Dell's new Premier partner designation targets top tier, certification-heavy VARs with enterprise technology savvy.
The ramifications of Microsoft-hosted ERP and Dell vStart topped the list of SearchITChannel.com's April news stories.
Avnet affiliated resellers can now sell RSA security products. This bid could boost Vblock sales, but channel conflict issues linger.
Consulting firm Deloitte has bought Oco, a vendor of Software as a Service BI tools, in a deal that one analyst said points to the fact that BI “is not just about plug-and-play.”
New capabilities in social media integration, rich multimedia content, analytics and support for mobile devices are helping to reshape the role of an enterprise Web content management system.
At Interop 2011, HP will push new campus core switches and an architecture that takes the enterprise LAN flat, but it will not announce a data center network fabric.
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will bypass subjects like switching and routing, instead talking private cloud and delivering measurable services.
Software debt can be a big problem, but is the cost of addressing it worth the expense and effort? In the second part of this two-part interview, Chris Sterling, author of "Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change," gives helpful advice on convincing Product Owners of the merits of addressing software debt and answers questions about return on investment.
Software debt refers to those software development tasks we put off that put our project at risk. By not addressing software debt, we slow down software delivery. In part one of this two-part interview, SSQ site editor Yvette Francino talks to Chris Sterling, author of "Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change." Sterling describes the types of software debt and provides advice on how it can be effectively handled.
Dell PowerEdge M915 builds on Opteron 6100 chips; Stratus updates HA software.
A growing number of companies are using SAP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to manage the flow of changes coming through their SAP landscape, according to one expert.
Large-scale Agile development is of growing interest across different enterprises. SSQ Site Editor Yvette Francino spoke with Agile and quality guru Bob Galen recently on the best approaches to implementing large-scale Agile in the "real world."
Although the number of vendors continues to dwindle, a new Forrester report finds more ERP options, spurred in large part by the increasing popularity of cloud computing.
McAfee’s security software changes bridge its Web, mobile and email security with Intel’s cloud access control products.
IBM becomes the first vendor to add Linear Tape File System (LTFS) support for tape libraries, and expands its TS3550 library to 2.7 exabytes of compressed data capacity.
For telemedicine to compete with traditional in-person health care modalities, physicians must prove its value. Two studies presented at ATA 2011 attempted that. Results varied.
A year after Red Hat declared sole allegiance to KVM, many shops still face logistical hurdles to putting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor into production.
Acronis latest upgrade is winning friends where storage administrators fear to tread, often in places where the resources industry likes to operate.
Zero-day vulnerability affects Skype for Mac 5.x users; Skype to push related update this week.
Juniper's QFabric data center network fabric is a Best of Interop finalist for 2011 for its simplistic approach to creating flatter networks and improving overall cloud networking.
Dedupe software's affordability has given users of deduplication appliances a viable alternative. What's the best choice for your company: hardware or software?
Businesses are increasingly looking to application services providers to help cut costs and boost productivity, but selecting the right partners is essential...
Security administrators will have a light Patch Tuesday this month, with Microsoft due to release just two...
The Information Commissioner's Office has published advice on how UK businesses and organisations can comply with a new EU law on the use of "cookies" to track website visitors.
MicroScope has started life in Marble Arch this morning in the offices of its new owners TechTarget. The website and the digital magazine will still be the places to visit and read your essential channel news. The updated editorial details are as follows: Simon Quicke, Editor email@example.com
The healthcare records of UK offenders are now available electronically, following the completion of an electronic healthcare records system across 136 prisons.
Charles Dunstone, the man who started Carphone Warehouse, was named as the UK's first digital billionaire by the 2011 Sunday Times rich list.
Despite posting losses of £200m in its latest results, travel operator Thomas Cook said that IT-enabled improvements have helped the firm reduce costs
There are few things in life that remain certain but the ability of Sir Peter Rigby to top the wealth charts in the channel has been a constant over the last few years. The founder of Specialist Computer Holdings appears regularly in the Sunday Times Rich list and cropped up again in the latest edi
Network and storage vendor Brocade has signed an agreement to provide advice, installation and 24/7 support services to ISP, hosting and ecommerce businesses through networking support specialist NetSumo. Under the terms of the deal NetSumo's NOC team will provide on-premise Brocade solutions to UK
Verizon moved to increase its visibility to enterprises as a managed mobility cloud provider by enhancing its mobile applications cloud platform and a partnership with SAP.
