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WD wolfs down Arkeia, gets bellyful of SMB storage

Disk drive manufacturer Western Digital, which has angling for a while to muscle into the SMB market, is buying privately owned backup software company Arkeia Software for its backup software and appliances. The myriad other suppliers in the fractured SMB data protection market now face having to compete with a giant. The …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Intuit ups SMB cloud credentials with Demandforce buy

With the US tax season largely out of the way Intuit, makers of Quicken and TurboTax financial software, has paid $425m for SaaS marketing operation Demandforce to make a bigger play for the lucrative SMB cloud sector. Demandforce has around 35,000 customers in the US and Canada and offers a package of marketing and …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

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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Study shows SMB cloud security fears largely overstated

Research into small businesses in the US and Asian markets has shown that there's an increasing mismatch between the theory and practice of cloud security. When questioned in a blind test conducted by comScore and funded by Microsoft, a third of SMBs said they didn’t use cloud security because of fears over the cost of …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2012
The Register breaking news

Intel pushes Atom-fueled storage for homes, SMB

Intel is pushing its Cedar Trail Atom D2550 and D2500 processors as the power behind a range of network-attached storage (NAS) systems aimed at small business and power home users. "The amount of data being created in the home and by small businesses is bloating," said David Tuhy, GM of Intel's storage division at a Thursday …
Iain Thomson, 04 Oct 2012
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Botham bowls into Microsoft as latest UK distie overlord

Microsoft is about to open the doors to a new distribution boss after dipping into the ranks at data management software player Commvault to poach EMEA VAD manager Marc Botham. This concludes the desk chair shifting aboard the good ship Microsoft that started when company veteran Clare Barclay moved from SMB director to channel …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
WD Arkeia appliance

WD: Between you and me, VARs, small biz may NEVER trust the cloud

Storage specialist Western Digital have asked value-added resellers to take part in its assault on the small-to-medium business (SMB) network backup market. The manufacturer is now actively recruiting specialist VARs to grow and fill out its geographical coverage across the UK and Europe, part of a long-haul push to increase its …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Sage reports gentle SMB spending

Accountancy software company Sage is seeing a steady flow of small businesses spending money on its products in the firm's first quarter. Newcastle-based Sage, which just last week launched an online accounting package aimed squarely at SMBs, said in a statement this morning that results for each of its divisions were in line …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jan 2011
HP cloud

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
The Register breaking news

O2 tries to one-up the Apple store with SMB lounge

The O2 Workshop is a small-business drop-in centre, carved out of the company's Tottenham Court Road store, which hopes to provide an Apple-store environment only for suits. Just as Apple stores have become the place for trendy consumers to be seen hanging out, so O2 is providing somewhere for small companies who have given up …
Bill Ray, 21 Sep 2011

What's the point of owning an SMB if you can't travel?

It was obvious that the guy in the airport queue behind me was attempting to describe the whereabouts of a document, without much success. The directions being given were not being understood and after several minutes of "click this folder, then that folder" shenanigans, the gentleman gave up and tried a different tack. "Don’t …
James Akrigg, 05 Mar 2013
New EMC VNX range

Daddy EMC pushes past VMware, muscles into Microsoft Hyper-V shops

EMC has joined a Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate programme and is going solo into the Windows cloud market – without subsidiary sidekick VMware. The Cloud OS Accelerate initiative has VSPEX configs set up for Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualisation using an EMC storage platform. An EMC Proven Solution (PDF) features …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

HP gets closer to Google with reseller deal

HP has joined forces with Google to sell collections of HP gear along with Google's Apps software. The HP SMB IT in a Box program was announced by HP at its HP Discover conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday, alongside news of HP entering the Google Apps Reseller program. HP has traditionally had a strong relationship with …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2013
Google Fiber

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

Office of Fair Trading: UK.gov IT deals lack effective competition

No 10 Downing Street’s G-Cloud strategy has been dinged by Britain’s competition regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, for lacking effective competitive on public-sector IT deals. An OFT report published on Tuesday identified what it called “key barriers” still standing in the way of new entrants challenging the big boys for a …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2014

Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

Open source storage software supplier Nexenta has revved its NexentaStor OS to version 4.0, making it more enterprise-worthy by delivering more scalability, performance and reliability. But this is not the Edge unified file, block and object storage product discussed in January. The software-defined storage supplier clearly …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
Autodesk's AutoCAD

Rare AutoCAD malware rigs drafting machines for follow-up attacks

Security researchers have discovered a rare strain of AutoCAD malware that opens up compromised machines to secondary exploits. ACM/SHENZ-A poses as a legitimate component of AutoCAD software for computer-aided design (CAD). But analysis by security researchers at Trend Micro has revealed that the malicious file opens up systems …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2013
Netapp

