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Free 2004-spec AS/400 pops up in the cloud

German hosting company Rechenzentrum Kreuznach has popped an AS/400 into the cloud, and anyone can use it for free. Available here the machine is running V5R3 software that appears to have been released in 2004 and to have had support withdrawn in April 2009. Rechenzentrum Kreuznach asks would-be users to sign up for an account …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2014

Austrian telco trials G.fast as 'interim solution'

Telekom Austria is the latest outfit to trumpet the virtues of the yet-to-be-ratified G.fast standard, announcing that a deployment trial conducted with Alcatel-Lucent achieved speeds beyond 100 Mbps per household. The deployment trial covered multi-storey apartments covered by Telekom Austria subsidiary A1, with the carrier …
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AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels believes the cloudy colossus could, in the future consider using ARM CPUs, or even offering RISC-as-a-service to help those on legacy platforms enjoy cloud elasticity. Speaking to The Register in Sydney yesterday, Vogels said he feels “there is absolutely room for …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

Word has it that IBM's latest big staff purge is now underway, with former Big Blue workers reporting that they have been handed pink slips along with kits describing their severance packages. Rumors that IBM was planning major job cuts were flying fast and furious this week, following a Forbes editorial that claimed the firm …
Neil McAllister, 28 Jan 2015
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Big Blue juices OS formerly known as 400

In conjunction with the launch of Power7-based blade servers this week, IBM is also delivered a long-awaited upgrade to its proprietary i For Business operating system (formerly known as OS/400), with i 7.1 bringing native XML and encryption capabilities to the integrated database management system embedded in the OS. IBM is …

IBM gets AS/400 running on PSone

gamesindustry.biz logo Hackers may have oiled the rails for Linux fans eager to run their favourite Penguin-fronted operating system on Xbox, but that's nothing compared to IBM's latest in-house project: running the OS/400 enterprise operating system on a humble PSone. It sounds unlikely, but according to Dr. Frank Soltis, …

SAN to SCSI converter targets AS/400

The Register's new Enterprise Storage Channel Storage routers which were developed to re-use old SCSI devices within SANs are being flipped around to allow otherwise incompatible legacy systems such as IBM's AS/400 to join SAN-based storage consolidation projects. Crossroads Systems (www.crossroads.com) says that its …
Bryan Betts, 29 Oct 2002

Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes

Interview Rackspace president and CEO Taylor Rhodes ascended to the latter role just last month, so when our Sydney bureau was offered the chance for a chat, we jumped at it. Here's what Rhodes had to say about Rackspace's decision to stand alone, what it's like watching AWS and Google fight giants fight and more. The Register: Rackspace …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2014
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IBM moves Power Systems manufacturing from Minnesota to Mexico

It is the end of an era – the minicomputer era to be precise – for the IBMers who work in the company's sprawling Rochester, Minnesota facility. Their jobs are moving to Mexico. Big Blue had a meeting with the approximately 2,800 employees in the facility on Tuesday afternoon and told them it would cease manufacturing operations …

Intel uncloaks micro-microchip assault with Quark SoCs

IDF13 As ARM has come to rule mobile phones, tablets, and internet-of-things devices, the keynotes at the Intel Developer Forum have turned into glitzy, shock-and-awe affairs that see Daddy Silicon attempting to reassure the world that it, too, is into low-power and mobile. Tuesday's keynote was no different – but it contained at …
Jack Clark, 10 Sep 2013
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SuSE swipes AS/400 in IBM megadeal

LinuxWorld SuSE is leading a charge to put Linux on IBM's AS/400 servers, and public demonstrations should be ready before the end of the year the company said yesterday. Dirk Hondel, SuSE CTO, told The Register that a number of big customers were piloting large S/390 projects which involved replaced hundreds of infrastructure PCs with …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2000
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IBM scales down PureApplication cloudy boxes

If you are looking for a low-end pre-configured, automated, application-ready cloud in a box but you don't need a big behemoth of a machine, then IBM finally has a configuration of its PureApplication systems that might be appealing to you. Everybody wants to peddle pre-configured, automated, application-ready systems. At Oracle …

