One Australia’s most storage-centric IT consultancies, XSI, will disappear as its parent company UXC creates a new data centre optimisation practice.
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.
Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) NHS Foundation Trust in West Sussex has signed a deal with IT services company Mastek to pseudonymise its data.
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%.
BNP Paribas Real Estate UK is using the Talend open source data integration suite as part of its drive to improve customer service.
The London 2012 Olympics website has failed to cope with the surge in traffic from frustrated users trying to buy remaining unsold tickets.
Lulz Security – a group of hackers claiming responsibility for hacking Sony and Nintendo and taking down the websites of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the US Senate – has announced it is to disband.
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).
Some IT pros want PC-based apps ported to tablets and other mobile devices. But Microsoft needs to convince developers to get on board.
Usama Fayyad, a featured speaker at Netezza's Enzee Universe user conference, came armed with information on how the future of "big data" lies in analytics.
Gartner analysts say infosec teams can avoid tomorrow’s cloud computing security problems by anticipating future usage and becoming facilitators.
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.
SaaS success stories aside, many IT pros aren’t happy about giving up on-premises software.
Setting social media policies is a tricky and potentially costly process that varies widely based on an industry's regulatory requirements.
With planned availability in summer 2011, many companies are wondering if they should make the move to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0.
According to figures from Acumin, for the first time since the recession started, no sector of the infosec job market has seen a pay reduction.
Symantec AppplicationHA (high availability) adds support for VMware Site Recovery Manager in its next step to add application HA to VMware HA.
Can CISOs turnaround IT security programs to be more proactive? Experts say many programs are frozen in a reactive mode.
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
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
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
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
Microsoft has launched Office 365, a cloud-based version of its office productivity suite which combines communications and collaboration for smaller businesses.
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.
Improving training and qualifications for senior IT professionals is more important than attracting school leavers into IT careers, according to industry experts.
Mobile security will be increasingly important as mobile payment adoption increases over the next four years, according to research.
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.
Top technology advisor to the Conservative Party, Liam Maxwell, has been appointed to a key IT advisory role in the Cabinet Office.
Industry experts have warned of an increase in unauthorised IT systems within organisations as IT departments fail to keep pace with employees' technology demands and the consumerisation of IT.
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.
About 60 rogue applications were found on Android Market over a couple of days in March according to Symantec's Response Center.
Google said it complied with more than 89% of the content removal requests it received from the UK government in the second half of last year.
Motivating suppliers to participate in a sustainable supply chain means changing the behavior of both the manufacturer and supplier. These techniques can help.
Alcatel-Lucent’s FP3 400G network processor upped the edge router competition in terms of speed, but its service-level technology capabilities for network operators are unclear.
About 20 syndication partners will be able to own the customer relationship for Office 365, the hosted productivity services that Microsoft launched today.
Acknowledging that it’s too much work for them to take on alone, SAP is counting on its partners to help modify its user interfaces.
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) vendors like Schneider Electric, FieldView Solutions and No Limits Software have been busy updating their wares.
Cloud giant makes it clear the onus is on customers when it comes to HIPAA, GLBA and other regulations.
Oracle claims big Exadata mo'; VARs get Intel service; news in brief.
Startup FlashSoft launches software to turn SSD and PCIe server flash into a cache for most accessed data to reduce latency and speed application performance.
The McKinsey Global Institute, Gartner and Teradata agree that big data’s value is more about variety than sheer volume.
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
Businesses are unnecessarily exposing themselves to cyber attack simply by failing to update to the latest versions of the software they are running, according to Microsoft and Adobe.
Cleveland Police Authority is set to save almost £10m on top of £50m already identified through an extension of Cleveland Police's ten-year £175m share service deal with Steria.
Cambridgeshire County Council has signed a seven-year public sector network (PSN) contract with Virgin Media Business, estimated to be worth £30m.
Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 is now available. While Microsoft Office 365 is aimed squarely at the small business user, does it leave the enterprise wanting?
Mozilla is trying to find a way to support enterprises using the Firefox web browser.
The availability of IT staff to manage big data will fail to keep pace with information growth rates over the next decade, according to analyst figures.
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).
The Welsh government has joined up its fire and rescue control rooms using a £2m grant.
Google is to take on Facebook with a social media site, Google+.
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.
