Citrix Systems XenDesktop is too complex for SMBs to justify, but with the acquisition of Kaviza and its VDI-in-a-Box, Citrix has a VDI offering small IT shops can use.
The release of BusinessObjects BI 4.0 caused companies to assess their BI strategies. Find out when to stay with BEx and when to consider BusinessObjects.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 update is released, Microsoft decides to support the open source CentOS, and other news.
Tapping collective intelligence, or crowd computing, can yield big value for businesses, but it also challenges the status quo.
Channel partners may need to invest in new data center networking certifications that are now offered by every leading vendor to support emerging architectures.
In his new book, Management 3.0 – Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, Jurgen Appelo describes a different mindset for Agile leaders. In this interview he talks about this new management philosophy.
Sepaton launches disk backup systems for remote offices while ExaGrid aims for higher end midrange shops with Ethernet backup box.
Symantec has announced it will acquire Clearwell and inject its data classification and security features into Clearwell’s e-discovery products.
For Lowe Lintas, BI module of Microsoft SharePoint has been a pleasant discovery. With SharePoint BI, Lowe hopes to maximize profits and save costs. Find out more.
Find out how the IT crew at Sony Pictures launched a hugely successful product MDM initiative with almost no support from the business.
Early users of cloud gateway appliances are finding they are an easy, cost-effective way to get their data into the cloud.
Microblogging site Twitter is preparing to open an office in London as it faces potential legal sanctions after users flouted a UK super-injunction granted to a Premier League footballer.
An explosion at one of Apple's main suppliers' factories that killed three people and injured 15 could affect the supply of iPads.
The UK's Cloud Industry Forum has welcomed the European Commission's public consultation on the benefits that cloud computing can deliver.
Retail sector demand for IT professionals with e-commerce skills has more than doubled in the past year.
The channel used to thrive on the fear, uncertainty and doubt sales technique but these days voicing worries about technology in that way goes against the grain.So it is perhaps of little surprise that comments made by an HP spokesman raising security fears around the cloud have been criticised by o
The power of graphics processors is being exploited by software companies and researchers to run tasks once the preserve of supercomputer and high-performance graphics workstation. As Cliff Saran discovers, this technology is becoming increasingly mainstream.
Magirus has moved swiftly to take advantage of the unified storage portfolio that EMC announced at the start of the year launching a bundle based on the technology to its resellers. Aimed squarely at the SME market the distributor is pitching three variations of VNX/VNXe bundles, put together in it
Micro Focus has broken cover over the identity of the unknown suitors who made a preliminary approach to acquire the embattled software firm towards the end of April. In a statement to the City on Friday, the firm, which earlier this year ditched its CEO following a spate of profit warnings, said th
Marius Haas, senior vice president and worldwide general manager of HP Networkingand the driving force behind Hewlett-Packard's acquisitions of EDS and 3Com is among a swathe of executiveson the way out as CEO Leo Apotheker shakes up the firm. Haas was handed control of HP's Networking business - th
Mozilla has released a beta version of the fifth version of the Firefox web browser for downloading and testing.
Jean Holley, CIO and vice-president of US telecommunications equipment company Tellabs, has worked in IT since the 1980s. In that time she has seen many waves of technology, but she hasn't seen anything with quite the impact of mobile computing.
Some 40% of IT security professionals admit they could hold their employers hostage even after they'd left for other employment, a survey conducted at Infosecurity Europe 2011 has revealed.
Many of us negotiating the original National Programme for IT (NPfIT) contracts questioned whether such an ambitious project could possibly work. The NAO has again made clear that we were right to be concerned, writes John Enstone, lawyer with Faegre & Benson LLP.
OKI Printing Solutionshas promoted its channel sales manager, Tressa Whitby, to the newly-created role of head of reseller sales for the UK, as part of a ground-up rebuild of the firm's managed print services (MPS) product lines. Whitby has been charged with bringing together OKI's Executive Series
Avnet Technology Solutions is to launch a new programme to provide practical hands-on training on Avaya's Ethernet switching lines. As aformerNorteldistributor, Avnet already has extensive expertise on data networking solution and has made avirtue out of bringing together the disparate voice and dat
Keith Warburton has returned to the channel, just weeks after parting company with the Technology Channels Association, at the helm of an industry group designed to give those selling video conferencing a greater voice. CloudPresence has been set up by the former TCA president and distribution vete
European sales shone for Computer 2000 parent Tech Data in the first quarter of its fiscal 2012, which closed on April 30. With regionalrevenues up 18 per cent year-on-year (14 per cent at Euro rates)to $3.7bn (£2.29bn), the region easily outdid the Americas, where sales grew just 6 per cent t
Midmarket firms save money while avoiding vendor lock-in with open source solutions that range from operating systems to middleware and applications.
