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VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014

Admins warned: Drill SSL knowledge into your Chrome users

Admins of Chrome shops unite – your users are dabbling with dodgy SSL, and you must teach them how to be safer online until Google updates its browser. That's the gist of a new report from Google researcher Adrienne Porter Felt and University of California, Berkeley graduate student Devdatta Akhawe, who trawled some 25 million …
Jack Clark, 10 Aug 2013
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Beyond the relational database

The ‘Big Data’ Bandwagon is now in full flow and IT professionals are already being swamped with marketing explaining why they cannot afford to leave information unmined. Once again, we are being bombarded with terms and messages that are ambiguous at best, meaningless at worst and simply confusing most of the time. So in true …
Tony Lock, 07 Sep 2012
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Who cares about Big Data

“Big Data” today clearly rules the web pages as market makers promote the topic at the drop of a hat. But with so much effort, and money, being spent promoting BD, is anyone actually doing anything in everyday businesses to exploit this loosely grouped family of technologies? Most readers of The Register acknowledge there are …
Tony Lock, 13 Sep 2012
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Ofcom ploughs up UK spectrum fields, reseeds them with 4G

Ofcom has published plans to refarm mobile radio spectrum into 4G goodness, letting operators deploy whatever technology they like in their existing holdings as well as the bands on which they're currently bidding. The proposals aren't surprising: Ofcom has made it clear that restricting bands to specific technologies is against …
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2013
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Beyond the relational database

As many marketeers switch their attention from the word 'cloud' to the term 'big data', you can almost hear the groans as another bandwagon starts to roll. It's now getting to the point where, yet again, we are being bombarded with terms and messages that are ambiguous at best, meaningless at worst. So in true Freeform Dynamics …
Dale Vile, 14 Nov 2011
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Infosmack gets down and dirty with blades and racks

This is the first Infosmack Deep Dive podcast, hosted by Nigel Poulton, the infrastructure inquisitor, with co-host Rick Vanover and guests Kevin Houston and Bob Plankers. The idea of the Deep Dive came from Nigel who wanted to hear more in-depth material about specific technologies. We told him, "OK, Go!" and here we are... …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2011
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End user productivity: is technology a help or a hindrance?

Judging by the number of supporting technologies that are available, and the claims made for their efficacy, end user productivity issues have long been a thing of the past. But we all know that in real life, it isn’t like that at all. The question remains, though: to what extent can technology help address productivity issues, …
Martha Bennett, 05 Aug 2011
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Hyped technologies for 2006

Don't invest in a technology just because it is being hyped, and don't ignore a technology just because it is not living up to early expectations. So says Gartner, which today released its annual hype cycle for emerging technologies. The cycle assesses the maturity, impact and adoption speed of 36 key technologies and trends …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Aug 2006
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Mobile spectrum gets more mobile

Ofcom has detailed how existing mobile spectrum will be traded between companies, and how the 3G licences will be extended, both necessary precursors to its proposals for next year's mega-auction. The two new proposals from Ofcom contain no surprises, being descriptions of how to implement changes already proposed and largely …
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2011
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Novell bags anti-trust appeal against Microsoft

A US appeals court has pumped fresh blood into an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Novell against Microsoft that was first filed in 2004. In a ruling yesterday, the court reversed a lower court's summary judgment that Microsoft had won last year, paving the way for Novell to take one final anti-trust stab at Redmond. Novell sued …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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Intel pours vPro sauce on latest Core chips

Intel yesterday unveiled a raft of vPro products based on the Core designs it debuted last month, showing the oft overlooked business desktop market a rare bit of love. The vendor unveiled its 2010 client chip lineup at CES last month, in the shape of the Core i5 and Core i7 parts. The parts are built on Nehalem and have been …
Team Register, 05 Feb 2010
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HP's Hurd points out flat and spotty US in Q3

HP boss Mark Hurd sketched out a "flattish" picture of the US market, but confirmed the company was seeing worldwide growth as he aired third quarter earnings yesterday. Hurd also offered a couple of crumbs of detail on his ambitions for EDS – once the services giant has been borged by HP – and gave Wall Street analysts a …
Joe Fay, 21 May 2008
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W3C 'clarifies' HTML 5 v XHTML

Potential conflicts and overlap between the first update to HTML in a decade by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and XHTML has been addressed by the standards body. The group, meanwhile, has also acknowledged vendors are - once again - pushing their own platform-specific technologies, this time on RIA, with the standards …
Phil Manchester, 16 May 2008
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The terror beyond the firewall

“The office” is fast becoming, for many organisations, a thing of the past – at least in terms of the expectation that it is the only place people go to work. If Ricky Gervais remade the series now, he’d have characters on trains trying to conduct negotiations over dodgy mobile signals, and web conferencing between people …
Jon Collins, 19 Jul 2010
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Getting down and dirty with desktop virtualization

As discussed earlier this week there is growing interest in desktop virtualization, despite many IT professionals having limited detailed knowledge of the technologies in this area. The chart below, for example, taken from a Reg Tech Panel survey, indicates a good awareness of the potential benefits across all sizes of …
Tony Lock, 20 Aug 2009
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Ofcom wants to see more unlicensed frequencies

UK regulator Ofcom has published a statement suggesting two new blocks of unlicensed spectrum, 59-64 GHz and 102-105 GHz, be reserved for unlicensed use before anyone works out how to make money out of them. The popularity of 2.4GHz, which is unlicensed and is used for a multitude of applications including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, …
Bill Ray, 05 Dec 2007
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SNIA promises new push for IP SANs

The Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA) says it will put more effort into promoting IP-based storage area networks, or SANs. That means iSCSI, although you might not realise it from reading the trade group's statements on the topic. Planning the IP SAN push are two SNIA sub-groups - the IP Storage Forum (IPSF) in the US …
Bryan Betts, 21 Feb 2007
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Parallels bares all with server hypervisor

