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UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Amazon has announced its intention to increase its UK workforce to over 24,000 this year. The company said it would be welcoming an additional 5,000 staff to its UK headcount, with the majority expected to be staffing its warehouse “fulfilment centres” dotted around the nation, although no breakdown was provided. Amazon told …
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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches

UK government-hosted talks spanning two Parliaments have culminated in Google and Bing at last agreeing to tweak their search results in response to copyright-holders' concerns, thereby heading off threatened legislation on their conduct. The code means Google, Bing and other search engines will demote illegal sites from the …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2017

DraaS-tic times call for DraaS-tic measures in VMware's cloud

Disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) is an obvious service to run in the cloud, as the business of operating secondary sites is costly and complex. Which is why Microsoft's offered Azure Site Recovery, including for VMware users, and why and data protection vendors such as Zerto have happily stretched to the cloud. And now …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2017
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Deloitte goes all gooey for SAP HANA on AWS

Deloitte, Amazon Web Services and SAP have cooked up a cloudy consulting confection. The consultancy has created a new practice dedicated to AWS that we're told will have 2,500 suits poised to spring off the mythical “bench” upon which under-employed consultants dwell. Many will be either AWS certified Solution Architects or …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2017
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Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger. So says Sam Altman, president of startup factory Y Combinator, in his annual letter describing the organisation's activities. The letter's full of StartupLand cliches - “Our mission is to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2017
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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

Exclusive London Internet Exchange (LINX) – Europe's major internet traffic hub – faces a growing backlash over changes to its rules that would gag its directors applying secret government orders to monitor networks, under Britain's Investigatory Powers Act. LINX members – hundreds of internet companies – have been given less than two …
Duncan Campbell, 17 Feb 2017

Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant. We wrote about data management startup Komprise some time ago. It tells us it released its product last year, has partnerships with NetApp, EMC, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017
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Brit watchdog spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts after a crackdown by the UK's Competition Markets Authority (CMA). The companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the CMA's review of compliance with consumer law in the sector …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2017
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Oracle's IoT play: Teach business apps and things to talk together

Oracle has revealed another way it thinks it can address the internet of things market, by teaching its existing business apps to talk things' language. Big Red has a colossal portfolio of business apps, among them the Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud. The company also knows that the supply chain is full of “things” - …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017
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Enterprise IT storage – where being fat and very dense is, um, a good thing. Right, Cloudian?

Cloudian is now touting a fat HyperStore 4000 alongside its HyperStore 1500 appliance. Both boxes are compatible with Amazon's AWS S3 APIs. The new 4000 comes in a 4U box with two compute nodes inside. There are 35 hot-swap 3.5-inch disk drives per node, and the same four hot-swap SSDs and 10GbitE networking as with the HS …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Dell EMC plans to use VxRail for mutant cloud cargo

Dell EMC says smaller enterprises are rushing to combine their on-premises IT with the public cloud and is offering a turnkey scale-out hyper-converged VxRail appliance so they can do just that. The cloud hybridity comes from its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud offering, EHC, which was first introduced in October 2014 as EMC's …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Former NSA techies raise $8m for their data governance startup

Immuta, a data governance startup run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has announced the conclusion of its Series A funding round, pulling in $8m. The funding round was led by Drive Capital – whose partner Andy Jenks has been given a board seat – with participation from Greycroft Partners and Conversion …
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Data centre locations: In the city or up the country?

Promo The obvious difference between using a data centre in the city centre compared to the country is cost, but other factors such as proximity to fibre connections, accessibility, security and just plain convenience, might well lure you back to the centre. Let’s help you decide whether you’d prefer your infrastructure to be uptown, …
David Gordon, 16 Feb 2017

Cloud industry body sets up new data protection code

A number of cloud infrastructure providers operating in Europe have signed up to a new data protection code of conduct. The code, established by Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE), places restrictions on the processing of personal data that cloud customers store with providers, defines responsibilities …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2017
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Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect'

RSA USA Despite shrill wailings by computer security experts over vulnerabilities in Android, Google claims very, very few of people have ever suffered at the hands of its bugs. Speaking at the RSA security conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Adrian Ludwig, director of Android security, said the Stagefright hole – which prompted …
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2017
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Oracle reveals more rounded Australian *aas

Oracle has flicked the switch on everything-as-a-service in Australia. Big Red has offered software-as-a-service in Australia since 2012. Yesterday it turned on infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (IaaS and PaaS) too, splashing down its servers in a third-party bit barn rather than build its own. HPE adopted …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

CostStorage.com is a free public cloud cost calculator covering the Amazon, Azure, Google, IBM, BackBlaze and Oracle clouds and their US regions. It returns a single-dollar amount, taking into account storage needed, data transfer out, number of read and write requests, region, 'temperature' (hot, warm, cool, cold) and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

