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Application delivery controllers tighten the security perimeter

The application and data landscape today is in something of a state of flux. Of course, information technology is always in a state of flux but this is a new kind of dynamism. The current network IT stack is a heady concoction of old apps on new infrastructures and data-delivery mechanisms. Serve that up on new devices in a BYOD …
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Face up to a double life with hybrid Office 365

“Cloud first” is Microsoft’s new mantra. The vision is of businesses using Office 365, running in Microsoft’s Global data centres, for collaborating, conferencing, messaging and calendaring. The shift towards Office 365 becomes more marked every quarter as more IT departments adopt Microsoft’s cloud offerings. The appeal is that …
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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

Ever since I passed the big five-o, I have noticed more and more youngsters who believe their generation invented something we older guys were using decades ago. At a recent event, for example, I overheard a bunch of 20-something industry analysts seriously discussing how the 50-something CIOs running IT departments today need …
Dale Vile, 25 Jun 2014
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Daddy, what will you do in the new security wars?

A senior figure at the anti-virus giant McAfee once told this writer the security industry was a mess. There were too many vendors trying to do too many things. But what the industry mirrors is the threat landscape it is trying to calm down. Just look at what’s happened in the past six months. Two of the most significant …
Tom Brewster, 24 Jun 2014
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Chipper chipmaker Micron shows off boosted bottom line – gee, thanks, Elpida

Analysis Memory chipmaker Micron Technology – still riding high on the announcement that its on-package memory will bolster Intel's "Knights Landing" processor – has announced what appear to be cheery results today. Its fiscal 2014 quarter revenues were $3.98bn, 3 per cent lower than the second quarter of fiscal 2014 but a whopping 72 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014

Regcast follow-up: What you think of the open hybrid cloud

In our recent Regcast, Build an open cloud: say no to silos, Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics and Peter Mansell from HP discussed why and how to integrate your cloud platforms. To find out what you thought, we polled the audience. We should point out that a poll result on a Regcast is not a sound basis for policy decisions or …
Tim Phillips, 23 Jun 2014
Freescale Internet of Things overview

Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

No doubt many of The Reg’s readers are tired of the term “the Internet of Things”. It is both a nebulous term and a vague idea. What it attempts to encapsulate is the masses of networks of automated machines that didn’t traditionally have connectivity, working to manage the environment around them, supposedly for the benefit of …
Tom Brewster, 23 Jun 2014
Photo by Hugo Glendinning: Ibsen's Ghosts – Almeida Theatre Production

For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

The last time I sat in Dolby’s private Atmos theatre in London, I was treated to the audiovisual feast that is X-Men: Days of Future Past. This time around, the production values are very different. Photo by Hugo Glendinning: Ibsen's Ghosts – Almeida Theatre Production Lesley Manville (Helene Alving) and Jack Lowden (Oswald …
Bob Dormon, 23 Jun 2014
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How Microsoft's cloud aims to cover the world

Microsoft has a vision for the cloud. Anyone who has watched this session by the legendary Rick Claus from last year’s AUTechEd already has a basic idea of what this entails. Microsoft’s plan, dubbed the Cloud OS platform, rests on three pillars. These create a unified strategy that is changing the game and positioning the …
Aaron Milne, 22 Jun 2014
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Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?

Even as the number of backup software and appliance vendors grows, cloud backups continue to be a source of confusion and contention. Like so many things in IT, the answer to "should you use a public cloud backup?” is the ever-annoying "it depends”. For some cloudy backup is an absolute no go. For others, there is clearly a …
Trevor Pott, 20 Jun 2014

What you need to know before moving to the cloud

If you are located in the land Down Under and searching for public cloud hosting, then it might seem that the options available to you are pretty good. Amazon and Microsoft play in the market and the prices they offer are reasonably competitive. There are also a number of smaller cloud operators doing quite well for themselves …
Aaron Milne, 19 Jun 2014
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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

As we enter the middle of the 2010 decade, new IT projects are increasingly being designed for the public cloud instead of local IT systems. Gartner figures that by the end of 2016 we'll be through the looking glass, with more money spent on "cloud" applications and services than traditional delivery mechanisms. Soon thereafter …
Trevor Pott, 19 Jun 2014
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How farsighted is Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp?

