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EMC boss Tucci’s last battle: Stopping a forced VMware selloff

Analysis With Joe Tucci, EMC head honcho, set to retire on February next year, the very last thing he wanted was an attack by one of the biggest, baddest activist investors of all: Paul Singer’s Elliott Management. Elliott has communicated to EMC that it has a $1bn investment in its shares and would like VMware spun off so that EMC …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014
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What kind of Big Data is yours? Is it data bauxite, data aluminium ... or data Dreamliner?

Analysis Data is valuable. There, we’ve said it, do you feel better? The question is, has data as an information currency - and an entity in and of itself - become inherently more valuable? Now that we have real time transactional big data analytics to enrich our lives, does this mean that the 1s and 0s inside every binary now somehow …

Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

Comment Australia isn't just passing a spooks' charter: it's creating a regime in which journalists would be as much at risk as the whistle-blowers whose efforts they chronicle. Here's the bill, and here's the explanatory memorandum. In spite of Attorney-General George Brandis' insistence that the government doesn't intend to target …

OK, EU chiefs, 3 years of copyright wrangling - let's get it sorted. Now this white paper... DOH!

+Comment Europe’s copyright reform process has stalled after a dispute between European commissioners – and reportedly some intense pressure from Silicon Valley’s “Third Senator”, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes. The current reform process got going in May 2011 with a “blueprint” for IP rights reform, kicking off a long and cautious …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jul 2014
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Speaking in Tech: How I was outsmarted by my LG smartwatch

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on Speaking in Tech, there's something for everyone: from smartwatches and big data to "hacker princesses" and that good old storage medium, tape – and we're not talking about the kind you find in a data centre. Join your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela – Ed …
Team Register, 16 Jul 2014
Satya Nadella

Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

Comment "We're keeping Xbox and we're going to make cuts." There, in under 10 words, is the substance of what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took 3,300 words to say in a message to investors, staff and the media last week. If you are a Microsoft salesman keen to answer key questions from customers such as: "What will you be doing …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2014
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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

The world can be a confusing place. Often a one-size-fits-all solution looks to be just the thing but ultimately it turns out that it fits no one. Microsoft is touting a single development environment for desktops, laptops, tablets, phablets, mobiles and the Xbox. Can this deliver? The platform for PC, phone and tablet comes …
Simon Rockman, 11 Jul 2014
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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

Comment Six months into his new job as Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has penned what we're supposed to believe is a memo to his troops. Corporate missives to employees are generally hush-hush affairs, something enterprising journalists land by luck or skill. The appearance of the document on the company's website means this is not an …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2014
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Speaking in Tech: 'Right to be forgotten' ruling – what would Google do?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is out so it's just Sarah and Greg stirring up the week's tech news. This week we discuss… Revving through San Jose (1:00) Sarah's 4th (3:35) Box gets more money (4:50) Public vs Private cloud for file …
Team Register, 9 Jul 2014
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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Second Look News has started to circulate about the next version of Windows 8.1 – namely update 2 – and even "Windows 9". Whether or not it bears the name Windows 9, the next major "wave of updates", codenamed Threshold is due to land on our desktops and mobes later on this year. The upcoming refresh, we’re told, will see lots of new …

Mexican watchdog sinks teeth into Carlos Slim over 'market fixing'

Comment The world’s second richest human, Carlos Slim, is being confronted by Mexico’s recently reformed and renamed telecoms regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel). His fixed line incumbent operator, Telmex, stands accused of breaching local monopoly rules through close collaboration with pay TV operator Dish Mexico …
Faultline, 8 Jul 2014

When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

Comment On Wednesday, Google emailed the BBC to say it had removed from its search results a blog post written by TV journalist Robert Peston about Merrill Lynch boss Stan O'Neal. Was this a PR stunt to highlight the "unfairness" of the EU ruling on the right to be forgotten? We don't know – but whether it was or not, it has backfired …
Microsoft chair John Thompson

Noticed a sudden explosion of analytics firms? So has Microsoft's chairman

One of a series of interviews by Willem ter Harmsel with tech leaders. I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Thompson, newly appointed chairman of the board at Microsoft. After a long career at IBM where he held various executive positions, Thompson became CEO at Symantec, which he helped build into a $6bn company …
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Seagate's bought a disk drive array firm. Déjà vu? You betcha

Seagate has tried making a go of the disk drive array business before, and failed. Now it has bought a disk array supplier for the second time. What's different, and could X-IO's technology have a role to play? In 2000 X-IO, then a five-year old startup known as Xiotech and offering virtualising SAN storage arrays, was bought by …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014
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Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up

