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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

Just days after Oracle was sued by an ex-employee, who accused the IT giant of making up its cloud sales figures, its shareholders are now hauling the company into court. A complaint [PDF] filed on behalf of Oracle stockholders by investor Grover Klarfeld alleges that the database goliath put their investments in the company …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jun 2016

NetSuite hacker thrown in the cooler for a year, fined $124,000

A hacker has been jailed for a year and fined $124,000 (£86,000) after admitting he infiltrated a protected computer system. He has also had all his computer equipment confiscated and faces a three-year probation period when he gets out. Robert Saunders, 30, repeatedly hacked into the corporate network of cloud business …
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Microsoft's Scott Guthrie wrote code live on stage for Azure devs

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, came to London’s Mermaid Theatre on 3rd June 2016 to present to around 600 IT folk at the Azure Users Group, at an event called AzureCraft. It is unusual for someone on this page to come to this type of event, and even to engage in the precarious …
Tim Anderson, 6 Jun 2016
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Storage vendors that don’t look like storage vendors any more

Comment Yesterday I was at the Solidfire Analyst day and this idea about the cloud-enabling vendor popped up just after a couple of hours of presentations and demos. The new licensing model, new features and also how the software works and is presented is unusual, not only from traditional storage vendors, but also from many storage …

AWS endures extended outage in Australia

Sysadmins in Sydney had a horrible Sunday, while their CEOs bent their attention to wondering why their Foxtel Rugby sportscasts weren't working. The Amazon Web Services AWS "power event" AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region was almost certainly caused by a massive storm system that ran from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast, leading to a …

Outsourcery: We've had offers for our assets (and, er, shareholders might get nothing)

Investors in beleaguered cloud biz Outsourcery may well take a bath after the company confirmed it is in talks with suitors who made offers for its assets that will leave them little or no return. The Manchester-based biz, set up by former Dragon Den's luvvie Piers Linney, revealed in April it was again running out of cash and …
Paul Kunert, 3 Jun 2016
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Salesforce's data centre team 'fought' AWS cloud outsourcing

Analysis Salesforce’s cloud server staff, those behind its flagship SaaS cloud, fought tooth and nail against their employer’s embrace of Amazon’s cloud. Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s chief executive puffed last week he had a “great meeting of minds” with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on embracing AWS. Salesforce has chosen AWS to power its core …
Matt Asay, 3 Jun 2016
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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

Oracle isn't known as a shrinking violet when it comes to legal battles, and it's coming out swinging over allegations that it was playing fast and loose with its cloud revenue reporting. On Wednesday, Svetlana Blackburn filed a lawsuit with the US district court in San Francisco claiming that she was fired from the company …
Iain Thomson, 2 Jun 2016

Oracle pulled made-up cloud figures out of its SaaS – whistleblower

An ex-Oracle staffer claims she was fired for refusing to keep quiet about the database giant's exaggerated cloud sales. On Wednesday, Svetlana Blackburn filed a whistleblower lawsuit with the US district court in San Francisco, alleging that she was dismissed on October 15 last year – two months after being given a positive …
Iain Thomson, 2 Jun 2016

Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

Microsoft's Outlook and Hotmail spam filters went off piste on Wednesday, dumping an avalanche of unwanted bumf in inboxes. The snafu was resolved by early afternoon, here in Western Europe. "Some users may be receiving excessive spam mail," read a warning that briefly popped up on Microsoft's Outlook.com service status page …
John Leyden, 1 Jun 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Old wrestlers, billionaires, open source and cloud

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech-cast, this week hosted by Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. The cloud duo discusses Yahoo!, the Gawker debacle, the Oracle vs Google smackdown and, of course, Salesforce. Their special guest this week is Stormy Peters, VP of Developer Relations at Cloud …
Team Register, 1 Jun 2016
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Intel's new plan: A circle that starts in your hand and ends in the cloud

As predicted by The Register, Intel has created an x86-powered reference platform for home gateways that makes the box you use for broadband services an Atom-powered target for virtual machines delivered by carriers. Announced today at Computex in Taipei, the new AnyWAN GRX750 is a system-on-a-chip that can serve as the basis …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2016
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Snowball's chance of escaping cloud data migration hell

