TechTarget News - Week of Aug 08, 2010

Stratsec signs to test security products across Australia, Malaysia

Security consultancy stratsec has won the right to operate a Security Evaluation Facility in Malasyia, where it will test local prodcuts under the Common Criteria Certification and Evaluation Scheme.

EMC says HDS sells for no profit to beat CLARiiON

EMC’s competitive assessment of Hitachi Data Systems Adaptive Modular Storage product suggests it is being sold at cost price, and says Hitachi’s USP V lacks robust VMware support

Why run Oracle RAC on VMware?

With Oracle RAC and VMware both growing in popularity, end users might be tempted to combine the two. So what are the pros and cons of running Oracle RAC on VMware?

Oracle RAC on VMware gets no support from Oracle

Oracle won’t support Oracle RAC on VMware at all, largely for political and outdated technical reasons, according to end users, consultants and vendors.

Apple exec in charge of iPhone quits

The senior executive in charge of Apple's iPhone is leaving the company for undisclosed reasons.

The departure so soon after the iPhone 4 launch has...

Saudi Arabia postpones Blackberry ban

Saudi authorities delayed Friday's planned ban on the instant messaging services offered by Blackberry because of concerns about security.

WatchGuard CEO highlights need for total UTM speed stats

WatchGuard has raised the gauntlet to its UTM rivals by promoting its tactic of detailing the performance of the entire unit with all the functions switched on. The typical way of promoting a UTM is to focus on firewall performance but to gloss over the impact that switching on the other functional

Google is top of the tweets

Google is one of the most influential users on Twitter, according to a study by Hewlett-Packard.

The research...

Former soft porn actress implicated in Hurd's downfall

A former soft-core porn actress and reality game show contestant has been identified as the one-time marketing contractor at HP whose relationship with CEO Mark Hurd led to his downfall.

Is virtualisation ready for the SME?

Virtualisation technology has allowed large companies to slash costs without compromising their IT effectiveness. But can small businesses also benefit from the technology?

Microsoft plans bumper Patch Tuesday security update

Microsoft is to patch 34 vulnerabilities in 14 security bulletins to be issued in its August Patch Tuesday security update according to an advance notice.

BT Vision glitch hits Sky Sports viewers

A glitch in BT Vision left some customers unable to view the Sky Sports channels over the weekend.

The company was hit by hundreds of complaints over...

UK banks seek to deflect complaints over business loans

By Billy MacInnes The UK's big six banks have established a taskforce to look at the issue of providing finance to businesses even though they continue to claim companies have become less willing to seek loans. The chairman of HSBC, Stephen Green, has written to the chancellor George Osborne, to p

IT accelerators vital if UK is to be tech leader

The UK needs to encourage the formation of organisations that help turn good IT ideas into tools used by businesses if it is to benefit from the expanding market for web-based services.

RM Academy deal a sign of the times

It is a sign of leaner times in the public sector that education IT supplier RM this morning issued a statement to detail its win of a (2.5m British pounds) project at Landau Forte Academy in Staffordshire. The Academy system will become vital to some in the UK channel with the Building Schools for

Symantec completes $1.28bn VeriSign acquisition

Symantec has completed its $1.28bn cash acquisition of VeriSign's identity and authentication business, announced in May.

Skype to raise $100m in NYSE listing

Skype, the world's biggest communications service provider measured by minutes, is to raise an estimated $100m through a listing on the Nasdaq exchange.

IT workers want proft sharing schemes

Over 50% of British IT workers believe their productivity would be enhanced if they were given the option to share in profits or take ownership stakes in their company's. An annual survey of workplace attitudes conductedby Kelly Services quizzed over 134,000 people worldwide, with 6,000 UK responden

Azlan Avaya push to be lead by ex-Opal man

Azlan has revealed itself as the latest distributor to take on Avaya's full line-up in the UK, and is adding formerOpal distribution head and Avaya SMB boss Graham Bunting as Avaya Business Leader. Bunting joined Opal in March of this year, where he was tasked with reviewing the b-2b comms provider'

Nowhere for Dell to hide from poor Q2 performance in UK - Gartner

By Paul Kunert The gradual recovery in the UK PC arena has clearly bypassed the one-time market dominator Dell as sales across all segments collapsed in the second quarter. Overall, more than 2.8 million units were shipped in the three months, up 15% on a year ago but seasonally down 12% on a sequ

Skype files for IPO

By Billy MacInnes High-profile VoIP service Skype has filed for an initial public offering as it seeks to strengthen revenues in four different areas going forward, including increasing its adoption among business users. The plan to broaden the number of business users on the platform foll

Business managers yet to embrace the full potential of IT

Senior business managers are becoming increasingly IT-savvy, but there are still large gaps in their understanding of the potential of technology to improve the organisation, according to research.

