TechTarget News - Week of Jan 23, 2011

VMware pushes vShield, virtualization security vision

VMware says its vShield virtualization security products will pave the way toward cloud computing, but users said concerns such as licensing costs to ecosystem support are holding them back.

Uptime Institute GEIT Awards open to applicants

The Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards help organizations recognize IT efficiency efforts in several different categories, including data center design and IT innovation.

Dell servers get VMware vCenter plug-in: News in brief

System administrators can now manage Dell PowerEdge servers directly from their VMware vCenter console; and other data center news.

Bala retires from CIO role

S R Balasubramanian has retired from the role of CIO at Godfrey Phillips, but continues his professional activities through consultancy

Twitter set to triple advertising revenue in 2011

Twitter will more than triple its advertising revenue to $150m in 2011 and may reach $250m in 2012 as more companies use it for marketing, according to internet research firm EMarketer.

Hackers sell access to military and government websites

Dozens of military, government and education websites have been hacked and are up for sale, according to researchers from Imperva's Hacker Intelligence Initiative (HII).

Lenovo rumoured to buy NEC

China-based Lenovo group is rumoured to be in talks with NEC to merge.

Eric Schmidt to sell £200m Google shares

Eric Schmidt is to sell 5.8% of his stock in Google, valued at about $326.7m (£200m), the company said in a filing to US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission.

LibreOffice download available

The Document Foundation is set to release LibreOffice on 25 January. The LibreOffice initiative is a rival to OpenOffice. The group aims to create an open source office package independent of Oracle and Sun.

Small firms still waiting for access to credit to ease

Those SMEs hoping that the government would make moves to ease up lending will have to wait longer for the banks to change their tight-fisted attitude towards small businesses. The topic of credit for small firms has been a hot potato for the last couple of years, even before the depths of the reces

BlackBerry splits personal and corporate data

Research in Motion (RIM) will introduce partitioning software on its BlackBerry smartphone devices to allow users to separate personal and corporate data.

Education needed to get more resellers selling the cloud

The gap between the cloud message from vendors and the ability of the channel to service the demand that is being stoked up is one causing some concern. Last week research from ComputerLinks revealed that although 22% of companies are using the cloud and 38% are evaluating products and services arou

Financial services IT back in hiring line

IT contractors are looking at the financial services sector for job opportunities as it rebounds strongly from the credit crunch, while the public sector enters a crisis of its own.

Bluwan's FTTA promises cheap high-speed comms

Start-up French wireless comms company Bluwan has previewed microwave technology that promises to slash the cost of providing high-speed broadband to rural areas to between 2% and 5% of traditional microwave and fibre networks.

Red flag raised on 8,000 firms with significant financial problems

The impact of public sector cuts has hit IT firms hard with thousands of firms showing signs of financial distress encountering critical problems in the last couple of months of last year. According to figures from Begbies Traynor just shy of 8,000 IT firms in Q4 are now on its red flag alert report

Logicalis swoops on Tandberg partner Direct Visual

Logicalis UK has paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Tandberg platinumreseller Direct Visual Ltd, which supplies video-conferencing kit and video managed services. The Tandberg channel has undergone major shifts in the last nine months, with Cisco resellersout scouting for Tandberg talent to add to t

Mayflex adds to networking team

Networking and security distributor Mayflex has shuffled its networking team, bringing in some new faces and shuffling some existing roles, as part of an attempt to offer more support to its dealer network.

Ericom bins Avnet, Exclusive for Computerlinks deal

Fresh from its recent signings of network monitoring outfit Gigamon and SMB network kit vendor D-Link, Computerlinks has added application access and virtualisation solutions firm Ericom to its line-up after ditching rival Citrix late last year. Ericom itself has recently taken the decision to ratio

HP vows to raise user marketing for Gold partner specialisations

HP has admitted that it needs to drive more meaning into the Gold partner accreditation for end-user customers in light of recent changes to the programme. The total number of Gold partners in HP's Preferred Partner Programme (PPP) has risen from 117 last fiscal year to 140, according to the vendor

Avnet hires and fires staff as Bell integration nears end

Avnet Technology Solutions has confirmed the loss of 40 jobs, largely from Bell Microproducts' former headquarters in Chessington but added it is hiring to cover new vendor signings and a European accounts payable hub launching in Bracknell. The move is part of Avnet's integration of Bell as it pre

Lenovo recruits veterans to bolster enterprise team

Lenovo has recruited two industry old timers to boost its corporate sales team with Steve Kendall-Smith climbing on board as director of public sector and Nick Nonini as enterprise sales director. IT veteran Nonini, who was sales director for global strategic alliances at AVG until June last year al

Data management a focus for UK CIOs and the retail sector in 2011

This could be an important year for data management, and business intelligence in particular in the UK, according to a recent survey. CIOs and retail in particular are optimistic about their IT projects.

