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 Like.com

Google has acquired Like.com, 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. Plantronics director and general manager of UK & Ireland Paul Clark said that there were revenue opportunities being missed by both data and voice resellers that mis

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. The future of 3Par seemed to be heading in the direction of Dell's ownership last week after an offer of $1.5bn was put forward last Mon

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.

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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 itwill investigatefluctuations in thecompany's share price immediately prior toits acquisition. The regulatorwants to determine whe

Market cannot support current reseller population

The ravages of the recent recession mean that theUK IT market can no longersupport the number of resellers operating in it, and a more aggressive M&A scene is the only conceivable result, say analysts at Plimsoll. The latest report on the dealer community by the analyst firm has revealed a deepl

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 Redstonemay havepulled 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. Yapp isto be replaced withinvestors and seri

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. In its interim results for the six months ended 30 June the company, which recently went publ

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. The Financial Services Authority handed out the fine, which is the highest dished out so far to a sing

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 totaling £12,000. The latest case from the Business Software Alliance put Ar

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 EEAwas entitled to argue that specific articles in the EC Treaty prevented Oracle from obtaining summary j

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.

REVIEW: NetGear ReadyNAS NVX

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.

Epson settles with Ebuyer as it turns up heat in patent battle

Epson has wrapped up a settlement with Ebuyer over the sale of ink cartridges that it is claiming infringe its patents with the vendor now targeting the manufacturer. Ebuyer had been selling Inkrite cartridges supplied by Medea International but in face of Epson's assertion that the product infring

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. The battle between HP and Dell to acquire the storage player has stepped up since HP offered a superior bid for 3Par on Mo

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. The firm saw sales grow a little over 2% to £200m, while operating profit came in at £11.2m, up 10.8% on fisca

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, according to figures fr

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.

DSG Retail slammed for dumping credit card data in a skip

DSG Retail has become the latest corporation to have its knuckles rapped over losing customer data after a number of customer credit agreements were found in a skip. Eight agreements, which the retailer asks customers to fill in if they want to get finance for a purchase, were found in a skip near

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 totransition firms from XP and 2000 versions to the latest Microsoft OS. The warning comes from Gartner, which states that from next year until 2012 the demand for qualified Windows 7 migration experts will exceed s

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 it's rival HP which trumped its initial $1.5bn bid at the start of this week. Dell ha

New Datapoint hires bulk up services practice

Networking and comms integrator Datapoint has announced the addition ofex-Avaya pre-sales team lead John Fenech to lead its UK and Ireland UC practice, and former HP man Meurig Jones as COO, as itmoves to anenterprise managed services model. The privately-held, PE-backedfirm claims its managed servi

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

Speaking on a recentconference 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), the end-to-end data centre proposition that ultimately put the kibosh on Cisco's relationship with Hewle

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 Texan PC giant had looked odds on favourite to acquire 3Par in a smooth transaction earlier this month before HP threw a spanner in the works

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.

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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. Power's replacement will report to European VP Jean-Michel Bielli, and will be tasked withthe significant restructuring taskof reducing the vendor's ISR VAR numbers to be

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. In a statement, HP's executive vice preside

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. The firm booked sales of £1.29bn, up 5.4% on the same

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 uncertianty over its future fed through to revenues. The vendor launched a review of its options for the company going forward back in March and President and CEO of Novell Ron Hovsepia

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. Earlier this week Gartner warned that the pressure on customers to move on from Windows XP and 2000 would produce a migration skills gap f

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. The firm made total Q4 sales of $19.3m, up 3.7% sequentially, though down 12% year-on-year.Full year sales were sig

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. The two vendors have been slugging it out over the last couple of days taking the original bid from Dell of $1.5bn up to the current level of $1.8bn making the sha

Intel warns on weak consumer demand

Intel has warnedthat 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. In a statement issued on Friday afternoon the semiconductor market leader said third quarter sales were likely to hit $

HP edges back in front in race to acquire 3Par with $2bn bid

Hardly had the share price of storage player 3Par had time to react to Dell matching HP's offer of $1.8bn than the race to seal the deal to acquire the company reached another level. With the bidding starting almost two weeks ago at $1.5bn it has risen in stages to 1.6, 1.8 and now $2bn as HP has ba