Articles about Hosted Services

Bold stance: Microsoft says terrorism is bad

Microsoft is enacting a new policy to remove terrorist content from its consumer services. The Redmond software giant said that the new terms and conditions for its hosted services will bar any content containing graphic violence or supporting material for any group considered a terrorist organization by the United Nations …
Shaun Nichols, 21 May 2016

When are flat revenues not so bad? When your name is Cisco

Cisco says that it is optimistic on its financial outlook despite a "challenging environment" that saw the networking giant's quarterly revenues drop slightly. "We delivered a strong Q3, executing well despite the challenging environment," said CEO Chuck Robbins. "I'm pleased with our performance today as well as the progress …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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AWS bumps S3 speeds

Amazon Web Services says it has sped up data uploads into its cloud. By "making use of optimized network protocols and the AWS edge infrastructure," Amazon says S3 transfer speeds have been improved "in the range of 50% to 500% for cross-country transfer of larger objects, but can go ever higher under certain conditions." This …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016

Oculus, why do you need to record our every move? Al Franken asks

A US Senator wants to know what the Facebook-owned Oculus is planning to do with all the user data it collects with its Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. In a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe, Al Franken (D-MN) asks what use Oculus has for the information it collects, specifically collecting and recording user's …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Apr 2016
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Apple's largest UK reseller Jigsaw24 is for sale

The UK’s largest Apple reseller, Jigsaw24, is for sale, multiple industry contacts have told The Channel. The Nottingham-based B2B seller has hired Deloitte to run the process, a move that comes just three years after private equity outfit NorthEdge Capital (NEC) moved in to back a roll up by the management team. In recent …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2016
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Remember WordPress' Pingbacks? The W3C wants us to use them across the whole web

Something called Webmentions – which looks remarkably like the old WordPress pingbacks, once popular in the late 2000s – is grinding through the machinery of the mighty, and slow-moving, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But don’t be deceived. Lurking behind that unassuming name lies something that might eventually offer users …
The Azure Portal: Microsoft is betting on cloud for its future business

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

The last twelve months have been pivotal for Microsoft, the company which once promised to put a PC on every desk but now settles for a vague mission statement about “achieve more”. The new mission statement was announced by CEO Satya Nadella in June, replacing Ballmer’s 2013 commitment to “a family of devices and services". …
Tim Anderson, 25 Dec 2015
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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

November's high-profile Java deserialisation bug has bitten Cisco, with the company announcing vulnerabilities across the board in its huge product line. The problem is so pervasive that it reaches into the most trivial activities of the sysadmin, such as serial number assessment services. The original advisory made by …
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Microsoft, US senators want to grease wheels of trade secret theft cases

US Senators are mulling a bill that aims to change the way companies file claims of trade secrets theft. Creatively dubbed "The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015," S. 1890 would create legal procedures for businesses to file civil claims of trade secret theft at the federal level, just as they would for copyright or patent …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2015

Are you the keymaster? Alternatives in a LogMeIn/LastPass universe

LogMeIn's purchase of LastPass password manager service was not well received by LastPass users. In fact that outrage was sufficient that LastPass quickly shut down comments on its blog. Why the outrage and who is LogMeIn? LogMeIn may be best known as the company that shut down its free remote desktop sharing service with a …
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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 PCs are being force fed a diet of Windows 10, breaking a promise made by Microsoft. The problem is affecting domain-attached Windows 7 PCs not signed up to Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for patches and updates, but looking for a Microsoft update instead. The upshot is PCs, ranging from 10s to hundreds at a …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2015
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How do we train the next generation of data centre wranglers?

There's a world of difference between what the average IT person does today and what they'd have done ten or fifteen years ago. So where's it going? What will we need to teach the next generation of data centre staff? The shifting focus The big difference between yesteryear and now is the growth in managed hosted services. “The …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Jun 2015
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Paranoid about the NSA? The case for dumping cloud's Big 3

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may be the most important public cloud providers of the next decade. Hosting your data with an ISP has a number of advantages over choosing the dominant American cloud providers: advantages that run the gamut from technical to political. ISPs have been in the co-location business practically …
Trevor Pott, 29 Apr 2015
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Coms: Yes, we DID appoint advisors to flog off our voice biz

Troubled London-listed Coms plc has publicly stated it is working with a business advisor to carve off part of its operation, following an El Chan report that it called upon Knight Corporate Finance (KCF) to sell its voice division. As revealed by us on Friday, Paul Billingham, founder and joint partner at KCF, was told to get …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015
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Green your data centre – without ending up in the Job Centre

Going Green: Tactics (Part 2) Data centres are big, noisy places that seem to have an emphasis on generating heat and making lots of bright lights flash. The first time you visit one, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the service provider's emphasis was on anything but the green credentials. And of course you'd occasionally be quite right: there are DCs …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2015
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Cisco FREAKs out, starts epic OpenSSL bug-splat

