Articles about Legacy

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Promo A coding competition is coming soon, brought to you by The Register in partnership with IBM. For now all we can tell you is that IBM's Cloudant platform will play a part in the proceedings. So let's get the ball rolling with this call to developers, data science professionals and IT analytic architects to sign up now for a …
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Whitman deletes another chapter in HP history as CSC and ES borg

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is dismantling another legacy bequeathed to her by a predecessor as she waves goodbye to Enterprise Services. The first lady of Palo Alto has already closed the chapter opened by one-time CEO Carly Fiorina who had signed off the buy of Compaq, only for HP's PC business to be ejected …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

A US Government Accounting Office (GAO) report has highlighted the parlous state of Uncle Sam's IT infrastructure. As an example, the computer used to coordinate America's nuclear forces is an IBM Series/1 that uses eight‑inch floppy disks capable of storing about 80KB of data each. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2016
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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

Security researchers are warning of a new wave of malvertising that harnesses the latest Flash exploit. The attack features tainted ads from websites including dailymotion.com, vodlocker.com, answers.com and legacy.com. Fraudulent advertisers are posing as legitimate retail or legal businesses in order distribute "conditional …
John Leyden, 25 May 2016

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow

Promo Working in IT and the public sector? The Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow could be just the ticket for you. The roadshows are hosted by Skyscape Cloud Services, possibly the UK’s biggest cloud provider for the public sector, and all sessions feature independent guest speakers and are chaired by a journalist. Taking place …
David Gordon, 24 May 2016
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Who cares about IT resource planning capabilities?

Study More businesses than ever depend on IT systems to keep things rolling, deliver services to customers and keep the cash flowing in. But the desire to add ever faster responsiveness to business needs is placing a strain on IT – legacy internal platforms, systems running virtual machines, never mind "cloud" based solutions and …
Team Register, 23 May 2016
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Business dept sinks £14m into canned shared services plan

The department for Business, Innovation and Skills has sunk £14m in consolidating its legacy kit as part of a cross-government shared services plan that it later pulled out of. According to an FOI response, BIS invested £13.9m during the first phase of consolidating back office services for the department and 13 public bodies …
Kat Hall, 23 May 2016
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Shared services centres supposed to save £128m saved £0... and cost £4m

Moves to shift departments' back office servers and ERP systems into two privately owned shared services centres - which had been touted as set to save the taxpayer £128m - have failed to prove "value for money", according to a report by the National Audit Office. The shared services centres, run separately by IT provider …
Kat Hall, 20 May 2016

Hew Pack Enterprise: Our OpenStack love affair is strong, but we love Microsoft too

The appeal of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Cloud28+ market was limited by its grounding in Helion Open Stack, so support for Microsoft, VMware and Docker tech was confirmed for version two launched today. The market went live in December and has 225 members - service providers, resellers and ISVs - listing 1,000 cloud services …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2016
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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

Opinion The big announcement at the recent EMC World was VNX3 – or EMC Unity as we now have to call it. The EMC marketing Reality Distortion Field is in full effect, with the company at pains to claim that Unity is a brand new product “designed from the ground up”, although your correspondent believes it appears to be significantly …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Lloyds online banking goes TITSUP*

Updated Customers of Lloyds have been unable to access online banking since 10am this morning, Website monitoring site DownDetector received more than 1,500 reports since 10:05 this morning. The Lloyds Banking website currently says: "An error occurred while processing your request." Lloyds told users on Twitter: "We're aware of an …
Kat Hall, 16 May 2016

Cloud security 101: Get a little more intimate with your provider

You can get many different services in the cloud these days, and cyber security is among them. These days, cloud service providers will take care of everything from email scanning through to watching where your employees surf (and stopping them from going there, if necessary). Most of them claim to do a better job than the …
Danny Bradbury, 16 May 2016
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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

