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Microsoft: Give us three MORE WEEKS, folks – our StorSimple Cloud is coming

Microsoft says data center admins will have to wait a mere three more weeks until they can buy hardware built for – and intimately linked with – its Azure public cloud. The software giant said on Wednesday that it had made a number of upgrades to its Azure cloud to help it compete with rivals Amazon and Google and make it easier …

The cloud awaits... but is your enterprise ready for the jump?

I have worked with a number of companies that explored the cloud as an option for their infrastructure, and recently I worked for two that are cloud service providers themselves. So I have often had conversations in the past few years along the lines of: “Is the cloud suitable for my business?” A good way to find out if you are …
Dave Cartwright, 04 Apr 2014
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Suffering from IPO interruptus? Perhaps your Box is full of the same soap as the others

You don't have to have a monopoly to build a successful company, but it sure helps. And if you've not got a monopoly then you do need something, anything, to differentiate your product so that there's actually some compelling reason why customers might actually use your services and pay you a margin. There'd better be something …
Tim Worstall, 09 May 2014
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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got tired of hearing himself referred to as a tech geek this week and told the world that, actually, he’s real-life James Bond type. Speaking to NBC News, Snowden said he wasn’t some lowly outside contractor, but a bonafide 007: I was trained as a spy in the traditional sense of the word in that …

Titsup 2e2's data centre dustup gave UK users the CLOUD FEAR

When 2e2 Group suddenly collapsed earlier this year, owing over £400m to trade creditors and stranding a rake of customers from NHS trusts to the Bank of England, a gigantic question mark instantly formed over the cloud. Many customers already had concerns about keeping control of their assets in the cloud. 2e2's rapid collapse …
Steve Bell, 26 Apr 2013
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Government to examine public procurement practices

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate the way Government and local authorities buy services in a bid to ensure that competition law is being respected. The OFT has already studied the role of Government in markets and plans to spend the next year analysing the Government's role in buying, selling …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Dec 2010
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Foxconn signs on to build Firefox OS devices for clients

Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, best known in the West for assembling Apple's iPhones, has announced its support for the Mozilla Foundation's web standards–based Firefox OS. The gizmo-maker said at a press event in Taipei on Monday that it had entered into "a wide-ranging partnership" with Mozilla, though no …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2013
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HP EMEA: No plans on global deal-stealing policy

HP UK will not adopt a kiss-ass policy of firing staffers found pilfering services deals from resellers. The action was slated for launch on 1 November – by Ken Archer, global veep for channel and alliances at HP's Technology Services biz – to build confidence among resellers that once they have been registered, deals will be …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2011
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Prepare to greet the data centre of 2023

To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds. The only people who can’t see this are insecure box-huggers frightened for their jobs and IT dinosaurs with no imagination. We, however, are going to assume …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2012
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Vodafone turns to AWS for cricket streaming app

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) “never elegantly and cost-effectively” solved the problem of delivering online content to phone-wielding hordes during its long association with the Australian incarnation of Big Brother. But the company has nailed a cricket-streaming app first time, thanks to cloud services from Amazon Web …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2012
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Citrix buys cloudy storage biz ShareFile

Server and application virtualization juggernaut Citrix Systems has bought ShareFile, which runs a cloudy document sharing service aimed at businesses, not at consumers. ShareFile was founded in Raleigh, North Carolina, in November 2005 and has grown organically and without any venture funding since that time. The company was …
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Web Services era ‘drawing to close’

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Today's era of XML web services is coming to an end. That's according to top thinkers at Microsoft Corp and IBM Corp, companies synonymous with a brace of specifications working their way through standards bodies and organizations. Don Box, Microsoft architect and Simple Object Access …
ComputerWire, 02 Sep 2002
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Swindon to get first UK 4G mobile network

Swindon council will be getting an LTE network next year, just as residents lose access to what free Wi-Fi the council's last networking project managed to provide. UK Broadband will be kitting up Swindon council offices with LTE connections next year, using the 3.4GHz spectrum it acquired more than a decade ago – and which it …
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2011
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Councils look for 'good enough' IT solutions

