Saturday, 30 May 2020

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue

Sorry, fraud is a crime in both our countries

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has suffered a fresh setback in her fight to avoid extradition to the US after a Canadian judge ruled her case could continue.…


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EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?

Oh wait

You can file this one under: "Better late than never." The General Court of the European Union has annulled an earlier European Commission ruling blocking a merger between O2 and Three on competition grounds, following an appeal from the latter.…


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5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

You know sick people call ambulances using mobile phones, right?

Another 5G mast has gone up in flames in Liverpool in the UK, in this case mere days after it was erected.…


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Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

Reality intrudes into politics and tech once again

Updated  Cleansing Britain's phone networks of Huawei equipment by 2023 might not be possible, ministers are said to have realised after UK policy changes on the Chinese company in the last few weeks.…


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Highways England plumps up contract for National Traffic Information Service by £12m after brief chat with vendors

If you're anything like us, you dream of reorganising your country's highways. This is a new system they want to tighten up data streams, but still

Updated  Highways England is shopping for a new £62m National Traffic Information Service to help collect, process and disseminate real-time data and information about traffic on 4,300 miles (6,920km) of road.…


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Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

Judge tells US ISP: OK, seems fair

Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, US ISP Frontier Communications has insisted on giving key staff $38m in bonuses and other incentives – and an American judge has agreed.…


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So how are your remote working tools shaping up?

Breaking free from the office – without breaking the office

Comment  By now you’ve got this working-at-home business covered. Even if you find you’re occasionally eating your own weight in biscuits, you’ve bought a lighting kit to look professional on video calls, and you’ve won the fight for bandwidth by bribing the kids to stay off Houseparty.…


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The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted

SaaS is no replacement for disaster recovery as we're about to find out next month

Webcast  While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology.…



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Why it is crucial for banks to update their content management strategies

Collaboration, speed, customer satisfaction, surviving and thriving

Sponsored  The traditional banking industry is in a perilous position. The speed at which it can change to rapidly unfolding situations, perform tasks and the way it handles relationships with customers are under close scrutiny.…



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Wipro names new CEO: Former Capgemini COO Thierry Delaporte

Indian giant's center of power moves from Texas to Paris

Wipro has named its new CEO: 25-year Capgemini veteran Thierry Delaporte will take the big chair as of July 6th.…



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Workday chops up to $85m off subscription forecast for fiscal 2021 in response to pandemic

Thows arms around Salesforce and Microsoft in cloudy cuddle

Workday, purveyor of in-memory cloud-native HR and finance tools, has lowered its subscription revenue estimates by up to $85m for fiscal 2021 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.…



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Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

More than dozen services down, customers left unable to work

Adobe technicians scrambled on Wednesday to restore multiple cloud services after a severe outage left customers stranded.…



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IBM resurrects Netezza data warehousing kit in the cloud, which will delight clients midway through migrating

Surprise!

IBM has brought Netezza back from the dead in a move likely to sow further confusion among customers of Big Blue's enterprise data products.…



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Work unleashed: How to work smoothly and securely, wherever you are

You're working at home, but who’s got the remote control?

Promo  The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has propelled the trend for flexible and remote working into the stratosphere. Millions of people worldwide are cocooned at home and bent over all manner of devices and apps as they carry on working. But remote working on a giant scale also means the threat attack surface just got much, much bigger.…



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IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

Axed employees given chance to write almost-certainly futile letters to defend their jobs after the pink slip arrives

IBM's new round of "resource actions" – Big Blue speak for sackings – has reached Australia, The Register has learned, and will result in the creation of new cross-disciplinary teams to serve clients.…



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China's clouds have hyperscale parents and global ambition – but are they contenders for your apps?

