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.
Top Channel Marker blogs for May ran the gamut from Office 365 plans to Cisco screwups.
High-end data center appliances are still a tough sell in disaffected Sun, Oracle shops.
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.
By using customer experience management applications to measure how contact center agents interact with customers, companies can assess how well each channel is doing.
HP launches long-awaited EVA midrange SAN array upgrade; adds integrated storage-server-networking stacks to take on EMC Vblock; rolls out new Windows-based NAS.
Asigra Cloud Backup 11 tackles mobile backup for smartphones and tablets as well as a consumer backup client and management improvements.
Adobe issued an update Sunday repairing the Flash Player flaw in the wake of targeted email attacks attempting to exploit the flaw.
There is a growing desire to integrate Web content management software platforms with other applications, but the task might be difficult.
EMC's Chuck Hollis is coming to Australia and SearchStorage ANZ has half an hour in his presence. What should we ask?
Learn how data backup technologies like snapshots, CDP, replication and source deduplication can help you meet your backup RTOs.
The replacement of IT contracts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will cut costs by up to 40% by 2015, the department has said in its ICT strategy.
The Document Foundation (TDF) has released a new version of LibreOffice but advised businesses to wait for the 3.4.1 release.
Up to 200 IT jobs at the Department of Work and Pensions could be moved to India later this year by IT service provider HP.
Sony's share price has tumbled following the hacking attacks on its TV and film unit, and its European subsidiary's website.
Adobe has released an out-of-cycle security update for Flash Player just days after learning of a new zero-day vulnerability.
Daniele Lucchesi has a passion for two wheels. The market and product research manager at Honda R&D Europe admits he has a great job. "I just have to think about what the future of two wheels will be like."
As Google begins trialling its new Google Wallet application, Jenny Williams investigates the obstacles to retail adoption of near-field communication (NFC) mobile payment systems
South Tyneside Council may have spent around £228,000 in forcing Twitter to hand over details of users thought to be connected with a defamatory blog.
Hacker group Lulz Security has hit game console maker Nintendo.
An IT recruitment agency aims to persuade IT professionals to swap hands-on work with technology for a career schmoozing with employers and potential recruits.
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
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.
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.
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 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
ForeScout aims to capitalise on growing demand for network access control (NAC) and virtualisation by offering a virtual version of its CounterAct NAC product.
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
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.
I do not, repeat not, subscribe to the view that users always know what's best for them in a work environment. Indeed over the years, writes Dale Vile, chief executive of analyst Freeform Dynamics, I have come to the conclusion that generally they don't.
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
The Cabinet Office has missed its first quarterly deadline to release data on the number of central government websites.
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.
Some Skype users have been unable to sign into accounts after the service suffered a second outage in as many weeks.
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.
UK paints, wallpaper and decorating retailer Brewers is upgrading its back-end IT Infrastructure and retail electronic point of sale systems across 130 stores using thin-client technology from Wyse.
A row over open source software systems at Bristol City Council has proven the government's open source ICT strategy unworkable, MPs have been told.
Apple has unveiled the latest versions of its operating system (OS), Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and mobile OS, iOS, at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
RSA, the security division of EMC, is to replace some of its 40 million SecurID tokens following the hacking attack disclosed in March.
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.
HP has unveiled a suite of offerings designed to provide businesses with pre-configured products and services.
Experts say suspect IPv6 security features in commercial products and weaknesses in the protocol could be exploited by attackers.
Software security consultancy Cigital has acquired Consciere, bringing in security veterans Joel Scambray and Kevin Rich.
Streamlining access is extremely important for the 15,000-person unit, particularly when dealing with information as sensitive as that in police records.
The mainline Linux kernel now supports Xen, but the KVM horse has left the barn, say experts.
Information security strategy tweaks are in order as data, users and infrastructures move to a shared cloud computing environment.
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?
The cause for software productivity was forwarded this week at the IBM Innovate 2011 event in Orlando, Fla.
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 adds three new Whitewater public cloud storage gateway models and clarifies the differences between Whitewater and Steelhead WAN acceleration devices.
