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Google Hangouts get down to business – and all dressed to the nines

Google's voice conference system Hangouts is being smartened up in the hope of breaking into the business market. Google will put Hangouts on a par with the rest of its stuff online – and promises 99.9 per cent uptime with 24/7 telephone support if something does go wrong. In addition, Hangout users will no longer need a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jul 2014
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Amazon's cloud reign may soon come to an end, says Gartner

The worshipers of Gartner's famed Magic Quadrant have shuffled forth from their back-office tomb clutching jeweled calculators and have proclaimed Amazon the One True Cloud, although they added that it now faces strong competition. The workers of the analyst firm announced Amazon's dominance in a new "Magic Quadrant for Cloud …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2014
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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

Stumbling consumer electronics giant Sony has confirmed it will axe 5,000 workers worldwide and offload its loss-making PC business to private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). The ailing Japanese corporate revealed the restructure as it forecast a ¥110bn loss (£665m) for the current financial year ending March …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2014
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Kelway flogs ex-Equanet managed services minnow

Kelway has sold managed services minnow Remote IT Monitoring (RITM) to Little Fish Hosting. RITM had been part of the Equanet acquisition that Kelway made earlier this year but it already delivers hosting services via its Peterborough service centre and decided to sell the unit. Dan Laws, managing director at London-based …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013
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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

In May 1983, Sinclair Research Managing Director Nigel Searle began briefing the press about the successful British micro maker’s next big release. It was 13 months after the company had launched the Spectrum and although that machine had become a huge success, punters and market-watchers were keen to hear about what Sinclair …
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2014

Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

Apple's "very limited success" in penetrating the corporate enterprise market with the iPad reflects the lack of control IT managers feel they have over the device, as well as the dominance of Windows. That is, according to HP exec Jos Brenkel, global senior veep of sales for Printers and Personal Systems, who said no single …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013
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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

In early 1980s Australia if you wanted a home computer, chances are you were a Commodore user, a TRS-80 user or … a Commodore user. Famous British micros from the likes of Sinclair and Oric never really got a foothold down under, leaving the field to the Vic 20, C64 and the occasional local contender like Microbee. British micro …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2013

Inside Steve Ballmer’s fondleslab rear-guard action

Windows 8 is going down like a bucket of cold sick - but you're going to have to get used to it. It's not going away. If Microsoft has a future, this is it. Worse still, if you're a pro, you're going to have to support the thing. Microsoft had to make this desperate, poorly integrated attempt to foist a Version 1.0 touchscreen …
Liam Proven, 06 Dec 2013
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Data analytics nears adulthood but has it grown up yet?

The problem with business analytics technology is that it has just about emerged from puberty and adolescence but nobody has given it a bank account and introduced it to the opposite sex yet. Analytics has been around in one form or another ever since Henry Ford decided to catalogue his motorcar assembly line measurements a …

Misco does well but parent globocorp suffers full year losses

Giant reseller Systemax, better known in the UK as the parent of Misco, continues to review the operations after swinging to losses caused by the collapsing US consumer market and charges incurred by major restructuring on both sides of the pond. It was a particularly nasty outing for the mighty firm in calendar Q4 - group sales …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013

EMC backs Iomega up into Lenovo partnership

The first fruits of a global technology partnership between storage giant EMC and server upstart Lenovo have ripened as the two companies have launched LenovoEMC Limited, which pairs EMC's Iomega entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) arrays with Lenovo's ThinkServer product lines. EMC acquired Iomega in early 2008 to expand …

MYOB users didn't want no steenking cloud

Australian accounting software vendor MYOB* has released the newest version of its much-used small business bean-counting app. Sage fancied MYOB last year, but was beaten to an acquisition by Mitt Romney's old outfit, Bain Capital. The new release, AccountRight Live, lets users run their accounts on a PC or in the cloud. Or …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2012

Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

Thirty years ago this Friday, at approximately 9:45am on Tuesday, 24 January, 1984, the Macintosh introduced itself after Steve Jobs unveiled it at an Apple shareholders' meeting in Cupertino's Flint Center for the Performing Arts. "Hello. I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag," the odd-looking 16.5-pound box …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jan 2014
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Android-loving suits boot BlackBerrys into 3rd place in the office