Yes, especially for consumer-facing workloads. But don't expect a comfortable ride

The cloud is dominated by American companies. AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle all win more revenue than Alibaba, China's current leader.…



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Alibaba Cloud revenue grows 62% – but it's still just a sixth the size of AWS

But company reckons things are just getting started in China

Alibaba has revealed that its cloudy revenue grew 62 per cent in the year to 30 March 2020 for an annual run rate of US$5.6 billion.…



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Friday, 29 May 2020

The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted

SaaS is no replacement for disaster recovery as we're about to find out next month

Webcast  While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology.…



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Why it is crucial for banks to update their content management strategies

Collaboration, speed, customer satisfaction, surviving and thriving

Sponsored  The traditional banking industry is in a perilous position. The speed at which it can change to rapidly unfolding situations, perform tasks and the way it handles relationships with customers are under close scrutiny.…



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Wipro names new CEO: Former Capgemini COO Thierry Delaporte

Indian giant's center of power moves from Texas to Paris

Wipro has named its new CEO: 25-year Capgemini veteran Thierry Delaporte will take the big chair as of July 6th.…



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Thursday, 28 May 2020

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue

Sorry, fraud is a crime in both our countries

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has suffered a fresh setback in her fight to avoid extradition to the US after a Canadian judge ruled her case could continue.…


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Workday chops up to $85m off subscription forecast for fiscal 2021 in response to pandemic

Thows arms around Salesforce and Microsoft in cloudy cuddle

Workday, purveyor of in-memory cloud-native HR and finance tools, has lowered its subscription revenue estimates by up to $85m for fiscal 2021 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.…



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EU General Court tears up ban on Three slurping O2. Good thing the latter's not set to merge with Virgin Media, eh?

Oh wait

You can file this one under: "Better late than never." The General Court of the European Union has annulled an earlier European Commission ruling blocking a merger between O2 and Three on competition grounds, following an appeal from the latter.…


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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

More than dozen services down, customers left unable to work

Adobe technicians scrambled on Wednesday to restore multiple cloud services after a severe outage left customers stranded.…



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5G mast set aflame in leafy Liverpool district, half an hour's walk from Penny Lane

You know sick people call ambulances using mobile phones, right?

Another 5G mast has gone up in flames in Liverpool in the UK, in this case mere days after it was erected.…


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Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

Reality intrudes into politics and tech once again

Cleansing Britain's phone networks of Huawei equipment by 2023 might not be possible, ministers are said to have realised after UK policy changes on the Chinese company in the last few weeks.…


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Highways England plumps up contract for National Traffic Information Service by £12m after brief chat with vendors

If you're anything like us, you dream of reorganising your country's highways. This is a new system they want to tighten up data streams, but still

Highways England is shopping for a new £62m National Traffic Information Service to help collect, process and disseminate real-time data and information about traffic on 4,300 miles (6,920km) of road.…


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IBM resurrects Netezza data warehousing kit in the cloud, which will delight clients midway through migrating

Surprise!

IBM has brought Netezza back from the dead in a move likely to sow further confusion among customers of Big Blue's enterprise data products.…



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Work unleashed: How to work smoothly and securely, wherever you are

You're working at home, but who’s got the remote control?

Promo  The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has propelled the trend for flexible and remote working into the stratosphere. Millions of people worldwide are cocooned at home and bent over all manner of devices and apps as they carry on working. But remote working on a giant scale also means the threat attack surface just got much, much bigger.…



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IBM’s sacking spree reaches Australia and as staff wait to exit they're being offered $4k to find new workers

Axed IBMers given chance to write almost-certainly futile letters to defend their jobs after the pink slip arrives

IBM’s new round of “resource actions” – Big-Blue-speak for sackings – has reached Australia, The Register has learned, and will result in the creation of new cross-disciplinary teams to serve clients.…



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Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

Judge tells US ISP: OK, seems fair

Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, US ISP Frontier Communications has insisted on giving key staff $38m in bonuses and other incentives – and an American judge has agreed.…


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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

China’s clouds have hyperscale parents and global ambition - but are they contenders for your apps?

Yes, especially for consumer-facing workloads. But don’t expect a comfortable ride

The cloud is dominated by American companies: AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle all win more revenue than Alibaba, China’s current leader.…



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So how are your remote working tools shaping up?

Breaking free from the office – without breaking the office

Comment  By now you’ve got this working-at-home business covered. Even if you find you’re occasionally eating your own weight in biscuits, you’ve bought a lighting kit to look professional on video calls, and you’ve won the fight for bandwidth by bribing the kids to stay off Houseparty.…


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Monday, 25 May 2020

Alibaba Cloud revenue grows 62 percent – but it's still just a sixth the size of AWS

But company reckons things are just getting started in China

Alibaba has revealed that its cloudy revenue grew 62 percent in the year to March 30th, 2020, for an annual run rate of US$5.6 billion.…



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Saturday, 23 May 2020

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

Whoa, no Huawei?!

