Friday 27 September 2019

Mayor of London wants mobile providers to stick more network kit across Big Smoke's rooftops

But are landlords going to care about a template agreement?

UK mobile networks could be able to shove their kit on more of the capital's rooftops following a draft agreement put together by the Mayor of London's office.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Cisco helps ease blight of tourism on Orkney's Wi-Fi hotspot network thanks to £4.3m grant

*grumble* Coming over here... hogging our internets *groan*

Cisco has begun live trials of its OpenRoaming technology on the Orkney islands off the north coast of Scotland, intended to allow people to move more easily between Wi-Fi hotspots.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

*Microsoft taps your shoulder* Hi sorry yeah, we're still suing US govt for right to tell people when they are spied on

You gotta fight for your right to paaaartake in a legal process to inform folks of snoop orders

When it comes to valiant defenders of the people from American spies there are many names that spring to mind. Microsoft is perhaps not typically one of them – though Redmond, if you had forgotten, is still battling the US government in a fight over cloud subscriber privacy.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 26 September 2019

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says Google

'Me encanta América... huh, so you're a terrorist?!'

Google recommends that anyone using its translation technology add a disclaimer that translated text may not be accurate.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Quic! Head to the latest Chrome version and try out HTTP/3

New, faster protocol becomes a reality

The latest iteration of the ubiquitous HTTP internet protocol - version 3 - has hit the web.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Dropbox Paper: Handy for collaborating... oh and harvesting email addresses, too

'We understand the concerns' says Dropbox (not enough to change how it works, though)

A security engineer has complained that a feature of Dropbox Paper, a document collaboration tool, leaks email addresses by design.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Dropbox CEO: I will make your worklife a calmer experience

By hiding most of the emails you get

Analysis  Feeling overwhelmed by the number of unread emails in your inbox? Frustrated that you had to trawl through 1,000 Slack messages before finding the one you were looking for? Unable to find the latest version of the presentation your team has to give tomorrow?…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Dropbox reinvents itself as a collaborative workspace – no, not the WeWork kind (phew)

File storage company launches new Spaces service

Dropbox now longer wants to be just a cloud storage service but the provider of “a calmer and more focused working environment” its CEO announced this morning.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Brit ISPs pinky-promise not to overcharge loyal broadband customers

Guys, just pick up the phone and change!

Following an Ofcom review of broadband pricing, a bunch of British ISPs have promised to allow loyal customers access to better deals once their contracts end.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

US lobby group calls for open standards to fight Huawei 'threat'

There's an 'undeclared war' going on

A US lobbying group is calling for open standards as a solution to the supposed security threat posed by Huawei.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Ofcom probes EE over 4G outage that may have stopped folk contacting emergency services

UK's top mobile network 'fully cooperating' with investigation

The UK's communications regulator has launched an investigation into mobile network EE after an outage earlier this year may have left some customers unable to access the emergency services.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Why worry about cost of banning certain Chinese comms providers? Fire Huawei, says analyst

Rip and replace only $3.5bn! Won't slow 5G rollout either

The cost of banning Huawei from European 5G markets would be minimal, and not significantly slow the deployment of upgraded networks, according to an analyst whose opinion files in the face of some mobile operators.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Psst... Don't let the cloud hipsters hear us say this – it's perfectly fine to use a mix of on- and off-prem kit and services

Tune in to discover how you can make the best of both worlds, private and public

Webcast  Public, private, hybrid, multi... with so many options open, how do you build a full-stack cloud solution that takes advantage of all available resources in the best possible way?…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Amazon Web Services joins Google in paying lip service to Microsoft's .NET platform

With the hope of running more enterprise applications

AWS has joined the .NET Foundation as a Corporate Sponsor, which means the cloud giant gets a seat on the Foundation's Advisory Council as well as helping to fund the foundation's activities.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

What's on the itinerary today, Microsoft? Ah, Azure Scheduler's getting a stay of execution

Three more months before all jobs stop and deletion starts

In what seems to be becoming a bit of a habit within the halls of Redmond, Microsoft has extended the life of another product, this time the doomed Azure Scheduler.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

No happy ending for the 93,000 Kazakh domains that got nixed instead of massage parlour's site