DigitalOcean on Tuesday plans to begin offering load balancers to help its customers distribute online traffic across their infrastructure, at a cost of $20 per month. Load balancers ensure that DigitalOcean servers can handle surges of online traffic and represent an essential safety mechanism for online businesses. They …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Feb 2017
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Amazon Chimes into video-conferencing: Watch out Skype and Google

Amazon has opened a new front in its battle for enterprise applications against Microsoft, Google and Cisco. The giant has unveiled Chime – a cloud-based unified voice, video and chat communications service targeting corporate IT as much as end users. Chime will, Amazon claims, eliminate common frustrations found in video- …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2017
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It's over? Pat Gelsinger's post vSphere VMware NSX-T opportunity

Sysadmin Blog VMware has recently announced its financial results for 2016, and for a company that's not just satured but that leads the VM market, it had a very good year. Some of this is attributed to accepting that VMware can't beat AWS, so it might as well join them. But VMware's NSX Network Virtualization arguably led the way, doubling …
Trevor Pott, 14 Feb 2017
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Deafening silence as Smart Hosting support tickets keep piling up

Updated Customers of British cloud biz Smart Hosting are furious at the company's radio silence throughout its ongoing support tickets crises. The business has been left with "an incredibly high volume of support tickets" after merging with Krystal. Smart Hosting has been asking customers to keep non-urgent issues to themselves since …

Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

Say what you like about Amazon, it has never been cool. So it was only a matter of time before it managed to take the one cool thing it has done – the voice-activated Amazon Echo digital assistant Alexa – and make it embarrassing. Well, that time has arrived with the introduction of the Speech Synthesis Markup Language, or …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Feb 2017

Talking to Tintri's Alexa speechbot might not actually be all that crazy

Interview Tintri's Alexa speechbot is no piece of eye-candy gimmickry. CTO and founder Dr Kieran Harty says it will enable users to do more with less hassle as system management gets automated. We quizzed Harty on the how-and-why of its development. What is the overall background case for implementing an Alexa interface for Tintri array …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2017

Instapaper in 31-hour outage, says it needs a week to restore all data

Web scrapbook Instapaper has suffered a 30-plus hour outage and is warning of a week-long restore time. Instapaper allows users to save "all of the interesting articles, videos, cooking recipes, song lyrics, or whatever else you come across while browsing” and then makes those clippings available on any device on which you …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2017
Windows 10 Mixed Reality, no longer just for HoloLens

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

Microsoft briefed developers on the updates to the Windows 10 platform at an online Developer Day in preparation for the Creators Update, set for release later this year. The Windows 10 story is long and complex. In 2012 Microsoft released Windows 8, intended to bring the operating system into the mobile era, where apps are …
Tim Anderson, 09 Feb 2017
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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

Once the second biggest enemy of Linux (SCO Group takes top honours), Microsoft is positively giddy about not just supporting Linux but actually building tools that run Linux in Windows and about putting previously Windows-only software on Linux. You can run Ubuntu inside Windows 10, install CoreOS and Docker containers inside …
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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin. Thus, today, we talk of such servers as “pets” while cloud providers talk of …
Adam Fowler, 09 Feb 2017

More tech companies join anti-Trump battle, but why did some pay for his inauguration?

More tech companies have added their names to the legal brief against President Trump's immigration ban, but some big names – including Amazon, Google and Microsoft – are facing accusations of rampant hypocrisy for funding his inauguration. On a special webpage created by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Feb 2017

Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Pay TV and other copyright industries are pinning their hopes that new prosecutions of “Kodi USB stick” sellers will thwart what they call an “epidemic” of streaming piracy. Last year, a wave of arrests were made in Teesside and Birmingham in England, with Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson of Cut Price Tomo’s TV likely …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2017
Microsoft's Custom Speech Service

Eee by gum! Aye up, Microsoft, what's tha y' got? Cloud for accents?

Microsoft has build a cloud service for applications so that software can attempt to understand specialist vocabularies and cope with dialects and accents. Speech recognition works better if the algorithms can pick from a limited range of possible words and phrases, rather than attempting to recognise everything. Microsoft's …
Tim Anderson, 08 Feb 2017
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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

Dynatrace has launched a virtual digital assistant named Davis which you can talk to using Amazon's Alexa or via text on Slack through a proprietary engine - and has invited devs to take a pop at it. The idea is you quiz Davis on the status of your systems, as opposed to logging in and typing. Behind Davis lies a Node.js …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED

AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together. The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief

Updated Entrepreneur Elon Musk has joined the Big Tech battle against Donald Trump's immigration ban by signing up his companies to the amicus brief filed against it. On Monday, 97 tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook filed in a San Francisco court against the ban, calling the crackdown illegal and arguing …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Feb 2017

Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

When Snap filed documents last week for its IPO filing, among the interesting snippets that emerged was the cost of security for its CEO Evan Spiegel: a somewhat extraordinary $890,000. What does $890,000 buy you in terms of security and why it is necessary for the CEO of Snapchat to have that degree of protection? And how …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Feb 2017

