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Finacle manacled as Infosys spins out products and platforms

The evolution of India's IT services companies continues apace, with news that Infosys has decided to step away from its products, platforms and services (PPS) business. The star of Infosys' PPS business is Finacle, a core banking product that has obvious synergies with the company's services business and is responsible for …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
Dance Central

Tall, dark, but no stranger: Quantum polishes its DXi range

Quantum has refreshed its dedupe box operating system and run up a fresh and faster hardware box. The DXi range before this announcement consisted of the V-Series software-only product and four hardware and software products: V-Series: 1 - 24TB of usable capacity and up to 4.9TB/hour 4700: 5 - 135TB and up to 5.9TB/hour 6700 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2014

SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

SAP is preparing to work with arch-rival Oracle on developing open-source software that will benefit both companies' products. This perplexing state of affairs was announced by SAP on Tuesday when it said it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation to the tune of $25,000 a year. Oracle is also a sponsor, as …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014

Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

IBM and Apple have forged a pact to sell software to enterprises: Apple will handle support and IBM will actually sell the iPads and iPhones, which will be loaded with Big Blue's ported apps. Oh yes. The "landmark partnership" was announced by the two companies on Tuesday, and will see each firm help the other make money from a …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
John McAfee

Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

Intel has announced plans to phase out the infamous McAfee anti-virus brand over the next year in favour of a new Intel Security brand. The re-branding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year before it is complete with the introduction of new versions of security software products from the technology …
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2014
George Teixeira and Ziya_Aral

Whoo-whoo. What's that sound? It's the DataCore Express passing '10k'

Storage-area-network (SAN) software supplier DataCore has, we're told, notched up 10,000 customer sites. DataCore is based in Florida and ships SANsymphony and allied SAN software products that turn standalone and clustered X86 servers and their storage into SANs. The latest, ninth, version of SANsymphony has increased the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
Oracle's Iron Man 2 ad

Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

Oracle has popped out a white paper that may well turn some heads, because it contains robust criticism of open source software. Titled “The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software” and available here as a PDF to those with Oracle accounts or here in Dropbox, the document's premise is that folks in the USA's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2013
Broken record

Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

The latest version of Winamp, released on Wednesday, will be the last, with the venerable media-playing software scheduled to all but vanish from the internet next month. "Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013," reads a notice posted to the Winamp website on Wednesday. " …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
Steam iron

Is Trevor Pott-y? Nope – he's bang on about VSAN performance

I don’t always agree with fellow Reg storage man Trevor Pott but this piece on Server SAN, VSAN and storage acceleration is spot on with its questions about VSAN running in the kernel and the advantages that brings to performance. Indeed, I’ve also heard comments about reliability, support and the likes over competing products. …
StorageBod, 12 May 2014

Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

If a picture tells 1,000 words, then an interactive bubble chart indexed by year based on a data model with a hierarchy of sub-categories ought to speak volumes. Microsoft’s business intelligence product Power BI is the latest addition to Office 365, its online office suite designed to integrate with desktop versions of Office …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jun 2014
Tarkan Maner

OK, Wyse guy: So how do YOU think 'boosting' legacy tech is a winner?

Nexenta, the provider of hardware-independent software-defined storage with a ZFS disk-based stack, has gained 5,000-plus customers by enabling them to get EMC/NetApp-class storage functionality at much lower prices by not paying the mainstream vendors' lock-in hardware tax. It's a good game, as far as it goes, but the world is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014

Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

The Internet Archive has unveiled a new Historical Software Collection that enables visitors to experiment with vintage software from the era of 8-bit computing right within their browser windows. The collection includes such prototypal productivity software as VisiCalc running on an emulated Apple //c and WordStar 2.26 running …
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013
AltaVista screen shot 1996

Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

Fans of the venerable AltaVista search engine – whomever they might be – have just a little over a week to comb the web like it's 1996, because Yahoo! will soon shut down the service along with 11 other unloved offerings. Seemingly taking a page from rival Google, which regularly mothballs batches of its less successful products …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jun 2013
Scale Computing HC3 boxes

