TechTarget News - Week of Aug 22, 2010

What the NBN would mean for storage

The future of the National Broadband Network is in the balance, but just in case the Independents need some food for thought, we asked some leading Australian storage experts what fast broadband could mean for data storage.

Prepare for bags of fun at VMworld

Australian attendees at VMworld have the chance to use the trip to assist underprivileged kids.

Sheffield scientists lead £4m semantic web search project

Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University are to develop next-generation internet search tools with a €370,000 grant from a €4m semantic web project led by German software house SAP.

Online SME millionaires set to double

The number of small businesses trading online hitting the million pound mark is projected to double this year.

Google buys

Google has acquired, the shopping site that allows users to search for accessories.

Headsets a product to sell alongside UC

Those resellers looking to add some margin to a unified comms sale are being urged to put headsets into their product portfolios.

Avaya extends relationship with BT

Avaya and BT have added another three years to their worldwide tech partnership, giving end-users access to a combo deal on BT Global Services' IT portfolio and services machine and Avaya's rapidly expanding product suite.

HP stumps up $1.6bn bid to get 3Par away from Dell

Dell is facing a fight to get its hands on storage player 3Par after HP put in a higher offer in an attempt to get the vendor away from the clutches of its rival.

Barclays system glitch hits customers

A systems crash at Barclays meant thousands of UK customers were unable to access their bank accounts or withdraw money from cash machines on Saturday.


DiData acquisition hits snag

The two billion pound acquisition of Dimension Data by Japanese communications firm NTT has been cast into doubt after South Africa's Financial Services Board (FSB) said it will investigate fluctuations in the company's share price immediately prior to its acquisition.

Market cannot support current reseller population

The ravages of the recent recession mean that the UK IT market can no longer support the number of resellers operating in it, and a more aggressive M&A scene is the only conceivable result, say analysts at Plimsoll.

Prepare for bags of fun at VMworld

Australian attendees at VMworld have the chance to use the trip to assist underprivileged kids.

IT diploma offers hope to bridge skills gap

While the GCSE ICT results showed a decline, the number of students gaining IT diplomas at foundation and higher levels showed more promise.

How to succeed at ERP projects

Many of the billions of dollars invested in enterprise resource planning systems have been wasted, according to researchers writing in the Sloan Management Review.

FDM seeks 500 graduates for training scheme

IT services provider FDM is bucking the trend and recruiting 500 graduates in 2010 for its consultancy training programme.

FSA hits Zurich Insurance with £2.275m fine for data loss

Zurich Insurance UK has been fined £2.275m by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for not having the controls to prevent the loss of confidential personal data of 46,000 customers.

Redstone ditches boss, secures new funding

IT and comms integrator Redstone may have pulled back from the brink after securing a fundraising round of £8.5m, restructuring its debt obligations with an extended banking facility, and dispensing with the services of executive chairman Stephen Yapp.

Teach cybercrime at GCSE, says Symantec

As GCSE results out today showed a decline in the number of students taking ICT courses, security firm Symantec believes GCSE students should be taught more about information security to make lessons more engaging.

CBI says students need GCSE science, technology and maths

More students need to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), commenting on the announcement of GCSE results today.

Dip in UK offset by global growth at Promethean

The impact on schools spending by a cut happy coalition government could have impacted education specialist Promethean World quite badly had the vendor not enjoyed a decent geographical spread of business.

GCSE ICT results provide excuse to offshore, says FSB

The Federation of Small Business is concerned dwindling numbers of students doing GCSE and A-level IT courses will give large enterprises an excuse to offshore...

Zurich Insurance hit by record £2.3m fine for data loss

The cost of losing customer details has been a staggering £2.3m for Zurich Insurance after the financial firm was slapped with large fine for letting sensitive data slip through its fingers.

Irish medical supplier settles with BSA

The hunt for users of unlicensed software has stepped over the Irish Sea with a County Londonderry-based medical equipment supplier being slapped on the knuckles and hit for a settlement and additional software costs totalling £12,000.

4G to start to take off in 2012

The roll-out of 4G networks will get underway by 2012, with the number of LTE mobile broadband subscribers expected to exceed 300 million globally by 2015, according to a report from Juniper Research

Industry fears mount over ICT GCSE slump

Following last week's A-level results, this morning's GCSE results confirmed industry fears that the UK is not producing the new IT talent needed in the channel, writes Jenny Williams. Industry experts have warned that the 17% drop in the number of students taking GCSE ICT compared with 2009 showed

Appeals court rules in favour of grey trader in Sun case

In a case with massive ramifications for grey marketing, the Court of Appeal has today held that a reseller accused by Oracle of importing second-hand Sun Microsystems hardware from outside the EEA was entitled to argue that specific articles in the EC Treaty prevented Oracle from obtaining summary judgment for trademark infringement.

