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Chess makes another move, picks up Lanway

Chess has consumed Burnley-based infrastructure reseller Lanway for an undisclosed sum. The deal adds roughly £21m of top line revenues to Chess, certifications from HPE, Dell, and NetApp and roughly 100 heads to the the payroll. Typically, Chess tends to buy specific divisions at companies rather than the entire company …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016
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Hyper-converged prospects? Thanks to firm-gobbling habit and OEM deal, Dell has 3

EMC-Dell deal Dell has three horses in the hyper-converged system race: VMware’s VSAN colt, EMC’s ScaleIO mustang and OEM’d Nutanix’s filly. Come 2017, VMware and EMC should be inside Dell and eyes will look quizzically at the Dell Nutanix OEM deal. Specifically, Dell says it has the broadest hyper-converged stable offering available from …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2016
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Colt shareholders grab Fidelity offer, declare 'we're outta here'

Reluctant telco Colt is edging closer to private ownership again, after a bunch of shareholders approved a 190-pence-per-share offer from private equity firm Fidelity to flee the loss-making biz. Fidelity was already a majority share owner in Colt when it approached the LSE-listed cloud wannabe in June, with a bid that values …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim. The gunsight in question is the much-hyped but seldom purchased TrackingPoint kit, a system with a Linux machine at its …
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2015

We want MORE, whine Colt directors after seeing buyout proposal

The directors of network provider Colt have today issued a formal whinge that the company's proposed buyout offer "undervalues" the biz. Majority shareholder and investment firm Fidelity is offering a proposed buyout of the company for 190p per share. Fidelity was the founding investor in Colt before it was a publicly traded …
Kat Hall, 17 Jul 2015

Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

A Florida pirate was arrested recently after allegedly firing shots at passing cars using his pair of "operational" black-powder pistols, presumably flintlocks. The Florida Keys Keynoter and Reporter has the story. It seems that Monroe County sheriff's deputies, responding to notifications of shots fired on the old Seven Mile …
Lewis Page, 06 Jul 2015
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Confused Colt dumps the IT services market while revenues shrink

In a major about-turn, telecoms network provider Colt has today announced it will exit the IT services market as the firm searches for a fresh strategy to halt a worrying decline in revenue. "We are taking decisive action to become a more focused and disciplined organisation," said Rakesh Bhasin, CEO, in an update to the …
Kat Hall, 30 Jun 2015
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Major Colt Group investor bids to take sickly biz private again

Fidelity, the majority shareholder in LSE-listed telecoms biz Colt Group, has bid 190 pence per share to buy the remaining stock and take the ailing firm private. The proposed transaction equates to a 21 per cent premium on yesterday’s closing share price and is 34 per cent up on the rolling average for the past twelve months …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2015
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Why carrier neutrality matters for 'proper hosting'

When you sign up for data centre services, it's easy to focus on the core stuff like uptime, cooling and cabinet availability, while forgetting that getting wide-area (private circuit or internet) links can sometimes be tricky. If you forget to examine how carrier-neutral your provider is, though, then you risk delays in moving …
Dave Cartwright, 08 May 2015
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Cloud DNS, VPN, HTTPS load balancing ... Google looks at rivals, thinks: Yeah, we'll do all that

Google has expanded its portfolio of network services, with the aim of ensuring that customers of its cloud infrastructure have responsive, low-latency websites. On Monday, the online ad-slinger announced general availability of Cloud DNS, its managed DNS service. For a monthly fee, Google will handle DNS requests for as many …
Neil McAllister, 13 Apr 2015
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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

Your company has decided, quite sensibly, that it wants to move its application infrastructure to a data centre rather than living with the risk of an on-premise approach. So how do you choose the data centre you should move to? Location Location is a compromise of locality versus suitability, but in my mind you should lean …
Dave Cartwright, 09 Apr 2015

Insight's EMEA prez: It's not our fault cloud sales are slow, blame the NSA

Services investments made by box-peddling shape shifter Insight Enterprises will start to pay dividends in Europe from next year, regional head honcho Wolgang Eberman has predicted. The exec joined Insight from the beginning of 2014 with the remit to gradually reduce its reliance on traditional on-premise software and hardware …
Paul Kunert, 30 Mar 2015

Colt sales slide, profits turn to mush in shiny new cloudy world

A double-digit sales crash in the carrier voice division led top-line declines at Colt in 2014, as a series of one-off costs – including a major restructuring programme – downed profit. It was a “disappointing” outing for the London-listed operation, with turnover dropping 6.4 per cent to €1.49bn in the 12 months, the firm …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2015
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Software-defined everything: So, WHEN is the 'future'?