Block by IP, very naaice

Kazakhstan officials blocked 93,000 websites from domestic access in a ham-fisted attempt to blacklist an adult massage parlour.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

How to fix the global slowdown in broadband rollout: Redefine what broadband means

From now until 2025, let's call it 'meaningful universal connectivity'

Wondered why all those government initiatives to expand broadband internet provision into poor or remote areas never seem to come to fruition? It's because we've been misdefining what broadband means all along.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

2020 is just around the corner – and your data analytics are stuck in 2011. Upgrade your biz with Google Cloud

Jump-start your next decade at the Global Digital Conference this week

Promo  If you’ve decided that your traditional data warehouse or analytics tooling isn’t fit for the next decade, you should take time out to join Google Cloud’s Global Digital Conference tomorrow – Wednesday, 25 September.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 23 September 2019

Microsoft: Dynamics 365 to hook up online, physical retail... 'cos we love tracking so much we want it offline too

Plus: Redmond unveils Connected Store

Microsoft has new applications for Dynamics 365 that retailers will be pleased to note use data and AI to assist "personalisation" and optimisation across multiple retailing channels, including online and in-store.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK's copper phone lines

With 2025 deadline, potential for disruption is huge

Interview  Most people are unaware of the huge infrastructure challenge the UK is about to undergo as 15 million phone lines are switched off.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

When modernising your data warehouse and analytics, trust is everything – learn more from Google this week

Find out how your peers are doing getting ahead with Google Cloud

Promo  Even if you’re not worried about your traditional data warehouse delivering all the insight it could, you’re almost certainly worried about it staying secure and compliant.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 20 September 2019

We sense a great disturbance in the Salesforce: File-slinging feature breaks down for more than 12 hours

It felt as if millions of SaaS customers suddenly cried out in frustration, then headed off for the weekend early

It has been a rough morning for Salesforce, here in San Francisco: part of the cloud giant's sprawling empire fell over and stayed down for more than 12 hours. In fact, it stumbled over so hard, CEO Marc Benioff's techies are having to apply fixes to servers manually.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers

The Reg chats to Dame Margaret Hodge MP about box slinger's tax affairs

Interview  Amazon's latest PR efforts to paint itself as a responsible corporate citizen in the UK have been branded "complete bollocks" by Dame Margaret Hodge MP, a long-term critic of the online giant's tax practices.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Three UK slammed for 'ripping off' loyal mobile customers by £32.4m per year

Operator refusing to apply automatic discounts next year

UK consumer charity Citizens Advice has accused telco giant Hutchison's UK network Three of "ripping off loyal customers" to the tune of £32.4m per year, by refusing to apply automatic discounts once contracts end.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Calling all data-hungry disruptive orgs. It's time to disrupt the bugbears holding back your biz

Join us, Google, and one of its customers to gain real-world advice on extracting the most value from your info

Webcast  If you depend on your data to disrupt the market, you’ve probably already built a modern data-oriented infrastructure. But you are also likely coming up against some common challenges facing many organisations that operate at the cutting edge of data.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Open-source companies gather to gripe: Cloud giants sell our code as a service – and we get the square root of nothing

Biz bods head to Open Core Summit to ponder how to, you know, get paid

Analysis  On Thursday, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, companies building open-source code gathered to figure out how to survive having Amazon, Google, and Microsoft sell their software as a service without paying for the privilege.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Thursday 19 September 2019

Hard luck, Claranet. You managed to go 29 whole days without an incident

Five hours and counting, this does not look good for UK hoster

Brit hosting provider Claranet found itself resetting the "29 days without incident" sign this morning as "connectivity issues" felled customer emails and websites all over again.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

You better get a wiggle on then: BT said to be mulling switching off UK's copper internets by 2027

Would that be the 'secret talks' Openreach is consulting on?

