TechTarget News - Week of Dec 05, 2010

Oracle recasts Sun Sparc in its own image

If you’ve got Oracle applications, boy, does Oracle have some fast new Sun Sparc servers for you.

SAP launches StreamWork enterprise edition

SAP has launched an enterprise edition of StreamWork that’s integrated with its product lifecycle management business suite application, and will soon integrate it with its CRM and BusinessObjects Strategy Management applications.

Server refresh cycles may get longer

Having seen the evidence, some enterprise IT shops may experiment with holding onto servers for longer than in the past, Gartner analysts said.

IBM CIO talks IT risk management, mobile device security

IBM CIO Pat Toole talks about his role in IBM's IT risk management strategy, and how IBM is handling application development and mobile device security.

The top five predictive analytics strategy tips

Get the best predictive analytics strategy and planning tips from the recent Marketing Analytics 2010 conference in Boston.

AOL and Yahoo to merge

AOL is exploring a merger with Yahoo, according to Reuters, citing unnamed sources.

BT names front runners in high-speed fibre race

Residents in Blewbury, Caxton, Castleton, Madingley and Whitcomb are winning the race to be the first areas to get BT's high-speed fibre service.

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Clarification: Impact Computing

Preston-based Impact Computing has requested that MicroScope points out that it is in no way connected to the recent coverage of the latest efforts by Microsoft to reduce hard disk loading. One of the resellers named and shamed by the vendor last month was Impact Computers, which is also based in

Hunt outlines coalition broadband plans

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is today setting out the coalition government's broadband strategy, setting a tentative date of 2015 to bring super-fast fibre broadband to between 85% and 90% of the UK, with the private sector shouldering the bulk of the burden. The new date islater than that prop

Mergers and acquisition activity on the up next year

Mergers and acquisition activity in the tech sector should increase next year as confidence and value floods back into the market. According to findings from Deloitte optimism is returning to the market with private equity and auctions expected to pick up pace next year. Those firms that operate i

Ingram gets access to RIM mobility line-up

Ingram Micro has been given access to the full line-up of RIM's BlackBerry mobility portfolio across nine EMEA markets including the UK. The distributor alreadysupplies RIM's server lines but will now add smartphones, accessories, software and technical support services. Ingram Micro has ploughed mo

BSA hits London education consultant with £80,000 settlement

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has ended the year with one of its largest settlements of the year after it caught out a London education consultant firm using unlicensed software. Quacquarelli Symonds Consulting Limited has been hit by a settlement and costs of purchasing legal software that

Juniper buys into virtualisation security market

Juniper Networks has forked out $95m (£60.6m)to acquire virtualisation security vendor Altor Networks, net of shares that it already owns in the business. The two companies already have a technology partnership, but Juniper has ambitions to build out its network security business to cover the

Calyx MS CEO Brady signs for Southend Utd

Calyx Managed Services (MS) boss Tara Brady is standing down and will become chief executive at League Two football side Southend United with immediate effect. Brady, who joined Calyx in June 2008, has held a number of senior positions within the IT industry, running the financial services business

Cisco, BMC team up for enterprise cloud sales

Cisco and BMC Software have put their marks to a new strategic alliance intended to develop and market large-scale multi-tenant cloud infrastructures. Under the terms of the agreement the firms plan to share and align their product roadmaps and technology to provide global customers with solutions t

Cisco, Juniper acquire virtual network automation and security vendors

Virtual server network automation and security are increasingly important to enterprises. Juniper and Cisco beefed up their virtual server networking capabilities in recent days with acquisitions of LineSider and Altor.

Advances in cloud computing, visualization aid PLM integration projects

Three-dimensional visualization, social networking and the cloud are transforming product lifecycle management from an engineering-centric tool to a companywide platform for better decision making.

Is the recession keeping a lid on a data center staffing crisis?

The data center industry will face a staffing crisis if it can’t drive more employee loyalty, says one Gartner analyst. But IT managers say it’s not a problem in this economy.

How meaningful use could drive clinical data analytics adoption

Clinical data analytics tends to be confined to large, deep-pocketed health care providers. However, with EHRs set to standardize on ICD-10 and SNOMED, it could reach many others.

FSA warns 50,000 people at risk of 'boiler room' fraudsters

The Financial Services Authority has warned 49,387 people they could be at risk of being sold worthless shares, after a list of their personal contact details was discovered.

UK firms offered funding to develop space technology

The Technology Strategy Board and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) are looking to stimulate R&D activity in the space industry through £2m...

Daisy numbers show impact of roll-up strategy

After acquiringnumerous businesses during the course of 2010,comms and networking reseller Daisy Group has posted a pre-tax loss of £9.84m on sales of £119.9m, up 288% year-on-yearfor the six months to the end of September. However, income tax benefits and profit from discontinued operat

SaaS adoption creates downtime risk, says NCC Group

Growing adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS) to perform mission-critical finance functions is creating risk of costly downtime, says the NCC Group.

