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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

The F-35 warplane still needs reboots to get the aircraft airborne, a US Senate committee has heard, and troubling problems persist in the project's security. US Department of Defence director of operational test and evaluation J Michael Gilmore's latest evaluation of the project is in this written evidence (PDF) to the US …

Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets. The peeps behind the fascinating blog visual6502.org normally reverse-engineer chips by pulling the silicon out of …
Chris Williams, 28 Nov 2015
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CEO of bloated outsourcing firm Capita quits after 26 years

Fat cat chief exec Paul Pinder is to quit after 26 years at outsourcing giant Capita to head up small, private equity-backed businesses. The man who, along with other top brass, pocketed a 20 per cent pay hike last year as IT Services staff had their wages frozen and bonuses shelved, is to be replaced by Capita deputy chief exec …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2013
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Sugar daddy beds nurses, plod, firemen software biz with fat wad

Omers Private Equity has coughed up £390m for public-sector services and software supplier Civica. A metaphorical "for sale" sign was erected outside the integrator by former owner 3i last autumn, but it was unclear if it would end up in the hands of a rival, another venture capitalist or the bosses in a management buyout. The …
Paul Kunert, 09 May 2013
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Public-sector biz Civica UK flaunts fit figures to keep sugar-daddies sweet

If investors at venture-capital biz 3i are considering floating or selling UK public-sector tech giant Civica this year, then its decent financial results will focus a few minds. Paperwork filed at Companies House show Civica's operations in Blighty turned over £109.6m in the 12 months to 30 September 2012, up from £99.6m in the …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013

VC plans to flog or float public sector biz Civica next year

Private equity backers of public sector services and software player Civica are reportedly gearing up to punt or float the business early next year. Venture capitalist 3i is reviewing its options, says the FT. This comes more than four years after 3i forked out £190m to take the one-time AIM-listed operation private. Investment …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

Investors are pulling out of Finnish social networking firm Sulake and its teen-aimed website Habbo Hotel after revelations that Habbo was hosting illicit content. Private equity firm 3i announced today that it had left Sulake's board and was ditching its 16 per cent stake in Habbo Hotel, a social gaming network and online …
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VMware moves vSphere 5.0 to launch pad

The virtual cat is out of the physical bag. Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has sent out invitations to a big shindig it is hosting in San Francisco on July 12, which is almost certainly going to be the launch of its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor and related vSphere 5.0 virtualization management stack and vCloud extensions. All …
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IBM buys Coremetrics for web analytics

IBM has added another arrow to its data analytics quiver with the acquisition of Coremetrics, a specialist in the area of web analytics relating to product marketing. Whether we like to admit it or not, marketing campaigns – consisting of display advertising, Webcasts, and other branding efforts as well as the cross-selling …
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VMware hypervisors on the Go

With a number of freebie alternatives to its flagship ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor out there in the market - including some pretty stiff competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V, Citrix Systems' XenServer, and Red Hat's KVM - VMware has to do something to engage and hold small and medium businesses who are not gonna pay a lot for that …
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Dell details smartphone spec

Dell has come clean on the full specifications of its Mini 3i smartphone, and it doesn't impress. Dell_Mini3i_01 Dell's Mini 3i: not the iPhone killer some had hoped for Dell announced earlier this month that its Mini 3i smartphone – which runs China Mobile’s Android-based oPhone platform - would launch in China towards …
James Sherwood, 23 Nov 2009
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Dell confirms first Android-based smartphone

Dell has officially announced its first branded smartphone – the Mini 3i. Dell_Mini3i_01 Dell's Mini 3i will appear in China later this month The PC manufacturer hasn’t released a list of the phone’s technical specifications - perhaps an indication that Dell executives have yet to sign off on the Mini 3i’s features. …
James Sherwood, 13 Nov 2009
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VMware bakes disaster recovery into vSphere stack

VMware has rounded out its vSphere stack of software around the ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor, with integration of vCenter Site Recovery Manager that started shipping in June. While VMware likes to make it look like the vSphere stack consists of lots of different code, thereby making it worth lots and lots of money, there are …
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VMware vSphere gets more gadgets