IT departments in local government are moving towards minimising their costs in response to the spending cuts, according to a new report from Socitm. The annual IT Trends in Local Public Services report from the public sector IT organisation, published on 20 January, says that IT teams are having to cope with further reductions …
Kable, 21 Jan 2011
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Buying into the cloud

A lot of companies are reporting that individual departments and even business users are adopting SaaS or cloud-based applications. This freedom to choose is a useful one, as it gives departments the flexibility to get the job done, and the likelihood is that the use of such services will continue to expand. We’ve seen this …
Andrew Buss, 28 Jan 2011
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HP gets ready to make a cloud ... by boiling the ocean

The goals of Hewlett-Packard's OpenStack cloud are immodest, perhaps even heretical in a Valley where people casually caution you against "boiling the ocean" – or trying to do everything at once. According to the HP cloud beta announcement page: "HP intends to extend its full spectrum of cloud offerings spanning private, hybrid …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2011
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Google: No SEO boost from vanity top-level domain grab

Google has denied that companies will be able to get a search engine ranking boost by obtaining new vanity top-level domain names from ICANN. The company's webspam guru, Matt Cutts, said this week that organisations "shouldn't register a TLD in the mistaken belief that you'll get some sort of boost in search engine rankings." …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Mar 2012
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Microsoft adds RIM to its anti-Google axis

When Microsoft first burst on the mobile scene with the original Windows Mobile, its strategy was to work around the Symbian brigade by getting close to operators, via mainly white label phone-makers. Hence the rise and rise of HTC, on the back of huge market share in an OS that interested very few rivals, plus the special …
Wireless Watch, 08 May 2011
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Amazon plants Microsoft and Salesforce blocking Beanstalk

Amazon is hiding the complexity of deploying web applications to its vast cloud – a complexity that's letting rivals catch up. The book-seller-turned-service-provider has introduced a service called Elastic Beanstalk that it has promised will have your web app up and running within "minutes". Beanstalk handles provisioning and …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jan 2011
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Mountain speculation on EMC/Cisco joint venture

EMC and Cisco are discussing a joint venture centred on Alpine, a one stop enterprise VAR shop focussed on selling and installing integrated Cisco servers and networking, with EMC storage. These details come from a Wall Street Journal report and help confirm an earlier tip. Cisco needs a new outlet for its UCS servers, as …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2009
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Microsoft gets dirty with Gmail cloud cash fight

Microsoft is so committed to the cloud that it's throwing everything at rivals like Google to crack open the door on sales and gain momentum online. Chief operating officer Kevin Turner painted a rosy future for Microsoft in the cloud for Wall Street this week, but at the same time, Microsoft has been getting dirty. The Reg has …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2010
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OOXML and open clouds: Microsoft's lessons learned

Microsoft may submit its OData web data protocol for standards ratification, but seems eager to avoid the bruising it received on OOXML. Jean Paoli, Microsoft's interoperability strategy general manager and one of the co-inventors of the original XML whose work ultimately went into OOXML, told The Reg that Microsoft might submit …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Aug 2010

Electronic Bodyguards bureau sets up shop in Switzerland

Burly bodyguards, however well armed and trained, are no longer enough to protect businesspeople on the move. Electronic threats to their privacy and security and the risk of industrial espionage can also cause problems for VIPs and businesspeople. Peter Houppermans, an experienced security consultant who helped build the UK's …
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2010
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Spoken revelation from Genesys

Alcatel-Lucent's contact centre software subsidiary, Genesys Telecommunication Laboratories, says companies can now afford to build their own voice-based, self service applications with its VoiceXML Sandbox. Announced last week, the package combines IBM's Websphere Voice Server with the Genesys Voice Platform and a whole bunch …
Phil Manchester, 16 May 2007
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Ofcom cracks down on London pirates

Ofcom has shut down 22 pirate radio stations in a combined operation with Hackney, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, and Islington boroughs, arresting three people, raiding one studio, and writing angry letters to 20 night clubs whose advertising was funding the broadcasts. The regulator's last crackdown was in 2005, when it closed the …
Bill Ray, 19 Feb 2008
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Disconnection still terrifies freetards