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan? Can the networking tiger from Tasman Drive evade evolutionary pressures …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017
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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Updated The world of Big Tech has joined the legal showdown over Donald Trump's immigration ban, with a joint filing that argues the ban is not only illegal but would damage their businesses. Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft as well as another 94 tech companies including Netflix, Dropbox, Uber and Twitter have coordinated on the …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Feb 2017
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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually. As ever there will be UI and experience fiddling – Zesty Zapus sees changes in windows …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2017
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Awoogah, enterprise bods: Tintri recruits Echo Alexa speechbot

Listen up. Storage array vendor Tintri has a video demonstrating that speech-recognizing Amazon Echo's Alexa can be used to trigger array system management ops. Is this a profound industry first, ushering in a whole new sysadmin landscape, or just eye candy-style gimmickry? Tintri has already demo’d a Slack chatbot management …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017
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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

The tablet computer market has slumped into “spiraling decline”, according to box-counter IDC. The firm defines tablets as either a “slate”, like the iPad, or a “detachable” that offers a first-party keyboard like a Microsoft Surface device. The firm's totted up all the sums from a year's worth of its Worldwide Quarterly …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2017
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Fused box: Look who's containerizing storage, security and apps

Comment Containerized apps will gravitate to using containerized system services such as storage and security. In the DevOps world, containerized apps run inside hosts, and system services such as security and storage are containerized as well. Outside that ideal world, these services are often linked to containers by some interface …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017
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What's big, orange, outrageous, promising to create US jobs, and sinking in popularity?

Amazon.com shares sank in after-hours trading after its Q4 2016 earnings fell short of analysts' estimates. The online retail and tech services firm reported fourth quarter sales of $43.7bn, up 22 per cent from $35.7bn in the same period a year ago. Net income reached $749m, or $1.54 per diluted share, up from $482m, or $1.00 …
Thomas Claburn, 03 Feb 2017
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MNOs will lose 5G rewards to new entrants if they will not share networks

Analysis The advantages of network sharing seem glaringly obvious in a world where the mismatch between mobile data demand and mobile data ARPU is rushing MNOs’ profits. The need to reduce the cost of delivering those rising tides of data is urgent, but many operators are ready to discuss almost any tactic – Wi-Fi offload, automation, …
Wireless Watch, 02 Feb 2017

Facebook's dabblings in TV suggest Zuck isn't actually a genius after all

Comment Mark Zuckerberg is the world's fifth-richest man on the basis that stock markets think he's pretty smart. That's not the entire reason for Zuck taking his place alongside Gulf oil sheikhs – but it's certainly a big factor in Facebook's astronomical evaluation. But this week's Facebook strategy insights make you wonder how smart …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Feb 2017
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Amazon's cloudy desktops now tiptoe across hot sand

Amazon Web Services has found another way to make its “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering more attractive: as of today the cloudy Windows instances run on solid state disks instead of ye olde spinning rust hard disks. The change doesn't change AWS' price for the service. The new disks are AWS' general purpose SSDs, so …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2017

Cisco rounds out Tetration analytics with security enforcement

Cisco's Tetration telemetry analytics has had six months since launch to bed down so Switchzilla has decided it's time for a refresh. As part of that process, the company is trying to build a third-party developer ecosystem around the product. However, more importantly for users, it has taken the original discovery and …
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What might HPE do with SimpliVity?

Sysadmin Blog HPE recently purchased SimpliVity for $650m. Some folks, like me, think this was a heck of a bargain for HPE. Others – most notably SimpliVity's competitors – think SimpliVity wasn't worth all that much anyways. The debate has gone back and forth for over a week now and it's time to focus on what HPE might actually do with …
Trevor Pott, 31 Jan 2017
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See you around, Larry: AWS is our new Oracle, says Microsoft's Nadella

Analysis Amazon's cloud service AWS has replaced Oracle and VMware as Microsoft's chief rivals, the Windows giant's CEO Satya Nadella has said. In a conference call with analysts to discuss its Q2 2017 financials, Microsoft executives said their margins were fat enough to fend off AWS and other cloud competitors. Nadella said: "Even …

To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

Feature Most people are aware of Hull's status as the UK City of Culture this year - along with it being serial holder of the Crappiest Town in Britain. But few also know about the city's unique telecoms history. Although the award was met much bafflement and a good deal of snobbery, there are a number of things that makes the city …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017

Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

Oracle has changed the way it charges users to run its software in Amazon Web Services, effectively doubling the cost along the way. Big Red's previous licensing regime [PDF] recognised that AWS's virtual CPUs were a single thread of a core that runs two threads. Each virtual CPU therefore counted as half a core. That's …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

US President Donald Trump will order a 60-day report on the state of the nation's cybersecurity, complete with recommendations on whether new legal powers are required. That's according to a draft executive order leaked to The Washington Post and posted online. For the most part, the draft [PDF] reflects the persistent …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jan 2017