Articles about Redundancy

Dragons and butterflies: The chaos of other people's clouds

Cloud computing was meant to solve the reliability problem, but in practice, it still has a long way to go. Is that an endemic problem with the complexity of cloud computing, or a problem with the way people use it? Cloud infrastructures are meant to be resilient, because they tend to use lots of cheap servers and scale out. …
Danny Bradbury, 05 Feb 2016
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IBM Global Tech Services staff at risk of redundo in Blighty

IBM has entered into a 45-day consultation with UK staff in the Global Technology Services division, El Reg can reveal. In a note sent to full-time staffers on 3 February, Martin Blackburn, GM of the local GTS operation, confirmed Big Blue is forming an Employee Consultation Committee (ECC). This is to “represent the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2016

PCS: We'll ballot Hewlett Packard Enterprise members over job cuts

The Public and Commercial Services union is gearing up to test the appetite for industrial action among services staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprises over the latest round of planned job cuts. Some 166 staff in HPE’s infrastructure outsourcing unit in Lytham that work on public sector contracts including the Department of Work …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2016
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise axing services techies again

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is ditching techies at its Lytham site who provide infrastructure services for public sector clients, including the Department for Work & Pensions. According to the Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union, HPE has put 166 employees in the infrastructure technology outsourcing business at risk of …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2016
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Capita hiring temps to cover for call centre redundancies – staff sources

Capita is hiring a bunch of temps to deal with customer requests being directed at its O2 call centre, just months after initiating a redundancy scheme due to perceived lower levels of work. This is according to the outsourcer’s staff based north of the border in Glasgow, who agreed voluntary redundancy terms last summer but …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2016
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From DNA to Twitter: Data's digital journey to commodity

Big Data and All That In attempting any technological history, one of the traditional difficulties is to know where to begin. This difficulty follows from a flawed assumption that there is a story that is linear and began in one place at one time. The real world is not like that. Technology is more like a river that has its origins in any number of …
John Watkinson, 22 Jan 2016
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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Boeing will reduce the number of 747s it makes to just one every two months, citing a collapse in demand for the iconic aircraft. The company previously announced plans to slow production from 1.3 jets a month to just one a month, with the new and lower production rate expected to kick in from March. Now the company says it …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2016
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HDS brings out all-flash A series array

Hitachi Data Systems is taking its marketing attack direct to XtremIO and Pure Storage with a brand new, entry-level, all-flash array storage line, the HFS A series, separate from its existing VSP and HUS arrays. The HFS (Hitachi Flash Storage) product comes in three models: A220, A250 and A270, each with dual active:active …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016

Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

Robot overlords will cause a net loss of over five million human jobs by 2020, according to analysis by the World Economic Forum (WEF) from Switzerland's Davos ski resort. Dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a mixture of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology and 3D printing – when combined …
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You want to migrate how much data?

Sooner or later, you’re going to have to move some of your data. Perhaps you’re moving to a hybrid cloud model, and need to move some offsite. Maybe it’s already out there in a third-party’s infrastructure, and the contract isn’t working out as you’d planned. Or perchance you’re being smart and replicating between two …
Danny Bradbury, 06 Jan 2016

How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

A new attack on supposedly secure communication streams raises questions over the resilience of passwords, security researchers warn. The HTTPS Bicycle attack can result in the length of personal and secret data, such as passwords and GPS co-ordinates, being exposed from a packet capture of a user's HTTPS traffic. The attack …
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2016

Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

Security shortcomings in an internet-connected burglar alarm system from UK firm Texecom leave it open to hack attacks, an engineer turned security researcher warns. Luca Lo Castro said he had come across shortcomings in the encryption of communication after buying Texecom’s Premier Elite Control Panel and ComIP module and …
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2015
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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

Spoiler alert Mild spoiler alert: This article includes minor details of the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Star Wars films raise lots of pressing questions. “Why is there sound in space?” “How did George Lucas lose his way?” And, of course, “Did Han shoot first?” (that’s an easy one). There are innumerable variants on the “How …
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Could Rozo squeeze into the scale-out NAS-object scalability gap?

