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Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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VMware unleashes desktop-grade desktop-as-a-service service

VMware has flicked the switch on its Horizon DaaS (desktop-as-a-service) service. Virtzilla's service is based on Desktone, an outfit it acquired last year, and its schtick is that it allows customers to blend virtual desktops served from their premises with virtual desktops served from its cloud, an arrangement it talks up as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2014
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VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
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Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials

Google is in the planning stages of a project to offer its Fiber internet service to businesses in northwest Kansas City, Missouri. Local paper The Kansas City Star said that the company is informing businesses in that area of city that they are eligible for a limited trial of the service, which will take place in coming months …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2014

Toshiba floats enterprise cloud storage-as-a-service

Toshiba has entered the cloud storage game with a new enterprise-grade service designed to deliver SAN and NAS capabilities to cloud provider customers. The Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service is being rolled out from March 1 with a focus on Quality of Service, even for huge data volumes. It’s based on the Virtual Private …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
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HPCaaS experiment becomes commercial service

After 18 months of experimentation, UberCloud has launched a commercial service to help academic HPC users find cloud-accessible resources for their projects: a kind of HPC-as-a-service matchmaker. The project follows two lines of thought: although there's plenty of compute cycles already sitting on the cloud courtesy of Amazon …

Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

Lavaboom, a German-based and supposedly NSA-proof email service, will go into private beta this week. Its mission is to spread the Edward Snowden gospel by making encrypted email accessible to all. Although it has been referred to in various parts of the interwebs as an heir to Lavabit, the now-defunct encrypted email service …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Apr 2014
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Relief when urine trouble becomes latest capacity-sharing service

Under-utilised-resource-sharing services were last year's darling in startup-land, with the likes of Uber and AirBnb feted for being jolly clever and making rather a lot of money for participants. The unused-capacity sharing concept has now gone down the toilet, literally, with the launch of a new outfit called Airpnp. Before …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014
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Ubuntu N-ONE: 'Storage war' with Dropbox et al annihilates cloud service

Linux distro biz Canonical is shutting down its Ubuntu One online file and music storage service. The cloud system offered 5GB of space per user account, and allowed Linux, Windows, Android and iOS devices to back up data to its servers. Users could buy a subscription to get additional space. But it was no match for rivals …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Apr 2014
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Intel puts fledgling internet telly service up for sale

Intel is reportedly asking for around $500m for the internet TV service it never quite managed to launch, OnCue. Those people with knowledge of the process let Bloomberg know that the online pay-TV service the chipmaker developed (before deciding it didn't want to get into internet telly after all) was up for sale. The sources …

Wanted: a new IT service desk for up to 200 users. Nothing fancy

Reg commentard PaulW is looking to install a new IT service desk and is opening up to the wide audience that is The Register. He is "looking at something like Sysaid but ... suggestions would be appreciated." Just ramping up to look for a new Helpdesk/Service desk with the current employer. They have and homegrown Access based …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2014
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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads. The company made it clear that anyone with a Google account using any number of its services – such as search or YouTube – can …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014
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Orchestrate launches Chameleon-like database service at developers

Some of the bright minds behind Riak database company Basho have conjured up a cloud service that gives developers an elegant way to query a single datastore in lots of different ways. The Orchestrate.io service launched on Tuesday and gives developers access to a cloud-based data repository that stores JSON objects that can be …
Jack Clark, 05 Feb 2014
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VMware guzzles 'desktop-as-a-service' firm Desktone

VMware has slurped Desktone to add another "as-a-service" offering to its catalogue of virtualisation software. Desktone is apparently a "pioneer" of Desktop-as-a-Service and has "an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service", according to VMware. " …
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AVG killing LiveKive cloud storage service

Mere weeks after pulling the pin on its Crossloop remote access service, AVG has let users of its LiveKive cloud storage service know that it is destined for the Knacker's yard too. LiveKive launched in 2011 offering a sync 'n' share service with a small twist: the free 5GB plan was a 30-day trial and there was an unlimited tier …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Mar 2014

First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed

VPN service CryptoSeal has followed Lavabit's example and shuttered its consumer service, saying its CryptoSeal Privacy service architecture would make it impossible to comply with a government order without handing over the crypto keys to its entire system. The company, which will continue offering business services, made the …

Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

Google has pushed its MySQL-based cloud database service into general availability, months after beginning a wholesale shift of internal production servers to MariaDB. The new service encrypts customer data, supports databases up to 500GB in size, and has a 99.95 percent uptime service-level agreement, the company announced on …
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2014

Pork time! £350m in Health Service mail-etcetera cloud deals up for grabs

The contract for a massive NHS email system is up for grabs under a £350m government IT pitch. The Crown Commercial Service has published a tender calling on providers of cloud-based email services to submit their bids for a two-year contract to run the next version of NHSMail. NHSMail is the national email and director service …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014
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VMware takes aim at AWS with hybrid cloudy infra service

