Feeds

Articles about It Vendors

IT price inquiry chair threatens to throw book at Aus vendors

Major IT vendors are trying the patience of both sides of politics, with both the chair and deputy chair of the parliamentary IT price inquiry complaining that vendors are hiding behind their union lobbying organisation rather than dealing directly with the inquiry. The chair (Labor’s Nick Champion) and deputy (Paul Neville of …

Hey, cloudy tech vendors on Amazon: AWS can fluff you up

Mobile consumed much of the media's attention in 2012, with Apple duking it out in court and in the market with Android. But it was Amazon, perhaps more than any other company, that spent 2012 redefining how we think about technology. In late 2011 I called out Amazon as "the Microsoft of the cloud", pointing to its emerging role …
Matt Asay, 29 Dec 2012
via http://www.flickr.com/photos/nez/469824940/sizes/z/in/photostream/ licensed under creative commons attribution by andrew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Verizon reboots cloud by dropping traditional IT vendors

Big clouds need a tightly integrated stack, and a small number of hardware components that can be upgraded and swapped out en masse. This is precisely what Verizon lacked in its first cloud, and what it is gaining with a new service. The new Verizon public cloud was announced by the company on Thursday, and will see it be cost …
Jack Clark, 03 Oct 2013

China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

China has stepped up its war on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system with a report in state-backed media that questions the security of the software. In a one and a half minute segment aired on China's CCTV television channel, journalists reported that the Chinese government is concerned by the security of the Windows 8 …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014
Apple's invitation to its September 11 event in China

Analyst: Chinese buyers shunning IBM, EMC, Oracle and Cisco

For years, the world's largest technology vendors have assumed that China represents a colossal opportunity, albeit with an unusual set of hoops to jump through in order to do business. That view now seems a little dated according to Frank Liu, analyst firm Forrester's chap covering converged infrastructure and big data in China …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Jul 2014
Crystal ball via http://www.manoftaste.de/

PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked. An eye watering $2tn was splashed on tech last year, including $1tn on hardware, but IDC has already pegged back …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
SOURCE: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/959469

Department of Interior dishes out $10bn for cloudy IT

The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors. The pork barrels IT contracts were announced by the organization on Wednesday, and will see Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic …
Jack Clark, 16 Aug 2013

ACCC weighs in on IT pricing

IT vendors, already under attack for stonewalling the Australian government’s IT pricing inquiry, have received a blunt warning from the ACCC: don’t lie about why your products are expensive in Australia. Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims says the watchdog …
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.

PC decline whacks 2013 IT spending projections

We're now halfway through this year, and it's therefore time for Gartner's prognosticators to review what is going on in the global economy, how IT vendors fared in the first half, and to rejig their IT spending projections for 2013. While the news is not good, it's not particularly bad, either. According to Gartner, global IT …

Facebook reveals open network gear to drive WEDGE between itself and Cisco

Facebook's director of technical operations, Najam Ahmad, says his company is only "one per cent" done with changing data center hardware, but we reckon that with the reveal of its new open networking equipment projects, Cisco and other incumbents are hoping it will slow down. The top-of-rack switch, named Wedge, and Linux-based …
Jack Clark, 18 Jun 2014
Panoramic view of a slice of a SoftLayer data center

IDC: Sluggish China to pinch global IT spending this year

The IT market is tightening its belt again, say the prognosticators at IDC. A slowdown in spending in China has made them go back and re-examine their forecasts for spending on hardware, software, telecom, and services for the coming year and out to 2017. While this is nothing like the massive cuts seen during the Great …

Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?

Like many new technologies, the Linux operating system got its big break in high performance computing. There is a symbiotic relationship between Linux and HPC that seems natural and normal today, and the Linux Foundation, which is the steward of the Linux kernel and other important open source projects – and, importantly, the …
management cloud2

CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Two surveys published in recent days that major on CIOs and their attitude to hybrid cloud show the scramble among IT vendors to win enterprise hearts and minds. A survey of 52 US CIOs conducted for SAP reveals strong support for the notion that hybrid cloud – combining cloud and on-premise applications – reduce complexity and …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2013
bofh_sidey

Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

It is 25 July, and that means it's Systems Administrators Appreciation Day once more. Sysadmin Day is that one special day a year where syadmins the world over say to each other "Wow, I can't believe we all made it another year", and everyone else forgets that this has been a thing for 14 years. Despite the inevitable apathy of …
Electronic waste dumped in developing world

Will Westerners soon be getting their IT direct from Asian players?

