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BitDefender’s revamped channel program offers new tiers and calls for an unusual level of shared planning between vendor and partner.
Spectra Logic’s upgraded BlueScale software performs data integrity verification to ensure archived data can be read years after it is stored on tape libraries.
Gartner analyst Roger Cox says that 2011 will see fierce competition for the file storage market and predicts the EMC/Dell relationship will continue to deteriorate.
Storage roundup: Automated tiering swings it for Compellent; Balesio launches unstructured data minimiser; Buffalo refreshes TeraStation; Hotel group gets Claranet cloud; and more.
The 2012 London Olympic Games will create thousands of new IT and telecoms jobs, pumping £250m into the IT recruitment industry, according to a report
The cost of a data breach has risen for the third consecutive year to an average of £1.9m according to an annual study by the Ponemon...
An entrepreneur in New Zealand has set up a website aimed at helping the local IT and business community to work together to improve IT practices.
Facebook is to acquire Snaptu, a company which provides access to social networking sites for non-smartphone users.
Google has accused China of blocking Gmail after weeks of disruptions to the firm's e-mail service to users in the country.
Peter Swingewood from Cass Business School is the winner of the Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship to study for City University London's Master of Information Leadership (MIL).
Visa has rolled out a service that will enable its customers to transfer money using e-mail, phone or visa account numbers.
The benefits of retaining communications data have been called into question following the release of German police statistics that show internet crime detection fell but the number of internet crimes solved rose after data retention was discontinued.
Cisco has deferred the release of its March 23 patch update to the Cisco IOS operating system, as used on its switches and routers, due to the earthquake in Japan. Users will have to wait six months for the update.
Microsoft is introducing deal registration for LARs worldwide later this year with the lion's share of fees shifting to partners that identify and manage leads, even if they do not ultimately transact the business.
Airport company BAA is outsourcing its IT services to Capgemini in a five-year contract valued at £100m.
Capgemini will be responsible for BAA's core...
Anyone unfamiliar with the British Library might imagine it to be a stuffy old organisation that's full of dusty books and documents – the last vestige of a bygone age, writes Dale Vile, managing director of Freeform Dynamics.
A US senator has called for closer scrutiny of Google's business practices in response to claims by rival e-commerce websites they are being treated unfairly.
Following the 11 March earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan, Cisco has taken the step of abandoning scheduled plans to publish its IOS Security Advisories, scheduled for 23 March.
Nation state attacks are going to become an increasing feature in the security landscape as large enterprises fall firmly in the sites of government-backed hackers.
Demand for IT staff in the media sector increases 25.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
Rivals have moved to plug the gap left by the uncertainty caused by the RSA server breach offering alternative protection as a well-known research firm warns users not to use tokens that might have been compromised.
Unified comms and video specialist Polycom has appointed former NCR managing director Elton Birden as area sales vice president for the UK and Ireland.
Dimension Data UK boss Ton van Horssen is to step down by mutual consent at the end of the month - the closure of its fiscal first half 2011 - amid some suggestions that sales are below expectations.
Texas radiology clinic replaced CA Technologies’ Spectrum monitoring suite with AccelOps to save on maintenance.
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console is ready, and an MDOP 2011 update is due this year which will be offered to a wider customer base.
The Dell Viking started out as a custom box for low-end dedicated hosting and has graduated to a full-fledged micro server platform.
Microsoft advanced its System Center platforms and features at its annual management conference. IT shops watch with interest but -- no shocker -- few are ready for cloud.
Experts say IT disaster recovery plans should focus on the top threats to business continuity: power outages, hardware failures and lost communications.
An OpenID SSO system allows organisations to simplify website user authentication management. But is OpenID security an issue? Expert Michael Cobb explains.
Dundee University’s business intelligence masters programme is training practitioners to take a step back, focus on user requirements and think about wider applications to science.
Mario Santana, vice president of secure information services, talks about security risks unique to the cloud, how Terremark addresses them, and how it responds to subpoenas.
For VARs, traumatic data recovery jobs can lead to backup and other new business.
Organizations shouldn’t expect a PCI-validated cloud provider to relieve them of their PCI obligations, security experts say.
