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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

Exclusive IBM is hoping to lighten monthly payroll costs by, er, dangling minimum statutory redundancy terms in front of UK staff who volunteer to cut short their career at the creaking tech titan. As El Reg revealed yesterday, Big Blue told staff in the Technical Services Support unit it was forming an Employee Consultation Committee …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2017
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Your IDE won't change, but YOU will: HELLO! Machine learning

Machine learning has become a buzzword. A branch of Artificial Intelligence, it adds marketing sparkle to everything from intrusion detection tools to business analytics. What is it, exactly, and how can you code it? Programs historically produce precise results using linear instructions. Fetch that file, open it, alter this …
Danny Bradbury, 23 Feb 2017

The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

The last time The Register covered IBM Domino, we rode to work on a brontosaurus and wrote the story with a a chisel. Imagine our surprise, then, to learn that an upstart named Sapho still thinks it can turn a quid with product for the venerable Lotus-Notes-derived messaging-and-apps platform. Sapho's an integration play that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2017
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Blundering Boeing bod blabbed spreadsheet of 36,000 coworkers' personal details in email

Global aerospace firm Boeing earlier this month sent a notification to Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, as required by law, about a company employee who mistakenly emailed a spreadsheet full of employee personal data to his spouse in November, 2016. The spreadsheet, sent to provide the employee's spouse with a …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Feb 2017
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IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

Exclusive IBM is about to fling another bunch of Technical Services Support staffers down the redundancy chute, internal documents leaked to The Register reveal. In a letter to permanent employees in UK and Ireland, Paul Simmonds, director of TSS, part of Global Technology Services, confirmed the formation of yet another Employee …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2017
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How Google Spanner's easing our distributed SQL database woes

Storage Architect I've been messing about with databases for a long time. I say "messing about" because I've never been a DBA, but as a systems programmer and storage administrator, I've been on the periphery of the application layer and of course I've deployed many personal databases. I was intrigued to read about the new global distributed …
Chris Evans, 22 Feb 2017
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Hopping the flash stepping stones to DIMM future

Analysis Up until very recently the main thrust of data access and storage technology development was to make the media faster, hence the move from disk to flash, and flash technology developments to increase capacity. But the opportunity to make further advances is closing and attention is turning to removing the final obstacle to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2017

Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

A team of engineers has built an artificial synapse with the hopes of creating a neural network system with similar processing powers as the human brain. "The brain is capable of massively parallel information processing while consuming only 1‑100 fJ per synaptic event. Inspired by the efficiency of the brain, CMOS-based …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Feb 2017

Big Blue's big blunder: IBM accidentally hands over root access to its data science servers

IBM left private keys to the Docker host environment in its Data Science Experience service inside freely available containers. This potentially granted the cloud service's users root access to the underlying container-hosting machines – and potentially to other machines in Big Blue's Spark computing cluster. Effectively, Big …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2017
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These snapshots are Purely Cohesity

After announcing an initial backup integration between Pure's all-flash array and Cohesity's converged secondary storage a year ago, the two have now gone further with snapshot-level integration. Cohesity converges secondary data storage storage silos with its SW which runs on its own hardware or as a SW-only Virtual Edition …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2017
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The stunted physical SAN market – Dell man gives Wikibon forecasts his blessing

Analysis Current thinking among vendors with hyper-converged and converged infrastructure offerings is that physical SANs are in decline and their market is shrinking. Chad Sakac, Converged Platforms Division president at Dell EMC, is the latest high-profile prognosticator to push this view. The Wikibon consultancy first talked about …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2017

Watson can't cure cancer ... or all the stuff that breaks IT projects

A University of Texas audit report last week tipped a bucket on the conduct of a high-profile “Watson to cure cancer” project. The University has criticised the MD Anderson Cancer Center's “Oncology Expert Advisor (OEA) Project”, which since 2014 has poured tens of millions into seeing if IBM's Watson was smart enough to beat …
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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

