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Calxeda ramping up ARM server boards

Updated Calxeda, the ARM server-chip upstart that HP tapped for its "Redstone" hyperscale servers last November, is getting ready to ramp up production on the server cards that use its quad-core EnergyCore ARM processors, and is making waves with benchmarks while promising to do a better job with comparative testing against x86 …
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Sluggish banking sector brings us down, moans Redstone

Managed services outfit Redstone made little progress on the sales front in fiscal 2012 ended 31 March – albeit in a stagnating market – but it did come closer to breaking even, according to prelims. Turnover at the firm edged up just £100,000 in the year to £67.2m and it made an EBITDA of £5.2m compared to £1.1m in the previous …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2012
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Daisy Group plans to keep buying up biz, despite hole in purse

Acquisition-hungry business comms provider Daisy Group plans to continue hoovering up firms despite posting significant operating losses for the third consecutive year. Sales for the 12 months ended 31 March 2012 were up 31 per cent to £348.6m, including a chunk of revenues from the businesses it acquired over the past year: …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
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HP taps Intel Atom for next-gen Moonshot hyperscale servers

When HP unveiled its "Project Moonshot" effort last November to create hyperscale servers based on Calxeda's EnergyCore variant of the ARM RISC processor, cynics said it was no doubt interesting in terms of engineering, but that the "Redstone" servers were nonetheless a publicity stunt. Tuesday's preview of the next-generation " …
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Dell ARMs up for hyperscale servers

Look out Intel. Here comes another ARM box to the microserver party. If people didn't want ARM-based servers, Dell wouldn't build them, and so with the launch of the "Copper" ARM server sled for the "Viking" C5000 microserver chassis we know that people want ARM servers. And this is not some experiment that Dell is doing, …

Ubuntu signs HP as heavy-metal support act

Canonical's cloudy ambitions and Metal-as-a-Service vision for Ubuntu have landed the muscular backing of Hewlett-Packard. HP will certify Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server, due to land on 26 April, for selected ProLiant servers, making this the first time users of the Linux distro can receive HP's hardware warranty support. Newer …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2012
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Integrator Redstone's accounts back in the black

The boss at network integrator Redstone reckons the turnaround plan initiated a couple of years ago is finally paying dividends as accounts returned to the black. The company had stumbled and looked likely to fall over in 2010 before biz rescue specialists Tony Weaver and Ian Smith pitched up in September that year. Smith and …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2012
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Daisy Group blows £28m on VoIP blower biz

Acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has coughed £28m to acquire audio-conferencing and call-handling player Worldwide Group Holdings (WGH). The deal could rise in cost – dependant on EBITDA growth over an agreed earn-out period – and will be funded by cash from Royal Bank of Scotland, which joins Daisy's …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2012
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Ubuntu hammers out Metal-as-a-Service tool for microservers

Canonical has unveiled a Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering to provision and manage high-density Ubuntu microservers running hyper-scale computing centres and clouds. The Linux shop claimed MaaS would allow administrators to set up and allocate thousands of tightly packed racks to different groups of users, adding the latest …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2012
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Cisco boasts of 10,000th server customer

The jury is still out as to whether Cisco Systems' foray into servers hasn't done more harm than good to its overall business, but one thing seems certain: the business is growing. Cisco's iron is competing and the Unified Computing System blade and rack servers cannot be called a failure. Earlier this month, Cisco added its …
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Xen hypervisor ported to ARM chips

The Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor that VMware sells for smartphones and fondleslabs running the Android variant of Linux on ARM RISC processors is getting some competition. Intrepid techies are working away on two different implementations of the open source Xen hypervisor for ARM chips, and another group is putting …
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Networking integrator Redstone staggers back to its feet

Massive cost-cutting and restructuring activities have helped to reduce losses at networking integrator Redstone. The firm had featured highly on distributors' "at threat" list but during fiscal 2010 serial entrepreneurs Ian Smith and Tony Weaver took to the helm and rang in the changes, firing staff and flogging the Irish and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2011
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HP's server, PC, and printer businesses stumble

New HP CEO Meg Whitman sure does have her work cut out for her, but she managed to notch up a quarter that was slightly better than Wall Street expected on the revenue and profit fronts. But don't call victory quite yet. HP took some significant hits in its core PC, server, and printer businesses in the past three months. In …
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HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens

