Articles about Efficiencies

You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

Two in three European consumers actively want to use biometric technology when making payments, according to a new Visa-sponsored survey. Nearly three in four (73 per cent) see two-factor authentication – where a form of biometrics is used in conjunction with a payment device – as a secure payment authentication method. More …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2016

In these troubling times, senators unite to end America's big divide – rural v urban broadband

The US Senate has formally formed its first informal committee to push for better broadband in America's countryside. The bi-partisan Senate Broadband Caucus will be made up of five senators who represent states with large rural populations and will push for laws that help to expand high-speed internet service into those …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2016

Avast woos AVG shareholders with $1.3bn buyout offer

Avast is offering to buy anti-virus rival AVG for $1.3bn. AVG shareholders are being offered $25.00 per share in cash, a 33 per cent mark-up on the closing share price on Wednesday. AVG, Avast and rival Avira are the three main players in the market for freebie anti-virus scanners for Windows. All make their money by offering …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2016

Euro researchers more loyal and cheaper than Silicon Valley folk

Comment Classic and enterprise HPC storage supplier DDN Storage has opened up a Research and Development centre in Paris to help grow its European business. Its experience exposes the strengths and weaknesses of the European IT skills and startup scene, it says. The centre has 25 staff and should double that by the end if 2017. DDN …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2016
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DRAM and blast it: Micron staff face axe after flash woes

Micron made a loss of $215m in its latest quarter, job losses are coming, and the Seagate eSSD partnership hasn’t taken off. Its fiscal third 2016 quarter revenues were $2.9bn, compared to $3.85bn a year ago and $2.93bn a quarter ago, when it made a $97m loss. Things have gotten a whole lot worse since then on the price-mix …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2016
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Atlantis retreats to core VDI software and appliance market

Atlantis Computing, the software house that produced a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offering and then expanded into general virtual server acceleration and on into hyper-converged appliances, is scaling its product line back to workspace software and hyper-converged appliances, with consequent job losses. Its current …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016

Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

A national strategy on using public cloud services is needed so British police forces can cope with the increasing weight of unstructured data storage, the head of the Police ICT Company has said. Martin Wyke, head of the body, outlined storage as a key challenge for police because of the explosion of unstructured data, through …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016
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Ericsson set to lay off thousands of workers over summer – report

Swedish telecommunications business Ericsson is reportedly set to rid itself of up to 4,000 employees this summer, and potentially thousands more thereafter. Citing anonymous sources, Svenska Dagbladet (SVD) reported that 3,000-4,000 Ericsson workers were going to go this summer, with thousands more following them as the …
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NetApp posts $8m loss as its pivot continues. Feeling comfy, George?

In its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter NetApp revenues were $1.38bn instead of the $1.425bn predicted at the mid-point of its last forecast, and the company made an $8m loss – the second in George Kurian’s tenure as CEO. The revenues were down 10.4 per cent on a year ago and 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. A year ago NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016
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HP Inc-eption: Our new 3D printers print themselves, says CEO

Just like Leonardo DiCaprio and his photogenic pals crafted dream worlds out of dream worlds in the hit flick Inception, we're told HP Ink prints its 3D printers using its 3D printers. Take one of HP Ink's new and expensive 3D printers, and you can print out half of the components needed to build another one, CEO Dion Weisler …
Chris Williams, 26 May 2016
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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

A top Google executive says he’d love to build a city from scratch - without the messy humans getting in the way. Speaking at a conference, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff first reminded the world that Google’s parent Alphabet was “the single most ambitious company that ever existed” apart from perhaps the Dutch East India …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016
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Hue, not Three, could be Hutchison’s crown jewel as MNO model morphs

The European Commission has two months to decide whether to allow the takeover of Telefonica’s O2 UK arm by CK Hutchison, owner of 3UK, and if it does, what conditions will be imposed. One of the most likely demands will be for the merged entity to divest some of its infrastructure for a new entrant, or at least to earmark a …
Wireless Watch, 04 Apr 2016