Cisco admins will be watching and waiting for fixes, with the company announcing that many of its OpenSSL implementations are carrying a bunch of post-POODLE fleas. The Borg has been looking over its kit and software since the OpenSSL project disclosed a bunch of vulns in January, and on March 10 detailed the impacts it's …

Regcast followup: Identity management in a connected world

In our Regcast Managing identity to drive business, ForgeRock’s Daniel Raskin explained why the function of identity management is changing from basic security and a way to lower operational costs to a world in which identity transforms your relationships (and the outcome of those relationships) with your customers. Behind …
Tim Phillips, 04 Dec 2014
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Alternative Networks CEO talks up the fluffy white stuff

Developers are beavering away at Alternative Networks on a biz cloud by integrating existing services and those of several tech suppliers it hoovered up during the opening month of the year. The London-listed comms and tech integrator raised a few eyebrows in January when it paid £50m to acquire hosted desktop player Intercept …
Paul Kunert, 02 Dec 2014

How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

Cloud computing is a big deal these days. Old farts like me can debate ad nauseam whether cloud is just a new word for what we use to call managed or hosted services and whether it is barking to call an on-premise virtualised infrastructure a private cloud. The fact remains that whatever you call it there is a vast amount of it …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Nov 2014

Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Think cloud computing is about getting rid of IT infrastructure to save money? Think again. “We see very little of ‘let’s move workloads to the cloud so it is cheaper’,” says Gartner analyst Gregor Petri. “Most of the workloads in the cloud are new ones. The promise of cloud computing for enterprises is that they can become …
Tim Anderson, 21 Oct 2014

What you need to know before moving to the cloud

If you are located in the land Down Under and searching for public cloud hosting, then it might seem that the options available to you are pretty good. Amazon and Microsoft play in the market and the prices they offer are reasonably competitive. There are also a number of smaller cloud operators doing quite well for themselves …
Aaron Milne, 19 Jun 2014
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The Death of the Corporate Network Perimeter

In a recent survey over 400 Reg Readers you gave us the inside track on the current state of corporate networks and their ability to handle changing work patterns. In particular, you make the case that your networks are ill prepared to tackle the increasing diversity and sophistication of security threats. As you see it, the …
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014
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Prepare your data centre to face the future

When you are trying to persuade your company to spend a pile of cash on a new installation, you can be certain it will want to be sure the installation can support the business for the coming years. Given that the average technology crystal ball is cloudy at best, how do you evolve your data centre while protecting against a …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2014

Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch. The Crown Commercial Service has published a tender calling on providers of cloud-based email services to submit their bids for a two-year contract to run the next version of NHSMail. NHSMail is the national email and director service …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014
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What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

Fujitsu’s CTO has warned that moves to localise the internet in the wake of the NSA scandal risk fracturing the system and are ultimately unnecessary given the possibility of better cloud management. Joseph Reger, talking to us last month at the firm’s Fujitsu Forum event, also warned of the security and privacy issues raised by …
Joe Fay, 12 Dec 2013

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

Opinion If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …

Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

Intel is reporting that server boards and connectors in India and China are suffering from corrosion due to the high levels of smog. The company's Free Press newsletter details a new set of problems that engineers have had to address at server farms in Asia, including unusually high levels of corrosion in wiring and circuit …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013
Visual Studio

Microsoft FIRES devs into the CLOUD with Visual Studio Online

Timed to coincide with the general availability of Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1, Microsoft has launched Visual Studio Online, a new, hosted offering designed for web and application developers. "Visual Studio Online is a set of services that run in the cloud on Windows Azure," Microsoft developer division corporate VP " …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2013
TrueCrypt

Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

A fundraising effort to pay for an independent, professional security audit of TrueCrypt, the popular disk encryption utility, has raised enough money to pay for an arguably long overdue audit of the security software. TrueCrypt is a widely used utility that encrypts and decrypts entire drives, partitions or files within a …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2013
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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud was hit by a worldwide partial compute outage today, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service. The problems emerged at 2.35AM UTC, and were still ongoing as of 10.20PM UTC the same day, according to the company's service dashboard. "Manual actions to perform Swap …
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013

SAP cuts back on development of Business ByDesign software unit

SAP is halting development of its unwanted Business ByDesign hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) service and swapping to services running on its HANA systems. The ERP giant has confirmed reports that Business ByDesign will no longer receive any more major feature updates and that it’s now slipping into maintenance and bug- …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2013
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Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out

Security researchers are raising funds to conduct an independent audit of TrueCrypt, the popular disk encryption utility. TrueCrypt is widely used as a tool to strongly encrypt and decrypt entire drives, partitions or files in a virtual disk. It can also hide volumes of data and said to be easy to use. The source code for the …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2013

Logicalis swallows Jersey-based iConsult

Logicalis Group has devoured Jersey-based hosted-services minnow iConsult for an undisclosed sum. The integrator, part of Datatec Group, took over the Channel Islands business of fallen 2e2 earlier this year, which operates from Guernsey. Now this latest buy gives it a base in Jersey. Jens Montanana, chief exec at Datatec, said …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2013

