TechTarget News - Week of Nov 21, 2010

Is All-Optical the Next LAN?

Tellabs' announcement of an R&D facility in Melbourne saw Richard Chirgwin speak to the company’s VP of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, about the reasons for the facility – and learned about the company’s hopes for desktop fibre along the way.

Attachmate buyout of Novell raises eyebrows

Novell announced on November 22, 2010 that it has accepted a $2.2 billion buyout offer from Seattle-based Attachmate. Microsoft is involved in the purchase of some IP. Industry watchers wonder what this means for SUSE Linux support.

More than 70% of UK employees admit to data theft

Theft of data by employees is common in UK companies, a survey has revealed.

Some 72% of more than 1,000 UK employees polled by security firm Imperva...

US comms regulator FCC to regulate for net neutrality

The US communications regulator, the FCC, is expected to announce its intention to stop internet service providers blocking or favouring online content.

Competition: Win a RothDock

eStock, the exclusive trade-only distributor of surplus inventory, has teamed up with MicroScope to offer readers the chance to win one of five RothDocks.

SMEs understand need for security but failing to have enough

Small businesses are leaving themselves wide open to security attacks with a worrying number failing to install any protection against web threats. According to research from AVG more than half of the UK SMEs surveyed had no security guidelines for their staff and one in seven had no software or app

D-Link shakes up education strategy

D-Link has revitalised its approach to its core education market, unveiling a new 0%financing plan and announcing the appointment of a new head of education. The networking vendor's BudgetWise purchase plan will allow public sector buyers to skirt restrictive rules on how they are able to procure an

Facebook is threat to web, warns Tim Berners-Lee

Net neutrality is a basic value of the internet according to web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, accusing Facebook and Apple of threatening the web's future development.

Juniper gets new EMEA VP

Juniper Networks has stolen away Alcatel-Lucent APAC president Sean Dolan to be its new EMEA senior vice president and "spearhead Juniper's support for the growing demand for IP networking." Dolan, who joins Juniper a week after it acquired WLAN outfit Trapeze Networks from parent Belden,

SAP in 'transformational stage' says co-chief executive

SAP is in a transformational stage, Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-chief executive of SAP has told the UK & Ireland SAP user group conference taking place in Manchester. The...

Why IT buyers need to embrace environmental procurement

The toxic chemicals used to make technology products are increasingly controversial. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardents (BFRs) are...

RM posts sales and profit gains, talks up UK education space

RM has talked up the overall prospects for sale growth in the education sector after recording a bumper set of preliminary financials for its fiscal 2010 ended 30 September. Sales grew 10% to £380m and operating profits climbed 12% to £19.9m, with gains to the top and bottom lines made a

E-petitions website set to be scrapped

The government looks likely to backtrack on part of its transparency pledge by scrapping the popular e-petitions service on the Number 10 website.

Cloud Industry Forum develops code of practice

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has moved a step forward in helping establish a Code of Conduct for hosted providers to adhere to as part of moves to break down user resistance to the technology. Along with security fears the lack of standards with cloud service provision has held back wider adoption

Computacenter MD Walsh: Why I resigned

Computacenter (CC) managing director Simon Walsh tendered his resignation after weighing up the short to medium term prospects for getting the role as CEO and out of fear of being typecast.

Novell sold to Attachmate for $2.2bn

Services software and NetIQ-owner vendor Attachmate has splurged a total of$2.2bn in cash or $6.10 pershare(£1.37bn) to acquire workload management software vendorNovell and its SUSE brand. Parts ofNovell's IP are also to be sold to CPTN Holdings, a group of companies led by Microsoft. In a st

Tech Data steers clear of Ingram led price war in fiscal Q3

Tech Data resisted the temptation of an all-out price war with arch rival Ingram Micro to post much improved fiscal third quarter profits. The battle for market share in Europe was evident in Ingram's most recent set of financials but Tech Data's numbers were relatively unscathed, with sales up 9.2%

Juniper distie boss pops up at Avnet

Former Juniper UK distribution manager Grant Reddin has crossed the great divide into the channel to take up the role of networking and security sales director for the UK at Avnet Technology Solutions.

OData gets Pervasive treatment

Pervasive Data, announced that it now has direct connectivity to OData. Pervasive now allows customers to create automated data flows that connect to OData.

Businesses lose graduate talent to outsourcing suppliers, says expert

Organisations that outsource technical work are losing graduate IT talent to its suppliers, according to an industry expert. Iain Smith, research director for Diaz Research, which specialises in advising large businesses on IT employment issues, told Computer Weekly outsourcing and offshoring has "chopped career structures off at the knees".

