Articles about Software Services

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What is Hybrid Infrastructure? Glad you asked...

As part of its recent split, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced "four areas of transformation", among them the buzzword-heavy "hybrid infrastructure". But what exactly is hybrid infrastructure? Each company seems to have a different idea of what it could mean. What does HPE mean when they say “hybrid infrastructure”? How …
Trevor Pott, 09 May 2016
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Planning to throw capacity at an IT problem? Read this first

Not so long ago the axiom “you get what you pay for” held true in IT. More expensive hardware and software generally produced better results. With the rise of open source and open standards, this is no longer the case. In today's world, if you'll pardon the mangled aphorism, IT isn't about how much you spend, but how you set …
Trevor Pott, 25 Apr 2016
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Commvault visits Nutanix's Acropolis, adds AWS/Azure action

Commvault has extended its Commvault Data Platform (CDP) with support for Nutanix hyper-converged appliances and improved on-premises-to-public-cloud mobility and protection. The Service Pack 3 additions are: IntelliSnap support for NEC and Nutanix API access via S3, REST, and Office 365 Online WOPI Interfaces to CDP …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016
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HP takes utility computing to the kids... well the teachers

HP Inc has launched a PC-as-a-service plan to schools and unis that it promised will cost less than most students spend on their behind-the-bike-shed ciggies. This was among a raft of devices, software, services and programmes the PC and printing house bared today at the BETT technology education trade show in London. Neil …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016
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HP Euro Cloud28+ app store open for biz, 'get yer infra-as-service ere'

HP Enterprise Hewlett Packard Enterprise has cut the ribbons on its EU-wide tech-as-a-service market stall Cloud28+ - let’s hope the UK doesn’t vote to pull itself out of the union, necessitating a name change. The beta version of the catalogue or enterprise app store was tested in October ahead of today’s full blown …
Paul Kunert, 10 Dec 2015
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WikiLeaks leaks CIA director's private emails – including his nat sec clearance dossier

Days after a teenage stoner hacked the AOL email account of CIA director John Brennan, WikiLeaks has published highly sensitive files from the spymaster's inbox. The documents include Brennan's application for national security clearance, with address, phone number, passport details, and the names and addresses of associates …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2015
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Acer: We're not laying off staff, just shifting 'em out of the PC biz

Acer is not reacting to the downturn in PC spending by cutting heads – not yet anyway – but it is planning a restructure. The company confirmed it is in the process of transferring people to the Bring Your Own Cloud wing, which develops a suite of apps for consumers. The revamp will be felt only in Taiwan at this stage. In …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2015

Nope, there's no money in on-prem software licensing...

Microsoft may be making life harder for enterprise volume licensing resellers but there’s still money to be made from flogging on-premise software in the old way. Just ask Bytes Group. The Surrey-based specialist has filed its results for the year ended 28 February, and they reveal a business whose waistline is expanding from …
Paul Kunert, 23 Sep 2015
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Accenture barges way into cloud market, buys Cloud Sherpas

Bloated integrator-cum-consultancy Accenture has gulped down cloud advisory and tech services outfit Cloud Sherpas for an undisclosed fee, signalling the start of major consolidation in this part of the market. Privately-owned Cloud Sherpas was born in 2007 and has expanded commercially and geographically over the years via …
Paul Kunert, 15 Sep 2015
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Coho Data containering in the dock – now with added Google, Splunk

Coho Data storage arrays will be able to run Docker containers directly on the storage nodes and use Google’s Kubernetes interface for configuring and deploying microservices. Startup Coho Data says its customers can now run new data-centric services and apps directly adjacent to stored data or, putting it another way, “allow …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is the first major department to move to Google Apps, part of an apparent loosening of Microsoft's stranglehold on the government's software services. The department will join the Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in deploying the fluffy white stuff. HMRC …
Kat Hall, 05 Jun 2015
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Have it all: BlackBerry to port crown jewels to iPhone, Android

