Cisco’s NAS for small business is a tidy unit, but seems to lack any paticular value add from Cisco.
The financial crisis is an example of what can happen when those responsible for establishing and maintaining risk management practices are asleep at the switch, an expert says.
The first rollup for Exchange Server 2010 SP1 fixes its inability to replicate a public folder from one Exchange 2010 server to another, among other things.
The convergence of business intelligence (BI) software, data visualization tools and smart meter technology could lead to more efficient energy use.
Resource-intensive applications have driven an increase in virtual machine memory allocation, according to a recent survey.
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.
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
With the highly anticipated launch of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) later today, Jenny Williams investigates whether Microsoft's latest offering is fit for business.
Australia's military networks are under constant cyber attack by foreign intelligence agencies, says the country's Cyber Security Operations Centre.
Internet users in the Middle East and China are the busiest and most enthusiastic, a study has revealed.
Metro Bank has announced a multimillion-pound contract with IT services provider Niu Solutions to manage the bank's infrastructure.
The company has...
A wave of new laws and regulations is forcing company boards to re-examine their compliance strategies, says a cross-industry security think tank.
IT chiefs are best placed to lead the public sector through the cuts crisis, ex-Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair told the Society of IT Managers (Socitm) annual conference in Brighton.
SMEs could be leaving themselves open to attacks from fraudsters or might reveal confidential information because the companies they work with do not have...
IT security administrators will have their hands full with a bumper crop of security patches due from Microsoft and Oracle soon after updates from Adobe.
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 has cut another 1,300 jobs in the UK as the technology giant exports jobs to locations outside the UK.
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
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today launched Windows Phone 7. Speaking at the launch he said, "We wanted the Windows Phone to be always delightful."
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.
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 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
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 has had a big win at the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.
A proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise forces CIOs to reassess policies, budgets and backups for mobile data security.
Column-oriented database software is helping one law enforcement technology firm keep track of lawbreakers and predict criminal behavior.
WAN optimization software run locally on virtual servers has given one global nonprofit the ability to improve productivity in some of the most underdeveloped parts of the globe.
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 doing their own EHR implementations might wonder how big the gulf is between vendor promises and reality. Here, three Massachusetts doctors offer their perspective.
With Openoffice.org's recent independence from Oracle, Jenny Williams asks whether the newly-named Libre Office is a viable rival to Microsoft.
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.
Telephones, the most widely used business communication tools, are in danger of being ignored in the rush for next-generation broadband, says the communications...
New HP chairman Ray Lane has accused former CEO Mark Hurd of lying to the company board during an investigation, which led to his resignation.
IT security researchers have warned of the emergence of a new, better-hidden version of the Bugat financial malware used to commit online fraud.
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.
The true value of virtualised IT lies in the consumption of applications, and increasingly, that means from a cloud, according to VMware CEO Paul Maritz.
The balance between the number of applications on physical machines and virtual machines tilted to virtual in 2009, says Paul Maritz, CEO of VMware...
International air traffic control systems correlate information to avoid disaster, but there is no equivalent in the information world, RSA executives told the opening session of the RSA Europe 2010 conference in London.
A breakdown in communications between information security, IT and the business is undermining efforts to tackle the risk of security breaches, research has revealed.
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
Security suppliers can help improve overall internet security by embedding technologies in consumer-facing services, says RSA president Art Coviello.
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
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
A review of the controversial NHS Summary Care Records programme has concluded that centralised electronic patient records are a valuable tool, but...
The separation of the IT infrastructure and production from their consumption through the use of virtualisation technology is saving money while improving service delivery at five user firms who spoke at VMworld 2010 in Copenhagen.
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
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
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
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
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
At the Forrester CIO Forum, a health care COO tells CIOs how he is using IT innovation to transform the business. The keys? BIACs, COEs and focusing on the bottom line.
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.
An old standby in SAP ERP, SAP Workflow, is seeing wider adoption as companies seek help with compliance and auditing trails.
FMCG major Marico went in for a methodical blade server virtualization strategy that has brought in a string of gains.
Trojans are no longer focused only on financial institutions, but are targeting enterprises of all types, say researchers at RSA…
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 has reported record sales of $11.1bn (£6.9bn) for the third quarter of 2010, with profits up 59% from a year ago.
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...
To hear the sales guys talk one would believe there is no limit to the cloud's applicability to information processing. There is certainly no limit to their ambition, but VMworld 2010 in Copenhagen revealed some areas that have been glossed over.
Candidate shortage drives headhunting for highly skilled candidates.
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
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
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
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 has announced it will reduce its group IT and operations workforce by several thousands as part of its three-year integration programme.
The Cabinet Office is taking legal advice over its £5.8bn cost-cutting IT programme after admitting that its G-Cloud project presents a significant challenge...
A member of the Cabinet Office's Local CIO Council has urged local authorities to have their say on the G-Cloud and the app store.
Dylan Roberts, chief...
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.
Botnets are increasingly core to cybercrime activities, the latest security intelligence report from Microsoft has revealed.
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
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
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 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
Experts say manufacturers don’t need to hire certified project managers to put controls on their ERP implementations. But it doesn’t hurt.
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 will now offer a CloudBurst appliance based on Power systems.
IBM phases out ESCON channels on mainframes, which will eventually force shops to buy ESCON to FICON converters to support legacy devices.
Using health data standards can jumpstart health information exchange and in the process, prepare providers for meaningful use. New York Medicaid's e-prescribing is proof.
Microsoft continued to put pricing pressure on its competitors in the SaaS CRM market today as it revealed plans to offer Dynamics CRM Online at a $34 per user per month price.
AOL and several investment firms are rumoured to be in talks to buy Yahoo.
Just over half of global mid-sized companies have been hacked and 40% have had data breaches since the start of 2010, a research report has revealed.
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.
Data protection and other regulations are a good thing because without them organisations would do nothing, says US-based internet security expert Ira Winkler.
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.
Data breaches are 50% less likely at businesses that comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a study has revealed.
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
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
Establishing the rules of engagement around cyber war should be a top priority for governments, says Michael Chertoff, former US secretary of homeland security.
The simple thought of next week's announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) is certainly sending shivers down the spine of IT suppliers. The...
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
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 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
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
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
Make everyone a project manager -- or, at least, make everyone think like one -- to apply proven project management techniques to your ERP implementation.
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.
Microsoft has activated an optional feature that provides download protection for beta users of the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser.
Gartner is forecasting tablet computer sales of 19.5 million units in 2010, mainly due to the popularity of Apple's iPad
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found a healthcare recruitment agency in breach of the Data Protection Act for losing a hard drive containing...
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
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"
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
Star, a provider of computing and communication services to UK businesses, has launched a managed communications service.
The service, called WorkLife...
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.
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
Chipmaker, AMD, has reported an increase of sales of 16% for the third quarter of 2010 compared to last year.
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
Vodafone UK has launched OneNet Express, a mobile telecoms service aimed at small and mid-sized businesses.
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...