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Joe Fay is group editor of The Register, and The Channel.
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Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo

Explaining containerisation can be tricky, so Docker has turned to a medium it reckons everyone can understand. Minecraft. The vendor used its EU conference this week to demonstrate how to use Minecraft as an interface to its technology, via Cuberite, a scriptable Minecraft server. Thus Docker containers are visualised as …
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2015
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Want to take the stage at our DevOps and Continuous Delivery Conference?

There's less than two weeks to submit your proposals for papers and workshops at Continuous Lifecycle London. The deadline to submit a proposal is 1 December. We’ve had dozens already, but we want to cast our net as wide and as deep as possible to give our attendees the most comprehensive, in-depth rundown of Continuous …
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2015

Red Hat tops out Ansible Tower 2.4

Red Hat has uncapped Ansible Tower 2.4, its first update to the IT automation platform since hoovering up the DevOps darling last month. New features include support for OAuth2 authentication using GitHub or Google Apps, to simplify user and group management, and avoid duplication. It also includes enterprise authentication …
Joe Fay, 19 Nov 2015
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Want to boost your payslip? Get DevOps on your business card

Getting DevOps onto your business card can make a serious difference to your standard of living, if a salary report from Puppet Labs is anything to go by. The automation vendor’s 2015 Salary Report also said that teams using DevOps practices – such as continuous integration and, er, automated testing – tended to be “higher …
Joe Fay, 18 Nov 2015
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Docker launches Universal Control Plane at enterprises

Docker flew from the cloud into on-premise computing with the unwrapping of its Universal Control Plane 1.0, which it promised would allow real companies to deploy real containerized apps in real data centres. The vendor said the product/service/whatever - debuted at the DockerCon EU event in Barcelona - would give IT ops folk …
Joe Fay, 17 Nov 2015
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HPE comes over all Docker, throws containers at Helion tools lineup

HP Enterprise jumped into the Docker ecosystem with both feet today, running the container technology right through its Helion cloud portfolio. The newly-minted, veteran enterprise tech vendor used Dockercon Europe to take the wraps off what it described as "comprehensive set of enterprise class tools and services to help …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2015

EU orders Equinix to dump colos in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt

Equinix will be forced to offload data centres in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt as the price of EU approval of its takeover of Telecity. The European Commission has given a conditional green light to the £2.3bn deal, which Equinix first announced bid back in May, aiming to add 39 European data centres to its 100-strong US …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2015

BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

A bunch of small Welsh business folk are playing the likes of Amazon and Google at their own game, by proposing to move their tax domiciles offshore – with the connivance of the publicly funded Beeb. According to an upcoming BBC documentary – The Town That Went Offshore – five businesses based in Crickhowell, Powys have banded …
Joe Fay, 13 Nov 2015
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New Relic goes old school, wooing enterprises, partners at FutureStack

New Relic joined the race to embed the words "enterprise" and "partners" in its product offering and marketing materials as it kicked off its FutureStack conference in San Francisco, with the software analytics vendor unveiling a slew of new capabilities in its Software Analytics Cloud. Its Open Cloud Platform gets MongoDB …
Joe Fay, 12 Nov 2015
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Jenkins plugs 11 security holes with two updates

Jenkins says it has fixed a range of security vulnerabilities in the open source integration tool with a brace of fresh releases. Versions 1.638 and 1.625.2 of the open source integration tool hit the streets yesterday, presumably capping a frantic race to plug a zero-day vulnerability which surfaced last Friday. That …
Joe Fay, 12 Nov 2015
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Most developers have never seen a successful project

Most software professionals have never seen a successful software development project, continuous delivery evangelist Dave Farley said, and have “built careers on doing the wrong thing”. Farley, kicking off the Continuous Lifecycle conference in Mannheim, said study after study had shown that a small minority of software …
Joe Fay, 11 Nov 2015
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New Relic loses money, gains marketing boss, buys Opsmatic

