TechTarget News - Week of Mar 27, 2011

Legal Aid NSW picks EMC CDP for SAN, DR upgrade

A data migration project has helped Legal Aid NSW to improve its disaster recovery plan, after it chose to upgrade its existing EMC CLARiiON fleet to newer models from the same range and add continuous data protection software.

HDS, NetApp and EMC all agree on big data

HDS, EMC and NetApp have all picked up on the same ‘Big Data” theme in recent blogs, but is NetApp struggling to ship enough FAS 3200 units to meet demand?

OSGi updates Java bundling spec as Jigsaw hovers on horizon

Modular OSGi is seen as more for systems programmers than mainstream developers. New resolver hook updates can be complex, and may be difficult for mainstream developers.

Storage is key to getting the most from virtualisation

A Forrester survey shows that the benefits of server virtualisation aren’t fully realised unless the proper storage technology is in place; plus more news in brief.

Virtualization market eyes Microsoft SCVMM 2012 beta

Microsoft says it will offer virtualization users a more application-oriented cloud portal than VMware’s vCloud Director; experts say VMware has ‘home-court advantage’ but should watch its back.

European Commission clears Atos bid for Siemens IT

The European Commission has cleared the proposed €850m acquisition of Siemens' IT Solutions and Service (SIS) by French IT service provider Atos Origin.

ITC agrees to review patent ruling against Eastman Kodak

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has announced that it will review an earlier ruling in a patent dispute between Kodak Eastman and mobile handset makers Apple and Research in Motion (RIM).

Public network could cut 6.4% government IT costs, says Cisco survey

Government IT figures believe the government could cut 6.4% of its £16.5bn annual spending on information and communications technology (ICT) without affecting front-line services, says network equipment maker Cisco.

MoJ signs £22m shared services deal with Accenture

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has signed a £22m contract with Accenture to implement shared services across its human resources, payroll, finance and procurement operations for the next five years.

Spotify hit by malicious ads

Spotify, the popular streaming music service, has been displaying malicious advertisements to users of its Free version.

CentraStage plans international expansion after funding

Cloud-based remote monitoring specialist CentraStage, which targets resellers with managed services tools, has completed a round of funding that will be used to extend its services as well as bolstering its management team. The vendor is launching an online component store to encourage developers t

UK firms pay £2m to cover costs of unlicensed software

The cost for UK businesses hoping they could cut corners by dodging the license fees for their software ran into millions last year as many were caught, often with the help of whistleblowers, and forced to cough up. Figures from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) show that the cost of using unlic

NetScout buys BT spin-off Psytechnics

Voice and video service management outfit andBT spin-off Psytechnics has been bought by network management vendor NetScout Systems for an undisclosed sum as it ramps up its focus on the unified communications sector. Ipswich-based Psytechnics specialises in software for enterprises and service provi

EastWest Institute pioneers internal trust in cyberspace

Rules for war and conduct in the air, at sea, and in space are well established, but there are no equivalents in cyberspace, says John Mroz, president and chief executive of the EastWest Institute (EWI).

K3 continues buy and build strategy in ERP mid-market

AIM-listed K3 Business Technology Group continues its roll up of mid-market ERP and CRM resellers with the acquisition of Clarita Solutions from FD Systems for £1.1m. This is the second time that Manchester-based K3 has raided FD's business portfolio, taking over its Sage 200 business unit fo

Network procurement shake-up could shield front-line from cuts

Research commissioned on behalf of Cisco has revealed that a clear majority of public sector ICT budget holders reckon that changing network procurement practice could save up to 6.4% of the government's annual £16.5bn annual ICT spend, without affecting front-line services. In its Public Sect

Steljes fires and hires to reflect shifting market dynamics

Steljes has put 19 staff at risk of redundancy from its education division to reflect sweeping changes in the market being forced through bythe government. But at the same time, the Bagshot-based specialist AVdistributor is creating 16 roles in the commercial team as it tries to build out its prese

Is IBM next on Oracle's hit list?

With HP Integrity systems out of the way, Oracle has set the stage for discontinuing development on additional platforms.

Open Group launches guide to boost ISO 27005 efforts

A new guide from the Open Group is designed to help organisations meet ISO 27005 standards, but some risk management professionals feel it may not be so effective.

UK cyber security: Government fights full force

The British government says UK cyber crime is as severe as terrorism and will spend billions on a UK cyber security mission that includes education and intelligence gathering.

Factors to consider when deciding to move off SAP BEx

There are factors to consider other than the end of support when deciding whether to move off SAP BEx. David Fox, principal BI architect for Claricent, Inc., shares advice.

Vendors keen to embrace Direct Project standards

Vendors and service providers call the Direct Project's health information exchange standards simple and straightforward. This simplicity has let many pilot projects get started.

Pin+ offers matrix encryption

Security firm PinPlus has developed a one-time password system with 2.1 billion combinations.

Marks & Spencer extends Cognizant outsourcing deal

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has expanded its outsourcing relationship with offshore IT service provider Cognizant, which extends a deal signed in 2009.