FAST gives SAM ISO standard its backing

The development of an ISO standard around software asset management (SAM) has been given the thumbs up by those in the industry promoting the technology to users. The ISO.IEC JTC1 SC7 WG 21 standard is being previewed by a working group on SAM and offers the potential to unite different approaches

Cloud to deliver billions to UK economy

Cloud computing is set to improve the economies of those in the European Union significantly as the technology is more widely adopted helping cut costs and improve efficiencies. According to research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) commissioned by EMC the top five EU econo

UK PC market bouyant despite slide in netbook sales

PC sales through UK distributors grew healthily in October despite the continued decline in netbook shipments. Market data from Context showed that more £122m worth of desktops, notebooks, workstations, tablets and x86 servers were pushed through wholesalers, up 19% on the same month in 2009

Blue Coat soups up partner programme

Application delivery networking specialist Blue Coat has made a series of tweaks to its Channel Advantage Programme to boost sales and ROI on its WAN optimisation gear. Among the enhancements are a WAN Optimisation Partner designation designed to deliver higher margins to partners that jump through

Epson in no rush to jump on MPS bandwagon

Epson is going against the flow in the market by holding fire on a managed print services push according to UK managing director Chris Price. The printer market was at the sharp end of the downturn in IT spending - though Epson, along with HP, has held its own in hardware sales - as customers froze

New Aussie cloud player targets SMBs

Businesses with between up to 500 users are the target of a new Australian cloud service.

Large providers enter UCaaS market, but will enterprises trust them?

Incumbent UC vendors and service providers have begun to sell UC as a Service (UCaaS), but it's unclear if large enterprises will commit to an all-cloud UC infrastructure.

On the 'organizational mainframe' and SOA integration

The mainframe is essential in enterprise computing. Whether you wrap it or migrate it, you must consider its role in the organization, say Gartner and Forrester analysts.

Adobe Illustrator CS 5 gets security update

Security vulnerability (CVE-2010-3152) allows attackers to launch library-loading based exploits. Update issued.

Worldwide e-reader sales to hit 6.6 million in 2010

E-reader sales will reach 6.6 million units in 2010, up 79.8% from 2009 sales of 3.6 million, according to Gartner, while in 2011, sales are projected to surpass 11 million, a 68.3% increase from 2010, it said.

Survey predicts the IT headaches of 2011

Outsourcing will increase next year but losing control of IT will remain a major concern for IT departments

Microsoft IE9 browser will help block user profiling

Microsoft says the IE9 browser due for release early in 2011 will include tools to enable users to control what data is collected about their activities online.

Silver Peak Betz on CDG distribution appointment

WAN optimisation outfit Silver Peak is continuing its EMEA expansion with the appointment of former Expand Networks EMEA sales head Mike Betzto the post of vice president of EMEAsales, and the appointment of data centre technology distributor CDG in the UK. "CDG is small enough to understand ou

Top 10 SME IT contingency planning tips

Freezing weather conditions cost businesses millions of pounds last week. But small firms shouldn't wait for the next cold snap before putting IT continuity systems in place. Read our tips to minimise damage when the worst case scenario comes to pass.

Sourcefire increases deal registration incentives

Web security specialist Sourcefire has ramped up its rebates for deal registration in an effort to encourage resellers to log their activities sooner in the sales cycle. The vendor has traditionally offered a 5% discount for registering deals but this has been increased to 20% as it looks to reward

Calyx CEO Timothy maps acquisition path as 2011 closes in

Calyx is currently mapping an acquisition strategy but has expressed early interest in building larger economies of scale in existing operations and getting more involved in software and infrastructure management services. This week's departure of Calyx Managed Services chief executive Tara Brady,

Micro Focus sets sights on growth as leadership settles down

British software firm Micro Focus has indicated that it expects future growth after bedding in senior management changes that have swept across the business in the last few months. The vendor revealed in interim results that it had seen 8.7% revenue growth for the six months ended 31 October to $21

Comet losses continue to mount

Comet continues to be the thorn in parent Kesa Electricals' side as revenues for the first half of fiscal 2011 sank and losses mounted. At group level, profits rose nearly 20% to €32.4m while sales grew just over 4% to €2.77bn as Darty France, BCC, Vanden Borre and other continentaloperations moved

Oracle adds x86 Sun blade: News in brief

With the new Sun Blade X6275, Oracle showed it hasn't given up on its x86 server business. Plus: news on HP’s energy-efficient switches and Novell Cloud Manager.

Multi-vendor networks more prominent than ever

With HP Networking and Juniper showing Cisco legitimate competition, multi-vendor networks are increasingly a key element for network vendor management best practices.

Server refresh cycles may get longer

Having seen the evidence, some enterprise IT shops may experiment with holding onto servers for longer than in the past, Gartner analysts said.

Microsoft is an 'evil empire', says Salesforce.com's CEO

Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com's CEO, has struck back at Microsoft during Salesforce.com's annual conference, Dreamforce, in San Francisco, calling the company an "evil empire".

