TechTarget News - Week of Jun 26, 2011

Unite members at Fujitsu’s Crewe site to strike

Members of the Unite union at Fujitsu's site in Crewe have voted to take strike action over the alleged unfair treatment of a trade union activist.

La Senza cuts fixed-line bills and simplifies IT by switching to O2

Lingerie retailer La Senza has snipped its fixed-line bill by switching to O2. By combining fixed and mobile services, O2 says it has been able to drive efficiency, as well as reduce the complexity of multiple suppliers, helping reduce La Senza's fixed-line costs by around 27%.

Buyer's guide: Does IT need its own ERP?

Increasingly, there is a need to be able to manage the whole of an IT platform, not only at the server, storage and network levels, but also at the software, performance and even the datacentre facility level, writes Clive Longbottom (pictured).

Microsoft tries to meet IT demands for mobile PC apps

Some IT pros want PC-based apps ported to tablets and other mobile devices. But Microsoft needs to convince developers to get on board.

HP CloudSystem: What exactly is it?

Can HP really compete in the cloud market? Find out if it has the chops in this breakdown of the company’s private cloud product.

IT pros still not sold on SaaS

SaaS success stories aside, many IT pros aren’t happy about giving up on-premises software.

Symantec looks to add application HA to VMware

Symantec AppplicationHA (high availability) adds support for VMware Site Recovery Manager in its next step to add application HA to VMware HA.

Array Networks signs up Nubeon as UK distie

Array Networks is lining up a renewed assault on the UKchannel and has appointed Nubeon, the distribution arm of ICT provider Ampito, to build a channel around its application, desktop and cloud delivery technology. Array had previously done a substantial amount of business in the UK around 2005 and

Users struggling to cope with changing security demands

Security resellers should be helping customers get to grips with greater demand for mobility and remote access as a growing number are struggling to cope with the changing work landscape. The speed of change is causing headaches with Fortinet finding that when it quizzed mid to large enterprises a

Cyberoam sets sights on UK expansion

Unified threat management (UTM) specialist Cyberoam has outlined its ambitions to carve out a greater share of the UK market. The vendor has just appointed its first senior UK management and is planning to expand both its own team as well as recruiting more resellers now it can offer greater levels

Billing returns to channel to boost network monitoring sales

FormerCenterprise manager and Microtronica managing directorLes Billingismakinga move into the networking software sectorafter signing up with Worcestershire-based Cyclone Technology as a non-executive director. Billing, who has been workingwith the firm since the start of the year, has now taken ch

Telcos increase investment in IT

Mobile and fixed line telecoms companies are stepping up their spending on IT following the downturn, but only slowly, the latest research from analyst group Ovum reveals.

GPs will need £1.7bn to invest in IT for commissioning

GPs will need up to £1.7bn to invest in data analytics, business intelligence tools and a platform to join up systems if they are to deliver commissioning under the government's controversial NHS reforms.

Royal Mail appoints third CIO in 18 months

Royal Mail is set to get another CIO, its third in less than 18 months, when former Network Rail corporate development director Catherine Doran takes over the role from 1 September.

Onboarding suppliers to a sustainable supply chain

Motivating suppliers to participate in a sustainable supply chain means changing the behavior of both the manufacturer and supplier. These techniques can help.

Data center news in brief: DCIM edition

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) vendors like Schneider Electric, FieldView Solutions and No Limits Software have been busy updating their wares.

Kell acquired by Schneider Electric's APC unit

Bucks-based server cabinet manufacturer Kell Systems has been bought by APC by Schneider Electric for an undisclosed sum. APC, which wasacquired by Schneider Electric in 2007, specialises in uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and other datacentre products. APC said the addition

Daisy to wind down acquisition spree

Acquisitive comms and networking services provider Daisy Group has said it expects to wind down its acquisition spree in the coming months as it concentrates on achievingprofitability. In a statement marking the end of its financial year, Daisy said thatwhilstthe Board would still consider anything

Spicers beefs up dealer programme

Stationary specialist Spicers is stepping up its dealer programme to provide it with a chance to compete against rivals. As the stationary distribution market starts to find traditional IT suppliers vying for share, the need to compete has grown stronger. Spicers has unveileda dealer marketing progr