Comment Will Seagate's buyout of LSI's old flash card business, which it snapped up from Avago and Xyratex, flourish or wither away inside the Californian conglomerate? Upfront, these are smart buys by Seagate, extending its target markets. Xyratex ClusterStor arrays can use its 6TB drives and their follow-on products, and the HDD …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Dell mashes up EqualLogic and Compellent: Eat up kids, it's Dell Storage

Comment With the worldwide availability of the SC4020 branded as Dell Storage, the company signals the coming together of its separate EqualLogic and Compellent networked storage array lines into a single brand and product technology. Simultaneously, Dell is OEM'ing to technologies for server-attached storage. We understand that other …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014

Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

Analysis As widely expected, the US Supreme Court has ruled that TV show creators should be paid by video streaming biz Aereo for the distribution of their work. The TV rebroadcaster, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, was found to have exploited a loophole in American law's definition of "performance" by six of nine justices in an …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jun 2014

I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

Google has unveiled a new look for the next version of Android, Android L, dubbed "Material Design". So what, you ask? Well, Android runs on around 70 per cent of the world's smartphones. Material Design specifies the UX (user experience) for all things Google and “smart” - from the outline to the fundamentals. Material Design …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2014
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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

Sysadmin blog The implosion of source-code hosting biz Code Spaces should have rung plenty of alarm bells. A company with a loyal following and a bright-looking future suddenly disappeared, never to be seen again. What's worse, for the past several years a significant chunk of the IT community has been warning about exactly the sorts of …
Trevor Pott, 25 Jun 2014
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VMware versus Nutanix: With Dell charging in, it's time to end the war

Sysadmin blog With the Dell-Nutanix tie-up now public knowledge, expect a stream of digital vitriol to follow. There's a lot of bad blood between the VMware faithful and Nutanix, not the least of which is due to Nutanix's completely rational decision to support multiple hypervisors – from Microsoft's Hyper-V to VMware's ESX tech. The …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

How did that happen? Microsoft has become a hardware company. There is now a range of devices, from phones to phablets to tablets and tablets that verge on laptops, being made by Microsoft. In truth Microsoft is a long-established hardware company but mice and keyboards don’t capture the imagination like devices that run …
Simon Rockman, 24 Jun 2014

REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

A leaked version of one of YouTube's controversial secret contracts with independent record labels has been published for the first time - and it appears to be stuffed with clauses that could land Google in trouble. Google wants to launch a new Spotify-style streaming service under its YouTube brand, and so requires music labels …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jun 2014
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Enterprise giant Dell climbs in bed with upstart Nutanix: But what does it MEAN?

Sysadmin blog So mega-corp Dell and converged storage software startup Nutanix are now buddies. If you spend any time reading the internet's virtualisation bloggers, you can expect everything from a hearty "attaboy, Nutanix" to the casting of vehement aspersions and prognostications of various flavours of doom. It's an important moment for …
Trevor Pott, 24 Jun 2014
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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

Comment There is that great promotional line in the first season of Game of Thrones which goes, “In the game of thrones, you either win or you die.” Well, it applies just as much to the Game of the ever-converging, ever-thrilling US telecommunications and network market. With the news this week leaking out that Softbank has more or less …
Faultline, 23 Jun 2014
USA, Canada - which one is which?

Vulturization: 'Privacy' is fightin' words to cloud touters – they get angry

Podcast The Register today starts a new podcast series Vulturization, hosted by yours truly. We're honoured to have as our first guests on the show Cloud A, a Canadian OpenStack cloud provider. We explore what it's like to be a cloud provider in Canada, whether the NSA's rather liberal attitude to individual privacy has been a boost to …
Trevor Pott, 23 Jun 2014

If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

Comment Google has received all kinds of plaudits for quickly introducing its “right to be forgotten” procedure. However, from what I have read in the press, its procedure for the removal of URLs is not fit for purpose. Google’s procedure appears to be defective. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that you want to have a URL removed …

YouTube in shock indie music nuke: We all feel a little less worthy today

Comment Yet another argument has brewed up between independent record companies and a wholesale customer, in this case YouTube. The accusation, that YouTube had given the major labels better terms than they were offering indies, was wearyingly familiar; as was YouTube’s reported response. That response was an offer of “take it or leave …
Paul Sanders, 23 Jun 2014
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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

BuzzGasm! 1: 51 Per Cent Of Internet Traffic Is Stealth Paedophile Music Filesharing Jimmy Savile on TOTP How's about that then, guys and gals?!?! 2: Another 43 Per Cent Is TORtastic Brummie Trojan Horse Black Ops! Email from alleged Trojan Horse Islamist Won't someone think of the children?!?!?!?! 3: 91 per cent of Whatsleft® is …
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Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: Progress and pain in the usual places

Comment Remember when software product upgrades were a big thing? Balloons, keyrings, parties? Today, they’re slipped under the door furtively like a pizza takeaway price list. And so it is with Adobe’s announcement today of what’s new in Creative Cloud: lots of PR singing by email, but no actual dancing seems to be taking place. When …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Jun 2014
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Will SanDisk move into enterprise kit after its Fusion-io slurp?