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly agreed to a plan that will see Huawei equipment entirely cut out of the nation's 5G networks within three years.…


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Friday, 22 May 2020

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

Tech is perhaps five years away from actual deployment, we're told

Australian scientists say they have broken data communications speed records by shifting 44.2 terabits per second over 75km of glass fiber from a single optical chip.…


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Facebook in a tizzy about 5 million paying users of its suits collab platform Workplace

Zuck has been so good at looking after your data, why not give him more?

Born too late to play the role of Star Trek's Commander Data, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg took to the streams last night as the company confirmed a jump in users of its Workplace platform.…



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Competition: We've heard of it. UK's MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs, says department

The UK's Ministry of Defence has handed Microsoft a £17.75m contract to run hosted services in the Azure Cloud – and rivals won't even get a chance to compete due to requisite "data sovereignty and reliability".…



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One in five Office 365 licenses aren’t being used. How do you keep better track of that?

Tune in next month for tips on better use of licenses, and how you can save $$$,$$$

Webcast  The problem with Microsoft Office 365 licenses is that while most businesses never quite seem to know how many they’ve got, paying for more of them, or more expensive tiers with existing ones, seems like the easiest thing in the world.…



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IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it ‘pivots’ to cloud

Services groups bear the brunt as thousands of workers given, in US at least, 30 days' notice, 90 days' pay

IBM is swinging the axe on its staff, with significant numbers of employees not attached to the cloud being told their time at Big Blue is up.…



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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Why your collaborative workspace should work with all applications

Let users and third parties continue with the tools they know and love

Sponsored  Communicating with your colleagues used to be simple. Turn to the desk next to you and there was your co-worker. Open Windows Explorer and there were your records and documents next to the network drive that you had access to. These days however, your staff and co-workers are likely to be working across dozens of content, creative and collaboration applications across multiple devices, with hot-desking, remote working, VPN’s, FTP’s and even multiple time zones factored into the mix.…



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International space station testing WiFi links to incoming craft, with an eye on autonomous docking

Japanese mission also carrying rolling remote-control robot atop last of a famous rocket family

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency today (JAXA) said it successfully launched the last of its H-II transfer vehicles and a to the International Space Station, carrying the unusual cargo of a remote-controllable rolling robot and a WiFi-in-space experiment.…


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AT&T slapped down for its '5G E' ads: You don’t have a 5G network, so stop saying so, says watchdog

Pah, fine, OK, we’ll do what you say, pouts giant telco to NARB

AT&T has been officially slapped down by America's National Advertising Review Board (NARB) for its 5G Evolution campaign in which it branded its phone and network 5G E, despite not actually deploying 5G technology.…


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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Hands up who wants to listen to Google blather on about cloud stuff? OK, a few of you. How about for nine weeks?

More than you could ever want to NOA about Google Cloud Platform

Next on Air  As the tech industry ponders how to hold virtual events in place of the usual big barn jamborees, Google has come up with its own take on death by G Suite Slides: a nine-week digital event called Next on Air.…



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ITAM Forum opens: 'People just want to talk to other managers about how to defend against software audits'

IT asset management group aims to help users negotiate service deals, navigate software licensing

Representatives from Toyota, Danske Bank and Procter & Gamble are among members of a new professional body that aims to help IT user groups negotiate cloud service deals and software licensing with vendors.…



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VMware and Dell level up their combined on-prem cloud for much more computing grunt

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC now offers full-rack rigs and gruntier hosts

VMware and Dell have revealed version 2.0 if their combined on-prem cloud and upgraded it to handle meatier workloads.…



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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei

That'll endear it to the government, definitely

Imperial College London, currently in the headlines for its modelling of the spread of COVID-19 across the UK, has signed a five-year collaboration deal with controversial Chinese tech outfit Huawei.…


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TensorBlow? Data boffins struggle with GPU shortage in Google Cloud, opposition offers to help out coders

Scale with the king of hyperscalers... until the silicon runs out, that is

The cloud continued to totter this month, and it was Google's turn to run into resource droughts – this time, virtual machine instances with GPUs.…