VMware will next week launch a hybrid cloudy infrastructure service to take on Amazon in the UK, using only channel partners rather than his own employees to do so, a move many old world tech vendors have so far failed to make. The covers are to be lifted from the VMware Hybrid vCloud Service – launched last year across the pond …
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2014
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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

HP is trying to prise open SME wallets by rolling out a device-as-a-service pilot Stateside – with wider deployment in Europe set for the summer. The Office in a Box initiative created with Google – not Microsoft – and telco AT&T was launched with US distie Synnex, which created an online configuration tool. The model is pretty …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014

EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS

As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way. EMC has gone and boosted its offerings to do just this. The company says it is adding “new integrations with primary and protection storage …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014
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Snapchat bug lets hackers aim DENIAL of SERVICE attacks at YOUR MOBE

A security consultant who works for Telefonica has turned up a bug in how Snapchat handles authentication tokens, which enables a denial-of-service attack against users' phones. It's a simple enough problem, as Jaime Sánchez explains here: the tokens should expire, but don't. As a result, one token can be re-used on many …
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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

AVG has shut down its remote access service Crossloop. The security company acquired Crossloop in 2012, to support what it says is a “ rapidly growing AVG CloudCare offering”. Despite the @crossloop Twitter account boasting it connected “ 20,000 computer support experts” AVG shuttered the service last Friday. Users aren't happy …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2014

Google confirms Turkish ISPs 'intercepted' its DNS service

Google confirmed over the weekend that its Domain Name System (DNS) service has been “intercepted” by Turkish ISPs after government orders to block Twitter. Software engineer Steve Carstensen revealed in a brief blog post that the web giant had confirmed with its own research previous reports about the Twitter ban which began on …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Mar 2014
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British Pregnancy Advice Service fined £200k for Anon hack, data protection breaches

The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) has been fined £200,000 after a serious breach exposed thousands of people’s personal details to a malicious hacker. The hacker (a self-identified member of Anonymous) threatened to publish the names of people who sought advice on abortion, pregnancy and contraception. The miscreant …
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2014
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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Amazon has decided to fold its Prime delivery service into its LoveFilm Instant video streaming library to make a single Prime Instant Video subscription for Brits. Subscribers paying £79 a year will now get free one-day delivery on participating items when shopping at the online bazaar and access to Kindle books from Prime, as …
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Barracuda announces BaaS - Backup as a Service - range of boxen

Barracuda Networks has announced BaaS - Backup-as-a-Service - which is based upon its 190 and 390 series backup appliances. The backup appliance range has seven models: 190; 390; 490; 690; 890; 990; and 1090. These vary by, amongst other things, their usable internal capacity. The 190 has 500GB and the 390 1TB. At the top of the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service

TV journalists weary of trying to gather acceptable audio from Skype, your time to celebrate is now: Microsoft is rolling out a high-quality service designed for the broadcast market. If it does what it says on the box, Skype TX (transmitter, geddit?) will stick Microsoft's elbows in the ribs of the expensive platforms that the …
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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

Facebook is quietly closing down its failed attempt to get its users to switch over to its @facebook.com email addresses. The social network said it would be letting Facebookers know through the site that it would be getting rid of the addresses. Any stray email that is going to an @facebook address will be diverted to folks' …

Microsoft's Office 2013 Service Pack 1 slips out with fixes, features

Microsoft has shipped Office 2013 Service Pack 1, the first major update roll-up for the latest iteration of its desktop productivity software. The release applies only to traditional, perpetual-license versions of Office that were installed from media or by downloading a standard Windows MSI installer. Versions of Office that …
Neil McAllister, 25 Feb 2014
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No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Despite outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's much-ballyhooed push toward a "rapid release" publishing schedule, Microsoft now says it will ship a Service Pack for Office 2013 in early 2014. Microsoft marketing manager Chris Schneider alerted customers to the impending update on Wednesday, saying it would include feature updates and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
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Vultures circle to feast on carcass of free remote desktop service LogMeIn

A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service. El Reg was, frankly, shocked by the level of outrage yesterday after LogMeIn decided it would no longer allow techie types to use its service to access their desktops remotely for free. We received a …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Jan 2014
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Silent Circle shutters email service

Silent Circle, the company founded by former PGP wonks and Navy Seals and which offers very, very, secure communications, has decided to shutter its Silent Mail email service. The decision, announced in a blog post, comes on the same day that Lavabit, another secure email service, decided to close because it cannot guarantee …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2013

Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

A few years back Google got into fearful trouble by recording the location of WiFi transceivers without asking for their owners' permission. Lots of public outrage later, regulators pulled out their biggest and pointiest sticks and the Chocolate Factory destroyed the data. What then to make of the newly-revealed Mozilla Location …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Oct 2013
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AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels believes the cloudy colossus could, in the future consider using ARM CPUs, or even offering RISC-as-a-service to help those on legacy platforms enjoy cloud elasticity. Speaking to The Register in Sydney yesterday, Vogels said he feels “there is absolutely room for …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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HP to offer SAP's HANA-as-a-service

