TechTarget News - Week of Jul 04, 2010

Seagate releases details of 3TB drive

Seagate has released a 3TB drive, but has not made a major areal density breakthrough as it uses five double-sided platters with 300GB per side.

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MySQL appeals EC approval of Oracle’s Sun takeover

MySQL open source database author Michael Widenius has filed an appeal against the decision by European competition authorities to approve Oracle’s $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Insurance companies plan IT enhancements

More than a fifth of insurance firms are planning to enhance their IT as mergers, expansion and regulation top industry concerns

Microsoft cracks down on UK software pirates

Microsoft's investigators have caught 25 UK computer shops selling illegal software in the past six months. The software company has reached settlements with 21 sellers, who admitted loading pirated software onto the hard discs of computers sold.

Interview: Virtualised transactions are the future, says Fujitsu CTO

Imagine this: you pay your gas bill using a credit card and the application automatically fills in the form by pulling in data from the Post Office, a credit reference agency, the credit card company, the energy company, and the Home Office…

Cisco adds the Cius to list of tablet options

Cisco is joining the tablet revolution but with a twist as it aims its product squarely at business users rather than the consumer. The vendor will join the ranks of Apple, Dell and HP in the wave of tablet offerings but will pitch its Cius seven-inch product at the business user. In many respects

Future of BSF hangs in the balance

The coalition government is expected to call time on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme later today, months ealier than planned. The Department for Education stated in June that it was "reviewing" BSF to ensure the £55bn initiative was "cost effective and effic

Enterprise cloud adoption on the rise across Europe

The march towards cloud computing has started in earnest with the majority of enterprise customers in Europe expecting to have made the move to a distributed model in the next two years. Driven by the search for lower costs, efficiency improvements and greater flexibility Brocade found that the clo

EC approves Avnet acquisition of Bell Microproducts

The European Commission has approved Avnet's proposed $594m (£392m) takeover of Bell Microproducts after deciding it will not stifle competition in the distribution channel. This was the final hurdle to the deal that was first announced in March and is expected to be completed early this mont

Bentley unveils first fully 3D car

The first Bentley to be designed and built completely in silicon will reach dealer showrooms within the next few months. The £200,000 Mulsanne is also the first car the Bentley factory has designed and built purely of its own volition for 80 years. It marks a return to the traditional Bentley values of elegance, comfort and stomach-hollowing power in a big package.

D-Link appoints Bell Micro to support business growth

Networking vendor D-Link has extended its relationship, already established in the US, with distribution partner Bell Micro appointing it in the UK to support its market growth ambitions. Bell has been signed up to help push business products through the channel as D-Link establishes itself beyond

Microsoft distie rebate cuts force price hikes

Microsoft has today removed the retrospective fee it pays to distributors serving tier one reseller accounts and will instead pay them to develop smaller unmanaged dealers. The changes, which have resulted in a price rise to the 30 largest resellers in the UK, are part of Redmond's plans to carve a

Australian naked DSL guide

Naked DSL can be a useful and cheap way to connect a remote office or provide a backup WAN. Richard Chirgwin surveys the market to explain your options.

Huge haul of pirates named and shamed

Microsoft has been busy catching resellers selling illegal software with one of the largest cases of naming and shaming to hit the channel including a raft of shop-front-dealers from the Midlands and North among the 21 guilty offenders.

BSF projects worth £1bn canned by government

As expected the government has taken the axe to school building projects worth £1bn as part of its drive to make cuts in public spending. The Building Schools for the Future programme has been under review for the last few weeks and this afternoon the Education Secretary Michael Gove said tha

All government jobs to be published online

Council job adverts will no longer be placed in national newspapers as the government tries to cut down its recruitment costs and place ads on the web.

The...

London and the South East offer most IT jobs

Almost two-thirds of all technology jobs in the post-credit crunch era are clustered in the south of the UK and mainly in the financial services industry...

Union calls off BT strike ballot

The Communication Workers Union has cancelled a strike ballot that was expected to favour the start of the first national strike in 23 years at BT.

China keeps Google waiting on licence decision

Chinese authorities have still not told Google whether its licence to operate in the country will be renewed after nearly a week of waiting.

Atos Origin launches B2C service

IT service provider Atos Origin is using its expertise in transactional based services to launch a service direct to consumers offering train tickets and a travel loyalty scheme.

UK distributors warned to be on guard against Euro fraudsters

European distributors are warning their UK counterparts to be on the look out for fraudsters that have swept the continent targeting channel players. The technique, which has already been used in France and Germany, is for fraudsters to set up dummy companies in one country that approach distributi

One thousand more UK jobs cut at HP

HP is cutting almost 1,000 jobs this year and union Unite expects another 1,000 to go next year.

