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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Exclusive IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut. Multiple IBM contractors in Australia have contacted The Register to say IBM has told them their rates will be cut, by ten per cent or more. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2017
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Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration. Containers (eg, Docker) provide a way to manage and run microservices so that they're insulated from each other, and orchestration (eg, Kubernetes) provides a way to juggle all the …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2017
IBM's new mainframe

Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software. Hitachi has been in the mainframe business for 50 years and currently its AP series of systems are sold to major organisations across Japan. Hitachi Data Systems used to sell Hitachi-made IBM plug- …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017

Bluemix gives users two months to adopt new rolling deployment tool

IBM's announced a swift retirement of its Active Deploy service, a facility offered to those who want frequent updates to cloudy applications. The service will disappear from the Bluemix Catalog on June 23rd and “As of July 23, 2017, the service will be shut down and any existing deployment configurations will be deleted.” …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2017
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IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.” But the announcement glossed over the fact that IBM already has a cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2017
Guilty

Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

A Chinese national accused of stealing source code to a clustered file system and other intellectual property from an officially-unnamed American company has entered a guilty plea. The US Department of Justice has never identified Xu Jiaqiang's employer at the time he was accused of “economic espionage and theft of a trade …
Arca OS 5.0, aka Blue Lion

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0. The Register understands that Arca Noae has a licence from IBM to do a distribution of OS/2, the OS that Big Blue pitched against Windows 95 back in the day. OS/2's fourth release was widely regarded as technically …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
Outsourcing

Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

Beleaguered Canadian train and plane giant Bombardier has signed a six-year $700m contract with IBM to outsource tech management and, er, cut costs – something Big Blue has expended considerable effort doing itself. The aerospace and transportation business last year confirmed it was axing more than 14,000 staff worldwide, …
John Oates, 17 May 2017
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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

IBM’s UK overlord David Stokes is getting his just deserts for presiding over a sustained period of sliding sales and plummeting profits - he’s being promoted. Stokes, who became CEO for IBM’s British business at the start of 2013, is set to be made chief operating officer for Europe on 22 May, IBM confirmed in a brief …
Paul Kunert, 16 May 2017
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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

IBM's pension fund has sold most of its shares in IBM. The fund's February 2017 SEC filing records it as holding 82,802 shares. But the May 2017 filing records a reduced holding of 12,451 shares. Selling shares isn't unusual for a pension fund as dividends alone can't always provide such entities with the cash they need to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2017

Nutanix, IBM hug each other in Power pity party

Nutanix and IBM will announce on Tuesday a new relationship that will see Nutanix build hyperconverged systems out of IBM Power servers – its first non-Intel-powered boxes. Details of what will be delivered, and when, have not yet been revealed. But The Register understands Nutanix will bring its hyperconverged stack to Power …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2017
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Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

Oracle has suffered an embarrassing setback in its plans for a modular architecture in Java 9. The database goliath has lost a Java Community public-review ballot by 13 to 10 that was to have approved its Java Platform Module System (JPMS) specification as a final draft. Executive Committee members ignored dire warnings from …
Gavin Clarke, 12 May 2017
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IBM wheels out bleedin' big 15TB tape drive

IBM has brought out a TS1155 tape drive as an update on the existing TS1150, offering 15TB raw capacity, half as much again. These are proprietary IBM format tape drives. For comparison the open standard LTO-7 format offers 6TB raw capacity (15TB compressed at 2.5:1), with the coming LTO-8 reaching 12TB raw, well below IBM …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017
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IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied

Updated More evidence that IBM is cutting costs in multiple ways: the company's Australian tentacle is making it very, very hard to hire contractors. The Register has viewed emails sent among organisations seeking to place contractors with IBM Australia. The thread explains that IBM has not replied to offers of new contractors because …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2017

IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

It’s not just teleworkers that are feeling the sharp end of IBM strategic shifts – services personnel must now justify visiting a client on site if travel costs £75 or more. Tosca Colangeli, Big Blue’s UK veep of Global Technology Services, has told her team: “All travel requests raised should be critical requirements that …
Paul Kunert, 9 May 2017
Fan

Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2017
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Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

Oracle has hit out at IBM and Red Hat Middleware for their continued opposition to its proposed plan to make Java modular. IBM has suggested it will vote against the JPMS JSR that Reinhold leads – JSR 376. The result for the Community vote on JPMS is due to be announced on June 8. Mark Reinhold, Oracle’s Java Platform chief, …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2017

IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

IBM, the company that just weeks ago said it was doing away with its work-from-home policy, is now preaching the benefits of telecommuting to customers. Big Blue's Smarter Workforce Group says a recent panel it hosted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference concluded that customers who …
Shaun Nichols, 8 May 2017

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