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The designer of the IBM ThinkPad has died

The ThinkPad’s answer to Johny Ive has died. Richard Sapper, a German industrial designer who orchestrated the look of the iconic laptop for IBM, was 83 years old. He designed lots more stuff - you can read his obituary here. We shall focus our commemoration on the IBM ThinkPad, which hit the business world in 1992 and …
Drew Cullen, 6 Jan 2016
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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth appears to be using Windows XP. The ship is a year from completion, so there is plenty of time yet to bin it for a more up-to-date and secure version of the venerable operating system. The Ministry of Defence is not returning our calls, but this could always be, as one …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2015
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Dell to offload Perot Systems for $5bn: report

For sale, Perot Systems, just two careful owners - a bargain at $5bn. All reasonable offers accepted. Dell nearly sold its IT services business Perot Systems to Tata Consultancy Services but talks collapsed over the price. The company quietly put Perot on the block for more than $5bn three months ago and has hawked the firm to …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2015

Rack servers drive $120bn data centre infrastructure market

How many rack servers are there in the world? Umm … we can tell you this: about $10bn-worth were sold in Q3 this year or 34 per cent of a global data center infrastructure market worth $29bn in the quarter. So says Synergy Research Group, which compiled the numbers: its definition of data center infrastructure includes servers …
Drew Cullen, 14 Dec 2015
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This is how you count all the trees on Earth

The Earth has three trillion trees and this is seven times more than was thought, until very recently, to exist. It is also half the number that existed before humanity went to work on the environment. We can deduce this through algorithms used to crunch reams of photographic data captured by satellite. But the headline figure …
Drew Cullen, 9 Dec 2015
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Open source Gov.UK is 'example of UK soft power'

El Reg joined 13,000 registrants to attend the first day of HPE Discover at the ExCel centre in London's Docklands and what a huge affair it is. We have already covered the first big news announcement (on "composable infrastructure") and in this article we zoom in on the keynote delivered to a packed auditorium by CEO Megan …
Drew Cullen, 1 Dec 2015
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Iomart, Logicalis and VIRTUS buy data centre firms

The data centre sector witnessed a flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity today with three DC firms changing hands. Let’s start with Iomart, which is paying up to £11m for United Communications Ltd, a managed hosting firm based in Hemel Hempstead, with about 6500 mostly small business customers. Iomart is paying £7.5m in …
Drew Cullen, 1 Dec 2015
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Cray hoists Docker containers into supercomputers

SC15 Everyone loves Docker, including Cray, which today announced the addition of container-based virtualization to its official software stack. The supercomputer builder is rolling the technology first to Cray XC customers and in 2016 to Cray S400, CrayXE and Cray XK systems. The inclusion will aid wider productivity, chief …
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2015

Rip up secretive patent royalty deals, says new tech'n'biz coalition

Did you know that about $60 of the cost of a $400 smartphone goes to holders of something called "standards-essential patents" (SEPs)? And, when you consider that up to 250,000 patents could affect smartphones, you can see why there are such rich pickings for patent trolls ... more politely known as non-practicing entities. …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2015

IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

SC15 For 50 years, Moore’s Law held good. The axiom, formulated by Intel founder Gordon Moore in 1965, stated that overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years. But in July this year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in an earnings call that in the wake of the introduction of 14nm …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2015

Acer chief exec Stan Shih: Exiting the PC market? Not us!

IDC analyst Tom Mainelli put the cat among the pigeons with his prediction last week that two of the top 10 PC vendors – but not the top four – will shutter their operations within the next two years. His prognosis stung Asustek CEO Jerry Shen yesterday to proclaim his company’s allegiance to the PC market. Today, Acer …
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2015

Apple to add 1000 jobs to Cork payroll

Apple is expanding its Cork, Ireland manufacturing plant - where it builds its iMacs - and will hire up to 1000 more people in the next 18 months. CEO Tim Cook announced the move today in an address to students at Trinity College Dublin. The company already employs 5000 at its Hollyhill campus - a 25 per cent increase over the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015
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Simpler ERP for all! Well, if you're a SAP S/4HANA customer

SAP is updating its next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, SAP S/4HANA. But is it enough to get the company’s huge installed SAP V3 base to bet the farm on an entirely new code base? The company took the floor at its annual shindig TechED in Barcelona this week to introduce several “key simplifications and …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