MWC 2015 At Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry said it will port key client platform features – like its soft keyboard, Universal Search and Hub – to iPhone and Android, and also throw them into its enterprise software bundles. It marks a huge leap along BlackBerry’s transition to a software services company – but CEO John Chen denied …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Mar 2015

How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Sysadmin blog How objective are you? Can you design IT solutions outside your own experience? Are you capable of testing unfamiliar and uncomfortable software, services and solutions with an open mind or do you immediately lash out against the mere idea of change? How far outside of your direct experience can you really step and at what point …
Trevor Pott, 24 Feb 2015
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Acer: We're still a thing! We're still alive. And we are touting 300M shares

Acer wants to become a "hardware + software + services" biz – and issued 300 million shares on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange to fund this strategy and pay down debts. It’s been a challenging couple of years for Acer: a returning demand for PCs will help relieve the pain, although all the crystal ball strokers from Gartner to IDC …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015

Insight Enterprises grits teeth as cloudy payoff remains elusive

A biting currency headwind and Microsoft licensing fee changes slapped Insight Enterprises’ respective top and bottom lines in calendar Q4 as it waited for services investments to pay dividends. The global reseller last night reported revenues of $1.45bn for the quarter, up four per cent year-on-year – but it could have been …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2015

What goes up but must come down? NetApp's customer invoices

Analysis Decline is setting in: NetApp's revenues are showing a distinctive downturn – and the latest quarterly numbers confirm the trend. Sales in the third quarter of 2015, which finished January 23, added up to US$1.55bn, which was 3.73 per cent down on the year-ago quarter's US$1.61bn. It was just half a per cent higher than Q2's …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2015
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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

As the Christmas trading figures emerged from the big-name supermarkets last month, the outcome of their price war was laid bare. Consumers benefited from falling food prices while limited-range discounters Aldi and Lidl enjoyed their fastest growth ever. However, this war has not been without its casualties. Morrisons …
Rachel Willcox, 05 Feb 2015

Mega GP tech services framework badge awarded

Insight UK and Phoenix IT Group are flying the flag for mainstream tech suppliers after scoring a seat on the mammoth General Practice Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework. GPSoC covers 75 per cent of GP surgeries in England and is administered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which provides information, data, …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2014

How much will it take to make OpenStack better? Well, stack dev Mirantis just bagged $100m ...

Three-year-old OpenStack startup Mirantis has scored $100m in venture-capital funding, we're told. The series-B cash injection came from Intel Capital, Ericsson, and Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures) and other investors. Mirantis was founded in 2011, and (until now) had $20m in the bank from Valley sugar daddies. It …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2014

'Conscious uncoupling' of HP 'Ink', HP Enterprise: It's the shareholders, stupid

Just a few weeks ago, anyone would have said that HP CEO Meg Whitman was seemingly cast from the same mould as former Brit politician Mrs Thatcher: the lady was not for turning. That perception of the CEO, who has told people for years that she planned to keep the PC and printer division part of the group because "we are better …
Paul Kunert, 06 Oct 2014
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Apple pitches record labels on cheaper music service

Apple is reportedly asking record labels to agree on a deal that will allow the iGiant to sell a cheaper streaming music service. According to a report by Re/Code citing company sources, the Cupertino iFlinger wants to lower the US$10/month price of the Beats Music service. To do so, and still turn a profit, Apple reportedly …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014
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Phoenix boss grabs industry vet to run Partner Services biz

Phoenix IT Group boss Steve Vaughan has tapped up a former colleague Alistair Blaxill to run the Partner Business, the tech services’ firm’s largest and some would say most troubled division. Blaxill replaces Bill Simpson, who has left the business to “pursue other opportunities”, the London-listed company confirmed, though it …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2014

Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo will acquire software house Compuware for about US$2.5bn. Shareholders will be delivered about $10.92 per share, a 17 per cent premium on last week's closing price for Compuware stock - not bad for a company once known as "the elephants' graveyard". Compuware chair Gurminder S. Bedi's canned …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014
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Multi-billion pound UK.gov tech framework awarded to 33 suppliers

