TechTarget News - Week of Apr 24, 2011

How Google runs its storage and more from the storage blogs

Google has posted a paper that outlines its storage architecture, and that’s the choicest morsel in a month when the usual blogosphere protagonists have gone easy on each other.

Gartner: Business intelligence software market continues to grow

BI software revenue grew by 13.4% in 2010, hitting the $10.5 billion mark, according to Gartner, which said SAP continued to lead Oracle, SAS, IBM and Microsoft in market share.

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Building an Agile test practice: Q&A with advocates for quality

What does it take to add a test practice on top of a high-functioning Agile team? The task at Menlo Innovations was to incorporate QA into their practices. How did they do it? Matt Heusser interviews two quality advocates from Menlo Innovations to find out.

Paradise deploys Actifio virtualized management product

This week’s disaster recovery news in brief: Paradise deploys Actifio virtualized management product; NextEx HyperIP improves DR for Decision Lens; and more.

Common traps in Oracle licensing audits

Oracle license audits are a great opportunity for a company like Oracle to charge you more money. But knowing exactly what happens during an Oracle license audit can help in avoiding those extra fines.

Adobe patches critical vulnerabilities in Reader and Acrobat

Adobe has released special out-of-cycle security updates to patch critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.2) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Mac.

Half a billion people set to use mobile ticketing by 2015

The deployment of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will lead to half a billion people worldwide using their mobile devices as travel tickets by 2015, according to research from Juniper Research.

Can Oracle kill off Itanium?

At the end of March, Oracle announced it would no longer be developing its software for the Intel Itanium chip.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 April 2011

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.

How to sell audio-visual (and more importantly, why)

Audio-visual (AV) solutions may seem like "foreign territory," traditionally handled by specialised integrators, but that's rapidly changing in the world of IT departments and IP communications, writes Graeme Harrison, VP international at Biamp Systems.

Cloud spend set for explosive growth

The global cloud market is set for explosive growth over the rest of the decade as it more than quadruples current revenues. According to research from Forrester the cloud market will hit $241bn by 2020 up from its current projected level by the end of this year of $40.7bn.

Bradford in top 100 fast internet cities

The city of Bradford has made it into Akamai's top 100 list of fast internet cities, coming in at 99th.

Polycom exploits video demand to deliver Q1 earnings spike

Unified comms vendor Poly com has again capitalised on demand for video and tele presence solutions after posting record sales and profits for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011.

Technology boosts savings at WHSmith

Retailer WHSmith says it has delivered savings thanks to IT improvements and tight cost management.

Global cloud market to reach $240bn by 2020

The global cloud market is set to explode in the next 10 years, growing from $40.7bn in 2011 to more than $241bn in 2020, according to Forrester Research.

Entanet savages Digital Economy review verdict

Comms wholesaler Entanet has laid into last week's dismissal of a Judicial Review into the legality of the controversial Digital Economy Act.

Removable disk appealing to SMBs, but with caveats

Headlines: A new generation of removable storage media is making inroads in the SMB space—as well as the enterprise space—as an alternative to tape backup.

Agile testing success with Janet Gregory

How has Agile testing changed over the past 10 years and what are the most important skills for an Agile tester? These are two of the questions that are explored in this interview between Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, co-authors of, "Agile Testing -- A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams."

STAREAST: An interview about Test Centers of Excellence with Tom Delmonte

What exactly is a Test Center of Excellence (TCoE) and how do quality organizations go about putting one together? In this interview with STAREAST presenter and quality advocate Tom Delmonte, we find out more about TCoEs and how they can be effective in improving the test efforts of your organization.

Why should you deploy an IPv6 internal network now?

Oracle's senior network engineer encourages businesses to deploy an IPv6 internal network in tandem with an external one to save companies headaches and extra costs.

McAfee wants you to Like them, provides anti-virus

Originally kicked off in January 2010 McAfee has extended the AntiVirus Plus Software offer for Facebook users who ‘Like’ McAfee.

Sony PlayStation network down, hacked

The PlayStation Network (PSN) remains down after hackers broke into the network stealing user data from up to 77 million accounts.

CIO interview: BAA chief information officer Philip Langsdale

The chief information officer at the airport operator talks exclusively with Computer Weekly about making the move to an outsourcing provider, handling disruptions and keeping IT running smoothly.

Amazon profit down despite increased revenues

Amazon has reported that its quarterly profit slipped despite revenue climbing 38% compared with the same period a year ago to $9.86bn (£5.99bn), beating...

