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IBM buys CRM SaaS firm – no, not Salesforce

IBM has snapped up an as-a-service CRM expert and, no, it has nothing to do with Salesfore. The giant has bought Microsoft Dynamics systems integrator partner Optevia for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Friday morning. UK-based Optevia will be folded into IBM Global Business Services, which is seeing staff axed as part …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Oracle whistles happy tune as shadow of AWS bus parks on database lawn

Oracle is brushing off challenges from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to its core database business as a natural consequence of leadership. Rivals are pouncing to take advantage of the shift from on-prem licensing of software to the cloud, the firm reckoned. “People are coming after us, because we are by far the market …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2016

Oracle made slightly less money last quarter, and America is to blame

Oracle is blaming a strong dollar in cutting into its Q3 fiscal 2016 numbers. The enterprise giant reported [PDF] a three per cent decline in revenues and a 14 per cent drop in net income on the year-ago quarter, but said that when adjusted for constant currency, revenues would have been up one per cent and income down just …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2016
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Lenovo pulls back duvet – oh em gee, it's Maxta

China's Lenovo has picked Maxta software to build a hybrid flash/disk hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for the Chinese market. Maxta and Lenovo have a strategic partnership and have developed the appliance over "many months of joint development and customization to meet the needs of [Chinese] customers." The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016

Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

Pic At the OCP Summit last week in San Jose, California, Intel quickly mentioned it will later this year ship Xeon processors with built-in FPGAs. Chipzilla will also release open-source software libraries allowing people to program these customizable gate arrays to take workloads off the CPUs and perform them in hardware. Intel …
Chris Williams, 14 Mar 2016

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

Storagebod I imagine there was a sharp intake of breath as Microsoft announced SQL Server for Linux, quickly followed by a checking of dates. Yet it makes perfect sense; it's a very sensible strategic move for Microsoft. My question, and I know I’m not the only person asking this, is: what is the future of Windows in the data centre? …
StorageBod, 14 Mar 2016
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Four crucial deals to pluck Violin Memory away from the trash can

Analysis During the Violin Memory quarterly results earnings call on Thursday, CEO Kevin DeNuccio talked about his company's strategic review with investment banker Jefferies LLC. The review "included both inbound and outbound inquiries of over 40 companies" that might benefit from using or selling "the technology and value proposition …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016
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Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

Pic In an aggressive move, Microsoft has told Oracle customers: migrate to SQL Server 2016 and Redmond with give you free licensing for the lifetime of the product plus technical support. Microsoft made the offer at a special Data Driven day in New York City on Thursday, and has taken out full page advertisements in the national …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2016
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Commvault visits Nutanix's Acropolis, adds AWS/Azure action

Commvault has extended its Commvault Data Platform (CDP) with support for Nutanix hyper-converged appliances and improved on-premises-to-public-cloud mobility and protection. The Service Pack 3 additions are: IntelliSnap support for NEC and Nutanix API access via S3, REST, and Office 365 Online WOPI Interfaces to CDP …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

SQL Server for Linux: A sign of Microsoft's weakness. Sort of

Analysis Microsoft is porting SQL Server to Linux, with a private preview available now and full availability “in mid-2017”. This is a big strategic move for the company. Microsoft’s server applications, including Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM, and the various components of System Center, have …
Tim Anderson, 09 Mar 2016
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Java evangelist leaves Oracle to save Java

Java evangelist Reza Rahman has left Oracle, to help save Java. Rahman writes, on an Oracle blog, that he is “... certain that this is the way I personally can best help continue to advance the Java and Java EE communities.” On his personal blog he's more candid, saying he joined Oracle in part because he'd have the chance to …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2016
Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member

Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member, according to an announcement today at the EclipseCon event in Reston, Virginia. The Eclipse Foundation is the non-profit organisation responsible for the Java-based Eclipse IDE and tools platform. Solutions membership is the second level behind the top-tier …
Tim Anderson, 08 Mar 2016
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Oracle tweaks exchange rate, hikes up database prices in UK

Oracle’s database customers are set for a five per cent price hike in the UK. The database giant is bumping up charges across the board for user and processor licences, for software update licences as well as support for Standard Edition 2, Enterprise Edition and on NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition. Unlike some other Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Mar 2016

Oracle gives apps a ticket to ride on Sparc M7's SQL warp drives

Oracle will today release, in its words, "a free and open API and developer kit" for the hardware-accelerated SQL-crunching engines in its Sparc M7 processors. You can register to grab the goodies, here. "We're opening up the interfaces to enable programmers using C/C++, Java and Python to effectively use these accelerators," …
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2016
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Oracle's old hands are supporting the support n00bs who support you

Oracle's remaining experienced support staff have been asked to assist the company's more recent support hires, sources familiar with the matter have told The Register. Oracle workers around the globe responded to our story yesterday in which we reported that Big Red's consolidation of support resources worldwide is nearly …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016

