The HITECH Act has helped shape providers' motives for adopting EHR technology. Repeal would harm those efforts, the industry says. HIMSS 2011 should give providers some insight.
This week’s data backup and recovery news in brief: Acronis provides backup and DR for vCloud; AUM to use UbiStor data backup services and more.
Cloud-based file management provider Syncplicity unveiled its channel program with discounted pricing for initial orders and renewals, and admin controls.
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Implementing unified communications (UC) isn’t as much a technical challenge as it is a cultural problem. Will IT teams find themselves teaching employees how not to be a distraction to each other?
At the Aldershot Centre for Health, multiple government agencies use a shared LAN that enables each to have separately secured data using a combination of Cisco NAC and VLAN implementation.
As UK data protection regulations and data privacy laws and their enforcement becomes tougher, enterprises must learn the intricacies of the Data Protection Act and the E-Privacy Directive, among other laws that affect network security.
Implementing mobile cloud services? Learn how mobile cloud security can be addressed by securing mobile clients and implementing a centralised strategy.
UK mobile network operators are dwindling due to mergers and agreements that stifle competition. Businesses must consider the effect this network consolidation will have on mobile services available to them and the prices they will have to pay.
When Brewer Marston’s founded private telecoms company Marston’s Telecom, it created a private broadband network, improved branch office communications and saw £600,000 in savings.
Donations of PC monitors for use in schools and hospitals in developing countries are at a "critical shortage", according to IT charity Computer Aid International
Endemol, the producer of TV shows such as Deal or No Deal, has signed a contract with Telstra International to provide managed network services
SAP is partnering Italian luxury goods firm Salvatore Ferragamo, French supermarket group Casino and other top retailers to fine-tune its retail software.
The London Stock Exchange is migrating trading to its MillenniumIT trading platform today in a move that will see its ailing .Net-based Tradelect system switched off.
The Indian government has told Research in Motion (RIM) that it must stop its services if it fails to grant access to Blackberry corporate email, according to an official.
Following the news that Andrew Abboud has resigned as chief information officer (CIO) at London's City University, the IT executive has commented on issues at the university that prompted him to leave.
Dell has introduced a portfolio of services to help businesses manage mobile devices and an increasingly mobile workforce.
Google has introduced a two-factor authentication security feature for Google email accounts.
Label company System Labelling has been fined £24,800 for using unlicensed Microsoft software.
The tie-up between Nokia and Microsoft is being heralded as an indicator that those predicting a large amount of activity in the telco sector are on the right track. KMPG recently made its forecasts around mergers and acquisition activity highlighting the telco area as one which should see a high l
The government's technology policy is poorly co-ordinated and fails to take into account the concerns of local authorities, Socitm has said.
Software companies use software asset management programmes to drive up revenue, according to a report from Ernst & Young.
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has waded into the debate about the court case against file-sharers that is teetering on the brink of collapse. The long-running saga over the attempts by ACS:Law and its partner company MediaCAT to bring illegal file-sharers to court after sending them
The government has agreed to promote the role of technology in leading the UK's economic growth, following a meeting with IT industry body Intellect.
Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom-Orange plan to explore ways to increase co-operation in ways that could lead to a European super-telco.
Availability of Avaya IP handsetlines has started to free up but it could be months before shortages of voice kit on the blue side of the portfolio - Nortel - are resolved, according to distribution partners. The vendor's channel hasbeen plagued with Avaya IP Phone shortages since December, said Sim
Only one in five travellers who use mobile internet services abroad think network operators charge fairly for them, according to a survey released by the European Commission (EC) on Monday.
