TechTarget News - Week of Jul 18, 2010

PRIMER: WiFi sniffers

Learn about WiFi sniffers, how they operate, how they can help to manage your WLANs and why Google is far from alone in its use of the technology.

The military's battle plan for using SOA in health care

The U.S. Military Health System is migrating its EHR system to a service-oriented architecture model. In the process, the system's CIO said, private providers can see how to make SOA in health care a reality.

BT hitches onto Arqiva wagon for utility smart meter ride

Signal distribution company Arqiva has attracted BT and security specialist Detica as partners to address communications for the UK's £10bn smart meter roll-out programme.

Free Firefox and IE browser security check

Qualys has released a free tool to help internet users protect their web browsers from hacking attacks. The Qualys BrowserCheck service is designed to help consumers and corporate users fix security issues in their browsers, by scanning web browsers for security flaws within the browser and its plug-ins.

Gartner sets out IT maintenance code of conduct

On the back of setting out rights for cloud customers Gartner has now done the same for those users wondering what they should expect from IT maintenance specialists. With a fair bit of the channel providing maintenance the code of conduct that the analyst house has told customers they can expect d

June business failure rate rises in Scotland

Evidence of a growing disparity between north and south has emerged in the latest business insolvency figures from financial services house Experian, which highlighted growing numbers of business failures last month in Scotland, and high levels of insolvencies in both the north east of England and Y

Nasa launches open cloud platform

Hosted cloud computing supplier Rackspace has teamed up with Nasa to launch OpenStack, an open-source cloud platform...

Nokia Siemens buys Motorola wireless business for $1.2bn

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)has today splashed out $1.2bn (£784m) on Motorola's wireless networking infrastructure business in yet another networking mega-deal. The deal, which was mooted in the business pages last week, sees Nokia take control of the entirety of Motorola's Networks unit and s

Sophos reveals appetite for tougher penalities for data loss

Despite potential fines of half a million pounds from the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to protect data and prevent leaks many firms think the penalties don't go far enough. According to research from Sophos half of those quizzed thought the laws were too lax and 87% felt firms shou

Welch rocks up at Azlan to lead product marketing

Azlan has tempted Simon Welch out of a brief retirement with the offer of becoming its product marketing director. The appointment of the enterprise distribution veteran is likely to raise a few eyebrows at former employer Avnet, which haspreviously strongly criticised Azlan for poaching staff to h

Symantec opens up SME channel specialisation

Symantec has lowered the entry requirements for its small business specialisation to make it appeal to a wider number of resellers. Those signing up for the specialisation get financial incentives and tools, including online deal registration, that are on offer for those that sell the vendor's port

HP launches QuickPage after concluding UK pilot

by Billy MacInnes HP has launched its QuickPage packaged managed print service for SMB customers in the UK following the completion of a pilot programme earlier in the year. The "all-inclusive" service, which includes product, page mix and colour, is the first contractual offering delive

NSN consolidates second place with $1.2bn Motorola deal

Nokia Siemens Networks' (NSN) proposed $1.2bn takeover of most of Motorola's wireless business will strengthen its position as a supplier of mobile and fixed wireless network infrastructure, but leaves the company still number two to Alcatel-Lucent in most markets.

Corbett defends Inca and answers peer's questions

Independent Networks Cooperative Association (Inca) CEO Malcolm Corbett has defended the organisation and its predecessor, the Community Broadband Network (CBN), over its receipt of government money to promote broadband networks in rural areas and urban not-spots.

Intel makes deal with Federal Trade Commission

Intel has reached a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission, according to a report in the Financial Times. The deal, to be announced next week, will force Intel to make changes to its marketing.

Compuware's open Workbench to help new mainframe app coders

Compuware has introduced an open development environment for managing application development for mainframes. The product, called Compuware Workbench, is designed to tackle the growing mainframe skills crisis.

UK online shopping jumps 22%

UK web shopping has seen a 22% rise last month in comparison to last year's numbers despite a 9% decrease in May, according to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail...