A look toward key Windows releases in 2011

First service packs are coming for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. With them comes pressure for enterprises to start their migrations.

Outsourcing SAP Basis provides reskilling opportunity

When day-to-day SAP Basis support becomes the purview of a third party, companies can redeploy skilled labor to a host of new value-added IT initiatives.

Choosing an SAP Basis support provider rests on many factors

In addition to pricing, companies need to take into account cultural fit, personal chemistry and proven expertise when evaluating SAP Basis outsourcing partners.

Perfetti moves to Windows 7 on VDI

Leading confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has upgraded virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to Windows 7. A look at Perfetti’s Windows 7 on VDI journey.

MP Rory Stewart welcomes Cumbria broadband progress

MP and rural broadband campaigner Rory Stewart says the goal of superfast communications across Cumbria - one of the key regions for assessing the progress of rural broadband access - has taken a step forward after three recent announcements.

HP to offer enterprise cloud on demand

HP has unveiled its enterprise cloud service compute strategy, which will offer UK users computing on demand from its Wynyard datacentre.

Software firms' demand for developers rises 55%

Demand for permanent developer staff in software firms increased 55% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009

Manufacturers must attract young people, says Vince Cable

UK manufacturers are being asked to throw open their doors and show young people factories and design shops are as exciting as banking, making movies and law, business secretary Vince Cable said on Tuesday.

Smart meter and smart grids: security risk or opportunity?

A smart meter in every home in the UK by 2017 is the government plan as a first step towards a smart grid, but how can we ensure the benefits will outweigh the security risks?

Notebooks fend off netbook challenge

Notebooks ended the year with strong sales demonstrating there is more to portable technology than tablets and netbooks. According to the latest Q4 figures from GfK retail notebook sales grew by 12% in value and 5% in volume year-on-year, which was equivalent to an additional 70,000 units being sol

VMware profits double

VMware more than doubled its profits in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the same period in 2009, in line with the continued growth of virtualisation technology.

Spam level dips

The recent decline in global spam was the result of a halt in the spam-sending activities of three botnets and unrest among pharmaceutical spam-sending gangs, Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report has revealed.

Gartner outlines six money-making CIO profiles

A new generation of CIOs with skills to make the business money will replace traditional CIOs by the middle of the decade, says Gartner vice-president and researcher Ken McGee.

LibreOffice 3.3 launched as rival to OpenOffice

The Document Foundation has launched the free office productivity suite LibreOffice 3.3, now available for download.

Security breach could cost cosmetics firm

Those wondering what the implications are for failing to uphold PCI DSS security guidelines around credit card transactions might have their curiosity satisfied if soap retailer Lush gets hauled over the coals. The high-street organic cosmetics firm has revealed that it was hacked back in October bu

Cloud could free government from outsourcing chains

Cloud computing could release government departments from being locked into costly IT contracts, according to Mark O'Neil, CIO for the department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Riverbed adds Avnet to UK distribution stable

Riverbed is expanding its reach beyond its traditional value added, niche distribution proposition with the signing of Avnet Technology Solutions in the UK. The WAN optimisation vendor already works with Arrow, VADition and Zycko in the UK, and although there is no indication Riverbed is dissatisfie

BT Wholesale to cut prices for ISPs

BT Wholesale has announced a 25% cut to its Wholesale Ethernet Etherway connection charge for a six month period to the end of July. The move comes just days after regulatorOfcom proposed significant reductions in the prices BT is allowed to charge other providers as part of an attempt to roll-out f

HP takes wraps off cloud products

Hewlett-Packard has become the latest major vendor to put its muscle behind the cloud following the likes of Microsoft down the path of introducing specific products to underpin a push into hosted services. Under the banner of the HP Hybrid Delivery solutions the vendor has number of tools that ena

