TechTarget News - Week of Aug 15, 2010

Perth Radiological Clinic upgrades HDS SANs

Perth Radiological Clinic (PRC) has selected twin storage arrays from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and will use the hardware to create a nearline archive containing seven years of medical images.

Directgov loses its CTO to the Open University

David Matthewman has left his role as chief technology officer at Directgov.uk and moved to a new position at the Open University.

Matthewman started...

Betfair takes online gambling to the iPad

Online gambling firm Betfair has added to its portfolio of interactive betting tools with the launch of an iPad app.

Social media reaching mass channel audience

After much encouragement from the vendor community, resellers in the communications channel are beginning to take up social media platforms in their businesses in large numbers, according to research conducted by UC specialists Mitel.

Computerlinks puts final touches to virtualisation stack

Computerlinks has addedtwo new vendors to its virtualisation line-up in the shape of data and application availability management vendor SteelEye and virtualised WAN optimisation software developer NetEx. As part of its avowed aim of generating 50% of sales from services by the mid-point of the deca

Nortel figures hurt by EMEA accounting changes

Nortel's net losses have widened to $1.5bn during its second fiscal quarter after incurring $1.4bn in non-cash charges relating to a change in accounting for its EMEA subsidiaries.

Former 2e2 security head takes UK MD role at Check Point

Security player Check Point has plugged the gap in its UK management team bringing on board a fresh managing director. Terry Greer-King has taken the reigns as UK and Ireland country manager filling a vacancy created by Nick Lowe's promotion to head of Western European sales earlier this year.

Interview: Mark Bramwell, head of IT, Wellcome Trust

The man in charge for the IT supporting the world's second largest medical research charity talks exclusively to Computer Weekly about his transformation strategy.

ShoreTel adds marketing, on-boarding programmes

IP phone vendor ShoreTel has launched two channel initiatives with the aim of strengthening its partner ecosystem.

EC consults on slow growth of e-commerce

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the limited take-up of e-commerce and to consider the implementation of the directive on e-commerce.

Broadband homes face £20 tax

Non-BT networks will have to pay a £20 tax for every home they connect to a fibre-based next-generation network, according to proposals from the Valuation Office Agency.

Dell buys 3Par to boost enterprise storage family

Dell is planning to boost its storage product family with the acquisition of 3Par, a company that specialises in thin provisioning...

Holidays not being taken by IT workers

With the economic pressure far from lifting the temptation to stay at the coalface working rather than sunning yourself on the beach is understandable and a feeling shared by many in the IT world.

Google could use Paypal for Android payments

Google is reported to be in talks with Paypal about integrating the eBay-owned payment service with the search giant's Android smartphone software.

Google...

Dell buys 3Par to boost enterprise storage family

by Cliff Saran Dell is planning to boost its storage product family with the acquisition of 3Par, a company that specialises in thin provisioning, which enables IT managers to allocate only the storage they use, rather than allocate storage that remains empty. Dell said the 3Par acquisition will ena

Report: Wider access to 3D CAD images can improve PLM

IDC says manufacturers should exploit 3D CAD and other product design software to improve collaboration throughout their product lifecycles.

Report: Wider access to 3D CAD images can improve PLM

IDC says manufacturers should exploit 3D CAD and other product design software to improve collaboration throughout their product lifecycles.

Rising Sun Pictures signs up for cloud render farm rental

Visual effects company Rising Sun Pictures has signed up for a new cloud computing service, and the company’s owner says the service’s location in Australia was an essential part of its decision.

VOA rates leave network operators reeling

The Valuation Office Agency’s decisions to exclude BT from a £20 levy on all homes connected to next generation networks and to maintain its protection of larger network operators has shocked the communications industry.

Aruba signs wireless OEM pact with Dell

Wireless vendor Aruba has signed an OEM deal with Dell under the terms of which the Texan PC giant will market wireless networking products under its PowerConnect marquee. Dell already has OEM relationships with Brocade and Juniper, and already resold Aruba's wireless kit as well.

CA bolsters cloud credentials with 4Base acqusition

CA has moved to bolster its cloud expertise through the acquisition of 4Base Technology which specialises in moving users from virtualisation to a hosted solution.