IBM services organisation takes a hammering

IBM has caused concernon Wall Street after revealing that new services contract signings for its fiscal Q2 were down 12% to $12.3bn at actual rates, indicative of a trend picked up onin Big Blue's Q1 numbers in April. Speaking on a conference call CFO Mark Loughridge remarked that this trend had bee

Cable & Wireless to cut on public sector fears

Cable & Wireless Worldwide(CWW)is to up its cost cutting drive as the ongoing furore over public sector cuts under the coalition government gives its board the jitters. The UK-based comms provider this morning issued a trading update saying that although its major lines of business performed &qu

Spar rolls out contactless payments

The convenience store chain Spar has introduced contactless payment technology to speed up service and benefit from lower transaction costs. By using...

Mandatory data breach notifications: an opportunity for change

Disclosure of data breaches will be mandatory for all UK organisations within a few years, but data privacy experts say this will be a good thing only if it is done with the right objectives.

Distribution numbers involved in IT transactions drop

The number of distributors being used as part of the IT supply chain is in decline as resellers look to consolidate the suppliers they work with. According to a survey of IT distribution from GfK Research the number of players used has been dropping for the last three years with some areas of the c

US joins UN cyber arms control collaboration

The US, UK, China and Russia are among 15 nations that have agreed to work together to reduce the threat of cyber attacks.

Sage kicks off reseller mobility club to support RIM functionality

Those resellers waiting to see what the impact of extending Blackberry functionality to Sage products would be have had less than three weeks to get the answer. Having put mobile functionality that works with Research in Motion (RIM) phones into its flagship Sage 200 2010 product, which was launche

Blue Coat launches network optimisation sales tool

Application delivery networking vendor Blue Coat is to launch a dealer-focused cloud-based reporting and analytical service that it hopes its partner community will use as a sales tool in both potential and current customer installations. The Blue Coat Assessment Service will enable partners to cond

Why the ACCC thinks carrier Ethernet is important

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has indicated it may include Ethernet services in its list of Domestic Transmission Capacity Services. Richard Chirgwin analyses the implications of the move.

UK reseller insolvencies defy gloomy predictions

Reseller and distributor insolvencies fell by double digits during the second quarter proving wrong the soothsayers that had predicted a bloodbath. Figures by Graydon UK show that a total of 61 firms went to the wall, down 16% on the same period a year ago. For the first six months of 2010, volunta

Dell to acquire Ocarina Networks

Dell has inked a deal to acquire storage compression and de-duplication specialist Ocarina Networks. The takeover is due to be completed by the end of this month and US PC maker Dell said it does not plan to move the current operations from the California base. "Content-aware deduplication all

Mac sales help deliver strong Q3 for Apple

Apple continues to be the darling of Wall Street with financial results that show its productscontinue to appeal to customers. The expectation might have been for the iPhone and the first sales of the iPad to have trickled through to impact the third quarter results for the three months ended 26 Ju

Using 3G as a backup WAN

3G data services are often advanced as a cheap way to provide a disaster recovery service for your WAN. But experts say you need to do more than just cut from one link to another to create a functional connection.

Why the ACCC thinks carrier Ethernet is important

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has indicated it may include Ethernet services in its list of Domestic Transmission Capacity Services. Richard Chirgwin analyses the implications of the move.

How to make the case for an ERP upgrade

The key to a successful ERP upgrade is to document the business benefits carefully before you enter the C-suite.

Google to tap into wind energy

Google has signed a 20-year fixed-rate agreement to buy wind-generated power from NextEra Energy Resources.

Cloud computing expected to create more IT jobs

Cloud computing will create more job opportunities according to 40% of IT professionals, and nearly three-quarters think cloud computing skills will make...

European recovery lags for Juniper in Q2

Kevin Johnson, the CEO of Juniper Networks, has expressed concern over the pace of the economic recovery in Europe as the networking vendor announced its Q2 results. Speaking on a conference call,Johnson said that European recovery continued to lag. "The sovereign debt situation in southern Eur

Security fears over Lloyds website flaw

A potential security flaw has been detected by a user of the personal banking website run by Lloyds Banking Group (LBG).

Stuxnet threat to Windows could get worse

Security firms have identified a new variant of a USB-based zero-day attack that exploits a vulnerabiltiy in Microsoft Windows, including Windows 7.

Make employees responsible for security, says ISF

Increasingly complex user environments in most businesses typically present greater security challenges, according to research by the Information Security Forum (ISF).