Comment Rozo Systems is a scale-out NAS startup using Mojette transform erasure coding with its RozoFS software, and claims its software provides high performance at a fraction of the cost of competing systems. There is no adoption cost from the point of view of applications using its software-defined product. It enables, Rozo says, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2015

Nano-NAS market dives into the cloud

Small networked storage systems are in trouble: kit-tallyer IDC says sales declined in Q3 2015 and now sit at under 334,000 a quarter. That's our conclusion from the firm's latest Worldwide Personal and Entry-Level Storage Tracker, released Monday and suggesting sales of 16,680,000 units for the quarter. The tracker defines …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015
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HDS flashifies VSP arrays for solid-state server farms

Hitachi Data Systems sees an all-flash on-premises data centre future and is upgrading and extending its big iron Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) array line to help us on the way there, with faster and larger flash modules, in-line compression, and an all-flash VSP F Series. This is a substantial announcement by Hitachi/HDS, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015
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The $53bn 'startup': Hewlett Packard Enterprise begins life

The UK country chief of $53bn “startup” Hewlett Packard Enterprise might have had a number of concerns on his mind this morning but retail stock levels or a huge separation task weren’t among them. For HP, the grand old lady of Silicon Valley, has split in two a year after going public about plans to hive off the PC and print …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2015
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Capita given early Order of the Boot from £500m Post Office deal

Capita has been booted off a £500m deal with Fujitsu to supply a broadband network to the Post Office, following reports of underperformance by the outsourcer. In 2012 the Post Office signed up Fujitsu for the five year deal to provide its "next-generation network (NGN) broadband experience combined with enhanced customer care …
Kat Hall, 26 Oct 2015
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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

If you think your IT role is demanding, imagine needing to do a major install every couple of weeks. You only have a day to do it, you can't visit the site before, and it may be in incredibly hot, wet or dusty conditions. What you install has to deal with huge quantities of data and be 100 per cent reliable. Nine nines is not …
Simon Rockman, 20 Oct 2015
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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

Radio 4 showed why it’s the guardian of all that is good, sensible and British this morning by collapsing into laughter while reviewing Jack Dorsey’s rambling farewell to 8 per cent of Twitter staff. Beeb biz hack Simon Jack rounded off a discussion about the Twitter reorg with tech reporter Dave Lee by noting “I’ve never …
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2015
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Rise of der Maschinen: Daimler trials ROBOT LORRY in Germany

Daimler has sent out a robot-chauffeured lorry on German motorways for the first time. Accompanied by a human nanny, in this instance the Daimler board member Wolfgang Bernhard, the Mercedes-Benz Actros lorry with the Highway Pilot butlerware successfully completed its "partially automated" road trial. The vehicle's Highway …
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Fujitsu fleshes out Ceph hyperscale CD10000 with cost-saving tweaks

Fujitsu has moved on from its first generation Ceph-based ETERNUS CD10000, a hyperscale system, to the S2 version, and reduced its raw capacity from 56PB to 42PB in the process, while increasing the storage node options. The basic idea of up to 224 scale-out nodes stays in place, but the storage node types have altered. The S1 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015
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Capita: O2 call centre staff exodus is premature evacuation

Capita has “invited” O2 call centre staff with one eye on the exit to stick around for a little longer, and the resulting excitement at such a prospect is palpable. Some 700 workers opted for voluntary redundancy last month, helping the outsourcing monster wring more profits from the £1.2bn, ten-year contract signed with O2 in …
Paul Kunert, 29 Sep 2015
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Peaxy offers a vision of the future – and it’s a silo-melding data lake

Data management and storing startup Peaxy aims to provide a Big Data analytics tool that locates and gives you access to data where ever it is. Well, okay, that all seems a bit of a yawn. We’ve all experienced file virtualisation software, that moves files around storage locations leaving stubs behind. Did someone mention …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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Whoops, there goes my cloud: What to do when AWS foresakes you

Comment It's been an interesting period for cloud services, with both Amazon and Skype suffering major outages. In Amazon's case it was a good old-fashioned network interruption that caused significant knock-on effects (it released a very frank explanation that is well worth a read). As for Skype it was a configuration change that broke …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Sep 2015
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Backblaze beats Bezos: Backup biz boasts bettering AWS bit bucket

