TechTarget News - Week of Mar 20, 2011

Isilon strengthens EMC’s hand vs. NetApp: Gartner

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.

London Olympic Games to create 5,000 new IT jobs

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

Website aims to improve IT projects in New Zealand

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.

Winner of Computer Weekly Step-Up scholarship announced

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).

Data retention useless for tackling crime, says German pressure group

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 defers IOS patch until September

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 to launch LAR deal registration later this year

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. According to channel insiders, 75% of the sales rebates will be dished out to the LA

BAA signs £100m outsourcing deal with Capgemini

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...

Lessons from the library: Behind the UK's web archive

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.

Cisco delays March security patch after Japan disaster

Following the 11 March earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan, Cisco has taken the step of abandoning scheduledplans to publish its IOS Security Advisories, scheduled for 23 March. The vendor normally discloses security vulnerabilities within itsrouter and switching software on t

Nation state attacks now firmly on security agenda

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. With the RSA attack last week highlighting the extent to which some of the largest corporates are now in the firing line the security

Demand for IT staff in media sector grows 25%

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 move to plug gap left by RSA uncertainty

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. With criminals hacking into RSA's SecurID servers, which store details used as part

Polycom adds new UK sales VP

Unified comms and video specialist Polycom has appointed former NCR managing director Elton Birden as area sales vice president for the UK and Ireland. He willreport to Polycom's EMEA president Gary Riderand has beentasked with developing and executing the vendor's UK sales strategy through a high-t

Dimension Data UK boss van Horssen to step down

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. During his 12 years at the integrator, van Horssen headed up services across Europe, was managing d

Microsoft sweetens MDOP deal and releases Intune

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.

Microsoft System Center opens Windows to the cloud

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.

What is OpenID? How to use OpenID SSO in your organisation

An OpenID SSO system allows organisations to simplify website user authentication management. But is OpenID security an issue? Expert Michael Cobb explains.

Terremark on cloud computing risks, legal subpoenas

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.

PCI DSS compliant cloud providers: No PCI panacea

Organizations shouldn’t expect a PCI-validated cloud provider to relieve them of their PCI obligations, security experts say.

High performance networking: How NYSE Euronext trimmed latency

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.

Trends in ALM: Requirements management tools

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.

PCI DSS offers call center PCI compliance tips

The payment card industry compliance standards body has released a new document to help contact centers protect sensitive customer data.

UK PCI compliance slow, but card fraud trends downward

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.

Ofcom proposes cap to amount of spectrum for 4G licensees

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.

Ofcom sets 4G auction date for 2012

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. Ofcom said that making additional spectrum available was essential to meet the UK's rapid increase i

Online retailer Play.com hit by security breach

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. Just days after the RSA server breach data security is again in the spotlight with Play.com having to admit that a

Digital Economy Act review starts tomorrow

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.

Public losing faith in government's ability to secure data

The prospect that government cuts could undermine the security of confidential data is a rising fear among members of the public not convinved that their records can be kept safe as cutbacks are rolled out across the public sector. The concerns have been revealed in a YouGov survey carried out for

Governments need new policies to cope with

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).

Cisco, Netgear top wireless networking table

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. In a quarter that saw shipments up 8.1% sequentially and 10% year-on-year, Cisco made sales of $362m (&p

Memory production hit as wafer manufacturing slows

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 hires former Insight and 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. 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. Prior to that he held senior

Budget 2011: Computer Weekly reports live

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.

Avaya Aura architecture, SIP trunking help healthcare system scale UC

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.

Traditional mainframe, meet the x86 'software mainframe'

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.

Gartner Magic Quadrant ranks data warehouse appliance vendors

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 for the data warehouse environment

Capacity planning is essential for all data warehouse environments. Data warehouses grow at high rates and must be managed to keep budgets under control.

Oracle drops Itanium development

Joining the crowd, Oracle says it will stop software development for flagging Itanium chip.

IOM report to influence future of EHR safety

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.

Survey says cloud DR is viable, but security concerns linger

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.

Windows shops wake up to cloud realities and challenges

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.

Judge rejects Google’s revised plan to put books online

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.

Budget business concessions unlikely to benefit IT

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.

SAP combines GRC and BI in new platform

SAP has launched a new governance, risk and compliance platform that combines and integrates existing GRC and business intelligence technologies.

Firefox 4 now available to download

Mozilla has made Firefox 4 available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Mozilla released...

CIOs must cash in on supplier innovation

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.

Firms failing to exploit IP revenues

IT firms are not exploiting their intellectual property enough missing out on potential revenue and the chance to forge business relationships overseas. According to a study of the IP market from patent attorney Gill Jennings & Every (GJE) LLP and Codexx high-tech firms don't value IP as highly

Research: SME demand drives distributor revenue growth

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. Driving this growth was sales to small and mediu

Budget 2011: HMRC might combine NI and income tax systems

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.

