TechTarget News - Week of Sep 19, 2010

Google Toys with JavaOne

Who Said Google Wasn't Represented at JavaOne?

IBM to acquire data warehouse appliance vendor Netezza

IBM plans to acquire Netezza for about $1.7 billion. Big Blue says the deal will greatly enhance its data warehousing and business analytics offerings.

Oracle Exalogic is the company's "cloud in a box"

Larry Ellison opened OpenWorld 2010 offering his definition of cloud, taking shots at and releasing a complement to Exadata, the Oracle Exalogic "cloud in a box."

Oracle Fusion Applications video demo

Oracle rolled out its long-awaited Fusion Applications suite at OpenWorld this year. got an exclusive look at the software. Watch the video to see it for yourself.

Oracle Openworld 2010 Special Report

This special report is your guide to Oracle OpenWorld 2010, the biggest annual conference for users of Oracle database and applications technology worldwide.

Interpol chief admits Facebook ID theft

Interpol chief Ronald Noble has admitted that criminals have stolen his identity on Facebook

HP to appoint Mark Hurd replacement soon

HP's board is close to appointing a successor to former chief executive Mark Hurd, who was forced to leave the company in August.

Oracle develops Linux and Solaris appliance

Oracle has unveiled what it claims is the world's first integrated middleware machine, an appliance to run Java and non-Java applications using Oracle software.

Telcos suffer worst year for a decade

The telecoms sector grew at the lowest rate for 10 years in 2009, with sales increasing by 2.2% year-on-year, according to analyst firm Ovum.

Oracle OpenWorld 2010: Unbreakable Linux lives on

Oracle has launched Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, a Linux kernel optimised for Oracle software and hardware.

Oracle claims its Linux distribution...

Oracle sets sights on cloud with Exalogic Elastic

Oracle has set its sights on taking a major slice of the cloud market after unveiling an all-in-one middleware appliance to provide users with a straightforward route to hosted applications.

Fierce competition for Cumbrian NGA broadband project

Villagers and farmers could soon have access to digital "parish pumps" if ideas set out over the weekend to deliver high-speed broadband to Cumbrian communities...

Corero turns profit, moves closer to security acquisitions

AIM-listed BPM software outfit turned security acquisition vehicle Corero has posted a modest pre-tax profit of £21,000 and made sales of £2.2m in the six months to the end of June.

Broadband is a basic human right, ITU tells UN

Access to high-speed broadband should be a basic human right, the International Telecommunications Union told world leaders at the UN's Millennium development...

Europe lags behind enterprise software spending recovery

The worldwide software market is recovering from the recession with signs that the next four years will be ones of modest growth but things remain downbeat in Europe.

Azzurri plugs tech gaps with new unit

Networking integrator Azzurri has launched a new business unit to better integrate its software development arm with its traditional integration and consultancy practice.

Calyx Ireland voice and data unit flogged to management

Calyx management have acquired the €20m turnover voice and data security operation in Ireland from receivers Kavanagh Fennell and plan to trade as Unity Technology Solutions.

RM says sales on target after bright summer

Summer sales progressed as expected according to education specialist RM despite the government's austerity measures that are wreaking havoc in parts of the sector.

Clegg talks of balance with cuts

Those in the channel hoping that the cuts coming next month in the Autumn Spending Review might not be as bad as feared will have been listening closely to Nick Clegg this afternoon.

Is Red Hat Linux out of date? Oracle thinks so

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Red Hat Linux is out of date, and announced a new non-compatible Linux distro. Linux experts disagree with Oracle's claims.

Will users dip their toes into Oracle MySQL 5.5?

Oracle announced updates to MySQL, its first since acquiring Sun Microsystems, at OpenWorld 2010 this week. But do MySQL users trust Oracle enough to dive into it?

Appliance eases compliance with medical image storage rules

Storage appliances help one hospital comply with federal and state medical-image storage requirements. Repeat studies and denied reimbursements have gone down, too.

HP and Oracle settle dispute over Mark Hurd

HP and Oracle have settled their dispute over the right of former HP chief executive Mark Hurd to take up a post as co-president at Oracle.

Microsoft confirms zero-day vulnerability in ASP.NET

Microsoft has issued a security advisory confirming exploits of an unpatched vulnerability that affects web applications built on ASP.NET.

University students hack IT systems

Nearly a quarter of college and university students have hacked into IT systems, according to a report.

Vodafone programme to speed UC services transition

Vodafone has rolled out a new UK reseller programme designed to help dealers move from traditional communications kit sales to an all-encompassing unified comms model.

Fibre pioneers run into backhaul problems

Getting fibre to the home is a piece of cake, if you've got the gumption. The problems arrive when you want to use it. Just ask cattle farmer and community...