Oracle support sackings and 'consolidation' almost complete

Oracle's planned consolidation of support locations is “done and dusted” in most of Europe and complete in Australia, meaning support for “most products” is now done offshore, The Register has learned. The Register's Australian office has twice approached Oracle seeking clarification of local impacts from our November 2015 …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2016
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Pretty, Nimble, but these financials just aren't nimble enough

Nimble Storage’s revenues rose to $90.1m in its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter but its losses deepened, to $32.4m, counter-balancing that good news. Overall revenues didn’t rise enough to assuage investors' concerns about future profitability. The company has fixed the big hole in its product line with the release of an all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2016
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Rejoice, sysadmins, there's a new glamour job nobody understands

Data scientists are reeling, having seen their business cards marked down by up to 70 per cent in value, in after-hours trade overnight. The reason? Analyst, Magic Quadrant layout artist and all-round Delphic oracle Gartner has anointed “Internet of Things Architect” as the new go-to job description. Sorry, data scientists, …

Essex cop abused police IT systems to snoop on his in-laws

Detective Constable Leigh Valentine of Essex Police in the UK has received a "final written warning" from a misconduct panel after misusing Police intelligence systems to snoop on his ex-wife's stepbrother. The three-day misconduct panel was held from 1 March in Basildon Magistrates Court, and heard praise about the "award- …
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016

SSL's DROWN not as bad as Heartbleed, still a security ship wreck

Security experts are split on how easy it is for hackers to exploit the high-profile DROWN vulnerability on insecure systems. One-third of all HTTPS websites are potentially vulnerable to the DROWN attack, which was disclosed on Tuesday. DROWN (which stands for Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) is a serious …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016

Oracle adds own cloud tier to its mainframe VTL

Oracle has updated VSM 6 to v7 four years after VSM 6 was launched, adding beefier CPUs, greater scale and auto-tiering to Larry’s own cloud. VSM is a deduping virtual tape library (VTL) or disk array with a tape library interface, and up until now has been for mainframes only. It can write data to an attached tape library …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2016

Oracle's JET flies into open source skies

Oracle has published the code for its long-awaited open source JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) version 2.0.0. If you're interested in looking over the code at GitHub, here's what Big Red says is in the box: a full JS development toolkit, SPA template-based lifecycle management, two-way binding with a common model layer, …
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016

One-third of all HTTPS websites open to DROWN attack

Security researchers have discovered a new technique for deciphering the contents of supposedly secure communications. The DROWN attack - it has already got a name, like recent high profile crypto attacks Lucky13, BEAST, and POODLE - is a “cross-protocol attack that can decrypt passively collected TLS sessions from up-to-date …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2016
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Stick it in your pipeline: Jenkins finally goes full alpha

The first alpha builds of Jenkins 2.0 have been released, setting the open source continuous integration project on track for a Spring release. The project flagged up the new build’s Pipeline as Code functionality, which it said would allow users to define configuration as code, making it “easier to create simple ‘build and …
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2016
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EMC’s DSSD all-flash array hits the streets, boasting 10m IOPS

+Comment EMC has launched its all-flash, rack-scale DSSD D5 array* offering 10 million IOPS and 144TB in 5U of rack space. Other headline numbers for what EMC calls its rack-scale flash array are 100 microsecond latency and 100GB/sec bandwidth. Consider the D5 product as being suited for “emerging next-generation applications based on …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016
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MapR acquires Geneva Lake to embiggen its worldwide reach

MapR, the big data software business, has brought in new talent to expand its leadership team. Shortly after praising the Q4 successes of ex-Oracle chap Matt Mills, who came in as president and COO for the San Jose software business last year, MapR has brought in more Oracle talent. This time, the former head of the North …
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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) thinks Canonical, the curator of Ubuntu, has breached the Gnu General Public Licence (GPL). As the Conservancy explains, Canonical recently announced that Ubuntu 16.04 will “make OpenZFS available on every Ubuntu system. Canonical reckons that adding OpenZFS represents “one of the most …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2016
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Dell stares EMC in the eye, doesn't blink, turns up data protection dial

Dell has added new deduping appliances and updated its Rapid Recovery (AppAssure) and NetVault (Quest) backup software, showing no signs of portfolio retrenchment in the face of the oncoming EMC merger. In a multi-product release Dell announced: Rapid Recovery (rebranded AppAssure) ZeroImpact recovery of systems, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016
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Microsoft finally ties the knot with Xamarin, snaps up mobile app biz

Microsoft has bought its long-time partner Xamarin for an undisclosed sum. "With today's acquisition announcement we will be taking this work much further to make our world-class developer tools and services even better with deeper integration and to enable seamless mobile app dev experiences," said Scott Guthrie, VP of …
Iain Thomson, 24 Feb 2016

Oracle: Oregon's attorney general leaked our confidential memos in health portal row

Oracle claims Oregon's attorney general leaked confidential court-protected company documents amid a bitter battle over a disastrous healthcare insurance portal. Way back in 2012, the California tech giant was tasked with building the healthcare exchange website Cover Oregon, a $300m marketplace that was never completed, …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2016
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Got Oracle? Got VMware? Going cloud? You could be stung for huge licensing fees