Hewlett-Packard might have been wrestling with a lot of issues as CEOs and their strategies come and go, but the company's server gurus know a potentially explosive business opportunity when they see it. That is why HP has put together a new hyperscale business unit inside of its Enterprise Server, Storage, and Networking …
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Reseller loses veteran chairman and CEO in shake-up

Managed services and software reselling outfit Maxima has raised £2m through a rights issue to fund future development and as a precursor to offloading business units that are deemed "non-core" over the coming months. The LSE-listed firm hired M&A veteran Ian Smith last month after talks with interested buyers that began in …
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011
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RMS swallowed by Pinnacle Telecom

Bosses at Redstone Managed Security (RMS) have sold up to cloud provider Pinnacle Telecom for £468,000, less than half the value of the deal they struck in an MBO last December. At the tail end of 2010, RMS management sealed a £1m bid for the security reselling and services outfit with previous owner Redstone – including £500, …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2011
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Maxima turns to M&A veteran after sale talks go stale

Maxima has hired buy-and-build specialist Ian Smith as a non-exec director in the wake of its failed attempt to sell the business. The London Stock Exchange listed managed services provider last week revealed that it had been unable to thrash out a deal with several interested suitors and that the offer period had lapsed. The …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2011
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BT Engage IT to merge with dabs.com and Biz Direct

BT Engage IT chief executive Martin Balaam is stepping down as part of a re-organisation that will see the telco-owned reseller merge with BT's Business Direct and dab.com operations. The consolidated firm, which BT claims will have a turnover of £400m, is to be managed by John Thornhill, currently the boss of BT Business Direct …
Paul Kunert, 07 Sep 2011
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Redstone looks to future after tough fiscal 2011

Networking integrator Redstone is hailing the return of its mojo after getting through a year of significant upheaval. Exiting markets, carving up operations and more than halving its workforce took a toll on financials in the year to 31 March 2010 as the firm notched up losses of £11m – albeit better than the £14.8m posted a …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2011
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Becta agrees £400m ICT framework

More than 20 suppliers have been included in a services framework agreement set up by the soon to be abolished education ICT agency. Becta has divided the framework into two lots. The first covers network technologies, which will incorporate infrastructure services and mobile connectivity services, and the second covers ICT …
Kable, 30 Nov 2010
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Antitrust incoming? A view of Google from 30,000 ft

Interview Attorney Chris Castle has worked for the original Napster ("one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century"), Snocap and in digital licensing for Sony and A&M, and his "View of the Music Wars from 30,000 ft" was one of the most popular features of last year. In the first installment of our annual catch-up, he wonders whether …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2009
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Warner Bros. nabs Mortal Kombat maker for $33m

Warner Bros. has walked away with most of Mortal Kombat maker Midway Games for the cut-rate price of $33 million (£20m). The deal gives the US movie studio rights to the majority of Midway's intellectual property, including Mortal Kombat, Rampage, Spy Hunter, and Joust. A Delaware bankruptcy court judge approved a settlement …
Austin Modine, 06 Jul 2009
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NASA marks 50th anniversary of monkey spaceflight

Fifty years ago today, two monkeys became the first mammals to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight, paving the way for manned missions. On May 28, 1959, Able, an American born rhesus monkey and Miss Baker, a Peruvian squirrel monkey were strapped into the nose cone of a liquid-fueled Jupiter missile by NASA …
Austin Modine, 28 May 2009

Mortal Kombat maker Midway goes titsup

Saddled with debt, American video game maker Midway has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Creator of the long-running Mortal Kombat said it is seeking protection from creditors after a change in ownership last year pushed forward the deadline for Midway to pay off its debts. The company said Chapter 11 protection will let the …
Austin Modine, 14 Feb 2009
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Viacom to remove Time Warner's Spongebob Squarepants

Media giant Viacom is threatening to remove its 19 cable TV networks from Time Warner Cable if the operator doesn't agree to a carriage fee increase by midnight Eastern time tomorrow. Viacom's networks include MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. In a statement released yesterday, the Sumner Redstone-run outfit said it's …
Cade Metz, 31 Dec 2008
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YouTube, Viacom bow to light-sabre wielding defender of online justice

