Friday 31 May 2019

Marvell: So, looks like Chinese buyers were cautious about networking kit...

Plus market's slow to swallow gear, especially storage. Hmmf. At least Huawei 'ban' won't hurt too much

Storage and semiconductor maker Marvell Technology Group played down the impact of the effective ban on selling chips to Huawei as it filed losses of $21m for the quarter ended 4 May.…

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Thursday 30 May 2019

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC

Which then deleted all evidence – except this article

Pics  Today marked the launch of Britain's first 5G network – and also, as the BBC joyously informed us, the first telly broadcast made over 5G. But guess which company made the antenna that the Beeb used to beam its tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones into your bedroom this morning?…

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Wednesday 29 May 2019

Truth, Justice, and the American Huawei: Chinese tech giant tries to convince US court ban is unconstitutional

They think it's a level playing field. How sweet

Huawei is trying to have a key part of American lawfare against the Chinese company thrown out by a US court – on the grounds it breaks the United States constitution.…

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Azurely not! OpenVPN support and NetApp Files among new toys for Microsoft's cloud

Now you can VPN from a cheap router – but only to a premium Azure Gateway

Microsoft has announced the general availability of OpenVPN support in Azure point-to-site VPN gateways, used to enable client PCs and devices to connect to an Azure network via a secure tunnel.…

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Tuesday 28 May 2019

That's a hell of a Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

Shipping biz so very sorry for 'inadvertently misrouting' technical docs from Japan to China through US

In addition to mistrusting foreign technology companies because of the risk of IP packet diversion, nation-states may also have to shy away from foreign shipping firms for fear of package diversion.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Nvidia pulls sheets off EGX, an edgy machine learning platform based on Kubernetes

Built with help from Red Hat

All kinds of software is moving into lightweight application containers, and the fact hasn't been lost on Nvidia – the GPU supremo has launched a platform for machine learning at the edge of the network, based on Kubernetes.…

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Yeah, you're not having a GSM gateway, Ofcom tells hopeful operators hasn't appealed High Court ruling yet – but regulator upholds ban anyway

UK comms regulator Ofcom has told people wanting to set up a GSM gateway that it will not be authorising them to do so, pending a planned government appeal against a recent High Court judgment.…

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IPO sez me: Alibaba looking to raise a cool $20bn for second listing on Hong Kong exchange

Chinese giant wants insurance policy in Trumpulent times

Alibaba is mulling a massive secondary share offer in Hong Kong, according to reports.…

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Monday 27 May 2019

Uh-oh .io: Question mark hands over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover

The Chagos Islands situation, already a shameful episode of UK history, just got worse

Special report  The future of internet addresses ending in '.io' – popular with tech startups – may be in doubt after the United Nations condemned the UK's continued ownership over islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.…

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Friday 24 May 2019

That's just Huawei it goes, shrugs founder as analysts forecast sales slump for embattled biz

Don't worry, they have Plan Bs and spare tyres apparently

Analysts are predicting a big slump in sales for Huawei thanks to the US Department of Commerce and the ongoing trade wars.…

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Coverage concerns dog UK Emergency Services Network as boss admits scheme too ambitious

Civil servants hauled before spending watchdog again

The UK Home Office has had to once again explain the ongoing Emergency Services Network farrago as part of an inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).…

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Ofcom to Openreach: Thou shalt prise open thy network for firms targeting biz customers

Comms regulator demands BT sub lets more fibre cable layers access its poles and ducts

Ofcom has ordered BT's Openreach to open its telegraph poles and underground ducts to more companies wishing to lay their own fibre networks aimed at business customers.…

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Gain clear visibility into your network with app intelligence from Gigamon: We chat to the biz about its tech

A new way to ease your path to a digital transformation

Sponsored webcast  As applications grow increasingly numerous and complex, it becomes ever harder for organisations to maintain service delivery and ensure good security.…

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Thursday 23 May 2019

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

No cybersecurity rules means networks are destined to be balkanized

Analysis  Chinese telecom giant Huawei – the most prominent target of the Trump administration's decision to declare a national emergency to protect American IT infrastructure by banning technology provided by foreign adversaries – on Monday received a reprieve that allows it to do business with US suppliers.…

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

EE's 5G rollout: Oi, where are your Mates? Yes, we mean the Huawei phones

NSA services switched on next Thursday. No not THAT NSA

EE unveiled a lineup of launch devices this morning for when it flicks the switch on 5G services in six cities, with one notable absence: Huawei.…

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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Oh 4G, I'm speechless: EE network outage smacks rare breed of customer that talks into their mobile phones

Scottish Virgin Media users also down and out after lunch

UK mobile operator EE has been struggling to get its VoLTE services back on their feet, after a seven-hour flood of angry complaints from customers unable to place voice calls over the 4G network.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...