A date has been set to formally decommission the government's online identity Gateway portal by 2018 - a move that raises serious questions as to whether the Verify replacement will provide a fit for purpose alternative. The deal to pull the plug on Gateway - which is most importantly used for self-assessment tax users - has …
Kat Hall, 13 May 2016
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Lie back and think of cybersecurity: IBM lets students loose on Watson

IBM is teaming up with eight North American universities to further tune its cognitive system to tackle cybersecurity problems. Watson for Cyber Security, a platform already in pre-beta, will be further trained in “learning the nuances of security research findings and discovering patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks …
John Leyden, 12 May 2016
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Imation's losses deepen 500%. CEO says things are 'successful'

+Comment About turn! You never lack for excitement with Imation, which has turned the previous quarter’s $94m in revenues and near $10m in losses into this quarter’s $10.7m revenues and $91.1m losses. Oy vey, where did the money go? Let’s try and sort this amazing black hole of red ink – excuse the tortured metaphors – into some kind …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2016
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Ireland's hefty data industry demands equally big industry cop

Whether it likes it or not, the Republic of Ireland has become a battleground between the EU and US legal systems – and between those two mighty forces and the forces of American mega corporations. It is in Ireland, where servers operated by Microsoft reside, that the US Department of Justice has demanded it has the right to …

Debian farewells Pentium

Debian is farewelling a bunch of legacy processors, including Pentium. While Linux may still be touted as the best way to keep an ancient PC on life support, there are limits, it seems. As kernel developer Ben Hutchings explains in this post, Debian is inheriting the change from gcc, which no longer supports pre-686 …
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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

BlackHat Asia A world-first proof-of-concept worm - if unleashed - could spell disaster for the world’s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop. It is a stand-alone attack but The Register has confirmed a realistic stealthy end-to-end attack scenario can be …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2016

Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

Continuous Lifecycle For a business that processes 120 customer transactions per minute, the fear of IT outages is never far from the mind of Trainline's head of IS operations, Dave Stanley. Just 15 minutes of downtime can have a serious impact on revenue. Last year Trainline.com turned over £2bn in train ticket revenue, making it the fifth …
Kat Hall, 05 May 2016
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The 4 stages of All-Flash storage: Denial, anger, bargaining... and integration

Last week saw yet more stories and announcements on all-flash storage. IBM released new FlashSystem products based on XIV and an all-flash version of their mainframe/enterprise platform, the DS8888. I had another briefing from Violin (although that didn’t reveal anything new) and rumours started to swirl that X-IO Technologies …
Chris Evans, 04 May 2016

Commercial software chokkas with ancient brutal open source vulns

Commercial software is riddled with old critical open source flaws that are largely hidden from the eyes of enterprises, according to Black Duck Software. The manual audit report The State of Open Source Security in Commercial Applications [PDF] by the open source security tester studied 200 applications over a six month …
Darren Pauli, 04 May 2016

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2016
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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

Another major banking outage similar to the RBS disaster back in 2012 is likely to happen again in the UK, given the amount of legacy code in the sector, according to research. The average mission critical banking application has around 600,000 lines of code, according to a study by software firm CAST which analysed systems …
Kat Hall, 03 May 2016
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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

Interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, I sat down with Miguel de Icaza, the initiator of both the GNOME desktop for Linux and the Mono open source version of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Miguel de Icaza co-founded Xamarin with Nat Friedman, who became CEO. Xamarin, which provides tools for developing mobile applications for …
Tim Anderson, 29 Apr 2016
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Avnet checks legacy data kit sales stats, panics

Enterprise tech distie Avnet Technology Solutions is back in cost cutting mode amid fears that flakey demand for “legacy” tech will continue. The firm reported an 8.3 per cent decline in sales of $2.13bn for Q3 of fiscal ’16 ended 2 April, this was down 6.9 per cent in constant currency. The top line was at the “low-end of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016