Cars are smart enough to remember an owner, but not smart enough to forget one – and that's a problem if a smart car is sold second-hand. The problem is as simple as you could imagine: people shovelling apps and user services into cars forget that the vehicle nearly always outlives its first owner. The global head of IBM's X- …
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Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

Those of you contemplating a cloud startup have two options: get acquired by one of five companies or build an automatic sueball flinger. So says Sam Altman, president of startup factory Y Combinator, in his annual letter describing the organisation's activities. The letter's full of StartupLand cliches - “Our mission is to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2017

Hyperconverged market gets hyper-competitive as new riders enter field

Analysis The hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) market has become hypercompetitive as the two-horse race between Dell and Nutanix has been blown open with HPE/SimpliVity, NetApp and Cisco chasing them. Three things happened this week: Cisco's boss Chuck Robbins said of its HyperFlex product: "We certainly would like to …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017
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Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

Oracle's StorageTek (StreamLine) tape library product range will be end-of-lifed, El Reg has learned. StreamLine boxes are high-end libraries, generally for enterprise use, competing with equivalents from IBM (buoyed by mainframe tape use) and SpectraLogic. Both IBM and Oracle have their own proprietary tape formats as well as …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017
Lenovo's HX series of hyperconverged appliances

Knock knock. Who's there? A Lenovo server salesperson, because revenue dip's no joke

Expect Lenovo server and storage sales people to knock on your door, soon and often, because the company's identified the lack of its own direct sales force as the reason for poor performance in its Data Center Group for the third quarter of its 2016/17 financial year. The company has plenty of pleasing numbers to report, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017
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Analyse this: IBM moves Watson machine learning to mainframes

IBM is adding the machine learning technology from Watson to its z/OS mainframe for smarter, faster analytics of transaction data. Big Data analytics is typically applied to unstructured data in the Hadoop world. By contrast, older data warehousing and business intelligence (DW/BI) products are applied to structured data in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Just finished your first TensorFlow app? Might be time for a rewrite...

Tensorflow, Google’s opensource machine learning library, has toddled into whole figures, just over a year after the first release - with the proviso that version 1.0 might not be entirely backwards-compatible with early adopters’ programmes. Using just the sort of understatement which characterises the machine learning space …
Joe Fay, 16 Feb 2017
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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings. Yet Microsoft spotted an opportunity in this era of analytics …
Andrew Cobley, 16 Feb 2017

Revealed: Web servers used by disk-nuking Shamoon cyberweapon

A detailed analysis of the Shamoon malware – which is playing a huge role in the cyberwar between Saudi Arabia and Iran – has identified servers used to spread the software nasty. Shamoon surfaced in 2012 when it infected 30,000 workstations in the world’s largest oil production firm, Saudi Aramco, wiped their hard drives, and …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2017

You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation

RSA USA We all know the vast majority of Internet-of-Things devices haven’t anything more than a fig leaf for protection. Now the unlikeliest of folks are calling for rules to improve IoT security: libertarians. In a session today at the RSA infosec conference in San Francisco, Olaf Kolkman, the Internet Society’s chief internet …
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2017
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IBM hooks up with Hortonworks to Hadoop Big Blue products

+Comment Cognitive Watsonian and mainframer IBM is making Hortonworks available for its Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and Spectrum Scale products. ESS is an integrated bundle of POWER8 servers, storage enclosures, disks and Spectrum Scale software. The GPFS parallel file system software was renamed Elastic Storage and then rebranded …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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IBM to launch cheap 'n' cheerful Power server for i and AIX userbase

IBM's i and AIX customer bases can buy a cheaper box; its latest Power S812 server comes with just one socket and a single or quad-core processor. It's for relatively light use, in the retail area for example, and as an entry point for non-compute-intense workloads. The S812 box, separate from the 2014 S812L Linux system, is …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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Next Superdome CPU chips amble into HPE

