TechTarget News - Week of Jan 16, 2011

Atlassian advises of eight Confluence vulnerabilities

Australian software developer Atlassian has announced eight vulnerabilities in its enterprise Wiki product, Confluence, and says a new version of the application corrects them all.

Intel and friends prep ‘micro servers’

A new generation of tiny, power-efficient “micro servers” is just around the corner, say members of the x86 SSI Forum.

Q&A: Getting started with business network integration

Business network integration (BNI) can be a valuable tool for manufacturers with global operations. In this Q&A, you’ll learn the basics of BNI, how it’s used with multi-tier ERP and how the technology is evolving.

VMware defends PowerCLI 4.1 changes

VMware says only customers of one third-party product by Quest are affected by changes in PowerCLI version 4.1.x.

Microsoft takes Dynamics CRM Online global

Microsoft today is releasing its Dynamics CRM Online product to 40 nations, ushering in a new release schedule where the on-demand application gets the upgrade before the on-premises version.

Firewall management software simplifies firewall rules

Firewall management software allowed an information security executive to clean up firewall rules within his organization and impose firewall change management policy.

VARs need to carve out their own market niche

VARs have to create their own specific market niche and exploit it because of increased competition from IT vendors.

CRM in financial services: The rise of the customer

Financial services customers are more demanding than ever, and serving them requires firms to think carefully about segmentation and the cross-channel customer experience.

OECD report outlines risks of cyber warfare

Very few single cyber-related events have the capacity to cause global shock, according to a study on cyber security published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Google operating systems will outstrip Apple iOS by 2015

Google's operating systems for smartphones and tablet-style devices will dominate the market by 2015, pushing Apple's iOS into second place, according to research from Ovum.

Tayside police tweet on the beat

Police officers in Tayside, Scotland, will be tweeting on the beat from today.

Security attacks could create 'perfect storm'

With nation state led cyber-attacks becoming a feature of the security landscape the OECD has warned that combined with a natural disaster hackers could exploit a perfect storm to wreak chaos.

Babcock outsources next-gen network to C&W Worldwide

UK-based global engineering firm Babcock has hired Cable&Wireless Worldwide as its sole telecoms supplier for the next three years to consolidate Babcock's legacy network estate and connect its 250 UK and international sites

Ingram Micro picks up Anomalous contract

Ingram Micro has added another networking firm to its expanding comms portfolio in the shape of cloud networking software developer Anomalous Networks. The Canadian start-up, which has been going since 2009, offers a cloud-based network management and monitoring solution called Intel cost.

Aastra targets Microsoft, HP Networking channels

Comms vendor Aastra will be leaning on new distribution partner Westcoast to target Microsoft and HP resellers looking to branch out into telecoms sales, according to UK and Ireland managing director Alan Reeve.

Apple boss Steve Jobs to take medical leave

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is to temporarily step back from the day-to-day running of the company for medical reasons, handing over control to COO Tim Cook.

Resellers lack coherent cloud plan

The vast majority of resellers have stilled not yet developed a cloud offering for customers. According to a survey from security distributor Computerlinks around 64% of resellers are still not selling cloud services.

DMSL renews BT deal for two more years

Broadband, voice and data distributor DMSL has extended its BT Business contract through to 2013. The two firms have been doing business for over 10 years, in which time DMSL claims to have signed more than 30,000 BT Business contracts.

CU swaps group sales director Brett for Chatterton

London-based Computers Unlimited (CU) is to appoint Mark Chatterton as group sales and marketing director this week to replace group sales director Alistair Brett who has left the company.

Corporate market falling for tablet PC charms

Tablet PCs continue to make headway in distribution and with growing demand from corporate customers channel shipments are forecast to soar, according to analyst Context.

Computacenter CEO: we'll look to acquire this year

Computacenter will use its cash pile to fund acquisitions or return cash to shareholders in the second half of the year, according to chief executive Mike Norris.

VNX marketing adopts acid tone

EMC seems to have used guerilla marketing to mark its product launch.

Frucor Beverages takes SAP to the cloud

The Ggroup IS Manager of Frucor Beverages, a company best known for the V energy drink, explains how and why it will move a decade-old SAP implementation to Fujitsu’s cloud services.

Symantec Australia leaves its NAS offshore for now

Symantec has launched a new range of storage appliances, but isn’t bringing all of them to Australia ... yet, so it can concentrate on taking on the data deduplication market pioneered by Data Domain.

EMC won’t sell one VNX product in Australia

EMC has officially launched its new VNX and VNXe products, but will leave one of the new products out of its local range and sell a Clariion system instead.

Dhir is group CIO at Lanco Infratech

Ajay Kumar Dhir joins Lanco Infratech Limited as group CIO; he will monitor the consolidation and rollout of systems on SAP ECC6.0 across the group’s units in India.

Providers question timeline for meeting meaningful use criteria

Meeting meaningful use criteria is a persisting concern for providers adopting electronic health records. Some remain unaware of the time and money that this investment requires.

Steve Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he will take another bout of medical leave from his position at the company.