IT suppliers deal with fall out of BSF cuts

Resellers in the education sector are this morning dealing with the fall out from the Government's freeze on spending under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The coalition has finally confirmed 58 projects that cover 700 schools and academies will be cancelled, no longer funded b

Recovery continues but services sector remains fragile

Despite the UK economy continuing to emerge from recession there continue to be fears that the fragile recovery could be derailed. The latest economic survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) found that the second quarter built on the improvement in the first with growth in Q2 of around 0

SAM message moves away from fear onto savings and returns

The managing director of FAST Ltd has described the current approach to selling software compliance as one where enforcement has largely disappeared. Matthew Barnes, who has been promoted to the top role at FAST Ltd, after an eighth month spell as operations director, has told MicroScope of his vis

BT industrial ballot shelved due to legal issues, says CWU

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has shelved the industrial action ballot in BT due to "legal technicalities" that may have rendered the process null and void. Unionised staff at the telco were last month asked to vote for or against striking over the offer of a 2% pay rise - CWU wer

VMware vSphere shared storage guide

Learn about shared storage devices that let you unlock the power of VMware vSphere.

Final rule on meaningful use criteria days away

HHS has sent the final rule for federal meaningful use criteria to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The rule should be published in the next few days.

Botnet malware targets Symbian smartphones

New botnet malware is attacking Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson smartphones running Symbian operating systems…

Assess smart meter network on total cost of ownership, says Arqiva

The government should base its assessment of communications network alternatives for the proposed national £10bn smart meter/smart grid project on the total cost of ownership over the entire 25 year expected life of the project…

Arqiva presses for long-range radio for smart meter network

The communications network to link the UK's smart meters should be assessed as part of the nation's critical national infrastructure, not simply another application on the existing fixed and mobile networks, says Arqiva smart meter project director Mike Green.

RSA looks to IT suppliers to slash carbon costs

Insurance giant RSA is working with IT suppliers to cut its carbon footprint as part of an ongoing sustainability drive.

RSA, formerly Royal & Sun...

ITC wins £1m business funding under EFG

ITC Global Security has won £1m funding from NatWest under the government-backed Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee...

Phishing scams jump as HMRC tax deadlines close

Criminals are likely to target UK taxpayers with phishing e-mails as tax and tax credit deadlines loom in July, warns security firm ....

Visa boosts contactless card issue

Visa is to increase the number of "touch-and-go" cards in issue from eight million to 12 million by the end of 2010.

Banks are increasing their uptake...

Microsoft on the brink of further job cuts

Microsoft has been reported to be on the verge of announcing more job cuts across the company in the next few days. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal the software giant is planning to make some cuts, but nowhere near the scale of the moves it made last year to cut 5,000 staff. In th

Marks & Spencer online sales grow 49%

Marks & Spencer's online business M&S Direct saw sales rise 49% in the first quarter of the new financial year.

Overall UK sales were up 4.4%, with...

CNBC picks BT for video distribution

Business and financial news channel CNBC has outsourced European distribution of its video content to BT's Media Network...

Watt and Toal take top European roles in post merger Avnet

Avnet Technology Solutions has handed the top jobs in Europe and the UK to Bell Microproducts senior staffers Graeme Watt and John Toal after completing the acquisition. Thedeal,valued at$631m including $252m in equity and assuming a net debt position of $379m, cementsAvnet'sstatus as the largest e

Time for upgrades as end of life looms for Microsoft products

Microsoft has warned that it is just days away from ending support for several products providing resellers with a reason to talk of upgrades. From next Tuesday (13 July) Windows Vista Release to Manufacture and Windows XP SP2 will have support withdrawn along with Windows Server 2000. There will

Days are numbered for 'unlimited' broadband

Even before the Advertising Standards Authority review of claims of 'unlimited broadband' has reached its conclusions several players in the industry have called for an end to the misleading description of broadband services. A review was kicked off by the ASA last month after complaints about unli

How to choose a labor management system

Choosing a labor management system (LMS) with just the right amount of precision and integration can help manufacturers take a huge chunk out of their warehouse operating costs.

HHS releases long-awaited proposed HIPAA enforcement rule

The new proposed rule for HIPAA enforcement details compliance initiatives for health care providers and payers to secure patient data in the electronic era. The comment period begins July 14.

Oracle Exadata Version 2 interest booms a year after release

While the first version of Oracle Exadata generated only a handful of customers, Version 2 has lured customers into spending millions to buy it. But what’s so special about it?

Brush up on business skills for new round of mergers

Gartner has urged CIOs to develop their business skills and prepare for a new round of mergers and acquisitions as the economy emerges from the downturn…

BT and TalkTalk urge High Court review Digital Economy Act

The UK's two largest internet service providers, BT and TalkTalk, have asked the High court to review the Digital Economy Act (DEA) with respect to its conformance...

