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Verizon brings half its cloud to Australia

Verizon enterprise has opened its cloud in Australia, or least half of its cloud. Verizon's cloud is an oddity inasmuch as it comprises two distinct platforms. One is the kit it acquired along with Terremark and has since indicated it will rebuild on Xen and CloudStack. That cloud's used to dleiver the reserved performance bits …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2015
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HP plays the cloudy dating game with Helion Marketplace

HP GPC 2015 HP is to showcase a new dating service for its reseller partners looking to sell cloud services with Service Providers looking for a route to market. Helion Partner Marketplace is to be launched, a similar initiative to one from IBM, that allows resellers to sell, provision and bill services to customers delivered by Service …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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HP's ailing Enterprises Service unit bags 'mega' TNT gig

HP’s sickly Enterprise Services (ES) unit continues to show signs of recovery after putting pen to paper on a “mega” six-year managed services deal with Dutch logistics biz TNT. The project, believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, follows hot on the heels of a decade long outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Bank, …
Paul Kunert, 16 Mar 2015
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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

Apple boss Tim Cook offered part of his liver to dying Steve Jobs, Fast Company exec editor Rick Tetzeli has claimed in his new biography on the Apple co-founder. Encouraged by a rare blood-type match, rather than a liking for fava beans and a nice Chianti, Cook reportedly popped round to see a very ill Jobs, who was bedridden …
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015
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Docker snacks on Mac app chaps: Kitematic to put UI on container tools

Linux container outfit Docker has expanded its staff yet again, this time by gobbling up the creators of a GUI Docker management tool for OS X. Kitematic, which became an official Docker product on Thursday, wraps Docker's command-line container wrangling tools in a point-and-click interface that simplifies the process of …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015

SoftLayer doubles its bit barns in large, climatically-extreme, resource-rich nations

What is it with IBM and large Commonwealth countries with extreme climates and a big mining industry? Big Blue's SoftLayer cloud outfit has decided two such nations – Australia and Canada – both deserve their second bit barns. The Reg has a few more regulars under the maple leaf than the southern cross, so let's go north of the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2015

Google chips at Amazon's Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline

Google wants to take a chunk out of Amazon's Glacier storage business with a cloud-based archive service that can start retrieving data in three seconds. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline service, now in beta, charges one cent per GB per month for data at rest. "Many of you operate a tiered data storage and archival process, in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2015
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Devs don't care about cloud-specific coding, right? Er, not so

Software application developers don’t care about the back-end guts and architectures that serve their programs much, right? While the notion that programmers are indeed some cerebral bunch of innovators only focused on functionality, the wider sentiment here is starting to change. Of course, developers think about the data …
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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

New research commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has asked whether a decade behind bars would deter online pirates. Physical copyright offences carry a maximum 10-year penalty, but online infringers can only be sentenced for up to two years. The report, carried out by Martin Brassell and Ian Goodyer for the …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Mar 2015
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Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

A pro-Islamic State social network was pulled offline hours after its launch. The network, 5elafabook, was supposedly set up in the wake of a ramp-up in efforts by Twitter to quickly shut down accounts promoting violent jihad. Facebook has likewise applied the ban-hammer on accounts spouting pro-Caliphate propaganda. 5elafabook …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015
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Android SDK nonce flaw lets hackers fiddle with your Dropbox privates

IBM's security team has found an unsettling flaw that can leave the Dropbox accounts of mobile users wide open to snooping by attackers. The researchers spotted some sloppy coding in Dropbox's SDK Version 1.5.4 for Android. Applications that link to Dropbox accounts using the SDK may be vulnerable, owing to a flaw that can allow …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2015
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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

Worstall on Wednesday As the tech news outlet of record has told us, UK chancellor George Osborne is preparing to bring in the “Google Tax”. Properly known as the Diverted Profits Tax, it is supposed to be a way of scraping tax revenue off those profits that the tech giants are diverting out of what should be righteously paid to HM Treasury and …
Tim Worstall, 11 Mar 2015
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BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

The Williams Formula 1 racing team has sealed a cloud services deal with one-time state telco monopoly BT. This will give the racing team fixed and mobile comms in what they have called a “a multi-year strategic technology partnership”. The deal means BT gets its logos on the headrests of this year's Williams Mercedes FW37 car, …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2015
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Hurry up and just SLAP GOOGLE, MEPs fume at EU commish

The European Parliament took the EU’s executive arm to task on Tuesday for failing to give Google a good kicking resolve the ongoing investigation into Google’s alleged abuse of dominance in the search market. In a statement endorsed by members of the European Parliament (MEPs), it welcomed “further investigations into Google's …
Jennifer Baker, 11 Mar 2015
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Telstra operates at least four clouds, says you use too many clouds

