TechTarget News - Week of Jun 19, 2011

Intel links Xeon applications with MIC architecture

Intel is demonstrating its response to the growing interest in graphics processor unit (GPU) and field gate array (FGA) powered high-performance computing by showing how Xeon applications can be run on a supercomputer architecture.

Data management at Teachers Credit Union

How does 132TB go into 8TB? Colin Thomas, CIO of the Teachers Credit Union, has changed his data management strategy to achieve the impossible

Cloud computing winners and losers: Our audience says…

Cloud computing is off to a slow start amongst enterprise IT buyers, but they are starting to pick suppliers and feel out the market. Who's in and who's out?

Quantum launches StorNext storage file system on appliance

Quantum ships StorNext storage file system on bundled appliance to serve as metadata controller; indicates more appliances coming so users don’t have to build their own systems.

Success of ACO model hinges on clinical data analytics

Getting physicians and hospitals to sign up for ACO adoption will require some heavy IT lifting. Clinical data analytics will support these potential payment game-changers.

Apple’s weird storage decision

Apple has adopted a non-standard SATA interface in new iMacs. We’re trying to figure out why.

VIP adds Apple to its product basket

VIP has announced that following increasing demand from customers it has moved into selling Apple products for the first time in its history. The distributor, with a reputation in the components space, has been fielding increasing amounts of requests for Apple products including desktops, tablets an

Imperva to make stock market debut

Data security specialist Imperva has filed a registration statement with the US SEC for a proposed $75mIPO of common stock, to be managed by JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. Citing IDC estimates that the data security marketis currentlyworth $27bnImpervaclaimed that only a fraction of this was spent on

The right approach still delivering public sector orders

There is still money to be made in the public sector for the channel as long as they go in with the right approach recognising that the traditional sales pitches will no longer work. Under the current government the public sector has borne the brunt of cuts designed to get the country back in line a

Laissez-faire cloud policy could store up trouble

Organisations rushing to adopt cloud solutions without a clear plan for ensuring their business needs are met could be storing up trouble for later on, according to new research from Easynet Global Services. The managed network and hosted services provider quizzed 800 IT buyers in Europe and says it

Top five tips on migrating data from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010

The business appeal of Microsoft SharePoint has grown rapidly since the release of SharePoint 2010, and users of SharePoint 2007 are now looking to migrate corporate databases to continue driving business efficiency, while empowering end-users to make more informed decisions. However, migrating to SharePoint 2010 does pose some challenges. Here are five tips to help you succeed

Bank app store part of community cloud developments

Community-based cloud services for banks, including an app store for financial services organisations, are being incubated on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) network.

Chemical firm opts for Acronis for XenServer backup

Storage roundup: Chemical firm gets Acronis for XenServer backup; print firm installs ATA-over-Ethernet; Dot Hill supports 3 TB drives; Enhance’s EU HQ; and more news.

Gartner: Dodd-Frank regulations demand compliance bureau

All companies, not just financials, must comply with the Dodd-Frank Act; Gartner recommends having a compliance bureau monitor the implications.

Quake impact on IT industry may linger into 2012, says Gartner

Although the impact of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, has not impacted the electronics manufacturing industry as much as was initially feared, there may still be some residual effects in Q3 and beyond, according to Gartner. The disaster and continuing nuclear crisis had ra

OKI creates distribution management post

OKI has created a post to manage its distribution and etailer partnerships as part of an ongoing process of changing its channel management team. Simon Tetlow has been appointed head of ecommerce and distribution, a newly created position, and will handle the relationships with Midwich, Micro-P and

Zenprise pledges 100% SLA on cloud mobile security package

American mobile device management software outfit Zenprise has launched what it claims is the industry's first cloud-based mobile security and device management solution, dubbed Zencloud, and pledged to guarantee customers 100 per cent uptimes. CMO Ahmed Datoo said that this gave the company a &

intY appoints Baskerville to build out channel

SaaS, cloud and UC specialist intY has appointed former Vizioncore EMEA boss Roger Baskerville to run its sales and marketing ops as well as naming comms industry veterans Phil Male and Mike Read to its board. Baskerville joins from Microsoft, where he has been doing consultancy work August 201