Following a retooling of its manufacturing and supply chain management processes, RSA plans to replace security tokens for high risk customers.
Storage roundup: Biscuit firm dunks IBM in NetApp storage virtualisation; law firm gets virtual I/O; Acronis launches channel programme; and more news.
Dell adds Exanet file system into EqualLogic iSCSI SAN through new FS7500 appliance that turns EqualLogic into multiprotocol storage but requires adding a separate box.
A successful MDM project starts with broad corporate buy-in – or does it? That wasn’t the case at Sony Pictures. Learn about its story and others from the Gartner MDM Summit.
Web “screen scraper” cleverly fills an application integration niche for companies like Pitt-Ohio whose workflow is heavily Web-driven, analysts say.
‘Important’ cross-site scripting vulnerability in Flash Player on all platforms mitigated to combat zero-day attacks in the wild.
Motorola Mobility makes and uses products for mobility in the enterprise. That gives CIO Walt Oswald a unique view of innovating with mobile tech.
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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 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
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.
The government has outlined an IT strategy to tackle £21bn of annual fraud in the public sector.
A former IT head at Ofcom has been sentenced to two years for defrauding the communications regulator more than half a million pounds.
Retailers are creating and collecting more and more information through online interactions with customers, but less than half are protecting it with appropriate security technology and policies.
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.
Bolton Council has integrated its children's systems to enable social workers to view records over multiple platforms using Liquidlogic's Protocol Integrated Children's System (ICS).
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.
Alpha.gov.uk - the pilot website that could eventually put all government websites on one URL - has received about 1,000 comments from members of the public, since an early version of it was made available for comment.
Stunted PC market growth will be supported by business PC replacements and refreshes throughout 2011, according to industry analysts.
The Open Data Center Alliance has published its first set of IT user requirements for cloud computing in a bid to accelerate adoption.
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.
Oracle has released a critical patch to fix 17 security vulnerabilities across Java standard edition (SE) products.
UK SAP users are to be among the first to benefit from a product development and improvement process introduced by the enterprise software supplier.
Transport for London (TfL) has made real-time information available on its "Boris Bikes" scheme for developers seeking to create mobile apps.
Cisco is upgrading and expanding its ASR 9000 Series with edge router and aggregation network solutions that introduce network virtualization to ease management and operations.
Cisco is upgrading and expanding its ASR 9000 series with edge router and aggregation network solutions that introduce network virtualization to ease management and operations.
Headlines: Dell adds Exanet file system into EqualLogic iSCSI SAN through new FS7500 appliance that turns EqualLogic into multiprotocol storage but requires adding a separate box.
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 is demanding that Oracle reverse its decision to stop development of Oracle on Itanium platforms, saying Oracle is contractually obligated to do so.
IT pros don’t find much to love in new HP data center appliances.
SearchEnterpriseWAN.com asked WAN managers about where they stand today with their IPv6 migration strategies as well as their thoughts on World IPv6 Day.
SolarWinds Storage Manager turns storage resource management technology acquired from Tek-Tools into a management tool for storage in virtual environments.
“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.
Got old PCs? Want to run Windows 7? For Software Assurance subscribers, Microsoft Windows ThinPC could be in the cards.
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 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.
With many CIOs still planning or recovering from their Windows 7 deployment, Microsoft has unveiled early builds of Windows 8.
Why collaboration and innovation expert Tamara Erickson believes CIOs will be central to their organization's success and the workforce of the future.
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,
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
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-
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
Surrey County Council has been hit with a £120,000 fine for breaching the Data Protection Act.
The London Ambulance Service was forced to note down 999 calls on paper after an IT upgrade caused a technical glitch yesterday (8 June 2011).
The latest fake anti-virus attack tricks users into installing malicious software by posing as a Microsoft security update, warns security firm Sophos.
Camden Borough Council has spent £26,400 installing software to remotely wipe information and track devices.
Winner of the first UK Cyber Security Challenge Dan Summers has literally moved up from the mail room to the IT security defence department at the Royal Mail since his competition victory in March.