EMC outlines plans to be "more channel friendly"

EMC is publishing a 'Rules of Engagement' document for partners and designating small and mid-market businesses as channel only to reduce conflict with its direct sales force. The storage behemoth last week rolled out more than 40 products including for the first time specific SKUs for channel part

SonicWALL chief lauds private equity move

SonicWALL CEO Matt Medeiros has lauded the firm's acquisition by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo LLP last June, saying it has refocused the company and allowed it to move into the enterprise space without pressure from financial analysts. Speaking to MicroScope ahead of the network security ve

VMware boosted by Q4 numbers but cautious on outlook

Virtualisation heavyweight VMware pushed up sales and more than doubled profits in Q4 as delayed corporate and mid-market activity came back online. Revenues for the period ended 31 December grew 37% to $836m (£529m) and profits hit $120m (£76m) compared to $56m a year earlier, Spending

Network SI calls in corporate recovery firm to solve cash woes

Network SI has appointed RSM Tenon to help deal with its current financial instability and find a buyer, with the hosting unit likely to be sold imminently as part of a pre-pack administration. The West Midlands-based SME's managing director Brian Bennett passed away before Christmas and director/s

Will VMware SRM lose the ‘R’ and become Site Manager?

VMware SRM will add new features, which may alter how customers use the disaster recovery tool. Mike Laverick previews future VMware SRM features and what they mean for users.

O2 to offer free access to its Wi-Fi network

UK mobile network operator O2 plans to build its own Wi-Fi network, aiming to double the number of premium Wi-Fi hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud combined by 2013.

SAP reports 25% increase in sales

Sales of SAP software and related services grew 35% and 25% respectively during Q4 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

Amazon launches low-cost mass e-mail service

Amazon EC2 users can send up to 2,000 free messages each day over Amazon's new Simple Email Service, for doing mailshots.

PC industry grew 19% on tablet sales and corporate upgrades

The PC market grew 19% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a surge in tablet sales, an acceleration of corporate PC upgrades and increased demand for servers and storage, according to research.

Public trust key to making online services work

Public trust in security and data protection are central to making online and shared services work, government security heads have said.

Council staff need to be more digitally-savvy

Council employees need to use more digital services as local authorities move to public 'self-service' systems, said Jos Creese, president of Socitm.

O2 launches national Wi-Fi grid

Mobility and broadband provider O2 has this morning announced plans to deploy a free-to-access public Wi-Fi platform across the UK. The firm said that the network would be open to all customers to access for free, regardless of which mobile or broadband provider they are with. It hopes to double the

Cybercriminals target data in transit

Cybercriminals are shifting away from basic "smash and grab" attacks targeting stored data to more complex methods of data harvesting in transit, security research reveals.

Return of SME spending benefits Sage

Sage has reported signs of a return of SME spending filtering through as it reported that trading remains in line with expectations it outlined in prelim results last month. The accountancy and CRM software specialist released an interim management statement this morning indicating that not only wa

SAP vows to fight $1.5bn Oracle fine

SAP has vowed to fight the $1.3bn fine that a judge and jury ordered it had to pay Oracle for the copyright infringement committed by its TomorrowNow subsidiary. The announcement that it will fight what it believes has been an unfair award came in its fourth quarter financial results, which showed

EMC and Dell's OEM marriage on the rocks

EMC CEO Joe Tucci has confirmed its partnership with Dell is no longer strategic to the organisation as OEM sales of CLARiiON declined $55m (£34.6m)in Q4 while the reseller channel element soared. The relationship between the pair has looked rocky ever since Dell branched out beyond its tradi

Juniper pins future growth on mobile web, clouds

Juniper Networks has closed off its financial year with a record quarterly performance, booking sales of $1.19bn (£750m), up 26% year-on-year and 18% sequentially, while GAAP net profit grew 31% year-on-year to $190m. Full-year sales were up 23% on 2009 to $4.09bn, with net profits up to $618.