Euro Patent Office prez survives crunch talks – but pressure mounts

European Patent Office (EPO) president Benoît Battistelli has survived a meeting of the organization's administrative council, but remains under significant pressure to tackle growing unhappiness in his staff's ranks. Under a resolution approved by a majority of the 38 country representatives of the council, Battistelli was …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2016

New-economy poster child LivingSocial slashes staff amid another startup collapse

In a sign that the long-anticipated tech shakeout has begun in earnest, poster child for the new economy LivingSocial has announced it is slashing its workforce in half. At the same time, yet another food-delivery startup, SpoonRocket, has closed its doors and sold itself to competitor Sprig. The result, according to a Wall …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2016
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Webby DevOps? We're not in Kansas any more, Dorothy

Software applications and their development, management, orchestration, administration, maintenance and general wellbeing have moved to the web. Okay don’t write in just yet, those are just the opening credits. Obviously then, we have started to apply web-centric technologies to these applications in order to push them towards …

Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

Big Money has poisoned the utopia of the sharing economy, says the millionaire supermodel and “social entrepreneur” Lily Cole. Once upon a time, unicorns grazed innocently over websites like Cole’s own Impossible.com, the “gift economy” website that was powered only by love (and a gift from taxpayers). Contributors were happy …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2016

Interception clouds Deutsche Telekom's pan-Euro network utopia

MWC16 As Deutsche Telekom ramps up its virtualized all-IP pan-European network, dubbed Pan-Net, Europe’s fragmented set of privacy and legal interception laws could thwart the operator’s plans for a delivering cross-border services, according to a senior operator executive. “Legal interception and privacy are the most critical …
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Brocade steps up mobile strategy with virtual EPC software

A year on from kicking off its mobile strategy, Brocade has followed up with a pre-Mobile-World-Congress announcement of its first virtualised Evolved Packet Core (EPC) offering. Its Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) is part of the company's strategy to target cellular networks with commodity Intel-based kit. Speaking to Vulture …
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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

One-time smartphone giant BlackBerry has laid off 200 of its remaining employees in a pair of cuts. The Canadian biz will eliminate 75 jobs from a manufacturing facility in Sunrise, Florida, US, and approximately 125 from its corporate headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was earlier rumored that the company was …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2016
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Network builders: LTE costs will transform the cell tower biz in 2016

Analysis The vast cost of keeping up with demand for mobile data is intensifying the pressure on mobile operators’ capex budgets and accelerating their moves to improve their infrastructure cost base. Major agreements to share passive and active cell site equipment are becoming commonplace as regulators ease up on previous restrictions, …
Wireless Watch, 01 Feb 2016
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AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

By the early 22nd century, Mega-City One will stretch down the eastern seaboard from Montreal to Georgia. It will be home to some 400 million citizens. Almost all of them will be unemployed. Judge Dredd’s vast satirical dystopian backdrop in the pages of 2000 AD is one of the comic’s most colourful settings. A predominant …
Alistair Dabbs, 28 Jan 2016

NetApp hits back at Wikibon in cluster fluster bunfight

Comment The Wikibon consultancy has published an analysis saying that the move from NetApp's ONTAP 7-mode to clustered mode (cDOT) wasn't worth it, and suggesting ONTAP was not a great choice in several application areas. NetApp's Lee Caswell, VP product, solutions and services marketing, sent us the following riposte. The Wikibon …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2016

Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

Scientists at MIT have been dabbling with some tech which could see the incandescent lightbulb make a comeback at energy efficiencies far exceeding current LED and compact fluorescent (CFL) alternatives. The venerable incandescent bulb simply uses electricity to heat a tungsten filament to around 2,700°C, at which temperature …
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2016
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NetApp finance chief quits, dons Blue Coat

+ Comment NetApp’s finance boss, Nick Noviello, has resigned to become CFO at Blue Coat Systems, with an interim CFO, Jeffrey Bergmann, appointed while guidance for the next quarter remains the same. Bergmann is currently veep of corporate finance who joined NetApp in June 2009 as veep for global tax affairs. A search is reportedly …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2016
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SwiftStack CPO: 'If you take a filesystem and bolt on an object API'... it's upside down

