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Speaking in Tech: Enterprise bods are hungry for open source

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech podcast, hosted by Ed Saipetch, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. This week the whole gang is together with special guest Joseph B George, director of cloud and big data solutions at Dell. Joseph talks about his work at …
Team Register, 20 Nov 2013
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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
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Microsoft lobs second Windows 8.1 preview at enterprise IT admins

Having already teased some of the consumer and small business features of Windows 8.1 with a preview release in June, Microsoft on Tuesday announced a second preview, this one with new features targeting larger IT departments. "Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview which is currently available, adding …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2013

On the road with an IT ball-gazer: Forget big data, the future of tech is the 'social enterprise'

I spend a great deal of my time out on the road visiting tech firms and tech buyers. By default I spend a lot of time sitting in the back of cars being driven to and from offices and airports. I love my job. That being said, I don't particularly like chatting about my work outside of work situations, as I am aware that there is …
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Red Hat snuggles up to Dell with 'enterprise grade' OpenStack offer

Dell and Red Hat will work together to propagate OpenStack clouds running the Linux distro, in what the PC maker claims is a first. The pair have announced they will jointly develop "enterprise grade" private clouds that are based on Dell hardware and Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The first fruits are due next …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Dec 2013
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Amazon Web Services passes the enterprise duck test

If it works like an enterprise piece of technology, has documentation like an enterprise piece of technology, and has enough ancillary costs to make it pound the wallet like an enterprise piece of technology, then it is probably ready for consumption by large companies. After rolling out a certification program for Amazon Web …
Jack Clark, 12 Aug 2013
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CANNIBAL CLOUD found devouring enterprise bit barns – report

Data center providers are expanding as enterprise facilities experience budget cutbacks, according to the bit-barn experts at the Uptime Institute. In the Institute's annual data center census, which surveyed 1,000 providers across the world, 63 per cent of third-party data centers – cloud, hosts, co-location facilities, and so …
Jack Clark, 09 Aug 2013

Enterprise IT buyers' wallets still glued shut, says reseller giant

Insight Enterprises bigwig Ken Lamneck has wiped out any sales growth hopes for 2013 on the back of a sluggish spending outlook from big ticket customers in the States. The chief exec made the forecast last night as Insight rolled out final Q1 numbers which were as bad as the company had warned nearly a fortnight ago in its …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'ARM makes enterprise chips? Over my dead body!'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise tech cast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Ian Ferguson, vice-president of Segment Marketing at ARM, who talks about the growth of the chip-design company from 12 people in …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2013

If only enterprise IT worked like my iPad ... or at least my car

Do you remember when computers were hard to use? Not so long ago our collective opinion was neatly summarized by the apocryphal GM press release which asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down and refuse to restart. Since …
David Sprott, 04 Apr 2013

Gorillas, StorageBeers, sexy flash models: It's all here in Speaking in Tech

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's podcast, bringing you news, views, and rumours about enterprise kit, hot flash models (the enterprise kind, don't be a perve), consumer baubles, hip-hop gorilla memes, next week's StorageBeers (at London's Lamb and Flag pub from about 17:30 …
Team Register, 18 Sep 2013
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Speaking in Tech: It's not a CLOUD fail, it's a cloud FIRM fail

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Pop on your headphones: Greg Knieriemen and co-host Ed Saipetch are back with another enterprise tech-cast and this week they've bagged a very special guest in the form of George Reese, co-founder and CTO of enStratus. It's fair to say he knows a little bit about cloud …
Team Register, 09 Jan 2013
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Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill

Your mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology. Perhaps the innovation has stopped? Or perhaps we’re finally beginning to see the impact of Google/Amazon and Azure on the Enterprise …
StorageBod, 07 Feb 2014
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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

Enterprise IT departments have been reduced to personal shoppers at best and checkout clerks at worst. You want extra lock-in on those chips, sir? I say this because IT departments just don’t make anything anymore. When was the last time you were required to actually make a new thing as part of an IT project? As the …
Warren Burns, 28 Feb 2014
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Google will barge into enterprises as IT titans squabble, Apple snoozes

Google is on the cusp on becoming a serious player in corporate IT, as the traditional enterprise vendors invade each other's markets and Apple folds inwards on itself. That was the nightmare vision Canalys CEO Steve Brazier painted for dealers and distributors as he kicked off the research firm's Channels Forum 2013 in …
Joe Fay, 02 Oct 2013
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Enterprise IT's power shift threatens server-huggers

It's not that the role of enterprise IT is dying. It's just that it's changing so much that it may soon be virtually unrecognisable from its golden age of installing servers and managing data centres. As more developers take on the task of building, deploying, and running applications on infrastructure outsourced to Amazon and …
Matt Asay, 17 Jan 2012
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Multi-hypervisor workload ... what? Just think of it as a virtual MAGIC CARPET

Zerto offers multi-hypervisor and cloud workload transformation and protection services – there, I’ve said it. But what does it mean? It means that Zerto is using knowledge gained from replicating virtual machines (VMs) at the hypervisor level to convert them from one hypervisor’s VMs to another. It is doing this because of the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2014
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Huawei rakes in £2 BEEELLION in profits