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware kicks off its VMworld fest in San Francisco today by rounding out its vCenter management tools for the new vSphere 4.0 stack, which wraps around the new ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor. The company is also launching a free Web-based, hosted management tool that will allow companies that use …
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Dell denies dPhone debut

The Mini 3i Android-based mobile phone Dell showed off at a China Mobile even this past weekend was merely a proof of concept device, the company has claimed. Handy, that, because it means Dell may yet feel then need to change the handset's specifications. Reports from the event confirmed previous claims that the phone lacks …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2009
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Dell's Android phone unmasked

The first phone developed by Dell has finally been revealed, thanks to the PC manufacturer’s tie-up with a Chinese network operator. dell_mini_3i_01 Dell's Mini3i Android phone has launched in China Source: mobile.i63.com The handset – blurred images of which were first leaked last week – is called the Mini 3i. The device …
James Sherwood, 17 Aug 2009
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Millions opted into UK mobile phone directory

A public mobile phone directory for the UK will launch later this month, loaded with millions of private numbers bought from marketing departments. From June 18, callers to 118800 will be asked for a first name, a surname and a town*. If a match is found, they will be connected to that person's mobile for £1. Connectivity, the …
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VMware piles up next virtual stack for servers

While VMware still has the lion's share of the money and installed base in the server virtualization software racket on x64 platforms, 2009 is shaping up to be a year when various contenders ratchet up the pressure on the company and try to steal away some business. But VMware has plenty of its own smart techies, and a marketing …
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Novell grooms NetWare-Linux lovechild

While Novell may be the second largest commercial Linux distributor, it still gets the bulk of its sales off of NetWare and related products. The Open Enterprise Server hybrid, which puts NetWare services on top of SUSE Enterprise Linux, bridges the gap for Novell, and today, OES got a service pack to make it more appealing. …
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Credit Suisse and HSBC announce job cuts

Back-office and IT staff are among those leaving Credit Suisse and HSBC after the banks announced job cuts yesterday. Credit Suisse is cutting 10 per cent, or 650 positions. HSBC will cut headcount by 500. Many banks are now in their second or third round of cuts and some have also taken action by cutting contractor rates - …
John Oates, 03 Dec 2008
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Stratus fault tolerants embrace cut-rate VMware

Fault tolerant server maker Stratus Technologies today said it is now supporting VMware's entry Infrastructure 3 Foundation and midrange Standard editions running in conjunction with its ftServer boxes. Stratus is one of the pioneers - along with Tandem (now part of Hewlett-Packard) - in fault tolerant servers. With fault …
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Super Micro super ready for Intel Nehalem Xeons

SC08 While there was plenty of talk this week at the Supercomputing 2008 trade show in Austin, Texas about the just-announced "Shanghai" quad-core Opterons, as well as GPU-powered personal supercomputers based on nVidia's Tesla co-processors, the hot topic at the show is Intel's forthcoming "Nehalem" Xeon processors, which will sport …

Dell issues virtualization wonder box despite AMD

As long promised, Dell has gone hog wild with virtualization. The company today dished out a couple of new boxes geared toward running VMware and Citrix's virtualization wares, tuned its iSCSI storage gear for virtual servers and produced a couple new services bobs as well. The real show-stopper here is probably the R805 server …
Ashlee Vance, 07 May 2008

HP stuffs XenServer into ProLiants

Er, before we get to HP's rather unfortunate "iVirtualization" roll out, we'll note that HP plans to offer Citrix's XenServer software as a pre-installed option across the ProLiant server line. Starting March 31, customers can purchase servers with XenServer burned into memory - or rather burned into a USB stick that plugs into …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Mar 2008

HP, Dell and Fujitsu answer VMware's USB stick plea

In the much-hyped world of server virtualization, even slapping a hypervisor on a USB stick counts as cause for mass celebration. As evidence, we bring you the joyous shouts of HP, Dell, IBM and Fujitsu Siemens - all of which have firmed their plans to support VMware's trimmed down hypervisor known as ESX Server 3i. Over the …
Ashlee Vance, 26 Feb 2008

VMware rains hardware deals on Microsoft's parade

VMware today inked a quartet of software deals with server giants Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Fujitsu Siemens. The agreements will infuriate Microsoft which is struggling to get its own virtualisation offering onto the market. VMware said that, under the agreement – financial terms of which remain secret – its ESX 3i …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2008

