Storage bloggers dissect big data, FCoE and more as we wrap up the storage blogs from May.
Amazon Web Services has asked its global customers for feedback on it services, and the questions asked of users suggest the company is considering the introduction of a local data centre.
Raritan dcTrack helps managers unearth spare data center capacity; Wave2Wave intros a data center on wheels; and iTRACS and TBD Fusion strike partnership.
The flexibility and reduced lead time offered by containerized data center infrastructure has won over colocation provider Terremark.
From managing backup copies to server-side SSD caching, users say emerging I/O redirection and optimization tools are key to managing storage in virtual infrastructures.
Sentiment analysis tools are creating a kind of customer intelligence that online marketers are finding beats traditional market research.
As images and video become more and more central to the online experience, the delineation between WCM and DAM technologies is no longer so clear.
Business Intelligence has caught the mobile bug. While there are warnings issued about the length of caution that must be met, essentially applications are being built to help mobile BI professionals to do their job all the time.
US-based global defence firm Lockheed Martin says it has beefed up security around remote access to its IT network after a "significant and tenacious attack" on 21 May, which could be linked to an earlier breach at security firm RSA.
Armed forces minister Nick Harvey has revealed the UK is working on a cyber-weapon programme with offensive capabilities to counter cyber warfare threats to national security.
The US is the latest world power to publish details of its national strategy for cybersecurity, but what is driving this up the political agenda and why does this affect business?
Google will keep the focus of its Chrome operating system on notebooks rather than tablets for now, according to a senior executive at the search company.
Intel is to take on Apple with a slim laptop design, which will enable tablet and laptop manufactures to build thinner devices.
Global construction machinery manufacturer Hilti Corporation is attempting to cut costs by streamlining its procurement activities through a web-based platform from Capgemini.
Engineering firm Invensys is embarking on a global roll-out of software-based tokens from SecurEnvoy to replace physical token-based authentication.
A year after it first had to announce a battery recall Hewlett-Packard is having to renew its call for users to return more products that are at risk of overheating.
High-performance wireless network specialist Xirrus is gearing up for a growth spurt in EMEA after appointing Sean Larner to run its sales and channels in the region.
eBay has called on telecoms regulator Ofcom to improve mobile broadband coverage to boost the UK economy
Security resellers will have kept an eye on the developments at Lockheed Martin over the weekend after the defence specialist revealed it had been the victim of a major attack designed to penetrate its network.
Information obtained by South Tyneside Council on a Twitter user accused of defamation could prove to be a landmark case in British libel law, a media law expert has said.
Microsoft's Large Account Resellers have been given access to a scheme to sell software licensing enterprise agreements individually to NHS organisations saving considerable amounts of money for customers.
Smaller firms might still be struggling to get credit and blame the banks for keeping too tight a grip on the purse strings but in the mid-market there appears to be more optimism around the chances of getting finance.
SCC has signed an agreement with carbon management specialist's CO2balance to offset carbon emissions from its £20m hosted services data centre facility.
MESH Computers has been sold but the brand and certain other assets will remain in British hands after being picked up by PC Peripherals. The sale came after MacIntyre Hudson was appointed earlier today as administrators.
HP’s new IT Executive Scorecard dashboard is targeted at CIOs and their C-level peers in an attempt to revive the company’s IT performance management portfolio.
Struggling with SAP sales order management? You’re probably not alone. It’s a complicated system, but some careful planning can help avoid mistakes.
Microsoft Azure ranked behind Google App Engine in a recent global performance ranking of cloud providers. Should IT shops take note?
One Citrix executive says the company's client hypervisor is closer to the future of desktop delivery than what is offered by the company's flagship VDI products.
Service-level agreements are a royal pain to most IT pros, but at least they give you a leg to stand on with providers. Not so with cloud computing; sometimes "buyer beware" isn't enough.
Headlines: NetApp and CommVault sign an OEM deal that allows NetApp to sell and brand CommVault’s SnapProtect to move replicated data to tape.
In this second part of an interview with Johanna Rothman, SSQ contributor Matt Heusser explores questions related to the role of the architect, architectural debt and additional resources related to Agile architecture.
The bill would supersede state laws and experts say they could help enterprises by setting one standard set of rules for breach notification.
What happens when the CISO has cloud computing security questions, but the contract has already been signed? Find a way to renegotiate, says one consultant.
How do organizations handle the architecture involved with software development in an Agile world? What does the term "Agile architecture" even mean? In this two-part interview, SSQ contributor Matt Heusser asks consultant Johanna Rothman to find out.
With services expected to commence on 1 July 2011 for a term of 12 months, Comsuper has released a tender for the physical sorting of mail sent to the ComSuper postal addresses in Belconnen ACT.
On 8 June, 2011, a number of large networks will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”.
Elasticity and ease of provisioning are virtual cloud computing characteristics that appeal to CIOs but are off-putting from the perspective of security.
The growth of sales automation tools and virtual shopping are creating a brave new sales world.
Logistics company DHL is one business that uses product level track and trace for high value cargo. OnAsset Intelligence provides sensors and data.
