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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
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Microsoft gets in hosted services' face, causes headache

Microsoft may still be struggling to get its online volume licensing house in order, but that hasn’t stopped the company hyping what it sees as the benefits of small and medium-sized businesses placing their trust in hosted services. Like many other software vendors, MS is looking at different biz models that will help the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2010
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Microsoft expands hosted services waistline

Microsoft has confirmed that its online services package for businesses will touch down in Europe, Japan and New Zealand next month. The company said that trial versions of Microsoft’s biz software for email, collaboration and online meetings would be made available in 19 countries, including Finland, Italy, Germany, France, …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Mar 2009

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

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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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 "Soma …
Neil McAllister, 13 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

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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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
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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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Cisco and the war for, um, hosted email

Cisco Systems tossed itself into an increasingly contentious market last week with the debut of its very own hosted email service. Yes, contentious. Business email, so it seems, hasn't been interesting in an extremely long time. Like breathing — you rarely notice it unless it stops. But now its become a veritable clash of the …
Austin Modine, 16 Nov 2009

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

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
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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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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

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

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 …
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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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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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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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Symantec hedges bets with large stake in hosted security

Symantec, traditionally one of the more conservative firms in the security market, is attempting to pull off a high-wire balancing act with its surprise $695m acquisition of security software-as-a-service pioneer MessageLabs. The firm is betting that increased revenues in the hottest segment of the security market will justify a …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2008
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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
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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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Mac Tel money in the clouds

Listed carrier Macquarie Telecom has added $5 million to its earnings forecast for the year ended December 2010, attributing the upswing to the performance of its hosted services division. In an announcement issued to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday, the company said its half-year earnings are likely to be around $20 …
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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

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

“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

Dell shows world its web services face

After a year chock-full of software acquisitions, Dell is ready to go public on its plans for flogging web-hosted services. At a San Francisco press gig on Tuesday, Dell president of global services Steve Schuckenbrock said the company will move into web-hosted IT monitoring and tech support. Not unexpected in the slightest, …
Austin Modine, 27 Feb 2008
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Salesforce CEO knocks Microsoft's hosted CRM bluster

Salesforce.com's chief executive is talking tough after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pledged to give its smaller rival a "run for its money" with a planned hosted CRM service. Marc Benioff is confident his company can see-off Microsoft's hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service, based on the companies' competitive …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Sep 2005
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Microsoft finally puts date on hosted CRM

Microsoft will next year launch a hosted customer relationship management (CRM) service while insisting it's not competing with Salesforce.com, SAP and Oracle. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, told 7,000 partners Tuesday that Microsoft plans to unveil Dynamics CRM Live in the second quarter of 2007 as an online …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2006
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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
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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

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
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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

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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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

VeriSign and IBM Team for hosted access, provisioning

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Taking aim at a traditionally software-only market, VeriSign Inc this week introduced a hosted access control service, the fruit of a deal signed with IBM Corp back in January, Kevin Murphy writesThe companies also expect to work together further on hosted provisioning services in the …
ComputerWire, 09 Oct 2002

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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Microsoft hit by cloudy downtime in US

Microsoft suffered a two-hour long outage of some of its hosted software services in North America yesterday. According to an IDG report, the company was hit by a performance issue at one of its data centres on Monday. The downtime led to customers being unable to access some of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2010
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Microsoft prices services for the email-poor

Microsoft is targeting the email disenfranchised with a suite of cut-down email and online collaboration services priced at $3 per user a month. The company has announced Exchange Online Deskless Worker and SharePoint Online Deskless Worker featuring calendar, Outlook Web Access Light to access corporate email, anti-virus, anti- …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2008
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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

After the mad rush to virtualise, what then?

Those of us who have set up local clouds had to go through a transition period; some systems dedicated, some systems virtualised. For many, running a mix of dedicated and virtual systems proved advantageous. The mad rush to virtualise everything slowed. Low hanging fruit was virtualised yielding beneficial returns. Difficult …
Trevor Pott, 21 Mar 2011
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A question of performance

Software as a service (SaaS) promises a lot but many are still nervous about relying on it for business use. The concerns we hear most centre on security, privacy and operational risk. The first two are the most important and we will be covering these later in our workshop. In the meantime, we will start by considering …
Dale Vile, 16 Dec 2010

Some top cloud tools to bash up the bus factor

Few business owners are willing to tolerate a low bus factor on critical endeavours. If your IT infrastructure is based on ten-year-old rebuilt hardware and a heavily customised version of Linux only one or two people truly understand, you’re in trouble. The simplest means by which the bus factor can be managed is to make the …
Trevor Pott, 08 Apr 2011

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

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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Putting the SaaS into security management

In all areas of business, security and privacy are built on good policy, properly applied. If you think moving to hosted services or software as a service (SaaS) changes this, then think again. While some aspects of security may be simplified, the cloud raises challenges in other areas. From the perspective of systems …
Tony Lock, 22 Dec 2010
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Hosts with the mosts: Getting to grips with SLAs for the cloud

When email is down, businesses cease to function. If the email goes down due to a mishandling of the Exchange server, the appropriate sysadmin is found and duly berated. Finger pointing exercises are less well defined when email stops working because Gmail is down. Again. In this case the sysadmin in question bears no direct …
Trevor Pott, 28 Mar 2011
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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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Phoenix revenues dip but profits stay aloft

Phoenix IT Group is surviving the recession - underlying profit is up four per cent and it has maintained margin at 14 per cent. For the year ended 31 March Phoenix saw revenues shrink, as expected, 2.9 per cent to £245.8m. But underlying profit before tax grew 4.2 per cent to £34.4m. As result it will increase share dividends …
John Oates, 07 Jun 2010
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The reality of SaaS security and privacy

It seems we can’t move at the moment for being bombarded with messages about Cloud and hosted services and how they’re going to take over the world. This may be a scary enough thought on its own, but for most of you, security and privacy concerns are top of the list when it comes to SaaS. Thanks to the forthright opinions and …
Andrew Buss, 11 Mar 2011
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Symantec says get HEP to the cloud

Symantec is telling small and medium enterprises to remove their security servers and let its HEP cloud service do the job instead. SMEs will often have dedicated hardware or a server to look after site IT security. They could run Symantec's Endpoint Protection product in such a server to protect their notebooks, desktops, and …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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Optimising IT isn’t all about the cloud

Are you sick of cloud computing being shoved down your throat as the answer to all IT delivery problems? Or perhaps you are a convert and can't get enough of the 'C' word. Well we at Freeform Dynamics are pretty fed up with having the same sorts of discussions over and over again. It's getting a bit wearing having to keep on …
Dale Vile, 15 Apr 2011
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SCO builds Web services framework

SCO, the corporate parent of UnixWare, OpenServer, and OpenLinux, yesterday announced a framework to let developers and customers use its products to take advantage of Web services. SCOx is designed to let VARs and developers Web-enable existing applications based on SCO products. SCO plans to demonstrate the complete SCOx …
Lee Schlesinger, 01 May 2003