TechTarget News - Week of Oct 03, 2010

AMD battles for server CPU cred

Historically, AMD processors have been a force to be reckoned with in data centers. But some IT managers have questioned the platform’s longevity.

Met admits police e-crime unit is under-resourced

The police cybercrime unit can tackle only 11% of the 6,000 known organised criminal gangs that regularly use computers for illegal purposes, the head of the Metropolitan Police admitted at the weekend.

BT extends high-speed broadband footprint

BT, the UK's biggest network operator, has announced the extension of its optical fibre-based broadband network to 159 locations as part of a £2.5bn plan...

Oracle chief lambasts new HP CEO

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has lashed out at rival Hewlett-Packard again, this time over its choice of leadership. HP hired former SAP boss Apotheker at the end of last week in a surprise move, and has drawn the ire of Ellison as a result.

Alternative Networks makes Scalable play

Networking integrator, IP specialist and Mitel partner Scalable Communications has been bought by comms services provider Alternative Networks in a £7.5m cash deal, plus a deferred £2.5m consideration based on future growth.

Brocade splits with EMEA channel boss and UK head

Brocade has put up the help wanted sign after splitting with long-serving UK country manager Paul Phillips and relative newcomer EMEA channel director Amanda Giddins. A spokesman at Brocade confirmed the departures but was unable to offer any other meaningful details at the time of going to press.

Magirus latest Cisco distie to launch data centre training

Following last week's launch of Comstor's LEAP facility, Magirus has rolled out a dedicated Cisco data centre training plan called DC Traction that will help both new and existing Cisco resellers get up to speed on its data centre proposition.

MurphX director handed keys to Daisy Wholesale

Daisy Wholesale, the channel-facing arm of business UC provider Daisy Group, has made former MurphX commercial director Carl Churchill managing director.

Distributors prepare for cloud assault

Distributors are getting in on the buzz surrounding cloud computing to ensure they are not left out in the cold next year when the market is forecast to take-off.

IT jobs recovery continues to gather pace

There might be fears of a double-dip in the world economy but for now the recovery in the IT jobs market is continuing. According to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation report into Technology demand and supply there is a higher demand for ICT specialists.

Oracle vs. Google lawsuit

Oracle sued Google on Aug. 12, 2010, claiming that Google was violating Oracle's intellectual property related to Java with its Android operating system used on mobile phones.

Nimble governance for health information exchanges, experts say

Health information exchanges should have local control and a great deal of flexibility when it comes to making rules and ensuring trust among stakeholders, IT professionals say.

Indian suppliers unlikely to win public sector deals

Lack of skills to handle transitions means Indian IT service providers will not stand a chance to win large deals in government, despite significant spending cuts likely to be announced later this month, a senior IT executive at a departmental user in Whitehall told Computer Weekly.

Stuxnet could hurt world economic development, says Microsoft CEO

The advent of sophisticated new malware such as Stuxnet could hamper the development of cloud computing and consequently economic development, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured) said on Tuesday.

McAfee unveils ex-Juniper executive as EMEA boss

McAfee has appointed a fresh head to run its EMEA operations as it looks to set out its stall following its acquisition by Intel. Gert-Jan Schenk is taking over as president of EMEA from the outgoing David Quantrell who has decided to pursue other opportunities but is staying around for a few month.

Councils mount legal challenge to BSF cutbacks

Several councils are legally challenging the move by the government to scrap the Building Schools for the Future scheme. The BSF programme was cut back by Michael Gove, the education secretary, back in July scrapping 700 of the proposed projects as part of a cost cutting drive.

Symantec launches reseller advisory council

Symantec has launched a partner advisory council to increase the feedback it receives from its resellers across Europe.

Demise of net neutrality will hit e-public services

Online access to public services could be put at risk if the principle of net neutrality is abandoned, according to user group the Communications Consumer Panel (CCP).

Viatel sells channel business to networking venture

Viatel has sold its UK retail business VTL to a new venture called MDNX for an undisclosed sum. The two units had already been separated, and operated as independent units for the past 12 months said Viatel.

Sales slide at SCC but services save the day

A higher mix of services sales bolstered profits at Specialist Computer Centres (SCC) but weak demand for hardware and software were responsible for a slide in turnover.

