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MoJ: Hey, hungry PC bods. Get ready to battle for this JUICY £200m contract

The Ministry of Justice has redrafted a tender to vet suppliers seeking to win its End User computing contract worth up to £200m over the next five years. The contract was first tendered in May and was worth £300m at the time, but bidding was scrapped in June after suppliers had been whittled down to a shortlist of four …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2013

SMBs are tumbling into the cloud? Oh get real

Column “SMBs are now turning to the cloud to meet their IT needs”. If you have anything to do with the technology industry then the claim will sound very familiar. The implication is that cloud computing is now universally accepted among small and medium businesses, and that a huge shift has taken place in terms of buying behaviour. …
Dale Vile, 2 Aug 2013
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WD frees self from TYRANNY of TAPE

WD has introduced an update of the deduplicating Arkeia Network Backup Appliance product range featuring more powerful CPUs, higher capacities and less dependence on tape. Arkeia was bought by WD in January this year when its software was at the v10.0 level, and updated software, v10.1, is included in the backup appliance …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2013

Run the IT in a small biz? Work with Microsoft? Meet your new UK point man

Microsoft has filled the SME boss role recently vacated by company veteran Clare Barclay with a former Symantec EMEA veep. Glenn Woolaghan has rocked up as director of the small biz space for the UK after eleven years at Symantec, which is currently going through a cost cutting process. Most recently he was veep of EMEA SME …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2013

When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

Storagebod I was looking through the documentation for Mavericks - the next major Mac OS X release - to find out more about the tags and other extra metadata we'll soon be able to add to our files. The feature was mentioned during the keynote at last week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in California. It made me wonder whether …
StorageBod, 20 Jun 2013
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McAfee: Not all partners are cut out to be SaaS providers

McAfee Channel Summit UK channel partners "need a lot of handholding" when it comes to software-as-a-service solutions, EMEA president Gert Jan Schenk has said. Speaking to El Chan at the McAfee EMEA Channel Summit, Schenk said that software-as-a-service was something the firm was introducing "carefully" in Blighty. "Cloud is a buzzword and …
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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

It is refreshing to see that someone pays attention in the server racket. It is also annoying that it has taken a top-tier server maker so long to get a true system out the door that is suitable for small and midrange businesses. But Dell may have finally done it with its PowerEdge VRTX. A typical branch or SMB data closet A …
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WD shuns flash, plonks enlarged racks on shelf

WD has extended its unified storage Sentinel range into a 1U, Atom-powered rackmount shelf, a first for WD as it enters the rackmount storage market. Up until now, the DX4000 Sentinel was an Atom CPU-powered desktop box with between 4 and 16TB of capacity from its 4 x 3.5in HDD bays positioned one above the other. Position …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2013
Intel thinks it can accelerate big data-related Xeon sales by doing its own Hadoop

Intel beckons SMBs aboard Big Data bandwagon

Cutting edge Big Data projects might seem the sole preserve of big name multinationals and government organisations but the democratisation of these next gen analytics capabilities is coming soon to an SMB near you, according to Intel. Speaking at the APAC launch of the Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop, Chipzilla’s global …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2013
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Lenovo ships first US-designed server

Sino-American server maker Lenovo Group established its Enterprise Product Group last week to design servers for itself and for OEM partners like EMC, and now the first product designed by EPG – the ThinkServer TD330. No, it is not a funky box aimed at hyperscale data centers, but a low-cost Xeon E5 tower server aimed at SMBs …

Microsoft gets its hypervisor war face on, squares up to VMware

Microsoft has enlisted X-IO and others as its proxies alongside Hyper-V and SMB in a war against VMware and NFS. SMB v3, formerly known as CIFS, is Microsoft's preferred way of getting file-based networked storage data into servers running its Hyper-V hypervisor. The opposing camp is seen as VMware and NFS. X-IO's UK …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2012
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Study shows SMB cloud security fears largely overstated

Research into small businesses in the US and Asian markets has shown that there's an increasing mismatch between the theory and practice of cloud security. When questioned in a blind test conducted by comScore and funded by Microsoft, a third of SMBs said they didn’t use cloud security because of fears over the cost of …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2012
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Intuit ups SMB cloud credentials with Demandforce buy

With the US tax season largely out of the way Intuit, makers of Quicken and TurboTax financial software, has paid $425m for SaaS marketing operation Demandforce to make a bigger play for the lucrative SMB cloud sector. Demandforce has around 35,000 customers in the US and Canada and offers a package of marketing and …
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2012
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UK biz needs fattening up on gov IT contracts, says No10 bod

Tim Luke, a policy adviser to Number 10, wants Blighty's government IT contracts spread more broadly and punting more money towards companies that don't to sell out abroad. He also thinks kids should be taught to code like real men. Luke advises Downing Street on business and enterprise, and was speaking to silicon shippers …
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2012
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Drobo inks chumship with Acronis in virty cloud combo package

Drobo has made a hefty petabyte sale to an undisclosed single customer, and has announced a formal partnership with backup supplier Acronis. Drobo makes snazzy, curvesome desktop storage boxes that you populate yourself with varying capacity disk drives and SSDs. It also has 8-bay and 1-bay rackmount products for small …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2012
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Dell working on cloudy analytics apps

If you have a multi-billion dollar business selling servers and PCs directly to small and medium businesses, what happens when companies start shifting some of their computing needs to the cloud? You shift from being a manufacturer of IT gear to being a maker of cloudy systems and applications and a reseller of cloudy wares …
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HP optimistic it can sort that pesky UK downturn

In a slight alleviation of the general economic doom and gloom, HP said today that UK small and medium businesses had seen double-digit growth in the second half of last year. HP's SMB Index, a survey of 1,000 British businesses with between one and 50 employees, found an average growth of 11 per cent in the last six months …
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Taxmen extend biz record check pilot

More small and medium businesses (SMB) will have their records scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as its record-checking programme has been extended. However, penalties for inadequate records will only be issued in the most extreme cases until the process is refined. Full guidance will be issued before penalties of up …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Sep 2011

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