Oracle has been telling a number of organisations running its database software that they are breaking the company's licensing rules – and therefore owe it millions of dollars in unpaid licence fees. The issue hit the headlines in January after US confectionery giant Mars took Oracle to court in the US over claims Mars had …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Feb 2016
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Speaking in Tech: IPO freeze, less capital for risks... job cuts. Time to get out of the Valley

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's enterprise tech cast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch. This week, Sarah Vela is missing so SolidFire's (now NetApp's) Amy Lewis jumps in to take her seat while we talk about private clouds, Ravello and the tech IPO freeze. Our …
Team Register, 24 Feb 2016

Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable

Comment Thanks to Gartner, we have a new buzzword: bimodal IT. It’s nothing special actually, just a new way to describe common sense, and the fact that the world – the IT world in this case – is not black or white. In practice, in modern IT organisations it is better to find a way to integrate different environments instead of trying …

Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

At least two police forces have signed contracts to shift their tin to the the government's Crown Hosting shared data centre and close their existing server farms, the head of the Police ICT Company, Martin Wyke, has said. Wyke estimates that almost every force currently has its own dedicated data centre. However, he said …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2016

Let's talk over Wi-Fi, says Oracle to folks who don't know Skype exists

MWC16 Oracle's parked its yacht near Barcelona and fired off the usual broadsides of product announcements that accompanies a major conference like Mobile World Congress. Mobile operators in need of a Wi-Fi gateway can throw their hats into the air with the launch of the Oracle Communications Mobile Security Gateway. The gateway's …

Oracle acquires Ravello, will bake it into Big Red Cloud

Oracle has acquired Ravello, purveyor of a cloud-spanning hypervisor. Ravello de-cloaked in 2013, giving the world technology that virtualises hypervisors to make them portable. The outcome of that trick is the ability to encapsulate an app and run it just about anywhere, without having to re-tool it for a particular cloud. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016: Rolling updates

MWC16 Refresh this page for breaking news from Mobile World Congress 2016. This is LTE Broadcasting... Wouldn’t it be nice if mobile networks did proper one-to-many multicasting? And even nicer if they were handed chunks of plump, juicy spectrum to do it in? Ericsson thinks so too, and promoted http://www.ericsson.com/news/1988292 …
Team Register, 22 Feb 2016
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SAP’s Byzantine licensing leaves its customers feeling exposed

SAP’s complex and “opaque” licensing conditions means the majority of its users think they are exposed to “incalculable” financial risks when third parties dip into their systems. A survey of German SAP user group members by SAM specialist SecurIntegration showed that over half thought they were “possibly” or “very probably” …
Joe Fay, 19 Feb 2016

Public enemies: Azure, Amazon, Google, Oracle, OpenStack, SoftLayer will murder private IT

Analysis On-premises IT is facing decimation by six public cloud enemies: Amazon, Azure, Google, OpenStack, Oracle and SoftLayer, who are on course to have the majority of customers' IT spend by 2018. An Internet retailer, started up as an online book store, and a website search facility have kickstarted an IT phenomenon which could …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2016

EMC's hardware 'quantum leap' is more of a brisk catchup stroll

EMC's VCE converged systems unit is heading into hyperconverged country with new VxRail appliances that look and behave an awful lot like existing products from upstart rivals, but are promised to be simpler and cheaper. The Register foreshadowed the launch of VxRail. Forgive us a little smugness because we mostly got it right …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2016
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Failed school intranet project spent AU$1.4m on launch party before crashing and burning

Yet another of Australia's state education departments is mired in allegations of misdeeds, with the state of Victoria's failed Ultranet project now the focus of a corruption inquiry. The project was yet-another grand plan to launch a statewide single portal to connect everybody – teachers, students and parents. It started …

Thanks for the extra memories, folks: Say hi to GridGain

GridGain Systems software provides an in-memory facility for running transactions, streaming and analytics applications using clustered x86 server nodes in a grid defined by a distributed, massively parallel architecture. It says its software enables such applications to run thousands of times faster than on disk-based systems …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2016

Spark man Zaharia on 2.0 and why it's 'not that important' to upstage MapReduce

Interview Spark is the open source cluster computing system started in 2009 by Matei Zaharia, when he was but an 'umble PhD candidate at Berkeley's AMPlab. Some people hope it will become the logical successor to MapReduce. Donated to the Apache Software Foundation in 2013, Spark has been backed by IBM. Proponents of Spark say it is …
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Docker users clock up 2 billion pulls since 2013

Docker has declared members of its Community have performed 2 billion pulls since 2013, a quadrupling of the total just a year ago. The containerisation vendor drew the figures from the Docker Hub, its “canonical platform for publishing and consuming Docker container images”. The hub has 400,000 registered members. As Docker …
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016
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SAP plugs critical software flaw that could let hackers into factories

SAP has issued a critical software update that plugged 23 security holes on Tuesday, including a fix for security issues in its industrial manufacturing software. The manufacturing software patch addresses a critical vulnerability in SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (xMII). The product provides a bridge between …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2016