TechTarget News - Week of Nov 14, 2010

VCE alliance wins NBN Co

NBNCo will use Cisco Unified Computing, plus EMC's Symmetrix VMAX, Avamar, and Data products alongside VMware vSphere and BMC software in its data centre.

Is vendor-managed inventory making a comeback?

Years after falling out of favor, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is drawing attention as a labor-efficient route to better control over orders and inventory. But like before, VMI implementation has its skeptics.

FDA still mulling EHR software regulation

Outside D.C., talk of the FDA regulating EHR software might have died down, but the agency still is determining how it will move forward and complement the work of the ONC.

Apple joins Oracle OpenJDK for Java on Mac OS X

Apple has joined Oracle's open Java development kit project, OpenJDK, to create an open source Java implementation for its operating system (OS), Mac OS X.

Malware threats will increase in 2011, says Imperva

Malware threats will become more challenging in 2011, but it is not all bad news for the year ahead, according to security firm Imperva.

100Gbps Ethernet threat to fibre channel

Researchers have pushed Ethernet transmissions to 100Gbps over a 275m link of Opti-Core laser-optimised multimode fibre optic cabling at Ixia Corporation's...

SAP expected to start defence in Oracle copyright dispute

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott should take the stand today in the copyright case between his firm and Oracle. This time last week Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, entered the Californian court room and revealed that it valued the code downloads by SAP division Tomorrow now at between $4bn to $5bn.

MoD lab awards £60m outsourcing contract to Steria

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), part of the Ministry of Defence, has awarded a £60m contract to IT services supplier Steria for the provision of ICT services over an eight-year period, which will begin on 1 April 2011.

Research: The future of the reseller

In a major piece of research in association with IBM the views from resellers on the future of their businesses and customer demands over the next five years have been examined. The major findings provide food for thought for those pushing the cloud and those that have dismissed sustainable IT.

Social networks to become business hubs

Social networks will become the main form of businesses communication for many employees, according to Gartner.

Some 20% of staff will use social...

Research: Resellers show caution towards cloud hype

The cloud is going to grow over the next few years but it's impact on resellers is not going to be as dramatic as some hosted enthusiasts might have thought. According to research from MicroScope in association with IBM resellers are divided over the impact of cloud in the next five years.

Steria wins contract with the MoD

French IT services supplier Steria has won a £60m contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), part of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Cisco stock app takes to iPhone, BlackBerry platforms

Cisco distributor Azlan has launched two apps for the iPhone and Blackberry platforms designed to help SMB resellers get a snapshot of Cisco stock availability on the fly. The apps have already been road-tested by Azlan's in-house sales teams and are now being rolled out to resellers across Europe.

Nortel books $649m loss after pension charges

Nortel's rump operation has posted net third quarter sales of $85m (£52.8m), down 90.1% year-on-year as a result of business divestitures in the past 12 months.

EMC snaps up Isilon for cloud storage push

EMC is to acquire Washington-based network attached storage (NAS) outfit Isilon for $2.25bn (£1.39bn), or $33.85 per share as it makes its move on the cloud. Isilon has made a strong play in the growing scale-out NAS sector, which IDC claims will reach a total value of $6bn by 2014.

SMBs urged to be wise to cold calling fraudsters

Businesses have been warned to be alert to fraudsters posing as representatives of major web security vendors at the start of 2010's Get Safe Online week.

Case study: Functional point analysis at Euroclear

IT departments should force suppliers to use functional point analysis (FPA) to price application development projects. Cliff Saran reports on how a financial...

SAP at Bentley University

Bentley University has incorporated SAP into its curriculum since 1998 -- both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Google calls on governments to remove barriers to internet commerce

Google has called on policymakers in the US, European Union and elsewhere to break down barriers to free trade and internet commerce. The internet firm has published a whitepaper that explores the ways that governments impose limits on the free flow of information online.

EMC to buy Isilon for £1.4bn

EMC has announced it will acquire the data storage firm by the end of 2010

Tesco picks C&W Worldwide for online bank network

Tesco Bank has chosen Cable & Wireless Worldwide to provide managed datacentre services and hosted voice services to support its banking and insurance customer service centres in Newcastle and Glasgow.

Government CIO resigns

John Suffolk has announced he is to step down at the end of the year in major blow to government technology strategy.