Budget 2011: Weak Q4 and price rises hit growth forecasts

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. Hetold the H

Budget 2011: Corporation tax cut by 2% from next month

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. Corporation tax, which was due to be cut by 1% from next month is now goin

EU leads calls for cloud standardisation

The European Union has called for an open and standardised approach to cloud computing techology at the opening of a new Microsoft cloud centre in Brussels. Speaking at yesterday's event, Neelie Kroes, EU commissioner with responsibility for the Digital Agenda, hailed the dawn of a "computing e

Budget 2011: IP to get greater protection

The government plans to increase the protection of intellectual property in order to bolster the digital and creative sector. As part of the Budget, chancellor George Osborne listed the creative and digital industry as one of those, along with life sciences, that it planned to protect in order to en

Digital Economy Act provisions to go ahead, says DCMS

Anti-piracy provisions in the controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA), currently under judicial review, have not been postponed, government sources say.

Bytes Software Services results flattered by NHS true-ups

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 Surrey-based reseller bolstered the top line by 13.7% to £149m and grew the bo

Budget 2011: Skills gap seen as threat to future growth

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. In the Budget he said that the UK was lagging behind other developed countries in terms of having a skilled and flexible workforce and that situat

Meru Networks joins Azlan team

The enterprise and networking division of C2000, Azlan, hasadded WLAN vendor Meru Networks to its line-up to address the growing demand for virtualised WLAN infrastructure fuelled by the explosion in mobile devices. Azlan said it would focus on Meru's high-performance AP33 and entry-level AP1000i ac

40% of SMEs to buy cloud services

Almost four in 10 small and medium businesses expect to be buying cloud-based IT and network services, according to research by Microsoft.

Red Hat makes $773m on open source

Red Hat has increased subscriptions of its open source software by 24% to $209m for the fourth quarter 2010.

Aruba's unified network architecture addresses consumerization of IT

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.

Programmable networks the goal as industry giants hook up

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

US-Cert warns of SQL holes in Scada control systems

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.

Interview: Mark Dixon, CTO, Standard Life

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..

Nominet faces criminal liability over websites

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.

Polycom buys video management firm Accordent

Video communications vendor Polycom has forked out $50m in cash to buy California-headquarteredvideo content management and delivery specialist Accordent. Accordent's video capture software will be folded into Polycom's UC Intelligent Core and UC endpoints, with salesreported as part of Polycom's ne

Japanese quake sparks hard drive warning

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. Earlier this week the reduction in capacity by 50% of the main wafer plants was seen as having a major impact on

Doing something funny in the cloud

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.

Budget 2011: Red-tape cutting and skills support welcomed

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. With most of the media focus falling on the moves made by the Chancellor George Osborne to reduce fuel costs it was the details on technical colleges and

Red Nose Day IT peaked at 214 donations per second

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...

Cloud shift helps Red Hat near $1bn revenue mark

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. The open source champion was able to deliver increased revenues, subscriptions and gross profit for the year

Police order to buy through Sprint ii provokes channel confusion

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. CITHS came into effect in March 2010 with 20 suppliers passing the intensive, though flawed,

One shop describes its move off Oracle on Itanium

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.

Will the CMIS specification help prevent a digital dark age?

The recently ratified CMIS specification and other open content management standards can help preserve information for future generations, according to experts.

What is data redundancy?

The truth is redundancy of data is absolutely a normal part of life.

UK wireless technology trends: Enterprise tablets take hold

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.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 March 2011

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.

Budget in-depth: Government looks to entrepreneurs for growth

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. More help for businesses We were expecting the main rate of corporation tax to be

Channel backing government moves to tackle skills gap

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. In the Budget earlier this week the Chancellor George Osborne said that a skills gap would have serious reper

Oracle posts solid Q3 as software spending picks up

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. The vendor has moved well beyond its software roots but the signs that its traditional market is picking up helped send shares

RIM guides low on tablet R&D spend, quake impact

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. RIM said that sales for the first quarter of its fiscal 2012 would be flat and EPS down substa

iPad 2: can it be the CIO's friend?

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.

C2000 keen to "kill" off broadline tag

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. The distributor today told attendees at its annual Vendor Summit that specialist business units accounted for 10% o

CMA slams Ofcom's 4G auction process; Ofcom responds

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...

Police switch to Sprint ii for IT procurement

Police forces in England and Wales are having to switch IT procurement from the Buying Solutions' CITHS framework to the SPRINT ii agreement.

TripAdvisor hack attack joins growing list of breaches

Travel website TripAdvisor has warned some customers they might receive spam after email details were stolen by hackers from its site. It has been a hectic seven days on the security front with RSA's servers being breached, Play.com having to admit customer records had been hacked and now the TripA

Disties report first signs of shortages in UK weeks after quake

The prospect of component shortages caused by the Japanese quake and tsunami are becoming a reality in the UK channel, according to distributors. With Japan accounting for up to a quarter of global production of both integrated circuitry and raw wafers, many fabs still remain closed or severely dam