NORKS switch off 3G data for tourists

Portly peoples' hero dictator Kim Jong-un has put the brakes on North Korea’s efforts to haul itself into the 21st century after appearing to ban mobile internet services for tourists less than a month after a historic decision was taken to relax 3G data restrictions. The news came in the form of a brief update posted by Beijing …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2013
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CIO of children's charity: Data re-org will change the giving game

There’s nothing charitable about working in the third sector. In fact, it’s extremely unforgiving, as children’s charity Merlin discovered in 2013. The charity merged with Save the Children after management determined they couldn’t raise the kinds of funds that corporate sponsors wanted to see it raising. The giving scene is …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014

Web caching tech boosts network performance 400%

Networking firm Expand Networks is trying to extend the benefits of Web caching to all enterprise data traffic with appliances it claims can boost network performance by as much as 400 per cent. Expand's Accelerator product line works with a variety of network configurations including ADSL, ISDN, Managed Frame Relay and …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2001

IBM fights Fast400 with OS/400 small print

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence For months now, IBM's OS/400 systems programmers have been playing a game of cat and mouse trying to defeat the Fast400 green-screen governor buster program that helps 5250 applications get around artificial performance barriers imposed on AS/400 and iSeries hardware, Timothy Prickett …
ComputerWire, 06 Jun 2002
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IBM puts AIX 5.3 on extended life support

Two of IBM's oldest and most popular operating systems for its Power-based servers are being put out to pasture after years of service. Last week, IBM said that it would be offering service extension on AIX 5.3, the operating system that was announced way back in July 2004 concurrent with Power5-based System p5 and i5 iron. AIX …

Can Amazon become the biggest platform peddler in the world?

Comment How long will it be before Amazon Web Services is the largest provider of raw server capacity in the world, outselling the tier one server makers who actually peddle boxes directly or through the channel to customers? Look, I think I know how you feel about this, with a server close enough to my feet right this second to kick it …

On IBM's iSeries and OS/400 roadmaps

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence OS/400 V5R2 has been available for a few weeks now, and the talk in the midrange has now predictably turned to what IBM will do next, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. While the hardware and software engineers continue to plug away on the future Armada Power5 servers and their Power6 …
ComputerWire, 20 Sep 2002
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Will customers buy into Oracle's modern-day mainframes?

Oracle is making a big play to cash in on the simplification of enterprise IT environments with "engineered systems," the collection of vertically integrated appliances that debuted five years ago with Exadata. While Oracle insists customers who enter into the Big Red cocoon will reap all kinds of benefits, some may be hesitant …
Alex Woodie, 15 May 2013

Rackspace cuts network bandwidth prices on its cloud

Rackspace, which bills itself as "the open cloud company", is cutting prices in its ongoing effort to tear a chunk or three of business away from closed source Amazon Web Services, the public-cloud leader. Amazon didn't just build the first viable public cloud, it keeps cutting the price on its various compute, storage, and …
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IBM re-ups mainframe interface licensing with EMC

IBM would prefer to sell its own DS or XIV series of disk arrays to its System z mainframe customers, but mainframe shops sometimes have other ideas, such as buying Symmetrix DMX or VMAX arrays. And that's why Big Blue has extended an interoperability and technology licensing agreement with disk array rival EMC. Under the multi- …
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IBM to port KVM hypervisor to Power-Linux iron

IBM announced at the Red Hat Summit in Boston this Tuesday that it will support the KVM hypervisor on its PowerLinux machines to help boost its competitive position against x86 iron. In addition, since Big Blue wants and needs to sell more Power Systems rack and tower iron as well as their brethren in the PureFlex modular system …
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VMware pulls more control freakage into vSphere stack

Sometimes, it takes a bundle to make a bundle. Like most large software companies, VMware has two different customer sets: large companies that have enterprise licensing agreements with all kinds of deals, and SMBs who buy software occasionally and who don't usually get much of a deal. In its conference call with Wall Street …
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IBM bit-twiddlers want point releases for big iron

The bit-twiddlers took over IBM's server business a year and a half ago, and it appears that they are starting to think about systems as if they were code, as if they could do dot releases in a nearly steady stream and keep their revenues from spiking up and crashing down all the time. It has taken a long time for IBM to build a …
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WTF is... scale-in?