VMware parades virtualization for the SMB masses

VMware has announced three new VMware Infrastructure packages that are designed to help IT administrators at SMBs make the decision to deploy virtual infrastructure. The SMB bundles are based on the latest release of VMware Infrastructure, which will include the new VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, and are focused on …
Clay Ryder, 04 Dec 2007

How to escape the clutches of world+dog's VMware fetish

Interview The polite thing to do after interviewing a high-powered CEO is to wrap the executive in a certain amount of praise. If you're a contemporary, backbone-infused journalist, you lather up that praise and then counter it with a helping of critical insinuations. The trick comes from being firm and aggressive but not too insulting. …
Ashlee Vance, 31 Oct 2007
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Citrix preaches 'second mover advantage' over VMware

Analysis Pop quiz. You’re a $7bn software company that has all the sex appeal of a shy potato. What do you do? Buy XenSource, of course. In August, Citrix dug deep and found $500m to acquire XenSource – a company expected to bring in all of $8m this year, according to our sources. In an instant, this deal transformed Citrix from a very …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Oct 2007

VMware makes storage fluid

Fresh off a blockbuster IPO and its user conference, VMware has divulged details around upcoming additions to its flagship software. Out of all the new bits and bobs in ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5, customers may find some storage tools most appealing. VMware has crafted a storage replica of its VMotion technology used …
Ashlee Vance, 08 Oct 2007
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Cambridge firm gets $26m for tiny-projector tech

A Cambridge company looking to develop miniaturised projection systems for use in converged handsets has secured $26m of VC funding. Light Blue Optics raised the cash principally from Earlybird of Germany and Capital-E from Belgium. Funding was also forthcoming from the British 3i group and the UK's National Endowment for …
Lewis Page, 01 Oct 2007

Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown

Analysis I used to enjoy covering VMware. In the good old days, CEO Diane Greene would stop by the office to chat about everything, including point upgrades to ESX Server, GSX Server - remember that - or Workstation. She never tried to oversell the products. She embraced a humble, intelligent approach to discussing VMware's products and …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Sep 2007

VMware's 'Calista Flockhart' hypervisor may or may not change the world

VMworld This piece on VMware's new ESX 3i hypervisor arrives with great sadness. How – we wonder – could our dear readers at VMware, IBM, HP, Dell, Sun Microsystems and others have kept this technology a secret? Why did we get little more than hints here and there? We can hear it now. "Play your violin somewhere else, hack. Type …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Sep 2007

Dell's 'Veso' appliance runs on four-core Opterons and thin VMware

VMworld The mysterious Dell virtualization server appliance – code-named Veso – will ship at the end of November, leading the charge for systems with embedded hypervisors. VMware CEO Diane Greene and Dell CMO Mark Jarvis revealed technical details about Veso during a speech today at the VMworld conference. The Veso box will ship as a …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Sep 2007

VMware unveils 32MB version of ESX Server

The rumors about VMware putting ESX Server on dietary supplements have been confirmed. The virtualization darling today revealed ESX Server 3i - a super-thin hypervisor that will be built into the memory of servers from companies such as Dell, HP and IBM. We've been writing about the so-called ESX Lite for some time now, …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Sep 2007
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Where in the world is the UK's silicon valley?

Opinion The UK tech industry has never boasted a throbbing heart to match Silicon Valley. The industry, such as it is, is scattered across a multitude of business parks throughout the country. But as the power of the voodoo around Web 2.0 reaches unprecedented heights, it seems appropriate to mount an expedition in search of the …
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SMEs vital in surveillance arms race, says 3i

Small businesses in the UK will be critical to the success of Home Office proposals for a security innovation forum, according to venture capitalists at 3i. In a speech at the Security and Resilience Forum, home secretary John Reid said that pioneering technology would be crucial in staying one step ahead of terrorists. He said …
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Nov 2006
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Samsung goes thinner than Razr

CTIA Motorola used CTIA to make its Razr phone line more music friendly. The new 3m phone for CDMA networks adds a micro SD slot that takes up to 1GB cards. The 3i, aimed at Asia Pacific GSM operators, had already added the feature. Most of the other specs remain unchanged. The innovation doesn't stop there. Motorola added three new …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2006
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Telecity snaffles Redbus