Polycom adds new EMEA head, business units

Unified comms and video specialist Polycom has bulked up its worldwide business with a series of new hires at the top and the launch of three new lines of business.

Hurd tells Oracle partners to increase activity in services

Services are emerging as the area Oracle expects its resellers to focus on with the vendor unveiling fresh accreditation levels for those going the extra mile and rolling out latest recruit Mark Hurd to underline the message.

Poor call centre voice quality loses customers

Companies are failing customers due to poor voice quality in call centres. Seventy nine percent of consumers report they have experienced inadequate lines,...

Twitter users hit by viral hack attack

Twitter users were victims of a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability today as users reported message pop-ups and third-party websites being accessed without consent.

Copyright legal cost split sparks concerns

Fears have been raised by those fighting software piracy that the costs of pursuing legal action will be unfairly distributed.

Hurd gives up $30m to settle HP lawsuit

HP has settled its legal battle with former CEO Mark Hurd after he agreed to give up about $30m (£19.3m) of his severance package to join rival Oracle.

Sort your broadband spectrum by 2012, says EU

The European Commission is to consult on a revised spectrum plan to encourage the development of access to mobile broadband networking at a minimum of 30Mbps...

Civica acquires developer PTC Software

Civica UK has acquired the trade and assets of small Cambridge shire-based developer PTC Software for an undisclosed sum.

Shipping firm opts against SAP dashboards

Underwhelming functionality was among the factors that ruled out SAP for Old Dominion Freight Line’s operational dashboard project.

WAN application performance management: Automate or control?

Some IT pros like WAN monitoring tools that alert them to poor WAN application performance but stop there. For others, appliances that automate the fix make troubleshooting easier.

Contractors love their jobs: Monash University

New research from Monash University suggests that contractors love their work and that more workers may take up the indepdent lifestyle. CIOs will need to factor these trends into their plans

Oracle reveals plans for Java

Oracle has announced plans for advancing the Java Platform at the JavaOne conference, which is running alongside Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.


British Library considers its future as digital material takes over

The British Library has one of the digital world's biggest challenges ahead: as technology evolves at breakneck speed, how does it collect, manage and analyse the huge amount of digital content produced by publishers, and how does it keep that information for generations to come?

Recovery delayed for the software and services sector

The UK software and services sector is set for slow growth over the next decade as the market shrinks with offshoring and cloud computing impacting traditional business models along with the blow dealt by public sector cutbacks.

Adobe revenues grow but miss out on $1bn mark

Adobe is aiming to break through the $1bn revenue barrier in its next fiscal quarter after delivering solid growth in Q3. The software vendor saw its revenues for the three months ended 3 September increase by 42% from $697.5m to $990.3m but miss out on reaching its billion target.

Government plans procurement overhaul to slash IT spend

Bill McCluggage, deputy government CIO and director of ICT strategy and policy at the Office of the Government CIO, has outlined how the government will reduce IT spend by revamping how IT is procured and operated.

Cloud now worth 10% of external IT services spend

Gartner has warned that IT resellers which do not invest in delivering technology via a cloud mechanism will become increasingly marginalised as customer demand continues to soar.

Adobe sales grow 42%

Adobe has reported a 42% increase in revenue in its third financial quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

HP to put Paul McCartney in the cloud

The art collection of Paul McCartney will be available via a cloud computing platform following an agreement between the former Beatle's own company and HP.

Many businesses lack 'vital' innovation strategy, says CIO

Nine out of 10 businesses consider innovation as vital but only 37% have a clear strategy in place, delegates at the 360°IT infrastructure event at London's Earl's Court heard today.

Video: Cumbria bids to be rural broadband champion

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart declares himself out of step with his party and government over various taxes that might slow the roll out of broadband, especially to rural communities such as the one he represents, and wants them cleared away.

Cisco streamlines rebate scheme

Cisco has taken an axe to its Partner Development Fund (PDF) scheme, reducing the number of tracks from eight to four in an attempt to simplify the programme for its VAR community.

Touchbase UK in venture capitalist backed MBO

Cisco Unified Comms (UC) specialist Touchbase Group has sold its UK operation in a management buy-out led by director Mike Danson and COO Mike Dornan, backed by private equity investor Herald Ventures.

Former Shift F7 sales exec in the dock over frauds

A former sales executive at Shift F7 stole £47,000 worth of computer kit from the Surrey-based reseller to fund his drug use, Guildford Crown Court has heard.

Directors shuffled as 2e2 and Morse integration ramps

The integration of Morse into 2e2 is gainingpace following therestructure of the business units, some real estate consolidation andthenews thatdirectors Mark Nutt and Tim Hall will leave next month. The £69m purchase of London-based Morse earlier this year created a £400m powerhouse in t

Centrelink to create private storage cloud in ILM push

Centrelink has announced plans to establish “a panel for the provision of Enterprise Storage” as it aims to move “towards delivery of storage as a service,” extend its information lifecycle management strategy and develop an archive that can retrieve 130 year old emails.