Expect Internet regulation: Former NSA CIO Prescott Winter

The former CIO of the US National Security Agency, Prescott Winter, predicts that government regulation of the internet is inevitable, and that app store operators and cloud providers need to step up with new security rigour.

HP tweaks scale-out HPC platform

Hewlett-Packard has taken another stab at the high-performance computing market with redesigned Scalable System SL6500 chassis and individually serviceable front-loading servers.

A burst of business continuity, disaster recovery planning

Explosives maker Austin Powder played with virtualization, and an idea for its business continuity and disaster recovery planning ignited: Make HQ a hot site for remote offices.

BA builds SOA for the long haul

From next month British Airways (BA) will begin rolling out a service-oriented architecture that will eventually enable it to migrate from its 40-year-old mainframe system built on IBM's transaction processing facility (TPF).

Credit card fraud drops thanks to improved online detection

The increasing use of fraud screening detection tools by retailers and banks is helping to tackle phone, internet and card-not-present fraud, the UK Cards Association has reported.

Fight against online child porn goes overseas

Child pornography is no longer being hosted in the UK, but international cooperation is needed to remove it from the web, according to the internet watchdog...

Bloxx cuts prices to gain advantage over rivals

In a move that will gain publicity and disrupt rivals in the security market, email and web filtering specialist Bloxx has cut its prices. The decision to reduce UK prices by 5% is being positioned as a move designed to help customers hard hit by tough economic times.

New Azzurri boss restructures management roles

Mark Quarter Maine, incoming CEO at networking and comms integrator Azzurri, has shuffled senior management and made a series of new appointments, with some personnel, prominent among them sales director Jason Stander wick, leaving the firm.

Minister Ed Vaizey to host broadband summit on fibre rates

Communications minister Ed Vaizey is likely to host a industry roundtable before the end of the year to discuss the new valuation guidance on the rating of fibre optic networks.

Ofcom to grant BT more time on 10Gbps service

Communications regulator Ofcom proposes to extend BT's relief from its formal undertakings to supply very high speed fibre-based network connections because BT says there is no demand for them.

Reseller insolvencies soar in Q3

UPDATED A rise in channel insolvencies could be an indication that the biting economic conditions over the past eighteen months have finally taken a toll. According to figures from Graydon UK, the number of resellers that went to the wall in the third quarter jumped 29.5% year-on-year to 79.

Successful data integration projects require a diverse approach

Data integration projects are generally more efficient and successful when organizations use the right tools – or combination of tools – for the job, according to attendees at Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day event on Wednesday.

Oracle Beehive collaboration software to be rolled into WebCenter

Oracle Beehive made a big splash at OpenWorld 2008, where company officials billed it as integrated collaboration software meant to compete with Exchange, Lotus and SharePoint. But the buzz is done buzzing.

Special Report: SAP TechEd 2010

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Recruitment on LinkedIn finds favor in Indian CIO-dom

Indian CIOs are discarding traditional hiring in favor of recruitment using LinkedIn. We caught up with leading CIOs to examine their LinkedIn experiences.

Twitter gets new back-end search architecture

Twitter engineers have developed a new back-end search for with open source index search engine Lucene, to improve the micro-blogging site's search capability.

Android to share Google Goggles with Apple iPhone

The Google Goggles visual search application is now available on the Apple iPhone, making it no longer unique to phones running the Android operating system.

Ubuntu 10.10 download from Sunday

Ubuntu Linux version 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions will be available to download on Sunday 10 October.

Datatec takes 100% Westcon stake

Datatec has snapped upVC outfit Routine Capital's stake in Westcon, taking its share in the networking and convergence distributor to 100%. Prior to the transaction Westcon's equity was owned 97.4% by Datatec and 2.6% by Routine Capital Corporation.

Daisy buy-and-build strategy to continue despite losses

Acquisitive UC services outfit Daisy Group has said it will continue to "target further synergistic opportunities" to grow the business through acquisitions, despite posting a hefty £14m post-tax loss in its most recent set of figures.

Green city has an IT brain

An eco-city in Portugal that its makers are aiming to build by 2015 takes its cues from the nervous system

Microsoft aims to virtualise government IT

Public sector computing, which is only about 50% virtualised, is a prime opportunity for Microsoft, says the company's new head of virtualisation for the UK.

