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Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

The storage landscape is changing. The storage products and skills needed for a small firm have so far been very different from those needed in large enterprises. Yet we now have some storage vendors delivering enterprise-class products aimed at workgroups, while some enterprise buyers choose mid-range products to save money. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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Chancellor lands paper cuts on Blighty's small biz

George Osborne has promised small businesses that their tax returns in 2012 will be simpler. The admin-slash is one of several measures in today's Budget speech intended to make things easier for small and medium businesses. The new return will simply ask businesses to report the cash passing through them rather than more …
Anna Leach, 21 Mar 2012
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Quantum spring-cleans StorNext for file-hungry arty small biz

Storage biz Quantum had made its StorNext product suitable for small and medium-sized firms with a new metadata appliance, disk enclosure boxes and a low-end tape library. StorNext stores files on primary arrays, in slower-access object storage arrays, or even slower access tape vaults. Its users don't need to know exactly where …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

It is refreshing to see that someone pays attention in the server racket. It is also annoying that it has taken a top-tier server maker so long to get a true system out the door that is suitable for small and midrange businesses. But Dell may have finally done it with its PowerEdge VRTX. A typical branch or SMB data closet A …
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OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape. Quantum announced a new DXi4701 deduplicating …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014
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Small biz stays nervous on recovery

Small businesses in the UK remain focused on cost-cutting rather than expanding sales to secure their futures. Although the coalition government is hoping the private sector will take up the slack left by big public sector cuts the latest survey of small and medium businesses shows a serious lack of confidence. A survey of 385 …
John Oates, 20 Jul 2010
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Clueless over your heaps of unstructured data? You could soon whip out 'DIY tool'

DataGravity appears to be working on a kind of GUI-driven SQL for unstructured data so small to medium businesses can run data analytics, possibly without having to hire data scientists – although this has not been confirmed. After studying a DataGravity blog closely, along with other blogs and reports around the 'net, Vulture …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
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Small biz loves VoiP, not air miles

Small businesses increasingly see new technology as a better way to communicate with international partners than traditional business trips - especially with budgets under strain thanks to the downturn. One in four UK SMEs talk to international colleagues every working day and over half believe they, or a colleague, have gone on …
John Oates, 20 Jan 2010
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EU pledges huge spend for small biz R&D

The European Commission has pledged €6.4bn for research investments across Europe in various areas for both academics and small businesses. In total 16,000 organisations should benefit including 3,000 small businesses. The cash will be awarded after a 'call for proposals' - which should start later today. The Commission hopes …
John Oates, 20 Jul 2010

File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

The infamous Cryptolocker malware, which encrypts your computer files and demands a payment of £534 ($860) to unlock them, may have been sent to "tens of millions" of Brits, Blighty's crime-busters warned today. According to an alert from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), a fresh round of ransomware-loaded spam posing as bank …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2013
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Yell and Microsoft ink SMB deal

Yell and Microsoft have signed a "broad strategic alliance" aimed at small and medium businesses. The directory company, which claims 1.3 million SMB customers, will flog MS products that include Office 365 and small business comms packages. Microsoft will help with Yell's move to the cloud and will include its results on the …
John Oates, 13 Jul 2011
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Riverbed flows faster with refreshed cloudy Whitewater gateways

Network-polishing tech firm Riverbed is still honking away at its great Glacier front end story, with three new Whitewater cloud storage backup appliances and an operating system upgrade to WWOS v3.0. Cloud Storage gateways are local converged server and storage appliances that provide a dedicated on-ramp to the cloud. This ramp …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2013
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Small biz battered by late payments

British small and medium businesses are still struggling with late payments despite government promises to sort the issue out. Small and medium enterprises(SMEs) in the UK are owed a total of £30.4bn. That figure has jumped £11bn in the last two years. The average figure owed to small firms has actually fallen, but the number …
John Oates, 29 Sep 2009
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UK biz: Fax us and explain what this cloud thing is

Forty per cent of workers in Britain's small businesses still use fax machines on a daily basis, a report into the IT habits of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has found. The paper was published today by Intel. While the fax machines are running full tilt, only 16.2 per cent of IT users in small business used a smartphone …
Anna Leach, 02 Nov 2011
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Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

Symantec's resellers have reportedly been given notice to stop providing annual subscriptions to Backup Exec.cloud by 6 January. Backup Exec.cloud lets small and medium businesses store backups in a Symantec remote vault (the cloud) or on-site and in the cloud. Customers have been told they can use the service until one year …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Mixed tape: Overland Storage buys Tandberg Data in CASH-FREE transaction

Struggling tape and disk storage vendor Overland Storage is buying recovering tape systems vendor Tandberg Storage for $42m in stock to help boost its revenues. Tandberg Data supplies tape and disk-based storage and data protection products to small and medium businesses. It has recently recovered from a bankruptcy experience in …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2013
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Cisco goes for small, small business

Cisco is increasing its small business focus with the launch of a new suite of products and certification for resellers going after small business customers. Select Certification is an entry point for Cisco resellers. After training and exams, resellers also get access to Easy Lease, Cisco's leasing programme, to provide small …
John Oates, 04 Apr 2007