Enforce Technology buys Network SI hosting unit

Security specialist Enforce Technology has acquired the business assets of fallen managed and hosting services SME reseller Network SI in a pre-pack deal. As predicted by MicroScope, West Midlands-based Network SI was due to sell the hosting and managed services unit today after running into financi

Public sector IT cuts might not be as deep as feared

The impact of public sector cuts on IT spend from that market are not going to be severe as some anticipated with technology investment protected with the axe falling in other areas. According to predictions from public sector analysts Kable the forecast to 2015 shows a marginal decline but nothing

Fortinet Q4 numbers grow in healthier economy

Networking security and unified threat management vendor Fortinet has posted fourth quarter and full-year sales of $96.3m (£60.6m)and $324.7m, up 32% and 37% year-on-yearrespectively. Following a major tax benefit booked last year, GAAP net income for the three months to 31 December dropped a

After revenue boost, Citrix to push cloud and VDI

Citrix plans to push cloud, collaboration and desktop virtualisation to surpass its 2010 revenue and meet its $2 billion benchmark; plus more news in brief.

Wireless IPS must detect non-Wi-Fi wireless LAN security threats

Wireless IPS has traditionally policed Wi-Fi frequencies for wireless LAN security threats, such as rogue and misconfigured access points, but many enterprises need these products to look beyond Wi-Fi into interfering activity from cellular networks and other wireless technologies.

Three states take lead in EHR Incentive Program

Medicaid programs in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kentucky have issued the first EHR Incentive Program checks. Each state has important lessons to teach about boosting EHR adoption.

CRM in financial services: Strategies for action

Financial services firms face unique challenges in managing their customer relationships, but a new wave of technology and best practices are helping to guide the way.

New Oracle MySQL council aims to mend fences

A new Oracle MySQL council within the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) aims to open communication pathways between Oracle and the MySQL community, which thus far have been wanting.

America must maintain its superiority in technology, says Obama

In his State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama said the country faces a challenge maintaining its world leadership in research, and that technology is "crucial to America's success".

Australian government forces open source option

Australia's federal government has published a policy that mandates the consideration of open source software equally alongside proprietary products.

CIO interview: Oliver Bussmann, SAP

Just over a year after joining SAP as global chief information officer (CIO), Oliver Bussmann's actions are already yielding results at the software giant, which posted its highest-ever fourth quarter software revenue today.

BSkyB buys The Cloud

As predicted earlierthis week, media group andISPBSkyB has added Wi-Fi provider The Cloud to its line-up for an undisclosed sum understood to be under £50m. The acquisition of The Cloud - which had assets of £17.1mat the end of the last period for whichfigures are available -gives BSkyB

EU gives Intel green light on McAfee deal

Intel has been given the green light by the EU to complete the acquisition of McAfee on condition it gives rivals access to its technology. The condition was stipulated by regulators concerned that the chip giant would block other security firms looking to make their products compatible with Intel's

Citrix buoyed by cloud and desktop virtualisation demand

The shift towards the cloud, consumerisation of IT and the customer demand for greater consolidation has benefited virtual infrastructure specialist Citrix. The vendor has delivered a solid set of fourth quarter results, for the three months ended 31 December, with a 17% year-on-year increase in rev

Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked

The personal page of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was hacked and an unauthorised update was placed on it

Sky buys The Cloud

BSkyB has confirmed plans to acquire UK Wi-Fi network provider The Cloud. The deal allows the broadcaster access to 5,000 public wireless hotspots

Tesco appoints new CIO

Tesco has appointed a new CIO to succeed Philip Clarke, as he prepares to take over as CEO

ShoreTel CEO pledges profitability by Q4

IP telephony vendor ShoreTelreturned a GAAP net loss forits fiscal Q2, but an otherwise sound quarterly performance coupled with healthy revenue figureshas lednew CEO Peter Blackmore to say the company will be profitable by Q4. "The investments the company has made over the past five quarters h

Avnet posts Q2 rise in sales and profits

Avnet recorded a double digit rise in sales and profits for its fiscal second quarter fuelled by a rise in tech spending and acquisitions. For the period ended 1 January, sales at the distributor jumped 40% (23% organically) to $6.76bn (£4.23bn) and income ramped 35.8% to $141m (£88.2m)

Lenovo pilots bid tool and improves inventory management

Lenovo is piloting an internal special bid tool that is will roll out to partners this year to improve turnaround times and drive more off-the-shelf shipments to ease distributors' cash flow. A portal for resellers will launch in three to six months to calculate quotes in hours rather than the one

Tips for choosing workforce management software

Having a long-term vision and knowledge of industry requirements and business processes will steer manufacturers to the best platform for their workforce management needs.

