Network virtualization software was all the buzz at Interop 2011, from OpenFlow and software-defined networking to virtual network appliances for optimization.
Best Buy discovers an in-house designed and simple customer feedback software application is playing an increasingly important role in its corporate customer insights initiatives.
VMware adds to its portfolio of security services with Shavlik’s SaaS-based configuration and patch management software.
Hybrid cloud storage startup Cirtas Systems pulled its product off the market last month, leaving users to seek a way to back out compressed, encrypted data from their cloud SANs.
Execs promise Avaya channel partners they can jointly sell the Avaya data center strategy, collaboration and call center portfolios. Here's how.
Traditional clinical trial patient recruitment can be time-consuming and expensive. Social networks of willing patients are making that process quicker and easier.
Established backup vendor Veeam will support Hyper-V. Users see the move as a sign that Microsoft’s virtualization platform has gained traction against VMware.
Australia’s budget included a funding boost for medical imaging and the storage industry is cautiously optimistic it could mean a chance for some sales wins.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been forced to recall around 1,000 Playbook tablets sent out with faulty operating systems.
Sony has begun the phased restoration of its PlayStation Network - suspended after hackers accessed systems, exposing up to 100m Sony user records in the data breach - but the process is not running smoothly.
As Sony battles to restore its PlayStation Network after suffering a data breach, hackers have hit Japanese video games maker Square Enix.
Cloud and SaaS specialist and Microsoft technology partner intY has launched a cloud-based unified comms service built around Microsoft Lync, with the intention of highlighting potential midmarket deals to its VAR community. The solution, which is available as a white-label service, adds Microso
IP video and CCTV distributor Norbain has signed an agreement to sell D-Link's IP camera and security line-up as well as its wireless networking, routing and switching portfolio. The agreement builds on the increasing shift of CCTV and physical security solutions onto the network, and according
The government is to push ahead with its plans to migrate more public-sector services to online-only provision next month.
IT suppliers will develop IT products and services addressing specific business challenges as the economy moves out of recession, according to John Higgins, director general at IT industry body Intellect.
The battle against piracy should be strengthened after some of the largest online players signed a memorandum of understanding to help stamp out counterfeit. eBay and Amazon were among those that put pen to paper and signed a memorandum, along with Microsoft, to agree to fight the sales of pirate g
Sky is recruiting 50 IT graduates to develop mobile- and web-based applications at its London-based software engineer training academy.
CIOs are emerging from the downturn with more responsibility and a louder voice in their organisations. But the role of the CIO is becoming increasingly differentiated between those who see their job as driving innovation and those who focus on keeping the business running.
Cuts in public spending are hitting the bottom line of educational specialist RM as the vendor revealed a pre-tax loss in its half-yearly numbers. Budget cuts in both the US and UK hit RM as demand dropped for its products and trading conditions are set to remain challenging with little sign that t
Lancashire County Council has finally agreed a £400m joint venture deal with BT Global Services, over six months after announcing the firm had been chosen as preferred supplier.
Socitm has reiterated its call for greater collaboration between local authorities in an attempt to get public sector IT heads to improve services and cut costs.
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) says a new industry-driven initiative aimed at reducing the sales of counterfeit goods online is an important step in the fight against piracy.
The Guardian is merging its technology development and product management functions to create a new digital development department.
Virtualisation specialist Veeam has given a boost to Microsoft's Hyper-V product after announcing it would support the platform with its backup and replication product. Up to now Veeam has produced software for VMware but with Microsoft determined to grow its share of the virtualisation market the
We often hear of pair programming or pair testing. In this interview, SSQ contributor Chris McMahon talks to Agile Development Practices presenter Dawn Cannan about "pair development," which pairs a programmer and tester together.
Touting the value of partnering with customers, SAP’s co-CEOs addressed the Sapphire Now conference on Tuesday to outline how SAP's technology is helping businesses.
Find out why popular data management industry phrases like 'big data' and 'single version of the truth' really irritate some experts.