Press Association appoints its first CTO

Andrew Dowsett has joined the Press Association (PA) today as chief technology officer. He is the first senior IT leader to be appointed to the management...

HP board wrong to oust Hurd, says Larry Ellison

"The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago," says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

Google and Verizon unveil net neutrality plan

Former net neutrality adversaries Google and Verizon have announced a compromise plan aimed a keeping the internet free and open.

Android phones hit by text-based Trojan

Google's Android mobile operating system has been hit by its first text-based Trojan, according to security firm Kaspersky Labs.

Malware production surged in first half of 2010 says McAfee

By Billy MacInnes Whatever happens to the wider economy going forward, the IT security industry is likely to stay busy as the threat from malware continues to grow with ten million new pieces produced in the first six months of 2010. According to the McAfee Threats Report for the second quarter, t

Second report confirms upwards trend in UK technology M&A deals in 2010

By Billy MacInnes The UK technology sector enjoyed a huge surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half of 2010, but uncertainty over the effects of forthcoming cuts to the public sector could act as a brake on activity for some companies until after the October Spending Review. Ac

Gartner downgrades enterprise spending forecast

Gartnerhas downgradedits enterprise IT spending forecast for 2010 as the fragile global economy hangs in the balance and urged the industry toput contingency plans in place to counter a slowdown next year as governments weigh in with cost-cutting measures. The market watcher expects sales to surpas

Alcatel-Lucent extends channel financing terms

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new 0% financing and three month deferred payment scheme pitched at theSME end of the market, which will run until the end of November. Available through its business partner network, the comms vendor said the scheme was designed to offer end-user customers an all-inclu

Memory shortages on the cards, warns iSuppli

Analysts have raised the spectre of DRAM shortages in the second half of this year, predictinga boom in demand that will put pressure on manufacturing facilities migrating to new production processes. "A commodity profoundly susceptible to the variable dynamics of supply and demand, DRAM is ex

Samsung rejigs partner programme, launches portal

Samsung Electronics has launched a new resale programme and online partner portal pitched at its print and print services dealer channel, which it claims will offer resellers higher margins on its printer lines. The vendor says it has seen significant uplift in sales in recent months, and is keen to

Bell Micro brand to be history by October

Avnet Technology Solutions has put a timetable in place to axe the Bell brand and have all front office staff in place by the end of next month. The close to $600m acquisition of Bell Microproducts was completed by Avnet TS in June when it named the executive team in Europe: Graeme Watt picked up th

Acer, ETC to scale back volume PC sales business

Acer and ETC are shifting the nature of their distribution relationship away from volume deals to one that focuses on building "solutions" for B2B resellers. The tweak to this agreement signals Acer's intent to carve a greater swathe in the small and mid-market commercial segments with a r

South Korean police raid Google’s Seoul office

South Korean police have raided Google's office in Seoul as part of an investigation into the company's collection of private Wi-Fi data.

Vaizey backtracks on promise to review fibre tax

The government has gone back on a pre-election promise to review business rates on fibre networks, which are said to be the single biggest inhibitor of investment in next-generation networks.

Vtesse fills broadband 'not spot' in Birch Green

Broadband minister Ed Vaizey opened a fibre-to-the-cabinet project in Birch Green, Hertfordshire on Tuesday that will see some 200 homes in the former "not...

Cisco-watchers look for 28% sales jump

As networking sector bellwether Cisco prepares to release its quarterly results this evening, company experts are in bullish mood, predicting sales to rise 28% year-on-year - 4.4% sequentially - to approximately $10.86bn, a return to pre-recession highs. Inspite of its recent moves into other tech a

Buckingham tracks roadworks online in real time

Buckinghamshire has developed what it claims is the first website in the UK to provide live highways maintenance information to the public.