FIRST LOOK VIDEO Moving data into and out of clouds is expensive and slow. Which is why Amazon Web Services (AWS) started rolling a Snowball, a box packing up to 50 terabytes of data. Snowball works in two ways: You fill it with data and ship it to AWS, which then uses its Ethernet ports to shove it directly in cloud storage; You ask AWS to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2016
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Two weeks ago Salesforce had an outage. Now it's outsourced to AWS

Fresh from its embarrassing data loss incident in North America, Salesforce has announced it will start to run some of it software in Amazon Web Services. Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and more will soon run in AWS bit barns. Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio, SalesforceIQ, and the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 May 2016
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Twilio woos developers with add-on marketplace and SIM as a service

On day one of its SIGNAL Developer Conference in San Francisco, cloudy comms firm Twilio has announced a new marketplace for add-ons to its API and a new SIM-card-as-a-service offering to let IoT devices communicate via T‑Mobile. The add-ons marketplace, currently in beta, hosts 20 pieces of code that can be integrated by the …
Iain Thomson, 24 May 2016

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow

Promo Working in IT and the public sector? The Cloud for UK Public Sector roadshow could be just the ticket for you. The roadshows are hosted by Skyscape Cloud Services, possibly the UK’s biggest cloud provider for the public sector, and all sessions feature independent guest speakers and are chaired by a journalist. Taking place …
David Gordon, 24 May 2016
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Committees: Wait! Don't strap on the Privacy Shield yet

The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach has always differed from the EU's …
Frank Jennings, 24 May 2016
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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

An average-looking chap in a suit in hotel lobby takes out his phone and makes a call. “Hi. You ok?" he asks. “ I got a notification that you’re at 60." Something that might sound vague or bizarre to many - what does "at 60" mean? - had a profound and immediate meaning to me. Many of my relatives are diabetic - it seems to be …
Mark Pesce, 20 May 2016
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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016

123-Reg has another PITSTOP

Embattled UK web hosting company 123-Reg has wobbled again. This time the company has experienced a Partial Inability to Support Optimal Performance (PITSTOP) of its email systems and of some servers. The latter problem occurred on May 16th and saw some servers taken offline. “We have been able to resolve the main part of …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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OpenStack's no science project, but does 'need to be glued together'

Interview A year on from when Gartner asserted that OpenStack was a “science project”, The Register talked to the National Computing Infrastructure's Andrew Howard to see where one of Australia's biggest OpenStack deployments is at. With 30 Petabytes of spinning rust in a 900 square metre data centre, participation in NECTAR, and …

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss

Salesforce.com has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

Microsoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for cloud. SAP’s HANA elastic middleware will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud with certified support. The agreement covers development, test and production workloads on SAP’s HANA and SAP S/4 HANA – the version of SAP’s enterprise suite …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2016
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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

Just a few days after a counter-terrorism incident which involved precisely zero terrorists, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has started to deploy 3,000 body-worn video (BWV) cameras to its coppers. After enabling the evacuation of 75,000-seater Old Trafford on the final day of the Premier League, for what turned out to be a …
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Salesforce cutting ties to Larry Ellison's database?

Salesforce is working to cut its dependency on Oracle with a project called Sayonara. The cloud-CRM provider’s project is reported to be headed by former Microsoft software architect Pat Helland who co developed Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Helland worked on Bing’s Cosmos – a multi-tenanted architecture of massively …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Google reveals the Chromium OS it uses to run its own containers

Google's decided the Chromium OS is its preferred operating system for running containers in its own cloud. And why wouldn't it – the company says it uses it for its own services. The Alphabet subsidiary offers a thing called “Container-VM” that it is at pains to point out is not a garden variety operating system you'd ever …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tells Reg data loss 'minimal'

Salesforce.com's nasty outage and subsequent data loss haven't made a major impact on customers. CEO Marc Benioff has told The Register. In a private Twitter message, Benioff told us “The amount of data lost was minimized because this was a North American instance(na14) and the loss occurred in the middle of the night.” From …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2016

Salesforce.com crash caused DATA LOSS

Salesforce.com's protracted outage earlier this week caused data loss. An update on the company's status page dated May 12, 2016 20:00 UTC says data “written to the NA14 instance between 9:53 UTC and 13:29 UTC on May 10, 2016 can not be restored.” There's a tiny ray of sunshine in that announcement, because previous updates …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2016