The software-defined data centre concept has attracted considerable attention and hype, with its promise of reducing hardware costs and automating control of infrastructure. Backers of the idea say the SDDC will enable policy-driven management of resources, allowing applications to be deployed across commodity hardware to suit …
Team Register, 05 Jan 2015
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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

It's been quite a week for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, as myself and Edge Research Laboratory's David Patterson travelled to Spaceport America in New Mexico, and took delivery of the Vulture 2 spaceplane in Denver, picking up a couple of rocket motor reloads along the way. We covered plenty of road …
Lester Haines, 17 Dec 2014
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Enormo reseller Insight hires former Cisco man to run EMEA services

Insight EMEA claims to have taken a step forward on the long and winding path to tech services glory by recruiting a former Cisco and PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting chief to head up a newly erected division. A pan-regional services team will be fronted by newly installed veep Rolf Adam, who mostly recently served as …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2014
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Life after Insight for execs swept away by new broom

A pair of former Insight Enterprises execs that exited last autumn in a wave of senior redundancies have emerged in pastures new, both at software firms. One-time EMEA marketing veep Ashley Gatehouse has rocked up at software asset management firm Crayon, with ex-Insight global sales veep Frank Bitoun landing in the same role …
Paul Kunert, 25 Feb 2014
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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

A broad coalition of technology companies and activist groups has declared Tuesday, February 11th 2014 has been “The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance”. Timed to co-incide with the first anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death, the day has attracted support from some unsurprising sources – the Electronic Frontier …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2014

EMC confirms arrival of channel vet as COO EMEA

EMC has confirmed that former Colt and Computacenter bigwig Simon Walsh will land at the firm as COO for EMEA, as revealed by El Chan this week. The industry veteran left Colt Technology Services in November, less than three years after heading the newly launched division, amid talk that the service provider was not satisfied …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2014
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EMC hires channel veteran as new EMEA COO

Exclusive Former Colt Technology Services grand fromage Simon Walsh is set to become one of the top brass at EMC EMEA, according to multiple industry sources. Walsh, an exec director at Colt, exited the business back in November along with a couple of his lieutenants following nearly three years at the firm. Sources told us that Walsh …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jan 2014
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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

So no, there will not be an electric quadcopter delivery drone delivering your Cyber Monday packages in 2015: nor even in 2025, most likely, as even Jeff Bezos more or less openly admits if you look at what he actually said. Yes, there are homes to be found - more of them perhaps in United States than in other places - where …
Lewis Page, 03 Dec 2013

Colt Technology Services bigwigs exit stage left

Colt Technology Services exec director Simon Walsh and some of his lieutenants have exited the business, The Channel can reveal. "We can confirm that Simon Walsh no longer works for Colt Technology Services and that Jürgen Hernichel is now leading that area of the business," a Colt PR person told us. Previously, Hernichel was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2013
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HP cloud overlord backs UK distie Westcoast as it flogs its fluff to small biz

Small biz customers have been bitten by the cloud bug but large enterprises and government types are altogether less open to outsourcing IT or broadcasting their data into the electronic ether. At least, that's the view from HP's cloud overlord Michael Clifford, who, unsurprisingly, is giving his backing to a fluffy white …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2013

SolidFire snaps up $31m in funding, brandishes 3.4PB monster

Cloud flash array startup SolidFire has snagged $31 million in C-round funding and revealed a bad-ass flash array delivering up to 7.5 million IOPS - and a claimed 3.4PB capacity. That capacity in SolidFire's SF9010 is after dedupe, compression and thin provisioning have been applied, and with the maximum of 100 nodes ganged …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2013
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Former QiComm CEO cleared in money-laundering case

The founder and former owner of telco integrator QiComm has been acquitted of money-laundering charges brought by HMRC - but said this came too late in the day to keep his biz afloat. Thuraisamy Pathmanabhan, also known as Pat Nabahm, was charged with conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2013
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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