RIM's share of the business market continues to slide: new figures put BlackBerrys into third place behind Android and iOS as staff are increasingly allowed to use their preferred handsets for work. Only a third of the 1,600 firms surveyed globally provide smartphones for their employees, down from 58 per cent a year ago. …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2012
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EMC hooks up with Lenovo, tries to penetrate China

The head mandarin of storage firm EMC, Joe Tucci, has signed a strategic partnership with computer-maker Lenovo involving China penetration, Lenovo replacing Dell in EMC's affections, SMB filers and – word has it – servers. The deal will help Lenovo get a look-in within the x86 server segment. These servers will be sold by …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
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Market watcher heralds 'Age of the Notebook'

More laptops shipped in Q3 than desktops, the first time this has ever happen during a given quarter, apparently. So said market watcher iSuppli today, though a close look at its numbers show there's not a lot in it: 38.6m notebooks to 38.5m desktops. What's a 100,000 units among friends? Laptop shipments were up 40 per cent …
Tony Smith, 23 Dec 2008
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TMS needs more clout in SSD giant competition

Where did that come from? Yesterday, out of the blue, news came that RamSan vendor TMS was looking to be bought or have a thumping investment from a large partner. Why? The flash market is set to rocket and it has a good track record. Why on earth does it need a sugar daddy? We asked TMS CEO Holly Frost some questions about the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2011

iiNet’s happy dance

The high points are easy: iiNet’s profit is up by 11 percent, the company is claiming 15 percent of the broadband market in Australia, and its revenue is well over the $AU800 million mark. Its acquisitions seem to be paying off, with TransACT and Internode giving the company a lever to use on the difficult small business market …
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Cisco takes stake in virtualiser Parallels

Cisco has taken an one per cent equity stake in Parallels, a minor virtualisation software vendor. Best known for desktop virtualisation wares, especially the Parallels desktop for Mac which offers a way to run Windows on Apple PCs, the company also offers a range of data centre virtualisation tools. Most are aimed at service …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jan 2013

HP to SMB storage market: 'Yoo-hoo! tee-hee!'

Hewlett-Packard has a major crush on the small and medium-sized business market and has announced a new model in its All-in-One Storage line and shuffled some executives to help prove it. HP's latest move in the affair is the addition of the HP StorageWorks 1200. The 2U system is the densest chassis offered in the StorageWorks …
Austin Modine, 11 Apr 2007
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InMage dumps CEO

InMage, a startup selling disk-based recovery software, has elevated co-founder and chairman Kumar Malavalli to its CEO position, dispensing with long-term CEO John Ferraro. InMage's Scout application is used for application replication and recovery across wide area networks. HDS resells it. Ferraro's LinkedIn page still has …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2011
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Time guns for business market

Time Group has hired RM sales director Geoff Smith to run the system builder's non-consumer businesss. Smith will head up the new corporate division which brings together Tiny Professional and Time Education, and which will develop Net services to customers in tandem with Internexus, the web hosting firm which shares common …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2002
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IBM eyes small business market

IBM, a high priest of enterprise IT delivery, wants to spend more time ministering to the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Will it find a receptive flock? IBM has transformed itself in the last 15 years by turning into a services-led organisation. Sure, it still sells software and hardware, but this is on the …
Bob Tarzey, 26 May 2005

MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

MSX: three initials that struck fear into the heart of Britain’s nascent home computer industry. The Japanese were coming, and the UK’s technology pioneers were anxious about what that might mean. Far Eastern firms like Sony, JVC, Sanyo and Pioneer had put paid to Britain’s mass-market hi-fi makers, and others had killed the …
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2013
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30 years on: Remembering the Memotech MTX 500

Memotech liked to advertise its MTX 500 and 512 microcomputers with a picture of a speeding black Porsche, but the machines, which made their first public appearance 30 years ago this month, while undoubtedly quick off the mark soon slammed hard into an unforeseen wall thrown up by a sudden, severe change in market conditions. …
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2013
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RIM cuts PlayBook sales forecast, report says