Manufacturers can gain new profits and mitigate risks by implementing a better rights management process.
Lost and stolen devices are seen as the greatest security concern for IT professionals, according to a new report by McAfee and Carnegie Mellon University.
Cisco and AT&T have partnered up to sell the Cius tablet in the enterprise business space. Will this partnership risk the chance of smaller VARs selling the Cius tablet?
Yahoo, a Gartner BI Excellence Award finalist, has developed a system targeted at optimizing banner advertisements through data management and analytics.
Security companies look to overcome performance bottlenecks with retooled technology for virtual security.
Growing support for marketing and customer engagement efforts appears to be driving investments in new or upgraded Web content management systems.
Citrix says its Service Provider Automation Pack will make VDI more feasible for SMBs, but partners see bigger opportunities in health care and education.
Startup IO Turbine unveils Accelio software for offloading IOPS from primary storage to flash to improve IO performance in VMware virtualized server environments.
Software AG bought Terracotta, a company with as many as 500,000 deployments of its open source technology, including an in-memory technology for high performance applications and cloud services.
Professional networking website LinkedIn found to have security holes in the way it handles authentication cookies, says Indian researcher.
Salesforce.com keeps adding to its open and social cloud computing strategy through acquisitions and internal development, while some observers wonder if the company isn't spreading itself too thin.
Cloud-based DR system at Angel Broking to avert dangers arising from a single point of failure, following consolidation of its multiple data centers.
Are patients not using personal health records because they don't need them, or because they don't trust vendors with their privacy? Physician encouragement may be the key.
The explosion at an Apple supplier factory last week could cause production loss of half a million iPad 2 devices.
As the UK PC market continues to decline, Jenny Williams finds out how corporate refresh cycles will change
A survey of 500 CIOs across UK, France, Germany, Spain and Benelux found many believe the cloud will be their most significant IT operating method by 2014.
Keep Britain Tidy's head of ICT, Rich Kavanagh, tells Computer Weekly how the charity is successfully using social networking tools to interact with citizens and supporters.
The banks are continuing to fail to provide credit for small businesses and are set to miss the targets they agreed with the government to start providing money to cash strapped firms. But figures from the Bank of England for the first quarter show that the big five high street banks lent a total of
Microsoft resellers can expect to start fielding questions from customers about Windows 8 after Steve Ballmer revealed some of the vendor's plans at a Japanese developers conference. Ballmer not only used the term "Windows 8" but indicated that the product was coming next year and would in
The government would have to pay more in cancellation fees for the troubled NHS patient care records contracts than it would cost to see them through to completion, MPs were told at a Public Accounts Committee hearing.
Education specialist RM has announced a shuffling of its senior management just days before its current chairman retires. With current chairman John Leighfield retiring next Wednesday after 17 years of service the vendor has announced the former chairman of Microgen Martyn Ratcliffe is stepping int
Department of Health director general for informatics Christine Connelly has hit back at a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which slammed the NHS patient record systems as a waste of public money.
Over three-quarters of CIOs at global financial services companies expect to spend more money on IT in the next 12 months, with managed services, compliance and the cloud favoured for increased investment, according to research from Bloomberg.
Businesses lose an average of 545 working hours a year due to IT downtime, according to a survey.
Comms distributor Nimans claims to have taken the "next logical step" in the development of its converged communications portfolio after signing a new contract with mobile network operator O2. Under the terms of the new partnership Nimans resellers will be able to bill end-users on O2 tari
Network services provider Colt has published the results of its annual CIO survey, revealing that concerns around cloud implementations are shifting beyond security to more generalised worries about risk and management. According to the survey of 500 key IT decision-makers in Europe, including 100 B
Sage is hoping the availability of its latest version of its flagship business intelligence product will spark a rush of upgrades from its entry-level customer base. The vendor is looking for its Sage 200 product to entice users that have outgrown its entry-level Sage 50 product with a raft of enha
No surprise the banks are failing to increase lending tosmall companies despite the much heralded "Project Merlin" agreed with the UK government back in February. For the first quarter, the big five high street banks lent a total of £16.8bn to small companies but to match their inten
Microsoft licensing will try and catch up to cloud computing; buy Software Assurance and get "license mobility" for your volume licenses.
Juniper's Junosphere and Cisco Learning Labs offer broader access to network gear firmware, but engineers want something they can run locally, much like illicit router emulator software.
Read these recommendations before considering delving into IT channel consolidation.