Microsoft is stepping on more vendor toes. At the TechEd North America 2014 keynote in May, the company announced the preview release of Azure RemoteApp, which appears to be a direct competitor – at least in part – to Citrix's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. Running an application on any device sounds like it …
Adam Fowler, 19 Jun 2014
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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

A wrong way road sign in Boston, Massachusetts What do heuristics, graph theory and doughnuts have in common? Each of them, in its own way, underpins one of the most challenging parts of the logistics process: planning delivery routes. Every day, millions of products find their way from manufacturers to distributors, …
Robin Birtstone, 18 Jun 2014
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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Analysis It looks like Satya Nadella's honeymoon as Microsoft CEO is over, and it happened during what's already being called "Cortana-gate" by Redmond's own commentards. Smart and decisive, Nadella has enjoyed good press and huge support within Microsoft. But his instant response to the many strategic issues bedevilling Microsoft - …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2014
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The rise of the humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge

Dave Coplin Dave Coplin, speaking at Business Transformed A few days ago, I heard an interesting keynote speech. The speaker was Dave Coplin, who in times past could have been called an anthropologist. Dave’s job title is in fact "chief envisioning officer" at Microsoft UK. The speech took place at Business Transformed, a …
Simon Rockman, 17 Jun 2014

Microsoft C# chief Hejlsberg: Our open-source Apache pick will clear the FUD

“Pushing that button was one of the more impactful clicks of my career,” says Microsoft’s C# lead architect Anders Hejlsberg. The click in question was made on stage at Microsoft’s Build conference in April, and its effect was to publish the .NET Compiler platform, codenamed Roslyn, as open source under the Apache 2.0 licence. …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jun 2014
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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

Edward Snowden anniversary week You might think the dragnet surveillance tactics employed by the National Security Agency (NSA) detailed by inside man Edward Snowden were born in the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden's attacks on 11 September, 2001, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people as well as the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2014

Tech companies are raising their game (and pants) post-Snowden

Snowden anniversary If there’s a positive to the disclosures by ex-National Security Contractor (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, it’s that it’s been a disaster for technology and internet firms. Yes, a positive. In the last year we’ve learned the NSA has backdoors placed in the hardware that makes networks, the existence of massive funnels placed …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jun 2014
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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

Geek's Guide to Britain Shielded by lime trees in a quiet corner of south-west London, a low, modern building constructed of green glass sits on rolling lawns behind a high metal fence. It’s a discreet facility save for a huge white sign facing the road with an blue official crest and three large letters that spell out NPL – the National Physical …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2014

Do you really have to slash and burn to upgrade your storage?

Whether it’s new storage architectures, software defined networking (SDN) or cloud computing, the assumption is you start with bucket-loads of cash and either a slash 'n' burn approach to your existing set-up or develop a green field site into which you can install the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology. But what if this …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2014
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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

Snowden Anniversary Few will forget learning the truth about Santa Claus. Many also felt deep shock on realising that a hitherto ultra-secret NSA/GCHQ programme, revealed in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, was constantly rating everyone on a naughty-nice metric based on indiscriminate covert surveillance all their online activity …
SA Mathieson, 11 Jun 2014
Tetris on Game Boy

Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

Antique Code Show Forget the oil, forget the gas – even forget the aggressive foreign policy. The commodity that granted Russia its modern day super-wealth is clearly Tetris, which clocks up its 30th birthday today. Youtube Video Poor old beardie Alexey Pajitnov – the title’s original designer and programmer – bashed out his first attempt on a …
Giles Hill, 6 Jun 2014
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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

Snowden Anniversary One year after The Guardian opened up the trove of top secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head. Everything about the safety of the internet as a common communication …
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You've made the product, now get it to the customers

Logistics may not seem as sexy as, say, R&D or social-media marketing – but messing it up could easily ruin your business. There are several things SMEs should think about when planning the part of their business that gets products out to customers. Far too many companies miss out this key part of the business equation, warns …
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Automating repetitive tasks: If it moves, script it

Workshop DBAs can often fall into the trap of carrying out repetitive tasks and processes. The good news is that you can automate a lot of these tasks to save time, money, and above all, sanity. The bad news is that few database administrators (DBAs) are doing it. In its 2013 database manageability survey, the Independent Oracle User …
Robin Birtstone, 30 May 2014
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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Windows has been a beleaguered piece of software over the years. That is because malicious hackers, like everyone else, want to walk the simplest path to the greatest glory. Microsoft’s operating system has been the most popular one for the past 20 years, so it has attracted the most malware. One IT professional told The …
Tom Brewster, 29 May 2014

About to make a big bet? Don't crash out, cash in with the power of maths

Big Data's Big 5 When and how to make change to a successful business or popular website can be a huge risk. Get things right and - at best - nobody notices. Get things wrong, however, and you run the risk of losing business and suffering a damaged reputation. A good recent example is that of film and TV service Netflix, whose fluffed …
Mark Whitehorn, 29 May 2014
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From production to development databases (and back again)