HP has announced it will offer SAP's in-memory database HANA in as-a-service mode, an offering The Reg revealed was under discussion back in March 2013. Details of just what is on offer are sketchy for now. HP has not made a price list available, saying only “Pricing will vary according to client need.” Nor has the company …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2013

Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile payments service that would allow its European users to store and exchange funds via the social network, sources claim. According to a report in the Financial Times, Facebook has filed an application with the central bank of Ireland to become an "e-money" institution under EU regulations …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2014

Amazon Web Services opens can of whoop-AAS on as-a-service rivals

Amazon Web Services is opening up an even bigger can of whoop-ass on all of the major Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service rivals as the global market passed the $2.5bn mark in Q3. Stats from Synergy Research Group show that Jeff Bezos' boys now account for more than $700m of IaaS/ PaaS revenues – which is nearly $100m more …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013

Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

Facebook needs to turn Instagram into a money-making concern. Ads will shortly be knitted into the service, and - in preparation for that - the photo-sharing site has debuted a new messaging feature called Direct. It's keen to get more of its 150 million users to engage with each other and hang around longer on Instagram. To …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013
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Cisco takes on AWS with cloudy desktop-as-a-service plan

Works with VMware and Citrix to deliver DaaS from your bit barn or the cloud Cisco and VMware have responded to Amazon Web Services Workspaces desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) plan with their very own offering that can be deployed to private or public clouds. The new offering blends VMware's recently-acquired Deskone with a Cisco …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
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Google kicks 'bucket-list' service

Google Schemer users – both of you – have a new activity to add to your recommendation list: “download and save my data before it's deleted”. The Chocolate Factory has decided that the service, which since December 2011 has allowed users to create what amounts to a shared “bucket-list”, is to be discontinued on February 7. It …
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Google flu-finding service diagnosed with 'big data hubris'

A paper in Science claims that Google Flu Trends, unveiled back in 2008 to become a poster-child of Big Data, has one teeny, tiny, fatal flaw: it's almost always wrong. The paper – abstract here – finds that not only did Flu Trends completely miss the 2009 swine flu, but for 100 of the 108 weeks since 2011, Google's predictions …
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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Earlier this year the UK's advertising watchdog made the "unlimited" term used by broadband providers redundant, by confirming that moderate restrictions could be applied to network traffic, all the while letting the telcos continue to make "no caps" claims to subscribers. That surprise decision came in a ruling from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Oct 2013

Secret Service probes possible data-leak hack attack at Sears – report

The US Secret Service is helping to hunt for evidence of a possible computer security breach at retail giant Sears, it was claimed today. Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that the company was working with Uncle Sam's g-men and digital forensics experts at Verizon to probe a possible network …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Mar 2014

WTF is... backend-as-a-service?

It was only a matter of time until a company like Firebase appeared, saw some success, and went into general availability, but that isn't helping with the nauseous term for its tech: backend-as-a-service. Software-as-a-service? Sure. Infrastructure? Bit expensive, but fine. Database? Mad idea, but okay if you have a lot of stuff …
Jack Clark, 17 Aug 2013
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Hugs all round as Google relaunches Groups service

Google has ditched the old version of its Groups service after revamping the tool to allow users to share an inbox with others. Mountain View explained: Imagine you and a few friends are organizing an event for your school and want a single email address to coordinate with vendors, parents, and volunteers. Members of the …
Team Register, 25 Jun 2013

Telly bigwigs try to close down Aereo streaming service - again

A US appeals court has refused to rehear major broadcasters' arguments for temporarily shutting down TV streaming service Aereo while another court decides whether or not it's legal. The telly bigwigs, including Disney's ABC and NBC Universal, have been trying to get the online TV service banned on the basis that it infringes …

Up yours, Google! Iran to launch OWN state email service

The Iranian government is set to roll out a national email service to all of its citizens in another ominous step towards the dismantling of their online freedoms. There’s not much detail on the new home-grown service, which was apparently reported in local media and on state-run TV, except that it will use the “mail.post.ir …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013
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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

When someone tallies up all the good and bad things that the tech mega-explosion of the last 50 years has brought us, there’s one item I expect to see right at the top of the second column: the slow but steady death of customer service. Anyone transported from, say, the 1970s to the 2020s will find that component of the …
Dave Mandl, 07 Apr 2014
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Data-centre biz Phoenix NAP's storage takes a nap, service goes titsup

Faulty hardware at data-centre operator Phoenix NAP has knackered storage systems for customers' virtual machines. A message on the cloud-hosting biz's status page blamed the outage on equipment at its data centre in Amsterdam. The service fell over at 5pm MST, or midnight UK time, on Tuesday. Amsterdam is one of three Phoenix …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2013