TechTarget News - Week of Jun 05, 2011

Cloud computing adoption remains tepid

According to a recent cloud adoption survey, the value of server virtualisation may be a no-brainer, but the cost benefits of cloud computing aren’t widely understood.

VMware vCloud Director trumped by Embotics at U.K. university

Aston University chose Embotics’ V-Commander over VMware vCloud Director because it was more affordable and easier to set up, and to avoid being locked in with VMware.

What should we ask Chuck Hollis?

EMC's Chuck Hollis is coming to Australia and SearchStorage ANZ has half an hour in his presence. What should we ask?

Security resellers courted as advertisers on AV comparison site

Security resellers are being given the chance to promote their services on the anti-virus comparison site RenewalBuddy.com to try and take advantage of tapping into an audience already looking for products. Since the launch of the comparison site in March a number of resellers and vendors have been

Debra Lilley talks about uniting the diverse UK Oracle User Group

Two months after becoming the chairman of the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG), Debra Lilley talks to Computer Weekly about her plans to integrate the disparate user communities following Oracle's acquisitions.

Service providers battle to reduce carbon footprint as datacentres expand

IT service providers are united in their attempt to reduce carbon footprints on paper, with corporate targets to support them, but despite putting a lot of energy into the cause, their power consumption is rising, according to a major benchmarking study.

Cisco's Nick Watson to replace Sartorius at HP Networking

HP Networking has appointed Cisco's Europeanstrategic private sector accounts head Nick Watson as its newEMEA vice president, replacing Carlos Sartorius, who is taking up aworldwide position. Watson has spent 16 years on the inside at HP Networking's rival, working variously in sales, channel, marke

Acronis launches licensing model for managed services providers

Acronis is to give managed services providers (MSPs)access to a new monthly subscription-based licensing model for resellers looking to provide disaster recovery and data protection services to their end-user base. The vendorwants to provide alower-cost, more flexible way to sell its products, with

Calyx spends £6m on bolt-on buys of Touchstone and Trinity

Calyx owners Better Capital have stumped up £6m to acquire two strategic, bolt-on companies in the first stage of a plannedbuy-and-build strategy. The acquired companies areTouchstone Group Plc a midmarket provider of integrated business software products, and Trinity Computer Services Holding

Outsourcing in the Ukraine: benefits and drawbacks

The Ukraine offers highly skilled IT specialists at a low cost for companies looking to develop projects within Europe. But while the honesty of its people appears to be a key selling point, problems of corruption and the possibility of social unrest remain.

Atos Origin takes wraps off cloud testing service

Atos Origin has announced plans to offer cloud testing services to customers introducing a framework that will provide the assurances that hesitant users have been looking for. The services specialist has built the test and acceptance management services solution on a pay-per-use model helping cust

RSA SecurID compromise: What should users do next?

RSA has finally come clean that the data breach it suffered in mid-March is linked to a hacker attack on defence contractor Lockheed Martin in May.

UK government to propose national website blocking list

The UK government is considering setting up a national blocking list of violent and unlawful websites in plans to tackle radicalisation to be unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Blackberry Playbook enables admins to manage virtual datacentres

Netuitive, a company which specialises in predictive analytics for IT administrators, has developed a Blackberry Playbook console, to give IT admins a real-time view of their virtual datacentres.

Tablet growth in the enterprise ready to erupt

IT pros are planning on significant tablet growth as part of their IT strategy, according to our reader survey. But will tablets ever replace laptops and desktops?

Q&A: With SQL Azure, Microsoft eyes giant leap to the cloud

It was cloud, cloud, cloud at Microsoft TechEd 2011. Microsoft’s Mark Kromer discusses the SQL Azure, what’s new with the cloud database offering and what’s to come.

Riverbed upgrades Whitewater cloud storage gateways

Riverbed adds three new Whitewater public cloud storage gateway models and clarifies the differences between Whitewater and Steelhead WAN acceleration devices.

Phoenix IT sees modest growth in full-year results

Revenue growth at IT services outfit Phoenix ITGroup has tickedinto double figures, and pre-tax profit saw slight growth at the end of a turbulent year for the firm. Group revenues increased by 10.5 per cent to £271.6m, while pre-tax profit grew just 0.4 per cent to £25.3m, according to

Nimans makes call for greater convergence

Voice and data convergence has been a trend in the channel for the last few years but there is still a fair way for resellers to go in embracing the concept, which is leaving those yet to expand their portfolios missing out on revenue. The warning has been sounded by Nimans, which has been expandin

Apple's iCloud challenges role of PC as the digital hub

The concept of the cloud is not a new one but the move by Apple to unveil a range of services under the iCloud brand will extend the concept of using hosted services to a greater number of customers.