TeleCity is to acquire rival data centre outfit Redbus in a move that sees further consolidation within Europe's colocation industry. The takeover values Redbus at £59m with the enlarged group better able to compete in the fragmented data centre market. The deal also gives the enlarged group greater financial clout to invest in …
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2005
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Logicalis snuggles up to HP with Hawke deal

Logicalis Group is continuing its growth-by-acquisition strategy, with the purchase of Berkshire-based Hawke Systems for an undisclosed sum. The infrastructure reseller says the addition of 3i-backed, privately-held Hawke's £15m annual revenues to its books will take its own UK revenues to over £100m. Ian Cook, CEO of Logicalis …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Aug 2005
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TeleCity agrees £58m buyout

TeleCity - the UK-based colocation and data centre service provider - has agreed to a £58m buyout led by the 3i investment group. 3i and Oak Hill Investors have set up a new company - Inhoco - as a vehicle to acquire the data centre operation. The 21p a share offer represents a premium of 22 per cent on the 17.25p closing price …
Tim Richardson, 18 Jul 2005
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F5 picks up Watchfire's app firewall biz

F5 Networks has acquired the web application firewall business of security firm Watchfire for an undisclosed sum. The two firms said that they would work together to migrate AppShield customers to F5's TrafficShield application firewall product, a technology F5 acquired when it bought MagniFire WebSystems last year. The deal, …
John Leyden, 13 May 2005

Vonage rings up $200m investment

Vonage - the broadband telephony outfit - is to ramp up its services in the US, Canada and the UK after securing an extra $200m (£106m) in funding to pump into its business. Bain Capital joined New Enterprise Associates (NEA), 3i, Meritech Capital Partners and Institutional Venture Partners, among others, to raise the cash …
Tim Richardson, 09 May 2005
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Deny All plots European expansion

Application security firm Deny All launched in the UK today in a major European expansion programme that will see it move into Germany and Italy next year. The French security software outfit said that the growth in web applications is driving demand for its technology. Deny All's rWeb application firewall inspects traffic …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2004
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WISPs blaze trail for WiMAX

Analysis The WiMAX community has been awash for some time with optimistic predictions about the technology's prospects in the WISP world. A quarter of US wireless ISPs will migrate to WiMAX in 2005-6 and a further 25 per cent in 2007-8, according to ABI. Broadband is now offered by 92 per cent of rural service providers, with 22 per cent …
Wireless Watch, 12 Nov 2004
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UK Wi-Fi network wins 'significant' VC funding

UK Wi-Fi provider The Cloud has secured its latest round of funding, from VCs 3i and Accel Partners, the trio announced today. Terms of the deal - how much cash the VCs are putting in and what proportion of the company they get in return - were not disclosed. The level of funding was described as "significant... enough to fund …
Tony Smith, 12 Jul 2004

Call centre company gets £2m boost

It was five years ago today... These days, offshoring British call centres to India is a contentious issue. Back in the last century, the home-grown, phone-based customer services operative was "the backbone of UK economic prosperity". No, really: Call centre company gets £2m boost By Linda Harrison Published Thursday 27th May 1999 15:12 GMT Independent …
Team Register, 27 May 2004
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UK Sage house sold

US systems integrator CIBER has bought Sage-specialist Ascent Technology Ltd. for £23m ($40m). The deal is expected to contribute to CIBER's bottom line both this year and next. CIBER turns over about $850m a year and employs 7,000 people in ten countries. Ascent, based in Hinckly, Leicestershire, is a specialist financial …
John Oates, 25 May 2004
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3i prescribes DocMorris sale

Europe in Brief Online pharmacy DocMorris, the Netherlands-based firm which for three years sold over-the-counter and prescription medicines to Germans, is to be sold by its main investor 3i. DocMorris was involved in a much-publicised dispute with German pharmacists' union last year. The union tried to stop the company from conducting …
Jan Libbenga, 07 Apr 2004
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IBM, Intel, AT&T unveil US Wi-Fi JV

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Three tech giants, backed by two venture capital firms, yesterday announced the launch of a joint venture, Cometa Networks Inc, which intends to pepper the US with 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots starting next year. Cometa will be a wholesale-only wireless internet access provider, serving …
ComputerWire, 06 Dec 2002