Singapore’s money is made of plastic, which makes it incredibly hard-wearing but also slightly slick and unreal. Which is just as well, given the amount of cash which was moving around when the Asia Pacific region’s channel players descended on the city state for the Canalys Channels forum last month. The event was held at the …
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2012
arrow pointing up

SMEs, tech vendors scrabble for morsels of comfort in CSR

George Osborne left small business lobbyists spluttering today over the lack of an explicit commitment to helping SMEs in the Comprehensive Spending Review. Meanwhile, tech vendors reacted with a flurry of pre-canned statements, mainly claiming that their products and services are just the thing to help hard-pressed public …
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2010

LSI lures IT vendors with Nytro blast for flash storage

LSI appears to be making a determined push into flash storage. But is this a smart business move by a company that flitted about somewhat when it came to flogging various storage technologies? LSI is very successful with controller silicon for disk drives and SAS interfaces and much more technology at that level. After Abhi …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012

IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

"Metrics" is rapidly becoming something of a cult among IT vendors. Many are betting the future of their companies on data gathering and foster a culture that treats user behaviour-monitoring like a religion. I've never fully believed in this practice, but it is hard to deny its allure. People are fickle and hard to predict; the …
Trevor Pott, 06 Jul 2013

Earth's anemic IT budgets to bounce back in 2013 - Gartner

Now that the US Congress has avoided going over the fiscal cliff, at least for now, the prognosticators at Gartner are ready to talk about IT spending last year and make some projections for the next two years. Worldwide IT spending increases were pretty anemic as IT and telecom services spending were seriously curtailed last …
channel

Pierre Cardin reckons it can out-bling the iPad

Fashion label Pierre Cardin has joined world+dog in trying to muscle in on the fondleslab phenomenon. Billed as the "UK's first designer tablet", the Pierre Cardin PC 7006G – based on Android 2.3 – is being flogged for a penny short of £300, or roughly £100 less than it would cost to buy an entry-level iPad. A product's …
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2011

So sad about the NSA web-spying bombshells - but think of the MONEY!

Claims that NSA spooks are snooping on everyone's internet connections have alarmed libertarians and digital-rights activists around the world. But despite the fact that such electronic eavesdropping has been going on for decades, the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden could net IT vendors and the tech distribution channel …
Joe Fay, 02 Oct 2013
channel

Taiwan suggests suffering IT vendors try China, Africa and India

Taiwan's IT cheerleader-in-chief claimed today the country's IT sector should come through the current financial crisis unscathed, if it can wean itself away from the cash-strapped consumers of the US and Europe. Peter Huang, executive vice president of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, admitted the country's status …
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2009

A potted history of cloud computing

1960s John McCarthy Many of the key concepts of Cloud Computing are rooted in the early 1960s and the trailblazer was John McCarthy (above), the celebrated computer scientist, who is best known as the father of Artificial Intelligence. He devised the notion of timesharing, enabling organisations to simultaneously use an …
David Gordon, 07 Mar 2014
Northamber

Veteran distie Northamber swings to loss, sales dive by 22%

LSE-listed Northamber blamed the economy and cost-cutting on the part of IT vendors for a massive slide in sales and the return to losses at the halfway stage in its fiscal 2013. The oldest IT distie in Blighty said turnover fell to £41.5m in the six months to 31 December from £53.8m in the same period a year earlier, …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013

Puppet gooses admin tool performance with Enterprise 3.0

Back in January, system administration tool maker Puppet Labs got a $30m equity injection from VMware, and the company has put some of that money to good use with a major revamp of its commercial-grade Puppet Enterprise tool. With Puppet Enterprise 3.0, Puppet Labs is gutting the innards of the product to make it peppier and …
Larry Ellison @ OpenWorld 2008, by Wicho

