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Oracle won’t support Oracle RAC on VMware at all, largely for political and outdated technical reasons, according to end users, consultants and vendors.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

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

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.

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.

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 companies.

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 former Opal distribution head and Avaya SMB boss Graham Bunting as Avaya Business Leader.

Skype files for IPO

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Gartner downgrades enterprise spending forecast

Gartner has downgraded its enterprise IT spending forecast for 2010 as the fragile global economy hangs in the balance and urged the industry to put contingency plans in place to counter a slowdown next year as governments weigh in with cost-cutting measures.

Alcatel-Lucent extends channel financing terms

Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new 0% financing and three month deferred payment scheme pitched at the SME end of the market, which will run until the end of November.

Memory shortages on the cards, warns iSuppli

Analysts have raised the spectre of DRAM shortages in the second half of this year, predicting boom in demand that will put pressure on manufacturing facilities migrating to new production processes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 offering and formalised its managed service provider (MSP) programme.

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.

Federal telework: Mitigating the security risk

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

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 Chambers displayed 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.

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 services senior vice president Joe 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.

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.

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

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.

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 recording the usual healthy growth 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.

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

HP boss quits 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.

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 on high levels of demand for cost-effective products during the downturn, with its Q4 sales up 30% year-on-year to $42.2m, but was unable to convert this growth to profits.

Google hit by Oracle lawsuit and 'sell out' charges

Oracle has launched a legal action against Google for allegedly infringing patents on Java technology in its Android operating system.

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.

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 customers including eBay and recruitment website Monster, adds additional marketing software capabilities to IBM's portfolio.

Phoenix accounts put on notice

Infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix IT has received notice from two key customers with accounts worth a total of £12.5m that they have made plans to take in house some of the services provided by the company.