Headlines: The market is expanding for solid-state storage devices used to accelerate SAN traffic by boosting application performance.
Firms reassessing their virtualized infrastructure should apply the same security best practices they’ve been using to secure their physical systems.
As the channel M&A wave continues, here are three things you should know.
Cloud computing issues include governance, authentication gateways and security in general. While these issues are similar to those found across the IT landscape, they are not identical.
Is it necessary for Agile testers to know how to develop code? Are test certifications necessary? Yvette Francino asks Agile consultant George Dinwiddie in part two of this two-part interview.
In part one of this two-part interview, we take a closer look at Agile testing with Agile consultant George Dinwiddie.
Discover how adding Web-based visuals to SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) reports and charts enable companies to ensure they are always viewing the most up-to-date information.
With the help of hot desking and other virtualisation technologies, the Basildon Borough Council was able to centralise its security administration and reduce its number of desks by more than 30%.
Without SCVMM 2012 support, users can see the end of the road for Virtual Server 2005, though Microsoft says it won’t formally reach end of life for another few years.
Releases new stable build of Chrome; maintenance update to address several security vulnerabilities.
CeBIT Sydney 2011 is coming up. Is it worth part or all of a CIO's day to attend or is just another show? We look at the program and exhibitors so that the busy CIO can prioritise their time.
NIIT Technologies’ subsidiary latest victim in the wake of a string of high profile hacks. NIIT GIS’ server has been compromised using SQL injection.
Apple is to release a Mac OS X update to tackle fake antivirus software or "scareware" known as MacDefender, MacSecurity and MacProtector.
Businesses are now looking to IT to enable them to do things differently rather than just as a means of doing things more efficiently, and CIOs with particular skills and experience are becoming sought after as a result .
BT and mobile operator Everything Everywhere are seeking 200 volunteers in South Newquay, Cornwall to trial a joint high-speed 4G broadband initiative.
The next major version of the Windows Phone operating system (OS), code-named Mango, has been unveiled by Microsoft.
Just a week after the UK government's commissioned Hargreaves Report delivered its recommendations to protect intellectual property the EU has had its go at protecting copyright. The EU is at the stage of reviewing its options but in an update on its progress indicated that some of the possibilities
Sky IQ opted for a cloud-based IT support management (ITSM) system when it was faced with a tight deadline with limited resources to create a new operation following an acquisition. The success of the cloud service has put cloud computing options high on the businesses agenda in other areas of IT.
Officials in Australia's Federal Parliament are considering allowing politicians to connect their iPads to the parliamentary Wi-Fi network, according to local reports.
Complimentary seminar from MicroScope in association with Kaseya Dates Thursday 9th June @ Old Trafford Cricket Ground, ManchesterTuesday 14th June @ Sofitel St James Hotel, London Many IT services companies have taken or are considering taking steps to implement a managed services business and move
Retailers are failing to meet customers' demands for mobile technology as part of loyalty scheme programmes, according to a YouGov survey.
Sage is planning to make 2012 the year of the cloud and is already talking to resellers about its plans to make its software availble to users via hosted platforms. Having just launched its flagship SME business intelligence product Sage 200 the vendor is already talking to resellers about what is o
TheEthernet switchingmarket has got off to a sluggish start in 2011, according to the latest Enterprise Networks Tracker report from market-watchers at IDC, withsales down 9.1 per cent year-on-yearand 12.5 per cent over Q4 2010, to just above $5bn,reversing several quarters of 30 per cent growth. Wi
A singlesecurity holeidentified by Cisco nearly two years ago is thought to be the cause of a massive jump in the number of network devices carrying at least one known vulnerability, according to Dimension Data's annual Network Barometer Report, released this week. Dimension Data said that over 73 p
Specialist security VAD e92plus has signed an exclusive contract with desktop and mobile device security software developer Absolute Software. The deal gives e92plus access to Absolute's Computrace solution, which provides customers with the ability to track, secure and controlboth devices and data
The US president has said that he will allow the UK to decide whether or not to extradite UFO hacker Gary McKinnon, according to a Twitter tweet by his mother Janis Sharp.
Microsoft has quietly backpedalled following comments made by outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this week, in which he said Windows 8 would drop sometime in 2012. According to a statement issued to Computerworldshortly after the speech in Japan, Ballmer made a "misstatement". "We ha
Cisco's chargeinto the blade server market with its UCS technology is beginning to shake up a highly consolidated market, where the top three vendors account for 80 per cent of revenues, according to IDC Enterprise Server research manager Jed Scaramella. "The entry of Cisco has provided a viabl
What we like about Samsungs is that once you get them going, they bash out the paper in no nonsense style for years. The best printer I ever head was one of Samsung's monochrome standalone desktop lasers. It was the printer that refused to die, no matter now much work I threw at it. It never snarled
Software makers will increasingly add "big data" processing technology to their data management portfolios in the near future, according to Forrester Research Inc.