Crown Commercial Services has told 33 suppliers they have tentatively made it onto the pan-public sector Technology Products framework estimated to be worth between £4bn to £6bn over its tenure. Technology Products, initially labelled as IT Products and Services when programme specs were released in January, is a direct …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

Interview How do VCs view the storage startup world? Willem ter Harmsel talks to Alex Benik, a partner at Battery Ventures, where he focuses on IT infrastructure technologies. He previously worked for the Yankee Group. Battery Ventures is a large venture fund that invests in a wide variety of startups, divided into eCommerce & Retail, …

Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

Britain's teamsters may not be setting the sporting stage alight this summer but the local tech economy is heating up as it sprints to Euro glory. Figures from Chancellor George Osborne late last week showed that overall UK economic output is some two per cent larger than pre-financial crisis levels in 2008, after rising 0.8 per …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2014
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Insight snaps up licensing director from rival channel firm

Insight Enterprises has raided rival Bytes Software Services to scalp the Microsoft enterprise reseller of a veteran in the dark arts of compliance. In an internal memo to staff yesterday, Insight confirmed it is set to usher Ben Brown "into the role of UK licensing and software services director". The newbie will start on 4 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2014
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Charity: Ta for the free Win 8.1, Microsoft – we'll use it to install Win 7

Exclusive In November, Microsoft started offering free copies of Windows 8.1 to non-profits and charities. Redmond called it a "donation"; the more cynical saw it as a handy way to boost deployments of the new OS and migrate desktops away from dead-end Windows XP. Today The Register can reveal Microsoft has struck a deal with members of …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2014
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Bytes Tech Group in 'early' talks with acquisition target

Bytes Technology Group (BTG) is courting management at a software services target as the ink still dries on yesterday's contract to offload its Xerox concessionaire. The Surrey-based business that has South African owners, sold the Bytes Document Solutions to fellow Xerox player Xeretec for an undisclosed sum as it was not …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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VMware slurps more cash from the death of hardware

VMware has proven once again that there's a lot of money still to be made from killing traditional data center hardware and resurrecting it as a set of software services hovering atop dumb boxes. The virtualization giant, whose business revolves around letting businesses wring greater capacity and intelligence out of under- …
Jack Clark, 22 Apr 2014
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SECRET Apple-Comcast CONFAB BLAB: Movies streamed to TV? – report

Apple is reportedly in discussions that would see it create “... a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The report says discussions are “still in early stages and many …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2014

Cameron pitches UK-Germany 5G collaboration to Cebit

UK prime minister David Cameron has used a speech at the CeBit trade show to announce a UK-Germany collaboration to try and win the race to develop so-called 5G wireless technology. Presumably stung by the way Asian giants like Samsung are stealing the 5G pixie-dust-and-unicorn-wind headline race, Cameron told Cebit that 5G is a …
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market. The company disclosed a dramatic expansion to its "Cloud Partner program" at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, by announcing that it will now resell Google …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

Sysadmin Blog Microsoft is a company in transition. Speculation is rampant and everyone in the IT industry seems to have a strong opinion on what Microsoft should – and shouldn't – do. Analysts are increasingly lumping PCs in with mobile devices, a trend that's decidedly bad for Microsoft. Others remain sceptical of the practice and seem to …
Trevor Pott, 26 Nov 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
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VMware sucks more customers into its virtual orbit

VMware's third quarter earnings for 2013 comfortably beat analysts' estimates, driving the virty company's share price up, though there is little evidence of major spending on the company's attempt at building an Amazon-whipping cloud. Just last quarter, the company had suffered from sludgy license revenue growth but trousered a …
Jack Clark, 21 Oct 2013

HP gazes at own navel in UK boss search: We name tipped contenders

Folk inside HP are placing bets on which exec will fill the boots soon to be vacated by UK boss Nick Wilson. Long-standing loyalists Andy Isherwood and Martin Hess are said to be the main contenders. The ink is still drying on HP UK managing director Wilson's new employment contract: he will be transferred to Australia where he …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2013
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Open source Android fork Cyanogen becomes $7m company

