TechTarget News - Week of May 01, 2011

Dell killing partners ... with kindness

To the surprise of many, Dell is emerging as a channel-friendlier vendor, thanks in no small part to its acquisitions of EqualLogic and Compellent.

PacketMotion claims alternative to virtual firewalls

PacketMotion's new virtual appliance can detect events and anomalies at the transaction level and stop rogue transactions as they happen, the vendor says.

Microsoft hopes storage spec gets a boost under SCVMM 2012

Microsoft believes its SMI-S specification can address the needs of Windows shops with multi-vendor storage needs, but it will need support from storage vendors to make it happen.

Iron Mountain exit hints at cloud storage shift

As big players like Iron Mountain change gears on cloud storage, users are turning to new tools and commodity cloud services.

Ubuntu 11.04 is here

Canonical released Natty Narwhal with features that could improve cloud functionality, Puppet Labs debuted its Faces API feature, and more Linux news.

Attackers set sights on Mac OS X with Apple malware toolkit

A security team at CSIS Security Group discovered a crimeware toolkit targeting Mac OS X being sold on the black market. Researchers are also noting an increase in fake antivirus.

Applying data analytics software to the hospital supply chain

Analytics software can be used for more than clinical data. Hospitals crunching supply chain numbers for order fulfillment timeliness and accuracy can see bottom line improvements.

Symantec improves virtual machine backup in Backup Exec 2010

At its Symantec Vision user conference, Symantec launches Backup Exec 2010 R3, including a new appliance and hosted cloud backup service, and emphasizes virtual machine backup.

Cloud computing: How to avoid a network bottleneck

Cloud computing can put a huge load on a business's network. Organisations need to ensure network access from the user's browser on the local area network (LAN), to a cloud-based datacentre across on the public internet are fit for purpose.

Security firms warn against Bin Laden-related malware

Security firms are warning e-mail users to be aware of malware campaigns by cyber criminals seeking to exploit interest in news about Osama Bin Laden's death.

Mitel promotes Bevington to new role, re-jigs R&D ops

Mitel CEO Rich McBee has set in motion a series of changes to the unified comms vendor's strategy, including a refocus of its R&D strategy on the mid-market, a realignment of its sales and channel model in the USA, and changes to its management structure.

SAP shows being green can save serious amounts of money

SAP has been in the vanguard of those talking of the importance of sustainability, even when the recession took green off the agenda, and has shown that saving the planet can save serious amounts of money.

Outsourcing market showing maturity

The growth in managed services has been gathering momentum over the last couple of years benefitting resellers as well as dedicated outsourcing players. Figures from a report commissioned by the Business Services Association indicate that outsourcing is now generating more than £200bn.

CIOs must start planning for HTML 5.0 now

The browser has become the single piece of software most widely deployed and used. Apple, Microsoft, Google and Firefox's Mozilla are in a race to develop more functional browsers. The core functionality of these browsers must be the same to comply with W3C standards, but they compete on the implementation, such as making use of hardware acceleration.

ScanSource sees slowdown in large deals

Networking and comms distributor ScanSource has noted a slowdown in large deals as quarterly revenues for the period ended 31 March came in slightly below expectations. "All of our geographies experienced stronger demand compared to last year, although we closed fewer large deals.

REVEALED: HP's 5th generation EVA arrays

HP will soon launch two new additions to its EVA range. The new range is dubbed the P6000 and HP will offer two models, the P6300 and P6500. The company has also lashed rivals EMC and NetApp, saying its new products are simpler and more reliable.

Building the business case for an information governance process

It isn’t always easy to sell corporate executives on an information governance program. Read about strategies for demonstrating the business value of information governance.

STAREAST: Seven ways to beat top software testing challenges and problems

Software testers face different testing challenges based on their specific contexts and experiences. At the STAREAST conference, Lloyd Roden of Grove Consultants described seven software testing challenges and tips on how to overcome them.

Oracle licensing for vSphere 4.1 irks VMware pros

Once again, Oracle’s licensing for VMware virtual environments has irked users. This time the roadblock concerns VMware’s latest features, DRS Host Affinity and CPU pinning.

Avaya data center fabric supports collaborative apps

The Avaya data center strategy aims to support collaboration and UC in the campus and branch networks—or at least that's what execs will try to prove at Interop Las Vegas 2011.

SAP BOBJ EPM 10 introduces new UI, data handling

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 10, debuting at SAPPHIRE NOW 2011, offers a consolidated user experience and increased interoperability.

AWS adds Identity Management

Amazon Web Services has added a new feature to the existing AWS Control Panel, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Almost 9 months in development but offered for no extra cost, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) lets you manage users, groups of users, and access permissions for AWS services and resources.

Symantec improves virtual machine backup in Backup Exec 2010

Headlines: At its Symantec Vision user conference, Symantec launches Backup Exec 2010 R3, including a new appliance and hosted cloud backup service, and emphasizes virtual machine backup.

Phone call scammers on the rise- software to blame?

SCAMwatch, an Australian federal government funded initiative to provide information about how to avoid scams to consumers and small business, has reported phone call scams continue to plague Australians.