Syncsort appoints Arrow as second UK distie

Fresh fromitsappointment of Avnet in April, Syncsort has signed Arrow ECS to supply its NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup lines in the UK market. Since launching its reseller proposition in the UK earlier this year, Syncsort has beenspecifically targeting NetApp resellers with the Integrated Backup

Spam levels hit two year low

Spam levels have reached a two and a half year low after some of the largest botnets were taken out of action. The latest monthly survey of the state of the spam market from Symantec revealed that the tide has been turning against the inbox plague since the start of the year. Back in January the cha

Cable & Wireless boss quits after profit warning

Jim Marsh, chief executive at troubled comms provider Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW), has handed in his resignation after the firm admitted that sales in the first 10 weeks of its fiscal 2012 were much slower than expected.

HP looks for bigger channel deals through iQuote

Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off its iQuote system for its distributors and resellers with the aim of delivering regional information to support the channel and cut down on mistakes and to improve speed. The iQuote system has been developed for HP by channelcentral.net and is being rolled ou

Smart grid security challenge highlighted in report

Government plans to create a smart grid for energy networks will require a coordinated focus on cybersecurity as communication networks play a key role, according to a report from The Energy Networks Association (ENA).

James Gosling Says He Doesn't Care About Java

At TSSJS 2011, James Gosling, the father of Java, talks about Java and the JVM, and opines about how the Java Virtual Machine, not necessarliy the Java language, is what he is most passionate about.

Steps for limiting SAP software purchasing mistakes

A lack of planning -- or asking enough questions -- can result in software purchases that don’t include functionality companies need, according to experts.

Yahoo's new company Hortonworks: all Hadoop all the time

Yahoo spins off Hadoop into the new company Hortonworks. Can it compete against other established and emerging big data vendors such as Cloudera, DataStax, MapR and LexisNexis?

Hyundai tunes up its customer experience management

Find out how Hyundai boosted its approach to customer experience management. Read best practices for creating customer experience management strategies and learn how to improve customer service.

Apple pushes out critical Java security update for OS X users

In an effort to resolve at least two remotely exploitable vulnerabilities that can be taken advantage of whilst a user is browsing the Internet, Apple has released an update to Java SE 6 which appears as 'Java for Mac OS X Update 5 Version 1.0' within the Software Update tab.

Considering VDI? Prepare to master layering

VMware and Citrix VDI only go so far. IT pros must add user profile layers, application layers and more to create a true desktop experience through virtualization.

Ignoring customers will cost resellers

Those resellers that ignore customers and fail to update them on progress of IT projects and deployments face losing business. Lack of communication turned out to be one of the major reasons that suppliers were sacked by customers according to a survey from Pitney Bowes. The comms specialist found t

Close to half of IT pros in the market for a career move

Over 40 per cent of IT professionals are actively seeking work, with 52 per cent keeping an eye on the IT jobs market, according to a survey of the ICT recruitment sector by the IT Job Board. Somehwat alarmingly, 40 per cent of IT workers have also thought about starting afresh andchanging their car

Resellers told to name and shame late payers

Resellers are being urged to anonymously name and shame late paying companies to tryto pile the pressure on those trying to stretch out clearing invoices. Late payment has been a bugbear of the channel throughout the recession but is continuing to cause problems, particularly for those smaller compa

Azlan adds Cisco UCS B-Series to configuration offering

C2000 enterprise unit Azlan has announced the addition of Cisco B-Series blades to its build-to-order partner configuration service. The firm already offers the same service for C-Series rack server deployments, but is now kitting out its Germany-based configuration centre to deliver a full service

Dell will be patient and selective with future acquisitions

Dell has outlined its ambitions to continue to acquire as it continues to expand beyond its core PC market. The Texan hardware giant splashed out for eight companies last year including Compellent and KACE Networks and used its analyst conference today to remind industry watchers that its still pla

Regional extension centers progressing, survey finds

A recent eHealth Initiative survey suggests that the nation's RECs are now supporting providers as they purchase and implement EHR systems. Many have their eyes to the future, too.