Interview Open source OpenStack-focused, object storage startup SwiftStack has has early involvement with Seagate’s object storage-focussed Kinetic disk drives, the ones needing server-resident software to manage their IO. We had an email conversation with Joe Arnold, the founder, president and chief product officer of SwiftStack, about …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2016
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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom ... of cloud storage pricing

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015. It won't get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2016
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IT infrastructure on demand? Yeah right, say devs

IT operations remain completely out of touch with the needs of developers, with CIOs duped into believing a dusting of VMware magic will allow them to construct the sort of whitebox data factories that power the likes of Google, sandbox vendor QualiSystems has declared. The vendor’s CTO Joan Wrabetz took aim at the industry’s …
Joe Fay, 16 Dec 2015

HMRC bets the farm on digital. What could possibly go wrong?

Comment HMRC has promised to throw £1.3bn at its creaking IT to transform itself into the most "digitally advanced" tax administration in the world. By doing so, it also hopes to save significant piles of cash and offset major cuts. But for many, this whole venture represents a major gamble. To much fanfare the department announced …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2015
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Gartner: EMEA server market is two-horse race between Dell and HPE

The EMEA server market looks to be a two-horse race between Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell, according to Gartner. There was a relative spike in demand during calendar Q3 as shipments went up 1.4 per cent to 533,106 units and the value of those sales increased 3.7 per cent to an estimated $3bn - this followed a shrinking …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2015

IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos

Over 90 per cent of IT staffers have come into work while sick to ensure a project finishes on time, while two thirds have missed a funeral, wedding or similar event due to work-related crises. Given these numbers, one can only conclude that at least some of those missed funerals were for fellow IT workers who insisted on …
Joe Fay, 01 Dec 2015

EU privacy watchdog calls for more ‘processing of personal data’ transparency

Businesses should provide people with an "opt out" right to object to the processing of their personal data when they make an assessment that consent is not necessary as part of a big data project, an EU privacy watchdog has said. European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli said, though, that "more efforts …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Nov 2015
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NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

NHS IT must spend a fortune to save a fortune, says McKinsey

The NHS must bolster its IT budget by up to £8.3bn over the next five years – in order to produce savings of possibly £13.7bn, said the management consultancy McKinsey. Get this right and the prize is huge; the £30bn NHS funding shortfall – estimated at £30bn by 2020-21 – could be cut by a quarter. But, get it wrong ... The …
Drew Cullen, 10 Nov 2015
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Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss

Coppers' IT is so complex and varied across the 43 different forces, a complete "big bang" overhaul of systems to force consolidation is not practical - the head of the Police ICT company Martin Wyke has said. Speaking to The Register, Wyke said that due to the varying IT arrangements and outsourcing contracts across the …
Kat Hall, 05 Nov 2015

Extra week of sales in Avnet's Q1? That's good, says CEO

An extra seven days of sales in Avnet Technology Solutions' latest full quarterly numbers added some much needed top line meat, cut from demand for networking, storage, security and services. In the enterprise distie's Q1 of fiscal '16, for the 53 weeks ended 3 October, revenue went up 1.3 per cent to $2.498bn, including $225m …
Paul Kunert, 29 Oct 2015
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That great sucking sound? It's data going into the public cloud

Nearline storage in Google’s cloud is a new front in the vigorous marketing war being fought by public cloud providers to grab your data and convert your storage CAPEX into OPEX, meaning income for them. Some recent advances in cloud archive storage, cloud access gateways and hybrid on-premises/cloud data management are …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015
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Voice, data, help desk: Meet the Syrian refugees' IT infrastructure chief

Special report Humanitarian organisations depend on internet and telecoms connectivity to conduct their life-saving work, and providing that critical service when there is none available is the job of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). This is a global network of organisations who are on call to rapidly deploy when disaster …
Andy Favell, 28 Oct 2015
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Our storage reporter has breaking news about Data Fabrics. Chris?