Ecommerce revenues rise but so do fraud fears

Ecommerce specialists have expressed fears that their fraud budgets are remaining stagnant in the face of increasing attempts by criminals to short change them.

Book Review: 50 Ways To Make Google Love Your Web Site

I had a Japanese business card moment with this book. I pored over it, desperate to be impressed. But there's nothing to immediately enthuse over. The problem with most business books is they never get to the point quickly.

Aerohive acquires cloud networking outfit

WLAN architecture specialist Aerohive has handed over an undisclosed sum for privately-held cloud-based networking firm Pareto Networks, which released the world's first cloud-based routing and VPN solution last year.

Juniper fires up global partner cloud training scheme

Juniper Networks has announced a new training and education programme built around cloud networking, security, switching, routing and mobility.

EMC targets SMEs with unified storage range

EMC has thrown the gauntlet down to rivals and channel partners to match and embrace a large number of products and channel innovations designed to grow its slice of the SME market.

Microsoft overhauls education licensing

Microsoft is stepping up its fight against rivals by canning the Schools Agreement (SA) in favour of a licensing programme that promises to open up the wider education market to resellers and offers customers more aggressive pricing.

Computacenter names Gooding to run UK networking unit

Computacenter has hired Logicalis sales director Duncan Gooding to push its networking business in the UK over the £100m milestone. Current incumbent Ade Foxall is moving to a new role managing CC's Cisco UCS business across Europe - a new position that has been created for him.

VARs weigh in on cloud computing

Even if some VARs could see significant revenue and business hits, not all oft them are worrying about it.

How VARs can adapt to IT's changing marketplace

VARs are reinventing themselves and bundling more hardware, software and services into their solutions to stay ahead of ever-changing IT customer needs.

VKernel reports on VMware storage I/O stats

The first major update since VKernel integrated multiple software titles into one suite last summer, version 2.2 now includes storage I/O monitoring, Active Directory integration, and visibility into VMware RDMs.

IDC, AHIMA predict health IT trends, purchasing priorities

What health IT trends will drive purchasing decisions in the coming months and the next few years? Two leaders in the field gaze into their crystal balls and predict what's next.

DWP CTO quits government IT post

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief technology officer James Gardner has left government IT to join software firm Spigit as general manager of international operations.

Microsoft SDL verifier tool available as free download

Microsoft has released Attack Surface Analyzer beta, a tool the company has used internally for five years to help IT departments tackle IT security.

Making sense of the threat of cyber war

Heavy lobbying, lurid language and poor analysis are inhibiting government planning for cyber protection, says a new report on Systemic Cyber Security published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Business as usual for Apple in latest record quarter

Barely a day after CEO Steve Jobs took renewed medical leave and handed control of Apple to COO Tim Cook, the firm has reported yet another record quarter, with iPad sales driving its highest ever earnings and revenues.

HDS looks to chief tech director Reid to lead UK

HDS has confirmed that chief technology director Tony Reid is set to become the successor to UK boss Steve Murphy, who is moving to HP as vice president of sales. As revealed yesterday by MicroScope, Murphy has hung up his boots at HDS after four years at the helm.

Snow hits Comet results

Bad weather took its toll on electrical retailer Comet's performance over the winter period as its parent Kesa Electricals blamed the snow for customers staying away.

ShoreTel signs ScanSource

IP phone supplier ShoreTel has added growing networking VAD ScanSource to its distribution stable in a move it says will enable it to build momentum and capture increased market share in the IP telephony, mobility and UC markets.

Carphone raises guidance on strong US figures

Carphone Warehouse Group has raised its full-year profit guidance to between £90m and £100m as a result of a strong quarterly performance from JV partner Best Buy's American mobile unit, in which CPW has a profit-sharing agreement.

Freedom of Information Act extended

From 2013, government records will be made available at the National Archives ten years earlier than previously.

UK public sector outsourcing hit by VAT hitch

An outsourcing study from global law firm, Morrison & Foerster, suggests the UK public sector outsourcing market - one of Europe's largest outsourcing markets - has effectively been shut down by a UK government moratorium on new projects and a review of every existing project for over half of 2010.

Apple owns up to iPhone 4 shortages

Apple has underestimated demand for the iPhone4 and is facing shortages of its iconic device, but has refused to commit to saying when its supply chain issues will be resolved.

Dell denied access to EMC VNXe sales

It has emerged that EMC partner Dell will not be getting access to its SMB VNXe unified storage packages, which were launched yesterday. Yesterday evening US press reported that EMC CEO Joe Tucci said: "In this product line there is no Dell partnership. They will not resell this product.

HP directors to investigate Hurd’s severance payout

The newest Hewlett-Packard board members are to supervise a fresh investigation into the circumstances that led to the departure of former chief executive Mark Hurd.

Amazon buys Lovefilm movie service

Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to buy rental-by-post movie and streaming company Lovefilm.

Market commentators have speculated that the deal...

Destruction of ID card data to cost £400,000

The destruction of the National Identity Register (NIR) and the personal data held on the controversial ID card system will cost about £400,000.