Review: GFI Cloud eliminates need to nursemaid Windows

How do you take care of a network's worth of PCs if you are short of time and resources? Recently, I have been looking at the kinds of tools that systems administrators need and have come to the conclusion that for those who are time-poor and overworked, GFI Cloud ticks several of the important boxes. The purpose of GFI Cloud …
Trevor Pott, 06 May 2014

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

“SMBs are now turning to the cloud to meet their IT needs”. If you have anything to do with the technology industry then the claim will sound very familiar. The implication is that cloud computing is now universally accepted among small and medium businesses, and that a huge shift has taken place in terms of buying behaviour. …
Dale Vile, 02 Aug 2013
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Small biz reseller swallowed by Systemax

Systemax - the company behind CompUSA and the owner of Circuit City's ecommerce business - is buying WStore Europe. WStore specialises in supplying small and medium businesses and the public sector, and operates in France as Inmac, WStore SAS and I-Com Software. Systemax trades using the Misco brand in Europe. Richard Leeds, …
John Oates, 04 Aug 2009
The second rev of the Oracle Database Appliance, with the X3-2 moniker

Oracle revs Database Appliance to X3-2 – and nearly to Exadata

If you are looking for a server appliance that is pretuned to load an Oracle database on, then Ellison & Co have a new Database Appliance X3-2 they want to introduce you to. Not everyone needs an Exadata database cluster that can scale to petabytes of capacity, and that's why Oracle engineered the Database Appliance for small …

Mutant hybrid upstart joins pushback against storage giants

Three hybrid flash-disk array upstarts are eating away at the incumbents' market share - and El Reg has peeked under the bonnet of one to find out how. El Reg talked about Nimble Storage and Tintri a couple of weeks ago and that prompted Tegile to pull aside the curtain and show us a few more numerical goodies. Rob Commins, its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

Pernixdata: Psst, sysadmins – wanna virtualise that server-side flash?

Flash upstart PernixData is hoping to become the best friend of VMware sysadmins everywhere tomorrow when it launches its Flash Virtualisation Platform (FVP). The product promises to expand the number of VMs that a single hypervisor can support by turning individual servers' flash storage into a cluster-wide resource. FVP …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2013
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Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014
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Bus-Tech downsizes VTL for small mainframes

Bus-Tech says small and medium businesses with mainframes, who can't afford IBM or Sun StorageTek prices, can buy its down-sized virtual tape library (VTL). Apparently there are lots of mainframes operated by SMBs, typically hospitals, universities and local government organisations. They often have less than 10TB of data, and, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2009
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Aus gaming and ICT get R&D tax boost

Australia may increase its international competitiveness as a gaming and ICT development hub following a new R&D tax incentive passed by the Federal government. From July 1 an AUD$1.8 billion R&D Tax Credit comes into effect for innovative industries including manufacturers, ICT and biotech. It will deliver a 45 percent …
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Stand back, everyone! Dragons' Den ace HAS FOUND THE CLOUD

The wait is almost over for any Brit wanting to take a punt on a homegrown cloud services firm: the UK-based Outsourcery is poised to list on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)* this Friday. The Manchester-headquartered business is placing a little more than 11.5 million Ordinary Shares at 110 pence giving it a market …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2013
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC. John Chambers' networking giant declares: "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
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Big Blue hands bulging $4bn suitcase to partners to grease IT sales

In the hope of pumping up sales of hardware, software, and services over the next 12 months, IBM is taking $4bn of its own cash and giving it to its Global Financing arm to originate leases over the next year. Big Blue is hoping to clear the way for enterprises of all sizes to get financing, when the banks might be a little …
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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

Spiceworld 2013 Austin, Texas-based Spiceworks used the opening keynotes of its 2013 user conference – Spiceworld – to challenge all rivals. The challenge wasn't as overt as walking up to Zuckerberg with an iron glove, slapping him across the face and casting it upon the ground, but a challenge was made nonetheless. LinkedIn …
Trevor Pott, 09 Nov 2013
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BridgeSTOR dedupes primary storage for small biz

Startup BridgeSTOR is going to offer compressed and deduplicated primary storage so that small and medium businesses (SMBs) can hold a lot more data for a lot fewer dollars. The company is using hardware dedupe and compression along with flash caching and small form factor drives to deliver fast performance and application- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Microsoft, Intel and HP unite for small biz

Microsoft, Intel and HP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help Europe's smaller businesses get access to European Community grants for investing in technology. The EU Grants Advisor Consortium will have a dedicated website and offer consulting advice on technology, employment and business grants. It will even help …
John Oates, 30 Mar 2005
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Small biz still struggling for funding as RBS flounders

Royal Bank of Scotland has recorded the largest loss in UK corporate history and is being bailed out again by the Treasury, while small and medium businesses are still struggling to get hold of credit. RBS lost £40bn before tax in 2008, despite two government bailouts, on a total income of £25.8bn - after excluding parts of the …
John Oates, 26 Feb 2009
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Taxmen extend biz record check pilot

More small and medium businesses (SMB) will have their records scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as its record-checking programme has been extended. However, penalties for inadequate records will only be issued in the most extreme cases until the process is refined. Full guidance will be issued before penalties of up to …
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Cirtas dumps staff and retreats

