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.
Although organizations often have trouble seeing the benefit of implementing Solution Manager, they can find value from it if they take the right approach.
VARs: There's money to be made in preaching DLP best practices as well as product sales.
With the next major release of each of its ERP products, Microsoft will offer a cloud-based option, the company announced today.
Analytics technology buyers often focus on their in-house data and tools, but that’s really not where companies should begin, according to Gartner.
In this Q&A, independent analyst Lyndsay Wise sheds light on how businesses can successfully implement business intelligence projects.
Cisco partners have received a deadline to gain new Cisco architecture specializations focusing on collaboration, data center and Borderless Networks.
EMC Isilon upgrades its performance and capacity NAS platforms and operating system, while DataDirect Networks jumps into the enterprise NAS market with NAS Scaler.
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.
Virtualization news in brief: Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc. announce three-year partnership; Axxana backs up Vblock; and AFGE picks TwinStrata for virtual backup
It’s rude to boast, but SearchStorage ANZ Editor Simon Sharwood has won a journalism prize for articles on this very website!
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.
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.
Copyright holders are urging UK internet service providers to block illegal file-sharing sites.
Google has been given the green light to acquire travel technology firm ITA Software after reaching an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has chosen Capgemini for application development and maintenance for the next four years.
Heavy data users will pay a huge price for putting all their data into main memory, a business analytics expert said at the weekend.
Virtual infrastructure management challenges are hindering the adoption of virtualisation within businesses, according to research.
Google will stop taking photography in Germany for Google Street View despite a court ruling declaring the service legal.
British Airways is to standardise on the Informatica data integration platform to deliver timely, trusted and relevant data across the organisation.
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.
Denbighshire County Council has saved the cost of three full-time members of staff by implementing a budgeting and forecasting system.
Despite the cash-strapped business environment, flexibility rather than cost savings is the main reason for organisations adopting the cloud, according to research.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is continuing its campaign against softwarepiracyafter settling with Leicestershire-based plumbing and glazing firm Norman & Underwood Ltd for alleged use of unlicensed software. The BSA said it was tipped off anonymously and followed up with a formal softwar
Research in Motion's (RIM) QNX operating system (OS) will struggle to compete with Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS in the tablet market, according to a research firm.
Intel is introducing a next generation Atom processors, previously codenamed "Oak Trail", aimed at the tablet market.
Security is widely cited as the single biggest reason for not embracing cloud computing, but security is really made up of several aspects says Quocirca.
Hornbill Service Management is harnessing Twitter to discover, communicate and resolve IT service delivery problems.
Computacenter (CC) has made its second acquisition in as many weeks, snapping up German Apple integrator HSD Consult for €4.9m (£4.3m). The London-based reseller hinted at the start of 2011 that it would highly acquisitive this year and to date has bought Top Info in France and taken a minorit
This afternoon, some choice titbits from MicroScope's archive as we move into 1983. Check out this classified advert from early in the year. Computacenter (note the typo in the ad)was on the hunt for a new sales executive, based in the West End of London and with a car thrown in, a boon in those pre
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. Three new specialisations, AdvancedBorderless Network Archit
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. EntaTech will distribute BitDefender's OEM, retail and
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.
Microsoft’s 17 bulletins repair a record 64 vulnerabilities, including four Internet Explorer flaws and several Server Message Block errors.
At Teradata Universe in Barcelona, the company announced the Active EDW 6680, a data warehouse system that mixes SSD technology, hard disks and storage virtualization software.
Quantum is following Spectra Logic’s lead by adding data verification for data stored on tape for long-term archiving.
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.
Oracle has announced a MySQL 5.6 development release and continues to proclaim its dedication to the open source database platform, despite ongoing skepticism.
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.
This week’s backup and recovery news in brief: Quest Software introduces Backup Reporter for Oracle, Nirvanix Cloud Storage Network now integrated with DIVASolutions; and more.
IT executives create a culture of innovation by focusing on information before technology, and fostering line-of-business and IT teamwork.
Opswat has revised its certification program for security vendors to prove their applications’ interoperability with popular network management products.
Mozilla will release the fifth version of its Firefox browser by 21st June 2011, according to a developer roadmap.
A US appeals court has ruled that twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss will have to be satisfied with the settlement they reached with Mark Zuckerberg in 2008.
The government's technical security advisor CESG has approved the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution from Research In Motion for protecting material classified up to and including "restricted".
The medical history of 31 children and their mothers was lost by NHS Liverpool Community Health during a premises move in October last year.
The biggest security compliance juggernaut for businesses is concentrating on achieving compliance rather than changing they way they work, says Des Ward, president of the Cloud Security Alliance UK and Ireland chapter.
The potential sale of Myspace by owner News Corporation could result in further staff redundancies at the social network.
