TechTarget News - Week of Mar 13, 2011

Best-practices advice for an ECM cloud computing deployment

Get tips on how to manage the development and rollout of a cloud-based enterprise content management system, to help your organization succeed on an ECM cloud computing project.

Encrypted memory sticks could cure user carelessness

As the price of USB pen drives decreases, so does the inherent value employees attach to them. Two recent studies show that users have very little security awareness when it comes to memory sticks.

Retooling HIPAA business associate agreements for updated rules

What should hospitals be adding to HIPAA business associate agreements in the light of the HITECH Act mandates about to go into effect? A recent AHIMA event offered much advice.

Isilon mining for local CTO

EMC’s new scale-out NAS Division has plans to target Australia’s resources sector

Data dedupe software comes of age

Dedupe appliances were the big dog for a long time, but software-based products have come on strong more recently, offering many useful capabilities, often at a lower cost than an appliance.

IE9 out today, but beta users want more

Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 9 today in Austin, Texas, at 9pm Pacific Standard Time.

StumbleUpon expands revenue model

Website recommendation service StumbleUpon has boosted its revenue earning potential by expanding advertising services.

US stores struggle to meet iPad2 demand

Sales for Apple's iPad2 in the first weekend it has been on sale have outstripped the figures for the original iPad, according to estimates by Wall Street analysts.

UK ISPs to reveal internet choking policies

BSkyB, BT, O2, TalkTalk, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone have signed up to a voluntary code to provide comparable information to consumers about traffic management.

ISSA proposes SME security standard

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) in the UK has published a proposed new security standard for SMEs in response to its 2010 research report on SME security for the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

Queues and ringing tills mark the iPad 2 launch

The appetite for Apple's latest tablet, the iPad 2, seems to be as high as ever with the vendor managing to shift not far off a million units on its US launch over the weekend. The tablet -which includes both cameras andfaster processors among other new features - comes out in the UK towards the end

Platform-as-a-service market lacks consistent message in 2011

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market will become increasingly fraught during 2011, according to a new report by analysts at Gartner, with a "wave of innovation and hype" making it "harder to find a consistent message, standard of clear winning vendor."

Sky to recruit 100 IT staff in Scotland

Sky is to create 100 permanent IT roles in Scotland as part of an expansion of its customer business systems team.

US presses punitive copyright deal on trade partners

The US is continuing its secret efforts to secure tougher copyright laws, even though its Hollywood-sponsored anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (Acta) has still to be validated, a leaked document has revealed.

NAO blasts inefficient and unpoliced immigration system

As many as 181,000 illegal immigrants could be in the UK because their work visas have expired and the current immigration system lacks a process to ensure they leave UK shores, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.

Isle of Man CIO praises benefits of standardisation

While the government in England has started to talk seriously about a possible move to open source, Allan Paterson, director of information systems for the Isle of Man, talks to Computer Weekly about the benefits of standardisation on Microsoft.

Data centre outsourcing on the rise after recession

After a rough twelve months for the market, data centre specialist Sentrum has noted increased willingness among UK IT buyers to start outsourcing at least some of their data centre requirements. In a new report investigating business attitudes to outsourcing, Sentrum found 75% of large UK organisat

ISSA proposes SME security standard

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) in the UK has published a proposed new security standard for SMEs in response to its 2010 research report on SME security for the UK Information Commissioner's Office, writes Warwick Ashford. ISSA is the largest not-for-profit, international organ

Japanese quake will lead to component price hikes

Component prices are set to rise as a direct consequence of the Japanese earthquake, which has closed factories and led to power supply problems undermining other manufacturing efforts. The extent of the devestation of last weeks earthquake is still being discovered but over the weekend to add to t

How free an internet should UK support? asks Pitcom

The internet didn't cause the political turmoil in some Arab states, but it made it easier for people to express their frustrations and to organise their responses

Who should own enterprise search software projects? Not an easy call

Who should take the lead on enterprise search software deployments -- IT or business departments? Get advice on that topic and read about other enterprise search best practices.

