TechTarget News - Week of Apr 10, 2011

Adobe warns of Flash Player zero-day exploit via Word document

Cybercriminals are actively targeting a Flash zero-day vulnerability that could cause a crash and enable an attacker to gain complete control of an affected system.

DLP opportunities seen in compliance push

VARs: There's money to be made in preaching DLP best practices as well as product sales.

Infosecurity Europe 2011 preview: APT, mobile security at fore

From mobile security to advanced persistent threats and infosec budgets, keynotes at this year's Infosecurity Europe conference will address some of the most pressing issues in IT security.

Microsoft and Dell team up on virtualization management

Virtualization news in brief: Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc. announce three-year partnership; Axxana backs up Vblock; and AFGE picks TwinStrata for virtual backup

SearchStorage ANZ wins journalism prize

It’s rude to boast, but SearchStorage ANZ Editor Simon Sharwood has won a journalism prize for articles on this very website!

VMware vSphere 5 storage management features pique interest

Expected advances to Storage DRS and policy-driven storage delivery in VMware vSphere 5 have turned heads among virtualization pros. But the devil’s in the details.

Big data boosts Teradata growth

New customers in new markets, growing data volumes at existing customers, and a growing appreciation of how business analytics can hone a company's competitive edge should help data warehousing specialist Teradata meet its ambitious growth targets.

BA deploys Informatica to tackle data integration

British Airways is to standardise on the Informatica data integration platform to deliver timely, trusted and relevant data across the organisation.

Twenty eight years of channel history - a farewell to MicroScope

Sadly, the print edition of MicroScopewill be closing at the end of the month after 28 years and six months, when we will become a purely digital and online magazine. MicroScope was launched in September 1982 in recognition of the emerging number of distributors and resellers selling microcomputers.

Flexibility, not cost savings, drives cloud adoption

Despite the cash-strapped business environment, flexibility rather than cost savings is the main reason for organisations adopting the cloud, according to research.

BSA drains £19K from plumbing company

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is continuing its campaign against software piracy after settling with Leicestershire-based plumbing and glazing firm Norman & Underwood Ltd for alleged use of unlicensed software.

Computacenter buys into German Apple channel

Computacenter (CC) has made its second acquisition in as many weeks, snapping up German Apple integrator HSD Consult for €4.9m (£4.3m).

Cisco formally launches new architecture specialisations

Following on from announcements made at its recent Partner Summit, Cisco today formally launched new specialisations around network-based architectures and architecture-based training intended to help partners evolve their business models.

BitDefender signs up with EntaTech

The UK arm of internet security vendor BitDefender has signed a distribution agreement with EntaTech with the emphasis on reaching local independent system builders, resellers and network integrators usually overlooked by larger security firms.

The Wendy's-Arby's merger and Oracle E-Business Suite

When Arby's merged with Wendy's, the two realized it would take longer to merge their application infrastructures than to flip a burger or put Horsey Sauce on your roast beef.

Testing firm finds network firewall failures, vulnerabilities

NSS Labs Inc., an independent testing firm, has found that some firewalls are failing stability tests and contain a flaw that enables attackers to easily bypass them.

Laptop data backup gets attention from i365, CommVault

The laptop data backup market heats up: Seagate’s i365 addresses cloud-based backup for laptops while CommVault adds endpoint backup features to its Simpana backup software.

Mozilla Firefox 5 set for release in June

Mozilla will release the fifth version of its Firefox browser by 21st June 2011, according to a developer roadmap.

ICO slams Cabinet Office and MoD for slow FOI responses

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has criticised the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence for failing to reduce the time they take to respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

Axed police agency to earn £5m from data sharing application

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has agreed a deal for an information sharing application it developed to be licensed to other organisations, potentially earning the police service £5m.

Management issues create virtualisation stall

Despite the improvements specialised virtualised management tools would make to run an infrastructure there is resistance from users to adopting them. The results of those decisions, according to research from Veeam, is that the wider roll-out of virtualisation is being stalled.