Sysec plans for security services growth

Security specialist Sysec has outlined its ambitions to expand its managed services business after hiring an ex-Computer Associates staffer to run that operation. The reseller has made John Maden professional services director with responsibility for growing the customer base looking for endpoint p

European enterprise software market faces 'strong headwind'

The enterprise software market in western Europe is sailing into a "strong headwind" in the second half of 2011, according to preliminary figures released today by Gartner. According to research director Fabrizio Biscotti, the pace of growth in the region is slowing due to "recent cu

NS&I begins service procurement

NS&I has informed the IT sector that it will begin the procurement process to replace its current back office services contract.

UK banks unaffected by European data breach crackdown

A crackdown on businesses which will make it mandatory to report security breaches will have little impact on UK banks, according to the British Bankers Association (BBA).

Oxygen Accelerator offers £75,000 prize for top tech start-up

The Birmingham-based Oxygen Accelerator tech start-up support programme is to give £75,000 to the top participant in the 13-week intensive mentor-led training programme.

Bitcoin will recover from hack losses, claims developer

The virtual currency Bitcoin will recover after a hack attack caused its value to drop from $17.50 a unit to almost nothing in minutes, according to one of its senior developers.

BA audits heterogenous SAN

British Airways has certified its business continuity plans using Data-Shield's SAN Assessment service.

Christine Connelly quits as NHS CIO

NHS CIO Christine Connelly has resigned and will leave her post at the end of the month.

Wellcome Trust puts ITSM in the cloud

Biomedical research charity Wellcome Trust has replaced two legacy IT service management systems (ITSM) with a cloud-based alternative and has cut £600,000 annual costs and improved service levels.

Google takes on Skype with Chrome video chat

Google has built its open source technology project, WebRTC, into its Chrome web browser to support Skype-like video chat.

Creating an effective enterprise information management program

Enterprise information management aims to optimize the use of data as a corporate asset. But setting up an EIM program presents a variety of challenges and potential missteps to watch out for.

Oracle support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in question

Oracle recently announced changes for the storage management features of Oracle Database, leaving some Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users wondering if Oracle is pulling support for Red Hat.

Quantum launches StorNext storage file system on appliance

Headlines: Quantum ships StorNext storage file system on bundled appliance to serve as metadata controller; indicates more appliances coming so users don’t have to build their own systems.

McAfee releases Android end point security solution

McAfee have announced McAfee Mobile Security software, available for both smartphones and tablets, which according to a recent press release provides a comprehensive mobile security solution by combining three leading McAfee mobile security products: WaveSecure, VirusScan Mobile and SiteAdvisor® for Android.

Surveys reveal common Malware and Spyware are of most concern

For IT security professionals and executives, it is the common malware and spyware attacks which threaten their organisations most significantly, and not high-profile attacks luke Stuxnet

Australian company M5 develop hardware for secure networks

One Australian company is working to bring the benefits of anywhere/anytime/anydevice networking to Government Secure and Classified environments while maintaining network security compliance.

Five minute interviews

Find out a little more about what makes some of your favourite channel folk tick with our probing interviews. Where else can you find out what little temptations managing directors simply cannot resist, whose money is on the grizzly bear to win a fight against a silverback gorilla, and what technolo

Public sector decline hits UK software and services market

The performance of the top software and services companies in the UK remains relatively flat in growth terms as the impact of the challenging economic conditions continues to be played out. According to the latest survey of the UK software and IT services market by analysts TechMarketView the main s

