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Learn how to simplify your IT setup with cloud apps

What: Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps When: Regcast, 5 June 2014, 11am London time Register here. Can't make it? Sign up and we'll ping you when the on-demand version is ready. Do you need some help in making the switch to cloud apps? Then watch this webinar. Annrai O’Toole of Workday, perhaps the leading exponent …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet. Throw in the fact that Dell and AMD have …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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Salesforce whips out private-public-ish 'iTunes app store' for enterprise IT

Public-cloud preacher Salesforce.com will deliver a white-label version of its enterprise "app store" for private clouds – so businesses can use it to distribute software to staff. The Marc Benioff-run online giant has dubbed the product Private AppExchange, which companies can individually brand and tailor as required. The …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2013

Java EE 7 melds HTML5 with enterprise apps

Oracle has announced public availability of Java EE 7, the first major release of the enterprise formulation of Java since the database giant took control of the platform in 2010. The last version shipped way back in 2009. Support for HTML5 and related technologies is one of the key themes of this release. Among the new APIs …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
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IT box'n'services floggers to learn coding as biz want apps

Companies in the IT hardware and services channel are having to bone up on programming or outsource development as big biz takes a growing interest in mobile versions of enterprise software. At the Canalys Channel Forum, the analyst said, thanks to the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), services customers want are …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2013

Enterprise apps to bring bespoke BACK FROM THE DEAD

The '90s saw a boom in the development and acceptance of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software. Ever since, various analysts and pundits have predicted the marginalisation of custom software development. In the SME space, it has been hard to argue; the past two decades have seen COTS software dominate. But with the emergence …
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2012
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'Apps are replacing people everywhere', says Canalys chief

Forget the recession - the reseller channel is in rude heath and there are a raft of biz opportunities coming into sharp focus, according to the chief at bean counter Canalys. At Canalys' Channel Forum 2012, CEO Steve Brazier said times were tough in the first half of this year, but distributors and the top 12 vendors - …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2012
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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

Microsoft is once again trying to convince businesses to get on board with its touch-centric computing vision, with the introduction of a new tool called Windows Apportals. Billed as a way to "integrate your entire Line of Business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience," Apportals allow companies to build …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2014
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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

Apple has given us much with its pleasing-on-the-eye iPad. But what it hasn't given us is a serious replacement for the lowly laptop or desktop. As much as magazines like MacWorld may hype it as "The New Business Machine", the reality is that the iPad is only enterprise-ready in iFantasyLand. Across the board, Apple's iPad apps …
Matt Asay, 13 Jul 2012
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Citrix, Google kick XP's still-twitching corpse

Citrix and Google have announced a cut-price deal to pipe legacy apps into Chromebooks. The pair chose April 8th, Windows XP death day, to announce the deal. There's not a whole lot that's truly new in the announcement, which explains how the XenApp HTML 5 viewer can now pipe legacy Windows apps in to Chromebooks and that …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014
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Return of native: HTML5's enterprise battle

Consumer smartphone apps may get all the press, not to mention $15bn in market size by 2013, but enterprise smartphone apps may well prove to be the bigger market. This may be particularly true of HTML5 apps, which have been all the rage at Facebook, the Financial Times, and other consumer-facing app developers. The reason? …
Matt Asay, 26 Oct 2011

Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

The Taiwanese trade press has claimed Tim Cook's iWatch will come in two sizes: one with a 1.6-inch screen, the other with a 1.8-inch display. of course Apple still hasn't even confirmed the existence of the tick-tocker... Super tough sapphire glass may not even come as standard and may only be offered on the bigger, more …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jul 2014
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Xamarin: Design an app for Windows, iOS and Android ... from one codebase?

Perhaps the most striking feature of Microsoft's Build developer conference in April was the crowd that gathered to hear Xamarin's Mac-toting Miguel de Icaza talk about mobile apps – meaning, of course, his company's tools for targeting iOS and Android with C#, the premier language of Microsoft .NET. The session was so popular …
Tim Anderson, 30 May 2014

EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS

As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way. EMC has gone and boosted its offerings to do just this. The company says it is adding “new integrations with primary and protection storage …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
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Enterprise computing imperiled by cloudy mobes

Enterprise computing practices are under attack by a rapidly advancing army of cloud-hungry mobile devices. "Applications don't live in one place anymore," is how SAP's head of product architecture and technology strategy Sethu Meenakshisundaram summed up this conflict at a software-centric Intel pow-wow on Thursday morning. …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Sep 2011
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98.8% of Overland shareclutchers say OMG, YES to Tandberg takeover

Overland Storage shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Tandberg Data takeover by Overland. There was a 98.8 per cent vote in favour of the takeover at a 16 January meeting. But, then, there was no other option on the table except the virtual certainty of an eventual Overland collapse and a total wipeout of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

In a three-hour session at Build 2014, Microsoft pulled itself further clear of the wreckage created by the company's ex-Windows 8 chief Steve Sinofsky. Most keynotes ramble at least a little bit, but the sheer deluge of updates at Microsoft's annual developer conference yesterday seemed to leave the audience battered and …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2014
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Motorola punts Android into the enterprise