Though many IT shops use products from both VMware and Shavlik Technologies, some worry that VMware may not care to keep SCUPdates, a third-party patch tool that extends SCCM.
More manufacturers are building Microsoft SharePoint collaboration systems, often with ERP integration, according to analysts.
Talk of modular data centers and energy management software dominated news from the Uptime Institute Symposium last week.
Oracle VDI and Sun Ray Thin Clients have finally caught Gabe Knuth and Brian Madden’s attention, and it’s worth considering – even in Windows shops.
VMware’s cloud application management tool Project Horizon is part of VMware's cloud strategy, as well as a response to the need for a way to secure enterprise cloud-based apps.
Managed voice appliances keep phone gear on premises, but MSPs manage them.
General Mills rolled out iPad access to its SAP CRM system for 200 sales reps and saw success as well as challenges with data sync and upgrades.
Initial findings from new MIT research show that companies with data-driven decision making environments had 4% higher productivity and 6% higher profits than other businesses did.
Storage roundup: NHS trust opts for Veeam virtual machine backup; Acronis upgrades Backup & Recovery; Autonomy acquires Iron Mountain products; and more
IBM says storage virtualization, data reduction, automatic tiering and strictly defined service-level agreements are key to successfully moving to private cloud storage.
Autonomy takes a leap forward into cloud backup services by acquiring digital storage assets from Iron Mountain for $380 million.
Microsoft will finally support Exchange 2010 DAG failover with VMware High Availability. The company announced the new Exchange 2010 VMware support policy at TechEd.
Despite many barriers, the national health network envisioned by former ONC head Dr. David Blumenthal will be built, he says -- but maybe not by the HITECH Act's goal of 2015.
At Interop 2011, networking vendors addressed data center network fabric hype and other overly bloated marketing buzzwords like FCoE, TRILL and Shortest Path Bridging.
If your organization is considering an application-transformation strategy, do your homework on Software as a Service products before you commit to a vendor.
It all began with server virtualization. Now VMware products cover the entire data center, with success linked to initiatives and acquisitions that started in the mid-2000s.
An IBM global survey of 3,000 CIOs has found most are now confident they have aligned IT with the strategy of their CEO.
Nokia is to ditch its Ovi branding in a move to bring its services under the same brand.
Multinational corporations have significantly increased their take-up of cloud services over the past year, research by analyst firm Ovum reveals.
The European Commission (EC) has opened a public consultation to collect views on the benefits of cloud computing.
The emergence of suppliers capable of acting as a one-stop shop for all the IT needs of organisations will transform the way businesses buy IT services, claims analyst Ovum.
IBM has introduced qualification courses for its Power systems and System z mainframes throughout Scottish universities and colleges.
Security experts have called for UK government departments to be vigilant after chancellor George Osborne revealed that 20,000 e-mails are sent by hostile intelligence agencies to the UK government each month.
SAP has announced that it has joined forces with Dell
The hike in regulation in recent years means IT security has become a boardroom topic and a discipline in its own right
BT is searching for 20 apprentices to work in its IT services division, BT Engage IT, in its largest-ever recruitment drive.
The Public Accounts Committee has expressed concern over the lack of control of thousands of overseas IT workers entering the UK on intra-company transfers.
Disaster recovery and data protection specialist Acronis is hoping a new distribution partnership with EntaTech will enable it to tap into what remains of the UK system builder market. The deal will see EntaTech distributing Acronis' new Backup & Recovery 11 corporate line, which was released la
Hewlett-Packard is taking the unusual step of releasing its financial results a day early after the contents of an internal memo from its CEO were leaked. Leo Apotheker reportedly sent senior management a memo preparing them for the results that were due to be announced tomorrow warning them that i
O2, Orange and Vodafone distributor Daisy Distribution is planningto thrust its partners into the limelight ata Dragons' Den styledeal cliniclater this month. The clinic, which mirrors previous events held by Anglia Telecom, will be held in Newcastle on 25 May and will see partners pitching business
Hopes that the recovery in the PC market that was seen towards the end of last year would continue through to 2011 have been dashed after consumer spending ground to a halt. A decline across Western Europe in PC sales saw the UK producing the steepest dip in sales but across the board the hopes of
Businesses are fuelling the illegal export of e-waste to developing countries by failing to audit recycled computer equipment, according to a report.