PURE, a small insurance provider, is fueling growth on the back of outsourcing services and cloud computing, and with a clear vision of IT innovation.
Nokia has warned that sales of its mobile phones will "substantially" drop in the second quarter of 2011 due to its current integration with Microsoft.
Eric Schmidt has outlined a "gang of four" companies - Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple - locked in a platform war.
Kaspersky Lab has detected multi-purpose rootkits capable of posing a threat to 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems, along with a variant that targets Mac OS X
Twitter has launched a "follow" button for websites, which will enable users to get updates without opening a Twitter page.
The UK's second Cyber Security Challenge - aimed at attracting talent to the information security industry - is open.
Leading businesses are combining communications technology with radically redesigned workspaces to free employees to work in more innovative, collaborative ways, a study claims.
Swiss telco Sunrise has outsourced software testing to Software Quality Services (SQS) for the next three years to reduce costs and increase flexibility.
HP has extended a recall of laptop lithium-ion batteries in some HP and Compaq notebooks.
It is no exaggeration to say cyber attacks could bring a state to its knees without any military action, say Michael Rake, chairman of BT.
Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, is set to take a break from his medical leave and take the stage next Monday as the vendor launches its iCloud service.
Disaster recovery and data protection specialist Acronis has fired up a new worldwide partner programme designed specifically to take account of growth in virtualised and cloud environments in the SMB sector.
Microsoft is calling on businesses to donate PCs for re-use after the government-backed 'Get Online@Home' campaign is set to run out of equipment by the end of June.
Oracle continues to struggle in the European server market as both its revenue and market share slipped in the first quarter.
Polycom has acquired HP's Visual Collaboration business for an undisclosed sum on a day of major announcements from the unified comms and video specialist.
The anti-virus industry is starting to crank up the sales pitch around Apple after the vendor was hit by a highly publicised attack that has left users looking for a system update and guidance from the Mac maker.
ScanSource is preparing to bring VoIP and voice networking vendor Audio Codes to the UK after extending an existing North American contract into Germany.
Acer has taken drastic action to get itself back on track swinging the axe on 300 EMEA staff and announcing a $150 write-off to clear its high channel inventory. The moves are being made by the CEO J.T Wang, who has bid his own remuneration goodbye as he authorises the write-off.
At the Text Analytics Summit, Chris Jones of Zynga presented 14 steps on how to ensure a voice-of-the-customer program delivers.
Read this interview to learn what "embedded Agile" looks like, how it's done, and how teams can convert effectively from traditional means.
Bolton College linked its buildings facilities to the campus network and is using a network monitoring and management system that sees both buildings and IT resources.
As regulations increase, more compliance organizations and professionals are seeing the value of social networking tools to share information on regulatory compliance services.
Information quality guru Larry English says the keys to improving quality include proactive monitoring and ferreting out the root cause of problems.
Carriers must differentiate their content monetization strategies by offering advertisers something pure-play CDN providers cannot: subscriber usage data and video QoE metrics.
Security consultant offers up list of missteps companies should avoid in cloud security.
School districts that adopt iPad-in-the-classroom programs must upgrade their wireless LAN technology in order to support the new mobile devices.
A Japanese company that used SaaS-based ERP at an Indian subsidiary to lower costs and speed deployment found that the project also helped with IT governance.
With increasing focus on mobility and bring your own device initiatives, UC pros must ensure that users who juggle multiple devices have a unified user experience.
Montclair State University is suing Oracle, claiming the company mismanaged a PeopleSoft ERP project and caused deadlines to come and go with no results.
Telestroke services put neurologists at patients' bedsides fast enough to make a difference with cutting-edge tPA treatments. This puts telemedicine in the spotlight.
A vertical cloud for the cash crowd is now in beta. But is it just hosting with another name?
Gray market alliance contends that abuse of channel programs and funding contributes to a $54 billion problem.
Security pros advocate a reassessment of security processes and technologies in the wake of breaches that may be tied to RSA SecurID weaknesses.
Business dashboards have become as vital as report generation amongst corporates. Ask these insightful questions before selecting a suitable business dashboard.
The IlliniCloud private cloud service helps 300 Illinois public schools save money by sharing storage, data protection, infrastructure and software through a private cloud.
Cable&Wireless Worldwide has introduced a managed videoconferencing (MVC) suite covering video communications on any device.
Chinese hackers have accessed the accounts of hundreds of Gmail users, including senior US officials, Chinese political activists, military personnel, journalists and officials in several Asian countries, Google has said.
Moving public services online is a key objective of the UK government, says Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Birmingham City Council is planning to offshore 100 jobs to India as part of an HR and IT services joint venture with Capita.
Google has warned Google Apps may stop working on old versions of some web browsers as it plans to pull support from the beginning of August.
Interactive Ideas has revealed plans to expand its services business as it looks to support the growth in demand for open source and networking products.
The number of network-connected devices available by 2015 will be double the world's population, totalling 15 billion, according to research from Cisco.
The prospect of employees bringing their own devices to work is still causing unease for those responsible for securing corporate networks.