The Register's favorite light-sabre-wielding school board candidate has stared down an army of YouTube-hating Viacom lawyers, defending the rights of internet users everywhere. Late last month, as reported by The Reg, Viacom put the screws to Star Wars-loving North Carolinian Christopher Knight for posting his own TV ad to the …
Cade Metz, 13 Sep 2007
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YouTube-Viacom trial turns comic

As if its court battle with Viacom wasn't funny enough, YouTube has now asked for testimony from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert - the faux newsmen whose exploits on Viacom's Comedy Central cable TV channel once made for prime viewing material on the video-sharing site. According to a filing with the New York federal court …
Cade Metz, 15 Aug 2007
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Redstone 'delighted' after year of takeovers

Redstone, the long-time loss-making fixed-line telecoms firm,has morphed into a new age IT and telephony hybrid with a positive bank balance after a year of financial restructuring and acquisitions. The turnaround followed the arrival in 2005 of a new management team led by CEO Martin Balaam and CFO Tim Perks. The last year has …
Mark Ballard, 08 Jun 2007
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Redstone snaps up Symphony Telecom for £17m

Redstone plc is to buy mobile outfit Symphony Telecom for about £17m as part of plans to expand its business in the UK. Symphony Telecom is a distributor of mobile and fixed line telecoms to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). It also acts as a distributor for all five mobile network operators within the UK. Once the …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jun 2006
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Redstone restructures for cash generation and growth

Redstone is dividing itself up into four autonomous operating units following its acquisition of Xpert Group in April. It says the re-organisation delivers "immediate profitability and cash generation". With the new structure, the data networking and IT products reseller, says it has "developed a strong platform for its future …
John Oates, 19 Sep 2005
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Cisco pumps $750m into channel financing

Cisco is greasing credit lines for its resellers with $750m in extra credit for partners worldwide. Along with the increased credit limits Cisco Capital is also going after small and medium businesses with an improved leasing programme. The money is split: $250m comes direct from Cisco through 30-day accounts; and $500m is …
John Oates, 05 Apr 2005
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Redstone buys Xpert for £25.5m

Redstone, the UK telecoms provider, is beefing up its data networking business with the £25.5m cash and shares acquisition of Xpert Group. We last wrote about Xpert in 2001, when the then Irish-owned reseller switched domicile to the UK on the back of a £12m MBO funded by Lloyds Development Capital. In its last financial year …
Drew Cullen, 04 Apr 2005
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Rampant capitalism upsets delicate Reg reader

Letters: Microsoft's Q4 earnings (a paltry $2.94bn) were not just unpopular with Wall Street. The numbers didn't go over a bundle with you lot, either. One particularly irritated chap emailed us, presumably to vent his spleen: So WHEN, oh WHEN will we start ignoring these 'Analysts' ???? They should be second to be lined up against the …
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2004
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BT grabs £170m Redstone gig

BT Wholesale has won its first major deal to run a rival telco network. The deal is to run the voice network of cash-strapped Redstone Telecom, it's worth £ 170m, and it runs over six years. Twenty Redstone staff will transfer to BT under TUPE regulations. It's unclear how much of this contract is new money - BT Wholesale says …
Drew Cullen, 16 Apr 2002
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Copy-control Senator sleeps while fair-use rights burn

Picture a future where distributing Linux is a crime punishable by a hefty fine and a prison sentence. If that sounds ridiculous, then you haven't run into the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act. It's the very latest - and most bizarre - word in political back-scratching from one of South Carolina's U.S. senators. …
Dan Berkes, 22 Sep 2001
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Redstone hit by DTI/FSA investigation

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are investigating troubled broadband telco, Redstone Telecom, over whether it kept investors properly informed over price-sensitive information, today's Independent reported. The investigation centres on a statement issued on May 8 in which …
Tim Richardson, 13 Aug 2001
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Broadband Britain: the inside truth

Who would want to be in Peter Radley's shoes today? In the FT yesterday the Government advisor and head of Alcatel UK aired his views about the future provision of broadband services in Britain. He said nothing new in his suggestion that broadband infrastructures - be it DSL, satellite, cable or wireless - could be run by just …
Tim Richardson, 03 Jul 2001
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Redstone CEO resigns

Redstone Telecom's chief exec, Graham Cove, has resigned from the company citing musical differences with the rest of the band - sorry, differences over the company's future direction. He had been MD/CEO since the company stared in 1995. But good news is that the company has managed to hold off bankruptcy, by selling 90 per …
Robert Blincoe, 26 Jun 2001
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Redstone bean counter is out the door