BT is considering moving its entire network to full fibre and will decommission its copper cables by 2027, according to reports.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

You can't just throw your biz apps, data into the cloud and hope for the best. You gotta optimise those systems, networks

Choose Intel to power your org to the next level

Sponsored  So, you’ve fork lifted a bunch of applications to the cloud, and you’re looking forward to happy years of low cost, worry-free operation, where you can provision oodles of computing power at the flick of a switch. Congratulations. But you didn’t really think it would be that easy, did you?…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Congratulations! You finally have the 10Mbps you're legally entitled to. Too bad that's obsolete policy slammed for not keeping pace with technology

Plans to introduce a legal right for everyone in the UK to have minimum broadband speeds of 10Mbps next year will be "obsolete soon after introduction", a Parliamentary report has found.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Tuesday 17 September 2019

VMware on AWS: Low-risk option or security blanket for those who don't like change?

John Enoch gives us the hard sell – just ignore the price

AWS Transformation Day  It's London's turn with AWS Transformation Day, where attendees endure a cacophony of buzzwords intended to hammer home the message that Amazon's cloud is where you wanna be.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Brit government WLTM one Chief Digi Info Officer

Required: GSoH, plus ability to make ends meet on up to £180k a year is on the lookout for a Government Chief Digital Information Officer (GCDIO) - a permanent secretary role that sets the strategic direction of travel for public sector IT in return for up to £180,000 a year.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Is it time to update your data warehouse and retool your analytics? Google Cloud's gurus are here to guide you

Get the answers you need this month – and ready your systems for the 2020s

Promo  If you are beginning to wonder whether your familiar old data warehouse and analytics solutions can keep pace with the fast-moving modern world, you should check out today's state-of-the-art data-handling and analytics systems.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Larry Ellison tiers Amazon a new one: Oracle cloud gets 'always' free offer, plus something about Linux

El Reg decodes Big Red's big announcements from today

OpenWorld  Oracle on Monday debuted a free, self-fixing Linux distribution for paying Oracle Cloud customers, and a free Cloud service tier that includes a limited version of its paid Autonomous Database, for winning developer favor and fostering future Cloud customers.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 16 September 2019

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the auto-renewal bills...

... And they’re not happy

Colin McDermott was surprised this week to receive an invoice from the UK’s largest domain name registrar, 123-Reg, auto-billing him £11.99 for a domain name he never ordered.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Friday 13 September 2019

Avaya considering tie-up with RingCentral to save it from fire sale – report

Comms kit vendor in talks with videoconferencing outfit about possible joint venture

Troubled telecoms provider Avaya has hit pause on plans to find a buyer amid reports it may enter into a joint venture with videoconferencing provider RingCentral instead.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 12 September 2019

Cloud Foundry has got its Red Hat on, hip, hip, hip, hooray: IBM demos CF running on OpenShift

Will it be enough to boost Big Blue's cloud?

CF Summit  IBM has demonstrated Cloud Foundry running on Red Hat OpenShift, a Kubernetes (K8s) container platform, at an event in the Netherlands.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

We've secured our CPU silicon, and ready to secure your business, says post-Meltdown Intel

Security stepped up after academics and hackers step up their bug-hunting game

Sponsored  There used to be a set process for securing the enterprise, with measures that could be put in place by any competent network manager.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Not so Hybrid fibre 'under review' as Openreach remembers it's all about FTTP now

BT clears throat, gestures wildly at its new full-fibre targets

BT's Openreach is pausing its hybrid fibre investment as it mulls the product's future in light of its recent conversion to full fibre.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Waity K8-y no more Pivotal: We'll unhook Application Service from VMware

Multicloud, Spring framework, and how K8s will become a universal API for infrastructure

Interview  Pivotal's current alpha release of the Pivotal Application Service (PAS) for Kubernetes has a dependency on VMware, but that will be removed in the final release, senior veep of products Ian Andrews told The Reg.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

China's cloud market jumps 58%: OK Alibaba, you've lost your Ma but you're still leading

Plus: Baidu's 92% growth closes gap on AWS

Despite all the talk among Western tech vendors of an economic slowdown in the Middle Kingdon, spending on cloud infrastructure services in China is comfortably outpacing that of the global average.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Cloud, internet biz will take a Yellowhammer to the head in 'worst case' no-deal Brexit

UK govt releases contingency doc and everything thing is [fine/a living nightmare] (delete as appropriate)

Analysis  Cloud providers, social media platforms, and e-commerce companies are going to be hit hard in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to official UK government correspondence.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 10 September 2019

NHS Shared Business Services asks: Might we interest sir in a bespoke, artisanal G-Cloud?