Backblaze, the disk reliability statistics-publishing cloud data-centre operator, says it has the world’s lowest-cost cloud storage, beating Amazon and others, with its B2 Cloud Storage offering. The company is known for its personal and business software that enables Windows and Mac users to back up their files to a Backblaze …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015
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Today's Groupon offer to its sacked employees: 100% off your salary

Online deals website Groupon will lay off 1,100 employees and shut down part of its international operations. The biz employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. In a filing with US financial watchdog the SEC, Groupon said it will cut the positions over the next year with the redundancy round wrapping up by the end of September …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015
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HP Enterprise will axe 25,000 to 30,000 staff

HP will cut between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs amid its restructuring overhaul. The troubled IT giant told analysts in San Jose, California, on Tuesday it will have to make the redundancies as part of an effort to trim $2.7bn from its books. The axe will fall in Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which is one half of the HP split that …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2015
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Workforce DECIMATION: QLogic fires up its pink slip printer

Prepare for pink slips. Following lousy results and the CEO leaving, server and storage biz QLogic has announced a restructuring program – with sacked bodies seemingly being the only feature. Available here, the brief SEC filing states: On 2 September, 2015, QLogic Corporation (the “Company”) approved a restructuring plan …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015
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HP going public on more job cuts, say expectant analysts

HP CEO Meg Whitman is to brief financial analysts Stateside later today on the commercial forecasts post split, with Wall Street types also expecting detailed news of more jobs cuts on the Enterprise Services side. The company breaks apart legally from the 1 November, forming HP Inc (PC/printers) and HP Enterprise (the rest of …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2015
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Third time lucky? Plucky upstart Infinidat plonks down monolithic array

Analysis Infinidat is aiming to replace VMAX/DS8000/VSP-type arrays with its Infinibox product, and it’s making good progress, having shipped more than 200PB of installed capacity in two years. An Infinidat briefing at VMworld added more information to what we have written here, here and here, about founder Moshe Yanai’s third attempt …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2015
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DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

Analysis The SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the message from DSSD, EMC’s rack-scale, shared flash array development. The Register has seen pictures of DSSD’s flash modules and these are not disk bay form factor SSDs. Rather, they resemble Violin Memory VIMM – Violin In-Line Memory Modules – instead. Pure …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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CSC beefs up public sector biz with $390m merger deal

Soon-to-be split CSC is merging its government services biz with US public sector IT outfit SRA for $390m (£254m). The acquisition will add around $1.4bn (£911m) in revenue and 5,000 staff to CSC's public-sector outfit, creating combined annual sales of $5.5bn (£3.6bn) and a workforce of nearly 19,000 employees. Mike Lawrie, …
Kat Hall, 01 Sep 2015
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VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

VMworld 2015 VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative. It's called vCloud Air Object Storage, which amusingly acronymizes to vCAOS, not to VMware's liking we would think, and is intended for multi-petabytes of unstructured data. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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Mass redundancy marathon nearly over at HP

HP is making what looks to be a final round of UK redundancies before it breaks apart and is seeking volunteers to jump rather than be pushed. The organisation is nearing the end of its mega, three and a half-year redundancy programme that will have included the exit of 58,000 people by 1 November, the start of HP’s fiscal ’16 …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2015
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Capita IS good for former O2 staff. Oh yes it IS!