See how IT experts analyze vendor claims and industry trends at the Citrix annual confab. It's fun to see some get blown to bits!
An online news source in the independent film industry gives a lead role to email in its marketing strategy and found it delivers a clear advantage over social channels with the measurable results it provides.
A Forrester report suggests that managers examine their needs before choosing from a fragmented and complex market of digital asset management options.
The business intelligence market grew 13.4% in 2010, Gartner says. But are companies putting the BI software they’re buying to effective use? Gartner and MIT have thoughts on that.
Learn how to move to IPv6 with these steps provided by ARIN president and CEO John Curran from his Interop Las Vegas 2011 session, 'How do we finally get to IPv6?'
Research shows Cisco gaining market share with its UCS servers at the expense of server giants HP and IBM.
Divisions within IT lead to a splintered unified communications strategy, resulting in poor execution, lackluster adoption and unnecessary expenses, according to one expert.
The range of purchasing channels today makes life easy for the consumer, but it can mean headaches for companies that don’t do enough to make sure data is consistent across those channels.
In a sign of more mixed virtual environments, Microsoft System Center will manage XenServer 6.0, and two new Citrix cloud initiatives will support both Hyper-V and VMware.
New MacDefender variant MacGuard doesn’t need administrative authentication, and is out in the wild — latest entrant to the growing Apple malware family
At its annual conference this week, Citrix Systems showered IT shops with products and technologies that reflect a general maturing of the virtual desktop market.
The recent news around Facebook security and the visibility in the media of identity loss stories have some positive outcomes.
Following the adoption of a sharper focus on the web over the past 12 months, sales at Marks & Spencer's online operation M&S Direct increased by 31% during the year to 17 April, the retailer said in its annual results.
Businesses often use a set of multiple-choice questions to gather customers' views on the company, yet the most interesting customer feedback generally appears in free text form. How can businesses analyse this data?
A vulnerability in the Hotmail site has enabled hackers to steal an unknown number of messages from users' accounts, according to security firm Trend Micro.
Online accounting services provider Twinfield has created an iPhone application that will enable users to automatically record time and mileage. Available as a free download from the Apple AppStore, the app uses global positioning to track mileage.
From today, UK and other European companies face internet privacy law that bans the way most identify and track regular online customers.
Over half of businesses gave their business intelligence and data warehouse projects a rating of "average" when asked how well they met business objectives.
Microsoft is to launch an online version of its Windows Phone mobile application store, Marketplace.
Google's Chrome operating system is not as secure at it might look at first glance, says Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro.
As director general for informatics at the Department of Health, Christine Connelly has had one of the least enviable jobs in public sector IT: defending the much- maligned NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT). But despite a fiercely critical review in a recent National Audit Office report and at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, she told Computer Weekly she stands by the controversial £11.4bn programme.
Twitter says it will contact users before any personal information is provided to UK authorities as part of privacy injunction breach investigations.
KCOM's decision to exit low margin business has hit its revenues but appears to have delivered the required results on the profit front. The comms provider issued preliminary results for its year ended 31 March showing a 4.2% decline in revenue to £395.4m but pre-tax profits increased by 40% f
Apple is reacting to one of the first major Mac targeted viruses, warning customers over the scam and looking to roll out a security update in the next day or so. The vendor has not traditionally been the target of virus writers, with Microsoft Windows the much more favored platform, but with increa
CRYPTOCard CEO Neil Hollister looks at the prospects for remote access technologyin the cloud-based future. It was German astrophysicist Bernd Fix who developed the first anti-virus software in the late 1980s, scanning for infections passed on by floppy disks. Then in the 90s the rapid adoption of
The number of IT firms hitting the wall has stabilised with the number of insolvencies last month dropping slightly year-on-year. The latest figures from Experian indicate that 51 IT firms hit the wall in April, down 8.93% on last year, and the level of the business population failing remained stab
Two months after it acquired Scotland-based Canon dealer Concept Group, Xerox has forked out an undisclosed sum to buy Middlesex-based NewField IT. NewField IT is a hybrid reseller and software developer thatspecialises in print consultancy andservices based around its Asset DB software suite to hel
Citrix has updated its product portfolio, taking aim at IT cloud concerns and claiming the end of the traditional desktop.