Business comms provider Daisy Group has acquired Buckinghamshire-based O-bit Telecom in its eleventh acquisition since listing on the AIM 18 months ago. O-bit claims to have 120 resellers and 170 'virtual' resellers on its books, and specialises in data and network services for ISPs, telecoms dealer
There has been a mixed response to the moves made by Visa to reduce the burden faced by retailers having to become PCI DSS compliant. The burden on large retailers needing to prove that they are compliant with the list of PCI measures set out by Visa could be reduced if they put 75% of their transa
Avnet CEO Roy Vallee has announced he is to step down from his post at the distributor at the end of the firm's financial year in order to concentrate on the firm's acquisition strategy, with current COO Rick Hamada to take up the torch from 4 July this year. Vallee (pictured)will continue to serve
In an interim trading statement released to the City today, infrastructure services firm Phoenix IT has admitted it is seeing some price pressure in its partner division, "some of which is attributable to the Government's cost-cutting measures". It added: "The pipeline for larger cont
Over-cautious security measures on public sector ICT projects are costing the government billions of pounds and are hampering agility, a senior public sector IT head has told Computer Weekly.
Wireless remote access helped Trafford Council support an agile workforce and consolidate old buildings with secure remote access to its private and public network.
The big storylines at VMware Partner Exchange 2011 were new charges for VMware’s once-free Solution Enablement Toolkits and what partners think of vCloud Connector.
ICD-10 implementation is catching U.S. providers (who have many other federal health IT mandates to meet) off-guard. Fortunately, HIMSS 2011 will give them a chance to catch up.
A new product called IPAM Insight pulls in information from vCenter to give users a unified view of the Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks in virtualized environments.
Having a clear understanding of the high-availability and clustering solutions for vSphere VMs, such as application clustering, can help increase customer interest in your offerings.
SearchOracle readers react to a story last week on the quality of Oracle Support. Summary: They’re not pleased with support.
VTL vendor Sepaton’s new CEO Mike Thompson sees 10-Gigabit Ethernet joining Fibre Channel as an enterprise disk-based backup protocol, and maintains post-process data deduplication is still the best way to back up a “large mass” of data.
Despite the vendor push for converged data center infrastructures, customers see more appeal in unified management, not hardware.
Sprawling IT infrastructure hard to manage and secure, Vivek Kundra tells CSA crowd.
Vendors are promising to eliminate data center infrastructure management headaches by hooking together one-stop solutions. Will enterprises take the bait?
As the Mobile World Congress conference kicks off in Barcelona this week, another flurry of mobile devices are set to flood the market.
The Land Registry, the government department responsible for maintaining England and Wales' Land Register, has signed an open source data contract with software company Talend.
Cybersecurity is one of the key topics at the RSA Conference 2011 taking place this week in San Francisco.
Security firm Stonesoft has announced the discovery of 124 new advanced evasion techniques (AETs) since they were first reported in October 2010.
It is impossible to say whether the national communications regulator, Ofcom, delivers value for money, say MPs.
RSA, the security division of EMC has announced the RSA Cloud Trust Authority (CTA), a set of cloud-based services for secure and compliant relationships with cloud service providers.
Microsoft has confirmed an update to its Windows Phone 7 operating system will be available next month.
Vodafone and Intel are teaming up to develop and market machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that will combine Intel's computing processor platforms with Vodafone's network and connectivity services.
Nottingham City Council is the last local authority to defy the drive by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles to publish all spending data over £500.
Domino's pizza chain has reported a 27% increase in pre-tax profit to £38m as the web operation continues to perform strongly.
Japanese systems maker NEC has launched "Cloud in Your Pocket", a dongle-based connection that encrypts and backs up data on the move via any available mobile network.
IT is central to enabling public service reform, according to local government directors.
Most IT professionals are unhappy in their current roles and are thinking about changing jobs, according to research.
Citrix has finalised its acquisition of German web conferencing specialist Netviewer, which numbers Bayer, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom and Swisscom among its 18,000 customers.
Barclays has boosted its technology staff and budget, according to the bank's full-year results released today.
Newham University Hospital NHS Trust has cut costs by deploying software from energy management specialist 1E.
An Israeli company has launched an online car-based information and entertainment system that offers drivers and passengers touch screen and mobile access to nine "content worlds".