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.
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.
Despite the improvements specialised virtualised management tools would make to running 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. The Veeam surv
Demand from business buyers is supporting the UK PC industry after a significant slump in consumer sales, according to research.
The head of a charity responsible for sending PCs into the third world has called on the EU to get tougher with manufacturers over reuse and recycling policy. David Barker, CEO of Computer Aid International, speaking at a parliamentary event around sustainability organised by Comtek, said that legi
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.
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.
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. Phillips set up Northa
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.
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. Shipments through distribution fell 7.7% in the period, dramatically weaker than the 2.9% average p
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.
Troubled networking kingpin Cisco has announced a radical overhaul of its struggling consumer business, which will seeit cut about 550 jobs and bin its Flip video camera lines. The move forms part of a strategy shake-up alluded to at the start of the month by CEO John Chambers who, in a candid memo
The data governance best practices panel at Enterprise Data World 2011 offered some helpful tips on how to quantify the value of data governance programs.
CenturyLink tells SearchTelecom.com how the completion of the CenturyLink-Qwest merger has made the combined company more competitive in selling IT services.
Supply chain analytics and BI could soon transform planning and execution, thanks to cloud-based mobile analytics and real-time data, experts say.
Selecting the right approach and handling change management are two of the five important topics when installing Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA), according to one BI consultant.
A Texas-based primary care medical practice uses Cognos BI software to crack down on unnecessary hospital readmissions.
To ensure a seamless customer experience, it’s important to ensure agents are properly trained across channels. Consistency in policies and staff training is vital.
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.
Storage administrators see cloud storage as a useful tool for certain types of data; look to figure out whether private, public or hybrid cloud is their best option
Headlines: EMC Isilon upgrades its performance and capacity NAS platforms and operating system, while DataDirect Networks jumps into the enterprise NAS market with NAS Scaler.
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.
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.
Growing implementation of server virtualization in India boosts demand for data center networking products in 2011-‘12, as per SearchDataCenter.in survey.
As part of SearchCIO.com's CIO Innovator Profile series, Maximus Canada CIO Joel Levinson discusses innovation and business process outsourcing.
Cisco Systems has announced that it is to close down its Flip video camera business, confirming that its consumer division is a top target in the planned...
Adobe has announced a critical vulnerability in Flash Player, just four weeks after Adobe warned of a previous Flash vulnerability.
Businesses will be able to tailor their IT security investments more closely to their business priorities, following the creation of an industry-backed information management security standard
Microsoft has released 17 security bulletins fixing a total of 64 vulnerabilities in its monthly security update for April.
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.
A New York developer has renewed his court battle in claiming at least a 50% share of Facebook almost a year after his first attempt stalled.
A court date has been set for the UK's largest ever investigation into the illegal exportation of e-waste.
Starting in London, Microsoft has begun taking photographs of the UK for its street-level mapping service, Streetside.
The NHS chief information officer has defended the troubled £12bn National Programme for IT as her office prepares a strategy to succeed it.
Tackling security project by project is an effective way of securing data on a limited budget, says Matt Holland, head of information security at children's charity NSPCC.
TalkTalk has splashed out on the acquisition ofTyneside-basedBrocade, HP and Microsoft Goldreseller Executel. Executel, which supplies phone systems, data solutions and unified comms to public and private sector organisations, will be folded into TalkTalk's b2b unit, TalkTalk Business, which rebrand
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has outlined plans to change the way government deals with its major suppliers.
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
As part of an acquisition by Domino Sugar, Tate & Lyle has migrated to a multi-tenanted private enterprise cloud using Virtustream.
Comstor, the Cisco-specialist arm of network and security distie Westcon, has added voice and unified communications security vendor SecureLogix to itsglobal line card in a bid to establish a presence in the growing voice security market. SecureLogix is a part of Cisco's Industry Solution Partner Ne
Some caution has been sounded by those selling into vertical markets around the current advice being sounded by analyst firms for users to start rolling out tablets. Gartner announced earlier this month that it advised CIOs to start experimenting now with iPads and the like to ensure they were ahea
Incoming Blue Coat EMEA sales vice president Marc Andrews has pledged to unleash ashake-up on the vendor's regional go-to-market strategy, saying there were some areas where the company had spread itself "too thinly". Andrews, formerly of Micro Focus, joined network security specialistBlue
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. The cartridges are sold on the high-street in the
The security software vendor will use the portal to offer sales support to its U.S. and international resellers.
There are many potential business drivers for information governance – and no lack of challenges to take into account when considering an information governance program.
Forrester Research Inc. analyst Rob Karel explains the need for greater alignment between business process management and data management efforts.
Two big-name senators have proposed online privacy legislation called the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights. Some IT organizations fear it will hurt business if enacted.