Recent NetApp Data Fabric literature presages a return of FlashRay and an apparently semi-detached integration of its StorageGRID product. Data Fabric is NetApp's over-arching concept of a virtual fabric with which data in different clouds (stores) can be seamlessly connected across different data management (product) …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015
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Seagate moves head moneyman to undefined role, promotes new CFO

Seagate has moved CFO Pat O'Malley to an undefined exec role and promoted Dave Morton to CFO. Morton was Seagate’s SVP, treasurer and principal accounting officer, and now gets an EVP hat. O'Malley, CFO since 2008, keeps his existing EVP status but becomes responsible "for a broad range of strategic and operational issues." …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

US nuke boffinry to be powered by Facebook-inspired Linux servers

Linux clusters built from Facebook's blueprints will help crunch numbers for the US government's hydrogen bomb scientists. The computer system, dubbed the Tundra Extreme Scale series, will cost $39m, and at its peak perform between seven and nine thousand trillion math calculations per second – that's seven to nine petaflops …
Chris Williams, 22 Oct 2015
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Of OpenStack and Cloud Orchestrator

Tomorrow’s computing systems will extend from legacy hardware and applications inside the company, through to virtualized, API-friendly applications still on-premise in the data centre, and further out to cloud-based systems off-premise. These in turn will divide down still further into dedicated, single-tenant cloud-based …
Robin Birtstone, 19 Oct 2015
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How much? Imation buys Connected Data for $7.5m. No, really

Imation has bought Geoff Barrall’s Connected Data startup for just $7.5m, and finally appointed a new, although interim, CEO. The Clinton Group is the activist investor now in control of Imation’s board and it’s appointed board director Bob Fernander, a Clinton nominee, as interim CEO. He was interim president. Another Clinton …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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IBM bags $700m services and infrastructure contract with Etihad Airways

IBM has signed a $700m deal with Etihad Airways to provide IT services and infrastructure over the next 10 years. Big Blue's agreement includes the development and operation of a cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, for which state-owned Etihad Airways is a flag carrier. IBM stated that its …
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BLABBERGEDDON BEGINS! Twitter lays off 8% of its workforce

Twitter has confirmed that it will cut loose more than 300 employees as the profitless company attempts to claw back costs and push for user growth on the struggling site. The firm, whose old CEO Jack Dorsey returned to run Twitter last week, said in a US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing that – as a result …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2015
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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

Boffins at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), collaborating with Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), have quadrupled the farthest distance quantum information has been "teleported". Quantum teleportation, of course, is not a matter of making physical matter dematerialise and …
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Today's Groupon offer to its sacked employees: 100% off your salary

Online deals website Groupon will lay off 1,100 employees and shut down part of its international operations. The biz employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. In a filing with US financial watchdog the SEC, Groupon said it will cut the positions over the next year with the redundancy round wrapping up by the end of September …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015

Mining for insight in the economy of things? Check your toolkit

The Internet of Things (IoT) has given us watches that talk to our phones, phones that talk to our cars, and robot spies that talk to Amazon. But can it revolutionise industries with lots of unstructured information that hasn’t yet been collected? The IoT concept is a bit like soap in the bath. You think you’ve got a grip on …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Sep 2015
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Is Toshiba mulling asset sales? HDD, TV businesses in the frame

Comment Toshiba is in trouble and could be about to exit the PC and disk drive businesses. The company is still suffering badly from a massive accounting scam, which overstated profits for seven years, and it has just reported a lousy quarter with losses of $91m. Masashi Muromachi became Toshiba’s new president (chief executive) in …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015
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Oh no, startup Massive Analytic unleashes 'artificial precognition'

When Britons do tech startups they don't hold back. London-based Massive Analytic is an artificial intelligence startup that has created Oscar AP, a product they describe as 'artificial precognition'. If name Massive Analytic wasn't just this side of disturbing, the unnecessarily creepy "artificial precognition" marketing …
Trevor Pott, 01 Sep 2015
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Booked that expensive holiday yet Mr Server Maker? Maybe just a day trip for now

The EMEA server market is on fire, but not in a good way – both shipments and factory revenues declined in Q2 amid the currency issue and uncertain business climate. Unit sales dropped 5.6 per cent year-on-year to 523,800 servers, and the money coughed for them dipped 2.3 per cent to $3.1bn, abacus fondlers at Gartner have …
Paul Kunert, 26 Aug 2015