Marketing gets social as users look for interaction

Consumer facing resellers will need to supplement traditional mass marketing campaigns with social media if they are to attract user spending. According to Gartner over the next four years social and mobile marketing will influence at least 80% of discretionary spending. The traditional marketing

Comstor dips toe in refurbished waters

Cisco distie Comstor has launched a new programme designed to grab a chunk of the risky, yet potentially lucrative, market for remanufactured or refurbished network infrastructure kit. Acknowledging that often, the used equipment offered in the marketis not used at all, but counterfeit or stolen pro

IP theft and blackmail the motivation for cyber criminals

Money might still motivate cyber criminals but the way they are getting it increasingly involves blackmail and theft of intellectual property. The changing behavior of those attacking firms was highlighted yesterday in a McAfee report and has been backed up with further anecdotal evidence of those

EC clears Siemens IT Solutions acquisition

The European Commission has cleared the proposed €850m acquisition of Siemens' IT Solutions and Service (SIS) by French IT service provider Atos Origin, first announced in December, writes Ian Grant. The commission found that the two companies, with combined sales of around €8.7bn and 78,500 employe

Samsung snuggles up to partners for B2B growth push

Samsung has created a major accounts team in a bid to cosy up to larger resellers amid grand plans to become the UK's third largest B2B vendor in 2011. The South Korean giant, which recently re-jigged some positions internally, has merged its IT businesses - mobile PCs, printers, and displays - to

Obey Microsoft licensing rules and run IE6 on Windows 7

It's still illegal to use application virtualization to run Internet Explorer 6 apps on Windows 7. But new software skirts Microsoft's rules and runs IE6 apps in IE8 browsers.

Two-factor authentication alternatives

Worried by the breach at RSA? Here are some two-factor authentication alternatives to consider.

SAS and Teradata establish customer council

Users of SAS and Teradata are being encouraged to join a Product Advisory Council that aims to provide customer input and validation to joint SAS and Teradata in-database products.

CA latest to offer RSA trade-in after hack

In the wake of this month's embarrassing security breach at RSA, CA Technologies has become the latest rival to launch a trade-in scheme, offering RSA SecurID token customers a one-for-one swap with its own CA ArcotID software package. CA is offering a three-year enterprise license for its software

All for one fibre, one fibre for all, says ECTA

Countries should separate the provision of new fibre networks from their operation, executives from telcos struggling to enter new national markets told the European Commission and major banks on Tuesday.

Warburton leaves TCA for fresh challenge

Keith Warburton has decided to leave the TCA, the trade association he founded 18 years ago, after completing the transition to CompTIA. The TCA was merged into CompTIA last October uniting the trade body with the technology industry association to create a single channel entity that provided infor

Government IT strategy 'lacks local council focus’

Jos Creese, president of Socitm, has welcomed the government's new IT strategy, but says it lacks details on the involvement of local government.

Vaizey wins cautious praise on net neutrality

The government won cautious praise for its approach to net neutrality, otherwise known as the open internet, at a public all-party parliamentary committee debate on Tuesday.

NetSuite launches 100% margin cloud programme in UK

In an effort to get its channel to move quickly towards the cloud NetSuite has confirmed that its 100% margin SP100 programme is being launched in the UK. The scheme was kicked off in the US a year ago and has now arrived on these shores to help get dealers to move away from a reliance on tradition

Accumuli acquires security specialist Boxing Orange

AIM-listed buy and build strategist Accumuli has forked out £5.48m for IT security firm Boxing Orange Ltd and its subsidiary Webscreen. The ultimate aim for management is to roll up a managed security services specialist and Boxing Orange represents its third acquisition to date, after taking

Dixons pins profit shortfall on weak consumer demand

Dixons is initiating a four point turnaround plan after warning that profits will be at the lower end of analyst expectations as consumer spending remains flaky. In a trading update, the retailer said profit before tax for the year ended April will be £85m, compared to forecasts of £85m

ScanSource to carry Motorola wireless gear

ScanSource has expanded its decade-long relationship with Motorola with the addition of Motorola Solutions wireless networking kit to its UK line card, which it says will broaden its unified communications offering. The distributor, which works with several other networking vendors including Avaya a

Kaspersky UK boss leaves in restructure

Kaspersky Lab has confirmed its UK managing director Malcolm Tuck is leaving the business following a restructure at the antivirus specialist. The change in the management structure has been made by the firm to secure future growth and comes just a couple of weeks before the founder Eugene Kaspersk

Former Mitel director appointed as Brocade UK boss

Brocade has finally filled the gap at the top of its UK management structure with Mitel's former enterprise sales director Marcus Jewell. The UK country manager role was left vacant from October when Paul Phillips exited the data centre networking firm after eight years at the helm. Hejoinedtroubled

Oil company uses WAN optimisation technology to control network traffic

Independent oil and gas exploration and production company Tullow Oil has implemented WAN management technology. Tullow’s CIO, Andrew Marks explains issues his company faced, and how WAN management technology was the answer.