NetApp, tuck yourself in – your mid-range is showing: New FAS8000 on sale, ONTAP updated

As expected NetApp has launched its FAS8000 mid-range array, a point ONTAP software release, and FlexArray virtualization software. The FAS8000 is a scale-out design with 24-node clusters and hybrid cloud deployments in mind. It has V-series functionality, which virtualizes third-party arrays via a NetApp head unit, included as …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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Oracle 'engineers' SMB database appliance

Larry Ellison says that he doesn't care if the company's x64 server business goes to zero. But Oracle has once again launched a database appliance based on x64 servers. The Oracle Database Appliance announced today is one of the four new "engineered systems" that Oracle is promising to launch over the next few weeks, and it is …
SQL Server 2014

Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory. Willson wrote: SQL 2014's new in-memory computing takes several leaps forward in performance and control. Application designers can now control what data is permanently staged in memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Intel floats hybrid cloud scheme for SMB apps

There are 22 million small and medium businesses in the world, and the last thing that Intel wants them to do is say to hell with servers and move all their workloads and data to public clouds. So Intel has come up with a clever scheme that will let service and application providers cloudwash their traditional SMB setup – i.e. …
The Register breaking news

WD shuns flash, plonks enlarged racks on shelf

WD has extended its unified storage Sentinel range into a 1U, Atom-powered rackmount shelf, a first for WD as it enters the rackmount storage market. Up until now, the DX4000 Sentinel was an Atom CPU-powered desktop box with between 4 and 16TB of capacity from its 4 x 3.5in HDD bays positioned one above the other. Position …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2013
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HP scores SMB storage hat-trick

HP is improving its small and medium business data protection with better snapshot, virtual tape library and physical tape products. Its LeftHand Networks P4000 small/medium business (SMB) storage area network (SAN) products will get application-integrated snapshots. The array software uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2009
WD Sentinel DX4000

Western Digital promises long hot summer of S&M products

Western Digital’s SME business will expand on its Sentinel range over the summer, as it looks to step up from the S to the M part of the market The vendor will also refresh the Arkeia dedupe and backup software platform it bought in December and expand it in the similar direction, after completing the integration of the 17-year- …
Joe Fay, 06 Jun 2013
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Protect data by deleting it: Ground Labs

Getting rid of unnecessary copies of private data will help companies comply with Australia's new privacy laws, says Ground Labs, which is pitching a data discovery tool to lend a hand. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, Ground Labs' Stephen Cavey said the problem is that there's always going to be some kind of attack …
GPFS Storage Servers based on System x servers

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014
Gordan Ugarkovic's view of Saturn

Lord of the RING Scality lets NFS and popular pals into the object party

Scality has updated its RING object storage product and added support across various file sharing protocols including NFS. RING is now admitting all sorts into its inner sanctum, including: NFS v3 CIFS with Samba v3.5 AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) based on Netatalk 3.x Open source or commercial FTP The RING v4.2 has NFS …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
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Array slinger X-IO jumps on Windows Storage Server filly, digs in heels

Array supplier X-IO will run Windows Storage Server 2012 inside its data vaults in hope of a Redmond-assisted sales boost. The operating system software and X-IO's Integrated Storage Element (ISE) disk box have been brought together to power the new File Storage Controller (FSC) 2200: a sealed, five-year maintenance-free …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2013
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Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe

Rumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight. The first is that IBM is developing a full DS-class flash array using FlashSystem (acquired TMS RamSan) technology. The flash modules would be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013

Microsoft's 'We want a Mac look and feel' UK director splits after seven years

Microsoft has confirmed that long-serving director Simon Aldous has left the organisation with immediate effect. The now ex-director of hosting says he has left to pursue new opportunities outside of the organisation, but if he has a job lined up he is keeping mum about it. "After seven years I decided that I wanted to move on …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
Gemini X-series

Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

Nimbus Data has announced a 10-node clustered all-flash array that can store up to 96TB in a single box. The Gemini X-series all-flash arrays build on the current Gemini F-series arrays, which come in F610/F620 variants with 56/40/20 Gbit/s InfiniBand and 40/10/1 Gbit/s Ethernet, and the F410/F420 which lack InfiniBand and use …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014
Clustered ONTAP SVMs

NetApp musters muscular cluster bluster for ONTAP busters

Data-vault biz NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system to handle bigger clusters and require less downtime. It is presented as software-defined storage, although it is not typically sold separate from the NetApp controller hardware on which it runs. The company wants to tout ONTAP as an enterprise-class storage system as …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013