American gun manufacturers will have to fit smart technology to their products if a new bill from US Representative John Tierney (D-MA) comes into force. The Personalized Handgun Safety Act of 2013 would give gun manufacturers two years to fit all guns with technology that would allow only the owner (or an authorized user) to …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2013

Feeling lucky, punk? Storage biz crams virty PCs into RAM

Software house Atlantis has updated its ILIO product, which juggles the storage of virtual desktops in data centres, so that virtualised machines run entirely in a server's memory - sans a SAN or local drives. Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 lets Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View customers run persistent virtual desktops in- …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013

Don't get 2e2'd: How to survive when your IT supplier goes titsup

Analysis I used to know a finance director who had a favourite mantra: “Minimise fixed costs.” The concept's a simple one: by all means use permanent staff to deal with the aspects of your business that don't change much, but where your revenue streams go up and down, think of ways of allowing the cost of servicing those revenue …
Dave Cartwright, 11 Feb 2013
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ScaleIO uncloaks, offers glimpses of mighty SANitisation plans

Startup ScaleIO has come out of stealth-mode operation. Its ECS virtual storage appliance (VSA) is on major steroids, making it a serious alternative to existing storage array network (SAN) arrays rather than a toy. ScaleIO turns application servers' local storage into an on-demand low-cost SAN. This puts it in the same ballpark …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2012

Missed the cloud bandwagon?

There continues to be a cacophony of marketing noise from technology vendors about their cloud strategies. While the announcements sometimes include messaging for their channel, many partners are still unsure of their future role in the industry. The Cloud and Technology Transformation Alliance (CCTA) reported that its survey …
Peter O'Neill, 23 Nov 2012
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Avnet TS confirms EMEA exec line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has tweaked its organisational structure in EMEA and named those execs with a seat at the top table after completing the acquisition of Magirus. Joining the senior management team in the region, Christian Magirus, COO at the self titled distie becomes veep for services. The channel veteran will look …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2012

Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

Bond on Film It's the details that embellish James Bond's character: the martini, the Aston Martin, the Walther PPK. A bit of a handbag gun really ... but there's no point telling people We’re talking about an individual from a certain social background, somebody who possesses a deliberate and definite sense of choice and taste. But …
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VMware lets you take vClouds out for a spin

VMware wants to make it easier for cloudy infrastructure builders to see how its vCloud stack of software runs their applications, but it doesn't want to be in the cloud business itself. So, the vendor has teamed up with a hosting firm to tune up a vCloud service evaluation cloud that lets application developers and system …
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Colt Technology Services gobbles ThinkGrid

Colt Technology Services has swallowed cloud minnow ThinkGrid for an undisclosed sum to tap up its network of 300 resellers and software developers and the small biz firms it counts as customers. Incorporated in 2008, London-based ThinkGrid provides a cloud platform for channel firms to resell infrastructure-as-a-service kit …
Paul Kunert, 13 Aug 2012
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Product Round-up Not everyone will agree with me that the Nexus 7 tablet is nigh on perfect but I can't imagine anyone seriously questioning its ability as a gaming machine. With a quad-core CPU and a 720p IPS screen, we're off to a good start. It's also the perfect size and weight to hold in both hands but still give your thumbs free range to …
Alun Taylor, 11 Aug 2012
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Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

A New Zealand court has been shown footage of the 20 January dawn assault by police and the FBI on the home of Kim Dotcom, owner of the Megaupload file storage site. Dotcom and his co-accused – Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram Van der Kolk – face charges of international copyright infringement related to content hosted on …
Iain Thomson, 08 Aug 2012
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Ex-Computacenter bigwig O'Hara now Colt big gun

Former Computacenter big hitter Julie O'Hara has been lured to Colt as veep for services and solutions. She left London-based CC in February after 15 years at the firm, most recently as director for the unit managing financial services and retail customers. Her exit resulted in a rejig of the UK sales floor. The move is …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012
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EMC rolls new VMAX bundle for cloud pushers

