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IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round

Updated Almost 1,900 front line services personnel at IBM UK are at risk of redundancy and more than 500 of those will leave the company as part of the latest cost purge, multiple insiders have told The Register. This includes 1,118 heads at risk in IS Delivery (ISD), where IBM wants to ease one in three of them – 362 positions – out …
Paul Kunert, 11 Dec 2017
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Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

It wasn't only staff in IBM's Technical Services Support (TSS) unit that this week received the memo urging volunteers to come forward to toss themselves on the redundancy heap, folk in IS Delivery (ISD) got it too. Sources at IBM told us the only difference between the letters the departments received was the name of the …
Paul Kunert, 8 Dec 2017
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AI smarts: IBM pushes out 'faster than X86' POWER9 servers

IBM has launched its first POWER9 server, the dual-socket AC922, saying it is designed for compute-intensive AI work, speeding frameworks like Chainer, TensorFlow and Caffe. It has two POWER9 chips and from two to six NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, and shared CPU-GPU memory. The CPUs can have 16, 18, 20 or 22 cores and up to 44 cores …
Chris Mellor, 7 Dec 2017

IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

IBM is seeking volunteers in Technology Support Services (TSS) to throw themselves down the redundancy chute by the end of the year. As revealed by The Reg last week, Big Blue’s UK top brass told staff to form a body of employees for both TSS and IS Delivery to represent the workforce as the latest round of layoffs take shape …
Paul Kunert, 7 Dec 2017
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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

IBM's Technology Support Services (TSS) teamsters in the Global Technology Services (GTS) UK division are braced for further job cuts as they enter yet another redundancy consultation process. Staff received the memo on Monday, the same day that Big Blue told its people working in the IS Delivery department, also housed within …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2017
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IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software

IBM has announced it will again try to wean its cloud off the known-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 and 1.1, but will also keep them available for some services. Big Blue has to try again because its first attempt gave users just a week to prepare. Users quickly complained that was nowhere near enough time to set their houses in order …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2017

IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

Exclusive With the wider ambition to base eight in 10 services personnel to lower-cost wage locations, IBM has commenced the latest job-cutting process in the UK and Ireland. Big Blue wrote to staff in the Global Technology Services division yesterday to warn of a 45-day consultation, indicating that at least 100 heads are going to roll …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2017
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Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

Analysis IBM offered HPC fans at SC17 a gawk at the server tray for the upcoming Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee. This is the system slated to knock China's 93 petaFLOPS Sunway TaihuLight system off the top of the supercomputer tree when it goes live. It is slated to pump out a hoped-for 200 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2017
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Warren 'Mr Moneybags' Buffett offloads huge chunk of IBM investment

Legendary investor Warren Buffett appears to be cutting his losses on his IBM investment, slashing his shares by one-third in the last quarter. Going against his own received wisdom of not buying stakes in companies he doesn't understand, Buffett revealed in 2011 that he had amassed a 5.5 per cent share in IBM during that year …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2017
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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

IBM staff are being asked to eat the company's dogfood in the form of an AI-infused career advice chatbot named “Myca”. The Register understands that Myca – an acronym for “My Career Advisor” - was developed in a staff hackfest and is sold as the Watson Career Coach. Multiple IBMers of our acquaintance tell us that a great …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2017

Who'd a thunk it? IBM has a hyperconverged play – feel the POWER

.NEXT In the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance space, x86 rules. This might appear to exclude IBM, having sold its x86 servers to Lenovo, but you'd be surprised. Strolling around the exhibition at Nutanix's .NEXT event in Nice, you see some 30 partners and a lot of food and drink stands. There are several backup partners – …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2017
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IBM's next turnaround tool is ... a new open-source font?

IBM's decided the time is right for a new corporate font. Survivors of IBM's office consolidation have let it be known that come November 13th, Helvetica Neue will be off-brand within its rapidly-shrinking walls. The company's ever-smaller workforce will instead be asked to use a typeface named “Plex”, which the company has …

IBM leads BigInsights for Hadoop out behind barn. Shots heard

IBM has announced the retirement of the basic plan for its data analytics software platform, BigInsights for Hadoop. The basic plan of the service will be retired in a month, on December 7 of this year. IBM said the enterprise plan would continue to be available. As of December 6, 2017, new BigInsights for Hadoop (basic plan …
Rebecca Hill, 8 Nov 2017
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IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

Logo watch IBM has re-named its cloud. Again. The last change of stationery was on October 25th, 2016, when IBM decided to replace the “SoftLayer" name and replace it with Bluemix. On Tuesday this week the company changed it again, announcing that “Bluemix is now IBM Cloud”. The company's rationale is that “we are merging the Bluemix …
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IBM's containerised Cloud Private's out in the open

IBM has updated Cloud Private to help customers get containerised and move into hybrid private/public cloud computing. Version 2.1.0 of Cloud Private, Big Blue's renamed Spectrum Conductor for Containers, is an on-premises platform for developing and managing containerised apps. The standout aim is to help legacy apps …
Chris Mellor, 1 Nov 2017

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

IBM boffins have unveiled new work in-memory computing: doing processing inside Phase Change Memory with no external CPU. Traditional computing requires a memory to hold data and an external processor to which the data is transferred, processed and then written back to memory. This is the Von Neumann architecture and, can be …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2017

IBM offloads Notes and Domino to India's HCL Technologies

IBM has struck a “strategic partnership” with HCL Technologies that will see the latter firm take over development of its Notes, Domino, Sametime and Verse collaboration tools. IBM and India's HCL have done this before: Big Blue sent Rational and Tivoli products to HCL in 2016, along with some IBM staff. The Register …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2017
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IBM wheels out upgraded FlashSystem: Now breathe in and squeeeeze

IBM has tripled the capacity of its FlashSystem arrays and added hardware compression to squeeeze in more data. These arrays, last updated in April 2016, start with the base 900 model which is available on its own or as part of the A9000 pod and A9000R rack systems. They use proprietary flash drives and IBM is selling a bunch …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017

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