IT services sector bounced back in 2010

Businesses spent 3.1% more on IT services globally in 2010 than in 2009, signalling a recovery from the latest recession, according to Gartner.

Mimecast to push VARs towards Office 365 opportunity

Cloud email management firm Mimecast is looking to its partner channel to exploit the imminent release of Microsoft's new Office 365 suite, which is expected later in the year.

Leaked government documents suggest shared services are the future

Leaked documents have cast doubt on the government's enthusiasm towards wholesale outsourcing to help it cut public sector costs and suggest that joint ventures would be a more palatable remedy to excessive government costs.

ShoreTel merges tech partner, developer programmes

Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is to merge its Technology Partner and Developer Network programmes into one combined programme.

Colt buys into financial services sector

Business comms and networking provider Colt Group has bought a majority stake in low latency market data and trading infrastructure services outfit MarketPrizm.

InteropNet blends cutting-edge technologies with network needs

In order to meet the needs of the Interop Las Vegas 2011 attendees, speakers and vendors, InteropNet must balance between practicality and the year's cutting-edge technologies.

InteropNet addresses unique challenges with cloud and new DNS

To address the unique challenges and demands of running the Interop network, InteropNet's lead engineer embraces a new DNS and remote cloud environment for Internet connectivity.

Forrester: SAP service provider market changing fast

A demand for new pricing models and rapid consolidation has brought big changes to the SAP service providers market, according to a new Forrester Research report.

Soft PBX adds flexibility to VoIP business continuity strategy

Legacy TDM voice was often too expensive to build into a business continuity strategy. VoIP changed that, and some UC managers find more flexibility in soft PBX platforms.

What happens if your cloud goes away?

Less than three years after purchasing Slicehost, Rackspace is shutting it down. Is this a microcosm of what could happen to your cloud service?

At ATA show, telemedicine reimbursement takes center stage

While telemedicine technology quickly marches forward, telemedicine reimbursement lags behind. Leaders do see opportunities in ACOs, Beacon communities and EHR connectivity.

Oracle BI update adds support for Microsoft, SAP, iPad

Oracle Business Intelligence adds prebuilt integration with SAP Business Warehouse and Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, as well as support for the iPhone and iPad.

Siemens Enterprise to ramp up indirect UC business

Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC) has pledged to focus more attention on unified comms dealers with the appointment of former HP distribution bigwig Marc Aghili as its new vice president of indirect channel sales and business development for EMEA.

Logicalis turns to Inca for IBM cloud services

Logicalis is to switch on a new IBM Cognos business analytics cloud platform and has also announced the launch of its first IBM Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering through recently-acquired Inca Software.

Enterprise software market continues to recover

The arrows in the software market continue to point upwards with growth returning to most areas of the market. Over the past month there have been various indications that the software market, particularly at the high-end, is recovering following a couple of recession hit years.

Budget cuts starting to hit schools IT purchasing plans

Investment by schools in IT was one of the main features of the last few years but there appears to have been a stall in innovation with the technology children are using to learn from being well past its sell by date.

Red Hat gives Windows the boot with RHEV 3.0

Red Hat will shift its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management server from Windows to Java and Linux. Attendees at the Red Hat Summit say the change can’t come fast enough.

Michael J. Sydor discusses application performance management implementation -- Part 3

Application performance management (APM), an important part of ALM, must continue past development into production. In part three of this three-part series, Michael J. Sydor, author of APM best practices: Realizing Application Performance Management, wraps up by answering questions on APM implementation, skills and organizational structure.

APM staffing issues: A conversation with author Michael J Sydor -- Part 2

How does an organization staff best for application performance management (APM)? In part two of this three-part series, Michael J. Sydor, author of APM best practices: Realizing Application Performance Management, tells us why staffing has the second greatest potential for failure in APM initiatives. He addresses questions about TaaS (Testing-as-a-Service) models for APM and answers question about tooling.

APM best practices: A conversation with author Michael J. Sydor -- Part 1

Application performance management (APM) is a critical part of application lifecycle management ALM). In part one of this three-part series, Michael J. Sydor, author of APM best practices: Realizing Application Performance Management, describes the scope of APM initiatives and determining ROI for such initiatives.

Red Hat bolsters RHEL support with portal, automated data collection

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 includes a customer portal and an automated bug report and tracking (ABRT) tool, squelching some past complaints about Red Hat support. Red Hat collects data about problems that occur in real-time, and soon customers will automatically receive fixes.

IDFC wins tier 3 data center design certification

Indian financial services company clears tier 3 data center design certification by the Uptime Institute; IDFC gears up for data center redesign.

Nominate for DSCI Excellence Awards 2011

DSCI Excellence Awards 2011 for security and privacy have been announced. Nominate yourself/ your organization for DSCI awards that honor excellence in the Indian industry.

Hackers plan third attack on Sony

Hackers are planning a third attack on Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment services data breaches, according to US reports.

VNS gives a view on virtualisation

Scott Allen, vice president of marketing at Visual Network Systems, gives some tips on cloud virtualisation. Can you outline the main management and optimisation issues that currently face companies using cloud services and virtualisation?