Scale Computing bares teeth at VMware, reveals more SCRIBE details

Scale Computing is going to use its new SCRIBE object store to replace the GPFS element in its HC3 converged server/storage/virtualisation systems. SCRIBE was announced yesterday by Scale Computing. The Register has today received more information about whether it would be sold as stand-alone software or be integrated into the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013

Oracle releases July patch batch... with 27 fixes for remote exploits

Oracle has pushed out a quarterly patch batch of 89 updates that mean almost all of its enterprise software products need updating for one reason or another. Craig Young, a security researcher at Tripwire, noted that most of the vulnerabilities were picked up by third-party researchers. “The constant drumbeat of critical Oracle …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2013
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Red Hat: We CAN be IaaSed about OpenStack cloud

10 years after Red Hat got serious on enterprise Linux, the company is re-organised for enterprise cloud. The Linux distro last week scraped up its Linux, virtualisation, OpenStack and cloud management businesses into a new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) unit. Also created in the shuffle was an applications platform group …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2014
The three new Juniper EX9200 modular switches

Juniper pushes up sales and profits in Q1

The top brass at Juniper Networks are breathing a little bit easier as the company turned in numbers that show it is growing despite taking a big hit in sales of gear, software, and services to the US government in the first quarter. In the quarter ended in March, Juniper nudged up revenues by 2.6 per cent to $1.03bn, and net …
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Dell bulks up on EMC products

Dell will supply additional EMC products this year, confounding speculation that ties between the two were weakening. It's been noted by analysts such as Stifel Niklaus' Aaron Rakers that Dell could be selling relatively fewer EMC CLARiiON drive arrays as its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN business booms. This has prompted thoughts that …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2010
Broken CD with wrench

Intel turns software barrow boy

Intel may be busy shaking its piggybank to stump up cash for the record EU fine it was handed this week, but that hasn't stopped it launching a new online software shop for SMBs. The company's latest software project in Europe has been dubbed the Intel Business Exchange Software Download Store, or Intel BX for short. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 May 2009

BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

BlackBerry surprised Wall Street by releasing its second quarter earnings early on Friday, but it was hardly the kind of surprise where a dancer jumps out of a cake. The Canadian smartphone maker warned the market that it expects to post revenues of around $1.6bn when it files its formal earnings report on September 27 – a …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Jetting off abroad? Pack protection ... for your Wi-Fi

A US government agency is warning travellers to be wary of malware that installs itself via pop-up browser windows on hotel internet connections. The malicious dialogue boxes typically pose as software updates to legitimate software products, an advisory from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) explains. "The FBI …
John Leyden, 09 May 2012
VMware's monster VM

It's storage's HOLY GRAIL: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos

Three blog posts about VMware’s VSAN had me thinking furiously. Where is VMware going with this and where could or should it go? The first blog was Storagebod on VSANity in which he says VSAN, the ESXi hypervisor’s aggregating of server-direct attached storage (DAS) into a virtual SAN, was nice up to a point. He asks: “Why limit …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Intel grabs API management company Mashery

With fewer PCs getting sold, little foothold in tablets or phones, and software is busily eating into the value of your terrifically complex server chips, getting into software must seem like a pretty smart move for a chipmaker like Intel. Chipzilla is on a big software push, (as shown by Wednesday's switching announcement), and …
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2013

Breakaway pressures Indian industry group NASSCOM

India’s all-powerful IT trade association NASSCOM could be facing a period of upheaval after a group of 30 software companies decided to form their own think tank to lobby politicians, foster entrepreneurship and promote India as a global software hub. With over 1,400 members, not-for-profit NASSCOM has been the granddaddy of …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2013

Insight warns of $20 MILLION kick in the teeth from Microsoft

The impact of Microsoft's sweeping channel programme changes were laid bare last night when Insight Enterprises warned investors that its bank balance will be up to $20m lighter next year as the new fee structure takes hold. As revealed by The Channel back in early summer, Microsoft killed off its two year old Solutions …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2013

Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's phones business – which outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has since described as a way for Redmond "to accelerate" – appears to be an attempt to add another weapon to its anti-Google arsenal. Ballmer is quoted as saying: "By the early part of this year it was clear to me that perhaps acquisition would be …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2013
Samsung T24B750 monitor

Samsung gobbles flash upstart for starters ... Servers for main?