PCI compliance in the call center a headache for many

PCI compliance is often left to security or compliance professionals, but call center staff and management need to be familiar with PCI DSS as well.

LinkedIn reveals plans for an IPO

Professional networking site LinkedIn has revealed plans to raise up to $175m (£110m) in an initial public offering (IPO).

Verizon to acquire Terremark

Verizon has announced a $1.4bn (£880m) deal to acquire global managed IT and cloud services providers Terremark.

Has the UK IT profession reached the point of no return?

The IT profession in the UK needs to change if it is to be a leader in the global economy as a confluence of technological and economic factors look set to change the role of the UK IT professional.

Lenovo and NEC agree PC joint venture

Chinese PC maker Lenovo and Japan's NEC have formed a joint venture to become the largest PC group in Japan.

Egypt faces internet blackout

The Egyptian internet has experienced a near blackout following an eruption of protests across the country this week

Tesco rolls out in-store mobile phone network

Supermarket Tesco is rolling out a converged fixed and mobile voice network across its stores based on GSM technology. Cliff Saran finds out how the rollout is progressing.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 28 January 2011

Avnet Technology Solutions has confirmed the loss of 40 jobs, largely from Bell Microproducts' former headquarters in Chessington but added it is hiring to cover new vendor signings and a European accounts payable hub launching in Bracknell.

Ecosystem war in mobile market, says Nokia CEO

The game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems, Nokia CEO Steve Elop said, as Nokia, the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, reported a 9% decline in operating profits to €3.2bn from €3.5bn, despite a 4% rise in sales to €42.5bn for 2010.

SMEs still lack data backup

Many small business lack data recovery plans, despite a recent uptake in cloud adoption, according to a survey.

Global smartphone shipments rocket 75%

Global shipments of smartphones reached 94 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase of 75% compared to the same period in 2009, according to Strategy Analytics.

KCOM forecasts Public Sector Network strength

In an interim management statement released to the City today, network integrator KCOM has revealed that its trading over the past months has been in line with market expectations and talked up the Public Sector Network (PSN) project. It revealed no concrete figures today, but said it saw a "st

Virtualisation, cloud and UC in demand as users look to grow

Virtualisation, cloud computing and unified comms are the technologies most in demand but resellers should not look to the public sector to be at the head of the queue to buy them. According to the latest Pearlfinders Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world, in the fourth quarter

ScanSource hits new sales record

Avaya and Extreme Networks distributor ScanSource has posted record sales and net profits for the three months to the end of January. The distributor, which has been expanding beyond its traditional remit of auto-ID, data capture and point of sale (POS)kit towards by adding more networking and comms

Nortel pension campaign knocked back by Canadian ruling

The Pensions Regulator's quest to make Nortel cover a multi-billion pound deficit in its UK pension scheme has received asetback following a Supreme Court verdict in Canada. The court threw out a pending appeal on behalf of the Pensions Regulator, whichemerged victorious last month from aHigh Courth

Media training supplies firm latest to be hit by BSA

A Leicester-based medical training supplies firm is the latest to fall foul of software licensing laws and to find itself having to shell out to settle with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and get itself legal. OCB Media Limited was caught out under-licensing Microsoft and Adobe software, agre

HP guns for 3rd party maintainers with multi-vendor support

HP is lining up multi-vendor support on IBM, Dell and Oracle servers and storage previously open only to the direct sales force, as it tries to win back the confidence of resellers opting for cheaper third party maintainers (TPM). The tech monster will roll out support services throughout fiscal 201

Lenovo winding down IBM server deal, rationalising SKUs

Lenovo has vowed not to give up on the server market - despite little success since it launched in the sector - as it winds down an OEM deal with IBM to concentrate on further developing its own range. The Chinese giant made waves in the PC market during 2010, posting healthy double digit growth af

Analysis: can Sage break the mould with its SaaS for SMEs?

Sage finally looks set to develop its web strategy, having launched SageOne, a software-as-a-service application for small businesses. But is the move too little and too late for a company seen by many as stuck in its ways?