Mobile phone retailer, Best Buy Europe, has reduced the time staff take to produce critical business reports from days to hours, after investing in a business analytics platform.
The Cabinet Office has denied claims the government has canned its G-Cloud project
Broadband specialist Eclipse Internet has ploughed investment into its partner portal as it looks to increase the managed services options its resellers can offer customers.
Businesses should use every means possible to understand the specific cyber risks to the organisation at a board level, formulate a strategy to minimise those risks, and then invest in the most appropriate technological controls and security processes to support that strategy.
Budget German PC builder Medion has been acquired by Lenovo in a deal valuing the firm at €629.4m (£554.1m), doubling its local market share and handing the Chinese firm around 7.5 per cent of the PC market in western Europe, according to IDC.
Motorola hardware dealers buying through Avnet will now be able to source lead generation services and collateral through a new Marketplace website being rolled out across Europe.
The government has been coy about the pilot identity system it has been running with Mydex, the East London start-up whose trials with Brent Borough Council created what was dubbed "a Google moment".
Cyber safety is more about awareness than technology, but that message is not being communicated effectively, says James Lyne, director of technology strategy at Sophos.
OKI Europe has canned its Printing Solutions brand name effective as of 1 June, and is transitioning back to plain old OKI as part of a mid-term business plan. Japan-based OKI says it wants to "maximise corporate values and brand equity" through unifying its disparate brand names.
Broadline distributor Ingram Micro has announced a major expansion of its CreditBuilder + programme within the UK and will now offer credit facilities of up to £100,000 to SMB resellers over a 12 month period.
Managed support services provider Intact Integrated Services has appointed its vice president of service operations Alan Pett to the role of UK managing director.
Cisco's financing arm, Cisco Capital, is to extend its EasyLease low rate financing programme through to the end of July and added five year deals and up-front rebates to the scheme.
APC infrastructure management software integrates with HP Operations Manager for real-time power and cooling monitoring; and more news in brief.
Struggling for a simple way to reduce the time it takes to invoice its customers, one Swiss crane manufacturer found iPhones and a low-cost cloud solution were the answer.
With Exchange Server, Microsoft has won the messaging-collaboration wars against IBM’s Lotus Notes. But who will step up to challenge its monopoly in the age of the cloud?
Today’s global and extended supply chains are putting a strain on traditional quality control systems, causing new challenges for manufacturers.
In part two of this two-part interview, we hear more about tools and techniques in requirements elicitation and further explore the roles of tester collaboration in requirements processes.
In part one of this two-part interview with EBG Consulting's Ellen Gottesdiener, we learn about techniques used to elicit requirements and hear about the differences between Agile and traditional requirements elicitation.
Even with a dedicated link for backup, one credit union's nightly WAN replication never kept up with the data load. WAN optimization shaved that cycle down from day to hours.
Real-life experience trumps formal IT certifications when it comes to salary, according to Foote Partners research.
Medway Youth Trust’s use of IBM’s SSPS predictive analytics to fight youth unemployment attracts government interest.
Micron brings out its first PCIe SSD card; Texas Memory Systems adds RamSan-70 to its solid-state platform; Bocada Prism expands reporting for Symantec deduplication; and more.
SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) provides HR managers ideal data for corporate email distribution lists. See how to leverage this data.
Salesforce.com is promoting the idea of product-specific social networks based on Chatter, but organizations need to determine their social media strategy first.
Mobile growth is surging ahead like never before, according to our annual reader survey. Find out what your peers are saying, and where their IT budgets are going.
Microsoft has unveiled its new operating system (OS) Windows 8 in a preview video.
Sony has been hit by another major data breach just as it restored its PlayStation Network and online entertainment services after the personal data of up to 100 million users was stolen in April.
Hacking group Anonymous has hacked into Iranian government servers and stolen more than 10,000 e-mail messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, say US reports.
MESH picked up by PC Peripherals MESH Computers has been sold but the brand and certain other assets will remain in British hands after being picked up by PC Peripherals.
When asked to evaluate how well they are using analytics, such as applying data, statistical and quantitative analysis, descriptive and predictive models to drive decisions and enhance customer experience, most organisations' perceptions are very different from reality.
Widget has launched its plan of attack to start selling the groundbreaking sound system from Orbit sound to more resellers and retailers.
Worried MESH customers have been contacting MicroScope to express their concerns that the collapse into administration and change of ownership at the PC manufacturer will hit requests for refunds on orders placed in the last few months.
New regulations around carbon reduction will force companies to hire in new green IT skills, according to the BCS.
The government has launched a digital patent application tool to enable the technology community to view and comment on patent applications.
Outsourcing giant Serco has acquired Indian IT services provider Intelenet for £385m to bolster its BPO offering.
Nimans has announced the extension of its zero per cent financing offer on Samsung OfficeServ systems and software to the end of September after seeing a spike in sales through the channel during the first six months of 2011.
The vendor community was heavily represented in Gartner's 2011 Supply Chain Top 25 rankings, released today to mark the analyst house's Supply Chain Executive Conference in the US.