There have been reports that Intel has already started shipping its latest, Kittson version, Itanium processor chip. The current Itanium processors are the 9500 series, code-named Poulson, and introduced in 2012. There are four versions: 9520, 9540, 9550 and 9560. HPE uses Itanium chips in its high-end Superdome 2 servers, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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Speaking in Tech: There must be 50 ways to leave your cloud provider

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week the whole crew is together for a rare conclave of banter and tech news including remote workers, nerd dress codes, cloudy status reports and fake news. The details… (0:00) Sleeping on a plane (4:25) Blowing glass (6:50) The Lego Batman Movie review (10:20) …
Team Register, 15 Feb 2017

IBM and ServiceNow lock eyes, vow long commitment

IBM and ServiceNow have signed a “multi-year, strategic partnership” to blend their respective SaaS-y bits in the service of automated everything. ServiceNow's mission in life is automating the movement of information so that the right people (or things)m get told what to do when it makes sense for them to get on and do it. …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2017
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Oracle reveals more rounded Australian *aas

Oracle has flicked the switch on everything-as-a-service in Australia. Big Red has offered software-as-a-service in Australia since 2012. Yesterday it turned on infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service (IaaS and PaaS) too, splashing down its servers in a third-party bit barn rather than build its own. HPE adopted …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

CostStorage.com is a free public cloud cost calculator covering the Amazon, Azure, Google, IBM, BackBlaze and Oracle clouds and their US regions. It returns a single-dollar amount, taking into account storage needed, data transfer out, number of read and write requests, region, 'temperature' (hot, warm, cool, cold) and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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NASA picks three Martian wet patches for 2020 splashdown

NASA has decided its Mars 2020 mission will land a rover in one of three places, all of which are thought to have once seen liquid water flowing. While the rest of us spent last week tut-tutting about IBM's teleworking turnaround, NASA boffins gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia, CA, where they conducted a workshop to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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Clouds can compete with HPC, say boffins

The best clouds are genuinely competitive with do-it-yourself high performance computing – and Microsoft's top-tier Azure is the best of the lot. That's the conclusion from research conducted by Mohammad Mohammadi and Timur Bazhirov of Exabyte and offered as a pre-print at Arxiv. The two boffins took a simple approach to …
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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

A "For Sale" sign went up outside the troubled Co-operative Bank this morning, weeks after the cash-strapped lender said it was unable to raise required funds. But while the bank's woeful finances dominate the headlines, its poor IT history also continues to affect customers. Co-op Bank nearly collapsed in 2013 until a rescue …
Kat Hall, 13 Feb 2017

2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

Remote working might be a dirty word among senior IBMers these days but it wasn't always so: teleworking, Big Blue once claimed, would help heal a global economy suffering aftershocks of the banking meltdown, and it might even play a part in planetary salvation. As El Reg exclusively revealed last week, IBM is following the …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2017
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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

Where’s all the money gone? I don’t mean why it’s flowing out of your bank account in ever greater volumes. Actually, I do mean that, but in the most immediate, tangible way. Not very long ago, you knew what you spent because you could count the banknotes as you handed them over. Money was physical, tangible, and real. That’s …
Mark Pesce, 13 Feb 2017

Oracle settles court spat with fired cloud 'sales inflation whistleblower'

Oracle has reached a settlement with a former finance manager who alleged she had been fired for refusing to follow what she believed to be unlawful accounting practices that bumped up the IT giant's cloud numbers. In a filing [PDF] on Wednesday, the District Court of Northern California was told the dispute between Oracle and …
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OK, 2016 wasn't the best, but look for a buyer? That's Cray

+Comment A poor year for Cray was rescued by its fourth 2017 quarter’s results. Q4 2016 Q4 2015 Change Full 2016 Year Full 2015 Year Change Revenues $346,600,000 $267,500,000 29.6% $629,800,000 $724,700,000 13.1% $51,800,000 $20,300,000 155.2% $10,600,000 $27,500,000 61.5% Full 2016 year revenues went down 13 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017
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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