China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile phone operator, and network equipment supplier Alcatel-Lucent are to co-develop a next-generation radio access network (RAN).
The new version of Symantec's Endpoint Protection software will be available via a public beta by the end of April this year.
Opera is already the browser of choice for 90 million mobile phone users, and co-founder Jon von Tetzchner (pictured) wants to see it on every tablet too.
Mobile working and redesigning existing methods of working are the most popular responses from local government to the savage cuts they are facing in budgets. According to a survey of local government and social housing service directors carried out at Civica's recent annual conference the idea of
Computacenter (CC) has bulked up its French operation after splashing out €21m (£17.6m) on reseller Top Info SAS. London-based giant CC made no secret of plans to use its stockpile of cash to bankroll M&A activity in 2011 but deals were expected to be signed after the summer when an overha
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has set its sites on the SME market, with the launch of a new product designed specifically for small businesses.
Despite increased demand for IT staff, IT professionals have been more cautious about changing jobs at the beginning of the year than in 2010
Insight Enterprises is making plans to "mitigate" the pending changes to Microsoft LAR fees that it estimates will impact gross profits by many millions of dollars in 2012. As revealed by MicroScope last week, the software giant is implementing sweeping changes to the fees that LARs will m
Citrix has finalised its acquisition of German web-conferencing specialist Netviewer, which numbers Bayer, BMW, SAP, Siemens, Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom and Swisscom among its 18,000 customers, writes Ian Grant. Netviewer will become part of Citrix's online services unit CitrixOnline in anacqui
ShoreTel worldwide sales senior vice presidentand former interim CEODon Girskis has outlined the UC vendor's evolving strategy and thrown his weight behind newly-appointed CEO Peter Blackmore's pledge to turn the firm profitable by the middle of the calendar year. Speaking to MicroScope, Girskis exp
IT trade body Intellect has met with leading members of the coalition government and put the case for putting technology at the heart of the nations growth strategy. Business Secretary Vince Cable and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey met with members of Intellect and other figures in the IT indust
IBM used day one of its PartnerWorld conference to roll out a cloud computing speciality programme. The initiative covers five partner types - cloud application providers, cloud builders, cloud infrastructure providers, resellers and cloud technology providers. Jacqui Davey, IBM UK and Ireland vic
2e2 is testing the waters ahead of a possible sale of its businesses in Ireland and Spain, which it inherited during last year's Morse acquisition. According to channel insiders, regional brokerage and investment banker Stifel Financial was appointed recently to spearhead the divestment activity and
Small cells pinpoint subscribers' locations more precisely than macrocells, enabling more sophisticated mobile location-based services that generate revenue through partnerships.
IBM qualifies WebSphere for its zEnterprise caboose, AMD cranks the Opteron 6100 clock, and HP offers soup-to-nuts data center build-out services.
A new version of VMware View will arrive next week. And déjà vu! A certain key feature remains among the missing.
Cloud networking vendors are developing hardware-free services that use their global points of presence to improve public cloud performance.
Headlines: The rise of server virtualization in the data center impacts the way storage is managed, and requires greater cooperation between storage and server teams.
With its new network security architecture, SecureX, Cisco tries to transcend next-generation firewall hype by focusing on more than application awareness. It's all about the context of who, what, where, when and how network connections are happening.
Dell’s new C6145 server delivers terrific density for HPC workloads, and has the potential to work as a virtualization platform, too.
New IBM cloud computing, business analytics partner initiatives target midmarket.
Current fixation on first meeting production requirements detrimental to identity and access management strategies; suggests treating IAM as a process.
RSA panel offers advice on legal considerations for organizations entering cloud service provider contracts.
Get the latest news and updates from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2011 conference at SearchHealthIT.com's exclusive coverage page.
US deputy secretary of defence, William Lynn, has called for greater collaboration between government and the private sector in tackling cyber threats.