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Remember April 2020? It brought pandemic, chaos and an unseasonable spike in new domain registrations

UK and Oz registries recorded mini-booms for new names but also an overall domain dip

New domain name registrations spiked in the UK and Australia in April.…


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Azure India wobbles due to ‘underlying physical datacentre issue’

Storage and networking recover from overnight brownout, compute still in trouble after 12 hours

The Central India region of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is in trouble.…



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Monday, 18 May 2020

Latest NHS IT revolution is failing to learn lessons from the last £10bn car crash

Spending watchdog says UK health service lacks oversight, can't trace responsibilities

The UK government is failing to learn lessons from previous NHS IT disasters, including the £9.8bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) fiasco, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.…



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Huawei's defiant spinning top says Chinese vendor can cope with renewed US sanctions

Is French policy the controversial company's Achilles' heel, though?

Huawei's rotating chairman has admitted to the world's media that his organisation has been "impacted" by a year of US sanctions against it – and he's quite unhappy with France, too.…


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Crooks set up stall on UK govt's Digital Marketplace to peddle email fraud services targeting 'gullible' punters

Who would have thought the G in G Cloud stood for Gangster?

Exclusive  The Cabinet Office has confirmed that scammers broke into the UK government's Digital Marketplace to promote a round-the-clock "bespoke" fraudulent email service that preys on "gullible consumers".…



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Friday, 15 May 2020

It's Azure thing: Software AG hoists application integration platform into Microsoft's cloud

Google's next, warns chief product officer

Software AG is shunting its webMethods.io Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) at Microsoft's Azure cloud environment to snuggle up closer to the beast of Redmond.…



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Openreach boss denies BT selling stake in UK's national broadband plumber

KCOM owner Macquarie was said to be among suitors

Openreach boss Clive Selley has roundly dismissed a report out last night that BT was "in talks" with buyers to flog a multibillion-pound stake in its pipe-laying arm to investors.…


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Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

Plans new sub cable running from the UK to Spain on just-about the longest route possible

Facebook has backed a new submarine cable that it says will circumnavigate Africa and deliver three times more capacity that is currently connected to the continent.…


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UK housing association Places for People hands £21m to Salesforce to look after CRM and job scheduling

Tender loving care

UK housing association People for Places, which runs a property portfolio worth around £3bn, has awarded Salesforce a software licensing contract for CRM and job scheduling worth £21m.…



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VMware completes the native hybrid hyperscale set as Google turns on managed vSphere

As IBM becomes only cloud partner permitted to use Virtzilla's special subscription licence scrip

VMware has completed the set of major hyperscale clouds running its flagship vSphere natively, after the launch of the Google Cloud VMware Engine.…



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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Have you ever mapped your organisation’s attack surface? Now’s the time to start

It’s like cartography, but with infosec. Probably

Webcast  There’s lots of talk of the threat landscape, so one useful way to extend the metaphor is to imagine that landscape wrapped around the horizon of an actual globe.…



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Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...

Virgin Media users' download speeds did dip a bit, though

The surge of furloughed and remote workers caused by the recent COVID-19 lockdown had only a modest impact on UK broadband speeds, claims a new report (PDF) from Ofcom.…


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OpenStack Ussuri flows in: Chief operating officer spies public cloud chip wars ahead

Plus: Python2 slithers away from 21st release of open source cloud infrastructure project

The OpenStack Foundation has hit the green button on Ussuri, the 21st release of the open source cloud infrastructure project.…



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How to build a successful connected workspace

Be open to being open, says Dropbox

Sponsored  You hear a lot about collaborative working these days. Organisations talk about ‘connecting the workforce’ in an ‘efficient’ and ‘successful’ way. A brave new world of 24-7 global operations.…



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Cisco revenue dips as customers stop spending and supply chain wobbles

Company sees good times ahead as pandemic spurs catch-up investment, but also warns of 'market contraction' for servers

Cisco has posted results for the quarter ended April 25th that feature lower revenue than the corresponding period in 2019, but still satisfied investors it’s done well and will continue to do so.…


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Tencent pop group, formed on a Tencent TV show, boosted Tencent games and Q1 revenue