Exclusive IBM is forcing more than just its US marketing staff to move to a handful of regional hubs. The crackdown on remote workers and smaller offices also hits engineers and other staffers in America and Europe. Following The Register's exclusive report that Big Blue will demand marketers work at one of six "strategic" US locations …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2017

IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

Exclusive IBM is cracking down on remote workers, ordering unlucky employees to either come into one of six main offices and work "shoulder to shoulder" – or leave for good. In a confidential video message to staff seen by The Register on Tuesday, chief marketing officer Michelle Peluso told her US marketing troops they must work at "a …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Feb 2017

Another day, another cloud price cut – from partly free to all free

IBM has revealed that the standard tier Bluemix Lift service is now free. Which sounds great save for one small problem: the service was just about free already. Bluemix lift is a database migration service that Big Blue says “makes it easy to quickly, securely and reliably migrate your database from on-premises data centers …
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2017
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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

Dynatrace has launched a virtual digital assistant named Davis which you can talk to using Amazon's Alexa or via text on Slack through a proprietary engine - and has invited devs to take a pop at it. The idea is you quiz Davis on the status of your systems, as opposed to logging in and typing. Behind Davis lies a Node.js …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED

AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together. The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future

Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief

Updated Entrepreneur Elon Musk has joined the Big Tech battle against Donald Trump's immigration ban by signing up his companies to the amicus brief filed against it. On Monday, 97 tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook filed in a San Francisco court against the ban, calling the crackdown illegal and arguing …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Feb 2017
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Cut off: Big government IT wallets snap shut on BT's fingers

BT, which until 1984 was part of the UK public sector, is losing its grip on the public purse. Spending with BT by the Department of Health and its organisations appears to have fallen by nearly two-thirds during the current fiscal year, compared with 2015-16. Data unearthed by The Register has found BT is also rapidly …
SA Mathieson, 07 Feb 2017

Police drones, robo surgeons and chatbot civil servants. What could go wrong?

A think tank is calling for hundred-of-thousands of UK public sector jobs to be automated. Blighty should also take a look at using drones for policing, apparently. The report, Work in progress. Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce [PDF], by centre-right wonkers Reform reckons up to 250,000 state employees in …
Kat Hall, 06 Feb 2017

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan? Can the networking tiger from Tasman Drive evade evolutionary pressures …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017
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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually. As ever there will be UI and experience fiddling – Zesty Zapus sees changes in windows …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2017

Wow, what an incredible 12 months: 2017's data center year in review

Comment The data center market is hot, especially now that we are getting a raft of funky new stuff, from promising non-Intel chips and system architectures to power and cooling optimizations. Since we're all thinking several quarters ahead anyway, we're practically in 2018. So from that point of view, we may as well look back at 2017 …
Shahin Khan, 06 Feb 2017

US tech giants take brave immigration stand that has nothing to do with profit whatsoever

Tech goliaths Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are planning to take a stand against the Trump Administration's hardline immigration policy ... because their bottom line demands it. Having sidled up to King Donald in New York City before he took over as US president, tech CEOs have stayed mostly quiet during two of the …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Feb 2017

Flash! A-ah! He'll save everyone of us... from sluggish disk boxes

Analysis All-flash arrays are now the storage choice du jour for storing fast access primary data but have not been used for storing secondary data, such as unstructured data, ordinary files and just-in-case disaster recovery (DR) data. But change is coming, driven by cheaper flash drives and the realisation that fast access to secondary …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2017
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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

Apple is believed to be developing another ARM-based processor that will challenge Intel hardware in its Mac line. The Cupertino maker of ClarisWorks is reportedly working on a chip to handle operations when a future Mac machine goes into low power mode and the main Intel processor goes to sleep. A Bloomberg report cites …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Feb 2017