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.


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.

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 fiber broadband to between 85% and 90% of the UK, with the private sector shouldering the bulk of the burden.

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.

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 already supplies RIM's server lines but will now add smartphones, accessories, software and technical support services.

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.

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.

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 South end United with immediate effect.

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.

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.

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 acquiring numerous 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-year for the six months to the end of September.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 EMEA sales, and the appointment of data centre technology distributor CDG in the UK.

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 Source fire has ramped up its rebates for deal registration in an effort to encourage resellers to log their activities sooner in the sales cycle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Ontology' is the word: A foundation for SOA semantics

Despite evolution in systems and SOA, people are still divided by differing uses of common terms. The Open Group is offering standards to cope.

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's CEO

Marc Benioff,'s CEO, has struck back at Microsoft during'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.

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 July for £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.

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.

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 to start 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.

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.

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.

Ciena posts ninth straight net loss

Optical networking vendor Ciena has posted its ninth sequential net loss in the final quarter of its fiscal 2010, which closed at the end of October.

Dell bids $876m to acquire Compellent

Dell is locked in negotiations to acquire data storage player Compel lent 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.

Walsh to join comms services firm Colt in February

Former Computacenter UK managing 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.

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.

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.

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.

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