Customers shocked to find swathes of data deleted

CrashPlan has banned a bunch of file formats from its online backup system aimed at small businesses.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Where there's a will, there's Huawei: US govt already eases trade ban with 90-day reprieve

Temporary General License buys time for Chinese tech giant, customers, suppliers

The US government on Monday gave Huawei permission to obtain technology from American organizations so that the Chinese giant can continue to maintain existing deployments of its products around the world, and push US-sourced software updates to people's phones.…

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Monday 20 May 2019

Salesforce's Freaky Friday turns into Misery Monday: DB blunder outage enters day three

El Reg tunes into customer conference calls to hear SVP of engineering apologize

Three days on, has yet to fully recover from an outage that began on Friday.…

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UK mobile companies score £220m cashback from Ofcom over spectrum fee dispute

Court rules regulator should cough for 'wrongful' increase

Vodafone, O2, Three and EE have won a case against Ofcom claiming that the UK comms regulator's increase in spectrum fees was unfair.…

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Microsoft's Azure Portal: A boat load of updates, but is it too ambitious?

The spiritual successor to the Windows GUI

Microsoft has made numerous updates to its Azure Portal, partly to accommodate new features announced at its Build developer conference, and partly in an attempt to improve the user interface.…

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Friday 17 May 2019

Salesforce? Salesfarce: Cloud giant in multi-hour meltdown after database blunder grants users access to all data

Plug pulled on instances as engineers scramble to protect customer info

Salesforce customers have been unable to access the service since 0956 PDT (1656 UTC) on Friday, thanks to a ham-handed database deployment.…

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Don't miss: Learn all about Office 365 and cloud resilience from Mimecast and El Reg

How to avoid the Icarus effect – and what we mean by that

Sponsored webcast  Attacks and outages happen, in the cloud as anywhere else. Back in the day, when we used on-premises solutions like Exchange we would surround ourselves with an ecosystem of technologies to mitigate risk, so why should cloud-based solutions be any different?…

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Bloke accused of conning ARIN out of 750,000 IPv4 addresses worth $9m+ to peddle on black market

The failure to shift to IPv6 is now literally a criminal matter

A fella who allegedly conned his way into pocketing 750,000 IPv4 addresses has not only lost them, but now faces a lengthy stretch behind bars in America, if convicted.…

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Thursday 16 May 2019

Amazon Web Services pulls out the stops to speed you to the cloud

Helpful videos, ebooks, whitepapers and more now online to help you get onto the world's top cloud platform

Sponsored  Cloud computing brings a host of benefits, from the ability to respond quickly to market dynamics to scalability and flexible cost structures. Little wonder that it is becoming an increasingly attractive option for enterprises of all sizes.…

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Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks

Fail Huawei, fail Huawei, fail Huawei: Executive order targets IT, telelcom systems

President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency in US on Wednesday to deal with the threat of unidentified foreign adversaries exploiting vulnerabilities in IT and telecom systems and services.…

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

C'mon, UK networks! Poor sods have 'paid' for their contract phones a few times over... Tell 'em about good deals

You have a year – Ofcom

Bad luck, ISPs and networks – Brit comms regulator Ofcom has made good on its threat to make firms inform punters about better broadband, mobile, pay TV and home phone deals before their contracts expire.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Live online today: CTO of Hybrid Cloud at HPE meets our team to discuss real-world multi-cloud deployments

There’s more than one way to store and process your data

Sponsored webcast  While many organisations like the speed, efficiency and cost benefits of the public cloud, some like to keep a few things to themselves by keeping their own in-house IT systems.…

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Cloudflare gives websites their marching orders to hasten page rendering automatically

Adjustments to HTTP/2 Prioritization allow faster delivery of web resources

Cloudflare figures it has fixed the web, at least insofar as speedy page loading on its network is concerned.…