DWP loses Directgov to Cabinet Office in efficiency drive

Directgov, the government's central website for public services, is to join the Cabinet Office's efficiency drive to get more people online with the help of Martha Lane Fox, the UK digital champion.

Police lack back-office savings ambition

A report into areas where police forces can save money said a lack of ambition for back-office savings within police authorities could hold back value for money.

Disties demand investigation into stock sale at collapsed broker

Creditors of defunct broker Micro IT Component (MITC) are unlikely to see a return after liquidator Wilson Field confirmed that it will not be able to recoup one penny of the circa £250,000 book debt amid highly unusual circumstances. The Slough-based minnow ran into cash flow difficulties la

Check Point bolstered by rising product sales

Security vendor Check Point has been able to report strong product sales across all regions as it served up its second quarter numbers. The security market managed to avoid the dips the recession caused in other parts of the channel and has been quick to take advantage of the recovery in the global

HP salesforce gets networking compensation

Hewlett-Packard's sales teams are now receiving quotas and compensation across the full range of the combined HP Networking, 3Com and H3C portfolios, as the vendor ramps up its formidable sales organisation to push its Converged Infrastructure data centre strategy. According to HP Networking,a signi

VMware sees growing SMB, desktop order book in Q2

Strong market demandfor its vSphere packages in the SMB market helped virtualisation experts VMware book a record number of transactions during its second quarter, according to company CFO Mark Peek. Reflecting the generalmood of recovery in the market, COO Todd Nielsen remarked: "The industry

Acer leapfrogs HP to lead UK PC market

HP has again ceded the top spot in the UK PC arena to Acer in Q2 despite hitting sales volumes achieved two years ago before the economic meltdown. Shipments in the market grew 11.5% to 2.86 million units with desktops sales up 9.8% and notebooks climbing 12.3% according to the number crunchers at

Clash over future strategy leads to boardroom exits at Avisen

There have been a number of board room changes at Avisen with executive chairman Ian Smith and chief operating officer Anthony Waver standing down due to disagreement over future direction. In a statement to the City, the software reseller which acquired investment vehicle Xploite for £11.4m

For doctors, meaningful use final rule mostly positive

Doctors stand a better chance of achieving meaningful use under the final rule spelled out by CMS and ONC, but some tweaking of EHR systems will still be necessary to comply.

IBM delivers meanest mainframe

IBM has launched its most important server product a so-called cloud-in-a-box, that combines mainframe processors, Power 7 blades and x86 in a single system...

Dell admits malware on motherboard replacements

Computer maker Dell has admitted that some replacement motherboards installed in four of its server lines were infected with malicious software.

Facebook aims for $1bn sales with Salesforce.com

Social network site Facebook has chosen fellow web phenomenon Salesforce.com to manage its growing sales team in a bid to improve its efficiency.

Illegal downloading clampdown sparks consumer fears

The battle against online piracy is attracting more legal firms that are sending out thousands of letters to users that have infringed copyright on behalf of publishers. Although the practice is largely confined to chasing illegal downloaders of music the threatening tone of the letters and the nat

Government sacks supplier for £750m e-Borders contract

The government has sacked the supplier responsible for delivering the £750m e-Borders contract, due to serious concerns about the running of the much-delayed programme

SaaS set to take larger chunk of enterprise software market

Hosted software is continuing to grow in the enterprise market as concerns around security and service levels have been overcome. According to a SaaS market forecast from Gartner the worldwide revenues from enterprise spending will top $8.5bn this year and by 2014 it will be worth 16% of the market

Comstor inks distie pact with network design firm

Network design and proposal generation platform developer Netformx is to bolster its European presence and Cisco relationship after signing Comstor to distribute its DesignXpert CCE, Silver and Gold Cisco editions. Comstor president Jon Pritchard said Netformx packages would "allow our partners

Mainframes still not dead, says IBM

Far from being dead, or being dubbed expensive legacy big iron, the mainframe appears to have gained a new lease of life.

No room for BT complacency, said chairman

BT chairman Sir Michael Rake said the previous financial year had been a "year of delivery" at the company's annual general meeting in Liverpool today.