Web developers in demand as IT jobs continue recovery

The recovery in the IT jobs market continues with .net skills the most in demand as both permanent and temporary positions carry on climbing back to pre-recessionary levels. The latest monthly figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG show that the recovery which kick

BSF cock up leaves Gove apologising and more schools hit

The education secretary is having to apologise to schools that had been told their building and ICT improvement plans under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme were incorrectly safe when in fact they had been axed. There were 25 errors in the list that went out earlier this week accomp

Gov calls meeting with captains of IT to seek cost cuts

Twenty of the largest public sector services suppliers are due to meet with the government today to explore ways of cutting costs. Frances Maude Minister for the Cabinet Office and head of the Efficiency Reform Group (EFG) told the think-tank Reform yesterday that he will meet with chief executives

Gartner warns CIOs to be prepared for double dip

If things weren't bad enough with the government swinging the axe on projects and expenditure left, right and centre one of the largest analyst houses has warned CIOs to prepare for a double dip recession. Gartner has warned that although a lot of senior managers were forgiven for not being prepare

BBC casts around on future software investments

The BBC plans to talk to other organisations about the value and pitfalls of their financial software systems to find the best way forward.

The broadcasting...

Talk Talk and BT challenge Digital Economy Act

The Digital Economy Act is being challenged by Talk Talk and BT as the campaign to beat off the threat of pressuring ISPs to help crack down on illegal downloaders takes another twist. The background to the controversy over the Digital Economy Act started in the last throws of the Labour government

SMEs most at risk from public sector cuts warns Begbie Traynor

Public sector spending cuts will be a hammer blow to the fragile recovery of some small IT firms as the government turns to larger listed or global corporate giants that have the economies of scale to offer cheaper goods and services. This is according to business rescue specialists Begbies Traynor

EU to resume sending banking details to US in August

Europe will resume sending details of private bank transaction to the US on 1 August following the European Parliament's ratification of a revised deal on the processing and transfer of financial messaging data…

Google confident, but still no Chinese licence

China has not renewed Google's operating licence in the country more than a week after it expired, but the internet firm's chief executive Eric Schmidt remains confident.

New phishing attack disguised as a PDF reader update

Malicious e-mail attacks that look like PDF reader updates have been increasing in volume since the middle of June, says Symantec Hosted Services.

The...

BT and CWU agree pay deal to avert strike ballot

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has agreed to a 3% pay rise which will be recommended for its members in a ballot in the next few weeks.

MicroScope top stories, week ending 9 July

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Watt and Toal take top European roles in post merger Avnet Bell Micro executives get senior roles in the revised operational structure at post-merger Avnet Microsoft distie rebate cuts force price hikes Price hikes fi

European tech market M&A activity buoyant

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector continue to rise providing yet another indicator, along with increasing employment, that the market is in recovery. According to the latest M&A research for June from Regent it was a busy month in Europe in terms of buying and selling and

House of Fraser IT supremo steps down

Duncan Gray is to leave House of Fraser after nearly four years as the department store chain's head of IT.

Security appliance market returns to growth

The security appliance market has returned to growth after being hit hard in the recession managing to climb back into a positive position for the first time since the first quarter of last year. Although the security market came through the worst of the recession largely unscathed the appliance ma

How to set a network performance baseline for network monitoring

By setting a network performance baseline, network administrators can define what is normal for enterprise networks and identify patterns that indicate signs of trouble down the road. Network performance baselines also enable network managers to plan for growth.

Opera upgrades Mini mobile browser

Norwegian browser maker Opera has updated its Mini mobile browser, which should speed up Nokia S40 feature phones with limited memory, such as the 5130 XpressMusic, 6300 and the 2700 handsets.

Customer relationship management benefits for SMEs

Every big business was a small business once. Therefore, selling to the present-day minnows will put you in pole position for selling to tomorrow's whales. They won't all make that leap - some won't want to - but the next generation of big beasts is out there. Customer relationship management (CRM)

PCI deadline stirs retail interest in security

The looming deadline for compliance to the PCi credit card security measures are forcing retailers to look to the channel for support as they try to get on the right side of the law. From 30 September major retailers will be expected to prove that they are PCI compliant and have the ability to meet

Cloud coming but on-premise software clinging on

The rush towards the cloud might well take longer to come than some in the industry have expected with on-premise software remaining the customer favorite for the time being. According to research carried out by SAP 61% of new software investments happening in the next year will be traditional on-p

Avnet president vows to maintain reseller credit lines

The European president at Avnet Technology Solutions has vowed to maintain the credit limits that it and new acquisition Bell Microproducts offered individually to resellers. Avnet's $631m acquisition of Bell Micro was finalised this week, leading to concerns among some resellers that the lines of