New owner of SUSE Linux and NetWare pledges continuity, support but layoffs spark uncertainty.
Vendors announced plans this week at Interop 2011 to beef up their cloud WAN optimization products, including a partnership between Riverbed and Akamai to tackle SaaS performance.
The Information Commissioner's Office has released practical guidance for companies to comply with the new EU cookie law.
The software giant patched three vulnerabilities and revised its Exploitability Index for prioritizing patch deployments.
Verizon moved to increase its visibility to enterprises as a cloud provider by announcing a mobile enterprise applications platform and partnership with SAP at Interop 2011.
By applying workflow tools and analytics and making warranty management a priority, manufacturers could save millions, but few even have the metrics to gauge performance, says IDC.
The move to Rimini Street means lower SAP software support costs for companies that don't see the value in upgrading to ECC 6.0.
Juniper QFabric architect David Yen jumped ship to head up Cisco's data center business, including UCS and Nexus lines. It's a sign the Cisco reorganization is well under way.
Get ready for simplified Cisco branch networks. At Interop 2011, Cisco announced a cloud-based WLAN controller that manages APs across hundreds of branch networks.
Large IT vendors have shown up at Interop to discuss "the cloud," but IT administrators are over that debate and looking for real products and services to suit their cloud needs.
The opening day of EMC World Las Vegas 2011 featured a surprising launch of flash solid state on a PCIe card for servers from the world’s largest storage vendor.
Service-oriented architectures can help enterprises modernize their legacy applications. Here are some ways to make them work.
Was CCAvenue.com hacked? The company has denied any breach, and a closer look at the facts puts a question mark on the hacking claim's veracity.
Most IT outsourcing contracts turn out more expensive for businesses than were initially anticipated.
TalkTalk claims to be the first major UK internet service provider to allow broadband customers to block malicious or offensive material at server level.
Dell is to add a new tier to its PartnerDirect programme to support its aim of becoming an end-to-end ICT solution player. As previously revealed by MicroScope, Dell has been mulling the addition of a top tier to its programme for some time. The firmcurrently plans to buy eight to 10 companies a yea
Microsoft is in talks to acquire internet telephony services company Skype, and a deal of between $7bn and $8bn could be announced today, according to US reports.
Most security professionals believe employees play an important role in IT security, yet 64% of UK workers are given no IT security training in the workplace.
The opportunity for security resellers to educate users around the risks of failing to protect their data appears to be as high as ever. Corporate security polices are increasingly coming under strain as staff embrace social networks and flexible working, which have both been identified by major ve
BT Wholesale is set to become a key supplier to Government Conveyance Network services which will interconnect the Cabinet Office's Public Sector Network services.
A flawed implementation of Oracle iSupplier at the Department of Work and Pensions has been highlighted in written evidence to MPs.
Less than 50% of third party code is tested for quality and security in development.
Microsoft and Skype have confirmed days of industry speculation after announcing that Redmond is to buy private-equity backed VoIP specialist Skype for $8.5bn (£5.2bn). The agreement, which has already been approved by both boards of directors, will see Skype become a new business division wit
Hewlett-Packard is looking to Technical Services Distribution (TSD) to expand its security reseller numbers after handing the channel player exclusive rights to its ProtectTools portfolio. The distie already has a few resellers on board but wants to expand the number as it targets the HP products i
Value-added reseller Trustmarque has widened its ability to provide hosted services to customers after acquiring cloud infrastructure specialist Nimbus Technology Systems.
Staffs-based public sector PC supplier Stone has signed a deal with Lenovo to supply the Chinese manufacturer's kit to the British education market combined with Stone's bespoke configuration and services offering. Stone CEO James Bird said the new arrangement was a move to offer existing and new ed
New Tri-Gate transistors promised to show up in 22-nm "Ivy Bridge" chips late this year.