After nearly a year in beta testing and seven months after its bare metal hypervisor project went public in March, desktop and server virtualization software maker Parallels today launches its first bare metal hypervisor for servers. With Parallels Server 4 Bare Metal, Parallels joins the ranks of VMware, Citrix Systems, …
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Microsoft promises 'open' Bing strategy

Microsoft is committed to an open online strategy to include partners and developers and build market share, while unveiling updates to Bing with a decidedly Microsoft flavor. Satya Nadella, senior vice president of Microsoft's online services division, said Wednesday that the company's goal is for a "third-party scale model." …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Dec 2009
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US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear

Regulators have expressed concern that Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may be vulnerable to hacker attack. The US Federal Aviation Administration has raised fears that onboard computer networks are potentially exposed to tampering by passengers. Systems designed to give passengers in-flight internet access are …
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2008
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Vendors causing confusion on business intelligence

The term “business intelligence”, “BI” for short, is one of those phrases that pretty much everyone working in IT will have heard of, and the concept is fundamentally very simple. It’s simple enough, in fact, that even Wikipedia is able to sum it up reasonably effectively as “a business management term which refers to …
Dale Vile, 09 Apr 2007
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SOA is the future - but what exactly is it?

Service-oriented architectures (SOAs) are the subject de jour with IT vendors, who have been using the term as if the concept has been totally understood by the buying audience and is well along the way to general implementation. However, research carried out by Quocirca on behalf of Oracle earlier this year shows a rather …
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Non-Humans need not apply: choosing your Agile dream team

head shot of Matt Stephens smiling “That it is people who write software is terribly obvious . . . and ignored.” So quotes Alistair Cockburn, himself quoting Gerald Weinberg, in his book Agile Software Development - catch our review of the Second Edition here. It’s easy to see the people in your project as mere commodities – …
Matt Stephens, 12 Feb 2007
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Microsoft ups direct sales staff

Microsoft is increasing the number of direct sales staff it employs but insists partners have nothing to fear. Simon Witt, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s enterprise and partners group, told eWeek the enterprise sales force had grown by 60 per cent in the last five years and would grow by another 60 per cent in the next …
John Oates, 24 May 2005
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BEA and Oracle - doing the math

The problem with takeover bids is that once made, things can never be the same again for "target". At this point, we cannot be absolutely sure that the proposed acquisition of BEA by Oracle will go ahead, or whether other potential buyers will enter the game - as industry analyst James Governor encourages with his mischievous …
Dale Vile, 16 Oct 2007
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Companies eschew supply chain automation

When we think of supply chains, we also tend to think of companies running highly automated systems with information running smoothly up and down the chain using technologies such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards. Even for those who saw EDI as too expensive in the 1990s, due to the need for managed leased lines …
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Data-storage laws fail to drive Euro sales

A survey of European IT directors reveals that although they believe data storage is crucial to business continuity, they are unclear about the role of legislation in forcing businesses to use the technology. Around 76 per cent of those questioned believe storage is crucial to enterprise continuity. But 52 per cent either don't …
John Oates, 18 Jan 2005
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To the Moon - with extreme engineering

It's a temptation, watching many of the 40th Anniversary retrospectives, to think of the Apollo space program as a triumph of power and industrial might. The superpowers' space programs were, of course, political and chauvinistic, designed to showcase national wealth. But there's a better way of looking at the program, Dennis …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2009
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The man behind OSSTMM

Pete Herzog, founder of ISECOM and creator of the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) talks with Federico Biancuzzi about the upcoming revision 3.0 of the OSSTMM. Could you introduce yourself? I'm Pete Herzog, managing director of ISECOM. I live in a small town in Catalonia just outside of Barcelona. It's …
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All aboard the Enterprise Service Bus

Sonic Software has a good claim to the invention of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and has done more than anyone else to evangelise the concept, backed by the resources of its parent company, Progress Software. Sonic runs regular seminars (we attended one, entitled “SOA: Best Practices, an Architect's forum” in London this …
David Norfolk, 06 Oct 2005
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Anti-phishing group backs email authentication

A group attempting to stop the new scourge of phishing fraud on the Web says email authentication technology could do the job, a concept backed by Microsoft. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), which includes Internet service providers (ISPs), banks and on-line retailers, said that 95 per cent of phishing attacks in May …
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EU anti-spam laws are OK

It's just over a month since new anti-spam legislation was introduced into the UK with almost universal condemnation that the new laws would have a limited effect in the fight against junk email. The £5,000 fine for offenders has been branded by some experts as an "inadequate deterrent". And even those who've welcomed the new …
Tim Richardson, 23 Jan 2004
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That's enough peace - Novell sues MS just one more time

This week Microsoft's lead counsel stressed that the company's antitrust woes were receding into ancient history, as he tried to bounce the EU into dropping its sanctions against the company. But like the Whack A Mole game, another antitrust suit has popped up today. Novell has sued Redmond over anti-competitive behavior …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2004

The future of ENUM, VoIP, IM, mobile phones, the Internet? Click here

An extensive and wide-ranging report to the European Commission is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of ENUM, Internet phones, Instant Messaging, mobile phones and the Internet in general. The 161-page report [pdf], written by Joe McNamee and Tiina Satuli of Political Intelligence, is intended as a guide to …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Oct 2003
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Content is king for 3G. But what content?

Content and applications are the key to spurring uptake in 3G mobiles. Says who? Says the panellists debating a Work Foundation study, MobileUK: Mobile Phones and Everyday Life, last night at the organisation's London offices. According to the report the high cost of phone calls and handsets could dent the uptake of 3G mobile …
John Leyden, 01 Apr 2003