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

Column “SMBs are now turning to the cloud to meet their IT needs”. If you have anything to do with the technology industry then the claim will sound very familiar. The implication is that cloud computing is now universally accepted among small and medium businesses, and that a huge shift has taken place in terms of buying behaviour. …
Dale Vile, 02 Aug 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Microsoft's cloudy services offering have had an overhaul. Office 365 is faster, stronger, smarter, better and more like TIFKAM (the interface formerly known as Metro), or Modern User as it is now called, than ever before. The new overhaul is a major upgrade in usability and administer ability. Let's take a peek under the hood …
Trevor Pott, 13 May 2013

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

Analysis After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price. And as we shall see, with customers jumping on cheaper services, ultimately the giants could be destroyed by their reliance on expensive support …
Gavin Clarke, 07 May 2013
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How to decide when to pass on PaaS

Most forms of cloud computing are starting to find a place in mainstream IT delivery. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), for example, is providing greater flexibility and better economy for those wanting to grab server or storage capacity from the cloud. It might not be totally replacing other forms of infrastructure hosting …
Dale Vile, 10 Apr 2013
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Pentagon plans massive surge in Cyber Command staff

The US military is planning a massive increase in the capabilities of its Cyber Command online-warfare department as it seeks to exert dominance over the digital battlefield. "Given the malicious actors that are out there and the development of the technology, in my mind, there's little doubt that some adversary is going to …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2013

Ex-Microsoft cloud chap James Henigan crowned Rise king

Cloud infrastructure and hosted services biz Rise has plonked its IT services director James Henigan into the managing director's hot seat. The previous top boss Alex Hilton left in September and Sue MacDermott, head of channel at Rise, kept the chair warm in the interim. Andy Burton, CEO at Fasthosts Internet Group which owns …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jan 2013

Will we still love the data centre seven years from now?

It seems there has never been a clearer understanding of how rapidly business is changing and IT technologies are evolving. With this in mind, we recently ran an online survey to ask readers of The Register how they thought data centres would develop between now and 2020. This is long enough for significant things to happen, but …
Tony Lock, 20 Dec 2012
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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

Cybercrooks are putting up stickers featuring URLs embedded in Quick Response codes (QR codes) as a trick designed to drive traffic to dodgy sites. QR codes are two-dimensional matrix barcode that can be scanned by smartphones that link users directly to a website without having to type in its address. By using QR codes (rather …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2012
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Microsoft Azure goes titsup across Western Europe

Microsoft Azure is having an up-and-down kind of day as the cloud platform struggles to get any work done. The services' dashboard reported that hosted services in Western Europe were hit, and said that Microsoft was "actively investigating the issue" at 12.09 BST. Two hours later, the status page said the firm was still …
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McAfee tears wrapping off MSP scheme, hands it to resellers

McAfee is formally hoisting resellers into the hosted services game with a Managed Service Partner programme for its security software and services. The utility style monthly-billed subscription to be sold via distributors includes protection for endpoints, servers/ networks, virtual environment and mobile devices – software …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2012
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Wyse ties with Rise in cloudy client clinch

Wyse Technology has struck a deal to push cloud services through the UK channel along with hosted services provider Rise. The firms said Wyse partners will be able to tout cloud-based applications as managed services based on Rise's DataCenter on Demand offering – which naturally would be accessed via Wyse's client hardware or …
Joe Fay, 23 May 2012
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Microsoft-Accenture venture to fluff Azure clouds

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud is leaking out of Redmond through a joint venture with Accenture. Windows' desktop and server cloud computing outfit has signed an agreement for Accenture and its Avanade subsidiary to become just the second and third companies to sell, host and deliver Windows Azure services to customers. …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Apr 2012
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Iran preps Internet cutoff

Iran has moved to protect its citizens’ privacy against American Imperialist Data Harvesters*; unfortunately for Iranians, the plan involves taking the whole country off the Internet. International Business Times is reporting that the country’s plan to set up a national intranet – its notorious “clean Internet” – will be …
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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

Updated Microsoft's cloudy platform, Windows Azure, is experiencing a major outage: at the time of writing, its service management system had been down for about seven hours worldwide. A customer described the problem to The Register as an "admin nightmare" and said they couldn't understand how such an important system could go down …
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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability. An OEM relationship has been in place between HDS and BlueArc since 2006, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Amcom palms $AU9m to float uni to the cloud

Amcom Telecommunications has secured a Au$9m deal to provide hosted cloud services to The University of Western Australia. The three-year contract utilises Amcom's Perth-based data centres to host dedicated cloud services for hundreds of the university's computer servers with over 400 terabytes of storage. Amcom is heavily …
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A handy guide to cloud service measurement

Calculating Return On Investment (ROI) for internal IT services is messy. Businesses want costs justified on a service-by-service basis. This approach has its flaws; IT service delivery is more than the sum of its parts. Much black magic is involved in lashing various aged and often incompatible systems together. Replacing or …
Trevor Pott, 06 May 2011