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...

Cabinet Office cuts to target government web activity

As part of its ongoing attempts to cut costs and gain efficiencies the government is expected to review and reduce its web activity. According to reports over the weekend Martha Lane Fox, the digital champion appointed during the last government, is going to be given the task of helping reduce the

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 TomorrowNow at between $4bn to $5bn. But SAP's

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. Th

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. There w

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-yearas a result of business divestitures in the past 12 months. At the same time the firm sank to a netloss of $649m after incurring charges of $490m related to the winding up of its final salary pe

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. EMC believe

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. At the launch of the event, which is co-sponsored by the government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Ofcom and supported by vendors in

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.

Research: Optimistic channel looking to expand and grow

Resellers believe they will grow and expand their businesses over the next five years as they look forward to a post-recession market. According to research from MicroScope in association with IBM the majority of resellers, 52%, believed they would grow their revenues over the next few years and as

Hosted private clouds will emerge as channel play in 2011

Hosted private clouds will out number internal systems next year as more customers look to avoid building their own systems and suffering failure. According to Forrester vice president and principal analyst James Staten those that have been early adopters with the cloud will lead from experience as

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 Suffolkhas announced he isto 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. Under Gordon Brown

Lexmark extends managed service programme to IT dealers

Lexmark is developing a managed print programme for IT resellers that allows them to back off the service element to its field engineers. The Lexmark Value Print initiative was launched to copier dealers around two years ago to build A4 desktop and workgroup devices in that channel and it has gradu

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. As part of its first half results announcement - its first since splitting from

NetApp sets out ambitions in a virtualised world

By Linda Endersby in Prague 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. The storage and data management provider has recently undergone the biggest launch in its history, with 80%

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. Juniper has paid $152m for the unit and plans to integrate its wireless technology, which inclu

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.

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. To mark its consumer action day - an annual event globally designed to highlight piracy -the vendor has nam

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. In its last set o

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. As revealed by MicroScope, Reynolds, boss at the Microsoft LAR division of Civica Group is set to leave the outfit after more than a decade in charge to pursue business interests

Ingram Micro to launch cloud services in Europe next year

Ingram Micro is planning to introducea 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. The distributor launched Ingram Micro Cloud in the US last week providing an aggregator of 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. However more and more vendors are get

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

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. Speaking on a conference call with analysts as Aruba released its first quarter results, Orr said he did not take Juniper lightly as a comp

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 Overtis significantly boost its presence in the retail market as it brings its security products to till points. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) shrinkage, mistakes in giving too much change as well as theft and fraud from shop

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. Sitting in the hot seat will be Ross

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, theindustry has been quick to speak out over the impact to their businesses. The report, released to mark the government's annual Get Safe Online week, reveal

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. The five-year £20m contract includes application support, information management and f

Ingram Micro bags former WStore man to "revitalise" marketing

Ingram Micro is hoping that its recently installed head of marketing Stewart Hayward can breathe new life into the department. He joined at the start of November after a decade at SME dealer WStore - which was sold to Systemax last year - and replaces Gemma Telford, who left at the end of October t

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...

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 19 November 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: 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. The outspoken CEO's remarks caused Cisco's stock price to plunge by 16%, erasing billions from the firm's value and dragging down the D

Mobile app security worries causing channel concerns

With security vulnerabilities in applications a problem the shift towards mobile devices is going to cause even more headaches. Most firms can only dedicate the time and resources to running application vulnerability tests on an annual basis leaving themselves open to potential problems as software

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. The US PC maker posted income of $1bn, up from $577m a year ago and revenues grew 19% to $15.4bn, albeit lower than analyst expectat

Enterprise czar quits for claiming you've never had it so good

Lord Sugar might be amused to discover that the man who replaced him as the government advisor on enterprise has been forced to quit just weeks after taking on the role. Lord Young walked after making misjudged remarks about the "so-called recession" and used the infamous line that most Br

Nortel falls out with VoIP unit buyer

Nortel has fallen out with Genband over the purchase price ofits 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. Butit has now claimed that Genband is trying to "