Pre-approved services list aims to make choice easier for public sector orgs

NHS Shared Business Services - the UK health service's back-office IT provider - has launched a list of pre-approved cloud services suppliers for public sector orgs.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Huawei thanks Uncle Sam for returning its seized comms kit ... two years later, ya jerks

Guess we'll drop that lawsuit now then

Huawei has dropped a lawsuit against the US government after the Department of Commerce returned hardware it seized from the company back in September 2017.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Alright! Ma time to meet that shag quota! Alibaba chairman steps down at 55 with $38.6bn fortune

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

At 55 years old, Jack Ma, boss of Chinese tech giant Alibaba, is stepping down from day-to-day management of the company he founded – with a $38.6bn fortune in his pocket.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Happy hour with Box: Take a break at the Sibos London exhibition this month with drinks, bites, and cloud bytes

Content management giant invites Register readers to hobnob in the capital

Promo  Attendees at the annual Sibos financial services exhibition are invited to relax and rest their weary feet at an afternoon reception hosted by Box at the end of the first day of the event, in London, on 23 September.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Monday 9 September 2019

Microsoft takes ExpressRoute to orbit to sling Azure services at backwaters via satellite

Your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition, er, we mean Redmond pals up with SES, Intelsat and Viasat

Microsoft has buddied up with a trio of satellite operators to hook up its Azure cloud to locations lacking connectivity.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Now on Amazon Prime: The Amazing Shrinking UK Tax Burden

Amazon UK Services turns over £2bn+, profits up, and taxes... Well, what do you think?

It is that time of the year again when Amazon's bean counters put into words a tale of intrigue and daring: the latest set Profit & Loss accounts for the UK Services subsidary. Spoiler: tax remains an issue.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Friday 6 September 2019

Cu in Hell: Thousands internetless after copper thieves pinch 500m of cable in Cambridgeshire

Openreach network targeted for second time in 2 weeks

Thieves have stolen 500 metres of Openreach's copper cable in Cambridgeshire, leaving thousands of people without broadband or a working telephone.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Thursday 5 September 2019

New York City sues T-Mobile US over 'abusive sales tactics'

Dodgy dealing in a mobile phone shop? What kind of a world?

The City of New York is suing T-Mobile US, alleging that it is unfairly exploiting people with its "Metro by T-Mobile" brand – its no-contract, pre-pay service.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

10 months of Jeremy Kyle later*, ex-BT boss Gavin Patterson shacks up with Salesforce

Guess it's time to put down the crisps and get off the couch, Gav ...

The former boss of BT, Gavin Patterson, is to join US software giant Salesforce offering "strategic guidance" to its European business.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Handy, that: Microsoft inhales cloud migration outfit for undisclosed amount

Orchestrating Movere purchase in the Dark?

Microsoft has snapped up cloud migration specialists, Movere, in its efforts to smooth the path for customers to Azure.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)


Yahoo!, it appears, is still a thing. Unless it's Thursday morning, in which case it isn't.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Wednesday 4 September 2019

AWS celebrates Labor Day weekend by toasting customer data in US-East-1 BBQ

Postmortem report: Power outage roasted instances, volumes for unlucky punters

A power outage fried hardware within one of Amazon Web Services' data centers during America's long Labor Day weekend. Backup generators also failed, virtual server instances evaporated, and cloud-hosted data was lost and had to be restored from backups, where possible, we're told.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Cloud

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Uncle Sam is Huawei out of line with these hacking attacks, patent probes, Chinese mode maker sighs

Comms giant says camera patent claims are a front for government intrusion

Huawei claims, albeit without evidence that the US government has tried to break into its internal computer networks. The mobile tech giant is also upset that Uncle Sam's ongoing patent theft probes are little more than an excuse for American officials to pry into its business.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks

Monday 2 September 2019

The purple SIM of fail: Virgin Mobile punters left in the dark with batch of borked cards

S'OK though, network promises to fix 'as quickly as possible'

Virgin Mobile customers are struggling to get new SIM cards to work or be recognised by the network, leaving them unable to make or receive calls or use data services.…

via The Register - Data Centre: Networks