Thoma Bravo adds to its investment portfolio, which includes Entrust and LANDesk Software and SonicWall.
Google blazed the trail in ultra-low data center PUE and other data centers can replicate its results with planning.
At Interop 2011, F5 Networks unveiled a midrange F5 Viprion chassis application delivery controller and muli-tenancy capability through virtualization of its OS.
Cloud computing technology and social networks will play important roles in master data management as MDM strategies progress, according to IT research firm Gartner Inc.
The networking giant found a 400% increase in Android malware and a rise in spyware targeting iPhone and Blackberry devices.
Headlines: The opening day of EMC World Las Vegas 2011 featured a surprising launch of flash solid state on a PCIe card for servers from the world’s largest storage vendor.
Under ASHRAE TC 9.9’s new recommendations, operators can increase data center operating temperatures -- and decrease their reliance on computer room air conditioners.
Find out which tasks work best with self-service and learn how to measure the effectiveness of a self-service implementation in the contact center.
The EMC Vplex active-active storage platform adds a Geo version that moves data non-disruptively over thousands of miles; also adds data moving capabilities to VNX and VMAX.
Windows managers want Microsoft to pull together its cloud story into a cohesive whole. The company is expected to flesh out its plans at this year’s TechEd conference.
Subaru CIO Brian Simmermon replaced more than 90% of the company's technology to remove silos and redundancy, and to align with business goals.
IT professionals with skills in Java and C# are in growing demand following an upturn in IT investment in the financial sector.
Developers at car maker Ford are using Google's cloud-based Prediction engine to analyse driving behaviour.
Google has earmarked $500m to settle a US Department of Justice investigation into its advertising practices.
The government has made an alpha version of a website - which could replace all .gov.uk URLs - available for comment from the public.
A programming error exposed the personal details of Facebook users to advertisers and other third parties, says IT services company Symantec.
The US Federal Trade Commission is considering taking action against Apple following revelations Apple collected geo-location data from iPhone users.
A survey of IT professionals reveals a worrying trend that leaves large numbers of organisations prime targets for data thieves.
Few companies are prepared for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and Domain Name System (DNS) failures, according to research
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is aiming to boost efficiency and patient care through a new outsourcing deal with HP.
Microsoft released just two patches in its monthly Patch Tuesday security update for May.
When people look back at 2011 and think of April they will no doubt remember the Royal Wedding and the unusual summer like conditions enjoyed by most of the country. But for businesses in the channel it will be the sheer volume of bank holidays that littered last month and have continued into this,
Lenovo Financial Services is extending credit facilities to resellers across the UK and France as it looks to exploit the upswing in attitudes towards leasing. The vendor, in partnership with CIT group, is making a three year 0% finance deal available for deals between £1,000 and £100,0
Infrastructure software management vendor Egenera has appointed application availability specialist distributor CDG to sell its PAN Manager data centre managementsoftware package in the UK and Ireland. The PAN Manager suite is designed to simplify IT operations and infrastructure and drive down cost
While many businesses are considering adopting cloud-based applications, what are the obstacles to businesses taking up software-as-a-service? Jenny Williams reports.
Virtualised 802.11n wirelessvendor Meru Networks is to team up with Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko in an attempt to better address midmarket and enterprise wireless markets. Zycko, which already works extensively with storage virtualisation, WAN optimisation and video technology, will take on Meru'
The demand for IT skilled staff is growing quicker than any other sector of the economy as customers look to recruit both permanent and temporary workers. The latest Report on Jobs from the KPMG and Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has not only confirmed the recovery in the IT jobs ma
Datatec, the South African ICT powerhouse behind network sector stalwarts Logicalis and Westcon, has lamented the state of the economic recovery in the UK as it announced audited results for its fiscal 2011, which closed on 28 February. In an otherwise upbeat statement, Datatec said that overall tra
Security specialist Signify is mourning the death of its co-founder John Stewart who has sadly lost his three-year battle against prostate cancer.
Financial services CIOs are taking advantage of a growing burden of compliance regulation to introduce innovative IT into their organisations.