Anti-virus scams show need for website code, says CIF

The Cloud Industry Forum says warnings from Get Safe Online about rogue anti-virus marketing campaigns underline the need for a code of practice for website content and cloud service providers.

The IT SME procurement challenge

The government has announced it will increase SME procurement to 25% of public sector contracts. But is it likely to meet this quota with small IT businesses?

IT vacancies rise in Q3 2010 - is now the time to hire?

As the IT industry re-emerges from the recession, IT spending is down but IT vacancies have increased again this quarter, as a shortage of skills emerges in the UK.

Rootkit defeats MS Windows 64-bit security features

The latest version of a rootkit targeting Microsoft Windows has begun hitting 64-bit versions of the operating system.

TDL is an advanced rootkit that...

Suffolk resigns government CIO post

Government CIO John Suffolk has announced he is to leave his £270,000 a year job at the end of the year. His role, considered one of the most influential in UK IT, will be filled temporarily by COO of the Efficiency and Reform Group, Ian Watmore, while a replacement is sought.

Opal sales flat as voice revenues decline

Sales at business-to-business comms provider Opal remained flat year-on-year during the second quarter as declining sales of voice products were offset by growth in data products and services, parent TalkTalk said today.

NetApp sets out ambitions in a virtualised world

NetApp has used its partner conference event in Prague to talk of growth and the opportunity for resellers to help customers move away from fixed architectures.

Windows managers eye the cloud but keep a safe distance

Even with the easy bake Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud package for private cloud servers, Windows managers want more time to watch the cloud story unfold.

Acta text finalised as civil liberties body accuses piracy act of threat to freedom

Negotiators have finalised the text of the controversial multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta), which aims to stop international trade estimated at billions of pounds a year in counterfeit and pirated copyright works in physical and digital forms.

Malware growth reaches record rate

Malware growth has reached its highest levels, with an average of 60,000 new pieces of malware identified every day, according to the latest threat report from security firm McAfee.

India and RIM close to deal over encrypted email

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and India are closer to agreeing over the monitoring of encrypted Blackberry corporate messaging services,...

Government suppliers may be ordered to open up data

Private companies may be required to open up data and make their activities answerable to Freedom of Information law when they take on government work

Belden offloads Trapeze to Juniper

Cabling specialist Belden has offloaded its WLAN business, Trapeze Networks, which it acquired in 2008 for $133m (£83.8m) to Juniper Networks, after failing to make waves in the wireless market.

Vint Cerf: Net faces three crises

The internet faces three major crises which, if left unsolved, will lead to the net stalling as a communications medium and an engine for economic growth, according to internet founder and Google's internet evangelist Vint Cerf.

China takes Supercomputer500 no.1 spot

The Chinese Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin has taken the top spot in the Top500 supercomputer list.

Microsoft names and shames latest hard loading pirates

Microsoft has called on resellers and users to get behind its efforts to crack down on piracy as it unveils the latest roll of shame of those caught robbing the legitimate channel of revenue.

Product sales bounce back as DiData files final results

Integrator Dimension Data has posted improved revenues and profits for the full-year to the end of September, with sales up 19% - 9% at constant currency rates - to $4.74bn (£2.98bn) and operating profit of $237.8m, up 22% in reported currency and 8% in constant currency.

Civica Services names Xerox GM Ginnelly as MD

Civica Services has named Xerox UK veteran Chris Ginnelly as the successor to outgoing managing director Steve Reynolds.

Ingram Micro to launch cloud services in Europe next year

Ingram Micro is planning to introduce cloud services operation recently set up in the US to Europe next year, acting as an aggregator and educator for resellers looking to get into hosted services.

Lenovo to jump on tablet bandwagon early next year

Lenovo is going to launch its tablet PC in China early next year and stagger the worldwide launch to make sure it is glitch free. The tablet phenomenon has rapidly replaced netbooks as the most hyped gadget for consumers with Apple's iPad dominating the market.

SNIA ANZ goes local with Canberra chapter

The Storage Networking Industry Association of Australia and New Zealand is opening local chapters of the organisation, starting with Canberra

NASA and Google tackle a major enterprise search project

An enterprise search project at the NASA Langley Research Center is helping to hasten the pace of scientific discovery by researchers there, according to a NASA IT manager.

IT culture's norms in need of adjustment

Cloud technology accentuates some norms of IT culture that need to change. The command-and-control approach is one of them.

UK cyber efforts 'should concentrate on defence'

The UK government should focus its cyber efforts on resilience and defence rather than attack, an expert panel has told the House of Commons science and...