Tesco is focusing on technology improvements as a key driver for growth in the UK and overseas. Tesco's CIO, Mike McNamara, tells Angelica Mari about the retail giant's IT strategy in his first interview since taking the job in January 2011.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to unlock more government datasets over the next 12 months with a new research centre based in London's "Tech City".
SAP's co-chief executives have highlighted in-memory computing, mobile access to data and people-centric collaboration applications at the SAP Sapphire Now 2011 conference.
Government CIO Joe Harley and Efficiency and Reform Group chief operating officer Ian Watmore have outlined a roadmap to improve public sector IT.
Recently a number of security analysts have queried how cloud storage providers such as Dropbox store data and who has access to that storage.
Each year at the AusCERT conference a number of awards are given to individuals and companies who have significantly contributed to the information security industry in areas such as community service, innovation, education, liaison, law enforcement, governance or leadership.
At this year's EclipseCon, SearchSOA.com writer Jack Vaughan spoke with Jeff McAffer, CTO, EclipseSource, to better discern the course of OSGi.
Headlines: EMC Vplex active-active storage platform adds a Geo version to move data non-disruptively over long distances; adds data moving capabilities to VNX and VMAX.
Citrix XenDesktop 5 Service Pack 1 adds support for IntelliCache to cut storage costs for shops that run XenServer. It also includes a migration tool for XenDesktop 4 upgrades.
The Wikileaks insider threat is not the first and will not be the last, however with the media hype Wikileaks has garnered, government cybersecurity managers are beginning to take different approaches to security.
A new Common Vulnerability Framework sets a standard so organizations can share vulnerability information in a common readable format.
Strapped with legacy BI systems that were paper-heavy and relied on IT, a CFO commandeered business intelligence strategy. He's not the only business exec taking charge of BI tools.
Now that Microsoft Hyper-V sports Dynamic Memory and Live Migration, cost comparison with VMware’s ESX has gotten even more compelling.
At Interop Las Vegas 2011, moderator Jim Metzler hosted a panel of five vendors creating breakthrough WAN technologies that will change the way you create and manage your network.
State health IT leaders discuss how privacy laws and EHR interoperability issues make interstate health information exchange anything but straightforward.
Microsoft has expanded the options for Exchange administrators who wish to seek higher credentials, and that means long stays in Redmond are no longer necessary.
Initially aimed at small and medium sized businesses, SAP's Business ByDesign SaaS ERP suite is now seeing some adoption by enterprises interested in two-tier ERP.
Successful call center overhauls combine new contact center technologies with traditional change management practices to get agent buy-in and business-driven results.
BackTrack 5, the new version of the GNU/Linux distribution developed specifically for hacking, was released last week. Here's a quick look at what's on offer.
Cloud-based business intelligence delivers results like those from an enterprise BI system, but it allows businesses a chance to spin up results faster for less money.
UK registry Nominet has enabled the deployment of domain name system security extensions (DNSSEC) for 9.4 million second level .uk domains.
The remaining NHS National Programme for IT could be scrapped entirely, as the project's aim to deliver electronic records for every patient has fallen far below expectations, according to a National Audit Office report.
Not taking advantage of the opportunities enabled by emerging technologies is a greater risk to business than the technologies themselves, says Tim Noble, SAP managing director for UK and Ireland.
Hewlett-Packard's CEO has vowed to invest in services to give itself greater chances to grab revenue which it currently isn't competing for. The focus on services emerged as one of the main themes of its second quarter financial results, which was also hit by the fallout from the Japanese earthquak
Dell has boosted profits by 177% since last year after increasing sales to enterprise customers.
A review of copyright laws aimed at updating legislation for the digital age recommends legalising the practice of copying music and films.