Chinese tech success story and NSA spy target Huawei has seen profits jump by a third over the past year to 21 billion yuan (£2bn) on the back of strong growth from its enterprise and consumer businesses. The Shenzhen-headquartered firm cemented its place as one of the Middle Kingdom’s most internationally successful technology …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Apr 2014

Speaking in Tech: All our stuff's on Amazon's cloud... what if it goes titsup?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another banter-packed episode of El Reg's one-and-only podcast, helping you catch up on everything that has happened this week in enterprise and consumer tech. This week: does a private company have a duty of disclosure in the public interest? Is it really a cost saving …
Team Register, 15 May 2013
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Amazon bridges enterprise IT with cloud backup

Amazon has become an official supplier of enterprise IT by turning its cloudy Simple Storage Service (S3) into a back-up option for earth-bound data. It's a smart move on Amazon's part as it means the cloud pioneer is staking a claim on data centre SANs by abstracting them behind an iSCSI volume layer, which then ships data up …

Live from New York, it's Speaking in Tech

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's a another piping hot episode of Speaking in Tech, brought to you live from CommVault's Data Management Summit by your host Greg Knieriemen, who is flying solo this week in the Big Apple. The podcast was recorded live in New York City with special guests W Curtis Preston …
Ollie Henry, 27 Feb 2013

HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

HP will lay off 5,000 more workers than the 29,000 positions earmarked for redundancy in July. The increase is mentioned in a Hewlett-Packard 10-K filing to US financial watchdog the SEC. The paperwork states on page 118: As of July 31, 2013, HP estimated that it would eliminate approximately 29,000 positions in connection with …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2013
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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
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Shareholders tell Mike 'Just Do It': Dell to go PRIVATE for $24.9bn

Dell shareholders have given the green light to Mickey D to take the company he founded nearly three decades ago private – again. Approval from investors was never really in doubt after activist investor Carl Icahn, who seems more interested in Apple, revealed that he and partner SAM had given up the ownership battle, clearing …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2013
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Puff on a hybrid – next thing you know, you're hooked on a public cloud

I had a flash of inspiration today. Hybrid public-private cloud systems are becoming a gateway drug to pure public clouds. Why is this an arguable view? Let’s look to the ideas discussed within The Big Switch, written by Nicholas Carr. In his seminal book, Carr argues that a public IT utility provider will provide CPU cycles and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

If you're building systems to run at a large scale, then rather than waste time and money trying to avoid any failure, you need to suck it up and accept that faults will happen – and make sure you've got enough cheap gear to recover. So says Salesforce, which argued that this strategy can save you a bunch of cash you'd otherwise …
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
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Facebook obsessives overlook enterprise riches

It's not that enterprise software is boring. But let's face it: if you had the choice to tell your mom that your company makes it easy for 800 million people to talk to each other, or that your business makes it easier for companies like Chevron to do business more productively, the former is going to sound a heck of a lot …
Matt Asay, 10 Jan 2012

Speaking in Tech: 'The iPhone DIDN'T do everything at first'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another one of El Reg's best and only podcast with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, everyone is keen to get the scoop on stealthy upstart Data Gravity with special guest David Siles, vice president of worldwide field operations for Data …
Team Register, 19 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: What's a Klouchebag, is it anything like Apple?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of our enterprise and consumer tech-cast, hosted by The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, master of all that is cloud and storage Ed Saipetch and web2.0 playa Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey, also known as Storagezilla. …
Team Register, 02 May 2012

Speaking in Tech: The Snowden Effect... Why 2014 will be the year of PRIVATE cloud

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's the last SIT podcast of the year... and just in the nick of time, too. Your relatives are driving you up the wall, your brother's doing his cringeworthy Charlton Heston impression, the talk has turned to politics and there's no more wine... There has never been a better …
Team Register, 25 Dec 2013

Speaking in Tech: Smash that Kickstarter piggy bank and MAKE IT RAIN

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another recap of the week in tech at El Reg's coolest (and only) podcast. Join your your hosts, Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and - fresh from Austin nerdfest SXSW - Sarah Vela for everything you need to know about the business of tech. This week, the whole gang is …
Team Register, 20 Mar 2013

Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy

Further evidence has emerged of the irrelevance of Windows 8 to enterprise IT – and of the irrelevance of this irrelevance. A Forrester survey of IT hardware decision makers has found Windows 8 is less popular than its predecessor Windows 7 at the same stage in their launch cycles. Just a quarter of firms expect to roll out …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2012
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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

If you live or spend time in Silicon Valley, it's easy to forget that enterprise software exists, or that it still drives $245 billion in annual revenue, according to Gartner. Google, Facebook, and a rising generation of consumer-facing startups get the media buzz, to the point that young developers have neither an interest in …
Matt Asay, 06 Sep 2011
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Speaking in Tech: We hope your VDI job doesn't suck so bad you want to quit every day

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's podcast, the whole Speaking in Tech gang are here to talk you through the past seven days in enterprise IT: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela drill into lighter side of technology, from Daft Punk to Big Blue punting its x86 server biz to Lenovo. …
Team Register, 30 Jan 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