In financial trading even a microsecond of latency can lose a deal, so NYSE Euronext worked with Force10 Networks to build high-performance networking with collapsed tiers and super-speed Ethernet to avoid any loss.
CIOs are looking for ways to say yes to the iPad in the enterprise, despite the technological and cultural challenges associated with new mobile devices.
Requirements management continues to be a challenge to software development organizations, but tool vendors are working to address those challenges. In this interview with Forrester analyst Mary Gerush, we hear about five important ALM trends in requirements management tools and explore questions organizations may want to consider when selecting a requirements management tool.
The payment card industry compliance standards body has released a new document to help contact centers protect sensitive customer data.
Compliance with PCI DSS is still slow in the UK, but card fraud continues to fall, perhaps in part due to measures mandated or encouraged by the standard.
The serious vulnerabilities could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of an affected system.
Issues updates to address Flash Player zero-day vulnerability; Adobe also patches Acrobat and Reader products to address a similar critical vulnerability.
Online retailer Play.com has e-mailed customers warning of a security breach that could compromise personal details.
European and US corporations are wasting millions of pounds supporting applications they do not need and 85% of global IT chiefs say the excess needs to be cut.
IT directors are reluctant to hire IT staff from the public sector for private sector roles, a report shows. According to a survey of 66 IT directors...
Chancellor George Osborne's Budget announcement on Wednesday must recognise the IT industry's crucial role in economic growth creation, Intellect has warned.
Ofcom has released long-awaited proposals for the 2012 auction of 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies, the so-called 4G or LTE spectrum, to create more capacity on the UK's mobile networks and possibly extend high-speed mobile broadband to more rural areas.
A number of Play.com customers have received spam, following the website's security breach
Telecoms regulator Ofcom will auction off two spectrum bands for 4G mobile services early next year in a move that will ease provision of mobile internet services to both business and consumer users.
Online retailer Play.com has informed customers that it has been victim of a security breach but moved quickly to assure customers that no credit card information has been compromised.
The London High Court will tomorrow start its judicial review of the copyright provisions of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) called for by BT and TalkTalk, the UK's largest internet service providers.
Facebook has achieved a good balance between granular and general controls around data privacy, says Richard Allan, the social networking firm's EU director...
The prospect that government cuts could undermine the security of confidential data is a rising fear among members of the public not convinced that their records can be kept safe as cutbacks are rolled out across the public sector.
Targeting consumers through smartphone apps is proving to be a good business bet. Jenny Williams reports on the costs of creating apps for different mobile marketplaces.
1. App store cuts
"HTML5 provides new ways to create highly interactive sites and explicitly addresses more security that its predecessors.
Every government agency needs a "big data" policy to cope with the rising tsunami of data, to protect personal data, and to extract information on which it can act, says a report from the US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
Consumers need to know what the trade-off is when using online services before they hand over personal data
Using internet services such as social networking sites does not have to be a pact with the devil, says UK Information Commissioner Christopher Graham.
Cisco has retained its position as the largest global wireless networking (WLAN) equipment producer in the last three months of 2010, according to new figures from US-based analyst house In-Stat.
A quarter of the world's raw wafer production has been turned off as a result of a cessation of operations at Shin-Etsu's Shirakawa plant and MEMC's Utsunomiya plant, says iSuppli, writes David Manners. Because Shirakawa produces 300mm wafers, this is expected to hit memory production the hardest.
Softcat has hired former Equanet and Insight public sector sales head Jamie Burke to lead its charge into the government space. Burke, who starts on 4 April, spent over three years at Insight as sales director and public sector sales director before he left in December.
Computer Weekly journalists are reporting live on today's Budget. It is anticipated that the Budget will focus on ways to stimulate the private sector.
Online sales growth of 20% at J. Sainsbury's has not impacted customer numbers in its stores, with footfall rising 5% to 21 million a week
SAP is releasing its SAP BusinessObjects GRC 10 platform, the latest update to its GRC suite of applications.
HP's new focus on software and cloud computing has VARs worried about the vendor’s relationship with Microsoft, its longtime ally.