Chinese web giant also flings cash at cloud and videoconferencing to capture 'This working from home thing could really catch on' sentiment

Chinese web giant Tencent has reported 26 percent growth for Q1 2020, with the novel coronavirus helping things along because customers hunkered down to play its games while in lockdown.…



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Dell spins up a supported distro of Microsoft’s SONiC open-source switch software

If you want a flat fabric, Dell wants in and is eyeing off NSX integrations too

Dell Technologies has created its own distribution of Linux-based Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) project that emerged from Microsoft, and backed it with enterprise support in a bid to bring the software down from the clouds.…


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Donald Trump extends ban on Huawei, ZTE telecoms kit in US companies to May 2021

Also extends exemption on doing business with the pair – a negotiating tactic so incredible it has to keep being renewed

US President Donald Trump has extended his executive order banning US companies from using or buying telecoms equipment from Chinese telco manufacturers Huawei and ZTE for another year.…


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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year

Comms regulator Ofcom yet to rubberstamp proposals

Broadband plumber Openreach will discontinue sales of copper-based products in more than 100 exchange areas across the UK, starting from June 2021, it said today. The move is part of Openreach's effort to discontinue the legacy analogue network in favour of full fibre connectivity.…


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Sky Broadband is not the UK's cheapest, growls ad watchdog

Bombarding audiences with quick-fire telly spots won't cut the mustard

Sky Broadband has been publicly punished for peddling porky pies after running telly ads that made it out to be the UK's cheapest superfast home internet connection.…


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If you're going to spend $3tn, what's another billion? Congress urged to inject taxpayer dollars into open anti-Huawei 5G radio tech

How about a little stimulus... for anyone-but-China research?

A concerted push for the US government to fund research into open 5G technologies has gained additional momentum – with a bipartisan letter from 38 lawmakers to the leaders of the House of Representatives urging them to support the Open RAN initiative.…


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Teradata switches CEOs mid-flight while being eaten alive in the cloud, but it's not game over yet for data warehouser

Revenue's tumbling, but that's also typical of a move to the fluffy stuff

Analysis  When Oliver Ratzesberger was named as Teradata CEO and president in January last year, it seemed he was made for the job. Not only did he have a background in engineering and software, but thanks to seven years leading analytics at eBay, he was also well versed in the challenges of big data. By December, he was gone.…



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Azure low-priority VMs become non-existent VMs, replaced by new Spot VMs

‘This workload will self-destruct in 30 seconds’ - now with variable pricing

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has started to offer Spot VMs, the pay-what-you’re-willing-to cloudy servers that hyperscalers use to sell off their unused capacity.…



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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Amazon flicks switch on AI-powered enterprise search service Kendra - but where are all the connectors?

Now out of preview and optimised for 8 more domains

The concept behind Kendra, the enterprise search service that Amazon Web Services made generally available today, is pretty simple.…



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We maintained or increased IT spending, say seven-in-ten pros, execs polled mid-crisis. PS: We love Microsoft most

Coronavirus focused minds on desktop kit, networking, security, cloud, Register reader survey finds

Seven in ten IT pros and executives surveyed by The Register told us they, on average, maintained or increased their technology spending amid the coronavirus pandemic. Those polled also, overall, named Microsoft as their most valued vendor, followed by Zoom, Google, and Amazon Web Services.…



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Manage your applications with IaaS for an easy and secure life, says Comarch

Infraspace Cloud encrypts, stores and protects to mitigate high-end risk for high-end apps

Promo  It feels like every article starts with something along the lines of "now we’re all working remotely" but, honestly, when the shoe fits...…



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Monday, 11 May 2020

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

Hundreds to be forced out of the door into COVID-19-ravaged jobs market

IBM has slammed shut the window of opportunity for Global Technology Services (GTS) staff to put themselves forward for voluntary redundancy, meaning a requisite number will now be forcibly ejected.…



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Friday, 8 May 2020

Microsoft claims AWS has used new JEDI mind trick with secret contract objection filing

It's over, Amazon, we have the high ground (and all you had was a high price) says Redmond

Amazon.com has filed a second, secret, appeal at the decision to award Microsoft the $10bn Pentagon Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.…



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Equinix says Zoom bought plenty more stuff in Q1. Which is just what Oracle said, too