Tesco uses customer data to stride ahead of competition

Fresh insights from customer data allowed Tesco to meet consumers' needs faster and more accurately, growing Tesco's market capitalisation 10-fold in eight years while its chief competitors' market value fell, the retailer's former CEO Sir Terry Leahy said on Tuesday.

Acceptable in the Eighties

As we prepare to bid farewell to the print edition of MicroScope after 28 years, we're taking a trip down memory lane to bring you some of the highlights, scandals and snippets that have made the UK channel the place it is today.

Where are they now? The 80s in photos

As our exploration of the MicroScope archive continues, we present a few fresh-faced youths, some of whom are making waves in the IT industry to this day. Here, in an incredibly rare photo opp from 1983, we see the godfather of modern distribution, Northamber's David Phillips.

HP unveils cloud application migration services

HP has unveiled a suite of services that aim to rationalise applications in businesses. Its Application Transformation portfolio includes services for application modernisation, Windows 7 migration and hybrid cloud deployments. These include private clouds for Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

PC inventory builds in UK channel as Q1 sales collapse

The UK PC supply chain is at risk of being "choked", according to market watcher Context, with weak first quarter sales compounding an inventory glut that emerged over the Christmas period.

Banks' IT departments on red alert

A government-commissioned report which has recommended that major banks should separate their retail operations from higher-risk activities will result in banks having to rethink IT strategies.

Cisco cans 550 workers in massive consumer overhaul

Troubled networking kingpin Cisco has announced a radical overhaul of its struggling consumer business, which will see it cut about 550 jobs and bin its Flip video camera lines.

Mobile WAN optimization allows AutoCAD users to work from home

An interior design firm deployed mobile WAN optimization to ensure its power users don't saturate VPN tunnels and make the WAN unusable for everyone who wasn't using AutoCAD.

Free Web conferencing can save big -- but at what cost?

Sometimes the best things in life are free -- but is that really the case when it comes to free Web conferencing? We investigate the true cost of free Web tools.

We'll be everything to every cloud, says IBM

As a cautious tolerance for cloud computing spreads among IT shops, IBM's validation and new suite of services may drive cloud into the enterprise.

CIO brings innovation to business process outsourcing

As part of's CIO Innovator Profile series, Maximus Canada CIO Joel Levinson discusses innovation and business process outsourcing.

Retailer Asos sizes up Microsoft Azure to put APIs in the cloud

Online fashion retailer, Asos, is assessing how Microsoft's Azure cloud service could be used to expose mobile data application programming interfaces, which would enable it to extend its reach through mash-ups.

TalkTalk executes Executel buy

TalkTalk has splashed out on the acquisition of Tyneside-based Brocade, HP and Microsoft Gold reseller Executel.

Government shakes up major supplier procurement

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has outlined plans to change the way government deals with its major suppliers.

Building an Olympics network

Preparation is clearly the key to Olympic success, as players on 27 July 2012 will see years of finely honed practice condensed into one gruelling fortnight

Comstor SecureLogix deal to address voice security market

Comstor, the Cisco-specialist arm of network and security distie Westcon, has added voice and unified communications security vendor SecureLogix to its global line card in a bid to establish a presence in the growing voice security market.

Blue Coat sales boss to shake-up marketing strategy

Incoming Blue Coat EMEA sales vice president Marc Andrews has pledged to unleash a shake-up on the vendor's regional go-to-market strategy, saying there were some areas where the company had spread itself "too thinly".

Epson starts High Court case to protect brand and channel

Epson has kicked off High Court proceedings in a move to defend its printer ink cartridge patents. The court action against Dynamic Cassette International Limited relates to its own-brand cartridges that are sold in the UK under the Jet Tec brand.

HP BladeSystem improves with Egenera deal

With Egenera PAN Manager software, HP shops can automatically re-provision blades upon hardware failure, but the Virtual Connect prerequisite is a sticking point.