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RIP Hyper-Threading? ChromeOS axes key Intel CPU feature over data-leak flaws – Microsoft, Apple suggest snub

Plug pulled on SMT tech as software makers put security ahead of performance

Analysis  In conjunction with Intel's coordinated disclosure today about a family of security vulnerabilities discovered in millions of its processors, Google has turned off Hyper-Threading in Chrome OS to fully protect its users.…

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Tuesday 14 May 2019

California court sentences ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain to five years in clink for fraud

One-month stay of execution won't sweeten $10m in fines

Former Autonomy chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain has been sentenced to five years in a US prison for fraud over the 2011 sale of the British software company to Hewlett Packard.…

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Another TITSUP* on this lovely Tuesday: Virgin Mobile takes some time out to enjoy the sunshine

British provider's calls, text and data all grind to a halt

Virgin Mobile has been having a very bad, not very good Tuesday as customers found their handsets reduced to lumps of shiny plastic by a network-wide outage.…

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Vodafone hacks dividend as it reports €7.6bn losses for FY19

Shareholders left counting cost of 40% annual payout squeeze. CEO says balance sheet needed some love after 5G spectrum auction overheads

Vodafone investors are crying rivers this morning after the telco slashed a FY19 dividend payout to beef up its balance sheet. The disposal of operations in India contributed to steep losses.…

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Unexpected OutSage: Sage Business Cloud enjoys a Tuesday totter

Cloudy accounting service takes an extended morning tea break

Accounting software giant Sage has been having a few problems this morning as users encountered difficulty counting beans with the company's services.…

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Monday 13 May 2019

Ex-Arm execs' upstart Agile Analog palmed $5m to sink into AI-driven chip design

Robot overlords making robot overlords

A Cambridge-based chip design upstart led by former Arm executives has secured $5m (£3.84m) in venture capital to expand its engineering team and generate more sales.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

UK Home Office: If we want Ofcom to break the law, that should be perfectly legal

Department to appeal High Court ruling over ministerial powers

UK Home Office ministers are to appeal against a High Court judgment, handed down a few weeks ago, that prevents them from ordering regulators like Ofcom to stop carrying out their statutory duties.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

It woz ransomware wot did it: ConnectWise spills beans on cause for day-long outage

Hackers got in via offsite machine used for cloud performance testing

A customer email from biz automation outfit ConnectWise has revealed that a ransomware attack was to blame for an outage which crashed its systems for a whole day earlier this month.…

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Friday 10 May 2019

Press 2 to make a bid: Troubled biz comms beast Avaya confirms fire sale

Cue shares diving 16% for Santa Clara-based contact centre tech outfit

Troubled call centre and telecoms provider Avaya has confirmed it is up for sale following a rollercoaster couple of years and a poor set of results for its latest quarter, Q2 '19.…

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Home Office cops an earful for emergency network feck-ups - £3bn overbudget and 3 years late

Red warning light for blue-light comms

A National Audit Office report into the unending nightmare of Home Office attempts to buy a new critical communications network has warned the project is likely to be three years late and £3bn over-budget.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Holy high street, Sainsbury's! Have you forgotten Bezos' bunch are the competition?

Supermarket chain helps Amazon, er, live well for less through AWS

AWS Summit London  Perceived wisdom in the enterprise tech world is that the future of IT is in hybrid cloud – mixing on-premises infrastructure and public cloud resources – but AWS was still preaching the gospel of total and utter cloudification at its gabfest in London on Wednesday.…

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Amazon backtracks on planned S3 changes that would hamper free speech activists

Existing censorship-resistant S3 paths get a stay of execution

Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it intends to change the way its S3 storage service can be referenced in API and web requests. But by doing so, the cloud giant would have eliminated a means of censorship avoidance.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 9 May 2019

BT to up targets for FTTP rollout 'if the right conditions are met'

Oh and fiscal '19 crappy, fiscal '20 forecasts gloomy too

It's been an eventful morning for BT's new CEO: he upped targets to roll out fibre broadband to more Brit homes, talked up cost savings and clipped sales and profit forecasts for the next year.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

If Carlsberg did cloud outages, they'd probably look like ConnectWise's

Platform admits failover cluster fell over but they're really sorry and, here, have a credit note

Biz automation platform ConnectWise has issued a credit note to disgruntled customers caught up in last week's day-long outage that the firm blamed on a wobble in its "highly resilient" cloud infrastructure.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Oracle suspects Pentagon fell for a JEDI Prime trick: Amazon now accused of luring two officials with jobs

Big Red sets phasers to kill in space-opera-esque battle

Amazon offered lucrative jobs to not one but two Pentagon officials deciding which tech giant will land the military's mega JEDI cloud contract, Oracle now claims.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Brit broadband speeds are still below the global average! hoots Ofcom

Um, are we supposed to feel proud about this?

