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WD works on hybrid drives

Western Digital is working on developing a hybrid drive combining spinning disk and solid state storage, along the lines of Seagate's Momentus XT. CEO John Coyne mentioned this in the earnings call for WD's second fiscal 2011 quarter, saying: "We also continue to evaluate the opportunity to combine rotating magnetic storage with …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2011
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Hybrid vigour boosts Cloud formation

Cloud computing was always going to be about hybrid models, as we have already discussed (Cloud says No). This was brought up some three years ago by our colleagues at Freeform Dynamics. The idea behind hybrid models is to take advantage of the benefits of both on-premise applications and cloud solutions by making them work …
Nathan Coates, 08 Jun 2011
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The man who found Atlantis: 14PB of storage, flashy models and Moore's Law

Chetan Venkatesh is the latest subject in Willem ter Harmsel’s interview series. As the founder of Atlantis, he provided a great background to Atlantis. Following on from the interview with the now ex-CEO Bernard Harguindeguy, I had the pleasure of speaking with the CTO of Atlantis, Chetan Venkatesh. Chetan_Venkatesh Atlantis …
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Toyota to punch out second hybrid in UK

Toyota has revealed that a hybrid version of its Auris hatchback will be built at its UK plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire from 2012. According to a report in the Japanese industry daily, Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun, the Auris is due for a major facelift in 2012 which will coincide with the release of the hybrid model. The car will use …
Alun Taylor, 15 Jul 2009
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VMWorld content catalog hints at slow AirWatch integration

VMware has released the content catalogue for VMworld San Francisco, and it offers a hint or three about what the company might announce at the event. Perhaps the most tantalisingly-named session is titled Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch. "Previewing" suggests, at least to us, that you should rule out a major launch …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
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VDI a 'delightful' experience... Really?

The VDI talk was the kind of GTC session I love. It’s where a real-world expert talks about how a difficult task is actually accomplished. Not the theory, not how it should work on paper, but what it takes to actually move a project from Point “A” to Point “We’re done with this”. Ken Fingerlos from Lewan Technology delivered in …
WD UltraSlim drive

World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk

Western Digital has launched the world's first single-platter 5mm-thick disk drives - including one with a cache of flash memory. It's also announced an enterprise-class 2.5in drive in a 3.5in frame so as to ease migration from 3.5in performance to the XE, a 2.5in form factor. The single-platter 5mm-thick UltraSlims are …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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Ford unwraps '2013 Mondeo'

CES 2012 Week The great and good of the Ford Motor Company today whipped the dust covers off the new Fusion at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit. Should we care? Yes, because this is the 2013 Ford Mondeo, give or take a few minor technical details. Ford Fusion It is based on Ford's new global C/D …
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Apple finally flips switch on HTTPS by default in App Store

Apple has finally enabled secure App Store logins for mobile users, months after the issue was first reported to the consumer electronics giant. Google researcher Elie Bursztein noticed that Apple's App Store protocols weren't secure back in July 2012, when he reported the issue to Cupertino. The App Store iOS app was running …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2013
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Xiotech sexes up new boxes

Xiotech is rebranding its Emprise products, and its coming hybrid NAND and disk drive storage blade is five times faster than the disk-only blade. Xiotech supplies 3U sealed canisters of disk drives called Intelligent Storage Elements (ISEs) – which include low-level storage array controller functionality, drive manufacturer …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2011
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Microsoft backsteps Azure from platform to infrastructure cloud

Microsoft got so excited about its upcoming enhancements to the Windows Azure cloud, due to be divulged in detail tomorrow, that it jumped the gun on its own announcement, perhaps to try to steal a little thunder from cloudy announcements from Oracle and Red Hat. The upshot is that Azure will no longer be just a platform cloud …
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Counting the cost of cloud computing

Among the benefits of cloud computing are lower infrastructure costs, reduced time to market and greater flexibility, with no need for enterprises to buy, install and maintain IT infrastructure and software. It can allow companies to become more agile and entrepreneurial, while the cloud computing vendor can deliver economies of …
Eira Hayward, 13 Jun 2012
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Microsoft promises resellers bumper 2013 with total line-up refresh

Microsoft closed down its Worldwide Partners Conference in Toronto with a promise that the coming year will provide the best year yet for its resellers, with a complete refresh of its ecosystem to restore Redmond's future. "For the very first time, every single product in our portfolio is getting refreshed and relaunched in a 12 …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2012
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Arista touts next-gen switch as malleable as a T-1000 Terminator

Nobody has had his fingers in so much of the data centre pie as Andy Bechtolsheim, founder of Sun Microsystems, Granite Systems, Kealia, and Arista Networks. When Bechtolsheim and his team of techies at Arista say they have come up with their own way of doing software-defined networks (SDN) with their switches, people will stop …
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Ford CEO talks up e-car future

Ford's five-year e-car plan will see the motor maker's eco-friendly vehicles spring from its existing lines, not as new, bespoke designs, company CEO Alan Mulally has told Reg Hardware. Speaking one-on-one to Reg Hardware just ahead of his CeBit keynote yesterday, Mulally revealed that the battery powered members of Ford's C1 …
Alun Taylor, 02 Mar 2011
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The next Microsoft in the cloud computing era is ...