Amazon cloud threatens entire IT ecosystem – report

The moneymen have finally looked up from beneath their golden canopies and noticed, hovering above them, a cloud named Amazon that is putting traditional IT companies in the shade. Amazon's cloud poses a major threat to most of the traditional IT ecosystem, a team of 25 Morgan Stanley analysts write in a report, Amazon Web …
Jack Clark, 30 May 2013

Business is slow. Here's a good idea, let's compete with customers

Should enterprise vendors consider becoming service providers? When Rich Rogers of HDS tweeted this my initial response was: @RichRogersHDS Imagine a bookseller building an IT infrastructure that the world comes to rely on? Couldn't happen... — Martin Glassborow (@storagebod) June 22, 2013 This got me thinking. Why does …
StorageBod, 25 Jun 2013
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Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's tech news podcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together with special guest Aaron Delp of SolidFire. This week we discuss… Eddie's roller coaster (0:55) Cloudcast and the Krispy Kreme Challenge (2:00) …
Team Register, 09 Apr 2014
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IBM to shutter SmartCloud, move customers to SoftLayer

IBM will close its SmartCloud Enterprise service and force customers to migrate to its recently-acquired SoftLayer cloud. News of the migration leaked today when Gartner veep Lydia Leong emitted the following Tweet: IBM has formally notified SmartCloud Enterprise customers of Jan 31st end-of-life. (I'll be blogging on this …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2013

Speaking in Tech: Forget Venezuela, Snowden. Go to Anna Chapman's pad!

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's podcast, bringing you news, views, and rumours about enterprise kit, tech execs' shenanigans, consumer baubles and more... Hiding out from the NSA this week are all three SIT presenters: Greg Knieriemen, Sarah Vela and Ed Snowden Saipetch. …
Team Register, 10 Jul 2013

Speaking in Tech: Stop ogling my Google Glass, my eyes are up here

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly enterprise tech podcast, hosted by Ed Saipetch, Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela. Ed and Greg are in the driving seat as Sarah's off celebrating a birthday. Fortunately, Cisco's Amy Lewis joins as our special guest this week... This week …
Team Register, 09 Oct 2013
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The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

Uncertainty abounds at Dell's Texas HQ as Michael Dell struggles to take the company private. Sources keep whispering that there's a "plan" in the offing – but what is that plan? My personal prediction – reading the tea leaves at the bottom of the Dell teacup – is that the deeply fractured organisation wants to dance with the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2013

App-happy cloud bod? You'd better keep eyes on your networks

Measuring how well your application is performing is not a straightforward task. Many enterprises have multiple locations, work with cloud-based applications and have end users stationed in different parts of the world. With the future of IT infrastructure trending toward more interconnectivity and external dependencies, it …

Speaking in Tech: Finally a PROPER use for drones: TOILET PAPERING your house

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie and Sarah have bailed on the show so Greg is joined by Cisco's Amy Lewis to chew on the tech news of the week and to dig into Amy's work history. This week we …
Team Register, 19 Mar 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'I'm not a pimp just because I wear a fedora'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly Wednesday tech news cast, giving you the run-down on everything worth knowing about in the enterprise and consumer tech world this week. This week, co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are slacking off while Ed Saipetch flies solo …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2013
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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

Despite threats to its software hegemony from Apple and others, Microsoft's stranglehold on enterprise IT has been its saving grace. Yet this advantage has started to fade as Apple and Android increasingly invade the enterprise through smartphone adoption, with IT departments scrambling to devise security policies that plug the …
Matt Asay, 18 Sep 2012

Hey big spender: China set to take Asian IT spending crown

China’s ascent to the top of every conceivable tech rankings list is set to continue in 2013 when it becomes the biggest IT spender in Asia, leapfrogging ailing Japan as it prepares to fork out $173bn (£110bn) on tech kit, according to IDC. The analyst firm’s latest IT Black Book reckonings predict next year will see the People’ …
Phil Muncaster, 18 May 2012
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Salesforce, HP pit newly grown 'Superpods' against Amazon jungle

Salesforce is partnering with Hewlett-Packard in a huge strategic nudge to make Marc Benioff’s cloud company more like Amazon. Salesforce today announced it is giving customers the option of taking out dedicated instances on its vaunted multi-tenant cloud. This marks the first time the customer relationship management (CRM) and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2013
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Don't touch my trunk! Intel is $740m lighter after Cloudera cash shot

Intel has shoveled $740m into Hadoop company Cloudera, giving the chipmaker an 18 per cent stake in the data analysis firm. The mammoth funding was announced on Monday following the news last week of a major strategic partnership between the x86 goliath and the software upstart, which itself followed a separate funding round of …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

EMC chief: Why today's IT channel will soon cease to exist

If I had to suggest just one hallmark of the IT channel, I would choose stability. The various organisations that make up the chain have clearly defined roles and well-established business models. But this state of affairs is about to undergo a period of great change. This change has already started, but the pace is set to …
Philippe Fossé, 02 Apr 2013