Run the IT in a small biz? Work with Microsoft? Meet your new UK point man

Microsoft has filled the SME boss role recently vacated by company veteran Clare Barclay with a former Symantec EMEA veep. Glenn Woolaghan has rocked up as director of the small biz space for the UK after eleven years at Symantec, which is currently going through a cost cutting process. Most recently he was veep of EMEA SME …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013
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Cisco welds Linksys into one SMB channel prog

Cisco is merging its Linksys small business channel with its own reseller channel, to present a unified SMB partner program worldwide. Small and medium businesses present a big growth potential, Cisco notes. But as everyone notes, SMBs are difficult to reach and can be expensive to service. This is why resellers come in so handy …
Team Register, 12 Aug 2008

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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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …

In the cloud storage gateway game? Prepare to be AMAZONED

Jeff Bezos’s big biffing business is building its own cloud storage gateway hardware to get data into Amazon's S3, striking fear and loathing into the hearts of existing storage gateway suppliers. Amazon’s existing Storage Gateway is software-only, and runs in a VM in a customer’s own data centre server and moves data back and …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2013

Mellanox targets Fibre Channel with 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand

Mellanox is confidently predicting the slow death of Fibre Channel, as it rips the wrapping paper off a 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand solution it says offers ten times faster live migration of Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines. Marketing VP Kevin Deierling believes the march of RDMA-enabled Ethernet and InfiniBand systems, along …
ProphetStor Federator

FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays. The ex-falcons hoping to fly again are Eric Chen, ProphetStor's founder and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013

StoreOnce and StoreAll get ProLiant push

HP has pumped up the power of its StoreOnce deduping backup to disk array and StoreAll store-everything-as-objects array with Gen 8 ProLiant servers. The StoreOnce 6500 slots in to the StoreOnce range, above the 4500, 4700 and 4900 Series (and VSA of course). It replaces the previous top-end B6200 system. HP’s information pages …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2013

MoJ: Hey, hungry PC bods. Get ready to battle for this JUICY £200m contract

The Ministry of Justice has redrafted a tender to vet suppliers seeking to win its End User computing contract worth up to £200m over the next five years. The contract was first tendered in May and was worth £300m at the time, but bidding was scrapped in June after suppliers had been whittled down to a shortlist of four …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013
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Lenovo slips into jam-packed SMB server market

Chinese computer maker Lenovo is bigging up its newfound love for all things server-shaped with today’s announcement about its new ThinkServer product line. The company inked a licensing agreement with IBM at the start of this year to make and sell a range of x86 servers. At the time Lenovo was clearly making a play for the …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2008

Symantec launches new SMB partner programme

Software firm Symantec has upped its bid to capture a chunk of the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market by announcing a new global partner programme. The California-based company said it hoped that its SMB Specialisation for Partners program would make it easier for small biz solution providers to take advantage of a …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007

Our Moderately Sized Data analytics engine pooh-poohs Acer '30 second support' claims

Biz customers with broken Acer kit might want to sling a call into the technical centre: then put on the kettle and make a cuppa, because they could be on hold for a lot longer than they were expecting. Certainly longer than the half a minute average response time that Jakob Jersild Olsen, veep at Acer's commercial division EMEA …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
A typical branch or SMB data closet

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 …
Zombie cloud

Reselling mutant cloud parts from IBM? There's now an app for that

IBM is pitching new software and server gear for use in public, private and public-private hybrid cloud computing environments. The tech titan has announced PureSystem updates plus stuff about Power, System x and technical computing. Big Blue thinks mutant clouds will pick up in popularity; it quotes Gartner as saying that " …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2013

Storage firms can win big if they buy the RIGHT trendy tech

Three weeks into 2013, not even the end of January, and three storage companies have been bought. Are we seeing the first stirrings of a buying frenzy as mainstream suppliers get better placed for flash, software-defined data centres and the cloud? The first of the acquisitions was that of struggling storage media supplier …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2013
Willem ter Harmsel

Tegile founder: Will we IPO? Yes. And we're NOT another NetApp

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Tegile Systems was founded in 2009 and offers a range of hybrid storage arrays, labelled as Zebi arrays. Its top model can be configured as a 100 per cent all-flash array, while keeping …
Entry-level FlexPod

NetApp and Cisco waggle shrunken ExpressPod at Hitachi and friends

It looks like the vendors are sizing each other up for battle in the converged systems world at VMworld: NetApp and Cisco have announced ExpressPod, a pre-packed and tested and downsized FlexPod. Storage clustering has been added into the FlexPod mix and Oracle has announced an RAC/VMware FlexPod. Just one day after Hitachi's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
DataGravity analytics

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