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Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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What's that crunching noise? Lenovo running over rivals' bones

Unstoppable Chinese juggernaut Lenovo hit the gas pedal hard in the final three months of fiscal 2014, resulting in double digit sales and profit hikes for the quarter and the year. Meanwhile, its rivals continue to run down on empty, as they struggle to find a way to offset declining PC sales with tabs and smartphones that …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has crippled its new Galaxy Note 3 by adding region-locking, making buyers of unlocked units attempting to use it in geographies outside of the area in which it was purchased subject to exorbitant roaming fees. "We wish to make our customers aware of certain functionality limitation regarding SIM cards on the Note 3. The …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2013

LG teases 'G Watch' wristable, releases new tablet trio

LG Electronics – manufacturer of everything from electric vehicle traction motors to vacuum cleaners to smartphones – has released a video teasing a few details about its upcoming G Watch wearable, and has unveiled three new tablets in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch sizes. LG Electronics' G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0, and G Pad 10.1 LG …
Rik Myslewski, 12 May 2014

IBM Boffins KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, thanks to Twitter

If you thought refraining from geotagging your Tweets or photos was enough to keep your secrets from the world at large, think again: IBM researchers say a Twitter user's primary location can be inferred from their behaviour, with accuracy as high as 68 per cent. In this paper at Arxiv, Jalal Mahmud, Jeffrey Nichols and Clemens …

Foxconn mulls US expansion as States compete for business

Contract manufacturing giant Foxconn could be set for a major expansion into the US, although not with the low-cost, labour intensive factories that have defined its presence in China. Chairman Terry Gou told reporters at the group’s annual Chinese New Year party on Sunday that “the US is a must-go market”, according to Reuters …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2014

Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

In March 2013, Australia conducted a Parliamentary Inquiry into IT Pricing, in part to figure out why kit and content costs more down under than elsewhere. The Inquiry compelled representatives of Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to appear. The latter two squirmed uncomfortably as they articulated arguments that they charge what the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2014
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US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
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Riverbed: We don't want your steenkin' $3.1 BEELLION

Jerry Kenelly's Riverbed board has declined billionaire activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management's unsolicited bid for Riverbed. A Riverbed statement said: "After consideration with independent legal and financial advisors, [the firm] has unanimously determined not to pursue the unsolicited proposal from Elliott …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

Paleontologists have discovered the head of a new pigmy breed of Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed the Arctic more than 70 million years ago. The remains of Nanuqsaurus hoglundi, or polar bear lizard, were dug up in 2006, but it is only now that a team from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Texas has managed to identify it …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2014
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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

Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

HP is offering an Autonomy-powered escape route for wannabe migrants from the dead-end of Windows XP. Microsoft will no longer support for XP, and withhold security updates for the ageing operating system, from next April. Business users will need to upgrade their PCs to run a more modern version of Windows; companies face …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

FalconStor shutters Australian office, merges Honkers and China ops

Troubled storage vendor FalconStor has closed its office in Australia and merged its Hong Kong and China operations. The Reg has confirmed a report in CRN about the closures, which took place in October as a cost-cutting and effort-focussing measure. The company is not abandoning the region altogether. Presences in Singapore, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

It's official: Firm numbers show firm global lead of pricey iPhone 5s

There's been a tsunami of speculation about the relative sales figures for Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but now that the first firm numbers are in, it's abundantly clear that among the fervent fanbois who couldn't wait to get their hands on Apple's latest shiny-shiny, the flagship 5s is the clear winner. The analytics folks …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013
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October global temps above average for 332nd straight month

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its global temperature analysis for October, and – no surprise – the planet remains in a sultry mood. As NOAA explains, a bit dryly – no pun intended, and no offense meant to unfortunate Americans fleeing drought-crazed rabid skunks: "This is the 332nd …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2012

Systemax turnaround plan off the rails as losses widen

It could be a case of returning to the drawing board for the Systemax execs who drafted the 2013 turnaround blueprint: the company's Q2 financial results are steeped in red ink amid sliding sales. The misfiring dealer drew up an operational review last year that it put in place during the autumn. Yet the benefits didn't show up …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

Apple needs to start making bargain basement mobes because soon there won't be enough rich new iPhone customers left in the world to prop up its sales growth, a leading analyst has suggested. The claim comes in a report by Toni Sacconaghi, senior analyst with Bernstein Research, with the snappy title: "Are There Enough Wealthy …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2013

Beyond the Great Firewall: China's global censorship campaign

China’s fearsome censorship apparatus is increasingly expanding beyond the confines of the Great Firewall to influence media outside its borders, often by online attack, according to a new report from a US Congress-funded think tank. The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (h/t WSJ) by Freedom House analyst Sarah Cook is a report …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2013
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EMC, VMware dangle axe over 1,804 workers around the planet

In the week of EMC's self-congratulatory EMC World extravaganza in Las Vegas, the storage giant revealed it will slash 1,004 jobs. The cuts will be felt worldwide in the company's Information Storage, RSA Information Security and Information Intelligence divisions, according to EMC. The redundancies will cost the biz $80m. This …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2013
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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