Storagebod Can SanDisk make a go of moving into the enterprise with its $1.1bn purchase of Fusion-io? It is a very different market to the consumer space and although the margins are considerably higher, it brings with it many challenges. I think it’ll depend on the go-to-market strategy that SanDisk take and I fully expect them to carry …
StorageBod, 18 Jun 2014
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You know what they say: What happens in Vegas, goes on the internet – right, HP 3PAR guys?

Blocks and Files Hush there, 3PAR fans, and know of the rumours whispered into my ear following HP's Discover confab in Las Vegas this month. Here we go: We’ll see a better unified management console and new Remote Copy. We heard about triple data-centre replication with zero data-loss; async streaming for Remote Copy to give EMC's SRDF a …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2014

London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

+Comment Yesterday morning I was on a stage listening to the Deputy Mayor of London and trying very hard not to look out of the window. I was the 39th floor of One Canada Square (you know, the building everyone always calls “Canary Wharf”), which had a great view over North London. If only I could sneak a peek, I was sure I'd be able to …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2014

Careful with 'fibre speed record' hype: which record's been broken?

Last January, NASA's Energy Science Network (ESNet) ran a test that achieved 91 Gbps end-to-end data transfers. The test made belated news this week in another outlet that touted ESNet as a "shadow network" faster than Google fibre. Leaving aside the inappropriateness of that hype, it got El Reg thinking about the business of …
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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

In today's incredible Internet of Stuff Things world, the fridge is going to tell us we need to restock it with more milk and butter. What bunch of nutters thought this idea up? Let's take a patient walk through what a fridge would have to do to accomplish this, and then ask why it would be better than a fridge user's scan every …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2014
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HP faces down youthful tech upstarts: Don't judge us by our looks

Comment Hewlett-Packard is a mature company operating among other declining mature firms – all of whom have to compete with new, immature rivals. So how can it equip itself to prosper in the new era? Cisco UCS Invicta racks Old-hand Cisco got wise to the disruptive game early, coming up with UCS when everyone thought Dell, HP and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2014
The C-zero is more closely related to the Peugeit ion than the 2CV

How practical is an electric car in London?

Comment If you revel in the independence a car gives you, then electric is not for you. The quoted range of 100 miles (161km) sounds fine, but that's a bit like a quoted ADSL speed. Your mileage may vary. The truth is that if and when the car goes flat, you are in deep doo-doo. Run out of petrol and you can walk to a petrol station, …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014
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Satellite 'net hype ignores realpolitik

Google is generating lots of utopian excitement with its various airborne Internet plans – Project Loon, its satellite acquisitions, its work with O3b (the “other three billion”). But is technology all that stands in the way of connectivity? This musing was prompted by this post by Larry Press, who is eminently qualified to ask …
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

It's tough at the top: Yet another hybrid startup knocks EMC

Nimble Storage is setting its sights on would-be EMC clients with competitive data tables showing that its product is better than both VNX hybrid arrays and also XtremIO all-flash arrays. This comes just days after Nutanix opened up its Nix vBlock marketing campaign against EMC-using Vblocks from VCE. It’s hard being top of the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Shiny happy people holding DIMMs: Plus Facebook's data centres are going all-flash

HP Discover HP's Discover conference, held over 10-12 June in Las Vegas, featured sessions from Intel, SanDisk and Toshiba as well as HP, and flash featured highly on the agenda. We've rounded up the most useful storage titbits for your reading pleasure. We’re informed that HP is not talking to Simplivity about acquired that converged …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014

Google calls on carriers to craft IoT plans

Google has offered up some uncommon good sense about the Internet of Things, telling a US conference that cheap networking is more important than fast networking for IoT applications. What's emerging in the machine-to-machine world of the IoT is that many “things” really don't have that much to say, and when they're saying it, …
Comparison between ThruChip Communications' ThruChip Interface (TCI) and through-silicon via (TSV)

Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

Blocks and Files Chip analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis took exception to several issues raised in a recent 3D NAND story, and El Reg storage desk asked him a few short questions for clarification. He provided a few short answers that did just that - and here they are. El Reg: Are there TSVs (through-silicon vias – vertical electrical …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014
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Don't believe the hyper-converged hype: Why are we spending stupid amounts on hardware?

Storagebod In a software-defined data centre, why are some of the hottest properties hardware platforms? There are plenty of newly formed startups that will come to mind: highly converged, sometimes described as hyper-converged, servers. I think that it demonstrates what a mess our data centres have got into that products such as these …
StorageBod, 9 Jun 2014