Workshop In many organisations, it isn't just the production database that database administrators (DBAs) have to look after. There are several non-production versions, as well. Project teams may need one to develop on, so that they can work in isolation without affecting production. A QA team may need its own version for testing patches …
Robin Birtstone, 28 May 2014
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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

Big Data's Big 5 When his class is asked to give an example of a paradox in The Simpsons, Bart offers: "You're damned if ya' do, and you're damned if ya' don't." The dictionary defines a paradox as an absurd or seemingly absurd or contradictory statement that might prove to be true and when it comes to data a seemingly contradictory situation …
Mark Whitehorn, 28 May 2014
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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

Presagers of doom in the IT industry have sometimes got it horribly wrong. One need only look back 14 years to the millennium bug, which was supposed to bring down the world’s critical systems. The year 2000 came and went with no digital cataclysm in sight. Even the smartest people make grand claims about imminent threats. …
Tom Brewster, 27 May 2014
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Capacity planning: How to plan ahead and keep your Oracle database healthy

Workshop Crystal balls aren't really good for IT administration. Database administrators (DBAs) like certainty and clarity, and that extends to how much strain their databases will be under in the future. Capacity planning is a way to figure that out. The concept behind capacity planning is simple, but the mechanics are harder. Capacity …
Robin Birtstone, 26 May 2014

The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

Solid The more the Internet of Things knows about you, the more that insurance companies are able to slurp that data and incentivize you to walk the straight and narrow. "You know the way that advertising turned out to be the native business model for the internet? I think that insurance is going to be the native business model for …
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2014

Big data hitting the fan? Nyquist-Shannon TOOL SAMPLE can save you

Big Data's Big 5 You are working on a big data project that collects data from sensors that can be polled every 0.1 of a second. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should, so how do we decide how frequently to poll sensors? The tempting answer is to collect it all, every last ping. That way, not only is your back covered but you can also …
Mark Whitehorn, 23 May 2014
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HP's $1bn 'Linux for the cloud' dream: Will Helion float?

Analysis Hewlett-Packard has committed $1bn to OpenStack, a Linux for the cloud, over the next two years. The cash is going on R&D, products, engineering and services, HP said. The company will iron out the kinks in the OpenStack code and make it work and try to sniff out OpenStack clouds on HP hardware out of the box. To grease up the …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2014
A road train parked up at Waukhope

How technology tracks parcels every step of the way

A lot has changed since the '80s. Back in the day, your product arrived when it arrived, often within weeks rather than days and you didn’t get the chance to check where it was. In time you could see your product entering and leaving locations en route, enabling you to track it from city to city as it made its way to you. Now in …
Robin Birtstone, 22 May 2014
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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Five Lumia phones leaning against each other Nokia Lumia 630: Will enterprises bite? You could be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft has missed the boat with its Windows everywhere proposition. It’s a hybrid world in which Android, iOS, OS X and even Linux are not going away. This in turn leaves Windows Phone 8.1 as just …
Dale Vile, 22 May 2014
racks of Fujistu lettuce

Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

Fujitsu’s foray into growing lettuce is not meant to be a revenue stream, but rather a necessary step in convincing farmers to start utilising ICT, the tech giant’s boss has told us. Which is just as well, as the clean-room grown lettuce the IT giant unveiled last week will produce revenues of $3.8m this year, according to our …
Joe Fay, 22 May 2014

How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control

Workshop Growing pains: How not to let your Oracle database spin out of control Oracle databases are a lot like children. They toddle along quite nicely, being polite and well behaved, until suddenly, they hit a massive growth spurt. They become teenagers and can make their administrators' lives a living hell. They double in size …
Robin Birtstone, 22 May 2014

China to become world's No 1 economy. And we still can't see why

Special Report China will become the world's biggest economy this year, overtaking the United States in GDP. As the FT drily notes, "Most economists previously thought China would pull ahead in 2019." So China powers on, at a greater pace than had been predicted by Western economic experts, who are supposed to know about these things. But our …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 May 2014
Angry woman on mobile

TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

+Analysis TV on mobiles? Yes, you’ve heard that one before. It’s been one of the most persistent flops of the past fifteen years. But then so were mobile app stores until somebody, Apple, put enough pieces in place to make them work. Without much fanfare, yesterday saw the launch of a new UK-based initiative, the Mobile Video Alliance ( …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014

Web firms, DON'T PANIC: The Euro Google 'right to be forgotten' isn't a problem

Comment Are you an internet company? Beware of companies and organisations purporting to "help" European firms interpret the new Google privacy ruling. you may find yourself taking unnecessary mitigation measures - and fuelling the trolls. Last week, the ECJ ruled that Google was subject to European privacy and data protection laws, …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 May 2014