Sophos adds endpoint security to MSP programme

Security vendor Sophos has announced the initial availability of an endpoint security as a service offeringand formalised itsmanaged service provider (MSP) programme. Initially available atlaunchviaSophos' fourService Partner Alliance (SPA) partners, Bytes, Insight, PCWare and Softcat, the programme

Gartner says governments should shift employees to teleworking

By Billy MacInnes Gartner has advised governments to aggressively introduce teleworking among public sector employees to compensate for cost-reduction measures such as salary freezes. The market researcher was outlining a number of "radical steps" that it believed governments needed t

SMEs getting stung by credit card fraud, says FPB

Insufficient security checks and the complexity of taking online payments are leaving small firms exposed to payment processing fraud, says the Forum...

SMEs alarmed at rumours of death of net neutrality

Growth in the small business sector will be stunted if internet service providers decide to charge a premium for faster speeds, it has been claimed.

Weak governance undermines IT savings

by Rebecca Thomson Weak IT governance and a lack of tangible benefits from projects is leading to under-investment in IT, according to public sector IT managers group Socitm. In 2009, public sector IT managers increased user satisfaction while reducing costs, but top-level management teams still app

Lax security, complex payments leave SMBs open to fraud

An increase in calls from members complaining about payment processing fraud has prompted the Forum of Private Business to warn that both insufficient security checks and complex payment systems are still leaving SMBs open to fraud. Recognising that accepting card payments online is an increasingly

Federal telework: Mitigating the security risk

Federal IT managers will likely see greater demands to facilitate and improve telework infrastructures at their agencies.

Fear of online data theft as bad as losing a job for many in US

By Billy MacInnes The fear of losing personal or financial information or having it stolen online is as strong for many Americans as losing their jobs or being unable to provide healthcare for their family. According to a survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing

Planning an SAP mobile applications project

Delivering SAP mobile applications is a centerpiece of the vendor’s strategy. How can organizations align their SAP mobile strategies with SAP’s plans?

Sybase kicks Replication Server up a notch

The new version of Sybase Replication Server aims to greatly reduce the time it takes to move huge volumes of data between enterprise information stores.

Cisco reports 79% rise in profit

Networks giant Cisco has reported strong fourth quarter 2010 results, with sales of $10.8bn, an increase of more than 28% compared to Q4 2009.

For...

CSC reports rise in sales and profit

CSC reported increased profit and steady sales in the first quarter of its financial year, increasing revenue to $3.94bn, compared to $3.9bn...

The philanthropic billionaire pledge

We live in a unique period of history. The computer age has generated an unprecedented number of self-made millionaires and billionaires who combine their intellectual, technological and philanthropic prowess to good effect.

Cautious Cisco chief rejects possibility of double dip

Cisco CEO John Chambersdisplayed his usual cautious optimism in presenting the networking bellwether's fourth quarter and full-year 2010 results, reporting anticipated growth in both sales and profits but sounding a conservative note on the state of the global economy. Speaking on a conference call,

Interview: Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley, one of the pioneering names in the IT industry, a leading philanthropist for 40 years, and in the Sunday Times Rich List for 10 years, pledged to give away 100% of her wealth more than 20 years ago.

Avaya tinkers with senior services roles

Sun Microsystems servicessenior vice presidentJoe Heel has jumped ship to Avaya to take up the role of president of global services, replacing Chris Formant who is taking over Avaya's public sector business. The shift will free up ex-Nortel boss Joel Hackney, who had been running the government divi

Strengthening refresh cycle tempers Avnet revenues

Avnet chairman and CEO Roy Vallee has spoken optimistically of recovery in the technology markets and hailed the strengthening IT refresh cycle as the broadline IT and electronic components distributor posted record sales in the final quarter of its fiscal 2010. "The refresh cycle that has been

British Gas IT chief promoted to global Centrica role

David Bickerton has been appointed global chief information officer at Centrica. Most recently CIO at Centrica subsidiary British Gas, Bickerton will...

Retailers' IT spending stagnates in 2010

IT spending by the UK's top 100 retailers is stagnant this year, remaining at 2009's unusually low level of 1.1% of sales.