Comet parent weighing up options over retailer's future

The future of Comet could become clearer as its parent looks to get the struggling retailer back on track to get the best outcome for shareholders. In the medium-term its likely to include some restructuring to get profitability back into the business but Kesa has indicated that a sell-off could be

Ciena maps return to profitability this year

Optical networking vendor Ciena has said it is targeting net profitability by the end of the financial year, having posted a string of quarterly net losses since buying Nortel's metro Ethernet network (MEN) business in November 2009. The acquisition doubled Ciena's revenuesat a stroke and brought it

Daisy bursts seams of Lancashire base

Daisy Group has revealed plans to create 100 new jobs before Christmasat its base in Nelson, Lancashire, and will be holding a recruitment day next month. Having outgrown its current premises, thefirm is close to completing renovation work on a new facility next-door which it says will be able to ho

Avnet to bring Force10 Networks lines to UK

Force10 Networks has moved toaugment its UK distribution channel after signing an agreement with Avnet Technology Solutions to sell its high-performance datacentre networking kit in EMEA. The two firms maintain a relationship in North America, and Force10 also sells into the UK market through Zycko.

Five key challenges to be tackled by the next NHS CIO

Christine Connelly's departure as CIO from the Department of Health comes as the NHS faces huge challenges. We talked to experts in NHS IT to identify the top five challenges facing the new health CIO.

CIO interview: Dave Benson, ex-CIO of News Corp

Dave Benson has been in IT for the past 30 years, where he has seen every revolution from the PC to the iPhone. Now CIO at Progress Software, he talks to Cliff Saran about the evolution of IT.

Interactive crime maps allow victims to track cases

The government will extend its interactive crime maps site to enable victims to track their cases online, according to Nick Herbert, minister of state for policing and criminal justice.

How to avoid regulatory action by the ICO

Civil Monetary Penalties imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for data breaches are helping to increase awareness and spur action by UK companies worried about damage to their brand, even if they are able to afford to write off up to £500,000 for being in breach of the Data Protection Act.

Winklevoss twins call off battle against Facebook

Twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who claim Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking site Facebook, have abandoned legal attempts to renegotiate the original $65m settlement.

Citrix ceases sale of Essentials for Hyper-V

Citing Citrix Essentials' overlap with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, Citrix says it will focus its development efforts elsewhere.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 makes play for high-end ERP

Analysts say the Microsoft ERP flagship could take its customizable user interface and model-driven vertical applications into enterprises now dominated by SAP and Oracle.

Eye On: CISO Management Issues's "Eye On" series examines a security topic each month. In June, the series explores cloud contracts, compliance demands, security awareness and risk-based decision making.

From the Editors: Hearing customer voices with text analytics tools

Want to know what your customers are really saying about you? Text analytics can’t tell you that by itself, but it may be able to help, according to users who spoke at the Text Analytics Summit.

Cisco introduces AnyConnect to mobile devices

The benefits of enabling your workforce with mobile access to enterprise applications, regardless of whether those applications are in the cloud or in the corporate data centre, are clearly recognised. The ease of providing secure remote access to employees, and the ability to maintain corporate data security policies is, however, not simple.

Exceptional charges wipe out Dixons Retail profits

Exceptional charges and a tough economic climate have wiped outany profits that Dixons Retailhoped to deliver in the last fiscal year. The costs of shutting downits Spanish operation, writing down the Greek arm and having to take a hit onits online businessPixmania alltook their toll. The charges a

Red Hat sees 'fundamental shift' towards cloud spending

Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst has pointed to a "fundamental shift" towards cloud and virtualisation spending among business ICT buyers which is starting to benefit the open source solutions specialist. Speaking as Red Hat unveiled its first quarter numbers for the three months t

Opinion: Proper decorum for the meeting of the future

Chris Barrow, advanced technologies marketing manager at Avaya, talks video-conferencing novices through the etiquette of appearing on camera. It is often said that there is no second chance to make a first impression. This is certainly true for resellers when customers want to start organising meet