Disconnection still strikes fear into the heart of many freetards, a survey suggests, despite disappearing from the agenda this summer. A Memorandum of Understanding between major British ISPs and the music business saw the ultimate threat of Three Strikes disappear, to be replaced by nagging letters aimed at P2P file sharers. …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Oct 2008
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Pioneer puts Pandora Radio in your car

Pioneer hammered another nail in the coffin of traditional music radio when it announced that its new top-end car-audio and satnav system would - among many other features - include support for Pandora Radio. There's one major hitch with the Pandora support in the new AVIC-X920BT in-dash AV receiver, however: you need an iPhone …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jan 2010
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Hacker charged in $1m cable ISP customer cloning scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged a California man with earning $1m over a six-year period by illegally selling products that allowed customers to get high-speed internet service for free. Ryan Harris, 26, of San Diego sold software and hardware that were designed to fool Charter Communications and other internet service …
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2009
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Orange gazes into 2050 Glastoball

Orange is celebrating 40 years of Glastonbury by imagining what it's going to look like in another 40 years (pdf). Wi-Fi already blankets almost all the UK's music festivals, with some even allowing punters access to the internet from their sleeping bags, but Orange foresee greater leaps in tent-connectedness. Virtual punters …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2010
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IBM seeks mid-market relevance

As part of its drive to make itself more relevant in the mid-market IBM has launched three new, what it calls, IBM Express Managed Services (IEMS). These are in addition to a couple of existing services, one of which IBM is keen to remind us of and another which it would prefer to sweep under the carpet. All these services are …
Bob Tarzey, 24 Oct 2005
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Pub jukebox delivers playlists, blogs and twitters

Next time you're approaching the pub you might be able to grab your mobile and cue up some appropriate entrance music, if your local has the latest jukebox service from TouchTunes. The premise is simple - using a network-enabled jukebox and allowing mobile-phone access to it. But TouchTunes goes a great deal further by allowing …
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2008
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Telewest victim of XXX call scam

Telewest is still trying to hunt down a mucky phone thief who gained access to a number of the cableco's street cabinets in London to make calls to XXX chat lines. The calls were made to two adult chat services - one featuring "older housewives" and the other described as "Live Asian 1-2-1" - during August. Details of the calls …
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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OECD: broadband is unequal

There's a great variance around the US in broadband speeds and prices. The differences are even greater when countries are compared. A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) points out that broadband users in Japan have 100 Mbps connections, which is 10 times faster than the average of the …
Faultline, 31 Jul 2007
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Warrington first to get Virgin Media 50Mb/s

Virgin Media has invited 200 customers in Warrington in Cheshire to be the first to try its forthcoming 50Mb/s broadband package at no extra cost for two months. The cable firm has upgraded its network to support the DOCSIS3 standard. The rollout has recently been cited by regulators and politicos as evidence of the UK's …
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BT's 'honeymoon period' nearing end

BT has been warned that its "honeymoon period" is coming to an end after some telcos said they were still sceptical about changes designed to make the UK's telecoms sector more competitive and transparent. The warning was contained in that latest assessment of Openreach, BT's access services division created earlier this year …
Tim Richardson, 24 May 2006

Speeding up the net - is it possible?

The best way to get reliable performance out of a wide area network (WAN) is to install your own high-speed gigabit fibre optic cables between all the locations in your organisation. This could provide seemingly unlimited bandwidth for your employees to use the applications they like and not have to think twice about the volume …
Bob Tarzey, 20 Jul 2007
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Google's next web toolkit thinks it's better than you

Just as Microsoft was brushing aside claims that Volta, its latest .NET programming toolkit, is a Google Web Toolkit (GWT) clone, Google has disclosed how it plans to open the gap on rivals with the next release of its popular AJAX toolkit. GWT 1.5, due in the first quarter of 2008, will produce "better" JavaScript code than …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2007
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What are the security threats?

