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Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter. IDC's research manager for storage systems Liz Conner said: "The …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017

Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

A CA$5.7m IBM contract to update payroll systems for the Canadian government has turned into a CA$185m boondoggle for the Great White North. That's $4.62m and $150m in US currency, respectively. The relatively straightforward task of installing PeopleSoft HR software for a few government agencies has morphed into a massive …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2017

Westpac brings authentication system in-house, binning IBM

Australian bank Westpac has decided the time is right to bring its Distributed System Access service in-house, rather than continue an arrangement that saw it tended by IBM. The Register understands that Distributed System Access (DSA) is the Bank's authentication infrastructure and is used to manage user accounts, group …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

The long-awaited "retro" Thinkpad will be based on the guts of a contemporary T470 laptop, Lenovo's business workhorse, according to a German certification site. Lenovo inherited IBM's notebook brand 12 years ago, and with it a design classic. However, in 2012 Lenovo saw fit to "modernise" the iconic keyboard, along with …
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IBM likely to close Australian data centre

IBM's Australian tentacle is considering the closure of a data centre in 2019, The Register has learned. The data centre is an oldie but a goodie, located at the company's Cumberland Forest facility in Western Sydney. Vulture South hack Richard Chirgwin recalls touring it in the mid-1980s. Documents seen by The Register say …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2017

Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

Nice work if you can get it: Microsoft has told Australia's Senate committee into Corporate Tax Avoidance that it's negotiated how much of its hard-earned cash it'll fork over to the Australian Taxation Office. However, the company has declined to say just how much of a hole the Office's (ATO's) investigation is burning in its …

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM

In a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy. Researchers are studying how to recognise human speech in a variety of settings – from realtime interactions to offline, pre-recorded voicemails. Boffins tell us that one application, particularly of offline …
Andrew Silver, 22 Aug 2017
Pinky and the Brain

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Newly-IPO’d Tintri has made its storage array bigger, better and faster by extending it out to the AWS and IBM clouds, speeding specifically Storage vMotion, upping its scalability limit and predicting future capacity and compute needs. It says its on-premises arrays meet autonomous services, rapid elasticity or expansion, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

In November 2016 IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote to then-president-elect Donald Trump with a list of ways IBM hoped to help the real-estate tycoon Make America Great Again. And today she wrote to IBM staff to let them know Big Blue has walked away from Trump's strategy and policy forum, which was closing down anyway, and agrees …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2017
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Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

In Q3 2014 IBM had server revenue of US$2.33bn, across x86 and its more exotic architectures. It then sold its x86 business to Lenovo. Fast-forward to Q1 2017 and IBM still had server revenue of $831.5m and Lenovo's was $731.5m. Once you do the math of IBM's old revenue minus Lenovo's current cash count, there' a difference of …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017
IT Crowd's Roy: "Have you turned it off and on again?"

IBM Cloud turns TLS 1.0 off and then turns it on again

IBM has turned known-to-be-insecure TLS 1.0 back on in its cloud. IBM only turned TLS 1.0 off on Tuesday, citing the usual and sound reasons that the encryption protocol is old and weak. But the company appears to have botched the job of telling users about the change, as an email sent to Bluemix customers and received by The …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2017
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IBM CIO leaves for AWS – and Big Blue flings sueball to stop him

IBM has flung a sueball at Jeff Smith, its former chief information officer, because he's trying to go to work for Amazon Web Services. Big Blue filed a complaint [PDF] in a US district court in New York last week that says Smith “threatens to violate his one-year non-competition agreement by going into direct competition with …
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Hortonworks still burning cash, still aiming to become billion-dollar biz

Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks continues to burn through cash, but boss Rob Bearden has said that the biz is on target to cut spending by the end of the year. The latest results show the firm once again boosted its revenues, achieving a figure of $61.8m for the quarter ending June 30 – up 42 per cent on the same period in 2016. It …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Aug 2017

UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

The Court of Appeal in London, England, has upheld IBM's appeal over the closure of its defined benefit schemes, which guaranteed retired employees a predefined portion of their final salary. It dismissed The High Court's 2015 ruling by Mr Justice Warren that IBM had not acted in good faith when implementing a series of …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2017
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Wait. What? The IBM cloud's APIs use insecure TLS1 crypto?

An email has gone out from IBM about its Bluemix cloud: after next Tuesday, the SoftLayer APIs will no longer accept connections encrypted with the ancient TLS 1.0. It's not quite a surprise that the 1990s-era protocol was still accepted: a great many services are still midway through their deprecation plans. To give just one …
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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

IBM has claimed its fifth-in-succession world tape density record with a 330TB raw capacity technology using Sony tape media tech. Back in April, 2015 IBM and Fujitsu demonstrated a 123 billion bits/in2 220TB tape using so-called Nanocubic technology and barium ferrite tape media. IBM_Tape_records IBM tape density records …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2017
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IBM adds Optane to its cloud, only as storage and without GPUs

UPDATED IBM's made good on its promise to fire up a cloud packing Intel's Optane non-volatile memory “in the second half of 2017.” But Big Blue has fallen short of the “broad services suite” it foreshadowed and can't even put Optane to work as memory. Big Blue announced the availability of servers with Optane inside on Tuesday. You …
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IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage for Spark – 30 months after launch

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in February 2015 will be switched off in August 2017. That service is the first iteration of Bluemix's Swift-based Object Storage for Spark as a Service users. IBM's now on version 3 of the service and that's where …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2017

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