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.
Product recalls can do serious damage to a manufacturer’s business. Traceability technology helps prevent them by tracking products throughout the supply chain.
Financial institutions need to get ready for the data management ramifications of the Dodd-Frank Act, according to experts.
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 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.
With SAP Sapphire Now just weeks away, attendees talk about what they want to get out of the annual event.
As big players like Iron Mountain change gears on cloud storage, users are turning to new tools and commodity cloud services.
Canonical released Natty Narwhal with features that could improve cloud functionality, Puppet Labs debuted its Faces API feature, and more Linux news.
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.
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.
Sony executives said an attack on its PlayStation Network systems, also exposed the data of 24.6 million users at its Online Entertainment division.
Gartner reports companies adopting social CRM and SaaS-based CRM, but they are doing so with some measure of caution.
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.
Acronis adds traditional backup features to its Backup & Recovery 11 image restore application, enhancing file backup and virtual machine protection.
A Massachusetts doctor has closed up shop over frustration with EHR use. A safety net of RECs, combined with training and simple technology, can help prevent cases like his.
Informatica Cloud Summer 2011 includes new features for organizations that want to tighten integration between SaaS and in-house applications.
In companies building a mobility strategy, the question has shifted from what's best for the business to how to do what's needed on the mobile devices employees are demanding.
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.
To avoid large-scale data breaches, organisations must re-evaluate security controls to reduce fraud and protect individuals' data
Sony has suspended another online service just two weeks after its PlayStation...
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.
Apple continued to gain market share after more than doubling global shipments of its iPhone in the first quarter of 2011.
Three men have been convicted in an East London court after stealing BT cable tagged with a new liquid marker from forensic technology outfit SmartWater.
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. As part of the restructure, EMEA managin
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. Research carried out by MicroScope last year indicated that green was rising on the list of c
Businesses should not be afraid to experiment with social media to reach out to their customers and partners, says analyst firm Ovum.
The growth in managed services has been gatering 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. There
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.
Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled software to split personal and corporate data on its BlackBerry devices.
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. A favoura
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is Interop 2011 so critical to your career? This Q&A with Dr. Jim Metzler explains how rapid technology change is creating new networking trends.
Client hypervisors from companies including Citrix, Virtual Computer and VMware help secure desktops, but each vendor has its own set of requirements and restrictions.
SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) 10, debuting at SAPPHIRE NOW 2011, offers a consolidated user experience and increased interoperability.
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.
If Cisco builds a data center container, will customers come?
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.
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.
The leader of 3M’s manufacturing enterprise data warehouse (EDW) project shows how to do a financial analysis of the supply chain management and manufacturing BI benefits.
Enterprise Vault 10 data archiving software supports social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; Symantec to offer EnterpriseVault.cloud service for email archiving.
Businesses must hold cloud providers to the same security standards they hold themselves to, Symantec executives said at the company’s annual Vision user conference.
HP's decision to sue Adrian Jones and the Google-CSC implementation fiasco in Los Angeles kept SearchITChannel.com readers clicking in April.
Iomega released its PX Series of desktop and rackmount SMB NAS devices with SSD support, swappable drives, trusted domains, and server virtualization platform certification.
IT officers at different federal agencies recommend giving "the nerds, the geeks, and the young people" a chance to pen test systems.
Decentralized and widespread enterprises are moving content management services to the cloud and reaping the benefits.
The updated iMac is up to 70% faster, using Intel quad-core processors and high-speed Thunderbolt technology, Apple claims.
Sony has hired a team of investigators after the personal information of over 100m Sony online gamers was compromised in hacker attacks on two online services.
Capita has installed an integrated IT system to support an NHS Trust's move from two to one hospital.
More than two-thirds of cyber criminal hacking attacks aimed at enterprises exploit insecure IT remote access, a report has revealed.
Businesses spent 3.1% more on IT services globally in 2010 than in 2009, signalling a recovery from the latest recession, according to Gartner.
Hospitality company Mitchells & Butlers is reviewing its suppliers and has chosen Fujitsu as a key technology vendor.
Cloud emailmanagement 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. Speaking to MicroScope, Nessa Lynchehaun, newly-appointed UK and Ireland channel director, said there would be some fine-tun
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.
Spending on IT services appears to be returning after a recessionary dip providing revenue for vendors and channel partners. SAP's recent results indicated that the demand for its services had risen significantly and figures from Gartner have padded out the picture showing other vendors are also be
Senior IT decision makers are failing to use social media tools to recruit IT staff, according to an IT recruitment firm.
Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is to merge its Technology Partner and Developer Network programmes into one combined programme. Dubbed the ShoreTel Innovation Network, the updated programme will "simplify participation for technology partners and developers to deliver integrated solutions to cus
Bull is set to work more closely with the channel after recruiting a former reseller veteran to overhaul its go-to-market strategy. The French vendor has recruited Andrew Carr, who had worked at Computerland before it was acquired by Capita Group, where he concentrated on managed services, to help
Business comms and networking provider Colt Group has bought a majority stake in low latency market data and trading infrastructure services outfit MarketPrizm. Colt, which has been aggressively targeting the financial sector, said the combination of its own strength in low latency networks and prox
The Gartner Business Intelligence Summit opened with a message to organizations: To reap the rewards of BI, you have to ensure that everyone is playing the same tune.
