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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

IBM for the past five years has been pushing older employees out of the company and replacing them with younger staffers in the US or moving the jobs overseas, it is claimed. Reg readers may have had a sneaking suspicion this was the case. As we exclusively reported last year, about a third of Big Blue workers, some 130,000 …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018

US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

The US Senate has passed the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA) with a 97-2 vote. The passage comes after its twin bill, FOSTA, was passed in the House. President Trump is expected sign the legislation into law shortly. Aimed at ending sex trafficking through online personal ads, SESTA has generated debate between …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2018
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Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007

Around a third of servers at Transport for New South Wales, the public transport department in Australia’s largest most populous state, need security patches, some dating back to 2007. But IBM, which provides IT services to the agency, doesn’t have enough people dedicated to the job to get it done in the planned time frame or in …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2018
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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

IBM and HCL have outlined their plans for the Notes/Domino portfolio that the former offloaded to the latter last year. Since announcing that HCL would take over development of IBM's collaborationware, the two companies have conducted a long listening tour that saw them stage 22 meatspace meetings and four online forums. The …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2018

Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4

Gartner's Q4 server sales count has confirmed a shipment boom took place as hyperscalers, cloud buyers and on-premise all dug deep to freshen their infrastructure. The beanies said global server revenue jumped 25.7 per cent year-on-year to $18.56bn and box sales went up 8.8 per cent to 3.19 million units. The worldwide …
Chris Mellor, 9 Mar 2018
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Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One's a pickup, the other's a juggernaut

Analysis IBM already had a scale-out NAS (filer) when it announced Spectrum NAS last month: Spectrum Scale, which can grow to 16,000-plus nodes. Why does it need another? The two overlap in the same way as a Dodge pickup and a Mack truck. Sure, they can both carry small loads but using a Mack truck for Dodge pickup loads is a waste of …
Chris Mellor, 8 Mar 2018
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IBM's homomorphic encryption accelerated to run 75 times faster

IBM has rewritten its C++ homomorphic encryption library and claims it now goes up to 75 times faster. Homomorphic encryption is a technique used to operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would make sensitive operations much more secure: for example, companies could encrypt their cloud-hosted databases, and work …
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Enterprise storage sitrep: The external array party is over

Despite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker. NetApp's position is also weakening as HPE overtakes it in external storage revenues and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2018

Microsoft, IBM settle case over disputed diversity boss

Microsoft and IBM have settled a lawsuit over the former hiring away the latter's chief diversity officer. The two sides on Monday told the New York Southern District court they have agreed to drop the case over Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, a former IBM chief diversity officer who left the company to take the same role at Microsoft …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2018

Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computer

Alibaba reckons the world needs another quantum computer in the cloud, so it's opened up access to an 11-qubit system. The system landed almost exactly a year after IBM announced its five-qubit quantum offering. In November last year, Big Blue embiggened the system to 20 qubits. So as well as being the second cloudy quantum …

Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames

Canada is about ready to pull the plug on its IBM-built error-plagued Phoenix payroll system that has cost the nation nearly CAN$1bn ($790m). According to the latest version of the Canadian government's spending plans, the Trudeau administration will move to dump the ailing platform in the coming years, but not before blowing …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2018
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We should pass laws to make Google's life hard! Oh no, sorry, did we say that out loud? asks IBM

Add IBM to the list of tech companies putting their support behind America's Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The enterprise IT titan said the controversial US legislation was just peachy as far as it was concerned. Its legal eagles does not share the position of others in Silicon Valley that the incoming law, aimed …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2018
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IBM's cloud faces a test on Thursday: Turning something off without turning users off too

IBM's cloud faces a big test this week: turning something off without botching the job. The "something" in this case is TLS 1.0 and 1.1, the known-to-be-ineffective cryptographic protocols that the world's abandoning just as fast as it can. In 2017 IBM gave its cloudy customers just a few days' notice of its intention to turn …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2018
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IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

Exclusive IBM has told its Services workers to get agile – as in the development practice, not as in yoga – by the end of the year. Internal documents seen by The Register inform IBMers of a new program called: "New ways of working - Agile Values and Practices." This latest effort calls for all Big Blue services staff to quickly …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2018
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IBM Java CTO: Devs shouldn't have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app

Index At IBM's Index developer conference in San Francisco, on Tuesday, The Register sat down with Big Blue's Java CTO John Duimovich to talk about the Java programming language, IBM, the cloud and other developer-oriented concerns. Duimovich made the case for IBM as a cloud platform partner, based on the company's Java expertise. …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Feb 2018
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We sent a vulture to IBM's new developer conference to find an answer to the burning question: Why Big Blue?

Index At the first IBM Index developer conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, I spent the morning at a Kubernetes workshop learning that when apps on the IBM Cloud Container Service fail to deploy, the reason may not be obvious. The presenter, IBM cloud program manager Chris Rosen, framed the event as an opportunity to …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2018
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Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day. There are three aspects to the bundle of news: software-defined storage; data protection and storage hardware; and the FlashSystem 900 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2018

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

Exclusive IBM is not just telling the world it needs "cognitive" computing: the company has bet the future of its own services business on Watson-branded services. Internal documents seen by The Register reveal the tech goliath has developed something it calls "cognitive solutioning," to be deployed when Big Blue is asked to do a job …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2018

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