I don't get it when IBM talks about "scale-in" for its new PureSystems converged server platforms. And I bet you don't either, and got the same chuckle at it that the rest of us hardware motorheads here out on the Intertubes did. Scalability has been an issue as long as there have been systems, and back in the day when a system …
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Platform clouds: The hot battle for developers' hearts and minds

Analysis It has been a decade since Microsoft announced its .NET framework and the Common Language Runtime - where C# and other languages do their frolicking on Windows systems. And thanks to the proliferation of open source programming languages and frameworks, which are the foundations of emerging platform clouds, this could very well …

OCZ's new Vertex 4 SSD: Faster... and slower

OCZ has a new SSD that's both faster and slower than the previous model. That's what can happen when you swap controllers on an SSD. A year ago the hustling and bustling SSD supplier introduced its Vertex 3 with a bought-in SandForce SF-2281 controller inside. Since then LSI has bought SandForce and OCZ has bought its own …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012
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Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

Apple has repeatedly rejected an app which pushes notifications onto iPhones every time an American robot flyer makes a strike. The information is public, slurped from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and the app takes its lead from The Guardian, which bundled the same functionality into a story on the subject of death by …
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2012
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IBM debuts new Power7 iron this week

It looks like IBM is getting ready to roll out some more Power7-based systems this week, as well as an update to its proprietary midrange operating system, formerly known as OS/400 and now called i for Business, or i for short. The details are a bit thin, but resellers downstream from master distributor Arrow Electronics' …
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IBM claims its big blue tools penetrate markets

It has become a habit of IBM to brag about how much market share its Power Systems servers are taking away from Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, and Fujitsu as it closes out each quarter, and the fourth quarter was no exception for Big Blue. The Power Systems lineup includes older servers based on dual-core Power6 and Power6+ processors …
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Sirius to top $1bn in sales with MSI Systems acquisition

The rate at which private equity firms are gathering cheap money to make acquisitions combined with an IT industry consolidating on many fronts can make you dizzy. That's why it's not much of a surprise that Sirius Computer Solutions has acquired MSI Systems Integrators for an undisclosed sum. Both are among the largest players …
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IBM opens Power Systems lab in Taiwan

Big Blue is opening up its first Power Systems development laboratory in Asia in an effort to do development less expensively and to better crack the high-growth Asian IT markets with its Power-based AIX, IBM i, and Linux systems. But don't get the wrong idea. IBM is not shifting development of its Power processors, to Taiwan. …

Is 'activestor' Icahn circling sickly HP?

Active investor Carl Icahn – who has done more than his fair share of shaking up companies that he believes are not run properly – is rumored to be mulling a stake in HP. Hopefully not through its heart. Icahn may or may not be interested in grabbing a big piece of the venerable IT gear maker, and if he were, he certainly would …
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Microsoft exec: 'Cloud a half-trillion dollar biz by 2020'

Convergence 2012 The uptake of cloud services is accelerating faster than initially thought, and could be a half a trillion dollar business by the end of the decade, Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner told attendees of the Convergence 2012 conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday. Turner talked up Microsoft's cloud, Windows Azure, …
Alex Woodie, 19 Mar 2012
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Apple takes flak as AT&T drops iPhone bomb

AT&T's declaration that only 146,000 Apple iPhones registered on its network in the first two days it was on the market has led to widespread shock at what is now being seen as the device's failure and a down period for Apple shares, sliding 7.5 per cent over a few days last week, a fall of some $10bn in total market …
Faultline, 31 Jul 2007
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Madoff geeks charged for writing book-cooking code

A federal grand jury has indicted two computer programmers on fraud and conspiracy charges for developing programs used by Bernard Madoff to cook the books in his billion-dollar ponzi scheme. Jerome O'Hara and George Perez knowingly created the programs that removed or altered key data contained in reports submitted to …
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2010
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IBM gloats over HP, Oracle takeouts