Vtesse targets a million homes in broadband ‘not-spots’

Vtesse Networks plans to provide reliable high speed broadband to a million homes and offices that now exist in broadband 'not-spots' or slow-spots, provided the right market conditions exist, CEO Aidan Paul says.

Drop £20 broadband tax, urges Cumbria MP Rory Stewart

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart wants the government to get rid of obstacles such as proposed £20 broadband connection tax that might slow delivery of broadband to rural communities such as his.

Google tackles rogue pharmacies in court

Google has joined the fight against online sales of counterfeit drugs by taking legal action against rogue pharmacies that advertise on its sites.

Outsourcing is inevitable, say CIOs

Businesess will increasingly move IT functions to a hosted services model over the next few years but IT departments will continue to play a crucial role...

Red Hat banks on cloud portfolio

Open source solutions specialist Red Hat is registering growing interest in its recently-introduced Cloud Foundations portfolio and says it has already inked its first million dollar private cloud management deal.

Virtualisation top of SME IT spending priorities

A global study of over 3,000 SME IT professionals has revealed that many plan to increase IT spending in the second half of this year. Virtualisation technology and investments that optimise existing resources are their top IT priorities.

Shift F7 boss speaks out over fraud impact

Shift F7 has revealed the biggest impact on its business of the frauds perpetrated by a former sales exec was the man hours it took to help the police build a case.

Cloud computing to explode in SME market

Cloud adoption could become more widespread in the small business sector than in larger organisations, said experts speaking at the 360IT event in London.

Innovation key to returning profitability, says 360IT panel

Do not waste this recession, a panel of experts warned at today's IT360 conference in London. Innovation is back on the agenda and IT should be central to a business' innovation strategy.

CIOs endangered by lack of business knowledge

CIOs must adopt business skills or face extinction by tech-savvy business managers, delegates at the 360IT infrastructure event at Earl's Court heard today.

Twice-shy network operators reject high spectrum prices

Ofcom announced its long-awaited consultation on the auction of so-called 4G spectrum earlier this year. When the UK last auctioned frequencies for mobile phone networks, it enjoyed a £22.4bn windfall. That is unlikely to happen again

Interactive Ideas appointed by Cyberoam

UTM specialist Cyberoam has expanded its UK distribution roster, appointing Interactive Ideas, to support a push into the SME and retail market.

Blue Coat inks video pact with Alcatel-Lucent

Application delivery specialist Blue Coat has signed a resale agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to bundle its web caching and content delivery portfolio alongside the networking vendor's video delivery platform, Velocix.

MPLS implementation paves growth at Max Healthcare

Max Healthcare opted for an MPLS implementation to ensure better care of its patients and management of hospitals. What initiated its move to MPLS infra?

Facebook back online after worst outage in four years

Facebook was hit by technical problems yesterday that resulted in extremely slow or no service to some of its 500m users, including those in the UK.

CPS cracks down on cyberstalkers

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published new guidelines to crack down on cyberstalkers.

Analysis: A slow return to growth in the software market

We all want to know what is going to happen in the future as not only can money be made that way but business security can also be achieved through understanding where the world is heading.

Business failures back to pre-credit crunch levels

Insolvencies among British businesses have sunk to their lowest level since just before the credit crisis. The latest edition of Experian's insolvency index shows that business failures dropped to an average of 0.07% in August, the lowest point since June 2007.

Stuxnet worm is prototype for cyber-weapon, say security experts

The exact target of the Stuxnet worm that appeared more than a year ago is still a matter of speculation, but security experts agree it is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware seen to date.

DWP ordered to release details of Government Gateway contract

The Information Tribunal has ordered the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to publish previously withheld details of a contract with Atos Origin for the provision of the Government Gateway service.

Oracle eyes further acquisitions

Oracle has not ruled out making further acquisitions despite shelling out billions in purchases of Sun and several smaller purchases already in the database and business intelligence space this year.

Former Wstore boss Price pitches up at Chiltern IT

HP spare parts distributor Chiltern IT has recruited former Store head honcho Tony Price as commercial director. Price left the reseller early this year following its integration into new owner Systemax and took a break from the industry, before turning up in the new role at Chiltern at the start.

Addison Lee to use BI to analyse taxi fleet

London minicab firm Addison Lee has signed a deal with IT services company Maxima to develop business intelligence (BI) software to improve its operational...

Cisco names worldwide distribution VP

Cisco's current vice president of worldwide sales enablement Scott Brown has been named as vice president of the vendor's $10bn plus worldwide distribution business, according to reports.