New Relic acquired another company and a chief marketing officer this week, which may or may not take the edge of another quarter of losses for the software analytics firm. The target firm is Opsmatic, a two year old San Francisco-based startup which markets a cloud-based live infrastructure monitoring service for DevOps teams …
Joe Fay, 06 Nov 2015
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Reg Winter Lecture: Former Iraq hostage talks survival and tech

Reg Events If you’re dreading the pressure cooker of a family Christmas, we challenge you to change your perspective by coming to our 1 December lecture with SQL specialist and former Iraq hostage, Peter Moore. Long-time Reg reader Peter Moore will be telling us how he went to the office one day in 2007 to work on a finance system for …
Joe Fay, 05 Nov 2015
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Chef kicks off London conference with buyout and product releases

Chef served up a surprise acquisition and a flurry of enterprise friendly product releases at its UK summit today. However, the automation developer also yanked a trio of recent builds of its Reporting product. Chef said it had “recently acquired” a German security software outfit, Vulcanosec, which markets a Compliance …
Joe Fay, 03 Nov 2015
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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

Geek's Guide I’m driving along the French Riviera, and it’s a challenge. It’s a manual car, but for some reason I can’t hear the engine, which after ten years driving an automatic makes it difficult knowing when to switch gears. Suddenly the pedals start moving themselves, the steering wheel gyrating wildly as it avoids oncoming …
Joe Fay, 02 Nov 2015

'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

A Dublin man who lost Intel 6,000 hours of production after making a hoax bomb threat has been hit with 200 hours of community service, after the judge, and practically everyone else in court, agreed he was not the brains of the operation. Colin Hammond, a 21-year-old of Bath Road, Dublin, made two calls to Intel’s Leixlip …
Joe Fay, 29 Oct 2015
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VMware vs German kernel dev: Filings flung in Linux-lifting lawsuit

Software Freedom Conservancy has spat out a “high level” update on the GPL enforcement case it is backing against VMware, ahead of an expected first hearing next year. SFC said that VMware had filed its defence against the suit brought by German kernel developer Christoph Hellwig back in March, which alleges VMware's …
Joe Fay, 29 Oct 2015
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Docker spouts cash, sucks up Tutum

Docker has hoovered up container hosting outfit Tutum, creating what the cash-packed buyer claims will be a complete platform to build, ship and run distributed applications. Both companies are privately held, and financial terms were not disclosed. It seems safe to assume the deal will add nothing to Docker’s bottom line or …
Joe Fay, 22 Oct 2015
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Got a DevOps story to tell? Get in touch with us now

If you want to want to tell the world - or just your fellow Reg readers - how you’ve dragged your software development operations into the 21st century, we want to hear from you. The Reg and Heise will be bringing Germany’s Continuous Lifecycle conference to the UK next May, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the …
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2015

Kidnapped IT bod Peter Moore: My journey to Iraq began in Guyana

The eXpat Files Regular readers of The Reg will know Peter Moore as the UK techie who was kidnapped by an Iraqi militia in 2007, before spending over two-and-a-half years as a hostage. But Iraq was just one in a succession of foreign postings during Peter's career. He gave us the rundown on his travels before Iraq, and it's not hard to see …
Joe Fay, 16 Oct 2015
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UK drivers left idling as Tesla rolls out Autopilot in US

Updated Tesla has offered to make its customers more confident drivers by allowing them to hand over control of their vehicles to software. The manufacturer started pushing its Autopilot technology to its Model S motors with its Tesla Version 7.0 software yesterday - in the US anyway. Autopilot will take advantage of tech built into …
Joe Fay, 15 Oct 2015
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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

Radio 4 showed why it’s the guardian of all that is good, sensible and British this morning by collapsing into laughter while reviewing Jack Dorsey’s rambling farewell to 8 per cent of Twitter staff. Beeb biz hack Simon Jack rounded off a discussion about the Twitter reorg with tech reporter Dave Lee by noting “I’ve never …
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2015
Tim Worstall victory dance at his Reg lecture

So how does an SQL background help you survive 2.5 years as a hostage?