Visa Europe expects the number of contactless cards being used in the UK to reach 20 million by the end of 2011.
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.
Visa Europe plans to build a 10,000 square feet datacentre on the outskirts of London to support its transactional payment services.
European Union data protection regulators have called for an investigation into a Facebook feature using face-recognition software to help tag people in images on the social media website.
Social media has much to offer business, but organisations need to be aware of the potential legal pitfalls, says Steve Kuncewicz, IP & social media lawyer at Manchester-based law firm Gateley.
Citigroup bank has confirmed hackers accessed bank card customers' account information in a data breach incident.
The Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) investment arm has launched a mobile application for Research in Motion (RIM)'s Blackberry Playbook tablet device.
Critical fixes planned for Windows, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader.
Integrating the plant floor into the enterprise IT infrastructure for global plant visibility can help manufacturers achieve more effective quality control.
New Infor Partner Network encourages, but does not require, partner exclusivity.
Microsoft is preparing to address 16 vulnerabilities in its Patch Tuesday bulletins next week.
Zeus says the art of defence acquisition will boost its effort to provide Web application security for cloud computing deployments.
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.
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.
A new consortium of operators will make inter-carrier B2B video as simple as phone calls by stitching together a global video conferencing network to form a private exchange.
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.
Free Android app for Nessus Vulnerability scanner released by developers, Tenable Network Security Inc; extends Nessus’s existing support for iOS devices.
SAP is introducing a new sports and event management version of Business ByDesign that it says can handle everything from ticketing and merchandise sales to facilities management.
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.
Releases bug fixes to address critical Java SE product line vulnerabilities in scheduled Java Critical Update Patch.
Bank said a hack of its systems exposed the data of about 200,000 bank card holders in North America.
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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.
The Chester Crown Court has ordered two former employees of UK mobile operator T-Mobile to pay a total of £73,700 after stealing and selling customer data from the company in 2008.
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.
The Open University (OU) has launched an undergraduate computing and IT degree course to tackle the UK IT skills gap.
Ambulance services need to develop data systems that enable organisations to share information to improve patient care, a National Audit Office report has said.
Google developers have upgraded the security in the latest stable version of its Chrome browser.
Whirlpool, the household appliance manufacturer, has grown in the past decade from a $10bn organisation to one valued at $18bn. The increase in size has meant its IT was unsuitable as the company expands into emerging markets such as China and India.
Nokia has announced its CTO, Richard Green, will be going on leave due to what the phone manufacturer refers to as a personal matter.
Adobe has announced it will address several vulnerabilities in its Reader and Acrobat software in is next quarterly security update on 14 June.
Mobile network operator O2 has warned the UK could fall further behind in the construction of high-speed mobile networks if Ofcom's plans for a radio spectrum auction in 2012 go ahead.
Lulz Security, the hacking group that breached the IT security at Sony and Nintendo, has warned the NHS its computer networks are vulnerable to cyber attack.
Oracle's donation of the OpenOffice.org source code to the Apache Software Foundation has split open source advocates who disagree over whether the move will ultimately help or hurt the project.
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.
IT professionals at the TDWI Chicago conference talk about some of the most problematic data warehouse architecture and implementation challenges.
AWS customers can use the on-demand service to test the security of their cloud deployments.
The new version of vCenter Converter Standalone will optimize disk partition alignment, Virsto snares $12 million in funding, and VMware partners with Hitachi on cloud services.
UC pros want more flexible telepresence deployment options, challenging rigid telepresence room design guidelines that require custom furniture and prescribed layouts.
Solid-state storage vendor Fusion-io raises $237 million in IPO; Violin Memory funds its flash memory array line; Emulex unveils Implementer's Lab; more data storage news.
The number one reason for cloud services adoption in India is cost reduction. With significant growth in expectations, that may change, says Forrester.
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 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
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
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
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
Nato is planning to bolster its cyber defence capabilities. The defence organisation is to assemble a task force to detect and defend against online attacks.