Computacenter blamed in public sector open source row

Systems integrator (SI) Computacenter has taken fire in a growingbust-up over open source software at Bristol City Council, which MPs have been told proves the government's open source ICT strategy isunworkable, writes Mark Ballard. In a letter to MPs sitting on the Public Administration Select Comm

C2000 names new sales, commercial directors

Computer 2000 has named Peter Hubbard, formerly of Dell, as its new sales director, and promoted David Watts to the role of commercial director. Public sector expert Hubbard spent 11 years with Dell and has also enjoyed spells with IBM, Silicon Graphics and lately, a cloud-based contact centre busin

Interview series: Beth DeAvila, HP Officejet Pro Brand Manager

Far too often the customer ends up buying technology not because it's right for them but because it's what they think is going to be the perfect fit. But technology moves swiftly and perceptions about IT can become dangerously outdated leaving the buyer and even the reseller choosing and pitching th

Kyocera Mita launches national engineer network

Kyocera Mita has launched a nationwide network of engineers to provide its resellers with a resource they can use to deliver support to customers. The printer vendor's Service Network will be able to provide assistance with hardware and software queries and can be used by resellers to complement th

Calyx to embark on MS Dynamics consolidation drive

Calyx has said that yesterday's acquisitions of parts of Touchstone and Trinity will form the base for a wider buy-and-build strategy of Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains (GP)specialists for its software unit, Calyx Software Ltd. The firm, which was bought out of administration last year, has previous

Document capture: the first step in effective document management

Analysts say that document management technology won’t help organizations banish paper from the office until proper document capture processes are adopted. And that can be a tall order.

IT head at Ofcom sent down for £522,123 fraud

A former IT head at Ofcom has been sentenced to two years for defrauding the communications regulator more than half a million pounds.

Forrester: Time to reinvent the role of IT

Business technology is the main focus at this year's Forrester IT Forum EMEA. Cliff Saran reports from the conference on what it all means.

Police forces save £6m through NPIA framework agreement

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has saved £6m over the past year using technology procured though its national framework for electronic sign-on systems.

World IPv6 Day: Why it really matters

Wednesday 8 June 2011 is World IPv6 Day, which means around 200 organisations, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo, will offer content over IPv6 for a 24-hour trial to highlight security holes.

Dell PartnerDirect updates top May news

The evolution of the Dell PartnerDirect program and its new Premier tier, as well as Attachmate’s Novell plans intrigued SearchITChannel.com readers in May.

HP sends demand letter to Oracle over Itanium

HP is demanding that Oracle reverse its decision to stop development of Oracle on Itanium platforms, saying Oracle is contractually obligated to do so.

HP shops balk at AppSystem bundles

IT pros don’t find much to love in new HP data center appliances.

Students help test IPv6 in Australia - “Best School Day Ever!”

“The successful Australian test of IPv6 – the next generation of Internet Protocol – has cleared the way for full implementation”, said Narelle Clark, Vice President of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and coordinator of Australia's activities.

Windows ThinPC strips down Windows 7 for old PCs

Got old PCs? Want to run Windows 7? For Software Assurance subscribers, Microsoft Windows ThinPC could be in the cards.

MobileMe signalled for shutdown, iCloud unveiled at Apple WWDC 2011

This week the registered users of Apple's MobileMe service received notification that MobileMe was being shut down. In it's place? Prepare for iCloud. And prepare for another data leakage channel from your network.

Dell execs talk scale-out NAS, data reduction, 3PAR, EMC

Dell storage chief Darren Thomas and other Dell execs discuss the company’s storage strategy, with plans for scale-out NAS, data optimization and where Compellent fits in the mix.

Planning for Windows 8

With many CIOs still planning or recovering from their Windows 7 deployment, Microsoft has unveiled early builds of Windows 8.

Workforce of the future puts CIOs in the hot seat

Why collaboration and innovation expert Tamara Erickson believes CIOs will be central to their organization's success and the workforce of the future.

FrontRange extends cloud invitation to resellers

FrontRange is outlining its push into the cloud to partners with the expectation that its resellers will take advantage of the opportunity to offer products both on-premise and via a hosted model. At a reseller event today the vendor, which is best known for its software asset management expertise,

Gartner forecasts tough second half for PC sales

The second half of the year is going to be a tough one for those in the channel relying on PC sales, as consumers sit on their hands and avoid spending on desktop technology and the collapse of the mini-notebook market continues. According to figures from Gartner, worldwide PC saleswill be up 9.3% t

20:20 Mobile signs European distie pact with Huawei

Mobile handset and accessories distie 20:20 Mobile has signed a pan-European framework agreement to distribute Huawei devices across the region. Under the terms of the contract 20:20 will get access to Huawei smartphones, tablets, dongles and mobile Wi-Fi hostpots, targeting both specialist and non-

Data loss widespread problem for UK firms

Firms including Play.com, Sony and Lush might hog the headlines when it comes to recent stories about data loss but there are many more firms, around 75% of UK businesses, suffering mishaps. The revelation that as many as one in four firms has been the victim of data loss will provide a boon to tho

Plan International moves global systems to SAP

International child welfare charity Plan International is rolling out SAP globally and in doing so is embarking on its first ever major application outsourcing project.