Cloud services beg for nimbler management

As IT shops feel an increasing need to rid themselves of daily systems management, the hunger for cloud services that handle automation and scheduling continues to grow.

Troops in danger as outdated systems at the MoD reach meltdown

Outdated IT systems at the The Ministry of Defence (MoD) are reaching meltdown, with the risk of seriously affecting troops' ability to carry out operations, a National Audit Office report has found.

SMB IT spending seeing significant growth

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are increasing IT budgets and recruiting more IT skills

Government determined to embrace smaller IT suppliers

Smaller channel suppliers should have a chance to get a greater slice of government IT orders as the coalition reveals it is determined to open up the supplier process. The Cabinet Office has published a strategy document that outlines the approach the government is going to take over IT admitting

Daisy raids Outsourcery for mobile services unit

Daisy Group has acquired the Vodafone mobile services unit of managed comms and cloud services provider Outsourcery for£12m, after acquiring 100% of the shares inits holding company Hamsard 3155 Ltd, and spinning out the remainingparts of the businessto a new company called Outsourcery Hosting

CIO interview: Trevor Didcock, CIO, Easyjet

The chief information officer at Easyjet tells Computer Weekly about the IT agenda at the low-cost carrier, in an exclusive interview.

Acer CEO Lanci quits after boardroom bust up

Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has fallen on his sword, officially after a boardroom disagreement over future direction, although the recent string of disappointing results in the PC market cannot have helped. He joined Acer as the managing director for Italy in 1995 after leaving Texas In

KCOM debt reduction on track

Commsprovider KCOM has revealed a strong performance in the 12 months to the end of March means it had brought its group net debt down below £85m, significantly better than previous expectations. In a trading statement put out this morning, KCOM said that business was proceeding in line with e

Etailer group warns EU against changing returns policies

Etailers could gace a hike in the cost of returns thanks to EU legislation with little choice but to pass costs onto users. That warning has been sounded by e-retail trade body IMRG, which has reacted with dismay to the passage of proposed legal changes to the Consumer Rights Directive. Under the

RM cuts cost base to mirror leaner IT education landscape

RM has taken further action to slash its cost base to reflect "subdued" demand in the education sector as the government continues to tighten its belt. The specialist has already taken the knife to its workforce following the collapse of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme

Integralis moves back into the black

Integralis has moved back into the black helped by a strong performance from the UK market as it starts to put the annus horribilus of fiscal 2009 well behind it. In its numbers for fiscal 2010 the security specialist turned a post-tax loss of 6.4m Euros to a profit of 1.4m Euros as revenues increa

Cisco UCS moves away from virtualization roots

The latest Cisco UCS server focuses on high-end enterprise workloads such as online transaction processing instead of cloud and virtualization.

Cloud computing brokers are doomed, Savvis exec says

The chief at cloud hoster Savvis says cloud computing marketplaces won't fly in big IT shops. Not everyone, however, agrees; the answer is naturally more nuanced.

VIPRE maker sorry for false Samsung spyware alerts

The maker of an anti-malware scanning software that led a security professional to report that Samsung was shipping new computers with spyware, has apologised.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 April 2011

Disties report first signs of UK shortages 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

Church rewarded with Integralis board promotion

The UK boss of Integralis has been rewarded for contributing heavily to helping the security specialist move back into the black with a promotion to the board. Yearly results released yesterday showed that the UK had been the best performing territory for Integralis as it managed to turn a post-tax

Computacenter pays £500k for minority stake in ICS Solutions

Computacenter (CC) has coughed up £500,000 to acquire a minority stake in Microsoft SharePoint configuration services provider ICS Solutions. The Basingstoke-based Microsoft Gold Partner sells a mixture of on-premise and software-as-a-service including the Windows Azure Platform, Lync Online,

CSC to acquire troubled NHS supplier iSoft

IT services giant CSC has agreed to acquire troubled healthcare software firm iSoft after the latter suspended shares and put itself up for sale last week.

Ofcom budget cuts reduce costs to stakeholders

Communications regulator Ofcom is to slash 170 jobs as it seeks to cut its budget from almost £150m to £116m for 2011/12.

Android to dominate fast growing smartphone space, says IDC

Worldwide smartphone sales are forecast to jump by 50% this year as consumers and businesses trade in their feature phones, according to IDC. The market watcher estimates 450 million units will be shipped in 2011 - growth will be four times faster than the overall mobile phone sector - and this wil

Etailers managing so far to dodge the impact of the VAT rise

The VAT rise in January appears to have left etailers largely unscathed with the majority reporting sales have remained as expected through the first quarter. The hike to 20% in VAT earlier this year was seen by some as having dire consequences for a retail sector already hit by recession and a dip

NS Optimum buys PARS out of administration

The trade and assets of defunct system builder PARS Technology, which fell into administration in February, have been bought from administrators Rendle & Co by fellow education specialist NS Optimum for an undisclosed sum. Milton Keynes-based PARS went under after hitting financial difficult