Resellers have been warned to avoid relying on social networks to find their next star sales person because of the effort involved in trawling through the thousands of potential candidates. At a recent roundtable hosted by hosted specialist UKFast recruitment experts provided opinions over the bene
HP's latest financial results show corporate users are still buying enterprise IT products and services.
Softcat has announced plans to take on over 60 public sector specialists across its three UK locations by the end of 2012 to support ambitions to grow infrastructure and software sales into the public sector. The firm has so far focused largely on supplying the corporate sector - though it has made
Avaya has madeinteroperability withheritage Nortel equipment, and the integration of its enterprise channel partners,akey element of the latest version 7.0of its SMB IP Office suite, which was released yesterday. The comms vendor, which bought Nortel's enterprise business 18 months ago,said the abil
Cognizant is searching for someone to run its business consultancy operation in Europe as it attempts to emulate the growth rates of its IT services business.
The continued decline of the UK PC market is the worst the industry has experienced for a decade, according to Gartner.
SuSE will be run as a separate company under Attachmate, which acquired SuSE as part of its purchase of Novell, which completed in April.
The government backed review of intellectual property protection is unlikely to satisfy those in the channel struggling to fight piracy. The Hargreaves Review has reported back after taking several months to hear from the industry and review best practices in other countries. Groups including the Bu
Dell has boosted profits by 177% since last year after aburgeoning corporate refresh cycle saw itincrease sales to enterprise customers and cushioned the Texas-based PC builder from slowing consumer sales. In its Q1 fiscal 2012 year results, Dell's profits were up 177% to $945m, up from $341m this t
A damning report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed the woeful state of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), nine years after the hugely ambitious project was launched.
New SUSE Linux chief pledges continuity and customer care but users wonder how SUSE can compete with Red Hat and what will happen next.
Silver Peak has integrated its wide area network (WAN) optimization technology with EMC VPLEX Geo products to optimize traffic between virtual data centers.
The European Commission's Digital Agenda is inviting organisations to complete an online cloud questionnaire as it considers creating cloud standards.
As Microsoft shops take their first steps toward the cloud, many feel more comfortable putting critical data in the hands of third party providers.
Service providers at the TIA 2011: Inside the Network show are daunted by the billions they're investing in telecom cloud services, but they cannot afford to be left behind.
The market is expanding for solid-state storage devices used to accelerate SAN traffic by boosting application performance.
Maintaining a SQL Server business intelligence (BI) system may be challenging for many database administrators, but there’s a lot you can do to ensure top SQL Server BI performance.
Eyeing the new Platinum tier, Autodesk VARs fear the price is too high.
With a pair of grants, the Seattle Police Department plans to upgrade its outdoor wireless mesh network to 802.11n for IP video surveillance.
Due out later this year, Exchange Server 2010 SP2 includes Outlook Web App "Mini" and GAL segmentation.
Like Boy Scouts, providers conducting meaningful use attestation all say the same thing: be prepared. Here, two practices discuss what it takes to complete the process.
Companies are considering tokenization as an alternative or in addition to encryption, a recent survey found.
HANA and the in-memory technology promised at last year’s conference is now an intractable part of the IT landscape, senior SAP executives argued at the annual Sapphire conference.
Following outages and breaches at major cloud service providers, IT executives ponder new priorities: cloud insurance and secure identity management.
TheServerSide Java Symposium 2011 was a great success. Java creator James Gosling, Oracle's Java thought leaders and other Java innovators took the stage at this three-day conference in Las Vegas, March 16-18, 2011.
CIOs are aware of the benefits of SaaS applications as being faster, better, cheaper. But how will the reduction in IT costs change the IT department? Jenny Williams investigates.
Sony has been forced to suspend the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qriocity password reset web pages after discovering a flaw that could be exploited by hackers....
Nokia's worldwide market share of mobile devices dropped to the lowest level since 1997, according to research from Gartner.
Google has promised to make its terms and conditions clearer and simplify the data-sharing approval process for users of Google's Android smartphone operating system.
Compuware has extended its Gomez application performance management (APM) to enable developers to optimise the mobile web and mobile apps.