Systems management in the virtual age: Out with the old

If you could start over, would you manage your data center with software from the Big Four? In the era of cloud and virtualization, many IT pros say no way.

Gartner identifies 4 data center architecture trends

Leaner, energy efficient data centers architectures, complemented by cloud services will be the order of the future, according to the IT analyst firm.

HP CEO Léo Apotheker unveils IT leadership plan

Hewlett-Packard (HP) chief executive officer Léo Apotheker has announced plans to take a leading role in defining the future of information technology.

Adobe warns of zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash

Adobe has published a security advisory for a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash that can be used to take control of an attacked machine.

Ofcom lowers mobile costs to call other networks

The cost of mobile phone calls between networks should have halved by 2015 as a result of an Ofcom decision, on mobile termination rates (MTR).

Eradar x-rays Westminster's digital murk

Better laws and less red tape to govern online behaviour and commerce are two aims of eradar.eu, a website, forum and knowledge base that aims "to shine a light into the dark recesses of digital legal compliance".

Under fire Apotheker sets out cloudy HP strategy

Léo Apotheker has sought to distance himself from growing levels of criticism of HP and unveiled a new strategy for the company, with the emphasis firmly on cloud and connectivity. Apotheker, who succeeded Mark Hurd as CEO last year, hasbeen pilloriedin recent weeks after presiding overdecli

Serco acquires Lawrence Dallaglio, contact centre firm

Outsourcing and BPO giant Serco has put down £55.9m - including £16.4m of debt repayment - toacquire contact centre services provider The Listening Company. The public sector ICT specialist, which has its fingers in a multitude of other pies, will also secure the services of former Engla

UK firms failing to understand security threat

UK firms are not only unprepared for hackers but have little comprehension of the way the latest attacks are mounted. The need for greater awareness of potential security problems accompanies the shift towards greater mobile working, which threatens to leave companies even more exposed to web crimin

Computer Aid slams EC over e-waste proposals

International development charity, Computer Aid, has criticised the Council of the European Union for its disappointing proposals for changes to EU e-waste legislation.

Business loses money through complex IT systems

Businesses are losing profits because they are relying on over-complex IT systems, a study of the world's top 200 companies reveals.

SME optimism high ahead of Olympics, says Cisco

Cisco has published research suggesting that the SME sector will be the driver of economic recovery in the UK, and talked up the importance of the 2012 Olympics in "kick-starting" the UK economy. The networking giant published its 'Business Heroes Barometer' report today, revealing that 41

Ingram Micro gets slice of ZyXEL distribution pie

SME broadband networking vendor ZyXEL has signed an agreement with Ingram Micro to offer its full range of products, including UTM firewalls, switching and routing, wireless LAN and storage kit. Taiwanese ZyXEL already runs a sizeable distribution channel in the UK composed ofC2000, Enta, Micro P an

CIO interview: Marcus East, Comic Relief

In the run-up to Comic Relief's Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March, head of future media and technology Marcus East is having a frantic week - but we managed to take a few minutes of his time to get an update on IT preparations for the event.

Resellers have role to play helping users manage security

A burden of numerous security tools, various vendor contracts and a need to update systems to combat ongoing threats is causing major headaches for users. According to research carried out by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Check Point the complexity in security is a major headache for customers

Tablets cannibalising notebook sales, warns Canalys

Market watcher Canalys has forecast that every10 media slates bought by consumers and businesses this year will cannibalise sales of five notebooks or netbooks. The channel analyst estimates worldwide PC growth of 14% for 2011 with pad shipments accounting for much of this expansion, as traditional

Cloud-based networking hardware: Coming to a wiring closet near you?

Cloud-based networking hardware has gained traction in the wireless LAN market, but now vendors are developing wired network devices that are cloud-managed, too. Will cloud-based network infrastructure fill up your wiring closets?

HP as software power? Maybe, maybe not, IT pros say

Hewlett-Packard, suffering from IBM, Oracle and Microsoft envy, resets its sights on software. But customers say it can’t sell what it has now.