UK 4G spectrum auction delayed

It will be at least a year before Ofcom issues an invitation to bid for the so-called 4G radio frequencies

US accuses China Telecom of internet hijack

China Telecom diverted internet traffic from the US and other nations for about 18 minutes on 8 April by publishing incorrect routing information

CERN connects India to data network

India is now connected to Cern's Large Hadron Collider grid through a 1 Gbps network provided by Reliance Globalcom.

Aruba CEO shrugs off Trapeze acquisition

Dominic Orr, CEO of wireless vendor Aruba Networks, has claimed he is not concerned with the acquisition of old competitor Trapeze by Juniper earlier this week.

Blog awards 2010 are tonight

Computer Weekly's annual blog awards take place tonight - results will be online by tomorrow morning at the latest. (And on Twitter before then!)

Government must reduce ICTs to meet immigration target

In the absence of a cap, the government will have to increase the cost of bringing staff to the UK from overseas on Intra Company Transfers (ICTs) if it...

Royal Bank of Scotland hires new CIO

Royal Bank of Scotland hires new CIO Former Wachovia Bank IT boss Ian Alderton has joined the corporate division of beleaguered financial services...

Acta anti-piracy deal may face legal challenge in US

The Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) agreed this week may be subject to a constitutional challenge in the US, but it may expose the US to retaliatory...

Overtis teams up with Panasonic to secure shop tills

A chance meeting at InfoSec with Panasonic has helped Overt is significantly boost its presence in the retail market as it brings its security products to till points.

Channel to get the chance to #asksymantec

Resellers will be given the chance to ask a senior channel executive at Symantec questions live on Twitter next week. MicroScope has worked with the vendor to set up a live Twitter question and answer session between 12-1 next Tuesday lunchtime on 23 November.

AVG launches online security resources for SMBs

Security firm AVG Technologies has launched an online IT security resource centre for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Vaizey 'gives go-ahead for two-tier internet'

Communications minister Ed Vaizey on Wednesday aligned himself against two key figures in internet history, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Vint Cerf, by giving...

Channel alarm over fake security scams

Following this week's report on a rise in fraudulent activity by criminals claiming to represent legitimate antivirus and security companies, the industry has been quick to speak out over the impact to their businesses.

2e2 finalises outsourcing deal with Patni

2e2 has farmed out a range of customer and in-house support services to Patni Computer Systems in a deal that has resulted in one quarter of its team transferring to the Indian outsourcer's local operation.

Government publishes spending data

The government is publishing spending data on all transactions over £25,000 from today.

The IT Blog Awards 2010 winners

Who’s the 2010 blogger of the year? What is the best gadget blog on the web? All these questions will be answered.

Adobe Reader X released with enhanced security

Adobe has released the next-generation version of its Reader software that includes a protected mode to prevent attacks through PDF files.

The release...

ICO welcomes government pledge to publish spending data

The Information Commissioner's Office has welcomed the government's pledge to publish spending data on all transactions of more than £25,000 from today.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 19 November 2010

SMBs urged to be wise to cold-calling fraudsters Businesses have been warned to be alert to fraudsters posing as representatives of major web security vendors at the start of 2010's Get Safe Online week.

Chambers sorry for Cisco stock panic

John Chambers has taken the unusual step of apologising to investors for the weak quarterly forecast that he delivered last week on Cisco's quarterly earnings call.

Bonuses bounce back for 55% of IT professionals

More than half of IT professionals received a bonus this year, suggesting an industry revival for bonus payments after the recession, according to a report. Research...

Shoppers spend £5.2bn online in October, up 23%

Shoppers spent a total of £5.2bn online in October, a year-on-year growth of 23% and the highest October growth since before the recession.

Sales so...

Dell upbeat as profits double on business segments

Dell doubled profits in the third quarter indicating the firm's fortunes are turning the corner as all operating segments bar consumer posted double digit sales gains.

Google signs commitment to improve data handling

Google has signed a commitment to improve data handling to ensure breaches like the collection of private Wi-Fi data by its Street View vehicles do not happen again, says information commissioner Christopher Graham.

Nortel falls out with VoIP unit buyer

Nortel has fallen out with Genband over the purchase price of its carrier VoIP and applications solutions (CVAS) unit, according to Reuters. The $182m deal, originally announced late last year, was finalised in February, as reported by MicroScope.