Revealed: The gift that keeps on giving to Oracle ... is dying

Even as traditional enterprise IT vendors come under pressure from modern cloud and open-source applications, these old-school businesses have one strategy that is the gift that keeps on giving: Enterprise licence agreements. Not only do ELAs help to shield vendors from pricing pressure from open-source alternatives, they also …
Matt Asay, 04 Dec 2012
Jersey cow

Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

Regulating cow farts to control the greenhouse effect? That’s the thing about the Internet of Things – and technology in general: you can never tell where your work will end up. Speaking at the recent Future World Symposium, ARM’s director of IoT platforms, Simon Ford, reckoned this is one of the problems facing IT vendors right …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014
The Register breaking news

Exploit broker releases EXPLICIT VIDS of holes in industrial control kit

Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have uncovered a raft of vulnerabilities in industrial control kit from many leading manufacturers. ReVuln released a video depicting zero-day exploits against SCADA* equipment from Siemens, General Electric, Schneider Electric, ABB/Rockwell and others. The unpatched flaws are all …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2012
axe_channel_teaser

Cisco readies axe for 4,000 employees

4,000 heads will roll at Cisco, as the networking giant prepares for another lean year in an IT market still recovering from the aftershocks of the global recession. The company's chief executive, John Chambers, announced the cuts alongside Cisco's financial results for Q4 2013 on a conference call on Wednesday. Cisco shares …
Jack Clark, 14 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

The Impact of Cloud on IT

if you've got a few minutes to spare, take a crack at our Cloud impact survey. "Cloud" has been the marketing buzz word of much of the last two years. Many IT vendors now fear to talk about any product or solution without squeezing the term into usage at least three times a minute, even if they have nothing to do with any type …
Dale Vile, 07 Jun 2011
channel

Facebook's Open Compute friends ODCA IT union

What do you get when you cross a consortium of big data center customers and IT suppliers (the Open Data Center Alliance started by Intel last October) with an open source server and data center design project started by a hyperscale Web company (the Open Compute Project founded by Facebook)? We don't know, but it looks like …
The Register breaking news

From virtualisation to private cloud

There is an assumption, which has been repeated over and over, that private cloud naturally follows on from virtualisation activities. As such it has almost become accepted as inevitable, particularly amongst the IT vendors, that the way to improve IT effectiveness, agility and efficiency is to implement a private cloud. To top …
Andrew Buss, 24 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

Heavyweights of the cryptographic world have lined up behind a campaign against proposed US wiretapping laws that could require IT vendors to place new backdoors in digital communications services. Technical details are vague at present, but the planned law could mandate putting wiretap capabilities in endpoints to cover …
John Leyden, 21 May 2013
HP EcoPOD

Is storage kicking servers in the battle of the bundles?

Converged infrastructure products, integrated computing platforms, single-stack solutions, data centre in a box: whatever you call them, the benefit of buying storage, servers and networking in a single, pre-engineered bundle is that, vendor-wise, when something goes wrong, you've only got one butt to kick. That's not quite how …
The Register breaking news

Have IT vendors been hit harder than IT departments?

I don't know about you, but I keep wondering where the disconnect is between the US unemployment rate and IT departments. And if there is a disconnect, as there seems to be from looking at the data, I am grateful on both your behalf and my own. The rest of the IT Jungle team is grateful, too. None of us - you, me or them - wants …
francis_maude_flames_evil

Dell: Gov's cost-cutting mania is driving away suppliers

Dell believes the UK government has squeezed suppliers too hard on price - to the point where the PC giant, and others, are walking away from public sector business. Major IT vendors, including HP, have already questioned where the Cabinet Office will go next to ease its budget woes, having forced the biggest players to lose a …
Paul Kunert, 31 Jul 2013
management cloud3

There's more to cloud computing than just hosting

There’s a trick we use at Freeform Dynamics when trying to figure out the true significance, if any, of the latest Big Thing being promoted by IT vendors and pundits. We ask ourselves what will be left when the marketers get bored with the current buzz words and move on to the next Big Thing, as they inevitably will. As an …
Dale Vile, 11 Apr 2013