Iran gets access to Google Earth, Picasa and Chrome

Google has announced that Iranians are to be able to download Google Earth, Picasa and Chrome, available for the first time following the easing of US export controls.

F5 drags down cloud networking market after missing forecasts

Cloud networking vendor F5 Networks took a battering on the stock market after its fiscal Q1 sales came in below expectations, and a weak forecast for Q2 did not help matters. The slump in the firm's stock price has also hit rivals such as Aruba and Riverbed, according to reports.

Backup budgets remain tight

Budgets for backup and disaster recovery will remain tight this year leaving most firms having to cope with what they describe as satisfactory data protection.

Computacenter takes on giants of cloud

Computacenter is making a defensive play against the likes of Atos Origin, Unisys and Fujitsu Services by launching into the cloud market with hosted mail, soon to be followed by collaboration and virtual desktop services.

EMC boosts channel with VMXe decision

Good news for the channel with EMC's announcement that the new SMB VNXe unified storage packages will not be available to its longstanding partner Dell which has been selling low-end EMC gear since 2001.

Eli Lilly signs Cognizant deal

Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has signed a multiyear deal with Cognizant to provide a range of business services

Juniper benefits from exit of Windows 7 mastermind

Microsoft exec Brad Brooks has become the latest high-profile company man to jump ship after being appointed by Juniper Networks to run its global enterprise marketing efforts.

EU anti-piracy laws failing to keep pace with web changes

The EU has admitted that its own laws designed to combat online piracy are failing to do the job because the ease with which IP can be ripped off online has overtaken the legal defences put up back in 2004.

HP offers cut down EDS services to mid-market partners

HP is drawing down the first line of services from its acquisition of EDS with the launch of Critical Advantage Services (CAS), to take channel partners beyond pure break fix and into areas including managed applications.

Five things that define workforce management software

Though it can’t be pinned down to a homogeneous market or standard set of features, workforce management software provides clear benefits that can help manufacturers achieve productivity gains and reduce labor costs.

BT must slash rural wholesale rates, says Ofcom

Ofcom has proposed a reduction in the prices that BT Wholesale can charge internet service providers (ISPs) in rural areas of up to 14.75% below inflation.

More Indian firms point to recovery

India's third and fourth largest IT services providers Wipro and HCL have posted strong results in their latest financial quarters.

FCC signs $300m deal with HP

Spanish-owned public services company FCC has signed a $300m (£188m) contract with HP.

Many SMEs don't understand cloud computing

Despite predictions that the cloud is likely to have its biggest uptake with small businesses, many SMEs still don't what the term means, according to a survey.

Online spending hits £58.8bn in 2010

Internet sales hit a record £58.8bn in 2010, an increase of 18% on the previous year - outstripping analysts' forecasts of a 13% growth rate.

Rackspace launches system administrator app

Rackspace has launched an app that allows a CIO or system administrator to dial up or take down servers and storage moment by moment.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 21 January 2011

Computacenter CEO: we'll look to acquire this year Computacenter will use its cash pile to fund acquisitions or return cash to shareholders in the second half of the year, according to chief executive Mike Norris.

HP adds ex-Alcatel-Lucent CEO Russo, eBay's Whitman to board

Former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Patricia Russo, who was ditched in 2008 after presiding over astringe of poor results and a boardroom spat, has joined HP's board in a shake-up following the appointment of Apotheker as CEO.

In-depth: Plenty of activity in the education market

For those resellers prepared to take it on, the education market has always looked like an attractive prospect: schools and higher education institutions will always pay their bills, and are likely to be loyal customers, writes Simon Vail.

Trapster data breach sparks single password warning

The possible theft of millions of email address and passwords from online smartphone speed trapping service Trapster has sparked several warnings against using a single password for multiple services.

IT budgets flat as belt tightening continues through 2011

IT budgets will not return to pre-recessionary levels this year remaining flat globally as customers look to continue savings money and consolidating their technology operations.

Gartner: CIOs fail on staff career development

CIOs are getting better at reinvesting savings into new projects, but investment in skills and career development is still poor.

IT industry salaries rise 5% in 2010

Pay rates for IT professionals in 2010 increased by 5% compared to 2009 figures as demand for staff increased throughout the year.

Organ donors preferences recorded inaccurately

The preferences of 444,031 organ donors were recorded wrongly on the Organ Donation Register (ODR) because of a software problem.

Polycom profits soar once again

Video and unified communications specialist Polycom has posted a new sales record for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2010, as the market for business video technology and applications continues to expand.

DWP loses £1.1bn in overpayments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lost the tax payer £1.1bn in benefits overpayments last year, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Cisco names Brocklehurst as UK distribution boss

Cisco has ushered in a new head of UK distribution with regional sales manager Andy Brocklehurst stepping into the shoes of Gordon Mackintosh, who has left for warmer climes to take a senior role in the vendor's global SME sales programme.

Comstor handed Tandberg contract as Avnet leaves fold

Comstor has laughed off Avnet's parting threat to switch sell Tandberg reseller partners to Avaya, as it prepares to join Azlan in distributing the videoconferencing specialist across Europe.