Microsoft's second quarter results, posted on Thursday, reveal that the software giant struggled in the sexy world of devices during the all-important Christmas shopping period. These are the first numbers indicating how the battle between PCs and smart devices played out over the battleground for consumers' wallets that is …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2014
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Wireless performance will collapse, prices rise: Deloitte

Deloitte is predicting a looming spectrum crunch that will result in higher prices and poor performance, even on LTE networks. In its annual 2013 Technology, Media and Telecommunications predictions, the company says carriers worldwide can’t keep pace with device adoption – especially because “the average smartphone drives 35 …

Need a job? The 'Internet of Things' WANTS YOU

If you're looking for your next career move, one that will guarantee you job security with a company that's dying to hire you, ARM's CEO has three words for you: "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things – or the IoT as chief exec Simon Segars referred to it during his keynote at the ARM TechCon geek-fest in Santa Clara, …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Oct 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

On Thursday, we reported that UK mobile-tech shop Clove had noted on its order page for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that that device would work only with SIM cards issued in the region in which it was purchased. On Friday, it seems that the real situation might be different. Might. GigaOm's David Meyer now writes that Samsung's …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2013
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Climate change EVEN WORSE than you thought: It causes WAR and MURDER

Having conducted what they characterize as "the first comprehensive synthesis" of quantitative analyses linking violence to climatic changes, a trio of researchers has come to the conclusion that as the world continues to heat up, humankind will be more prone to violence. "If future populations respond similarly to past …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
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Cloud rains cash for EMC: VMWare win means Tucci's team can take it easy

EMC did the business in its second calendar 2013 quarter, notching up solid gains in revenues and profits. Revenue was propped up by brisk trade in cloud virtualisation services from VMware and sales of scale-out NAS storage from its Isilon unit. The RSA and Information Intelligences groups slowed EMC down a smidge, however. …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
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Big Blue cedes software and systems training biz to partners

IBM is getting out of selling education and training services to customers for its Software Group and Systems and Technology Group, and shifting to an indirect sales model through a new training channel that it has set up. Steve Mills, who is in charge of the converged Software and Systems Group (which even IBM doesn't talk …
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World's biggest distie cans Euro growth hopes for 2013

Ingram Micro's European operation is likely to continue to be the group's metaphorical fly in the ointment for 2013 with "no significant growth" forecasted by senior execs. The world's largest IT distie last night reported calendar Q4 numbers showing a 14 per cent rise in turnover to $11.38bn, including $1bn and $75m of sales …
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2013
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MadeiraCloud trousers $1.5 million to explain AWS to bosses

Amazon cloud manager MadeiraCloud has slurped $1.5 million from VCs who are betting that its visualization technology will make it easier for organizations to consume cloud infrastructure. The investment by reputable VC firm Sequoia Capital highlights both AWS's dominant role within the market for rentable cloud infrastructure …
Jack Clark, 09 May 2013

Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB

Google is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database. The news came out at the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference in Stanford, California on Wednesday, one month after El Reg reported that Google had assigned one of its engineers to …
Jack Clark, 12 Sep 2013
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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

The axe has started swinging at RIM in the latest round of job cuts, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker has confirmed. The Canadian firm plans to slash at least $1bn from operating expenses by next March, the close of its fiscal 2013, amid industry talk that as many as 6,000 heads could roll. A company mouthpiece told The Channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

If you're in the right neck of the woods, you'll be able to buy a Dell Ultrabook pre-loaded with Linux this coming autumn. The PC giant last night said it was moving its Project Sputnik - a scheme to create a developer-friendly Linux laptop - from pilot to product. The machine in question is an XPS 13 with a custom build of …
Tony Smith, 19 Jul 2012

Got loads of old databases clogging up your company's storage?

Delphix is a start-up whose software technology effectively makes a copy of a database, such as Oracle 10, and then presents virtualised instances of it for test and development, recovery or any other purpose. It's generally thought there can be 10, possibly 20 or even more copies of production databases scattered throughout …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2012
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HDS keeps filer sales ticking over, just don't mention the mid-range

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has sold quite a few file storage boxes and has kept its revenues more or less at the same level, with sales of its virtual storage platform (VSP) enterprise array growing strongly as well. Mid-range modular array sales look sad in comparison - newbie Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) just isn't hustling. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013
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Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'

This was the week when billionaire Julian Robertson decided to dump all of his Apple stock because he read a biography of Steve Jobs and decided he didn't like him all that much. After perusing a bio of the late founder of the fruity firm, Robertson decided that Jobs wasn't a totally nice guy so he was going to sell off his …
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Avnet CEO: Sales flat, profit down... but 'outlook' is better

Avnet's CEO says the distributor is moving in the right direction after reporting fiscal Q2 numbers that were dramatically better than the opening three months of its new financial year. Sales came in essentially flat on a year ago period at $6.7bn but contain the financials of four firms acquired in October and November …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2013
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Drop Box and Dropbox, begs new sync 'n' share start-up