Many organisations are stuck in a state of paralysis because they fail to understand the nature of cyber threats, says Microsoft's Scott Charney.
Apple has extended its digital subscription billing service used for Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only newspaper to all magazines, newspapers, videos and music on its application store.
Trust in the cloud is achievable says Art Coviello, executive vice-president of EMC and newly named executive chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC.
A request by the US government for the personal details of three Twitter users as part of the Wikileaks inquiry has met resistance over concerns that it...
And 85 other computers and laptops were stolen too...
Sixteen MPs are to trial iPads - Parliament's IT department has picked members of the administration committee to conduct the experiment.
The next generation of IT leaders are challenging the traditional CIO role. Jenny Williams talks to the first intake of students on City University London's Master of Information Leadership (MIL) course as they move to new leadership roles
IT services company Atos Origin has announced full-year profits of €337m (£283m), a 6.7% year-on-year increase. However, overall sales fell by 3.5%...
J P Morgan Chase has outlined plans to ditch several trading platforms worldwide in the next three years, threatening up to 3,000 jobs.
An overhaul of A-levels and better teaching are needed to boost the numbers of young people progressing to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in higher education, according to an influential new study.
Data recovery technology and services vendor Kroll Ontrack isattempting to galvanise its existing partner programme with the addition of extra services designed to enable partners to manage 'disaster' situations. "Being able to recover customers' data successfully, every time, is vital to their
BT customers and competitors may get more financial information about the UK's largest communications provider's wholesale broadband activities following...
Government IT strategy has come under fire in evidence presented to an inquiry by MPs into the effectiveness of public sector IT plans.
Micro Focus has admitted that the revenue it managed to hit in the three months to 31 January were below its own expectations and it will not be able to make up the shortfall by the end of its fiscal year. Shares lost a quarter of their value following the update yesterday which saw the company blam
Chinese telecoms firm ZTE has thrown its hat into the ring in the race to acquire Nortel's networking patents, expressing particular interest in its LTE intellectual property (IP), according to Reuters. In an interview, ZTE IP director Wang Haibo said that everyone was preparing for the auction. &qu
Resellers are being encouraged to provide more help for their customers online via their websites and through social media platforms. Research conducted by Salesforce.com has highlighted not just high levels of customer dissatisfaction with service across the UK but also the decision some disgruntl
Dell saw profits leap by 177% to $927m (£577m) in the three months to January 2011, compared to the same quarter in 2010. Sales at the company grew 5% to $15.7bn during the same period.
Falling components prices and the continued tech refresh cycle helped Dell nearly triple profits in the fourth quarter though sales fell below analyst expectations. The Texan PC giant pushed up revenues for the period by 5% to $15.7bn as profits grew to $927m from $334m a year earlier. For the fisc
EMC's promotion of Art Coviello to the role of executive chairman of security division at RSA, will enable him to champion trust in cloud computing.
Internet users are facing increasingly complex threats they can't defend themselves against, according to Microsoft.
Security professionals wary of cloud services for regulated data.
Optus has adjusted its email security regime to repel incoming emails that use URLs shortened by services like bit.ly or TinyURL.
Transparency is essential for security and compliance when working with cloud services providers, RSA panelists say.
Acronis has a new local boss, Isilon a new local customer, while Seagate has a milestone to share and Quantum is hugging Macs.
Managed service providers moving their business toward cloud computing and the state of the VCE Company were among the top ITChannel.com stories in January 2011.
Deciding where tablets and smartphones fit best in a manufacturing environment can be daunting, especially with all the recent rollouts of fancy new gadgets. Here are some pointers on choosing the right mobile computing devices.
Our latest roundup of IT compliance products features a PCI compliance solution, application performance monitoring software and tools to help with IT risk and compliance.
Fujitsu’s data centre in North London is the first in Europe to receive the Tier 3 Operational Sustainability Gold Certification by the Uptime Institute; plus more news in brief.
It takes more than hardware savings to maximize the ROI of an SAP virtualization project, according to experts.