Micro Focus misses forecasts at end of disappointing year

Kevin Loosemore, the executive chairman of embattled UK software player Micro Focus, has been speaking candidly about the firm's recent troubles at the end of its financial year. Loosemore, who took over at the helm in April following the sudden departure of former CEO Nigel Clifford, said: "Th

Maverick hires three to drive Promethean channel

C2000's audtio-visual arm Maverick has announced three new appointments to drive sales of Promethean's educationt echnology and interactive whiteboard solutions through VARs. Former RMsenior product and marketing managerJonny Davey is joining the distributor as business manager, while two new field

Ex-Colt SME head Andy Horn turns up at Easynet

Andy Horn, former head of SMEs at Colt, has pitched up at Easynet's SME division, Easynet Connect, to run its UK operations. Horn will be taking charge of the firm's sales, marketing and channel development, as well as overseeing the roll-out of the firm's next generation fibre network

Magirus close to finalising VCE programme

Magirus is close to finalising the details of the VCE partner programme as the scheme is rolled out across Europe for resellers selling the products from the technology consortium of Cisco, VMware and EMC. The distributor was appointed by VCE last month as its first EMEA partner and has been talking

York firm latest to be caught out by BSA

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has caught out another business that failed to pay for its software landing the York-based Salamander Organisation with a settlement that will set it back £29,000. The BSA has kept the pressure on users that fail to have the correct licenses for their softw

Government cancels SME contracts and hands IT services deals to Capita

Government departments have been cancelling freelance IT contractors supplied through SMEs and giving their interim staff business to Capita under orders from the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), in apparent contradiction of government SME policy.

Wintel cheerleads for client virtualization to whip VDI

VDI frees IT from PC management issues and costs. It also undermines Microsoft’s Windows PC business and Intel CPU sales. Why should they support VDI?

Xangati beefs up free VMware monitoring tool: News in brief

Netuitive adds Hyper-V support; Syncsort offers 10 minute P2V through NetApp; Oracle releases Oracle VM for x86 version 2.2.2; HP adds VAAI support to entry-level disk array.

Laptop data protection: A major headache with many cures

Laptop data protection is still a major headache for many organizations. Learn how some companies are turning to laptop backup software and the cloud to protect endpoint data.

Turning back on loss-making deals hits Oracle hardware sales

Oracle's decision to walk away from unprofitable deals caused it to suffer a drop in hardware sales and its latest quarterly results exposed the lack of impression the Sun product line had made on its bottom line. The vendor had to rely on its software roots as hardware sales disappointed in its fis

Travelodge adds its name to growing data breach list

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has become the latest well known firm to have to hold its hands up to a data breach after it revealed some customers had become victims of a spam attack. In an email sent to customers from its chief executive Guy Parsons the hotelier revealed limited details of the atta

Network overhaul needed to boost remote working capabilities

Managed services provider Calyx has responded to this week'sannual CBI and Harvey Nashemployment trends survey, which talked up the growing importance offlexible working to UK businesses. The report said that 96 per cent of UK employers now offer some form of flexible working arrangement - such as p

SMEs recognising need to encrypt sensitive data

The need to keep data safe appears to be getting through to SMEs as they move to protect themselves in the face of a wave of hacks, breaches and against human error. With criminals targeting companies of all sizes the external threats are increasing but SMEs also continue to be victims of lost lapt

Fujitsu staff to strike in support of ousted union rep

Sixty-five Unite members employed by IT services provider Fujitsu at its Crewe office are to walk out in protest at the treatment of their trade union rep, whom they claim is being singled out for redundancy. According to Unite, Alan Jenney, who has worked at Fujitsu for 17 years, is being unfairlyt

Data is the new oil? That's just too much

Judging by Google, there seem to be a lot of people around at the moment who are opening their presentations with the bold statement that "data is the new oil". It's a pretty exciting and thought-provoking way to get people's attention. Having never attended any of these presentations