Brocade profits head south on increased costs

Brocade's fourth quarter GAAP net income shrank 28% year-on-year to to $23m (£14.4m) even as sales at the network and storage vendor hit a new record of $550m, up 5%, driven by solid growth in its Ethernet business. Brocade said it had seen a rise in its sales and marketing costs, as well

Digital champion pledges no one will be left behind in web purge

The digital champion has been quick to dampen fears that a massive reduction in the number of government websites will leave those without web access exiled from services. Martha Lane Fox, the digital champion appointed during the last administration to help get the 10m Britons not online connected

SAP sales culture must change, says Forrester

Business is seeing a change in attitude of SAP's leadership towards customers, but that has yet to filter down to sales forces in many regions, according...

SAP in 'transformational stage' says co-chief executive

SAP is in a transformational stage, Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-chief executive of SAP has told the UK & Ireland SAP user group conference taking place in Manchester, writes Warwick Ashford. The aim of this process is to expand beyond planning resources for the enterprise to help optimise scarce res

KCOM plans for growth as profits rise

Revenues might have dipped but profits for the first half of its fiscal year increased at KCOM as the firm announced a fresh banking facility and ambitions for growth. In interim results for the six months ended 30 September revenue dropped by 7.6% to £194.8m but pre-tax profits increased by

Time for the channel to #asksymantec

Resellers will be given the chance from noon today to ask a senior channel executive at Symantec questions live on Twitter. MicroScope has worked with the vendor to set up a live Twitter question and answer session between 12-1 this lunchtime. Sitting in the hot seat will be Ross Walker, director

Independent software testing standard complete next week

A software testing standard, which ingrains processes into an organisation throughout software development to pick up bugs before software goes live, will...

Asos launches Marketplace site

Online retailer Asos launched its Marketplace site today, allowing smaller designers and boutiques to sell through...

Twitter being used to update resellers on latest security threats

Using Twitter as a means of channel and customer communication has been given a thumbs up by Symantec's UK channel boss. Walker, director of SMB and distribution in the UK agreed to take questions for an hour this lunchtime on Twitter in a display of innovative interaction with the channel. The sess

HP CEO to raise staff salaries and R&D in post Hurd era

HP's CEO Leo Apotheker is trying to re-engage with employees in the workforce that became disillusioned under the leadership of his predecessor Mark Hurd by committing to raise salaries in the current financial year. The world's largest IT firm last night rolled out fiscal fourth quarter numbers wi

UK printer market declines in Q3, survey reveals

Customer interest in managed print services and the fragility of the economy conspired to force down UK printer shipments in Q3. Figures by channel analyst Context revealed that while the market in Western Europe grew 6.5% buoyed by France and Germany, the UK declined 5.8%. "The whole fashion

Apple's first computer sold for £130,000

One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction for £133,250 in Christie's auction house in London.

Fight looms over shared infrastructure for broadband networks

How to share infrastructure is likely to become the hottest topic in rolling out next generation broadband access (NGA), especially in rural areas, it emerged at the NextGen10 conference in Birmingham this week.

UK IT profession unimpressed by government immigration cap

The government has announced its cap on the number of non-EU immigrant workers allowed in the UK every year, but many in the IT profession believe it will do little to prevent abuse of an immigration loophole.

Opera Mobile 10.1 for Symbian available to download

Norwegian browser maker Opera Software has released a final version of its free internet browser for smartphones running on Nokia's Symbian operating system.

SAP to pay Oracle $1.3bn in copyright case

Oracle might not have got the $4bn to $5bn Larry Ellison (pictured) argued it was due from SAP for copyright infringement, but it has been given the highest awarded payout awarded by a court for a case of this kind at $1.3bn. The jury in the case between the two vendors concluded the case handing Or

Magirus pledges to drive down Cisco UCS lead times

Cisco distibutor Magirus has claimed itcan now bring lead times on Cisco's B-Series Unified Compute blades down to just five days after being certified as the first Cisco UCS B-Series Authorised Configurator in Europe. Magirus, which was certified on the C-Series rack-mounted range back in June, is

Salesforce.com hires JP Rangaswami

IT veteran JP Rangaswami has joined the enterprise cloud firm Salesforce.com after a five-year spell at BT

Software outsells hardware for sixth straight quarter

UKplc bought more software than hardware for the sixth quarter in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) third quarter bulletin on business investment.

IT sector shows recovery in jobs for senior execs

The IT industry has continued to show recovery in the jobs market, with 40% of vacancies for senior IT positions in 2010 offering salaries of more than £150,000, said a report.

How to make IT procurement environmentally friendly

When it comes to reducing some of the catastrophic problems caused by redundant IT, what matters is what's in it, and how it's put together.