Hewlett-Packard’s planned acquisition of analytical database developer Vertica adds to the uncertainties for vendors and users in the data warehouse database market, including HP.
Telepresence interoperability among competing vendors remains elusive, thanks to a lack of standards governing multiscreen systems. But progress is chugging along.
Smartphone security risks are coming to the forefront as mobiles proliferate. Learn what steps UK businesses can take to mitigate those security risks.
SAP now supports the open programming standard OpenSocial, in a move intended to further develop the fledgling application and make it more attractive for business users.
The maker of Call of Duty and Guitar Hero is providing customer service through Facebook and Twitter but struggling to measure results and still leaning on self service, IVR and the phone channels.
Cloud-in-a-box solutions promise to take the burden of building a private cloud off enterprise IT departments.
There is a clear gap in skills needed to protect organisations, a study has revealed.
It is easy to forget that cyber security is much better now than at the dawn of the internet age, according to Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer at BT.
Security leaders have outlined ways organisations can better defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) in a paper published by RSA, the security division of EMC.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has launched a report examining the government's new approach to ICT, ahead of the new IT strategy to be published in the spring.
Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo has reported a 25% increase in profits for its third fiscal quarter.
Google has introduced an online payment service for digital content called Google One Pass, rivalling Apple's digital subscription service announced this week.
Vodafone is sponsoring a competition to encourage developers to build mobile apps for women in developing countries.
The government's commitment to set a £100m limit on IT contracts may not be implemented, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
The government has announced the details of changes it will make to the Intra Company Transfer (ICT) scheme, which has been criticised for being open to...
Heavy consumer demand for high-speed broadband helped push Virgin Media's (VM) sales up 5.8% to a record £3.8bn for 2010, as average revenue per cable user (ARPU) rose almost 5% to £47.51.
Coca-Cola North America has gone live with the SAP BusinessObjects supply chain performance management application.
The launch of the first mobile payments system in the UK will cause a shift in the traditional model of banking, according to Barclaycard.
Despite increased demand for IT staff in the past year, graduate candidates with technical skills lack necessary business know-how, according to a report.
If the government could tackle the complex tax system and help ease fuel and utility costs smaller firms would have a better chance of growing their businesses.
Businesses are the main targets of cyber crime, which is costing the economy around £27bn a year, according to a report from the Office of Cyber Security and consultancy Detica.
The Science and Technology Committee has welcomed the government's commitment to invest £200m in new technology hubs,
The London Stock Exchange says some data providers have not been able to get their systems ready for the new core trading platform to which it migrated this week.
An in-house marketing stunt to promote the launch of the latest Streak tablet PC backfired on Dell after two execs were arrested at its corporate HQ for minor offences at the start of this week. According to police in Round Rock, Texas, two members of a small sales team had "enacted an in-house
The opportunities for resellers confident of networking CCTV systems continue to expand with the market defying the recession with double digit growth last year. The shift from analog cameras to IP high definition products is continuing but many customers seem to be adopting a hybrid solution using
Orange has introduced its Orange Cash pre-paid card, which uses Mastercard's PayPass contactless card technology for purchases under the value of £15.
Channel veteran Phil Brown has returned to distribution as Micro-P's commercial director following a relatively short spell running sales at netbook pioneer ASUS. As revealed last year, Brown appeared to be on his way to Computer 2000 to run its PC unit - a role that was recently filled by James Re
The cost of cybercrime to UK businesses is £21bn with British firms being the target of IP theft, industrial espionage and theft of customer data. According to the first attempt by the government to cost-up the impact of crime on UK plc is £27bn per year but the report by Detica and and
Virgin Media Business, the b2b arm of ISP Virgin Media, has posted a4.7% year-on-yearuptick in fourth quarter sales after strong growth in data and wholesale revenues. The unit made total sales of £152m in the last three months of 2010. Increased traffic in its existing customer base pushingwh
Network support services house Intact Integrated Services is to roll out a new Service Delivery Management set-up that it claims will help resellers avoid SLA penalties. The firm claims the end-to-end services lifecycle management offering, which monitors SLA performance and brings down overall prod
The renaissance at Lenovo continued in Q3 as PC growth outpaced all its major rivals for the fifth consecutive quarter, a far cry from the dark days of recent years. The Chinese giant banked profits of $100m, up 25% on the same period a year ago with sales rising 22% to $5.8bn. "The board is s
Though Cellular Specialties' CRM and ERP are both from Sage, the systems can’t talk to one another, and that leads to tedious workarounds and data issues for the make-to-order company.