SharePoint planning tools abound -- just not from Microsoft

Microsoft axed its own SharePoint planning calculator, but IT shops have plenty of choices from third-party vendors that help with SharePoint Server 2010 capacity planning and analysis.

Diversifying suppliers no strain for Queensland Brain Institute

Jake Carroll, IT Manager at Queensland Brain Institute, removed one piece of a vendor’s integrated stack and inserted a rival. Vendors bleated, but Caroll says he has things under control.


NetGear’s ReadyNAS NVX is a solid unit that will only be enhanced b the company’s recent appointment of a pre-sales champion to develop solutions for its channel.

WAN application performance: Does it need its own department?

A formal or informal WAN application performance advisory group can provide a systems-wide perspective long before faulty apps go into production and the WAN takes the blame.

Brocade gets into the HBA business

Analysts predict the move will result in price improvements for users and suppliers, and reduce the number of SAN vendors involved in a deployment.

SOA solutions create a wrapper for legacy modernization

An expert defends the benefits of SOA solutions for legacy modernization and for creating network-centric collaborative environments.

Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust loses patient data

Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust lost a CD containing the unencrypted records of 112 patients from the intensive care unit of New Cross Hospital's heart and lung unit, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found.

Google offers multi-tenancy on App Engine

Google has announced the latest release of its cloud platform, App Engine for Java and Python, offering support for multi-tenancy applications.

PC sales bounce back in second quarter

PC sales in Western Europe grew to 15.6 million units in the second quarter of 2010, up 19.6% compared to the same period in 2009, according to Gartner....

Net neutrality: do you feel lucky?

The buzz created by the Google-Verizon proposals on net neutrality to the US Federal Communications Commission has given impetus to consultations on the topic by Ofcom and the European Commission. What is less clear is why CIOs should care about the debate.

Africa safer than UK for web browsing

The UK ranked 30th in the most dangerous places to surf the web across the globe, according to research by internet security firm AVG.

3Par will talk with HP but still backs Dell bid

3Par is starting talks with Hewlett-Packard following the bid of $1.6bn the tech giant tabled earlier this week but is giving Dell the option of coming back with a counter bid.

2e2 numbers up in spite of tough 2009

Integrator 2e2 this morning hailed an improvement in its full-year results for fiscal 2009, which closed at the end of December, in spite of the ravages of the global recession.

Why a quarter of the UK's top retailers don't do e-business

Big name fashion brands such as H&M and Gap are only just going live with their transactional websites, and 35 out of the UK's top 142 retailers still do not have an e-commerce site…

DSG credit agreements found in skip

Electronics retailer DSG breached the Data Protection Act when eight completed credit agreements containing customers' personal and financial data were found...

iPad has tablet market sewn up through 2012

Despite a flood of rival products in development, including offerings from Dell, Lenovo, Cisco's Cius and HP's webOS and Microsoft Windows tablets, Apple's iPad is unlikely to face a viable competitor before early 2011 and will maintain its market sector dominance through 2012.

Technology sales keep UK retail afloat

Consumer spending on technology and communications has supported UK retail sales to the tune of £50bn, as shoppers overcame fear, uncertainty and doubt about the economy, says market researcher Mintel.

Oracle MySQL users have little loyalty to Oracle

Six months after the Oracle-Sun deal, end users say it’s too early to say where Oracle MySQL is going. But one thing is certain: If it goes nowhere, they’ll quickly go elsewhere.

Gartner criticizes SAP for frequent product name changes

A new Gartner report criticizes SAP for constantly changing the names of its applications, which confuses customers and makes it nearly impossible for them to know what they have or need.

Interview: IBM UK chief executive Stephen Leonard

Stephen Leonard took over as UK CEO in January this year, and in his first press interview the 20-year IBM veteran told Computer Weekly that things are going to change…

Windows 7 migration skills gap opening up

The migration to Windows 7 is going to produce a skills shortage of specialists able to transition firms from XP and 2000 versions to the latest Microsoft OS.

Dell expected to make counter offer to trump HP bid for 3Par

Dell looks set to make a counter offer for 3Par increasing the amount offered for the storage infrastructure specialist beyond the current $1.6bn. According to Reuters the vendor appears to be determined to beat its rival HP which trumped its initial $1.5bn bid at the start of this week.

New Datapoint hires bulk up services practice

Networking and comms integrator Datapoint has announced the addition of ex-Avaya pre-sales team lead John Fenech to lead its UK and Ireland UC practice, and former HP man Meurig Jones as COO, as it moves to an enterprise managed services model.