Once thought of as a category to avoid, systems management software might be the next wave of opportunity for VARs.
With the Avaya Aura architecture and SIP trunking, a healthcare system centralizes and distributes UC services that were too expensive for some clinics to deploy on their own.
Big Blue moves mainframes forward with cloud technologies and incorporates x86 server compatibility.
X86 server virtualization is developing features similar to the traditional mainframe, and the distributed systems and mainframe worlds are drawing closer together in the cloud.
At EclipseCon 2011, Oracle and IBM execs appeared together to announce plans to revive the long-stalled OpenJDK for Java.
EMC-Greenplum is a new "leader" in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant report on data warehouse software and appliance vendors. Find out who else tops Gartner's rankings.
Capacity planning is essential for all data warehouse environments. Data warehouses grow at high rates and must be managed to keep budgets under control.
Joining the crowd, Oracle says it will stop software development for flagging Itanium chip.
WAN managers have had to compromise security, control and support when enabling remote wireless access for teleworkers. But vendors are claiming they can bridge the gap.
Headlines: Community management association firm switches to Pillar Data SAN, thin provisioning and QoS to cope with storage challenges after rapid growth and server virtualization project.
An Institute of Medicine report on health IT due in early fall could rewrite the book on EHR safety and trip off FDA rulemaking. A new, free newsletter keeps tabs on the issue.
Nearly half of IT admins believe cloud disaster recovery (DR) services are a viable option, while others cite security concerns, according to a survey of IT professionals.
IT managers are more comfortable with the private cloud options that Microsoft presented at its annual management confab this week than the public cloud options presented last year.
The attack on RSA and its SecurID product is conclusive proof, as if we needed it, that high-value assets are under high-class attack.
Google's plans to scan millions of books and sell them online have been put on hold after a judge rejected the terms of a proposed settlement with authors and publishers.
Amazon has launched an online app store for Android-based mobile phones and tablets in competition with Google's own Android Market
A large proportion of the UK public is worried that government spending cuts will have a negative effect on data security, a survey has revealed.
The government is poised to offer businesses concessions to stimulate research and development in the budget on 23 March, but the IT industry will have little to celebrate, an analysis by accounting and consultancy firm Grant Thornton reveals.
Chancellor George Osborne's Budget must fund financial incentives to hire unemployed IT graduates, according to an industry expert.
The Open Book Alliance has welcomed the New York Federal District Court's rejection of Google's revised book settlement in its plan to scan and sell books online.
SAP has launched a new governance, risk and compliance platform that combines and integrates existing GRC and business intelligence technologies.
Anglia Ruskin University has outsourced student-facing IT systems to enable it to serve students across the world, twenty four hours a day.
Mozilla has made Firefox 4 available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Mozilla released...
IT leaders have to change the way they structure and manage outsourcing agreements if they are to benefit from supplier innovation as a third generation of outsourcing accelerates.
IT firms are not exploiting their intellectual property enough missing out on potential revenue and the chance to forge business relationships overseas.
Chancellor George Osborne produced a business-friendly budget for 2011/12 that stressed his reliance on small and medium enterprises, especially in knowledge-intensive sectors, to grow the economy and create jobs.
The IT distribution business in the UK got off to a healthy start at the beginning of 2011 registering total sales of £465.6m as measured by the CONTEXT Distributor Panel, a growth of 8% in January 2011 compared to the same period one year ago.
Government plans to fund more apprenticeships and work experience placements may fail to address demand for high-level skills in the IT industry, according to an industry expert.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) could face major IT integration following the government's announcement in the budget that the income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) systems could be brought together in an effort to reduce complexity.
The government has outlined plans to reform the economy to encourage growth arguing that it has already taken the measures to provide economic stability. Chancellor George Osborne used his second Budget to talk up the positive after using the emergency budget last year to announce cuts.
The Chancellor George Osborne has said that it is determined to support the private sector and has announced plans to cut and simplify taxes and is looking to merge income tax and national insurance to reduce costs for firms.
Mixed messages are coming out of the IT industry in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's 2011 Budget.