With Egenera PAN Manager software, HP shops can automatically re-provision blades upon hardware failure, but the Virtual Connect prerequisite is a sticking point.
The Blackpool Council has implemented an indoor and outdoor wireless LAN with a security strategy that enables secure VPN access for employees and guest access for tourists.
After six years in development, Oracle Fusion Applications is actually running live in customers’ production environments. But is it ready for prime time?
Despite the hype around mobile UC, most UC managers say mobile users need just basic unified messaging services on their smartphones, according to a recent survey.
Worries over Oracle, Apple patent participation in the Novell sale to Attachmate and CPTN Holdings have SUSE Linux shops and open source advocates spooked.
Some say new protections in the SecurID manufacturing and shipping processes may be an effort to mitigate the loss of secret keys used to generate one-time passwords.
Athena PathFinder's network path analysis capabilities can show how firewall, router and switch configurations affect packet flow through a network.
Dell begins integration of its Exanet clustered NAS technology with its PowerVault SMB product—but does the NAS-iSCSI offering qualify as unified storage?
After spending as little as possible during the recent economic recession, some companies are looking to start spending on technology again, according to experts.
Companies looking for lightweight, low-overhead project management software are turning their attention skyward, to the cloud.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has welcomed a UK broadband initiative involving Fujitsu, Virgin Media, Cisco and TalkTalk.
Fujitsu has announced plans to build a high-speed broadband network to reach five million homes in rural parts of the UK that will rival download speeds provided by BT.
Qatar University has signed a deal with Mahindra Satyam, formerly Satyam Computer Services, for a large Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) contract.
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 has unveiled its latest Windows 7 phone operating system, code-named Mango, which will include augmented reality and multitasking features.
Adobe has updated its advisory about the latest critical vulnerability in Flash Player with expected dates for patch releases.
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.
Blaby District Council in Leicester has signed a shared services agreement with Steria for £1.3m over five years.
British Gas has introduced an information systems apprenticeship scheme aimed at school leavers with limited IT experience.
Organisations typically rely on technology to ensure data protection and regard employees as a potential threat, but a growing number of information security teams are looking for ways to make users their biggest allies.
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 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. Along with th
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. In a brief statement to the City tod
The PC market has continued to decline after delays in refresh cycles and increased purchases of tablet devices, according to research.
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.
New EU proposals could cripple smaller online retailers, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) claims.
The trade union representing 40,000 workers at Lloyds Banking Group has launched breach-of-contract claims against the bank for 16,500 of them including...
Technology Services Group (TSG) has acquired small Loughborough-based specialist CRM and ERP reseller Concentrix. The deal with the Microsoft Gold and Sage Accredited Business Partner represents the twenty fourth acquisition by Newcastle-based TSG since its inception in 2003. "[The deal] incre
Chinese communications firm Huawei is to hire up to 500 staff in the UK over the next three years, effectively doubling its current headcount. Basingstoke-based Huawei said it also hopes to create up to 1,500 further sub-contractor roles during the period, and is also planning to set up a graduate r
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. Speaking to MicroScope today, managing director
Damage to brand reputation is probably the most common threat to organisations from disgruntled employees, says Andrew Kellett, senior research analyst at...
Effective business intelligence systems need a steady diet of clean, up-to-date, and reliable information.
At the Teradata Universe conference in Spain, a Teradata executive said the company will keep Aster Data’s analytical database and its upgrade plans as is "for the time being."
IBM Power servers and blades benefitted from new Power7 processors, and other data center news.
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.
SAP’s strategy of offering customers an end-to-end sales order management system gets high marks, according to analysts.
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.
NetApp will sell StorNext for video and rich media archiving; American Megatrends adds iSCSI SAN appliance; Intel and Micron develop multi-level cell (MLC) solid-state drives.
Announces bug-fixes for vulnerabilities across its product range; includes PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Sun lineup.
The Virtual Computing Environment Company introduces streamlined deal-registration and purchase-order systems to boost Vblock sales in the channel.
Australian tiering vendor Moonwalk has had a big win with Dell.
Google has reported a sharp rise in first-quarter earnings with co-founder Larry Page back as chief executive, but investors were unimpressed
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).
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.
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.
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.
Apple has released its latest 4.3.2 update for mobile operating system, iOS.
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.
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.
Cyber criminals know the value of data better than the organisations they are targeting, according to a security strategist who studies hacker behaviour....
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 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...
Nigel Clifford, CEO at UK software player Micro Focus, has been given theheave-ho after just 12 months in the hotseat. Non-executive chairman Kevin Loosemore will take over the running of the companyin a new role asexecutive chairman, while non-executive director David Maloney has beennamed deputy c
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.