Cloud computing lacks both cross-compatibility and standards. Added to vendor lock-in is the possibility of outages, breaches of security or privacy, providers suspending your account, losing data or even going out of business altogether. A variety of vendor strategies are in play. Apple and Oracle exemplify the proprietary lock …
Trevor Pott, 08 May 2011
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Distie business: Lines get blurry for channel big boys

In the early '70s to mid-'80s, Rank Audio Visual – a division of the Rank Organisation – was a large distributor of audio visual and photographic equipment, theatre lighting and 8, 16 and 35mm film. It later progressed to the distribution of pre-recorded video cassettes. But what does a man with a gong have to do with the …
Eddie Pacey, 17 May 2012
Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

When Toshiba UK announced the launch of the Qosmio X770 3D – a new gaming laptop with stereoscopic 3D graphics and a 17.3in HD screen, I immediately thought: could this be an Alienware killer? Toshiba has been said to lag behind other manufacturers when it comes to high-end gaming laptops, but after spending time with the X770 I …
Lucy Orr, 10 Oct 2011
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Google Latitude not dead despite Buzz

Google is pushing ahead with Latitude - the mobile service that tells your friends where you are - despite its high-profile introduction of somewhat similar mobile services that hook into its new Google Buzz social networking setup. During a panel discussion at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Google man Steve Lee - who heads …
Cade Metz, 07 May 2010
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TfL admits congestion charge autopay problems

Transport for London has said that it is 'aware of some problems' with the IBM-managed system used by fleet companies to pay the congestion charge. Customers have reported issues with the the autopay system, including being overcharged and receiving wrongly issued fines. The online service is used by companies that regularly …
Kable, 14 Jun 2010
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Toyota Yaris 2011

It’s a testament to the enduring popularity of the first two incarnations of Toyota’s little Yaris that between them they lasted for 12 years before the third version rolled off the production line. But has Yaris 3.0 still got what it takes to cut the mustard in the super-competitive B segment? At first glance, there's little to …
Alun Taylor, 14 Oct 2011
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Microsoft promises, fails to keep things simple for partners

Microsoft today tried to convince UK channel partners that it’s working hard to simplify its licensing terms, but many resellers have grumbled that the firm hasn’t gone far enough yet. MS director of emerging technology, Gurprit Singh, who was speaking at the company’s partner event in London this morning, told the gathered …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2008
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IBM turns back on server history

As odd as this may seem, IBM is not thinking about servers any more. Well, not in the way you might think. According to the top minds at Big Blue's Systems and Technology Group - which designs and sells its servers, processors, and storage - the future is not about making particular server architectures do jobs and fight for …
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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
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SAP plays tease over mid-market Salesforce 'killer'

SAP has doled out a handful of details on A1S, its eagerly anticipated mid-market on-demand suite, while promising to be better than Salesforce.com. After months of teasing SAP watchers at numerous trade shows with screen shots and little else, SAP today revealed A1S would be "closer" to SAP's existing All-In-One suite, rather …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jun 2007
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Report backs mobile IT for police

Mobile data solutions and inter-force IT have a big part to play in cutting police red tape, says a major report. An interim report on the Independent Review of Policing in England and Wales, published on 12 September 2007, calls for police to be given more freedom from unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork, and suggests …
Kablenet, 13 Sep 2007
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Online conferencing - an opportunity for resellers?

One technology fits the software as a service (SaaS) model so neatly that even Microsoft – according to some, the devil incarnate of on-premise software delivery – only provides its product as an on-demand service. That technology is online conferencing. If you would like to spend less time queueing at airports to board a metal …
Bob Tarzey, 26 Jan 2007

BOFH: Building changes

"Just before you go," the Boss cries, waving some building plans at me as I'm ducking out to lunch. "Can you just take a look at this?" "What is it?" "We're just looking at making a few small alterations on the third floor," he responds. "And I'd like to get your thoughts on them." "Didn't we make some 'small' alterations …
Simon Travaglia, 14 Sep 2007
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Of mass market telco TV

There are more than 300 ISPs in the UK of varying sizes, from VISP resellers to tier 1 backbone carriers – most resell BT Wholesale’s core DSL product, basing their service costs on the deals they can offer on BT Central backhaul, network bandwidth and external connectivity arrangements. They share a common destiny in that it …
Alex Cameron, 17 Oct 2005
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Simon Meredith writes…

This is the first in a series of regular, weekly columns from Simon Meredith. Simon is one of the most well-known and well-established channel journalists in the UK. Each week, here on The Register, Simon will turn his attention to some of the burning issues of the day. More information about Simon’s work can be found at his Web …
Simon Meredith, 06 May 1999