BlackBerry maker RIM is reported to have slashed its sales forecast for the PlayBook by well over one million units a week after it launched in the UK. The tablet, RIM's pitch against the dominance of Apple's shiny slate, arrived in the US consumer channels during Q1 with around 500,000 shipped, below expectations, and reports …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2011
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Samsung sales-floor rejig leads to layoffs in B2B push

Samsung has crowned Graham Long as the UK veep of corporate and IT sales following a restructure of the division to help its push into B2B. The Korean giant asked its internal sales team to reapply for their jobs, after "aligning the roles" to seven vertical markets. Whereas previously the sales force pushed either mobile PC, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2012
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Migration tool builder eyes up broader market

With release 3.1 of its Celona migration tool, Celona Technologies claims to be a step nearer providing complete automation of data migration projects. At the same time, it plans to extend its patent migration technology to a broader business market. Celona's migration tool was originally built to support complex data migration …
Phil Manchester, 10 May 2007

PC-makers hope for Windows 8 hero to sweep up sales

In the current tight economic climate, manufacturers of PCs and laptops are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Windows 8 to rescue their sales. It's worked before: the launch of Windows 7 in 2009 got off to a galloping start, more than doubling equivalent sales of Vista two years earlier. A few corporates even advanced …
Chris Bidmead, 06 Jun 2012
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Avere tries again in the UK

Avere tried selling its FXT filer accelerator boxes in the UK through Shoden, only to see that effort crash and burn. Now the storage vendor is trying again with value-added distributor VADition. Why should VADition succeed where Shoden failed? The answer, according to sales director Jason Dance, is targeting. He says there are …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2011
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VMware 'buys' Mozy for its cloudy goodness

EMC has transferred its Mozy online backup service, assets and staff to VMware, signalling VMWare's intent to be far more visible as a cloud IT service provider. There is no mention of any acquisition or transfer fee, which might seem odd. Surely Mozy has a value as a business and surely EMC's market worth will be diminished by …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2011
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Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

The world's biggest names in the consumer webmail space are sharing security intelligence with businesses for free to help drive adoption of the DMARC email-authentication system. Last month, Google, Microsoft, AOL, Facebook, and Yahoo! joined up with service providers such as PayPal to push the Domain-based Message …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2012
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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

The cloud doesn't hurt Microsoft's business, but the company does suffer an image problem related to "old software", according to the company's chief operating officer. Speaking to 14,000 Microsoft partners on Wednesday, Kevin Turner played down fears that the cloud will hurt Microsoft's software business, insisting that it has …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2011
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Compellent swoops in, saves Dell storage

Dell's fiscal 2012 second quarter storage revenues, shrunk by lost EMC business, would have shown no growth or even a loss but for booming Compellent sales. Overall storage revenues dropped 20 per cent year-on-year to $502m. The company's numbers indicate that Dell's sales of EMC-sourced storage dropped 61.6 per cent compared to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2011
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Overland soups up SnapServer

Overland Storage has souped up its SnapServers with Drobo-style dynamic volume resizing and RAID. This is what the Nasdaq fuss is about. The new SnapServers can mix disk types and offer a single storage pool from which volumes are drawn and protected. There are two models – the DX1 and DX2 – which replace the existing 410 and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011
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The Lynx effect: The story of Camputers' mighty micro

Not all of the early 1980s British home computers were fated to be as successful as Sinclair’s ZX series or Acorn's BBC Micro. Many were destined instead to be loved solely by keen but small communities of owners. For all these users’ enthusiasm, there were too few of them to sustain the cost of developing, manufacturing, …
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2013

OS/2 a quarter century on: Why IBM lost out and how Microsoft won

Twenty-five years ago IBM unveiled its master plan to reclaim the PC industry. In November of that year the first floppy diskettes of OS/2 version 1.0 trickled out. Microsoft had co-developed the software with Big Blue. The world would look very different if the plan succeeded. And the world was already changing significantly. …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2012
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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 1