Being transferred to Capita in 2013 was the best thing for the O2 staff involved, despite the ongoing redundancy scheme, Ronan Dunne, the mobile network's chief executive, has told The Register. The Register recently revealed that Capita had started a Discretionary Voluntary Redundancy programme and that 700 people would be …
Simon Rockman, 27 Aug 2015
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ClearSky: Keeping your premises free of unwanted clouds

Interview Dump your on-premises SAN and fly to the cloud via an all-flash on-ramp: that's the message from startup ClearSky Data. Enterprises should access all their data, throughout its lifecycle, via a fully-managed service and, implicitly, hit the eject button on their on-premises data-storage equipment. ClearSky was founded by CEO …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

The management team at Capita are all heart – they have asked staff being made redundant at a Glasgow call centre running O2’s phone support desk to prep newbies coming to the team. Some 700 workers – split evenly across centres in Bury and Glasgow – last week opted for voluntary redundancy, though according to the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2015
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Take redundancy if you want, Capita IS for turning now, after all

Crapita is to shutter both the Bury and Glasgow call centres that provide phone support for O2 customers after hundreds of staff – all of those in scope – accepted voluntary redundancy, a union said. This is a complete about-turn by the integrator-cum-outsourcing monster which even until a few weeks ago was telling us that no …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
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Lean machines: Data centre consolidation done right

We've written extensively on the whys and wherefores of moving some or all of your infrastructure into a data centre. But what about when you need to do the opposite and move out of a data centre? Sometimes this will be because you're downsizing, but often it'll be because you need to consolidate two or more data centres into …
Dave Cartwright, 11 Aug 2015
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Seagate flaunts 4TB-ish enterprise SAS flash that can shift 1.8GB/s

Seagate has announced a not-quite 4TB, dual-port SAS SSD technology, built in an alliance with Micron: the drive giant is touting four 1200.2 products defined by their endurance. Micron is using the same tech in its S600DC SSD products. The 1200.2 is the first SSD, Seagate says, to optimize dual-port SAS capability, resulting …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2015
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Now listen, Gartner – virtualisation and containers ARE different

Comment Gartner recently released its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualisation Infrastructure. In it, the mega analyst lumps together hypervisor-based virtualisation and containers. This is wrong, and as I've discussed before virtualisation and containerisation are different. Even if you consider all the differentiators in the …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

Benefits recipients, “non-doms” (those living in Britain treated as foreigners for tax purposes), banks, and landlords weren't the only losers in George Osborne's recent budget. Although they weren’t explicitly mentioned, the chancellor put many contractors, including those working in IT, on his hit list by changing the …
SA Mathieson, 21 Jul 2015
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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

The number of Home Office IT staff has been slashed by one third, following the latest round of redundancies at the department, The Register can reveal. Currently the department has an 800-strong IT team, following its recent laying off of 107 staff. However, multiple sources have confirmed this is just the latest in a round …
Kat Hall, 20 Jul 2015
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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

Geek's Guide to Britain Last time London flooded was 1953. Three hundred lives were lost, 30,000 evacuated and the damage totalled a considerable £5bn in today’s money. Given how London has expanded since then, the record-breaking wet winter of 2014 would have been worse had it not been for the presence of 51,000 tonnes of metal and 210,000 cubic …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2015
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Never mind the redundancies as Capita splashes cash on Barrachd

Everyone's favourite outsourcer Capita has snapped up business intelligence outfit and IBM VAR Barrachd for an undisclosed pile of cash. The 38-strong Scottish biz develops bespoke BI software in the financial services, energy, and higher education sectors. Barrachd was founded in 2007 and its name means "more" in Gaelic – a …
Kat Hall, 09 Jul 2015
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Burton made channel overlord at F5 Networks

F5 Networks has pulled in channel grey beard Neill Burton to take control of its partner community in the UK, Ireland and, er, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Burton spent eleven years at Computacenter in various senior sales positions before he upped sticks and moved into vendor land with HDS as veep of channels and alliances back …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015
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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

Data centres are loud, noisy places. So loud, it's often hard for anyone to hear your screams and cries of frustration when Murphy decides to make you the example for his law. For some, this is a good thing. For others, this is why social media was invented. Outages of all kinds echo out into social media like waves in a pond …
Josh Folland, 03 Jul 2015
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Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes." However, on-premises storage is not the end of the story. Yes, you need to have storage electronically close (with …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Jul 2015
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ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien)

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.   DX8700 S2 (2011) DX8700 S3 (new) DX8900 S3 (new) Max capacity 6.14PB 4.6PB 13.8PB IOPS 1 million Not known 4 million Max drive count 3072 1536 4608 Storage controllers 2 to 8 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015