Despite you know what, little evidence of a rush to new racks

Equinix has posted its Q1 FY2020 results for the period ending March 31st, along with some interesting insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted data centre consumption.…



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Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

Even Exchange’s marketing bod reckons tests of feature could be a career-defining moment

Microsoft may just have made Reply All storms a thing of the past, by adding a suitable blocker to Exchange in Office 365 environments.…



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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Surge in Zoom support requests was 'unexpected', says tool team as it turns taps down

John Cena!* Online resources only for free and end users due to the 'unprecedented period'

Video conferencing darling of the hour, Zoom, has tightened up support rules in order to "better serve" users.…



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BT suspends shareholder payments as folk forgo pricey sports TV deals for matches that won't happen anyway

We all need to tighten our belts

For the first time in over three decades, BT has suspended its dividend scheme as the former state-owned teleco grapples with the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the financial uncertainty that'll inevitably ensue.…


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Keeping up with the Joneses: Cloud hosting biz UKFast's founders sell up

Secarma may be next for Inflexion buyout

Cloud hosting biz UKFast's founders, Laurence and Gail Jones, have "exited the business" as a private equity firm ups its stake – all as UKFast itself starts eyeing up Jones-owned infosec biz Secarma.…



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O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

Multinationals' UK arms pair up to take on Voda and former state-owned telco

Telcos Telef√≥nica and Liberty Global today confirmed plans to join their O2 UK and Virgin Media subsidiaries into one combined entity in a deal analysts branded a "blockbuster merger".…


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American tech goliaths decide innovation is the answer to Chinese 5G dominance, not bans, national security theater

Microsoft, Cisco, Google etc gang up to form Open RAN Policy Coalition

Some of America’s super-corps have remembered how the US became the dominant global technology force it is, and have vowed to use innovation over threats to counter Chinese dominance in 5G markets.…


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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

ServiceNow's 6-week virtual conference kicks off. Yes, you read that right: 6 weeks...

It's a long, long buildup to CEO's soliloquy, it's a long way to go

Knowledge 2020  With the long flights, late nights and early starts, IT conferences might seem endless. But with the shift to the online format becoming standard, for now at least, participants might be spared the trial of endurance.…



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Lead times double on network cat Arista's hottest selling lines as COVID-19 disrupts supply chain

Cisco's switch-slinging nemesis warns of business slipping back to 2018 levels

Lead times for some of Arista's most popular network kit has doubled due to disruption to the supply chain caused by the novel coronavirus, and won't improve any time soon, CEO Jayshree Ullal is warning.…


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First it became Middle Earth, now New Zealand will transform into Azure region number 60

Add low latency to the list of things on offer to tech billionaires building civilisation-fail bolt-holes in the South Pacific

Microsoft has announced an Azure region in New Zealand.…



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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

On building a unified storage architecture for edge computing

Lenovo consolidates edge data storage with block-and-file platform

Sponsored  The edge has been tagged as a top-ten strategic technology trend for the year.…


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Hyperconverged darling Nutanix to furlough at least a quarter of its staff – 1,465 – for two weeks this year

Cites uncertain business conditions and they sure are - even tilers working for Microsoft have felt the crunch

Nutanix will send at least a quarter of its staff home for two weeks on no pay this year.…



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Phil your boots: HPE's former no 2 in command Davis to run AWS in Asia Pacific, Japan

Hybrid IT and sales bigwig enfolded by cloudy arm of Amazon

Phil Davis, the former global sales chief and president of Hybrid IT at HPE who exited the business suddenly last week, has landed at AWS, where he will head up operations in Asia Pacific and Japan.…



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SAP discards Ace of Sybase: Digital Interconnect unit sold for $250 million

The division, which arrived via Sybase, was valued at $400m in 2006

Swedish cloud comms firm Sinch has snapped up SAP Digital Interconnect for around €225 million ($250m).…



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Colombian tech minister quits, heads off to overseas job as aborted .co contract sale triggers in-depth probe

Drama surrounds trendy lucrative top-level domain

Analysis  Colombia’s startup-friendly .co has erupted in controversy again following the resignation of the government minister responsible for putting the domain registry out for tender last year.…


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Microsoft teases more hybrid VMware-on-Azure action