In 1985, the UK home computer boom was over. Those computer manufacturers who had survived the sales wasteland that was Christmas 1984 quickly began to turn their attention away from the home users they had courted through the first half of the 1980s to the growing and potentially much more lucrative business market. The IBM PC …
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2012
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Al Gore pumps $12m into cheapo TLC flash upstart

GreenBytes announced a good but unexceptional Solidarity all-flash array in February. It has now morphed it into what we believe may be the first enterprise TLC flash array on the market. And it has an astounding price/performance: a single VM instance costs $12. Investors have been so impressed by the specs that Generation …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2012
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Retail meltdown bitchslaps Ingram Micro profits

Weakening consumer demand and a botched ERP system migration dampened Q2 profits at broadline giant Ingram Micro but a currency updraft lifted sales. The largest IT distie on the planet last night reported a near 12 per cent boost in income to $59.7m (£36.6m) and a 7 per cent slide in operating profits to $97.1m (£59.6m) …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011
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BT talks tough in biz market

BT has hit back at claims that its telco services to business customers are dearer than its rivals. The UK's monster telco reckons its BT Business Plan tariff, launched earlier this year, provides average savings of 12 per cent compared to rival services - a saving of £144 million against the average competitors' best rates, …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jul 2003
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Memo to iPad mimics: No one wants a $799 knockoff

There's a growing list of would-be iPad killers born each month, but none yet to grok the central message that made Android beat the iPhone: cheapness. Motorola and others may have all sorts of reasons for why their tablets are superior to Apple's iPad, but until the price tag is significantly lower, their devices are going to …
Matt Asay, 22 Feb 2011
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HP backs AMD Athlon with business PC

AMD gained an important breakthrough in the business market today with the news that HP is to use its flagship Athlon XP processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC. Athon XP processors are well respected among home users, earning favourable reviews since their introduction in August 1999, but AMD has struggled to make its mark …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2002
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Mobe anti-virus biz Lookout eyes Euro telcos

Lookout Mobile Security is going international with localised versions of its mobile security software and a partnership to pre-embed its technology in Android phones supplied by Telstra Australia, its first mobile telco partner outside the US. The mobile security specialist already claims more than 12 million users across 170 …
John Leyden, 09 Nov 2011
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European PC market hit by soft Euro

The much-discussed fourth quarter slowdown has made its mark in the European PC market according to analysts at Dataquest. The market only grew six per cent last year, with total shipments reaching 35.3 million units. The market in Russia increased the most, gaining 28.9 per cent on 1999's shipment figures, but this only …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Feb 2001
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Home broadband market to hit $88bn by 2007

The residential market for broadband access will be worth around $88 billion by 2007, an estimated sevenfold increase in revenue over the next five years. Industry consultancy ARC Group estimates that by 2007 almost 300 million business and residential premises worldwide will be wired up to broadband. By 2007, broadband will …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2002
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Analytics made easy

I’m increasingly convinced that we’re entering into a new phase of computing: one where competitive advantage is going to be gained or lost based on the quality of your data and your ability to analyze it. This trend will accelerate the adoption of HPC-like infrastructures and workloads into the general business market. This …
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Dell shakes up storage array game with 3PAR buy

Dell is changing the enterprise storage array supplier landscape by buying 3PAR for $1.15bn, adding an enterprise block storage array to its storage product roster and complementing the iSCSI EqualLogic storage arrays it bought in 2007. Dell paid $1.4bn for EqualLogic, and it's turned out to be an astute and successful purchase …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2010
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Gates: MS has 20m mobile market share, heads for 60%

Microsoft, previously thought to be finding the achievement of a million shipped phones somewhat challenging, already has 20 million and will shortly achieve 60 per cent of the market. Or at least, that's what Bill says. Microsoft's marketing people do tend to use a bizarre form of counting which, if employed on the financial …
John Lettice, 16 Oct 2003
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Where to now for the data robot?

Data Robotics has the great mass of business data centre computing closed off but the small business market is wide open and waiting for Drobo-isation. We talked to Tom Buiocchi, Data Robotics CEO, and also to Paul Thackeray, the EMEA VP, to get a picture of the Drobo company just after it had announced its refreshed 8-bay …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2011