It just sits there and rakes in money for you as users get provisioned, use the space and get billed: that's the message EMC is pushing to cloud service providers with a new VMAX bundle of array, software and services. VMAX SP – for service providers – is a VMAX array packaged with software and services at four levels to help …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2012
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Ex-BT exec secures NBN Co COO role

NBN Co will be importing its first chief operating officer from the UK with the appointment of former BT executive Ralph Steffens to the role. Moving to Australia at the end of November and working in the Sydney office of NBN Co, Steffens will report to CEO Mike Quigley and have overarching responsibility for the construction of …
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Leaked blower sports RIM's prospective OS, BBX

Research in Motion's upcoming BBX OS has been spotted on an unreleased handset, said to be called the BlackBerry London. The BlackBerry London is said to pack a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of Ram and 16GB of Flahs storage, according to The Verge. There are also 8Mp rear-facing and 2Mp front-facing cameras. BlackBerry London …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2011
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New plastic telescope ammo machine gun is light as a rifle

The US Army has announced successful tests of a new, lightweight portable machine-gun which fires special plastic ammunition. The gun and ammo are so much lighter than current weapons and their brass-cased cartridges that some soldiers are suggesting that every infantryman could in future pack the sort of firepower reserved …
Lewis Page, 08 Nov 2011
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Ellison's cloud conversion is good for business

Open...and Shut For those agnostics who continue to doubt the reality of cloud adoption, there are two clear signs: the adoption of Amazon's public cloud and Larry Ellison's public cloud creation. The first is a sign of the appetite for cloud while the latter is a suggestion that even the cloud laggards have eventually found their way to their …
Matt Asay, 07 Oct 2011
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Off-the-shelf servers spar with million-dollar storage arrays

VMworld 2011 Cheap and cheerful storage from Nexenta matched EMC and NetApp's multi-million-dollar systems in VMworld 2011's Hands On Lab, and took up some of the slack from its rivals when difficulties arose on the first day. EMC and NetApp have cooly brushed off Nexenta's claims it outperformed them. The storage infrastructure for the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2011
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VMware orders vCloud army across five continents

VMworld VMware envisions a world where applications can roam across one big intercloud. Apps won't just jump from internal data centers to public cloud services, the company believes. They'll move from cloud to cloud like phone calls across cell networks. That's why VMware is keen on getting its vSphere server virtualization not only …
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Computacenter guru outlines new Colt not-a-cloud plan

Computacenter's former storage boss Matthew Yeager is set to join LSE-listed Colt from next month as chief technologist. After nearly four years at CC, Yeager is heading to Colt, which dropped the Telecom element of its brand last year as it transitions into a cloud services biz or "information delivery platform provider" as …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2011
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Blackberry QNX phone details leaked

Images and specifications for the first Blackberry running QNX have surfaced, but if these are accurate then the Blackberry Colt is underpowered, incompatible and doomed from the start. The details come from the Boy Genius Report blog, which claims inside information and a photoshopped image of the handset. That information …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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VMware launches vSphere 5 into the clear blue sky

VMware has unveiled the latest version of its vSphere hypervisor – vSphere 5 – along with a suite of additional technologies for building what the world insists on calling "infrastructure clouds". The Cloud Infrastructure Suite includes new versions of the company's vShield security platform; its vCenter Site Recovery Manager, …
Cade Metz, 12 Jul 2011
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Cable & Wireless in talks to acquire 2e2

Cable & Wireless Worldwide has opened acquisition talks with systems integrator 2e2, according to industry insiders. Sources reckon that long term 2e2 backer Duke Street Capital (DSC), which acquired 2e2 from venture capitalist Gresham in September 2006 for £130m, is edging toward its five-year exit plan. A second private …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jun 2011
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VMware hooks up private and public clouds

Another piece in the vCloud cloudy infrastructure puzzle snaps into place today for VMware, with the delivery of a tool called vCloud Connector. With this plug-in for the vCenter management console for the company's vSphere server hypervisor and related stack, system administrators can now view and control the virtual machines …
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Steve Jobs lectures devs, dodges antitrust action

Comment Over two years after the debut of the iTunes App Store, Apple has finally provided developers with guidelines describing what apps are and aren't acceptable for inclusion in what Steve Jobs has called Cupertino's "curated platform." Apple also removed restrictions from its iOS developer license that brought good news to Adobe …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Sep 2010