In January, we asked if cloud storage start-up Cirtas would be a rainmaker. Now its very survival is in doubt as funding is withdrawn and 21 staff are dismissed. The news came from a senior engineer at Cirtas, Dave Graham, through his Twitter feed. "Well, the waiting is over. as of 3pm TODAY, i, along with 20 others are no …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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Brussels talks clouds and privacy

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, warned yesterday that moves to cloud computing must not endanger citizens' rights to privacy and proper data protection. neelie kroes Neelie Kroes: Cloud companies need EC's "help" to "know exactly what is allowed and what is not". Kroes told the Université Paris- …
John Oates, 26 Nov 2010
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HP and Canon extend printer deal

HP and Canon are deepening their existing relationship which will see more marketing and distribution for Canon's product list as well as a wider range of kit from HP. The deal will help Canon get more products in front of resellers and consumers while HP will get a better collection of combined products - printer-photocopiers …
John Oates, 15 Sep 2009
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Small biz stumped on tech adoption

Small and medium businesses (SMEs) in the UK want to adopt new technologies but aren't sure where to go for information and often lack the skills to manage and implement projects, according to a BT report. The report found that the majority of SMEs don't have dedicated technology staff but rely on friends and family for help. …
John Oates, 16 Nov 2006
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Backers: What's this, another cloud storage upstart? Here, have $20m

Another day, another cloud storage startup. This one's Axcient, which is in the cloud backup game and has just scored itself $20m in Series D funding. That seems surprising. It's already Axcient's fourth funding round and it's a lot of greenbacks. What's taking the company so long and why does it need so much money to get off …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2013
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Dell Cloud descends on Europe (by way of Slough)

Dell opens a data centre in Slough next month, to support the delivery of cloudy services to Europe. The doors open to European customers on August 31, so no pricing and little in the way of firm detail yet But the company has plenty to say about the introductory trial it is running in US and Canada for Dell Cloud. On offer …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012
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Steely Neelie: EU is crippled by its clueless tech-ignorant workforce

Half of Europe's workforce is too tech-challenged to fill all the extra ICT jobs that will be knocking around in the next few years, the European Commission has said. Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2012 The EC's Digital Agenda crew released its scoreboard of how well the continent is doing on figuring out the interwebs today and …
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HP optimistic it can sort that pesky UK downturn

In a slight alleviation of the general economic doom and gloom, HP said today that UK small and medium businesses had seen double-digit growth in the second half of last year. HP's SMB Index, a survey of 1,000 British businesses with between one and 50 employees, found an average growth of 11 per cent in the last six months and …
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HP chases small business

HP has unveiled a package of services aimed at tempting more small and medium sized businesses into HP's fold. The worldwide programme, which HP says is costing $750m, includes financial software from Intuit and cheaper storage solutions. The "Smart Office" scheme aims to give SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) more …
John Oates, 25 Mar 2004

Fujitsu-Siemens punts small biz storage blade

Earlier this decade, as the blade server form factor went commercial, the consensus was that local storage was only necessary on blade servers for operating system images and that any data customers need would be plunked on storage area networks that are linked to the blades. Some even went so far as to suggest that blades …
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No more 'rip-off' IT disasters – UK.gov will be too busy tweeting

Blighty's government has promised that its new "digital by default" campaign will put a stop to billion-pound IT catastrophes that have dogged the public sector for years. In a commitment-light response to a report subtly titled Government and IT "a recipe for rip-offs" - published in January by MPs on the Public Administration …
Anna Leach, 20 Apr 2012
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Dell wants to be more than your box provider

If you are sitting around bored at work and you happen to keep a bottle of whisky in your desk, I have a new drinking game for you. In fact, you better switch to beer. The game is simple: log into the keynotes at Dell World 2012, which is being hosted by Dell this week in Austin, Texas, and every time one of the top brass says " …
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Europe-wide ecommerce laws ahoy!

Any European citizen buying from any website within Europe will be protected by the same consumer rights on prices, delivery and returns. The EU-wide law was passed by the European Parliament this morning. It means punters will have a two-week cooling off period after receiving goods and must be given precise information on …
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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US small biz filled with optimism

A survey of small businesses in the US has revealed optimism about prospects for the year ahead and almost half expect to take on more staff. 62 per cent of small and medium businesses (SMBs) believe business will improve this year. Respondents to the survey also believe they need technology which as least as good as that used …
John Oates, 14 May 2004

Does a cloud have to be public, or can it be private?

Is "private cloud" an oxymoron? Or just plain moron? The top brass at Amazon Web Services have been very clear since the launch of the e-tailers public cloud in 2006 that they do not believe in private clouds running in corporate data centers, and that to be a cloud, by definition, means being a shared public utility and not …
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Overland Storage overhauls tape library and SnapServers

Overland Storage has announced a larger and LTO-5-supporting NEO tape library as well as a higher-capacity SnapServer. These are two evolutionary product moves by Overland and it's good to see the company improving its products as it climbs out of a period of poor company revenue performance. The NEO 8000e supports the latest …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010