Apple has signed a cloud licensing agreement with EMI Music and is close to similar deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to US reports.
SAP's high-performance analytic appliance (HANA) for in-memory computing is central to the company's immediate plans, says Vishal Sikka, executive board member, technology & innovation at SAP.
IT outsourcers dominated the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) league of top global outsourced service providers, with two US and two Indian companies in the top ten.
Virgin Media Business has launched a co-location service in partnership with datacentre operator ICM to offer regional datacentres around the UK.
"Cloud Power Delivered" is the subtitle of this year's Microsoft TechEd conference, held in Atlanta and attended by around 10,000 IT professionals and developers. Tim Anderson reports from the event.
Nine out of ten UK businesses intend to increase productivity and reduce costs by using mobile technology and devices, a survey of IT decision makers has revealed.
SAP is continuing to look for channel partners as it expands into the SME sector and looks for support from resellers with its cloud offering. The vendor has been busy this week with its Sapphire event in the US and its World Tour conference in London and is continuing to expand its channel numbers
ICT services provider 2e2 has reduced the level of its bank borrowing on the back of profits contributed by Morse, which it acquired last year. Unveiling full-year results to the end of December 2010this morning, 2e2 chief executive Burt said: "We expect this to reduce further once we have had
Resellers selling business process services will have to make a move towards the cloud or face seeing their traditional business being squeezed by more flexible competitors. The warning that change is coming in the next couple of years has been sounded by analyst house TechMarketView which forecast
Novell's new owner Attachmate has parachuted in a new executive team and quickly moved to underscore its commitment to the EMEA channel post-acquisition.
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) completes trades in just over 100 microseconds on average as its latest core trading system beds in.
The government has outlined plans for identity assurance services to be used across all online public sector services.
Businesses are failing to use up-to-date consumer technology and social media tools to attract new talent into the IT industry. Jenny Williams reports.
The impact of the government's business growth fund is expected to be minimal on smaller resellers as most would prefer to stick with traditional methods of getting access to finance. Measures outlined in the Budget to spark off more investment in the SME sector come into force today with a £
Virgin Media Business has launched a co-location service in partnership with datacentre operator ICM to offer regional datacentres around the UK. The datacentres will be in Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Farnborough, London, Manchester, Romford and Bristol. Using the company's nationwide fibre-optic ne
In its first set of annual results since it demerged from the Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk has posted revenues of £1.76bn, up 4.6 per cent on fiscal 2010, and statutory pre-tax profit of £57m, over four times higher than last year. The strong-all round performance masked an overall decli
Hitachi Data Systems has unveiled a major revamp of its TrueNorth Partner Programme designed to grow marketing opportunity, flexibility, expertise and growth potential for its partners. The centrepiece of the relaunch is the introduction of technology specialisations around three core areas ofVirtua
Elie Tahari Ltd., one of three Gartner BI Excellence Awards finalists, implemented business intelligence tools that helped the fashion retailer grow without adding overhead.
Cloud was the word at Microsoft TechEd, but attendees’ interest was rooted in SQL Server Denali, the upcoming version of the database that will be released in a CTP this summer.
Citrix is ready to claim serious cloud credentials, and it will not be ignored. This camel's nose has pushed its way into the tent through XenDesktop and shows no signs of stopping.
UPS, winner of the 2011 Gartner BI Excellence Award, continues to develop its BI program, a project that touches every piece of the business process.
The Jericho Forum recently released new guidance on what it believes could be an effective way to centrally manage users' ever-multiplying identities.
The sky’s the limit as cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com breaks the $2 billion in revenue mark with Force.com, the Sales Cloud and Chatter as it also eyes a marketing cloud.
Before manufacturers can analyze the latest supply and demand trends with supply chain analytics, they need a strategy for integrating large volumes of data from multiple sources.
Dell adopts LSI CacheCade technology to accelerate I/O performance; Intel extends limited SSD warranty; Addonics NAS adapter plugs into private cloud storage; more storage news.