Memory and NAND foundry owner Samsung has bought a flash caching software startup called NVELO. The South Korean giant has gobbled up NVELO's technology, its products and its staff for an undisclosed amount and without revealing whether it is paying cash or using stock to do so. NVELO is privately owned and headquartered in …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012

HP reels in late for LTO-6 party, yells: Tape is BA-ACK

HP has launched its LTO-6 tape products and rebranded all its tape hardware under the StoreEver name, saying the tape goodies are now an integrated part of its Converged Storage product set. It's late to the LTO-6 party, following IBM, Quantum, Oracle, and SpectraLogic. Better late than never though. The general manager of HP's …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2013

ROBOs cop to installing VSAs, upstart rushes to cash in

Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) are all the rage and startup StorMagic, which designs iSCSI products for remote sites, has seen its sales ledgers pile up as a consequence. The firm said it has grown sales of its SvSAN VSA product 824 per cent in its fiscal 2013 year. Its iSCSI product is runs in VMware servers, and was …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Chinese man pleads guilty to $100m piracy scam

A Chinese businessman has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement on an epic scale after helping to crack and sell pirated high-end software worth in excess of $US100m over a three year period. Xiang Li of Chengdu in China’s south-western Sichuan province, disputed the value of the software he sold but pleaded guilty to …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Jan 2013
Shane Robison

Flash angel Fusion-io flies too close to Facebook, Apple, plummets to Earth

Flash memory biz Fusion-io's latest results show ever-deepening losses, with management talking of OEM channel conflict to be sorted out. Can this once high-flying server flash supplier take off and fly again? When low-hanging fruit pickers come down to Earth they rarely fly so high again. Look at sTec, OCZ and Nexsan. Their …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft to link Lync voice and IM to Skype by June

Microsoft kicked off its first-ever Lync Conference in San Diego, California, on Tuesday by announcing a series of planned upgrades for its Lync unified communications platform, including new mobile apps and interoperability with Skype. In a statement, Tony Bates, president of Microsoft's Skype division, said that all Lync users …
Neil McAllister, 19 Feb 2013

Freebie virus scan biz punts belt-and-braces security for suits

Malwarebytes, the anti-virus firm best known for its freebie scanner software, branched out into the enterprise with the launch of corporate products on Monday. Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition (MEE) is designed to catch malware that other anti-virus programs sometimes miss, including some strains of blended attacks (for example …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Accounting software gets better at languages

Businesses have become accustomed to software products like MS Office which can be switched between languages (although Word's US English can be stickier than a handful of superglue when you want to select another language). But when it comes to the financials modules in enterprise resource planning (ERP), the multi-lingual …
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Tech titans sell yesterday's idea wrapped in tomorrow's dream

News flash: Oracle and SAP are both "cloud washers" who pretend to have sexy, cool technology, but actually are encumbered by legacy systems. This is the charge that cloud consultant David Linthicum and Deal Architect founder Vinnie Mirchandani level against the two giants, but one wonders why they bother. It's standard …
Matt Asay, 24 Jan 2013
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LSI's Nytro bombshell blows roof off next-gen PCIe flash

LSI has launched its new Nytro rebranding and inadvertently pre-announced upcoming PCIe MLC flash cards. The storage and networking electronics biz is combining its legacy MegaRAID controller cards, WarpDrive SSDs and caching software in a portfolio of Nytro Application Acceleration products, and pushing the idea that PCIe flash …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Infomedia buys UK rival for $AU4.8m