Yet another start-up touting its own cloud-based file sync 'n' share for business has popped up. Egnyte says its got a Cloud Control product does the same thing as Box and DropBox, but with more security and control. The company was founded in 2007 and is backed by venture capitalists keen to see it to hit the IPO street or get …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012

Not in China? No shrunken IBM Storwize array for you

IBM has stealthily released a smaller version of its StorWize V7000, the V3500, restricting its sale to Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and the Chinese territory of Macau. Big Blue hasn't explained why the handy little V3500 won't ship outside of PROC and ROC*. The Storwize V7000 is a mid-range block storage array using SAN …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2012
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Flash furtler Fusion-io's stocks dip as Apple and Facebook 'taper off investment'

Fusion-io has just lost its chief financial officer and chief sales officer, and is now reporting deepening losses in its first fiscal 2014 quarter, although the sales still look healthy. Newish CEO Shane Robison would say he’s still picking up the pieces after the founding CEO, David Flynn, left. Revenues for the quarter were $ …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2013
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Arrow Electric CEO: Sales dip, profits fall but it's no 'overall disaster'

Arrow Electronics stopped well short of saying the recession has bottomed out as its components arm continues to wrestle with a tough biz climate, but an air of optimism hung over senior management. Sales at the distie titan fell 4 per cent to $4.96bn, but this excluded $176.5m of services contracts now to be recognised on an …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2012

Amazon chops EC2 virty server prices – again

The dance of Cloudy Server Limbo continues, with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of e-tailing giant Amazon.com, lowering the broomstick a little closer to the floor and dancing under it with lower EC2 compute-cloud prices. Specifically, on Tuesday AWS cut prices on compute capacity that customers reserve …
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Indie array-flogger tries to tempt flash mob with COLD HARD CASH

According to upstart Pure, other vendors' flash arrays don't deliver the advantages they are supposed to. Standing out from the crowd is what a new flash array start-up has to do, and having a marketing message saying it's a top tier all-flash array (AFA) vendor alongside EMC, NetApp and SolidFire is all very well but Pure doesn …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013
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Tech Data gobbles Man And Machine distie biz

Broadline IT distie Tech Data (TD) is acquiring Man and Machine's (M2M) wholesaling business for an undisclosed sum to bolster its Autodesk operation. Formerly Force 10 before it was acquired by Mensch und Maschine in 2000, the distributor of digital design software and hardware will bolt onto TD's CAD/CAM Datech business unit …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011

FalconStor struggles on as antsy backers whine 'C'mon, let's sell'

After losing its CEO a few weeks ago, standalone storage software shipper FalconStor has duly reported poor results. Since then it has got into bed with a new VC to shore up its balance sheet, ended an investment banking deal with Wells Fargo, and teamed up with Violin Memory to develop new products. The interim president and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

Brocade global sales boss exits, leaves soon-to-depart CEO to flog kit

Brocade's global sales boss, Ian Whiting, left in June this year "to pursue other personal and professional interests". This move was slipped out under the radar as part of a Brocade 8-K filing on 4 June, with Whiting's departure date effectively 18 June. Brocade CEO Michael Klayko has been running sales since then – and himself …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012
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Quizzed Quantum veep quashes hardware quit rumours

Is big data and big storage biz Quantum finally moving away from its hardware business to the cloud? This question was raised by a statement from Henrik Rosendahl, Quantum's Cloud Solutions SVP: Quantum is transitioning its business from being a predominantly hardware-based, on-premise data protection provider to turning into a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

SGI storage gets a head transplant

SGI has stuck a Nexenta NAS head on the modular version of its InfiniteStorage product line and extended the halfway house of a departmental filer it pushed out in January. Back then SGI released its MIS server and JBOD in a phase one NAS launch, saying thin provisioning, snapshots and replication were coming, along with more …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2012
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …
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Blushing HTC too coy to admit sales figures

Just days after releasing disappointing Q1 estimates that could point to a difficult year ahead, Taiwanese Android handset make HTC has decided not to reveal future sales figures for its smartphones. Digitimes reported that the ailing firm will keep it buttoned in future quarterly financial statements as of this month. The move …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Feb 2012
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Intel spreads $40 million investment love to 10 companies

Intel Capital has announced $40m worth of investment in 10 companies headquartered from Silicon Valley to Shanghai. "The globe is our oyster," Intel Capital president Arvind Sodhani said in a webcast from his investment group's 13th annual Global Summit in Huntington Beach, California, where the announcements were made. From …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Oct 2012
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Dell's past glories might be working against it

Dell's Q1 earnings call this saw the one-time bete noire of traditional IT suppliers undershoot expectations, and admit that it was walking away from business where it couldn't compete and where it was having trouble closing "transactional" business. It also virtually bypassed the question of the channel. The fact that it was …
Joe Fay, 25 May 2012