James Gosling riffs at TSSJS keynote

James Gosling, the father of Java, touched on several topics at TheServerSide Java Symposium keynote on Wednesday. Here's a breakdown.

Seagate has SLC/MLC flash enterprise solid-state drives

Headlines: Seagate finally gets into the enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) space with its Pulsar family of single-level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash devices.

Puppet, DevOps key to data center surge, says Constant Contact

The popular open source configuration management system, Puppet, along with DevOps made it possible for Constant Contact to scale operations from hundreds to thousands of servers in their data center.

Deutsche Bank uses social CRM to fine-tune corporate banking

Social media is driving product development at Deutsche Bank. The banking giant is using web 2.0 technologies to engage with 1,000 of its corporate customers, to find out how it can make corporate banking run more smoothly.

EC scraps talks over online access to copyright material

The European Commission has ended secret talks to agree a pan-European deal on online copyright protection, according to a leaked letter from the EC's internal market and services division, DG Markt, which was co-ordinating the negotiations.

Trusteer debuts no-software malware protection

Secure web access firm Trusteer has announced a web login and transaction monitoring service to detect malware without installing software.

Resellers set to benefit as operational tech and IT converge

The gap between traditional IT and specific technology designed for vertical markets is narrowing opening up potential fresh opportunities for resellers. According to Gartner there is widespread convergence between operational technology and IT occuring across a large number of sectors, including h

Google Docs adds multi-user collaboration function

Google is adding more collaborative functionality to Google Docs, allowing multiple users to share notes and edit shared documents simultaneously.

BT names new Openreach head

BT has named its group director of strategy and regulatory affairs, Olivia Garfield,to chief executive at its critical'last mile' Openreach division. Garfield replaces Steve Robertson, who has held the post since Openreach's launch six years ago, and is now leaving to pursue new opportunities. The O

Wolverhampton City Council latest to fall foul of ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fingered Wolverhampton City Council for dumping files in a skip and breaching the Data Protection Act. Since the start of the year the ICO has been flexing its muscles handing out fines to various local authorities for allowing confidential records to

Systemax breaks through $1bn barrier in Q4 but profits slide

Systemax just broke through the $1bn (£621m) sales barrier in calendar Q4 powered by an upturn in B2B spending, but rising costs and integration charges contributed to a 31% slide in profits. The Misco and WStore parent saw total turnover rise 7% for the period ended 31 December, as the retai

Ofcom grants Gigaclear powers to build 1Gbps broadband network

Businesses and residents of the Thames valley may soon have access to a 1Gbps broadband network, following Ofcom's decision to grant fibre provider Gigaclear powers to dig up roads and other public assets to lay fibre.

Gamma hails comms channel resurgence

B2B comms provider Gamma Telecom has pointed to growing levels of channel confidence after posting record financial results for 2010. Underlying revenues at the Newbury-based firm were up 5.6% year-on-year to £126.2m, excluding the impact of the loss of its Tiscali contract. EBITDA increased 2

IDC forecasts cloud growth to equal on-premise in 2011

The cloud will generate half of the anticipated growth in the European software market this year, according to research by IDC. The market watcher estimates that on-premise software will rise by just 2% or $1.7bn to $84.9bnbut applications sold as a service will jump 48% or $1.7bn to $5.3bn. David

How to fix the JCP? Participate

Three panelists at TheServerSide Java Symposium said on Thursday that the best way to improve the Java Community Process is by getting more developers to participate. The best way to improve the Java Community Process is simply by participating, several key Java players said this morning.

VMware pitches alternative to Microsoft Exchange 2010 DAGs

VMware says its HA capability for virtual machines combined with Symantec’s AppHA allows users to make an end-run around Microsoft support policies.

VMware VCDX hopefuls yearn for scoring transparency

Some who have gone through the battery of testing required for VMware’s most coveted and competitive certification, VMware Certified Design Expert, say the process is too subjective.