Every quarter, a few weeks after IBM puts out its financial figures, it makes the rounds with the trade press to gloat over how many takeout deals it did, removing gear from its rivals and usually replacing it with System x or Power Systems iron but sometimes with a mainframe. When Mark Loughridge, IBM's chief financial officer …
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Doing the math on IBM's real systems biz

For the past couple of quarters, I have been refining my model of IBM's server business, and I think with the incarnation I built to analyze the company's fourth quarter and full year results for 2010, I have something that is closer to reality than I have ever put together before. And it shows just how much Big Blue is, …

Intel stirs up management team

Management changes at Intel make it more clear who might end up running the company – after the current execs decide to retire many years hence – and who is going to be leading the fight against ARM processors at the bottom of the Intel line and RISC processors at the top. Back in July, Intel announced that vice chairman Andy …
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Platform clouds can make enterprises all teeth and no tail

The cloud is at the same point in its history that proprietary minicomputers were at four decades ago. Back then, everybody was trying to figure out how to use this new technology, which offered substantial economic and ease-of-programming benefits compared to the big iron systems they replaced. At the time it was not obvious …
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Software AG chomps Terracotta

Terracotta, which has baked a Java application scaling and acceleration platform and which bought control of the Ehcache speed engine for Java applications, has a new owner: Software AG. The German software company, which sells the Adabas database for IBM mainframes, Tamino XML database and middleware for SOA-style applications …
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AIX 7.1 moves forward to Power7 iron

A new server lineup needs a new operating system to match it, and so next month will see the debut of AIX 7.1 from IBM. And about a month earlier than expected, too. AIX was always the laggard when it came to commercial-grade Unixes, far behind HP-UX from HP and Solaris from Sun Microsystems. And that, along with some pretty …
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IBM launches zEnterprise 196 'data center in a box'

IBM has launched its next-generation System z mainframe, the zEnterprise 196. Now we will get to find out, in the next few quarters or so, if the mainframe business still has some legs and can grow or the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 has permanently knocked it down a peg or two. At the launch event today in New York, IBM's …
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AMD pins exascale vision on Fusion APUs

Because Advanced Micro Devices has not yet announced its 16-core "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors, it has to talk about something, and in situations like that, it is best to talk about the far-off future. And so AMD rounded up a bunch of its partners on Wednesday in San Francisco for a shindig to talk about the challenges of …
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Virtualization soars on Big Blue Power boxes

It looks like server virtualization really is heading for the mainstream on Power Systems machines. If some figures provided by the top brass at IBM are any indication. While logical partitioning has been available on OS/400-based servers since V4R4 was launched with the Northstar PowerPC servers back in 1999, virtualization on …
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New standard test of Big Data bang per system buck rolls out

There's a new big data benchmark in town: TPC-DS. The Transaction Processing Performance Council still doesn't know how to do its own abbreviation after 24 years of existence, but it does know a thing or two about getting IT hardware and software vendors together and hammering out benchmark tests and pricing metrics to help …
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Big Blue's Big Sam gets $10bn for bonus stock boost

Comment IBM needs to hit at least $11.40 in earnings per share for the company's top brass to get their 2010 bonuses, so on Tuesday its board of directors gave Sam Palmisano, Big Blue's president, CEO, and chairman, the means to engineer that number with a $10bn bag of cash. The board declared a dividend of 65 cents per share on IBM's …
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IBM goes live with Smart Cube appliance server

After nearly two years of development and more than six months of a beta spin in India - where there are some 35 million small and medium businesses that are looking to computerize their operations - IBM has finally brought its Smart Cube appliance servers and the related application software Smart Market to the United States. …
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HP, Red Hat chase Solaris shops

Server maker Hewlett-Packard and commercial Linux juggernaut Red Hat have teamed up to help shops using Oracle's Sparc/Solaris platforms make the jump to Linux-based x64 iron. While the two companies did not say so, the migrations services being offered today through HP Services are no doubt a reaction to Oracle's spiking of HP' …