Microsoft urges partners to embrace the cloud

Software resellers hoping that the shift to the cloud will happen at a pace slow enough to enable them to enjoy a few more years of the on-premise model have been given fresh warnings to adapt their businesses.

SAP and Sybase create mobile business unit

Enterprise software maker SAP and its recently acquired subsidiary Sybase have formed a joint mobile business unit to develop on-demand applications and a single deployment platform.

Teneo eyes data centre, services acquisitions

Mid-market focused infrastructure optimisation reseller Teneo is targeting expansion into the data centre environment as part of a three-year growth plan, and may look to make acquisitions to bulk up its muscle in this area, according to CEO Piers Carey.

Patent-holder Intellectual Ventures files IP complaint against Motorola Mobility

RBI + third parties Approved Intellectual Ventures has demanded a jury trial after Motorola Mobility failed to reach an agreement on a licence to use hardware and software in its mobile phones. Google announced plans to buy the Motorola handset division, Motorola Mobility, in August 2011.

Azlan recruits sales director from BT Engage IT

Azlan has handed newly appointed sales director Joe Breen the remit of building a base of corporate reseller customers.

SAP launches Business ByDesign for the iPhone

While there may not be as many Business ByDesign users as SAP would like, those users can now access an abbreviated version of the application just about anywhere they want – as long as they have an iPhone.

ISACA launches Business Model For Information Security

The Business Model for Information Security (BMIS) launched by ISACA provides a holistic approach for managing information security, while directly addressing business objectives.

Successful data integration projects require a diverse approach

Data integration projects are generally more efficient and successful when organizations use the right tools – or combination of tools – for the job, according to attendees at Composite Software’s Data Virtualization Day event on Wednesday.

Sun shops eye Oracle support moves warily

Oracle veteran Chuck Rozwat returns to run customer services for hardware and software. But he faces an uphill battle with wary Sun shops uneasy about Oracle support.

Government scrapped IT projects worth £1.2bn

The government has released details of large IT systems worth almost £1.2bn scrapped in the past five years, but has ignored other projects known to be in trouble and possibly headed for the scrap heap.

Amazon rivals Google with Android app store will rival Google's app store, Android Market, by opening its own app store for smartphones running the Android mobile operating system, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported.

UAE repeals RIM’s Blackberry service ban

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has cancelled a potential Blackberry service suspension from 11 October and said Blackberry-maker Research in Motion's (RIM) services are now compliant with its security needs.

Ofcom sidesteps dark fibre issue

BT and Ofcom are facing calls to further open up the telecom giant's fibre network to help rivals offer high-speed broadband services.

Perceived benefits of video technology evolving

Worldwide end-user perceptions of the benefits of video-conferencing technology are beginning to evolve beyond the mere cost savings and travel reduction, according to new research.

ICO calls for feedback on data-sharing proposals

The Information Commissioner's Office is asking UK organisations to respond to proposals for the country's first-ever code of practice on data-sharing.

Hackers target SME bank accounts

The bank accounts of small and medium sized companies have become hackers' favourite target during the first half of 2010, according to the Web Application Security Consortium.

BSA aims to increase SAM adoption with standards programme

The failure of a standard approach to software asset management (SAM) has confused users and prevented the technology from being more widely embraced according the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Data retention boosts crime, says civil liberties group

Data retention has advantaged corruption, endangered scientific research, caused unemployment, made political critics go underground, promoted the abuse of personal data, and frustrated the prosecution of crime, according to a German civil liberties group.

Global moves made to close ranks on software pirates

The net around software pirates is being tightened with a pact between 37 countries being signed in a bid to fight counterfeit goods.

Government CIOs unprepared for £3.6bn budget cuts

Public sector CIOs are woefully unprepared to make the £3.6bn IT budget cuts that the government is looking for, according to a study, writes Ian Grant. "Just 6% have actioned a plan to deal with the cuts, 14% have a plan but not used it, leaving the other 80% completely unprepared,"

Oracle restricts maintainance renewals to four resellers

Oracle will permit just four services-based resellers and integrators to renew maintenance agreements when they expire, effectively forcing vast swathes of the partner channel to hand over customer details to rivals.