Motorola Solutions, the bit of Motorola that makes money and wasn't bought by Google, has nonetheless launched an Android tablet – but one aimed at retailers, not retail. The ET1 is a 7in tablet that is guaranteed against a 1.2-metre drop onto concrete, sealed against moisture and has a hot-swappable battery – though out of the …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011
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The Germans are coming - Software AG borgs LongJump

Software AG has acquired LongJump, an enterprise-focused company that develops a platform-as-a-service which lets folk build applications without knowing how to code. The acquisition, whose terms were not dislosed, was announced on Thursday. It will see the MySQL-based technology be knitted into other components of Software AG's …
Jack Clark, 25 Apr 2013

A potted history of cloud computing

1960s John McCarthy Many of the key concepts of Cloud Computing are rooted in the early 1960s and the trailblazer was John McCarthy (above), the celebrated computer scientist, who is best known as the father of Artificial Intelligence. He devised the notion of timesharing, enabling organisations to simultaneously use an …
David Gordon, 07 Mar 2014
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Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last

We expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013

Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

How would you like to be told that you may have lost your job? Probably not with an email which started with the phrase: "Hello there." But that's how Microsoft mobile boss Stephen Elop began his missive to the Microsoft Devices Group, burying the news about killing off Nokia X in par four, and the bit about which operations in …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2014
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Heroku puffs out Java cloud with one-click app stack

Heroku's core fanbase of Ruby on Rails hipsters must be mortified. Since being bought by Salesforce.com in 2010, the platform as a service (PaaS) vendor has steadily added support for more languages – including boring old Java – and as of this week's Dreamforce 2012 conference in San Francisco, it's even started muttering the e- …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2012

Cash-bleeding Overland: A healthy BYOD brings a sound mind

Overland Storage announced its usual loss-making quarterly results but said it was going full tilt into giving BYOD and smart mobile device owners full access to enterprise apps no matter their size. CEO Eric Kelly has now become chairman of its Canadian partner, Sphere 3D, which provides the virtualisation wizardry needed for …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013
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Expanding the footprint of enterprise apps

Many organisations originally invested in ERP and CRM suites to deal with specific problems they were focused on at the time. Whether it was automating or fixing certain processes, or simply replacing existing obsolete systems, the job at hand was clear, and bad things happened if the immediate objectives weren’t met. Sure, the …
Dale Vile, 30 Nov 2009
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Verizon to close mobile app store, disappointing few

Leading US mobile carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it will shutter its app store for Android and BlackBerry devices in January 2013, ending a three-year experiment that went all but unnoticed by most customers. Verizon first unveiled its apps marketplace in March 2010 under the name VCast App Store, and although it …
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2012
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Google Groups plays footsie with Google Apps customers

Mountain View has finally begun offering its popular Google Groups feature to its enterprise Apps Premier and Education Edition punters. Until yesterday, when the company announced the move, many paying customers had grumbled about the lack of Google Groups within corporate and academic versions of Google’s nascent online suite …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2009
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Salesforce and Oracle bury hatchet in historic cloud partnership

Salesforce.com and Oracle are to integrate their clouds at application, platform and infrastructure levels, the companies announced today. Salesforce is standardising on Oracle Linux, Exadata hardware, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware. Oracle will integrate Salesforce.com with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud. And …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2013
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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

Developers have launched a sync-and-share service aimed at small businesses that adds an extra layer of encryption absent from popular services such as Dropbox and Box. InfraScale says its Filelocker software protects data by encrypting it locally, in-transit and again in the cloud. Files are encrypted with a user's personal …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012

500 MEELLION PCs still run Windows XP. How did we get here?

Six months from now, on 8 April 2014, Microsoft will stop pushing out security updates for Windows XP – and that's going to be a big deal. At time of writing a whopping one-third of the world’s millions of PCs were still running Microsoft’s 13-year-old client operating system. According to Gartner, the global installed base of …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Oct 2013
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RIM opens BlackBerry 10 marketplace for submissions

RIM has opened its BlackBerry App World store to applications for its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, with a truckload of incentives to get developers onside. "This is a huge opportunity to be the first into the store and capitalize on app-hungry BlackBerry users," announced Alec Saunders, RIM’s VP of developer …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2012
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Oracle woos open sourcers with free Java web framework

Battling against an increasingly crowded field of Java web development frameworks, Oracle – ordinarily never one to turn away a buck – has decided to bite the bullet and offer a version of its Application Development Framework (ADF) as a free download. Oracle ADF Essentials is a slightly stripped-down version of Oracle ADF, the …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2012

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

When Oracle announced disappointing third-quarter results in March 2013, executives at the company were quick to blame poor sales execution for a two per cent decline in new software licences and cloud software subscriptions. It wasn't a symptom, they insisted, of underlying problems with the company’s product portfolio - or …
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Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

Even as traditional enterprise IT vendors come under pressure from modern cloud and open-source applications, these old-school businesses have one strategy that is the gift that keeps on giving: Enterprise licence agreements. Not only do ELAs help to shield vendors from pricing pressure from open-source alternatives, they also …
Matt Asay, 04 Dec 2012

Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

Analyst firm Gartner has chosen just one word to describe Windows 8 for desktop users: “Bad”. Research Director Gunnar Berger put the imminent OS through its paces in a five-part review which found that Windows 8 is pretty good when used on touch-screen devices. Microsoft loaned Berger a Samsung slate device and he found that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2012
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Salesforce pitches to become the 'iTunes' of enterprise apps

Tapping into the rhetoric around Web 2.0, hosted CRM provider Salesforce.com has billed its latest online service as the "iTunes of enterprise applications." Chairman and chief executive Marc Benioff has launched AppExchange, a hosted service for ISVs creating, posting and sharing business applications for download by end-users …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2006
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Are your applications ready to live in the cloud?