Dell to launch networking and systems management badges

Dell is introducing reseller certification paths for networking/security and systems management next month amid efforts to build the data centre portfolio for partners.

High-street retailers struggling to be ready for PCI

With the deadline looming for large retailers to get behind the PCI rules governing the way high-street shops look after credit card data many are not ready for to be compliant.

Public sector spending freeze hits UK server sales

Austerity measures in the UK public sector resulted in more modest sequential x86 server sales growth in Q2, according to IDC. Shipments declined 9.3% on the last quarter to 74,000 units and were up only 17.9% on the year ago period when sales bottomed out.

ABC considers cloud storage, says 3PB+ of disk needed by 2015

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has outlined its storage strategy in a tender for new suppliers that puts HDS' and NetApp's incumbency at risk, calls for the introduction of policy-based tiering and says the broadcaster wants to explore cloud storage.

Wimax 2 could become standard next year

An update to the Wimax wireless networking standard, Wimax 2, is expected to be standardised by the IEEE by late next year, improving download speeds for mobile devices…

IBM unveils latest Power 7 Unix server

IBM has announced new servers designed to manage workloads and analyse data in real-time, including a 256-core Power 7 Unix machine.

Android game app conceals GPS tracker

A malicious application that conceals spyware and GPS tracking behind a mobile phone game has been discovered in the Android app store.

A-level results highlight UK's IT skills gap

With this year's A-level results due tomorrow, experts have warned of a "dreadful state of affairs", with the number of people opting for IT courses falling as the industry's demand for staff rises.

How the government can award 25% of IT contracts to SMEs

The coalition government has set a policy objective of placing 25% of government IT external expenditure with SME suppliers. Here David Chan of City University London's Centre for Information Leadership, and Martin Rice and John Riley of Erudine, examine how this target can be met.

Viatel joins BT shared broadband trials

Business comms provider Viatel is to participate in trials of BT Wholesale's Real Time Quality of Service (QoS) over shared broadband service, in the hope of fast-tracking business relevant comms services such as VoIP and on-demand apps.

How happy are we? There's an app for that too

Researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) have launched an iPhone app to track happiness levels across the UK.

The project will help researchers...

Michael Dell faces shareholder revolt

One-quarter of Dell's shareholders withheld support for founder Michael Dell's re-election to the board, reflecting some investors' dissatisfaction...

SME insolvencies continue to fall

The level of insolvencies among SME firms in the IT sector continue to drop from the grip of recession last year but larger firms continue to run into difficulty.

BCS group formed to address membership concerns

The BCS today held the first meeting of a new working group set up to address the concerns raised by rebel members that led to an extraordinary general meeting...

Shareholders display discontent with CEO Michael Dell

One quarter of Dell shareholders have registered their frustration with the performance of the company by refusing to back CEO, chairman and founder Michael Dell's re-election to the board.

Microsoft reviews distribution partners

Microsoft has embarked on a business review with eight UK distribution partners and while rationalisation is not at the top the agenda, the software giant refused to rule out cuts.

Equal pay for women in IT is 63 years away

The IT sector is still more than six decades away from reaching gender pay parity, according to a report from the Chartered Management Institute...

How Zeus3 targets financial services giants

Jason Pearce of M86 security explains how the Zeus Trojan has been used to steal money from customers of a UK-based financial institution.

A-level results confirm IT industry's fears

This morning's A-level results confirm fears that the UK is not producing the new IT talent so desperately needed by the industry.

Ofcom reveals massive surge in use of multimedia

The average person spends half their waking hours using communication devices, according to research from industry regulator Ofcom.

Systems integration, managed services shine for DiData

Dimension Data's Systems Integration and Managed Services units put in a strong trading performance for the three months to the end of June, the South Africa-based, London-listed firm said this morning in an interim management statement.

Budget cuts force IT departments to stick with ageing kit

by Jenny Williams IT departments are extending, or even freezing, IT upgrade cycles due to the recession and budget cuts, according to a survey by IT charity Computer Aid International. Longer upgrade cycles have reduced the number of donations, according to the charity, which refurbishes older co

SMEs viewing PCI compliance as a competitive sales tool

There could be a significant silver lining for those smaller retailers and e-commerce operations that make the effort to become PCI compliant with customers more likely to shop with those that are visibly secure.