Redstone Telecom has seen the back of its finance director, saying he had provided a potentially misleading representation of the company's cash reserves. The company needs more money than it had been letting on. Alan Harrold was out the door yesterday after quick and dirty board meeting. "He felt he had to resign," said chief …
Robert Blincoe, 11 May 2001
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Atlantic hesitant about DSL, EasyNet encouraged

British-based Atlantic Telecom is forging ahead providing DSL-based broadband service in Holland and Germany but is hesitant about progress in the UK. Releasing its Q4 performance statistics today it reported that it had signed a framework agreement with mobile telco outfit, Sonera, to provide DSL services in Holland and is …
Tim Richardson, 27 Apr 2001
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Redstone's broadband strategy ‘on track’

Redstone Telecom said today that its broadband strategy was "on track" and that it would soon be launching an ADSL trial in Portsmouth. The pilot project will test Redstone's distant location technology for local loop unbundling which works without having to install kit within BT's telephone exchanges. Instead, Redstone will …
Tim Richardson, 27 Feb 2001
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Redstone loopy about broadband

Redstone is to bring forward the launch date for its unbundled broadband services following an agreement with BT. The first service should be in available in Portsmouth from April followed by Southampton, Newbury, Nottingham and Cambridge which, like Portsmouth, are all areas with high business density. The deal with BT means …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jan 2001
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Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)

The story - so far - behind Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) has caused rancour at the very heights of the political and commercial establishment. It has also descended into pure farce. Here's why... Dec 2000 MPs give BT broadband thumbs up Telewest ditches £1bn net plans BT Bonfield's head to go on MP platter this month Oftel …
Tim Richardson, 22 Dec 2000
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Energis would prefer Dutch oven…

Energis has shrugged off reports that Dutch telco KPNQwest has singled it out as a possible takeover target. KPNQwest's financial director, Willem Ackermans, told Het Financieele Dagblad: "On paper, Energis is the best takeover candidate for us. "They're looking for a market in Europe and we are looking in the UK." According …
Tim Richardson, 12 Dec 2000

Oftel chivvies up BT over DSL

Oftel has intervened between BT and two rival telcos in a bid to break the deadlock concerning ongoing negotiations regarding the provision of broadband services. Today's draft ruling finds in favour of Energis and Thus after they failed to reach agreement with BT about proposed DSL interconnection agreements with the monster …
Tim Richardson, 05 Dec 2000

Redstone chipper about local loop

Redstone Telecom is "confident" that it will be able to supply xDSL services via 1250 of BT's local exchanges by July 2001. Unlike other operators that need to locate their equipment within BT's local exchanges, Redstone has taken an "external location" approach to local loop unbundling (LLU). This means it is looking to …
Tim Richardson, 27 Nov 2000
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Exodus buys Global hosting business

Exodus is to buy Global Crossing's Web hosting business for $6.5bn in shares, the WSJ Web site reports. Global Crossing will end up with 20 per cent of Exodus, already the world's biggest Web hosting company. In July, an attempt to do the deal fell apart in a disagreement over price. Iomart, the Glasgow broadband provider is …
Team Register, 28 Sep 2000

Energis leads fight against BT

Energis has been singled out as the ringleader among rival telcos looking for the best way to give BT a bloody nose. The Mail reports that CE, Mike Grabiner, is forming a "council of war" to take on BT in the courts. Colt Telecom, Kingston Communications and Thus have all been fingered as telcos ready to take legal action …
Tim Richardson, 26 Sep 2000
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AOL's Case is more important than Gates

AOL chief Steve Case has booted Bill Gates off his throne in the ranks of the IT elite. According to Vanity Fair's hot list of the top 50 movers and shakers in the industry, Internet King Case reigns supreme - toppling Gates after four years at number one. Case, chairman of AOL Time Warner, only rated sixth in IT influence in …
Linda Harrison, 13 Sep 2000
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Redstone's sales rocket but it still makes a loss

Redstone Telecom has announced sales leap of 144 per cent to £17.8 million for the quarter ending June 30. Net loss before tax was £2.9 million, a year earlier it was £1.5 million for the same period. Redstone, which intends to offer broadband communication over DSL to SMEs, has 9,500 business customers. The publishers of lads …
Team Register, 30 Aug 2000