Spotted in Shoreditch, London's Hipster Central as well as the beating heart of Tech City, witness the labours of a GCHQ advertising team hoping to go viral. It's working, as you can see. Shoe-leather advertising Let's hope the tagging team avoids the mistake that IBM made in 2001 when it stencilled the streets of San …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

Tax bill could kibosh Dell-EMC deal

Dell could be landed with a $9bn tax bill for buying EMC - a deal-breaker. That’s what Dell insiders are telling the Silicon Valley publication Re/Code. At the heart of their concern is how the Internal Revenue Service will treat the tracking stock in VMware, an EMC subsidiary, that Dell plans to issue to help fund the …
Drew Cullen, 11 Nov 2015

NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

The NHS must bolster its IT budget by up to £8.3bn over the next five years – in order to produce savings of possibly £13.7bn, said the management consultancy McKinsey. Get this right and the prize is huge; the £30bn NHS funding shortfall – estimated at £30bn by 2020-21 – could be cut by a quarter. But, get it wrong ... The …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015
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Rackspace beats The Street with strong Q3

Rackspace topped analyst expectations for Q3, pulling in $509m revenue, up 10.7 on same time last year and net income of $37m or 26c a share. Consensus analyst forecasts were 20c a share. Net margin was 7.2 per cent, up from 5.6 per cent in Q3, 2014. Shares climbed 8.3 per cent in after hours trading. For the full year …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015

Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

The secure email service Safe-mail.net has been out of action since Wednesday, Nov 4, following a “major storage hardware crash”. No further technical details are available. About 80 per cent of user data was unaffected “as we had already moved it to a new system during the last few months,” the Israeli company said in a …
Drew Cullen, 7 Nov 2015
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Red Hat buys Ansible for DevOps loveliness

Red Hat is buying Ansible, a big wheel in the DevOps tools scene, for an undisclosed price. But the gossip is $100m or so, a tidy sum for a company with just 50 employees. Ansible does IT automation and will sit in nicely with Red Hat’s so-called “hybrid management portfolio” – that means it joins OpenStack and containers. …
Drew Cullen, 16 Oct 2015
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Companies grow faster when they buy more IT. Yes they do

Dell has taken a digital leaders vs. digital laggards angle for its second Global Technology Adoption survey, which finds companies that buy and use new stuff - cloud, big data and mobility - grow faster than slow-spending sluggards. Some 82 per cent of respondents said they use the cloud - but the survey does not reveal what …
Drew Cullen, 13 Oct 2015
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New cloud bookings are a thing for SAP in Q3

It's all about the cloud for SAP in its Q3, 2015 results announcement today, with the company posting cloud subscription and support revenues of €600m, up 116 per cent on last year - and a slightly less heady 90 per cent at constant currencies. Even less heady, new acquisition Concur delivered €149m of the growth. New cloud …
Drew Cullen, 13 Oct 2015
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NoSQL pioneer Basho stamps its mark on time stamp data with Riak TS

The Riak NoSQL database is now available in a version capable of processing vast gobbets of Internet of Things data sources at high speed. Its creator Seattle-based Basho Technologies says the new product Riak TS (as in time series) incorporates the high availability and scalability of its nippy sister Riak KV, short for key- …
Drew Cullen, 6 Oct 2015
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Amazon Web Services customers love hybrid clouds (true)

The public cloud is the only cloud and anything else is a pale imitation, according to Amazon. But customers appear seem unconvinced, with most running or intending to run a mixture of private and public clouds sourced from multiple vendors. That's what a survey of IT professionals who attended AWS summits in San Francisco and …
Drew Cullen, 5 Oct 2015
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IBM buys top Workday channel partner

IBM is beefing up its human resources software roster by buying Meteorix, a Boston MA reseller with more than 200 Workday consultants. Financial terms are undisclosed. Workday competes directly with Oracle for finance and HR software business in large enterprises – IBM’s heartland too. The SaaS provider is on a roll, …
Drew Cullen, 29 Sep 2015
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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage. So here is some help from MemSQL, the in-memory database start-up: a way of letting organisations use Spark without writing code, the …
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2015

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