Agency Business, an obscure SAP ERP application, is helping one company find the answer to its billing challenges. So why hasn't anyone heard of it?
Agile test expert and SSQ contributor Lisa Crispin was a presenter at the Association of C and C++ Users (ACCU) conference held in Oxford, England, in April. Read more about her experience in this story.
Attackers target social networks using phishing attacks and social engineering tactics to steal user names and passwords.
Verint has launched its Impact 360 Workforce Optimization and Voice of the Customer applications for the call center.
An improvement of software development practices and quality control across the industry has contributed to a decline in vulnerability disclosures 2010.
OpenFlow switches and networks were all the rage at Interop 2011, indicating the rise of the software-defined network. But what exactly does that mean?
The first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant report assessing the burgeoning mobile device management market gives the Sybase Afaria platform high marks.
The road to enterprise master data management is paved with departmental or tactical wins, according to IT professionals. But don't lose sight of long-term MDM goals, they warned.
The Microsoft/Skype deal is prompting UC pros who were once enterprise Skype skeptics to give the VoIP provider a second look now that an established UC vendor is at the helm.
Big data implementations could run into the petabytes and grow by terabytes a day, often requiring clustered NAS, analytics and possibly the cloud to manage.
At Interop 2011, Alcatel-Lucent education customer Mark McWhinnie shares his experiences with a unique WLAN access solution utilized in Alberta, Canada.
Internet backbone operators anecdotally report rising demand from carrier customers for IPv6 connectivity, but it's unclear when large amounts of traffic will materialize.
More customers are implementing virtualization, but are opportunities increasing around virtualization security products? Observers say not just yet.
The theme is “Overexposed” and a warning from a recent conference email stated that the social events “are not suitable for children”
In late April searchSecurity.com.au mentioned a number of remote control applications which allow the remote control of Windows environments over the Internet.
The Android Market is forecast to become the world's biggest mobile content platform by August 2011, according to research by mobile application research firm Distimo.
Financial services companies are facing shortages of IT professionals with the skills to innovate, research claims.
Technology industry bellwether Cisco Systems has warned that company profit and sales in the current quarter may miss analysts' estimates.
Samsung and Acer are the first two netbook manufacturers to offer devices based on Chrome OS, the net operating system from Google.
Business should be concerned about an increase of more than 1,000% in phishing activity using social networking as a lure in 2010, says Microsoft
BT has increased its full-year dividend by 7% and reported market-beating fourth-quarter results, saying it expects to continue to grow profit and free cash flow.
Not-for-profit health organisation Imagine has cut its enterprise resource planning (ERP) upgrade time by 60% using NetSuite's on-demand ERP system.
John Chambers has ditchedCisco'sannual growthforecast of 12 to 17 per centand pledged to take out $1bn in costs during fiscal 2012 after a torrid third quarter that saw the networking kingpin take a sledgehammer to its troubled consumer business. Speaking with his customary candour, Chambers insiste
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has called on the government to do more to penalise those that flout intellectual property rights after its annual research showed the UK software piracy rate has not dropped. The latest figures from IDC show that there are still a quarter of people using unlice
The government is calling on local authorities to accelerate broadband roll-out to help it deliver superfast broadband services to 90% of homes and business by 2015.
Manufacturers are using NetSuite's on-demand enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to cut IT costs and grow business. Jenny Williams reports. During...
IT security and automated compliance specialist Tripwire is talking up its growth ambitions after being acquired by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo. The undisclosed deal will see Tripwire get access to some financial muscle which it plans to use to grow the firm with the new owners nodding to its
Transport for London (TFL) has put out a tender for IT support for its 30,000 employees that will run for 10 years and cost up to £70m.
Azlan has signed a distribution agreement with Avaya DevConnect partner AdvaTel to supply its InTouch UC add-on for Avaya IP Office. The complementary software is pitched at the SME market, and enables internal and external communication across multiple platforms, including Outlook and Skype, alongs
Unified comms and cloud reseller Intrinsic Technology has revealed plans to hire up to 30 new heads by the end of the year to support its growth targets and back the recent acquisition of VMware partner Dataplex. Intrinsic bought into thedesktop virtualisation market at the start of the year when it
BT has increased its full-year dividend by 7% and reported market-beating fourth-quarter results, saying it expects to continue to grow profit and free cash flow, writes Warwick Ashford Profit for the quarter was up 97% to £495m compared with the same period the year before, but revenue fell 6
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has put out a notice out to IT suppliers informing them to be ready to bid for work in its plan to introduce smart meters to UK homes, businesses and public sector organisations.