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, Juniper data center chief David Yen will explain the six elements of a real network fabric (and how some networking vendors offer imposters).
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.
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.
In this Q&A, Interop 2011 wireless and mobility track chair Craig Mathias offers perspective on large-scale wireless LAN deployments, the rise of tablets and gigabit WLAN.
Attendees may hear about a new HP Networking data center strategy at Interop Las Vegas 2011. Will new technology mean HP Networking's recent growth is sustainable?
Convincing business managers to share control of data is one of the biggest obstacles on the path to master data management success, according to IT pros at the Gartner MDM Summit.
The best data warehouses for manufacturers are built on a foundation of clear business goals.
Microsoft will revamp its Exploitability Index this month when it issues Patch Tuesday bulletins addressing flaws in Microsoft Windows and Office PowerPoint.
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.
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.
Deciding when and how to convert IPv4 to IPv6, service providers face numerous technical and business issues; find out what matters most in this Q&A.
Less than three years after purchasing Slicehost, Rackspace is shutting it down. Is this a microcosm of what could happen to your cloud service?
Guided by tools for data center efficiency, NASA transforms its IT infrastructure with a holistic view toward standardized offerings and automated self-service from the help desk.
A new report produced by noted security researcher Marc Maiffret outlines free steps companies can take to greatly reduce the attack surface.
Symantec CEO Enrique Salem discusses where hybrid cloud data backup, appliances and virtual environments fit in the future of backup and storage management.
While telemedicine technology quickly marches forward, telemedicine reimbursement lags behind. Leaders do see opportunities in ACOs, Beacon communities and EHR connectivity.
Contact center managers are shifting the discussion of new software away from the on-premises vs. on-demand debate and evaluating software based on traditional business concerns.
Oracle Business Intelligence 18.104.22.168 adds prebuilt integration with SAP Business Warehouse and Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, as well as support for the iPhone and iPad.
Brocade has developed a fabric-based ethernet network, designed to tackle the challenges of networking in a cloud computing environment.
Businesses still prefer to keep their finance and accounting operations in-house despite outsourced processes proving more efficient.
The worldwide enterprise software market grew 8.5% to $245b in 2010, signalling a recovery from the recession, says research firm Gartner.
Apple has pushed out a software update to fix a location-tracking bug on its iPhone and iPad devices.
Sony was using outdated software on its servers when its PlayStation and Online Entertainment networks were infiltrated by hackers in a data breach affecting over 100m users' personal data, a US House of Representatives hearing has been told.
The massive data breaches at Sony and the US organisers of the X-Factor reality television show, indicate cyber criminals may be changing tactics, says security firm SecureEnvoy.
The IT outsourcing industry in the UK is the largest contributor to the UK's £207bn outsourcing sector with £41.7bn in sales in 2009.
Amazon's recent outage has raised questions over the reliability of cloud services. If Amazon, with its global reach, cannot get IT right, how can CIOs expect other operators to cope? Jenny Williams investigates.
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. Aghili, who will take up the post in mid-M
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. The firm bought Big Blue partner Inca Software in March for £8.65m, with the intenti
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. Already there have
Cognizant is the final IT services firm in India's top five to reveal a return to stability in spending among global corporations.
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. Research from Equanet, which sells into the education market, discovered that o
Goal is to create standards that provide transparency into cloud infrastructures.
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.
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.
After a cyberattack put Sony's protection of personal information under a microscope, the company has announced increased security measures and enhanced customer data protection.
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.
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.
Companies need to push forward on CRM marketing initiatives and not wait for the ideal time to launch social CRM or marketing analytics programs.
WAN monitoring tools examine network flows or packets, but rarely both. Riverbed is integrating Wireshark into its Cascade appliance to provide end-to-end visibility.
Mergers and acquisitions have complicated Lloyds Banking Group's efforts to gain a single customer view through master data management.
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.
Sophos branches out into network security with its acquisition of Astaro, UTM vendor for the midmarket.
Gluster releases new version of its open source storage system for clouds; Infortrend adds unified storage systems; SSD startup Kaminario gets funding; and more data storage news.
Communications services provider 8x8 Inc. skipped over the big business intelligence vendors and decided to embrace the world of open source BI and data warehousing.
Central Plains Eye MDs needed high-availability systems. This SMB uses VM6 Software to turn its Dell PowerVault DAS and Hyper-V environment into a high-availability configuration.
Indian financial services company clears tier 3 data center design certification by the Uptime Institute; IDFC gears up for data center redesign.
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.
Indian banks face data security, privacy, and regulatory challenges, reveals DSCI-KPMG banking security survey; channel proliferation a challenge.
Sony has blamed forensic analysis for delays in notifying more than 100 million PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment service users that their personal data may have been stolen in hacker attacks.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says an audit finding insufficient national cybersecurity investigation skills does not reflect current expertise...
Most IT professionals are adventurous, impulsive and like to take risks, according to an exclusive poll of Computer Weekly readers.
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?
In a move that will provide further evidence of the consolidation between the networking and security world Sophos has acquired Astaro. UK based Sophos, best known for its anti-virus expertise, has snapped up privately held US outfit Astaro in an undisclosed deal to bolster its network security eff