Salesforce parks its planned IoT cloud on... shocker! AWS

In a major break from the past, Salesforce is turning to an outside supplier to run a portion of its cloud. The CRM-as-a-service provider has asked Amazon’s Web Services to deliver the plumbing for its latest planned service – an Internet of Things Cloud. Announced in September 2015 and due by the end of this year, Salesforce …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016
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Marc Benioff apologizes as Salesforce NA14 instance goes TITSUP

Workers across the US have been tearing their hair out after the Salesforce NA14 instance suffered a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance around 11 hours ago. Salesforce outage map That's a lot of peeved Californians. Source: DownDetector. Outages have been reported across the US, with the epicenter in the company' …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2016

IBM's POWER cloud powers up almost a year later than promised

In March 2015 IBM's Softlayer cloud operation announced it would start to offer bare metal servers running Big Blue's POWER8 chippery. IBM's press release, dated March 4, 2015, said the new offering was “due in the second quarter” and would see SoftLayer offer “bare metal servers run Linux applications and are based on the IBM …
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Q. What's orange and white, has a new CEO but is red all over? A. Teradata

+Comment Data warehouse and biz intelligence wrangler Teradata made a loss in its first quarter of 2016. It also recruited a new CEO to get the company motoring again. The new broom is 67 years old, and you don't need big-data analytics to see he won't be around for long. Teradata's revenues for the three months to March 31 were $545m …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2016
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Alibaba says its AWS-a-like division embiggened by 138%

Alibaba’s cloud computing division Alicloud reported bumper growth of 138 per cent to $468m (£322m) for its full financial year 2016, as more paying customers flocked to the Middle Kingdom's AWS equivalent. As of March 31, 2016, AliCloud had more than 2.3 million customers, including more than 500,000 paying customers. The …
Kat Hall, 5 May 2016
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VxRackery dominates EMC World day 2

EMC World's second day saw hyper-converged rackery put front and centre, with a stronger DSSD offering, Neutrino* nodes coming to the VxRack 1000 as well as a DSSD variant, and a hybrid cloud VXrack offering. We'll check out the Neutrino rack stuff first. The VCE VxRack 1000 is a hyper-converged, servers+storage+networking+ …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2016
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OpenStack summit coming to Australia in November 2017

The November 2017 OpenStack summit will take place in Sydney, Australia. Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, today announced that Sydney won the right to hold the summit. Local OpenStack identities have lobbied hard with local tourism and events authorities, which have decided the summit fits right …

IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

In a troubling development today, IBM demonstrates it still hasn't quite grasped this cloud computing thing at all. Big Blue's boffins have built a quantum-computing processor featuring five superconducting qubits, and installed it in the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. IBM is now inviting people to request access …
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AWS outgrows its own resource numbering scheme

Amazon Web Services has extended its resource numbering scheme, after last year warning that without a new scheme it would “start to run low on IDs for certain EC2 and EBS resources within a year or so.” Every AWS resource gets a unique identifier. For most of the service's history those were eight characters in length. But …
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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”. “Blob storage” is Redmond's special term for object storage and Azure's offered it for a while now. Now the bright blue cloud that Bill built has added a “cool” tier to the service that offers the US$0.01/GB/ …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

Amazon has reported bumper first quarter results, with profits of $513m and sales increasing 28 per cent. In its previous quarterly results Amazon's stock took a beating after the company reported a lower than expected sales. After Thursday's results, the company was back in favor and saw its stock price rise over 10 per cent …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016
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Quick, download your stuff! SurDoc shutters consumer-grade secure cloudy storage

Cloud-based secure storage outfit SurDoc has announced plans to discontinue its consumer service in order to concentrate exclusively on enterprise sales. In a statement, US-based SurDoc said that consumers have a month to download their data and make alternative arrangement before the service is zapped. Customers' …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2016
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Is the world (yet) ready for hybrid cloud?

On 26 May 2016 at 15:00 BST / 07:00 PDT we’ve got a studio packed full of experts and tasked with exploring the question: if hybrid is the answer, how well are organisations achieving it and what challenges are preventing them from progressing further? We'll be broadcasting live for an hour and if you bring us questions, you’ …
David Gordon, 28 Apr 2016

VMware cloud gros fromage packs his bags and takes a hike

At some point you have to say this is starting to look like a rout. VMware EVP Bill Fathers is taking a hike, no longer content to be general manager of the cloud services business unit. Father's responsibilities will be shared between two cloud co-general managers, Allwyn Sequeira and Laura Ortman, who will report to VMware …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016