"Security", as the first article in this series points out, can always be found near the top of the list of concerns of every IT manager and IT director. Unfortunately the same subject can also manage to not quite make it onto the more important list of things to do something about now. Over the years, a diverse array of …
Tony Lock, 25 Feb 2009
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Greece to face Euro court over video games ban

The European Commission is to take Greece to the European Court of Justice in a bid to reverse the Olympian nation's ban on computer games. According to the Eurocrats, the ban, which was introduced into Greek law in July 2002 with the intention of curbing online gambling, violates the principle of the free movement of goods and …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2004
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Consumers to get better deal, says Ofcom

Ofcom has launched a far-reaching consultation into the regulatory work it plans to carry out next year. The draft annual plan covers a wide range of areas including broadcasting, telecoms, consumer protection and the availability of digital services. Part of the consultation, though, deals with the key issue of tasking the …
Tim Richardson, 14 Dec 2005
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Offshoring jobs threat 'exaggerated' - WTO

The threat of offshoring IT jobs overseas is overblown, according to boffins at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Its annual World Trade Report finds that people's fears about losing jobs overseas to countries such as India and the Philippines are greatly exaggerated and based on unfounded concerns rather than hard facts. …
Tim Richardson, 05 Jul 2005
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DVB-H rockets ahead in Italy

One of the few successes to come out of the World Cup fever was the Italian DVB-H service from 3 Italia, which launched for real during the run up to the Cup. Most other mobile TV services merely used the World Cup as a demonstration of what their service would look like. 3 Italia has this week filed a document at DVB Project …
Faultline, 28 Jul 2006
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EU hints at central takeover of radio spectrum licensing

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The European Union may be planning to take over spectrum licensing from the individual European government agencies, according to a report from the European Commission published last week. The report is an update to the state of the market for third-generation mobile technology and …
ComputerWire, 17 Jun 2002
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Tiscali in Net phone deal

Pan-European ISP Tiscali has teamed up with NetCentrex to provide residential broadband telephony services for its one million ADSL punters. The deal was announced yesterday and should mean that punters in Italy could be in the position to make voice and video calls using their broadband service by the autumn. A spokeswoman …
Tim Richardson, 25 Feb 2004
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Is enhanced voice the new mobile data?

In all the rush from mobile operators and the rest of the telecoms industry to mobile data services and the mobile Internet, it's possible that a new revenue opportunity has been missed - voice. Ok, you may say it's not that new, but as all good marketing types know, line extension is typically more rewarding than leaping …
Roy Bamforth, 12 Aug 2004
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Vonage calls for 'naked DSL'

Vonage is calling on BT to cut the cost of telephone line rental branding the charge "unfair". It claims people should be able to take just a DSL line without having to pay for a telephone service as well. The broadband telephony outfit wants "naked DSL" to be available to broadband users so they can choose to subscribe to a …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jul 2005
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How the hell does the Govt meet all its cybertargets?

The Cabinet Office has been heartily slapping itself on the back for not only meeting targets for e-government but surpassing them. Now, 40 per cent of all government services are online - set to rise to 75 per cent by next year. And the Office for National Statistics says that one in five adults with Internet access use it to …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jan 2001
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Channel 4 goes on-demand

Channel 4 has announced two new services; one providing access to current and old TV shows for downloading onto a PC, the other providing 4Radio content over The Cloud’s Wi-Fi network. The deal with The Cloud will place a link to 4Radio in the home page of users connecting though a Cloud Wi-Fi hotspot. The content is optimised …
Bill Ray, 03 Jan 2007
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WorldSport falls into Net oblivion

Worldsport Networks Europe is going into liquidation after receivers failed to find a buyer. The London company, which provided news and information services for sports federations, called in the receivers on July 6. At that time it had 180 employees, 60 of whom were promptly laid off. At close of play numbers were down to …
Team Register, 29 Sep 2000
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Pipex WiMAX play to shake up UK market?

The UK market for broadband wireless services is set to become highly complex – and a possible proving ground for various technologies and business models – as the main holder of 3.5GHz spectrum, Pipex, shows its hand. Pipex holds the national license for 3.5GHz spectrum but, to date, has scarcely used the asset, leaving the …
Wireless Watch, 30 Aug 2005