Reg events If you’ve ever wondered how you’d cope under the sort of pressure that can crack the hardest of military nuts you’ll want to get along to our final lecture of 2015 on December 1. That’s because long-time Reg reader Peter Moore will be telling us how he went to the office one day in 2007 to work on a finance system for the …
Joe Fay, 13 Oct 2015
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HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc’s boss welcomed Microsoft’s foray into the high-end notebook market this week, if it helped vendors push up price tags across the board. However, Dell big wig Marius Haas gave a chillier welcome to the Microsoft Surface Book yesterday. Dell and HP announced last month that they would both resell Microsoft’s Surface …
Joe Fay, 08 Oct 2015
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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

Canalys Channels Forum The tech industry has left users punch-drunk with choice with the ever-increasing complexity of the technology offering being one reason for the recent sluggish IT market. This has exacerbated the impact of a strengthening dollar which has been behind an unprecedented rise in the price tags of tech products, Canalys boss Steve …
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2015
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Cheap money underpins the new wave of cloud software companies

Canalys Channels Forum The long-expected inevitable rise in interest rates will create upheaval in the cloud, with traditional IT companies able to play to their strengths of deep relationships with serious customers. Kicking off the Canalys Channels Conference in Barcelona, channel guru Steve Brazier said the explosion of infrastructure as a …
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2015
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Reg lecture asks what’s so scary about 1.5 tonnes of metal with a mind of its own?

Reg events The technology to run driverless cars is ready. Whether humans are ready for driverless cars is quite another matter. Scientists and philosophers are scratching their heads working out who should be responsible when things go wrong. And you can guarantee someone is considering the future of the drive-time show when there are …
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2015
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Enterprise IT bucks fly to the cloud

Spending on traditional IT infrastructure will decline in the face of a shift to the cloud, IDC has predicted, but the old style of IT will still retain a majority of customers’ dollars at the end of this decade. Just. The research firm said today that total spending on cloud IT infrastructure will grow by 24.1 per cent this …
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2015
Tim Worstall victory dance at his Reg lecture

El Reg lecture shows the merely human how to live forever

Reg Events If you could live forever, would you actually want to? That’s a question best considered over a pint which is exactly what we’ll doing at our first Christmas 2015 lecture on 17 November, when we're joined by leading transhumanist Anders Sandberg. Anders will be discussing his work researching both the ethics of living forever …
Joe Fay, 01 Oct 2015
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Reg readers: We want to integrate you into our Continuous Lifecycle

Reg Events We’re doing a major conference on DevOps next year and we don’t just want Reg readers to attend. We want some of you to be the speakers too. Continuous Lifecycle will cover the full range of DevOps tools and methodologies, with three tracks over two days next May, and a day of workshops. We’ve got leading thinkers, such as …
Joe Fay, 24 Sep 2015
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Reg Xmas lectures tackle transhumanism, driverless cars and life as a hostage

Reg Lectures Whether you’re fascinated by what it means to be human, or what it means to be a machine, you’ll want to come to one or all of this year’s Register Christmas lectures. We’ve assembled a top notch lineup of speakers who are not just experts in their fields, but are brave enough to go head-to-head with the most challenging bunch …
Joe Fay, 17 Sep 2015

Reg readers show Blitz spirit at Computer Museum lecture

Reg Lecture Having a hankering for the shiniest of new kit doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate genius that went into the tech of the past. Otherwise, why would 40-odd Reg readers have squeezed into our final summer lecture, delivered by Kevin Murrell, co-founder of The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley. Kevin deployed a bit of …
Joe Fay, 07 Sep 2015

Duncan Campbell: GCHQ and me and a roomful of Reg readers

Reg Lecture Veteran investigative journalist Duncan Campbell detailed his long time entanglements with GCHQ and the Echelon project in a long-form article in The Intercept yesterday – but a select group of Register readers heard the full story from the man himself, last year. Duncan used his Register Christmas Lecture to give a deep dive …
Joe Fay, 04 Aug 2015
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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
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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
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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 data centre 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 …
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2015
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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
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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
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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