'Australia's so big freight costs are high' claims don't add up

One of the fallback positions of IT vendors defending their high Australian prices has been to remind Australia that shipping and transport are expensive here. So, ever your servant – and confronted with the kind of slow-news-day syndrome that can happen only when America is still busy trying to identify which stories were April …
The Register breaking news

IT vendors talk rubbish: official

IT and telecoms vendors have pulled off an impressive feat: beating lawyers and even PR operatives in the art of obfuscation. According to a survey of 340 UK small and medium-sized businesses carried out by VIA NET.WORKS, 51 per cent of respondents thought that "IT and telecoms suppliers were the biggest culprits for using …
Lester Haines, 14 Apr 2004
The Register breaking news

Red Hat exec proposes end to IT suckage

Why isn't IT getting cheaper instead of more expensive? That was the question posed by Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of open source software juggernaut and cloud wannabe Red Hat, during his keynote at the Interop networking — and now cloud computing — trade show in New York. After all, processor and storage capacity keep …

'Big Data changes EVERYTHING' vs 'Hadoop? For my 200-customer biz?'

As an industry analyst, it sometimes feels like I am flitting between two parallel universes. In one, I sit in rooms with IT marketing professionals and product managers and listen to them talking about how the latest "big thing" is changing everything. In the other, I chat with IT directors and ops managers who want to see …
Dale Vile, 10 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Amazon preparing 'disruptive' big data AWS service?

Amazon Web Services looks set to launch a "disruptive" big data service that is sure to put the frighteners on traditional IT vendors. The as-yet-unnamed product will be run within AWS Data Services – an internal cloud product team that also handles the AWS Data Pipeline, AWS RDS and AWS RedShift, among others – according to …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2013
management procure6

Oracle acquires Nimbula, buys way into open clouds

Oracle has announced plans to acquire Nimbula, an purchase that gives the database company a route into the open source OpenStack cloud management system, and a private cloud software stack as well. The strategic buy was announced on Wednesday morning by a brief statement posted on Nimbula and Oracle's websites. Nimbula builds …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2013
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

Appliances are the new data centre onesie

It has been a fun and very profitable couple of decades for upstart IT server and systems software makers. They have thrown new server technologies at venerable mainframe and minicomputer systems and blasted the data centre into a thousand shiny metal bits. Then they lashed it all together with networks running distributed …
homeless man with sign

Calling all resellers, distributors and integrators

It's been tough these last few years. The economy has been stagnant, inflation's been going up and access to credit has been going down, hitting cash flow and the ability to invest. On top of that, inventory issues have hit hard while customers have been deferring spending. This has cut margins to the bone (and beyond) in many …
Andrew Buss, 23 Nov 2011
channel

Ubuntu: Vendors need to step up

"Intrepid Ibex", distributed as Ubuntu 8.10, goes live today for distribution later this week, and the economic crunch certainly makes the Linux variant more compelling. While there are plenty of skeptics doubting Ubuntu's prospectsin business - except in a few big businesses with lots of Unix skills - going broke tends to make …

Fed up with database speed? Meet Big Blue's BLU-eyed boy

Like other system vendors with their own software stacks, IBM is trying to boost the processing speed of its database software so it can take on larger and larger data munching jobs. The company launched its BLU Acceleration feature for several of its databases a few weeks ago as part of a broader big data blitzkrieg, saying …
Cloud Storage arrays

Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014

Cisco opens in Myanmar as US tech firms eye fresh territory

Networking giant Cisco looks set to be one of the first major Western tech firms to establish a presence in once-isolated Myanmar, after announcing two networking academies designed to train up locals for work in the country’s burgeoning IT sector. The collaborative project with the US Agency for International Development (USAID …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Mar 2013
AppleCare

Who did Apple LIE TO: Australia or America?

Australian parliamentarians, already hostile to international IT vendors over their pricing practices and use of transfer arrangements to offshore their tax obligations, are now at the point of grabbing torches and pitchforks and heading in the direction of Cupertino. At issue is what looks like a contradiction between the …