The Reg ignores the bulk of corporate “research” because it's nearly always an attempt to make a business look credible rather than a sincere effort at discovering something new. But we're making an exception in the case of new Telstra Global Services research titled “Customer-centric cloud: Hype or Hybrid?” and available here …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2015
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Google will make you live to be 500, claims Ventures president

The president and managing partner of Google Ventures, Bill Maris, has stated that it is possible to live to be 500, according to a lengthy and uncritical article appearing on the cover of the April 2015 issue of Bloomberg Markets. And not only is it possible to live to be 500, but Google is investing in the companies that will …

Facebook-owned, Billy-no-mates FriendFeed starves to death

FriendFeed – a photo, message and image-sharing website created by former Googlers in 2007 and scooped up by Facebook two years later – has signed its own death warrant. The firm said in a blog post on Monday that the service, which has been "maintained" ever since Mark Zuckerberg's company acquired FriendFeed, would be axed …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2015
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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

Employers who force potential workers to request a criminal record check on themselves face prosecution after a change in UK law that comes into effect on Tuesday, 10 March. New regulations – to be enforced by data privacy watchdogs at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) – will outlaw so-called "back door" criminal …
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2015
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Holy Zuck! Facebook fraud suspect VANISHES

Paul Ceglia – who was once alleged to have forged a contract to claim ownership of half of Facebook – has gone missing ahead of a planned fraud trial. His lawyer, Robert Ross Fogg, told Bloomberg that Ceglia had disappeared from his home and left behind an electronic tracking device that the suspect had been ordered to wear on …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2015
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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

A panel of MPs has attacked the Tory-led coalition government for failing to clamp down on the collection of millions of Brits' mugshots, which have been stored on a police database without robust legal oversight. Parliament's Science and Technology Committee, chaired by Labour MP Andrew Miller, branded the "continuing lack of …
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Big Blue promises Big Bucks from Big Bets

IBM chief executive officer Virginia M. Rometty has released her annual Chairman's Letter and has told investors that IBM “knew we faced a critical year of transformation” in 2014 but has “made significant progress and built momentum” to get itself out of a nasty slump that has seen sales decline for eleven consecutive quarters …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
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Salesforce straps sales analytics to Apple Watch

Never one to miss out on a bandwagon, Salesforce is trying to point out that the Apple Watch is not just a fanboi fashion accessory but is also a cloud-powered analytics and deal-closing wristputer for the modern entrepreneur. The cloudy CRM concern has let it be known that it will soon emit “Salesforce for Apple Watch, designed …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015

White-listed phish slip through Google Apps

Security probers Patrik Fehrenbach and Behrouz Sadeghipour have found a (since-patched) flaw in Google Apps that allowed criminals to register corporate domains and send white-listed phishing emails from admin addresses. The Choc Factory patched the flaw and handed the duo US$500 by way of thanks. the flaw meant attackers could …
Darren Pauli, 10 Mar 2015

Apple slips out security patches while world goes gaga over watches

While everyone was losing their mind over expensive watches, Apple sneaked out security fixes for iOS phones and tablets, and OS X computers. Both the OS X Security Update 2015-002 and iOS 8.2 address critical flaws. Leading the charge is a patch to squish the FREAK bug in the two operating systems' SSL/TLS code. Disclosed last …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2015
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Microsoft offers checkups for Java web apps with Azure-backed code profiling service

In its latest nod to cross-platform application development, Microsoft has opened its Visual Studio Application Insights cloud software telemetry service to Java developers. The software giant announced the new Applications Insights SDK for Java in time for the EclipseCon North America 2015 conference, taking place in San …
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Never escape the boss again: Salesforce tracks down your best people any time, any place

Salesforce is adding new "intelligent" software to its CRM system that hunts down the right sales or support staffer for a particular task no matter where they are. "The Service Cloud Intelligence Engine harnesses the power of data science to improve workflows, business processes and deliver seamless customer service across any …
Iain Thomson, 9 Mar 2015
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Managing a hybrid cloud? Here’s what System Center can do for you

Promo Microsoft has assembled a crack squad of Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) to run a one-day webinar on the software’s role in hybrid cloud environments. This course is aimed at people working in all areas of IT infrastructure and includes plenty of hands-on demos that explore System Center and Azure Pack in-depth. You can check …
David Gordon, 9 Mar 2015

BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

A proposed "electronic interference" code for spooks will sanction pervasive hacking powers without judicial or parliamentary scrutiny, experts and campaigners have warned. The government slipped out its consultation documents on "equipment interference" and "interception of communications" last month – on the same day the …
Kat Hall, 9 Mar 2015
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Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

Domain name registrar eNom appears to have gone titsup worldwide since the early hours of this morning, according to reports from furious customers who – at time of publication – were yet to get a response from the Washington-based firm. Reg reader Tim told us that the service buckled roughly five hours ago. @smallgreentree @ …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Mar 2015
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Web protection: A flu mask for the internet

The internet is no longer optional for organisations. It is where business lives. Unfortunately, it is also probably the worst neighbourhood on the planet, filled with cybercriminals, hacktivists, and corporate and state spies. And the internet is both the largest and the smallest neighbourhood. All of these people live just …

Google promises proper patch preparation after new cloud outage

Google Compute Engine (GCE) users experienced a brownout over the weekend, after an incident that bears plenty of likeness to a worse outage that took down the service in February. The February FAIL came about when “The internal software system which programs GCE’s virtual network for VM egress traffic stopped issuing updated …
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AWS cuts its own set of keys to VMware's vCenter kingdom

When Amazon Web Services (AWS) last year released the AWS Management Portal for vCenter we described it as a “stealth biz stealer” because it gave AWS a way to give VMware admins a way to run virtual machines in the Amazon cloud and manage them with vCenter. That's not quite VMware's script for the way things run in the vWorld: …
Darren Pauli, 9 Mar 2015
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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

QuoTW This week saw the industry freak out over an SSL bug, while Canada's border patrol cuffed a man who wouldn't allow his phone to be searched and Mars was found to be well and truly soaked. Here are some of the best quotes from the past week: Microsoft, which just so happens to be running a massive cloud operation, wanted to make …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Mar 2015
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Bank of America wants to shove its IT into an OpenCompute cloud. What could go wrong?

Selling hardware to the financial industry used to be a cash cow for big-name server makers, but they will be getting short shrift from Bank of America, which is shifting its IT into a white-box-powered, software-defined cloud. "I worry that some of the partners that we work closely with won't be able to make this journey," …
Iain Thomson, 7 Mar 2015
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You know HOOQ? We don't either. But it's bringing the Asia Pacific OTT fight to Netflix

Analysis Netflix is used to local spoilers blocking its international expansion as it enters new markets - in Canada it had to face off with Crave TV, in the Nordics it battled with ViaPlay and HBO Go and in the UK it came up against Sky’s Now TV. But in Asia, it faces perhaps its most formidable obstacle yet in HOOQ. HOOQ was first …
Faultline, 6 Mar 2015
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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

Special Report Google has won a crucial battle in its campaign to keep under wraps millions of documents relating to an FBI drugs probe into the company. And the web giant has done so using a law designed to combat porn sites. At least 20 US states, led by Mississippi’s elected state prosecutor, opened a probe to find out whether Google was …
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Nena-bothering stats tempt Ericsson into Cleversafe's arms

Cleversafe has got itself a great new reselling deal. Popular telco kit supplier Ericsson is selling a Secure Cloud Storage offering based on Cleversafe's object storage software. Ericsson thinks it can enable telcos to offer better cloud IT services if the worries of their large enterprise customers about data security and …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2015
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Job cuts klaxon: SAP axes 2,200 staff, denies 'cost cutting' to blame

Europe’s largest software firm is reportedly cutting up to three per cent of its workforce. SAP’s HR chief Stefan Ries has told Bloomberg the enterprise giant is cutting 2,000 staff. The firm's total headcount is 74,406. Its chief executive Bill McDermott announced its second round of job cuts in less than a year. When …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Mar 2015
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Microsoft fluffs Azure cloud with search, data storage, faster compute

Microsoft is rolling out multiple upgrades to its Azure cloud, including new search and data-storage services and cheaper compute-oriented virtual machine instances. The two new services, Azure Search and DocumentDB, have been available as previews since August but are now making their way into general availability. Azure …
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Red Hat seeks cloud critical mass with Atomic Host

Red Hat says its stripped-down Linux variant for containerized cloud deployments is ready to roll, giving Red Hat customers a simplified, easy-to-manage platform for hosting Docker containers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host was first announced at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco last April and it has been in beta …
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Docker hires'n'acquires to cure its security, networking headaches

Application container firm Docker is staffing up, having brought on new talent to further its security and networking development efforts. On Tuesday, Diogo Mónica and Nathan McCauley, two former engineers for mobile payments outfit Square, jointly blogged that they had joined Docker to lead its security engineering. "We've …