The European Union has called for an open and standardised approach to cloud computing technology at the opening of a new Microsoft cloud centre in Brussels.
The government plans to increase the protection of intellectual property in order to bolster the digital and creative sector.
Anti-piracy provisions in the controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA), currently under judicial review, have not been postponed, government sources say.
Bytes Software Services (BSS) profits and revenues climbed by double digits in fiscal 2011 ended 28 February but the numbers were flattered by one-time true-ups in the NHS that will not be replicated this year.
The potential for a lack of skills in the British workforce has been highlighted as a real danger to future prosperity by the Chancellor George Osborne.
The enterprise and networking division of C2000, Azlan, has added WLAN vendor Meru Networks to its line-up to address the growing demand for virtualised WLAN infrastructure fuelled by the explosion in mobile devices.
Almost four in 10 small and medium businesses expect to be buying cloud-based IT and network services, according to research by Microsoft.
Yesterday's budget speech largely ignored the potential for networking and IT to boost economic growth, say leaders from ICT user communities
Red Hat has increased subscriptions of its open source software by 24% to $209m for the fourth quarter 2010.
Microsoft is warning that fraudulent certificates for Google, Microsoft Live Yahoo, Mozilla (maker of Firefox) and Yahoo may be used to spoof content from popular web sites.
Find out what you should consider when assessing an enterprise content management system’s potential ROI as part of the process of building an ECM business case.
If an AT&T/T-Mobile merger is approved by the FCC, the path to merge networks should face few technical challenges, thanks to a common technology heritage between the two carriers.
Aruba's new unified network management architecture aims to solve the consumerization of IT conundrum. With employee-owned mobile devices flooding the network, Aruba is advocating unified, policy-based, identity-aware network access control across both wired and wireless networks with its new MOVE architecture.
This week's disaster recovery news in brief: Irvine Consulting Services expands cloud computing service; Nirvanix offers customers in Japan option to move their data and other news.
Nine fraudulent digital certificates issued by Comodo Inc. might be used for spoofing, phishing attacks.
Why build when you can buy? Market6 chose a SaaS platform to transform its single-tenant software into a multi-tenant cloud offering packed with sales support.
Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, Yahoo and 17 other companies are to work together to develop a programmable network management protocol they call Software-Defined Networking through a new body, the Open Networking Foundation
Twitter is using Mozilla's new Content Security Policy (CSP) in Firefox 4 to help prevent web-based attacks on its mobile site. Mozilla has made
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered to face questions from US lawyers after antitrust complaints about the distribution of music on iTunes and Apple iPod
The US Cyber Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning that industrial control systems widely used in the UK and US are at risk from SQL Injection attacks.
Standard Life's new CTO talks about the achievements of his team and plans for the future as the insurer places more importance on technology than ever before..
The European Commission is preparing a plan to slash its sprawling IT estate after an audit revealed it spends €500m a year on 2,000 IT systems that often do the same thing for different departments.
Nominet, the independent registrar for the .uk internet domain, could face criminal liability if it refused to take down websites that allow criminal activity, says a specially commissioned report.
Video communications vendor Polycom has forked out $50m in cash to buy California-headquartered video content management and delivery specialist Accordant.
The Japanese earthquake has already caused numerous component manufacturing plants to close or reduce their output and the implications for the storage industry are starting to be felt.
IT leaders are well aware of the potential of the cloud, and some early adopters, such as Comic Relief, are already introducing cloud services into their IT strategy.
The Budget has been given a cautious thumbs up by business groups keen to see the skills gap addressed and restrictions on small companies eased.
The IT supporting this year's Red Nose Day fundraising successfully processed a peak of 214 donations per second - an 84% increase over the previous event in 2009...
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has decided that Marks & Spencer infringed Interflora's trademark rights by purchasing the florist's name as a Google AdWord.
MPs are to be allowed to use tablet computers such as iPads in the House of Commons - as long as the device is no bigger than their face.
Counties anxious to roll out broadband networks may be able to get matched funding from government via a new process by the end of the year.
A shift by customers towards cloud computing has helped Red Hat deliver a set of solid numbers for its fiscal year that have given the firm the confidence to set its sights on $1bn revenue.