Wow. Pat yourself on the back, Blighty. The average download speed UK punters receive has surpassed the distinctly average 50Mbps, comms regulator Ofcom said today.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Late with your financial paperwork? Here's a handy excuse: Malware smacked your bean-counter cloud offline

Accountancy SaaS CCH falls over, thanks to nasty infection

A global software-as-a-service platform catering to accountants is in damage control mode after a malware infection knocked its services offline.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Marvell's Avengers, er, Aquantia Endgame: Biz gobbled up for $452m in robo-ride Ethernet bid

Self-driving cars are gonna need a decent amount of internal networking

Chip designer Marvell is hoping to boost its multi-gig Ethernet business by acquiring American competitor Aquantia, primarily known for high-speed transceivers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

This move by Dropbox will reduce users' files to tiers: Rarely, regularly accessed data now kept separate

Not all documents are created, er, stored equal

Cloudy storage provider Dropbox has enhanced its bit barns with a tiered storage architecture that divides the contents of the platform into frequently accessed "warm" data and "cold" data, with the latter less likely to be disturbed.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Lightning speed – how fast is that again? Virgin plugs in another 102k to superfast broadband

But revenues for Q1 2019 flat as a pancake

Virgin Media has so far managed just 1.7 million Lightning connections, nearly halfway to its original stated aim of connecting 4 million premises by the end of 2019 to speeds of 300Mbps.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 3 May 2019

Arista cats far from purring despite shifting plenty more switches in Q1

Dyspeptic hyperscalers belch: We couldn't eat another bite for now, thanks

Switch-making Cisco nemesis Arista Networks has reported a bottom line expansion in calendar Q1 financials, amid demand from hyperscale data centre operators, including Facebook - which recently unveiled a block switch developed in collaboration with Arista.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

ConnectWise fails to connect: Customers down and out in the EU

Users can’t log in, start firing up the old Excel

Software management and automation service ConnectWise has gone for a liedown this morning for many users in the UK in what seems to be an EU-wide issue.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 2 May 2019

House! Microsoft wins at buzzword bingo with AI, ML and Blockchain in cloudy Azure wrapping

Cognitive Services to assist fleshbags with tedious decision-making duties

Build  Ahead of next week's Build, Microsoft's annual developer shindig, the US tech giant is continuing its efforts to show it knows how to play nicely with others – as it preps a slew of updates to its Azure Cognitive Services.…

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What a pain in the Azzz-ure: Microsoft Azure, SharePoint, etc knocked offline by DNS gremlins

Technical term for today's outage is TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Users' Packets

For the past hour or so, Microsoft's Azure cloud has been up and down globally due to DNS problems.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Mellanox investor proposes class action to kill Nvidia's $6.9bn mega buy

Calling all the ASIC snitches...

A Mellanox shareholder is attempting to scupper Nvidia's efforts to buy the chipmaker for $6.9bn.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Yet another figure joins Amazon Web Services payroll

Alex Holmes, deputy director of cyber security at DCMS, joins Liam Maxwell at cloud giant

Exclusive  Amazon Web Services has hired Alex Holmes, the deputy director of cyber security at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport - another senior IT Government figure to move to the cloud biz.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Oracle co-honcho Mark Hurd can't wait to turn your $1 of IT support spend into $4 of pay-as-you-go cloud revenue

While customers apparently make savings from consolidated services?

Analysis  Database giant and cloud-dream believer Oracle on Wednesday invited members of the media to its Redwood City headquarters in California because, as global comms SVP Bob Winslow put it, "We need you to tell our story."…

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Help us, SD-WAN to grow fee: Goldman Sachs and pals chuck $50m at Aryaka

That ought to help MPLS meet with a little, er, accident

Cloudy networking startup Aryaka is set to expand its business operations after netting $50m in its latest funding round, led by Goldman Sachs – the single largest investment in the company to date.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks