TechTarget News - Week of Oct 10, 2010

REVIEW: Cisco NSS 324 Smart Storage

Cisco’s NAS for small business is a tidy unit, but seems to lack any paticular value add from Cisco.

Innovating on mission critical platforms

Victoria's Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority operates the radio networks that help to despatch Police and Ambulance to emergencies. But the mission critical nature of this service is not stopping the agency from innovating on the platform that makes it possible.

Everything Everywhere turns on joint network

Both consumer and business customers of Everything Everywhere'sOrange and T-Mobile brands are now able to sign up to access the firm's two mobile networks. The move is the first outwardly tangible result of the Everything Everywhere joint venture, first announced in 2009. As a result, regis

SMEs’ data exposed to partners and fraudsters

SMEs could be leaving themselves open to attacks from fraudsters or might reveal confidential information because the companies they work with do not have...

Government advised to lean on suppliers to cut waste

The government is going to be advised to buy in bulk, push suppliers for the cheapest prices and potentially stretch their payment times in order to get the most for their money. A report from retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has unearthed what he believes is staggering waste in IT, print office supp

HP cuts another 1,300 jobs in the UK

HP has cut another 1,300 jobs in the UK as the technology giant exports jobs to locations outside the UK.

ComputerLinks adds secure backup to cloud options

ComputerLinks continues to build up its cloud portfolio for resellers adding secure backup as one of the options available through its Alvea cloud services portal. The distributor launched its cloud platform last month giving resellers the chance to offer customers services that they would not have

Windows Phone 7 is here

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today launched Windows Phone 7. Speaking at the launch he said, "We wanted the Windows Phone to be always delightful."

Online channel delivers healthy growth as netbooks takeoff

ICEcat, the open catalogue price comparison site, has reported huge growth of the online channel in Q3 of 2010 with 119% year on year in terms of data-sheet downloads via more than 12,000 online channel partners.

Omniquad data breach spurs fears of online business, says CIF

The leak of consumer data, managed by network security provider Omniquad, has been held up as an example of the data breaches that undermine confidence in online business by the Cloud Industry Forum.

SMEs' data exposed to partners and fraudsters

SMEs could be leaving themselves open to attacks from fraudsters or might reveal confidential information because the companies they work with do not have adequate information security in place, writes Karl Flinders. A survey of 1,200 UK SMEs, carried out by online back-up supplier Mozy, revealed t

Unions slam HP plans to cut 1,300 as butchery

Hewlett-Packard is set to shed 1,300 jobs and move production overseas bringing the total jobs axed in just the past two years to almost 4,000. The moves have been described as "butchery" by the union Unite which has already spent the summer complaining about the 900 juob cuts which were

NetApp wins big at DECCW

NetApp has had a big win at the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

Mobile application development tops CIO strategies

Cloud computing was unavoidable -- of course -- but CIOs at this year's Society for Information Management conference were keener on mobile application development strategies.

Physicians offer reality check on EHR implementation strategies

Physicians doing their own EHR implementations might wonder how big the gulf is between vendor promises and reality. Here, three Massachusetts doctors offer their perspective.

Is Capgemini’s Merlin the most sustainable datacentre in the world?

Capgemini has opened its latest datacentre, which it believes is "the most sustainable datacentre in the world". Jenny Williams investigates what makes the datacentre, known as Merlin, so energy efficient.

Philip Green review highlights 'crazy decisions' on government IT buying

Prime minister David Cameron has attacked what he calls the "crazy decisions" made on government IT spending over the past decade, after Sir Philip Green's review of purchasing highlighted the "shocking" inefficiency of IT buying.

VMworld 2010: Most apps now on virtual servers

The balance between the number of applications on physical machines and virtual machines tilted to virtual in 2009, says Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware...

M&A activity bounces back from slow summer

Seasonal trends are re-emerging in the tech mergers and acquisitions as spending picked up after a slow August. The survey of the last month from Regent showed there were 230 tech acquisitions across Europe with a combined value of $15.4bn. "Valuations have maintained their steady upward moveme

Vendor squabbles hamstring mobile video market

Lack of interoperability betweendevices and a growing number of lawsuits between mobile vendors will hold back more widespread use of mobile video technology in the next five years, saysa study out today from Juniper Research. Although the launch of Apple's FaceTime feature for the iPhone has given

RSA calls for air traffic control approach to security

The security industry needs to develop a coordinated system to fend off attacks in the same way air traffic control determines which planes can land safely. The call for a cloud-based prevention system was made at the keynote of the RSA Conference in London this morning by the vendor's president Ar

Software giants sign up to government efficiency drive

The largest players in the software world have joined a host of government suppliers signing a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Cabinet Office as part of the ongoing efforts by the coalition to cut costs.Oracle and Microsoft join the likes of Logica, Atos Origin, Siemens IT Solutions

Slow net speeds a growing concern for SMEs

SME advocacy group, the Forum of Private Business (FPB), has released figures suggesting that just under a quarter of British SMEs are deriding their Internet connection speeds as inadequate. This comes after Ofcom last week announced it would compel BT to open up its fibre lines, as well as undergr

DiData acquisition enters final stages

The £2.1bn acquisition of Dimension Data by NTT is moving ahead after the deal conditions were formally satisfied yesterday. As of midday on Monday Japanese comms outfit NTT had "received valid acceptances"in respect of approximately 93% of DiData shares to which the offer relates. T

Buy direct to save costs, Sir Philip Green advises government

The government should bypass resellers to buy PCs and commodity kit directly from manufacturers as it seeks to draw upon powerful economies of scale and a high credit rating to cut public sector expenditure. This was according to the findings of a review led by retail guru Sir Philip Green on behalf

Equanet job cuts on the cards, Dixons Retail confirms

Dixons Retail has put back-office staff at its Equanet subsidiary inBury at risk of redundancy with 30 to 50 positions expected to go. The groupmade progressinfiscal 2010bouyed by improving retail salesbut the B2B division -Equanet, PC World Business and Macwarehouse - lagged the wider recovery and

Virtualized desktop can provide iPad EHR implementation shortcut

Virtualized desktops offer physicians secure access to electronic health records while they're mobile. This model is the way some facilities are implementing iPad EHR systems.

Councils to test personal data stores

Councils and central government departments have joined forces to take part in a prototype of a new personal data store in an attempt to solve the problems raised by the "database state".

Intel posts record sales of $11.1bn in Q3

Intel has reported record sales of $11.1bn (£6.9bn) for the third quarter of 2010, with profits up 59% from a year ago.

Sceptical SMEs urged to embrace social media

The Forum of Private Business has urged small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to make greater use of social media after a report revealed more than half of...

Spy boss warns of growing network threat

The head of the government's communications intelligence agency, GCHQ, has warned of a growing threat to the UK's network infrastructure and called for a "holistic" response to the potential danger posed by both criminals and hostile foreign governments. Speaking to the International I

Datatec sees challenging first half in UK

Westcon and Logicalis parent Datatec has said that business in the UK remained "challenging" during the first half of its fiscal 2011, which closed at the end of August. Although the South Africa-based tech firm reported a 31% rise in EBITDA to $58.5m (£36.8m) and booked revenues

Scottish travel agency caught out by BSA

A Scottish travel company has become the latest to be named and shamed by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for using unlicensed software. Glasgow-based travel agency Barrhead Travel Services Limited was caught using unlicensed copies of Adobe software and had to pay out £10,000 which incl

Clearswift boss talks of coming through economic headwind

The CEO of security player Clearswift has described the current economic conditions as trading in a "headwind" but indicated it is managing to sell more of its gateway products. For its Q2, ended September, the private vendor said it manage to grow the web and email gateway product sal

Lloyds Banking Group sheds 4,500 IT roles

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will reduce its group IT and operations workforce by several thousands as part of its three-year integration programme.

A better way than ROI? Project management and business value

Organisations could be offered better ways to manage IT-led business change projects in the wake of major research project that promises to challenge conventional wisdom on IT project management.

Intel forecasts quieter Q4 on back of soft consumer demand

Intel has forecast conservative sales for the Christmas quarter on the back of continued concerns of slowing demand in the consumer sector. The chip giant last night filed a 59% year-on-year hike in Q3 profits to $2.95bn and an 18% jump in sales to $11.1bn, driven by a steady refresh of corporate i

Brick steps down as HP Networking head

HP Networking UK country sales director Darryl Brick has stepped down from his post with immediate effect, it has emerged. His replacement, Barry Bonnett, is joining HP from little-known comms consultancy outfit Stejac. Prior to his short stint at Stejac he was president of Nortel's European enterpr

Channel dismisses Sir Philip Green's direct advice to coalition

Resellers and channel advocates have criticised Sir Philip Green's recommendation that government should buy commodity IT direct from multi-national corporations (MNC) as being overly simplistic. A review team led by Green yesterday judged that the way central government procures technology needs t

Global PC sales dampened by consumer slowdown

Global PC shipments grew just 7.6% in Q3, falling short of analysts estimates as the boom in consumer demand for portables fizzled out in the mature markets. Industry watcher Gartner previously predicted growth of 12.7% but prinicpal analyst Mikako Kitigawa attributed much of the shortfall to a slo

Long a standard, SAP Workflow has its fans

Despite a few criticisms along the way, countless businesses have come to rely on SAP Workflow to facilitate and automate a wide range of approval processes.

