TechTarget News - Week of May 29, 2011

All change for Aussie storage bloggers

Storage bloggers dissect big data, FCoE and more as we wrap up the storage blogs from May.

Mobile BI: For that executive on-the-go

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.

How is cybersecurity linked to economic 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?

HP faces another laptop battery recall

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.

Xirrus adds EMEA channel, sales vice president

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.

Lockheed Martin attack keeps security in the spotlight

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.

NHS benefits from Microsoft LAR licensing promotion

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.

Finance not seen as problem for optimistic mid-market

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 to make data centre services carbon neutral

SCC has signed an agreement with carbon management specialist's CO2balance to offset carbon emissions from its £20m hosted services data centre facility.

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. The sale came after MacIntyre Hudson was appointed earlier today as administrators.

HP jump-starts sleepy software biz with CIO dashboard

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.

Is Citrix's client hypervisor better than XenDesktop for VDI?

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.

Cloud SLAs the next bugbear for enterprise IT

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.

ComSuper releases tender request for the physical sorting of mail

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.

Virtual cloud computing rings in a new security era

Elasticity and ease of provisioning are virtual cloud computing characteristics that appeal to CIOs but are off-putting from the perspective of security.

Cost and productivity benefits of the hybrid organisation

Leading businesses are combining communications technology with radically redesigned workspaces to free employees to work in more innovative, collaborative ways, a study claims.

Jobs will take to the stage to launch iCloud

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.

Acronis programme targets SMB cloud environments

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.

Polycom buys HP video unit, inks service provider pact

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.

Anti-virus vendors respond to Mac troubles

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 to get UK AudioCodes contract

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 writes off $150m inventory and axes staff to get back on track

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.

Gartner: SaaS-based ERP can help with IT governance

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.

Business dashboards: From information to insight

Business dashboards have become as vital as report generation amongst corporates. Ask these insightful questions before selecting a suitable business dashboard.

Services expansion planned by Interactive Ideas

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.

Eclipse Internet increases reseller managed services options

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.

How can businesses be secure and successful in cyberspace?

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.

Lenovo forks out for German PC builder Medion

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.

Avnet showcases new Motorola lead-gen site

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.

Government plans next-generation ID scheme

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".

OKI ditches Printing Solutions brand

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.

Ingram Micro to offer £100K SMB credit limits

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.

Intact hands UK MD role to services boss Pett

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 adds partner rebates to extended EasyLease scheme

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 links to HP Operations Manager: News in brief

APC infrastructure management software integrates with HP Operations Manager for real-time power and cooling monitoring; and more news in brief.

Can anyone challenge Microsoft's messaging monopoly?

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?

Putting a global face on manufacturing quality control

Today’s global and extended supply chains are putting a strain on traditional quality control systems, causing new challenges for manufacturers.

Survey says: IT certifications are losing value

Real-life experience trumps formal IT certifications when it comes to salary, according to Foote Partners research.

Sony hit by another major data breach

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.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 June 2011

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.

Accenture: Organisations make inconsistent use of analytics research

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.

MESH collapse leaves customers out of pocket

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.

Nimans extends nought per cent Samsung deals

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.

ICT vendors praised in Gartner supply chain rankings

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.