Citrix will release the XenServer 6.0 beta in the run-up to its annual user conference, but some say it’s too late in the game to catch up to VMware.
A recent independent Oracle survey of IT professionals, 94% of them Oracle customers, found not only some disenchantment with Oracle, but also a strong possibility of disengagement.
Master data governance team members should be forceful yet diplomatic, because they'll be called upon to make unpopular decisions.
To boost its document visualization capabilities, the communications equipment maker integrated Oracle AutoVue with Agile PLM. But seamless integration remains a work in progress.
Recent data breaches have made online consumer privacy a priority. The federal government is now attempting to take action that includes introducing "do not track" legislation.
At JBoss World 2011 Ashesh Badani discussed new developments in Java as well as the introduction of the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.
ProStor sells RDX removable disk business to Tandberg; BridgeSTOR adds data reduction appliances for Microsoft DPM; Nexsan E-Series supports 3 TB SATA drives; more storage news.
New ICO guidelines give leeway for a more nuanced approach to compliance, but some say more clarity is needed.
CA will let ARCserve customers move data off to Microsoft Azure, adding subscription-based backup to ARCserve’s onsite backup in a move that follows rivals Symantec and CommVault.
The White House has proposed cyber security legislation to protect the US government and private computer systems from millions of daily cyber attacks.
Facebook has admitted hiring PR firm Burson-Marsteller to promote negative stories about Google.
US authorities are still insisting that self-confessed UK hacker, Gary McKinnon, face a US court, despite ongoing efforts to have the trial in the UK.
The London Stock Exchange is now a £50m technology supplier as the software company it acquired in 2009 more than doubled its contribution to revenues.
Sir Peter Rigby continues to show the wealth in reselling There are few things in life that remain certain but the ability of Sir Peter Rigby to top the wealth charts in the channel has been a constant over the last few years.
Microsoft's planned acquisition of internet telephony services firm Skype for $8.5bn has caused quite a stir in the consumer world, but what will it mean for business?
Stability is returning after the recent economic meltdown and banks are leading the way with a new approach to IT outsourcing which could become a roadmap for other sectors to follow.
Alpha.gov.uk is a pilot for a website that could put all UK government digital services and websites on one URL
CIOs plan to spend an increasing proportion of their IT budget on outsourcing in 2011 as they emerge from the downturn.
Storage vendor Tandberg Data has acquired the removable disk storage (RDX) business of ProStor Systems for an undisclosed sum. ProStor was first to develop and market RDX technology, and Tandberg Data has been acting as an OEM under the brand name RDX QuikStor since 2006. The sale of the business me
The recovery remains fragile and consumer confidence shaky when it comes to selling technology via retail with Dixons revealing that although things are getting better it is taking time. The retailer has issued some guidance around its yearly numbers, which will be announced next month, showing tha
Lenovo has made changes to its UK channel management team as it establishes a fresh position to increase its consumer sales across Europe. Neil Berville, who has been working with the channel at the vendor is being handed the chance to make an impact in a different area of the vendor's business tak
Security experts have warned Facebook's latest security innovations against spam e-mail and online fraud may have mixed results in effectiveness and user...
Albéa, a global packaging company, is using a cloud service from Sterling Commerce to offer support to its factories distributed across three continents.
The idea of keeping resellers in the loop when sales are handled via the web is one that has foxed many a software vendor but AVG appears to have come up with a solution for its partners. The security vendor rolled out an online revenue share model a couple of weeks ago that would ensure that any a
The health in the tech mergers and acquisitions market across Europe continues to perform well up but has started to show signs of stabilisation after a very strong first quarter of recovery. The latest figures from Regent Partners showed that the market kept chugging along with 223 acquisitions la