'CIO' job title is outdated – says Facebook CIO

The title of chief information officer is outdated and must adapt to business process requirements within organisations, according to Tim Campos, CIO at...

SAP reseller recruitment nears target

SAP is aiming to end the year with just shy of 100 resellers across the UK after setting out its ambitions to get its channel numbers back into three figures earlier this year. Having reduced its reseller numbers down to 92 from 145, to weed out those that did not deliver value or show signs of inv

Nottingham University combats denial of service

The University of Nottingham has implemented log management and security information and event management (SIEM) to avoid distributed denial of service attacks...

Government departments told to upgrade to Windows 7

CESG, the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ, has given the green light to Windows 7 and is encouraging government departments to upgrade to the operating...

NTT buying up last DiData shares

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), which acquired systems integrator Dimension Data in Julyfor £2.1bn,is pushing ahead with the purchase of the last few remaining shares in the company. This follows the expiry of a six-week period for the compulsory acquisition. DiData's shares are set to

EC fines LCD cartel €649m

The European Commission has fined six LCD panel makers €649m (£543m) in total for price fixing but handed Samsung immunity as it ratted on the others. The governing body said Samsung, LG, AU Optronics, Chimei InnoLux, Chungwha Picture Tubes and HannStar operated a cartel between October 2001 a

AstraZeneca develops lung cancer resource for iPhone

AstraZeneca UK has developed an iPhone, iTouch and iPad application which has been designed as an educational resource for UK geneticists, pathologists and medical oncologists.

Alcatel-Lucent in on pioneering LTE trial

Alcatel-Lucent and infrastructure outfit Arqiva have teamed up tostart a Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless trial in a remote part of Wales, using parts of the 800MHz spectrum freed up by the digital switchover. The duo hope to use the trial to demonstrate the viability - in both economic and techni

C2000 to name ASUS sales director Brown as PC GM

Computer 2000 is understood to have poached ASUS UK sales director Phil Brown to run its PC systems division from February, ending his short spell at the netbook pioneer. Brown joined ASUS in May from Samsung, where he was general manager of the notebook division and helped build greater market shar

Mobile security world set for consolidation

The next part of the security world set for consolidation seems to be around the large numbers of smaller players targeting the mobile device and application market. Industry watchers are anticipating a wave of consolidation, similar to when large firms swallowed up anti-spam and then data loss pre

Ciena posts ninth straight net loss

Optical networking vendor Ciena has posted its ninth sequential netloss in the final quarter of its fiscal 2010, which closed at the end of October. The Maryland, US-based vendor, which completed a major buy-out of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Network (MEN)business in March dropped $80.3m (£51m)int

Dell bids $876m to acquire Compellent

Dell is locked in negotiations to acquire data storage player Compellent and has tabled an $876m bid but industry sources have questioned the logic. Today's confirmation ends weeks of speculation about the pair and comes months after Dell lost a bidding war with HP over 3Par. "Dell and Compel

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 December 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Comet losses continue to mount Cometremained a thorn in parent Kesa Electricals' side as revenues for the first half of fiscal 2011 sank and losses mounted.At group level, profits rose nearly 20% to €32.4m while sales gre

Walsh to join comms services firm Colt in February

Former Computacenter UKmanaging director Simon Walsh -who resigned his post in November in order to take his career in a new direction- will take up the role of executive vice president of managed networking services provider Colt's Enterprise business in February. In his new role, Walsh will take c

Users start to look at putting mission critical apps in cloud

Companies are considering moving more of their mission critical applications into the coud environment next year as standards and automated process emerge. There has been resistance from users to using the cloud for transactional areas of the business but that appears to be changing as firms weigh

Tech market M&A activity remains solid

Mergers and acquisition activity in the tech market has remained solid with signs that valuations are holding up raising expectations next year could be a busy period for buyers. The latest figures from Regent show that there were 216 transactions last month across Europe with combined valuations o

Birmingham adopts US gunfire detection technology

Safer Birmingham Partnership, a joint partnership between West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council, has deployed technology which can detect gun shot fire from up to two kilometres away within a 25-metre radius.

Security channel has to face IT consumerisation challenge

The consumerisation of technology in the workplace poses one of the greatest challenges to users but one of the greatest opportunities for security resellers over the next couple of years. The views of industry players assembled at a round table in London discussing the changing security landscape

Firms cautious to deploy cutting edge technology

Most companies are taking a "wait and see" approach when it comes to implementing the latest technology, according to research from Motorola.

Enta heads down iPhone app path

Distributor EntaTech has followed in the footsteps of Computer 2000's enterprise arm Azlan and network support services company Networks First with the launch of a reseller-focused iPhone app. The downloadable software package recreates the features of the distie's online portal, EntaOnline, and giv

Most IT pros want to jump ship in 2011

Most IT professionals are looking to jump ship next year, according to a survey from The IT Jobs Board, writes Kathleen Hall. Some 80% plan to look for a new job in 2011, while 59% said they were not loyal to their work, said the poll. Of the 100 workers surveyed, 58% said their loyalty would improv