IBM phasing out ESCON channels on mainframes

IBM phases out ESCON channels on mainframes, which will eventually force shops to buy ESCON to FICON converters to support legacy devices.

Digital publishers champion the 'new' IT department

As the publishing sector brings product management to the core of its business, Jenny Williams talks to organisations championing the reskilling and new software development methods to move with the times.

IT quangos in firing line of government cuts

Most of the IT-related quangos that came under fire in the latest round of cuts are to stay open, it has emerged, as Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced the groups that would be shut.

PCI DSS standards halve data breaches

Data breaches are 50% less likely at businesses that comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a study has revealed.

HP bounds up Ethernet charts

The acquisition of 3Com has sent Hewlett-Packard's share of the worldwide Ethernet port market skyrocketing during the second calendar quarter of 2010, according to In-Stat figures. HP now accounts for 20% of Ethernet port shipments and has bumped D-Link down to third place, said analysts. "It

SaaS sales being hit by short term view of costs from users

A short-term attitude from customers towards costs is undermining attempts by the channel to sell the TCO benefits of software as a service compared to the traditional on-premise options. That was the conclusion from a roundtable organised by FAST Ltd, which specialises in keeping firms on the righ

Government secures support from largest supplier for cuts

The government has managed to get the signature of its largest supplier Hewlett-Packard on a memorandum of understanding that will commit the vendor to helping the coalition reduce costs. HP follows in the wake of a host of government suppliers including Oracle and Microsoft, who signed on Tuesday

Griffin buys comms firm Fused in pre-pack deal

Business Internet services provider Griffin has acquired the assets, customers and contracts offellow comms provider Fused Group in a pre-pack arrangementafter the firm fell into administration. Financial terms were not disclosed. Fused, which has offices in London and Manchester, specialises in DSL

Cloud and virtualisation in demand from customers

Cloud and virtualisation have been the technologies in demand over the third quarter as customers look to embrace software in order to support growth. According to the latest Pearlfinders Index, which takes the pulse of IT directors, virtualisation followed by cloud were the most desired technologi

Ofcom merges with postal body in quango shake-up

The government is to merge independent communications regulator Ofcom with its postal servicecounterpart Postcomm as part of the quango cull announced today. Ofcom is also to losepowers relating to policy setting, which are to be returned to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and will no l

Ingram Micro UK profits rise, workforce trimmed

A 13% reduction in headcount at Milton Keynes-based broadline giant Ingram Micro during 2009 helped bolster the bottom line in the UK. Financials for the calendar year revealed profits of £3m,an increase of38% while sales dipped marginally to £648m. The market was "highly competiti

Google’s 30% Q3 profits boost beats analyst estimates

Google has reported third quarter earnings per share of $7.64, a 30% increase on the same period the year before and above analyst estimates of between $6.69 and $7.10.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 October 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Equanet cuts on the cards, says Dixons Retail Dixons Retail put back-office staff at its Equanet subsidiary inBury at risk of redundancy with 30 to 50 positions expected to go. HP moves to close special bid loophole HP is

Analysis: The contradiction at the heart of Green's review

Sir Philip Green is a character with the same bluntness of his fellow entrepreneur Sir Alan Sugar when it comes to talking about business. So it was perhaps of little surprise that his review of government spending on ICT, travel and office costs would include words like "staggering waste"

Eddie Pacey steps down from Avnet

Following the integration of Bell Microproducts into Avnet, European director of credit services Eddie Paceyhas finally confirmed he is stepping down with immediate effect. In a career that spanned 18 years in IT distribution at Ideal Hardware and then Bell Microproducts, Pacey has been credited wit

LANDesk appoints former Trend Micro UK boss

Nigel Seddon, former UK managing director at Trend Micro, has not had to wait long before reappearing in the channel after being handed a role as Northern European sales director at LANDesk.

Exponential tablet growth threat to netbook market

The netbook market is under increasing threat of cannibalisation as the average selling price of a media tablet drops below the $300 (£186)mark, according to Gartner. "The all-in-ine nature of media tablets will result in the cannibalisation of other consumer electronics devices such as e

AMD posts 16% increase in sales in Q3

Chipmaker, AMD, has reported an increase of sales of 16% for the third quarter of 2010 compared to last year.

Compuatcenter flies in Q3 despite Government slowdown

Computacenter (CC) had a storming third quarter in all its geographies after an improving commercial - particularly financial services - business more than offset declines in UK public sector spending. Europe's largest services-based reseller posted sales rises on both the product and services front

Opinions sought on local government IT strategy

The Society for IT Management (Socitm) is looking for ideas to help build a local government IT strategy.

The strategy will feed into the coalition...