Suppliers are confused by the government's mandate that police forces in England and Wales bypass Buying Solutions' Commodity IT Hardware and Software (CITHS) framework in favour of the SPRINT ii agreement.
Given Oracle’s recent announcement that it would stop software development on Itanium, one environmental services company’s decision to move to x86 Linux is timely.
Analysts and hiring managers say manufacturing has an IT recruiting problem, but they find hope in playing up leading-edge factory automation and working closely with educators.
The recently ratified CMIS specification and other open content management standards can help preserve information for future generations, according to experts.
SearchOracle.com is on the scene at Collaborate '11 in Orlando with breaking news and advice from the largest annual Oracle applications conference.
Vendor mergers and acquisitions can wreak havoc on a VAR. Here are three ways to minimize risk.
Read about real-time business intelligence projects at several companies and find out how the technology is helping them and what kind of challenges they faced in deploying it.
i365 releases virtual edition of EVault for Microsoft DPM; Dynamic Solutions International and B&L Associates announce virtual tape offering; and other data backup news.
The truth is redundancy of data is absolutely a normal part of life.
Firefighting is the operative mode for many IT departments, short-term approaches lead to panic.
What's next in wireless technology trends? IMS Research analysts predict enterprise tablet adoption, as well as growth in Near Field Communication, Wi-Fi Direct and M2M communication for businesses.
Enterprise IT supplier Oracle has reported total revenue of $8.8bn for the third fiscal quarter, up 37% on the same period a year ago.
A number of TripAdvisor members may receive spam after hackers stole email details from the travel website.
Eastman Kodak says it could receive over $1bn in royalties if it wins a patent battle with Apple and Blackberry maker Research in Motion over camera technology used in their mobile devices.
Orange and T-Mobile's Everything Everywhere joint venture is outsourcing its IT to T-Systems in a seven-year deal said to be worth £700m, Computer Weekly has learned.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has posted a 33% increase in sales for its fiscal year 2011 compared to the previous year.
Computer Weekly is pleased to announce the launch of the CW500 Club online community
Softcat hires former Insight, Equanet man to run public sector Softcat has hired former Equanet and Insight public sector sales head Jamie Burke to lead its charge into the government space.
In his second Budget Report, the Chancellor of the Exchequer focused on business growth, and provided a package of incentives to entrepreneurs and businesses to help them to deliver that growth, writes Jeff Webber.
The channel has thrown its support behind the government's plans to address the IT skills gap following plans announced in the Budget to boost the technical knowledge of future generations.
Oracle boss Larry Ellison has talked up the strength of the software market as it unveiled its Q3 numbers which were bolstered by hikes in license sales and support deals.
Rutland, the UK's smallest county, is seeking a broadband network operator to supply its 15,000 premises with next generation broadband access
In spite of posting annual growth in sales and profits of 33% and 39% respectively, Research in Motion (RIM) has taken a pounding on the stock market after guiding low on the numbers for the coming period.
People are already queuing for the new iPad, due to launch at 5pm on Friday, but it is not only consumers who will be eager to get hold of new tablet devices.
Computer 2000 has challenged vendors to overcome lasting perceptions of the distributor as an IT supermarket when it comes to higher value technologies that require a specialist touch.
Android will take up 38% of the global smartphone market by 2016 as the industry doubles in size, according to an analyst report.
The Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit is expanding operations in anticipation of new funding over the next four years.
Ofcom's proposed auction of so-called 4G spectrum ignores crucial consumer interests in price, quality of service (QoS), timescale and coverage in favour of revenue...
Demand for IT staff has overtaken the number of job seekers, leading to fears that employers may struggle to fill IT job vacancies.
Police forces in England and Wales are having to switch IT procurement from the Buying Solutions' CITHS framework to the SPRINT ii agreement.
Cumbria County Council has issued a tender for two projects worth £121m over five years
Travel website TripAdvisor has warned some customers they might receive spam after email details were stolen by hackers from its site.
The prospect of component shortages caused by the Japanese quake and tsunami are becoming a reality in the UK channel, according to distributors.