DWP cancelled £300m Fujitsu deal over transition deadline failures

The decision by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to cancel a £300m desktop support deal with Fujitsu before it even began will lead many in the public sector to question some IT suppliers' ability to deliver on their sales pitch.

Logicalis acquires Inca Software for £8.65m

Logicalis is forking out £8.65m to acquire the UK's largest IBM Cognos reseller Inca Software as it makes a play for the business analytics market. Under the terms of the deal, Inca parent Avisen will receive £6m on completion of the sale expected on 1 April, £1.3m payable over th

Websense shares rise after sale talk

Websense could be getting closer to selling itself after it emerged the vendor had turned to acquisition advisors to steer it through a sale process. According to Reuters, the security specialist known for both web and email filtering, which could have an asking price of around $1bn, has let it be k

Hosted comms market lacks coherent distribution model

The revenue share of hosted communications servcies will soon be nipping at the heels of the on-premise model when it comes to enterprise comms deployments, according to new research from analysts at Frost and Sullivan, but lacks a coherent channel model. Frost & Sullivan industry analyst Dorota

Despite spam dip security channel has to continue education

The dip in spam activity over the last few months might have given customers the idea that the fight against the malicious inbox blocking emails has been won. Spam levels dropped over the Christmas period and Symantec, which monitors levels confirmed that one of the largest orginators of the problem

Microsoft admits LAR fee cuts may lead to consolidation

Microsoft has defended the fundamental changes to LARs fees being implemented in the autumn but admitted that the overhaul may result in partner consolidation. From late September, two thirds of Enterprise Agreements fees on licence sales to named accounts - ones directly managed by Microsoft - wil

New IT risk management standard helps enable MDDS compliance

HIPAA compliance and Medical Data Device Systems compliance start with health IT risk management. The IEC 80001 risk management standard offers some guidance.

RIM confident despite India Blackberry services ban threat

Research in Motion is confident that Blackberry data access measures meet India's security agency needs despite concerns raised by government officials in parliament this week

RSA hit by advanced persistent threat attacks

RSA, the security division of EMC, has revealed that attackers have stolen information from the company's IT systems

Can HP's cloud float?

HP chief executive Leo Apotheker has announced plans for HP to take a leading role in defining the future of information technology. Cliff Saran and Warwick Ashford report on how HP is changing

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 March 2011

Japanese earthquake to disrupt IT component supply In the wake of the 11 March earthquale that struck the north-east coast of Japan, analysts were quick to warn of potentially major disruption to the IT component supply chain.The 8.9-magnitude quake, which hit roughly 250 miles from the capital Toky

Corero sales down at end of tumultuous year

Network securityand BPM outfitCorero has turned in full-year sales of £4m, down 18% on 2009, and reversed a full-year loss of £176,000 to post total comprehensive income of £404,000. The dip in sales, which includes figures from its divested Financial Markets division,came at the e

RSA reveals its servers have been hacked

Security companies are constantly the focus of attacks but rarely do they suffer a breach as embarrasing as the one RSA has had to admit to. RSA executive chairman Art Coviello has penned an open letter to customers revealing that hackers managed to get into its servers which contained data about i

Computacenter underwrites IT cost savings in VDC sales push

Computacenter (CC) is trying to convince hard pressed CIOs to deploy its Virtual Data Centre by underwriting the IT cost savings. The services-based reseller has thrown its weight behind NetApp's FlexPod, a storage infrastructure that integrates with Cisco and VMware, and aims to speed the adoption

Banks need to simplify lending process to ease credit flow

With the budget just five days away the Chancellor has been called on to do more to ease small business lending to free up credit and access to funds for struggling SMEs. The government has already made moves, in the shape of Project Merlin, to try and get more credit flowing to small businesses bu

Recycling company fined for illegal exportation of e-waste

An electrical recycling company faces prosecution costs of £8,200 for illegally shipping old computers and electrical waste to Afghanistan, writes Jenny Williams. The owner of recycling company Quest International, Naveed Sohail, has been convicted at Bradford Magistrates' Court and fined &pou