Micro Focus shares fall after warning on growth

By Billy MacInnes Shares in Micro Focus International declined by more than a quarter after it admitted revenue growth for its 2011 financial year would be weaker than expected in the low single digits. An interim management statement from the company, which revealed demand was flat in the firs

SMEs favour IT freelancers

by Karl Flinders Small businesses are spending more on IT, but nearly half of firms surveyed see IT as a freelance role rather than an in-house function. The survey fromsmall business skills organisationPeoplePerHour, found that PHP and SEO skills were most in demand among SMEs. Forty-three per cent

Mobile device margins fell in Q2, says Gartner

Despite recordingthe usual healthygrowth in shipment volumes, average selling prices of mobile communications devices fell during calendar Q2, and margins have begun to slide, according to the latest market research figures from Gartner. A stronger dollar, a depreciating euro "and intense compe

US pension fund launches law suit against HP board and Hurd

By Billy MacInnes A US pension fund has filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Court against named members of the HP board and former CEO Mark Hurd in the wake of his departure from the company last week. The shareholder derivative complaint, revealed by CourtHouse News Service,names Hurd, interi

IBM buys Unica, gets into marketing automation

Big Blue is digging deeper into the CRM market with the acquisition of Unica for $480 million, building on its Coremetrics and Sterling Commerce deals.

Five people who changed the data center

These five influential data center pros helped change the IT industry by improving energy efficiency through innovation and by driving adoption of quantitative standards.

Novell puts SuSE in the Amazon EC2 cloud

Novell is offering its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server as a cloud service on Amazon's Elastic Compute (EC2) cloud services.

Oracle sues Google for using Java in Android

Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system software because it uses Java technology acquired by Oracle when it bought Sun Microsystems.

HP board faces class action lawsuit over Hurd’s departure

Hewlett-Packard's directors are facing a class action lawsuit which claims that they violated their fiduciary duties in connection with Mark Hurd's resignation as chief executive.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 August 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: HP bossquits after sexual harassment probe Late last week Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd fell on his sword after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment uncovered apparent expenses irregularities. Skype file

RIM updates free Blackberry Enterprise Server Express software

Research in Motion (RIM) has released the latest version of its free Blackberry server software for enterprises and small businesses, allowing wireless synchronisation between Blackberry smartphones and corporate systems.

Profitability eludes ShoreTel in fourth quarter

IP telephony vendor ShoreTel has again capitalised onhigh levels ofdemand for cost-effective products during the downturn, with its Q4 sales up 30% year-on-year to $42.2m, but wasunable to convert this growth to profits,sinking to a GAAP net loss of $3.7m, compared to a loss of $700,000 this time la

Google hit by Oracle lawsuit and 'sell out' charges

By Billy MacInnes Oracle has launched a legal action against Google for allegedly infringing patents on Java technology in its Android operating system, heaping further pressure on the search giant as it battles to stave off accusations it has "sold out" on net neutrality because of the O

New security metric builds case for investment

by Warwick Ashford Security and data protection are consistently under-funded and under-staffedany potential investment has to be justified and pass budget approval hurdles, which typically require IT managers to show a return on investment (ROI), according to studies by the Ponemon Institute. But R

Graphics card supercomputers render passwords pointless

A team of researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute is investigating whether passwords are now worthless, given the supercomputer-like performance now available to hackers using standard desktop graphics cards.

Many antivirus products fail Vista security test

One-third of anti-malware products fail to secure Microsoft's Windows Vista Business Edition, according to security research company Virus Bulletin.

Print and be damned: huge amounts of paper still wasted in offices

By Billy MacInnes Almost 70% of paper sheets printed by office workers in a year are "wasted or unnecessary", according to a report commissioned by Kyocera. The Rethinking Printing Report found that despite a high level of environmental concern (63%), office workers are failing to change

Hosting vendor Peer 1 adds dedicated UK channel head

Hosted IT services provider Peer 1 has added a dedicated UK channel boss to spearhead a planned ramp up of its activities in the dealer channel. Amanda Dunn joins the firm from services house B&M Europe - havingalso done time as an enterprise account managerwith Hewlett-Packard - and will take r

Big Blue buys marketing software outfit

IBM has put $480m on the table to acquire privately-held marketing software business Unica in an all cash deal. Unica, which boasts 1,500 global customersincluding eBay andrecruitment website Monster, addsadditional marketing software capabilities to IBM's portfolio. "IBM understands the demand

Phoenix accounts put on notice

Infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix IT has received notice from two keycustomers with accountsworth a total of £12.5mthat they have made plans to take in house some of the services provided by the company. In a newly-released interim management statement, Phoenix IT said the t