Is the economic rebound leading to SAP spending?

After spending as little as possible during the recent economic recession, some companies are looking to start spending on technology again, according to experts.

US authorities seize control of Coreflood botnet

US authorities have taken down a major botnet used by cyber criminals to steal user credentials to commit millions of dollars worth of fraud.

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 'Mango'

Microsoft has unveiled its latest Windows 7 phone operating system, code-named Mango, which will include augmented reality and multitasking features.

Royal College moves to virtualised back-up

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has signed a deal with Plan B DR, to provide a virtualisation-based IT disaster recovery service for £20,000 a year.

Forrester Research: Marketing is an IT spending blackhole

Analyst Forrester Research is holding a roundtable meeting to bring together chief marketing officers and chief information officers, in a bid to bridge the divide between IT and marketing departments.

Cloud and consumerisation to dominate security discussions

Cloud and securing the consumerisation of IT are the trends likely to dominate next week's InfoSec event in London. As more vendors reveal their plans for the event it is becoming clear that those two topics are the ones that will be discussed over the three day show in Earl's Court.

Dixons bids adios to struggling Spanish business

Dixons Retail is to quit its Spanish operations after deciding to cut its losses and run. The High Street giant revealed in a trading update last month that it was reviewing PC City Spain as part of four pronged turnaround plan to counter slowing consumer demand.

HP users: Put Oracle on Itanium or else...

Connect, an HP user community with 50,000 members, has called on Oracle to reconsider its decision to abandon support for the Intel Itanium 64-bit platform.

Huawei to double UK headcount by 2014

Chinese communications firm Huawei is to hire up to 500 staff in the UK over the next three years, effectively doubling its current headcount.

Daisy Wholesale puts lid on acquisitions

Its parent Daisy Group may still have the bit between its teeth, but the firm's channel-facing comms solutions arm, Daisy Wholesale, says it is not planning any further buys as it concentrates on the integration of recent acquisition O-bit Telecom.

VMware launches PaaS offering Cloud Foundry: News in brief

McAfee taps Reflex for virtual security; NTT America builds vCloud; BlueCat IPAM supports Hyper-V; Decision Lens deploys NetEx virtual appliance and other news in brief.

KVM reignites Type 1 vs. Type 2 hypervisor debate

An IBM distinguished engineer says there are major misconceptions about whether KVM is a Type 1 or Type 2 hypervisor. IT pros, meanwhile, worry about support and compatibility.

UK IT growth is slowing, says World Economic Forum

The UK is lagging behind in adoption of information communications and technology (ICT) to support economic growth, according to research by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

New European standards for online behavioural advertising

The European Advertising Standards Alliance has published a new code of conduct to help the industry cope with new European regulations around adverts based on tracking browsing habits.

Why storage administrators have become bandwidth day traders

Virtualisation has “removed the natural constraints for server deployment” and the result is fierce competition for storage area networks’ resources and a new role for storage administrators.

Computer Weekly marks the end of an era as a new one begins

The first issue of Computer Weekly magazine in 1966 marked the start of an era in the UK IT industry - the first ever weekly technology publication. This is the story of how it all began.

Goonhilly to support front-line research

Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) has signed an agreement for a consortium of Universities to work with GES to use the large telescopes for radio astronomy purposes.

Online retail soars by 18%

While high street sales lagged in the first three months of this year, online retail continued to soar, with its strongest growth in three years.

Infosys results reflect stabilising economy

The IT services market is levelling off after a strong recovery and Infosys' financial results for its latest quarter show continued high growth compared to the...

Micro Focus CEO walks after a year in the job

Nigel Clifford, CEO at UK software player Micro Focus, has been given the heave-ho after just 12 months in the hot seat.

UK enforces EU opt-in cookie law

From 25 May organisations running websites will need the user's permission before a cookie can be used, which will align UK law with EU regulations covering electronic communications.