Ex-Westcon boss Shakespeare pops up at Norbain

IP video and CCTVdistributor Norbain has appointed former Westcon EMEA executive vice president Barry Shakespeare as its new managing director to replace chief executive Alun John, who has been managing the firm pending the appointment. John will now concentrateon group strategy and further expansio

First fines handed out by ICO for data protection failures

The first fines for failing to comply with the data protection act have been handed out by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) handing a ready made sales pitch to those resellers specialising in information security. Sheffield-based employment and recruitment consultancy A4e was hit by a &p

Daimler picks Siemens as global CAD standard

German vehicle maker Daimler AG is to standardise computer aided design (CAD) for its worldwide vehicle development on Siemens NX software.

Elder Pharma’s IT roadmap for 2011-12

Elder Pharmaceuticals is looking at investing in ERP, BI, drug discovery software—and more as part of its IT roadmap

Outdated IT contributes to £1bn in overpayments at DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to reduce the mistakes made in processing benefits, partly because of poor IT systems, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Nortel pension hearing begins

Lawyers for Nortel will take the standat the Royal Courts of Justice todayfor the second day of thehearing over the firm's handling of its pension scheme. Thenetworking vendor teamed up with bankrupt financial services firmLehman Brothers in September to jointly protest claims by the Pensions Regula

Challenges remain as government reforms Directgov website

The Cabinet Office is preparing to take control of the government's digital channels after an eventful week that saw the resignation of the DirectGov CEO in advance of Martha Lane Fox's review of the website.

Channel hopes ICO fines send the right message

With the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) handing out the first fines for data protection breaches the possibility of firms being hit in the pocket by another compliance body has increased the pressure on those responsible for managing user records.

Legal sector moves indicate cloud acceptance

Law firms are putting their e-mail systems in the cloud to cut costs and ensure they adhere to tough data protection regulations.

Dixons B2B unit still challenged but losses fall

Dixons Retail dramatically cut losses in the first half of the year but made scant reference to its B2B resale operations, saying they continued to be "weak". In the 24 weeks to 16 October, group sales were flat at £3.35bn but losses fell from £17.6m in the same period a year a

Organisations underestimate the cost of cloud computing

Moving IT to the public cloud could costs IT departments more than running services in-house, research from analyst firm Ovum has revealed, writes Bill Goodwin. Despite claims from suppliers that cloud computing will inevitably cut costs, businesses could find themselves having to pay more, said se

Costs of lending for SMEs continues to rise

The cost of borrowing for SMEs in the channel continues to increase with the increases in interest rates adding misery to the existing problems getting hold of credit. Accotrding to a Syscap survey the lending margins to SMEs relative to the Bank of England base rate have increased from 3.53% in Au

Virgin Media signs on to government network plan

Virgin Media Business has signed up to supply its fibre-optic network as part of the government's Public Sector Network (PSN) plan and createda new public sector business network. The PSN initiative aims to securevoice, data, and other network services such as unified comms and remote access,for the

Creating a database strategy that can adapt to changing business needs

Crafting a successful database strategy requires technology flexibility, the right skill sets and a strong focus on application requirements, according to IT pros and analysts.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaches 3,000 apps milestone

Microsoft has announced that its application store, Marketplace, has almost 3,000 applications and games available to download for the Windows Phone 7 operating system (OS).

UK online sales rise 25% to £408bn

The value of UK ecommerce transactions hit £408bn in 2009, excluding non-financial transactions, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed on Friday.

B2Net acquires Cisco partner Essant

Services-based storage reseller B2net has acquired small London-based Cisco Gold partner Essant for an undisclosed sum. The firms are forecasting a combined turnover in the region of £50m in the current financial year, creating an enlarged mid-market and managed services reselling operation w

Networks First latest Cisco partner to trial apps

Networking support services provider Networks First has become the latestindustry player to unveil an iPhone app pitched at the channel. The app, dubbed First Find,was funded by company chairman Peter Titmus andis designed to supply information on networking, comms and securityequipment covered by N

Avnet looks to build automated security channel with nCircle

Avnet is working closely with vendor partner nCircle to gain more channel interest in risk management and compliance products. Given the first fines for failing to look after data from the Information Commissioner's Office this week and the ongoing list of regulations firms have to sign up to aroun

Fujitsu TS expands Ingram Micro relationship

Fujitsu Technology Solutions (TS) and Ingram Micro have announced an expansion of their EMEA relationship, with Ingram taking on Fujitsu's Dynamic Infrastructure kit, including the Primergy and Eternusserver and storage lines to target SMB and midmarker resellers. Joint server and storage sales have