Chomp! Barracuda gets its bite back after turning a profit again

The sum of $83.7m exceeded Barracuda’s revenue estimates for its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Feb 29, 2016. It was a 16 per cent rise year-on-year and a 4.5 per cent rise quarter-on-quarter. There was a $3.2m net profit, pleasing after five straight loss-making quarters. The full year revenue number was $320.2m, 15.4 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016
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EMC results: It'll all come out in the post-Dell deal wash

+Comment EMC saw many pockets of growth in its first fiscal 2016 quarter’s results but overall revenues declined because core legacy product revenues fell, as did RSA and the enterprise content business. These declines more than offset the impressive growth rates of newer products. In the EMC earnings call, CEO and chairman Joe Tucci …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016

The beginning of the rise of the Planet Of The LUN Monkeys

Storagebod There is no doubt that the role of the storage admin has changed. Technology has moved on and the business has changed, but the role still exists in one form or another. You just have to look at the number of vendors out there jockeying for position; the existing big boys, the new kids of the block, the objectionable ones and …
StorageBod, 19 Apr 2016
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Oh dear, IBM. Storage isn't looking like a cash cow any more, is it?

IBM's storage hardware revenues continue falling as growth businesses stay submerged under the declining ones. In its first quarter of 2016 results, IBM's storage hardware revenues were, at $433.5m, six per cent down year-on-year, continuing the now familiar trend. This was a billion-dollar-a-quarter business in the fourth …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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Ah, so that's why Adapt wasn't put in the shop window in 2015

The reason why Lyceum-backed Adapt remains Lyceum-backed is contained in their latest set of annual profit and loss accounts - company growth stalled and so a sales process was halted. The London-based outfit was expected to come onto the market last last year and tasked M&A and corporate finance advisor ARMA Partners with …
Paul Kunert, 18 Apr 2016
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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

In all the excitement about 5G, it is easy to forget that the most intensive innovations of 2016-2020 will go on in "4.5G" – in Release 13 and 14, of course, but more importantly in the way the carriers and their vendors reinvent their cellular networks with new approaches like virtualization and HetNet, in the desperate bid to …
Wireless Watch, 18 Apr 2016

Job ad promises 'Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack'

A job ad has appeared offering one lucky worker the chance to perform “Meaningless Repetitive Work on the .NET Stack.” The ad is real – recruiter Joshua Wulf told The Register he wrote it after a conversation with a candidate “who told me what his job is really like.” Wulf then considered plenty of other job ads and decided …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2016

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

Interview In the UK, IT Godzilla Fujitsu is perhaps best known for its unwieldy public sector contracts, being responsible for running a sizeable chunk of the government's legacy technology. Indeed most of its UK and Ireland revenue has historically come from the public sector, some 70 per cent at the beginning of the last Parliament in …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2016
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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

There’s one less hideout for Windows XP hangers-on when it comes to browsers. Google’s Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released and Google’s browser will, finally, no longer work on Microsoft’s legacy desktop. Also no longer supported are Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. It will be Microsoft’s XP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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DevOps isn't just about the new: It's about cleaning up the old, too

As one of my coworkers used to say when confronted with The Latest Development Improvement Methodology: “Why don’t you come down here and chum this stuff?” – except he used the language of a sailor. In trying to implement the latest breakfast cereal agenda, DevOps, one of the primary chumming tasks is dealing with all your “ …
Michael Coté, 12 Apr 2016
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Total cloud: Huawei's plan for planet's telcos and its own bottom line

Huawei reckons it can outgrow its enterprise competitors without seeking a bumper acquisition and is going to spend two years cloud-enabling its entire networks product line. Reports from the company's 2016 analyst summit in Shenzhen, China, suggest that rotating CEO Eric Xu (the company has three CEOs, who take six-month …
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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

A new council designed to bring greater openness and transparency to the US intelligence services will soon meet for the first time. Behind closed doors. The Intelligence Transparency Council was formally established by director of national intelligence (DNI) James Clapper last week when he signed its charter [PDF]. It will …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016
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London to Dover 'smart' road could help make driverless cars mainstream – expert