For now, you get a preview of the official Azure VMware Solution to play with and a promise of availability in H2 2020

Microsoft has fired up the first previews of its VMware-on-Azure service and hinted at an expanded hybrid offering.…



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Nvidia's multi-billion-dollar buying spree continues as it slurps up Cumulus soon after swallowing Mellanox

Side effects may include rapid HPC and large AI workloads

GPU biz Nvidia on Monday said it plans to buy network software maker Cumulus Networks, just days after closing its $6.9bn deal to acquire Mellanox, another networking-oriented business.…


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Monday, 4 May 2020

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

Brrrring brrrring... Yep it's American cable guy Liberty Global

It's official: mobile networks operator O2 is negotiating a merger with Virgin Media. Should the deal — details of which are not yet known — complete, it would see the creation of the UK's largest entertainment and telco provider, spanning mobile, fixed-line telecommunications, broadband, and pay TV.…


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'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue': XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS over treatment of staff at Amazon's Retail division

'I'm sad, but I'm breathing more freely' says former exec

Tim Bray, a co-author of the original specifications for XML, has ended his time as a VP and distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services in outspoken fashion, quitting in dismay at the treatment of Amazon's warehouse workers.…



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The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

Homebaked conspiracy fans are really adding some local flair

Comment  This is one of those that should fall under the title of unlikely things to awaken Brits' patriotic spirit: a gaggle of anti-5G protestors in the UK's capital.…


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Microsoft reveals it’s rolled its own QUIC and is testing it on Microsoft 365 and in .NET Core 5.0

The sequel to Pac-Man was Ms. Pac-Man. And Microsoft’s version of the Google-spawned TCP-killer QUIC is called MsQuic

Microsoft’s revealed it’s a user of QUIC – the TCP successor that’s integral to HTTP3 but hasn’t quite excited too many folk beyond Google and Cloudflare.…


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Saturday, 2 May 2020

Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action

IT giant accused of paying women less than men doing exact same roles

A lawsuit filed against Oracle on behalf of six women seeking to be paid as much as their male colleagues has been certified as a class action – a legal milestone that will allow thousands of women a chance to have their gender discrimination claims heard.…



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Friday, 1 May 2020

Brit magistrates' courts turn to video conferencing to keep wheels of justice turning

It's not just Skype and Zoom cashing in on remote-working boom

Britain's courts are moving to their own video-conferencing platform – for criminal trials rather than business meetings.…



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$31bn spent on cloudy infrastructure in Q1 on back of employees' mass migration to home working

Digital gold rush spurred by global pandemic: Big 4 bag 62% of market

Cloud infrastructure providers are making bank following the mass migration of millions of workers from their offices to their homes, with spending on services leaping by 34.5 per cent in Q1 to $31bn.…



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Extra knobs and dials for Microsoft's Productivity Score while Azure Active Directory lays on the freebies

I always feel like / somebody's watching me

Microsoft is adding to its slightly worryingly named Productivity Score preview with additional granularity and categories.…



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Identify and act on high-risk devices – faster

Find out more at Forescout live virtual event on May 12

Promo  Not so very long ago, an office network was just that – in an office, connected to a bunch of servers in the cupboard next to the team room.…


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International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech

As the Interplanetary Networking Special Interest Group launches discussion of Solar System Internet

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has achieved a 100 Mbps ethernet connection from the International Space Station to earth, using lasers!…


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ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, claims it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

Questions linger over what is going on inside DNS overseer

ICANN has halted the proposed $1.1bn sale of the .org registry to an unknown private equity firm, claiming this was “the right thing to do.”…


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Back when the huge shocking thing that felt like the end of the world was Australia on fire, it turns out telcos held up alright

Or as well as they could once the power went out - yet report says reliance on electricity isn't a resilience issue

Back in January when Australia was on fire and the rest of the world wasn’t, locals in the burning zones were advised that the best source of information was emergency services apps. But they were unavailable because mobile networks had gone down.…


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Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs

Cloud-giant-with-a-gift-shop gearing up for the long game

Amazon today reported $75.5bn in revenue for the first quarter of 2020, higher than expected though eroded by exceptional expenses. And it told investors to get used to its free spending ways during the coronavirus pandemic.…



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