MoD spends £6.6m on mobile phones

The Ministry of Defence spent £6.6m on mobile phones and contract charges for ministers, members of the armed forces and civil servants last year.

Zeus Trojan adds investment fraud to its arsenal

A new variation of the Zeus Trojan is targeting victims through credible looking adverts on major websites that offer high rates of return on investments.

Mystery suitor eyes up Micro Focus

Embattled software firm Micro Focus, which earlier this month bid farewell to CEO Nigel Clifford, has revealed it has received a preliminary approach from a mystery bidder.

Nokia cans 4,000 jobs, dumps Symbian on Accenture

Troubled mobility vendor Nokia is to cut 4,000 workers, mostly in Denmark, Finland and the UK, and will transfer its Symbian software activities - including 3,000 employees - to outsourcing hotshot Accenture.

Linux and Mac sales drive operating system market growth

Decent growth in sales of Linux and Mac operating systems helped the global OS market grow to $30.4bn last year. The 7.8% year-on-year increase was a result of strong demand across all platforms with Microsoft holding its majority share of the market thanks to Windows 7.

Union slams 700 UK job losses at Nokia

The Unite union has slammed plans by Nokia to slash 700 jobs in the UK as part of a 7,000 worldwide job shedding exercise...

Two years of growth in IT jobs

There has been seven consecutive quarters of growth in the UK IT jobs market with contract IT positions available increasing fastest.

ShoreTel moves to plug supply chain gap

Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is moving to plug an emerging gap in the supply chain relating to its IP phone equipment as a result of the Japanese earthquake.

HP trade-in scheme to exploit Cisco refresh cycle

HP Networking has announced an EMEA trade-in programme on end-of-life Cisco Catalyst and Nexus switching gear, WLAN controllers and routers.

MicroScope ACEs postponed

The MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence (ACEs) have been postponed and will no longer take place on 16 June. The decision to postpone the awards comes in the wake of a change of ownership to MicroScope after Reed Business Information sold the title to TechTarget.

Users cite problems with Dell Boomi SaaS integration suite

Dell this week released an update to its newly acquired Boomi SaaS integration suite, but at least two companies say you won't catch them using the product anymore.

HP seeks enterprise software cred

Data center pros like what they see of HP software, but weak marketing and sales efforts hurt the brand.

TwinStrata expands cloud storage gateway hardware, software

TwinStrata expands its hybrid cloud storage gateways with a solid state drive (SSD) performance model and high availability model, and upgrades software with data volume expansion.

VMware users hope PXE Manager isn't just a fling

Users say large environments could benefit from a centralized means of updating ESXi hosts, but there are some network security concerns with the PXE Manager fling.

HP shops explore Oracle exit strategies

Businesses running Oracle databases and apps atop HP-Itanium servers are plotting exit strategies.

PayPal drives strong first quarter for EBay

EBay has reported first quarter revenue of $2.5bn (£1.49), up 16% compared with the same period a year ago. Net income was $475.9m, or $0.36 per diluted...

Apple blames bug for tracking users' location

Apple has blamed a bug for surreptitiously tracking iPhone and iPad users' locations and has promised to release free software to remedy the problem in the...

Fortinet acquires VoIP vendor TalkSwitch

UTM and network security vendor Fortinet has acquired VoIP PBX specialist TalkSwitch to expand its reach into the multi-service business gateway market through the addition of IP telephony devices to its portfolio.

Ingram bulks up RIM lines with UC kit

Ingram Micro has added the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS) UC suite to its RIM line-card The distributor added RIM's mobility lines to its portfolio back in December as part of a push to beef up its comms distribution nous.

Services demand benefits SAP

The subscription revenues might have remained flat but strong demand for services are feeding through to SAP and its channel partners.

Green resellers sought by European cloud group

Resellers with sustainable credentials and data centre expertise are being targeted to add some muscle to the Green Unbreakable Cloud Initiative (GUCI).

CompTIA study reveals shift in cloud channel partner role

A recent CompTIA study shows potential shifts in the cloud channel partner role. Analysts and channel partners weigh in on the research findings and future predictions.

Programs appear to aid Office 365 migrations

Software companies have prepared products to help shift enterprises to Office 365. But can they also ease the pains associated with the transition?

SAP’s McDermott: In-memory technology ‘limitless’

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott talks about the Amazon service outage, the future of in-memory technology, and why he thinks SAP is always a target of acquisition rumors.

Rackspace’s cloud storage outage

Rackspace has experienced a disruption to one of its cloud storage products.