The creation of new "smart" roads with in-built Wi-Fi technology can be an enabler of the widespread adoption of driverless and connected cars, an expert has said. Ben Gardner, expert in autonomous vehicles technology and regulation at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said he welcomed plans outlined by Highways …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Apr 2016
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Global IT spend sags

The worldwide IT market will fall 0.5 per cent in value in 2016 to $3.49tn, according to revised Gartner figures. The market watcher had previously forecasted 0.5 per cent rise in the year, but currency fluctuation put paid to that earlier notion. Optimisation as opposed to big cost-cutting is the key IT spending theme "As an …
Drew Cullen, 07 Apr 2016
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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

Build 2016 "There are 16 million Win32 or .NET apps in the world. When we built the Universal Windows Platform, we left them behind. And that was dumb," said Microsoft Distinguished Engineer John Sheehan, speaking at the Build conference last week in San Francisco. Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is based on the Windows …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2016
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Managing infrastructure, a newbie's guide: Simple stuff you need to know

We all have IT and telco infrastructure equipment that's getting older. Time marches on and few of us have the funds or resources to renew everything when it reaches its official point of being written off by the bean-counters. We all, then, have some kind of legacy kit clinging onto its existence – even if it doesn't quite …
Dave Cartwright, 07 Apr 2016
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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

A very unusual exchange is about to take place over the Atlantic. The UK is sending some 700kg of highly enriched uranium to be disposed of in the US, the largest amount that has ever been moved out of the country. In return, the US is sending other kinds of enriched uranium to Europe to help diagnose people with cancer. The …
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Zstor bakes NVMe external array access into new line, serves up delicious flash for all

German storage supplier Zstor has fabricated its external shared NV-Series array with RDMA access, giving accessing servers the same response as internal NVMe SSDs – more than 10,000 times faster than Fibre Channel SAN array access. The all-flash product is built using Mangstor NVMe SSD and fabric technology based on Ethernet …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2016
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John Grunsfeld retiring from NASA, again

The head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate who oversaw the successful Curiosity mission to Mars, John Grunsfeld, has retired from the agency. Grunsfeld joined NASA as an astronaut in 1992 and spent over 58 days in space helping to build the International Space Station and performing the final upgrades to the Hubble Space …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2016
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Not Bitcoin, but close: Red Hat and Microsoft bite into blockchain tech

Red Hat is offering upstart financial types the opportunity to play with blockchain tech on its OpenShift platform. The news comes a day after Microsoft struck a deal to investigate blockchain tech in partnership with major financial institutions. In a blog post, Redmond exec veep of business development, Peggy Johnson, wrote …
Joe Fay, 05 Apr 2016
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Automic lets big firms play with DevOps in private sandbox

Automation vendor Automic has sought to counter the DevOps “whatevs” folk by offering a try-as-you-buy taste of its technology, as part of a slew of initiatives to entice companies to tuck into its full fat product line. The vendor is offering a try before you buy sandbox service for customers, operated on its own cloud, so …
Joe Fay, 04 Apr 2016

WhatsApp at BlackBerry? For one thing, BBM's now free

BlackBerry has abandoned the freemium model it tried to build around its pioneering chat client BBM, and is making all of its goodies available for free, including secure encrypted chat. The company previously charged a subscription for being able to retract and delete messages after a period of time, giving users three of …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2016
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Carving up the IT contract behind £500bn of annual tax collection is a very risky move

Analysis The thankless nature of IT service provision is often demonstrated by the fact users only tend to notice it when it goes wrong: if there's no screaming, then it's working fine. In that respect, at least, HM Revenue and Customs' £10bn IT contract with Capgemini and Fujitsu has been a success. Particularly if one considers the …
Kat Hall, 04 Apr 2016