Experts share tips for shop floor quality control

Integrating the plant floor into the enterprise IT infrastructure for global plant visibility can help manufacturers achieve more effective quality control.

Infor renews channel push

New Infor Partner Network encourages, but does not require, partner exclusivity.

Social media analytics: Still trial and error

Companies are discovering the challenges of social media analytics, and many are not sure where to begin. But industry analysts say launching a listening strategy is a good way to start.

Upgrade SQL Server; your BI system will thank you

Better performing BI systems are invaluable to businesses itching to get ahead. Upgrade SQL Server to a newer version, Don Jones says, and you’ll be a step closer.

Thin client device market splinters on virtual desktops

Choosing the right thin client in a sea of devices built for specific virtual desktop environments is a balancing act that involves much thought and a long term plan.

Tipping point: What's getting IT shops into cloud?

Many IT pros are teetering on the edge of making a cloud decision. With budget constraints and other hesitations, choosing the right time has become increasingly important.

Oracle fixes 17 Java bugs in June critical patch

Releases bug fixes to address critical Java SE product line vulnerabilities in scheduled Java Critical Update Patch.

Citigroup acknowledges data security breach

Bank said a hack of its systems exposed the data of about 200,000 bank card holders in North America.

Symantec recruits Dragon to advise UK resellers

Symantec's small business focused partners are being given a novel chance to get some advice from a former Dragon's Den star. The vendor is offering its small business specialistresellersthe chance to win a mentoring session with James Caan, with deals registered on the small business margin builder

Citibank joins growing list of breach victims

The data breaches continue to come thick and fast, with Citibank the latest name to beadded to an ever-expanding list. Already this year there have been breaches at RSA, Play.com and Lush, among others. According to reports the bank has been the victim of a hacking attack that could potentially impa

Zebra to reward specialist VARs

Speciality printing, RFID and location systems vendor Zebra is to reward specialist solution VARs ina new programme being rolled out in the UK. The vendor says that having seen some success recently with resellers embedding its solutions in more innovative products for specialist verticals, such as

Resellers advised to take balanced approach to cloud

Resellers need to balance their approach to the cloud with an eye on both hosted and on-premise options. Although the share of cloud-basedIT salesare going to grow strongly over the next few years fromtheir current level of around 5 per cent,the demand for on-premise will remain. Speaking at an even

Azlan hires to bulk up HP storage team

Arrow ECS HP head John Ward is crossing over to C2000's enterprise division Azlan to take up the post of HP ESSN business manager. Ward has over 25 years of experience in technical, sales, marketing and management roles in both channel and end user firms.

HP Networking chief to address VAR services strategy

The new EMEA vice president of HP Networking has pledged to address lingeringdifferences of opinion between HP and its resellers over services provisioning. Speaking to MicroScope today, Nick Watson, who was named to the post on Monday, said that there were differences between how many vendors and r

EU prepares to set up Computer Emergency Response Team

The EU has set up a team to establish a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to counter the threat of cyber attacks against EU institutions, bodies and agencies.

HP threatens Oracle with legal action over Itanium

HP has threatened to take legal action against Oracle if the enterprise software maker does not rescind a decision announced in March to end software development for HP's Itanium chip-based servers.

IT shops will look at but not 'touch' Windows 8

Microsoft’s Windows 8 will include, among other things, touch-centric capabilities. It may not work for enterprises today, but IT executives see potential as applications evolve.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 June 2011

Computacenter blamed in public sector open source row Systems integrator (SI) Computacenter has taken fire in a growingbust-up over open source software at Bristol City Council, which MPs have been told proves the government's open source ICT strategy isunworkable. In a letter to MPs sitting on the

Avaya to go public in $1bn IPO

Avaya has filed a registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed IPO of $1bn in common stock. As reported earlier in the week, rumours about Avaya going public have been circulating for some time. It was taken private following its acquisition four

Tech M&A deals grow in volume and value

The health of the technology sector continues to improve with mergers and acquisition activity on the rise thanks to some major deals including Microsoft picking up Skype last month. The latest survey of M&A activity from Regent tracked 265 acquisitions in May of European technology companies w

Target Components bulks up monitor lines

Components distributor Target is adding monitors and displays from HKC to its line-up in response to customer feedback. The Yorkshire-based firm already holds contracts to supply equipment from AOC, which specialises in high-performance monitors targeted at gamers and designers, and Edge10, which pr

Business intelligence and cloud on midmarket agenda

Getting greater business intelligence is the key requirement for mid-market customers as they look to get greater insights into their operations to identify where trends are emerging that will support future growth. IBM has undertaken its largest face-to-face survey of midmarket CIOs and produced a