Scale-outstorage solutions vendor Scale Computing has introduced a new partner programmeplacing agreater emphasis on its Preferred and Select resellers. The SME-specialist claims to have seen 95 per cent growth in its partner programme in the past 12 months as smaller firms move towards server virtu
NetApp CEO Tom Georgens has beensinging the channel's praises on a conference call to mark the storage vendor's fourth quarter numbers, saying indirect sales now total 75 per cent of total revenues. "Our reference to build the most diversified channels to market continued to have significant im
CDW study finds that cloud users aren’t implementing security capabilities or verifying cloud provider security.
Find out what happened around wide area network (WAN) technology in this Interop 2011 Las Vegas recap.
Text Analytics Summit presenter Daniel Ziv explains how mining unstructured data from within can help prevent product complaints from going viral.
Some question the path to network convergence - is it through FCoE or iSCSI? Either way, preparing the existing infrastructure will be key to a healthy network environment.
As more iPads, smartphones and tablets gain access to corporate networks, planning and vigilance is key.
IT managers who have been there say Microsoft SharePoint collaboration can go haywire without a firm foundation for governance, architecture and development.
Master data management is like the quest for the Holy Grail -- elusive, yet well worth the journey. See how MDM has demonstrated value within the private and public sectors.
Scott Jesse, senior manager for Oracle RAC customer support, discusses Oracle Database 11g Release 2 High Availability, a book he co-wrote this year.
Netuitive, a competitor of VMware’s Integrien, throws its weight behind Microsoft Hyper-V; Quest and StorSimple partner on a hybrid cloud offering; Kodak blesses VMware.
IBM brings out HPC storage system based on hardware from OEM partner NetApp; Xiotech launches turnkey system for Citrix VDI storage; Dell adds QLogic converged adapters; more news.
On average, UK users achieve a mobile internet download speed of 1.5Mbps, compared with 6.2Mbps average fixed broadband download speeds.
Skype was forced to issue a workaround for users unable to sign into their accounts while the internet telephony service worked on a permanent fix.
Google has announced an application that turns mobile phones into a virtual wallet in partnership with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint.
Half of European public sector CIOs said the biggest barrier to adopting shared services is concern that it will not save enough money to make it worthwhile, while a quarter said loyalty to existing staff would prevent them moving to a shared-services model.
Consumers and businesses in Wiltshire, Norfolk, Devon and Somerset are to benefit from the next phase of the UK government's drive to roll out superfast broadband connections to rural areas.
The government is inviting bids from telecoms firms to create competition in wholesale superfast broadband services in rural and hard-to-reach areas of the country, with the incentive of winning contracts worth up to £2bn.
Facebook, Google and other technology companies have called on governments to guarantee internet access in a meeting with G8 leaders in France.
Cisco shakes up blade server market in Q1, says IDC Cisco's charge into the blade server market with its UCS technology is beginning to shake up a highly consolidated sector
It has not been the best of weeks for Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer who revealed the rough schedule for the release of Windows 8 and then had to back track and was heavily criticised by a leading hedge fund manager who called for his resignation to further the vendor's future. After Ballmer told dev
Former Network Rail CIO Catherine Doran is to leave the rail infrastructure firm this summer.
Facebook has filed its official legal response to claims by New York developer Paul Ceglia that he worked on developing the social networking site in exchange for shares in the social media company.
VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company set up last yeat by EMC, Cisco and VMware, has appointed Magirus as its first EMEA distribution partner. Magirus already has a track record selling the vendor's technologies and knows its way round the vBlock infrastructure platform, which integrates th
Barely twomonths after it bought defunct system builder PARS Technology out of administration, education reseller NS Optimum has flown to the rescue of a second struggling firm, buying the trade and assets of A2Z Computer Products Ltd from liquidators Baker Tilley. Leicestershire-based A2Z hasover 1
Hackers behind the fake AV software MacDefender targeting Apple Mac users have begun distributing a new version as Apple prepares to release a security update for Mac OS X.
Welcome to HP's 'Printing Resource Centre', in association with Microscope - over the course of the next six months we'll be sharing everything we know about the inkjet business; insight which we hope will help you raise the profile of the HP Officejet Pro Printer portfolio, and highlight its role i
Since inkjet printers came onto the market in the late 1980's they have predictably fallen in price and risen in popularity, particularly in the home market, but could more businesses benefit from this technology? Linda Endersby investigates. The technologyPrinter technologies used to be split into
A major study has questioned the effectiveness of the way businesses run project and programme management operations.
UK businesses are considering the introduction of private cloud platforms while waiting for the public cloud market to mature, according to research from analyst firm Quocirca.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is grooming a British tech start-up to play a key role in its £2bn Universal Credit benefits system.