ASX listed automotive software developer Infomedi, has snapped up UK based Different Aspect Software for $AU4.8 million (£3,174,000). Under a share purchase agreement Infomedia has acquired the entire company which provides IT application solutions to the automotive industry, including all intellectual property rights and its …

Citrix: Hey channel, we're BAAAA-ACK. Can't flog clouds without you

Citrix is to again allow resellers to sell a portion of its cloudy wares. The vendor claims that the increased size of the market means supporting a channel is now economically viable. The Citrix SaaS Advisor programme is to be rolled out over the coming months with resell and referral elements for office software products such …
Paul Kunert, 01 May 2013
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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

Just how off were Microsoft's sales projections for its ARM-powered Surface RT fondleslabs? Try $900m off. That's how much Redmond wrote down in inventory adjustments in its disappointing fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 earnings report on Thursday, which saw the software giant miss analyst estimates by a significant margin. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013

Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

Gaming house Valve has completed its trio of announcements for the week with news of a planned wireless game controller that replaces the traditional thumb-controlled mini joysticks with two force-feedback touchpads and a programmable screen. Steam Controller The touchy-feely future of gaming? The two touchpads will give …
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

BSA flashes gums at 'online software scams'

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed late last week to have issued nearly 50,000 takedown notices about BitTorrent files in the first half of this year. The group, in its latest effort to crack down on what it describes as “online software scams”, claimed (pdf) that BSA members lost an estimated $525m in sales as a …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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Trade body doubles efforts against pirate software

Anti-piracy lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has more than doubled the number of 'take down' notices it issues to stop the distribution of pirated software. The BSA uses its own systems to track the sale of illegal software on auction sites and its distribution through peer to peer (P2P) file sharing. "In the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Oct 2009
Gridiron

GridIron gobbled up by Violin Memory

All-flash array startup Violin Memory has bought GridIron Systems, a startup supplying the TurboCharger SAN accelerating flash cache. Violin supplies shared 6000-series all-flash arrays to enterprises and the public sector as well as having single server PCIe-connected appliances and Fujitsu resells its array. It filed for an …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Cisco's $5bn telly encryption biz gobble wins EU blessing

Networking giant Cisco's $5bn takeover of pay-TV software maker NDS was approved by Brussels' competition officials today. The European Commission said its "investigation confirmed that the merged entity would continue to face competition from a number of strong competitors and that customers, namely pay-TV providers, would …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Unlocking Technology Act plans to let freedom ring for devices

A bill introduced by four members of the US House of Representatives would lay down in statute the right of people to tinker with the hardware and software of any smartphone, tablet, or other device they own. If enacted, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 would ensure that any software and firmware that comes with a device can …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2013

Microsoft's touching Xmas gift for Brits: MORE licensing price hikes

Microsoft has wrapped up a bunch of pre-Chrimbo licensing price hikes for channel partners to deliver to customers at the start of next month. Redmond handed out a summer treat by bumping up volume licences for UK firms from 1 July as it aligned pricing to the Euro. These rises ranged from 1.7 per cent for Open Classic to 25.9 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Nov 2012
fingers pointing at man

Symantec rides dedupe roadmap to backup software

Symantec is embedding deduplication capabilities in NetBackup and Backup Exec as part of its ongoing of its backup software. Instead of seeing these software products backup data to deduplicating appliances, such as those from EMC, Data Domain or Dell's DL2000 CommVault Simpana box, Symantec will have its own backup products …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2009
The Register breaking news

Vendors responsible for ‘Aussie Tax’: Choice

Australian consumer group Choice has pointed the bone at vendors for the infamous “Aussie tax”, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into IT Pricing. Having studied the price of software, hardware, downloads and games in the Australian market, Choice has noted that Microsoft seems to want Australian developers to call by …

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot". Shwed, 44, is the co-founder, chief exec and chairman of Check Point, whose FireWall-1 software, according to the firm, is installed at every Fortune 100 company …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
WD RE4 Enterprise disk drive

Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers

"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in? Let's kick of this chart-fest with an overall look: All storage vendors Click on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012