Independent Android firmware project CyanogenMod has become a company, thanks to a $7m Series A financing round led by Silicon Valley venture firms Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The new company, Cyanogen, will be based in Seattle and led by chief exec Kirt McMaster, described as "a Canadian-Californian technology …
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2013
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Dell, the man, prevails in quest to wrest Dell, the company, from Wall Street

Analysis So that's done, then. Shareholders of IT giant Dell have approved a $24.9bn private takeover bid put together by company founder Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners, and borrowed dough from Microsoft and a slew of banks. Now Wall Street will be off Dell's back as it tries to reorganize itself for the future of computing, …

Cloud Sherpas slips ring on Stoneburn Software Services

Google Enterprise integrator Cloud Sherpas has swallowed London-based cloud consulting minnow Stoneburn Software Services. The terms of the cash deal was not disclosed but it is unlikely the owners of SSS will be able to retire, as the firm turned over less than £5m in the last filed accounts at Companies House. David …
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2013
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Intel adds Lustre support to Hadoop

World+dog agrees that Hadoop is a very fine tool with which to tackle map reduce chores, but the software has a couple of constraints, especially its reliance on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). There's nothing wrong with HDFS, but its integration with Hadoop means the software needs a dedicated cluster of computers on …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013

Enterprise tech market returning, says Arrow CEO Long

Enterprise tech buyers may have started to shake off the residual effects of the recession, judging by the fortunes of sector bellwether Arrow Electronics, whose numbers came in at the high end of expectations. Turnover for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended 29 June, went up three per cent to $5.3bn. However it was the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

The Google bods who sell the ad giant's software services in Europe have been banned from flogging their wares to Sweden's public sector due to unresolved privacy concerns. The ruling came after a local council was prohibited from using Mountain View's cloud services, and applies to Sweden's local and central government, though …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013
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Why SoftLayer can't lift IBM into the clouds

Comment There are only three major cloud companies, and try as it might, IBM isn't going to change that in the near-term with its acquisition of SoftLayer. This is because the three major public clouds – Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, and Google Compute Engine – are each supported by a consumer internet giant. These internet …
Jack Clark, 05 Jun 2013
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Appliances are the new data centre onesie

It has been a fun and very profitable couple of decades for upstart IT server and systems software makers. They have thrown new server technologies at venerable mainframe and minicomputer systems and blasted the data centre into a thousand shiny metal bits. Then they lashed it all together with networks running distributed …
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Firefox 'death sentence' threat to TeliaSonera over gov spy claims

Firefox-maker Mozilla could issue a "death sentence" to TeliaSonera's SSL business over allegations the telecoms giant sold Orwellian surveillance tech to dictators. The punishment would be an embarrassing blow to the company: it would effectively cut off HTTPS-encrypted websites verified by TeliaSonera from Firefox users, who …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013
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IDC: Biz to splurge $70bn on 'analytics services' by 2016

A dearth of heavy-duty analytics talent means enterprise customers are turning to channel folk to make sense of their data. So say bean-counters IDC, who forecast that by 2016 some $70.8bn will be spent on analytics services, a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 per cent for the next half a decade. And IT service providers …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013

If only enterprise IT worked like my iPad ... or at least my car

Opinion Do you remember when computers were hard to use? Not so long ago our collective opinion was neatly summarized by the apocryphal GM press release which asserted that if they developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars that for no reason at all, would crash twice a day, shut down and refuse to restart. …
David Sprott, 04 Apr 2013
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Citrix moves into SaaS management

Citrix is moving into application management as part of the company's continued shift away from merely delivering virtualized Windows apps. With a new software package named the CloudPortal Business Manager 2.0, the company hopes to woo enterprises to the mythical (and expensive) lands of consolidated app management. The …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2013
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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Adobe CTO defection

Long-standing chief technology officer Kevin Lynch has left Adobe, but why? Adobe has just announced first quarter 2013 results that were a little ahead of its target and show strong take-up of Creative Cloud - by which it offers up its cloudy software services for subscription rather than one-off purchase - roughly akin to an …
Tim Anderson, 21 Mar 2013