So, you are ready for a journey to the cloud. You have evaluated the benefits and you think you are ready to migrate your applications to a castle in the sky. But the road to cloudy happiness is a long and winding one. Getting your applications into the cloud takes preparation. Why move? The first step is to nail down the …
Danny Bradbury, 01 Jun 2012
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Oracle gooses Studio compilers for Solaris, Linux

Having cranked Solaris Unix up to 11, software giant Oracle has now revved up a new companion set of compilers that work with the new operating system as well as the current Oracle Linux clone of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux. The Solaris Studio 12.3 C, C++, and Fortran compilers might bear the Solaris brand and they may have their …
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Alcatel Lucent goes black

Alcatel Lucent returned to profit in the second quarter on the back of cost-cutting and some market share gains in IP and optics. Sales climbed a little more than 2 per cent to €3.9bn and operating profits were €108m compared to losses of €184m a year earlier. CEO Ben Verwaayen, installed three years ago to revive the fortunes …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2011

Tide turns for enterprise apps vendors

The quarterly business results are coming in and, for enterprise application vendors, it looks as if the worst is over, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. Although we are not likely to be seeing the high growth rates common two to three years ago for some time, the business climate appears to be steadily improving. SAP …
IT-Analysis, 27 Oct 2003
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VMware eats Socialcast for collabware

Server and desktop virtualization juggernaut VMware continues to build out a stack of applications for the cloudy era. It has now snapped up Socialcast, a maker of enterprise-grade social networking tools, for an undisclosed sum. If you think you might have created what could become the preferred collaboration tool to plug into …

Microsoft unwraps enterprise apps strategy

Over the past few years, solutions have appeared on the market for automating the business processes that companies use on a day-to-day basis, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. This charge has been led from two angles - from those companies, formerly known as ERP vendors, that have developed integrated suites on the one …
IT-Analysis, 24 Jul 2003
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Linux heats up the enterprise apps space

According to Scott Handy, director of IBM's Linux solutions marketing group, Linux has now matured sufficiently to be hailed as an "industrial enterprise-class Internet server for web applications", writes Fran Howarth, of Bloor Research. Handy says that this has happened in a remarkably short period of time: three years ago, …
IT-Analysis, 27 May 2003
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Telefonica, Verizon ready VMware schizophones

VMware rules the x86 server virtualization racket, giving physical servers multiple personalities. And now cell phone operators are lining up to support its Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor on smartphones. At the VMworld Europe conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, VMware announced that US cellphone operator Verizon and …
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AuthenTec sells out to Apple to the sound of 1,000 lawsuits

The $356m purchase of AuthenTec by Apple has not been universally welcomed. Not only are analysts and potential rivals trying to piece together the logic of the deal, but investors and, more importantly, class actions lawyers, are trying to work out if the 60 per cent trading premium that the deal is set at, was sufficiently …
Faultline, 04 Aug 2012
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RIM's BBX has all the logic PlayBook should have had

RIM is a frustrating company right now. The massive outages that affected BlackBerry email users on three continents last week may have been a miracle of bad timing, just after the iPhone launch, but they were only the most publicised of a string of more avoidable mistakes which are leaving users and developers at the end of …
Faultline, 21 Oct 2011
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TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed

TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product. The 630 is a 3U enclosure holding up to 10TB of single level cell (SLC) flash with up to 10 Infiniband (IB) or Fibre Channel ports. It delivers 10GB/sec across the IB ports …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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Tales from the storage frontier: What's next for flash, disk and tape

Flash is the new disk and disk is the new archive: so said an AOL presenter at Brocade's Techday summit. What was he smoking? Is this just spin? I believe not. I believe we are seeing the dawning of a new storage age, one in which flash is used to store primary, tier one data; capacity disk is used to hold secondary and backup …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2011

BlueLock: Risky cloud business

One of our first meetings at VMworld was with BlueLock, who have the distinction of being one of a small handful of cloud service providers participating in VMware’s big vCloud Datacenter initiative. We spent a bit of time grilling Pat O’Day, BlueLock CTO, in their booth and learned some new things about the cloud value …
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SpringSource releases application infrastructure 'alternative'

Open source tools developer SpringSource yesterday announced the general availability of its new enterprise applications package. SpringSource Enterprise is bundled with software, services and tech support to help developers build and run Spring-based enterprise apps. The package includes the SpringSource Application Management …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2008