BSkyB sells b-2-b comms arm Easynet

Easynet Global Services, the b-2-b communications and managed network services provider has been sold to private equity outfit Lloyds Development Capital for £100mby current owners BSkyB. BSkyB picked up Easynet in 2005, and will retain the UK consumer network assets of the firm, which have be

Sales, profits down at cautious Colt

Comms provider Colt Group has said its cautious business outlook during the first six months of2010 is now giving way to increasing confidence for the coming period. In a statement CEO Rakesh Bhasin said the firm's results were "in line with our expectations and our cautious approach adopted fo

Nokia profits plunge as smartphone sales rise 1%

Smartphone sales and currency movements helped Nokia report a 1% rise in sales to €10bn for the second quarter of 2010, but operating profit plunged 15%...

Azzurri bags BT's Mark Quartermaine as CEO

Networking services provider Azzurri has bagged the former UK president of BTGlobal Services, Mark Quartermaine, to fill the vacant role of CEO. Quartermainespentonly 12months in his previous position, and will start at Azzurri in September. In a statement, Azzurri chairman Jim McKenna said: "W

Oracle highlights £900m being wasted by UK PLC each week

Inefficient storage and bizarre working practices are wasting UK Plc money at a point where it can ill afford the expense. According to research carried out by ICM on behalf of Oracle £900m a week is being wasted as a result of the wasted hours it takes for staff to find stored information an

Ofcom excludes business networks from fixed, mobile broadband report

Business network interests are to be excluded from communications regulator Ofcom's assessment of the availability of fixed and mobile broadband coverage for its first report on communications infrastructure under the new Digital Economy Act.

PC demand pushes Microsoft to record sales

Microsoft produced record fourth quarter sales of $16.04bn (£10.47bn), 22% up on the same quarter 2009, as demand for PCs running its new operating system, Windows 7, improved worldwide.

Dell fined $100m for accounting fraud that misled investors

PC maker Dell and its chairman Michael Dell will pay fines of $100m (£65.2m) and $4m respectively to settle US Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it misled investors through false accounting to meet Wall Street expectations, the stock market regulator said yesterday.

UK domain name .uk turns 25

The .uk domain name turns 25 on Saturday.

With more than 8.5 million domain names registered, Nominet, the national registry, is the world's fourth...

Internet access key to £8bn bundle market

Half of UK households will be using a communications bundle by the end of the year, pushing the bundle market value to £8bn, says market researcher Mintel.

ORG blasts Ofcom's three strikes code on copyright pirates

Civil rights campaigner the Open Rights Group has blasted Ofcom proposals on the "initial obligations code" that would effectively introduce a "three strikes and out" regime to control online piracy.

Westcon ups profitability with credit arrangement

Networking distributor Westcon has replaced its Europeanvendor-based inventory financing facility with a $200m agreement with HSBC Invoice Finance. The distributor said that the new four-year invoice financing facility will consolidate and replace existing flooring arrangements on more favourable te

Data loss from MoD costs taxpayers thousands

Despite the high profile loss of the data discs containing millions of consumer records by HMRC the public sector continues to mislay sensitive information on unencrypted hardware. In response to a request for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act from Lewis PR the Ministry of Defence rev

Vodafone returns to growth in June quarter

Mobility giant Vodafone hasbooked organic and reportedrevenuegrowth for the first time since the recession hit for the quarter ended 30 June, according to an interim management statement released today. Chief executive Vittorio Colao said that a "continuing commercial approach in key European m

Wi-fi mobiles threaten 3G revenues

Most consumers will be using mobile handsets with chipsets that provide Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS (Global Positioning System) within the next five years, says market researcher ABI Research.

Fortinet encouraged by strong European performance

by Linda Endersby UTM Provider Fortinet has announced Q2 results showing an increase in revenue of 24% on the same quarter in 2009. Total revenue for the period ending 30th June 2010 was $76.3m (£49.6m),up from $61.3m year-on-year. Product revenue was up 27% at $31m. The network security provi

Nokia CEO under fire as profits slip again

The CEO of Finland-based mobility giant Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, has called for an end to speculation on his future at the firm, which has reached fever pitch after it posted another lacklustre set of results. Kallasvuois under increasing pressure as Nokia has failed to keep up withrivals such a

Becta closure sparks school security fears

Security specialists have expressed concerns that in the absence of guidelines from the shortly to be closed Becta schools IT buying group educational buyers will be exposed to threats.The government announced plans to close Becta as part of a wider cost cuts shortly after taking office back in May