'T BOTHER migrating legacy apps to the cloud, says CTO

The president of the Open Data Centre Alliance has given sage advice to CIOs contemplating how they migrate their legacy platforms into the cloud: forget it and just dump your old code. But Correy Voo, whose day job is as infrastructure CTO at UBS, added this was likely a temporary dilemma as the coming wave of tech bosses, who’ …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2014
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Huawei WILL make a comeback to US market, policy wonk predicts

A senior member of a prestigious US think tank has predicted the US government will eventually cave in and roll out the red carpet to Chinese networking giant Huawei. Darrell West, VP and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, made the call in an analysis of IT globalization and innovation at a conference …
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2014
Angelina Jolie in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrwo

Angelina Jolie 2.0 NOT an inspiration for Huawei phones, says exec

Huawei’s head of mobile phone design reassured journalists last week that its future phones and tablets will look nothing like Angelina Jolie. Or, at least, nothing like the current incarnation of the stick-thin, slightly scary actress-turned-humanitarian crusader. Joon Kim, who oversaw the design of the P7 (which El Reg has …
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014

CIOs: Are you the governor? Or just one of the governed?

Poll Next month we’ll be hosting a selection of The Register’s most senior readers for our first round table, where we will be discussing who really runs IT in most businesses. But you can only learn so much from one group of people. That’s why we’re asking you to help flesh out exactly how much control IT managers have over IT - …
Joe Fay, 13 Jun 2014
Un Frog

Huawei set to spin up Big Data R&D facility in France

Huawei is ramping up its data science research operation with a facility in Paris as it pushes further up the technology stack. Renato Lombardi, Huawei’s veep of European R&D, said the effort was part of the firm’s drive to increase its focus on the I in ICT, rather than its pure comms roots. The China-based vendor has been …
Joe Fay, 12 Jun 2014
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ICT globalisation survey: UK's tops - 'cos we don't care who buys our firms

The UK has topped an industry ranking of countries on ICT globalisation. But before PM David Cameron and co start patting themselves on the back, they should consider this stand-out performance is entirely down to the UK's willingness to sell its promising tech to the highest bidder rather than nurture it to maturity. An …
Joe Fay, 12 Jun 2014
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Fujitsu chief disses Amazon’s ‘threatening’ enterprise attack

Amazon is a threat to enterprise tech firms like Fujitsu not because of its tech nous but because of its willingness to operate at zero cost to expand its business, the Japanese giant’s president has told The Reg. Masami Yamamoto also said keeping a strong hardware business was essential to the "smartphone to mainframe" vendor’s …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014
Angry old man

Who's going to look after the computers that look after our parents?

How do you see aging? Is it a second childhood in the Golden Girls/Last of the Summer Wine mould? Or do you imagine it more like Logan’s Run, with the years being ticked down in silicon before you’re permanently retired? When I'm 65: Who will drive me to the beach? If some of the biggest tech vendors have their way, it’ll be …
Joe Fay, 16 May 2014
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Japan weather bods rain on using cloud for tsunami warning data-crunching

The agency which predicts tsunamis and earthquakes in Japan has poured cold water on the idea of using the cloud to underpin its supercomputing operations. While cloud vendors have been touting supercomputing on tap for a few years now, Tatsuya Kimura, head of the office of international affairs at the Japan Meteorological …
Joe Fay, 15 May 2014
IBM mainframe engineer's portable toolkit

IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels

Geek's Guide to Britain Would you like to work in a cross between Downton Abbey and Silicon Valley? For a small selection of IBMers, that’s the only way to describe their working environment, although the place we’re talking about is officially called Hursley Park. You can get there by turning off the M3 and rattling through some pretty English …
Joe Fay, 10 Apr 2014

UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

Claire Perry MP today defended the government’s net filtering policy, claiming that David Cameron's government don’t actually want to regulate internet service providers – but that without some sort of lead, global companies would simply sit on their hands. The UK’s biggest net providers are rolling out an opt-in filtering …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2014