Microsoft TechEd 2011 had more than its fair share of virtualization news, from Exchange support for VMware HA to Veeam’s support for Hyper-V.
For Microsoft TechEd 2011 attendees deploying Hyper-V, integrating storage management and data replication represent the next frontier.
More data centers look into hot- or cold-aisle containment to eke more life out of old facilities.
Druva’s SafePoint uses 256-bit encryption, Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote data wipe capability to protect data on lost or stolen laptops
HiSoftware chief technology officer Thomas Logan discusses under-the-radar -- but common -- data security and privacy lapses that cause compliance risks for many organizations.
Tracking nine contractual terms can reduce risk in cloud contracts, according to Gartner.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is now available.
The UK's largest mobile operators are appealing against a decision by telecoms regulator Ofcom to push through severe cuts in mobile termination rates.
Fake security software for Apple computers called MacDefender has shot to the top of Apple forum complaints.
A US security research organisation says it has discovered methods hackers could use to sabotage power plants, oil refineries or manufacturing operations.
Orange and Barclaycard have introduced the first near-field communication (NFC) mobile payment system in the UK.
The Guardian's former head of digital Mike Bracken has been appointed the government's director of digital at the Cabinet Office.
Symantec is to buy privately held eDiscovery firm Clearwell Systems for $390m.
Social networking site LinkedIn's stock market valuation of $10bn (£6bn) has raised concerns of a new tech bubble.
HP CEO memo sparks early results release Hewlett-Packard took the unusual step of releasing its financial results a day early after the contents of an internal memo from its CEO were leaked.
resellers focusing on the health market should find even greater opportunities as the government starts to get to grips with NHS reforms. Although the immediate future of the NHS still hangs in the air as the government carries out a review over it proposed changes, which included giving GPs more r
Mobile malware is set to at least double that of 2010 based on the number of new malware signatures detected in the first quarter of the year, says Kaspersky Lab.
Mobile computing specialist Psion is to launch a partner-only auction website designed to make sourcing hard to find parts and components, as well as discontinued legacy devices, a less onerous task. Psion chief marketing officer Nick Eades said the firm's latest venture was designed to appeal to cu
Dell plans to hire more UK staff for its enterprise services division by the end of June 2011.
Business ByDesign, SAP's cloud-based software-as-a-service offering, is ready for the primetime, the enterprise software company says.
The speed at which a share trading exchange can complete a trade has been the biggest differentiator in recent years, as exchanges attempt to cater for traders using computers to trade automatically at high frequencies. But speed is becoming a commodity and exchanges will have to look at other ways to stand out from the crowd.
Print professional colour documents for up to 50% less cost per page than lasers Cost-per-page (CPP) claims are based on the majority of colour laser all-in-ones less than €400 excluding VAT, as of March 2010 based on market share as reported by IDC as of Q4 2009. CPP comparisons for laser supplies
Payments-clearing firm Vocalink future-proofed its business-critical storage systems and is now saving £10,000 per terabyte stored after completing a project to replace systems as its support contract finished.
MP and rural broadband campaigner Rory Stewart tells Computer Weekly why next-generation mobile should be extended to include an extra two million people in the UK.
Salesforce.com posted a 97% profit slump since last year despite its subscription-based CRM software growing to be used by over 97,000 companies.
McAfee's European channel boss Georges Millethas jumped ship to Logitech's HD video comms unit LifeSize Communications, where he will take up the post of EMEA channels and alliance director. Millet, who prior to joining McAfee last year headed up Autodesk's European channel ops for 10 years, will be
The widespread availability of the Zeus Trojan source code is a challenge and an opportunity that security resellers need to take advantage of. Earlier this month the source code for one of the worst pieces of malware was leaked, the jury is still out over if it was accidental or deliberate, handin
Symantec is to buy privately held eDiscovery firm Clearwell Systems for $390m, writes Warwick Ashford. The acquisition of Clearwell Systems will bring together eDiscovery, archiving and backup to provide a comprehensive information management systems, says Symantec. The deal, which is subject to r