IT teams fly in to help Pakistan flood victims

Emergency IT specialists are often the first boots on the ground in a major crisis. While largely behind the scenes, they are a critical part of the mission…

Intel buys McAfee for $7.7bn

Intel claims aquisition of security software giant McAfee will mean better protection for consumers and businesses using cloud-based services.

Brocade Q3 sales disappoint the markets

Brocade stock has taken a mild battering today after Q3 sales at the networking and storage vendor came in below previously detailed expectations. Sales of $504m were up 2% year-on-year - analysts had called for $508m on average - while net profits grew to $22m, reversing a year-ago loss of $23m.

Intel pays a premium to get into online security

"Security is now a fundamental component of online computing," said Intel, as it explained the thinking behind its $7.7bn acquisition of security software supplier McAfee.

A-level results mark 'worrying trend' for IT sector

The IT industry has spoken out about this year's disappointing computing and ICT A-level results, warning that the UK may be forced to buy in IT expertise from offshore service providers unless the situation is addressed.

Tech Data posts sales and profits rises in Q2

Tech Data managed to push up sales and profits in Q2 despite sailing into a foreign currency headwind, which was compounded by continued economic challenges on both sides of the Atlantic early in the trading period.

Intel gobbles up McAfee

Intel has pounced on security specialist McAfee in a deal valued at $7.68bn, a 60% premium on McAfee's closing price on Wednesday evening.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini: Software alone cannot solve net security

by Cliff Saran Security cannot be solved by software alone, warned Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini in a conference call discussing the firm's $7.7bn acquisition of security firm McAfee. He said, "In the 1990s, when we added capabilities to our platform so users could connect to the intern

NetApp Q1 numbers up but CEO notes public sector cuts in UK

Public sector austerity measures are beginning to be felt by NetApp in the UK, according to its CEO Tom Georgens. The storage giant has filed historic numbers for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011 with sales up 36% to $1.14bn (£730m) and profits up from $52m a year ago to $142m.

iSCSI, the cloud, and the accelerator start to converge

As iSCSI gains traction in the market, it’s bringing about an interesting shift: the idea of storage networking, even if it’s not described in such terms, is becoming attractive to smaller businesses.

Online sales reach £5bn with annual growth of 18%

Online shopping is growing at its fastest rate since 2007, with UK consumers spending a total of £5bn online in July, up 18% on the same period last year.

The...

How the future of mobile payments is shaping up

Banks and mobile network operators are working towards a time when people will purchase pints of milk, Sunday newspapers and even train tickets with a 'wave' of a mobile phone.

Buckingham Palace donates old computers to charity

Buckingham Palace is donating its old computers to charity Computer Aid International, which will refurbish them and send them to schools and charities in the developing world.

Government scraps plans for citizen data sharing system

The government has scrapped plans for a central data-sharing system through which the personal records of everyone in the country were to be shared with all government departments.

Interview: Metro Bank management reveal lean IT strategy

Technology is simply a means to an end at Metro Bank, as the UK's newest retail bank seeks to bring a breath of fresh air to the high street and focus heavily on customer service…

HP posts rise in profit

HP has recorded a sales increase of 11.4% to $30bn compared to the previous year, despite boardroom chaos over the resignation of Mark Hurd following a sexual harassment probe.

Dell grows profit and revenue in second quarter

Dell has announced a rise in profit and revenue in the second quarter of its 2011 fiscal year.

Compared to last year's figures for the period ending...

Phone and preparation best tools to make a sale

The old methods remain the best for those resellers trying to get sales out of IT directors with the telephone and personal contact the most likely way to get a pitch heard and business won.

Hurd-less HP revs up growth engine in Q3

Acting HP CEO Cathie Lesjak was flanked by business group executives last night as the company outlined the last set of quarterly results that previous boss Mark Hurd presided over.

Microsoft UK partner boss Scott Dodds changes roles

Microsoft UK is transferring overall control of the partner community to Barry Ridgway as Scott Dodds moves internally to head up the business and marketing operation unit.