A lack of planning -- or asking enough questions -- can result in software purchases that don’t include functionality companies need, according to experts.
Hadoop and its variants offer analysis for “big data” sets, but there are integration and availability limits, according to a panel at the Enzee Universe 2011 conference.
Headlines: Startup FlashSoft launches software to turn SSD and PCIe server flash into a cache for most accessed data to reduce latency and speed application performance.
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?
Cisco has followed up its release of the AnyConnect VPN client for Apple iOS devices with the launch of Cisco AnyConnect for Samsung.
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.
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.
Oracle fills its storage hardware gap with Pillar Data Systems acquisition; virtualization evangelist David Greschler leaves Microsoft; and the feds bust a major cybercrime ring.
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.
50% of surveyed IT/BPO cos feel insider fraud perpetrators don’t belong to core IT departments; believe current employees are primary insider threats.
SAP’s executive vice president for business user technologies outlines a three-pronged business analytics strategy: in-memory, mobile, cloud.
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
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 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
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 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
Japan's earthquake and tsunami that killed at least 15,000 people and left 11,000 missing in March 2011 was the first real test of disaster recovery and business continuity plans on a large scale in a high-tech country, according to Microsoft.
The increased use of mobile and tablet devices in businesses will fail to topple PC dominance over the next three years, according to research.
Worldwide IT spend is poised to grow 7.1% in 2011, reaching $3.67trn (£2.29trn), according to Gartner's quarterly outlook.
Lloyds Banking Group will make about 15,000 job cuts, including back-office jobs, as part of an overhaul of its business following a major review.
Software security and comprehensive development practices are becoming a competitive differentiator, according to Microsoft.
News Corporation has sold Myspace to digital media company Specific Media and singer Justin Timberlake, who will take an ownership stake and develop the creative strategy for the company.
Data virtualization tools aren’t widely used now, but Forrester Research expects that to change as users look for new approaches to data integration.
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.
For small or cash-strapped manufacturers, Platform as a Service can provide a low-cost, low-maintenance infrastructure.
Laptops, tablets and smartphones have evolved into multipurpose mobile UC endpoints, but their preferred access—Wi-Fi—hasn't kept up.
By offering telecom cloud services that do more than spin up servers and software, carriers can shed their reputations as slow-moving phone companies.
Illinois techies band together to sneak a cloud through the system and deliver for schools.
A new switch port mapper can find any device plugged into a network, track when it was last connected or send an alert when it reconnects.
Many CIOs expend lots of effort on making sure their hardware is under control but they should apply the same rigour to software
Releases final non-security update - v10.6.8- for Snow Leopard OS, which fixes 39 flaws. More details inside.
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has modified contracts governing the supply of its £2bn Universal Credit system by adding clauses encouraging agile development.
Smaller network operators and local communities could be excluded from taking part in the government's rural broadband roll-out, according to leaked documents.
The online gambling firm increased sales via mobile applications by 88% as customer mobile use grows.
HSBC plans to shed around 150 UK IT jobs as it prepares for major regulatory reforms.
National Audit Office cites comprehensive failure of plan to reduce number of Fire Service control rooms where no IT system was ever delivered.
Over 4.5 million computers around the world have been infected by the TDL-4 virus, creating an indestructible botnet.
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.
Big Yellow’s new smartphone security comparison paper says iOS and Android devices can be secured, but dual consumer-business use presents risks.
Part of building a cloud for a customer is explaining cloud security requirements to users and offering them a sound strategy.
Cybercriminals made an estimated $150 million from targeted phishing attacks in June, according to researchers at Cisco Systems Inc.
Mobile cloud computing solutions are challenged by network latency and delay, but distributing mobile cloud applications so they're closer to users may be an answer to the problem.
WAN managers tasked with satisfying an insatiable hunger for bandwidth are looking to Metro Ethernet and other Ethernet WAN services for bigger, cheaper pipes.
EMC reports record CIFS and NFS benchmarks for its Isilon scale-out NAS system; EMC ships Atmos 2.0; Systar launches storage capacity management software for VMware; and more news.
Oracle executives say their storage strategy is to sell storage systems that run their databases and other apps faster and more efficiently.
EMC has released its latest digital universe study, and gee we’re all making a lot of data. Plus news from Synology and Insentra.
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
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
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
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
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
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