Building out a private cloud, Chicago style

Illinois techies band together to sneak a cloud through the system and deliver for schools.

How's your software asset management?

Many CIOs expend lots of effort on making sure their hardware is under control but they should apply the same rigour to software

VADition picked up by Exclusive Networks

Exclusive Networks Group has made a second major distribution acquisition in the UK, picking up security and storage specialist VADition. The deal, which was struck for an undisclosed sum, follows on from Exclusive's acquisition of security and software distributor Arc Technology back in 2009. VADit

i365 appoints Andy Brewerton as UK boss

Seagate's data protection services unit, i365, has announced the appointment of Andy Brewerton as its new UK and Ireland country manager, with responsibility for operations and channel sales in the region. Brewerton will be tasked with growing the firm's business through its EVault partner programme

Easynet Connect to relaunch SME channel next week

SME-focused comms and network provider Easynet Connectwill formally relaunch itschannel next Monday, with its eye firmly on beefing up sales through its VAR community. Easynet Connect, part of the Easynet group, which was bought from parent BSkyB by Lloyds Development Capital last year, and still ma

Exclusive calls time on UK acquisitions with VADition buy

Exclusive Networks has indicated the VADition acquisition will be its last in the UK for the time being as it looks to shift its focus to central Europe. The French-based distributor operates in 11 countries and has acquired both Arc Technologies in 2009 and now VADition but the CEO of Exclusive Ne

Worldwide IT spend on track for 7% growth in 2011

Global IT spending remains on course to grow 7.1 per cent this year, say Gartner analysts in their latest quarterly spending forecast, with cloud computing spend growing fastest of all. Gartner's number crunchers have revised the overall forecast up two percentage points from their Q1 forecast in US

Intel VARs to get CompTIA certification

Intel has teamed up with industry trade body CompTIA to build a new Server Specialist reseller certification intended to grow dealer customer bases. This is the first time CompTIA has moved into certifications on behalf of one of its vendor members, although it has designed vendor neutral certificat

Former Canon boss Vickers joins Tinglobal

The former UK managing director of Canon has reemerged at refurbished kit specialist TinGlobal joining the firm after a management buyout. Andy Vickers, who spent several years at HP involved with the channel before he went to Canon, has become business development director of the Cirencester-based

Case study: Behind the scenes of the IT powering Wimbledon's tennis tournament

As the IT partner at Wimbledon for the last 21 years, IBM has experienced more flying rackets, rain and strawberries than Roger Federer has had grand slams. Computer Weekly took a look behind the scenes at the technology powering Britain's biggest sporting event of the summer.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 July 2011

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

HP launches summer campaign to push cloud printing

Hewlett-Packard's printing and imaging group (IPG) is launching a summer campaign with the aim of targeting IT directors encouraging them to think strategically about their role in the business. The vendor believes that the role of the IT director has changed with them playing a role in advising th

Magirus hands Milner alliance hunting job

Having established itself as a provider of bundled solutions to resellers Magirus is looking to further develop the combined offerings it can deliver partners. The distributor was appointed by VCE in May as its first EMEA partner and has experience of producing its own bundles around the virtualisat

DiData buys enterprise cloud outfit OpSource

System and networkintegrator Dimension Data has bought California-based enterprise cloud specialist OpSource for an undisclosed sum and opened a new centralised Cloud Solutions Business Unit. 150-strong OpSource, which maintains an office in the UK and claims to haveover 600 enterprise, service prov

Apple Microsoft alliance beats Google to Nortel patents

Google's $900m stalking horse bid for the last remaining patent assets of Nortel has been soundly trumped by an unlikely consortium led by Apple and Microsoft. The alliance, which collectively blew Google out of the water after offering $4.5bn, also included EMC, Ericsson, Research in Motion and Son

Mitel sees profits slump 80% in Q4, has high hopes for 2012

Unified communications vendor Mitel has bounced back from net losses in the third quarter of its financial 2011 to post GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of $4.4m (£2.7m), but on a year-over-year basis the figure was stilldown 80 per cent. Revenues at the firm grew just 1.7 per cent to $1