In-depth: Slow burning Cisco UCS gains traction at last

Speaking on a recent conference call detailing Cisco's most recent set of results, CEO John Chambers said that it had now sold 1,700 installations of its much-vaunted Unified Compute System (UCS).

New HP jobs are 'public subsidy merry-go-round', says Unite

HP's plans to create 700 new jobs at its Erskine site in Renfrewshire, Scotland, has received criticism from trade union Unite over the use of public subsidies to hire employees.

BT Redcare provides telemetry data for Buy As You View

BT Redcare's machine-to-machine (M2M) division has agreed a three-year deal to deliver telemetry data for Buy As You View (BAYV)'s electrical coin-operated appliances.

Dell beats HP to win $1.6bn 3Par acquisition

Dell has rebuffed HP's attempt to hijack its acquisition of 3Par, after the storage specialist accepted an increased bid of $24.30 per share in cash, valuing the firm at $1.6bn.

Dell revised offer gets backing from 3Par

Dell has matched Hewlett-Packard's offer of $1.6bn for storage player 3Par and talked up the reasons why it deserves to win the bidding war for the firm.

The new future of datacentres

When Kevin Timmons, general manager of Microsoft's Data Center Services, arrived in New York on the night before his keynote address to the DatacenterDynamics New York conference, he stepped out for a bite to eat.

Increase the success of data governance programs from the bottom up

Data governance programs are often overlooked, pushed aside and just plain ignored through a lack of executive interest and funding. But some technology professionals are making the most of the situation.

Increase the success of data governance programs from the bottom up

Data governance programs are often overlooked, pushed aside and just plain ignored through a lack of executive interest and funding. But some technology professionals are making the most of the situation.

CIOs seek special skills in Linux admins

With the demand for Linux admins on the rise, CIOs are having trouble finding the right candidates with the right Linux skills and personality to manage open source environments.

Lack of security advice may aid financial fraud

Manipulation of financial management software is a leading cause of fraud, says accounting firm KPMG. The fact that IT security professionals have hardly any input to how this software is designed or deployed may be one reason, the firm suggests.

IPO to explore value of knowledge to UK economy

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is to research the value of intellectual property to the British economy "to ensure policy and decisions are supported by proper evidence", says intellectual property minister Baroness Wilcox.

Whistleblower costs AutoTrader $400k for unlicensed software

AutoTrader, the online marketplace for motor vehicles, has paid $400,000 to settle claims of using unlicensed copies of Adobe, Autodesk, Corel and Quest software installed on its computers.

Novell posts fall in sales and profit

Open source and Linux specialist Novell has announced a drop in sales and profits in the third quarter of its fiscal year, ending 31 July.


HP trumps Dell again in bidding war for 3Par

HP has increased its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of 3Par to $27 per share in cash, valuing the storage virtualisation company at $1.8bn.

Netgear UK SMB boss leaves ahead of VAR restructure

Netgear is on the hunt for a new UK SMB and midmarket country manager to replace Mark Power, who left the firm earlier in August.

HP ups ante in 3Par bidding war

Hewlett-Packard has upped its bid for 3Par, trumping Dell's earlier offer which was accepted by the storage vendor yesterday afternoon. HP last night tabled $27 per share in a new offer that values 3Par at $1.8bn (£1.16bn), topping Dell's $1.6bn bid.

Rebound product spend, services pay off for Computacenter

Computacenter chief executive Mike Norris has reported a strengthening rebound in infrastructure spending and steady growth in services during the six months to the end of June, after booking a 16.6% rise in pre-tax profits to £21.3m.

Vodafone app helps keep the beer flowing

Brewer Molson Coors has deployed Vodafone UK's field management business application to help 170 field service engineers

Novell Q3 revenues hit by uncertainty over strategy

The shadow of a strategic company review, which could include a potential sale, has hit Novell's Q3 numbers as the uncertainty over its future fed through to revenues.

3Par bidding war hots up as HP offers $2bn

The bidding war for storage specialist 3Par became even more ferocious today as HP twice upped its offer price in an attempt to prevent Dell winning the acquisition.

Cloud a way round Windows 7 migration skills gap

Desktop virtualisation and the cloud offer a potential route out of difficult operating system migrations and a way of avoiding the skills gap around Windows 7.

Overland Q4 loss widens

Year-on-year net losses at Overland Storage widened in the final three months of its financial year to $4.2m after the vendor has hit by $1.2m of non-cash, stock compensation expenses.

Dell matches HP bid valuing 3Par at $1.8bn

The battle for ownership of 3Par is going down to the wire with Dell matching HP's latest bid of $1.8bn in an attempt to seal the deal.

Intel warns on weak consumer demand

Intel has warned that its Q3 sales are likely to fall short of its own projections by as much as $1bn (£644m) due to weaker than expected consumer PC demand in mature markets.