Tech Watch: Managed print, VoIP and other services will set apart an MSP from the rest of the pack.
The UK’s Health Protection Agency is confident it is well placed to react quickly to central government demands for data, thanks to its three-year-old Oracle BI implementation.
Oil giant Shell has signed a 10-year, €300m deal with service provider Logica and software company FleetCor Technologies
E-mail is still the top attack method for targeted and espionage attacks, say security experts
Home broadband is by far the best innovation of the past decade, while social networking and reality television are the two worst, according to a survey of more than 2,000 UK consumers.
Businesses need to modernise their IT defences as attackers continue to up their game, says James Lyne, senior technologist at security...
Extending the government and military cyber security programme to critical civilian infrastructure is one of the top challenges facing the US, says General Keith Alexander, commander of US Cyber Command.
US anti-trust regulators are considering the terms of Apple's new digital subscription service, announced earlier this week.
Advanced-fee fraud scammers are taking advantage of the unrest in Egypt following the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak, a security firm has warned.
Channel facing rough ride as reseller insolvencies spike A spike in insolvencies during Q4 and higher incidence of bad debts hitting distribution last month indicate that the channel could face a rough ride in 2011.
IT managers are still investing in business intelligence (BI), with the worldwide market for BI software forecast to grow 9.7% to reach $10.8bn in 2011, according to analyst Gartner.
The London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster City Council have estimated they will save around £4m by 2015 through IT consolidation across the three authorities.
Metropolitan Police officers are monitoring about 1,000 British residents who have run fake websites as part of moves to protect the Olympic Games
In 2007, Art Coviello, executive chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC, predicted that by 2010 there would be no need for standalone security companies. Was he right?
Smart mobility, social networking and cloud computing boosted technology merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in the UK by 66% to a total of 152 last year, making Britain the second most technology-acquisitive country in the world after Japan, according to research from Ernst & Young.
VoIP and voice networking vendor AudioCodes has signed up with Azlan in a new deal covering the UK and Ireland. Azlan, which has long-stated ambitions in the still fast-growing unified communications market, said the addition of AudioCodes gear would beef up its existing portfolio in the space, whic
Desktop virtualisation specialist RES Software has changed its pricing structure, reducing the costs of its entry-level products, in a move designed to widen its customer base. The vendor has introduced the ability for the customer to have named-user licensing and buy modular lite products that sta
The government's estimate that cyber crime costs the economy £27 billion a year has been attacked by an information security professor at the London School of Economics as a "sales promotion exercise" by BAE Systems, formerly British Aerospace.
The Business Intelligence (BI) market is set for steady growth over the next three years making it one of the strongest areas of the software sector. According to forecasts from Gartner the worldwide BI market is set to grow by 9.7% this year making the product category worth $10.8bn and that growt
HP Networking and Westcon Convergence are terminating their UK-only distribution agreement, raising questions over the future of certain other wholesale contracts. The deal was initially penned by the distributor's sister company Comstor in 2009 but the franchise moved across to Westcon Convergence
Components shortages will continue to disrupt supply of NetApp's revamped lines of storage arrays for at least the rest of this quarter, according to CEO Thomas Georgens. High demand for the FAS3200 caught NetApp unawares in fiscal Q3 as it failed to fulfil millions of dollars worth of orders, howe