TechTarget News - Week of Jul 10, 2011

Sifting through the wreckage of the failed £469m FireControl public sector IT project

The failure of the government's £469m FireControl project has been widely condemned as a monumental waste of money, with the government now attempting to achieve interoperability and resilience between fire and rescue control rooms at a cost of £81m. Computer Weekly examines some of the legacy issues of its failure.

Google+ users hit by spam glitch as social network announces business feature

Early adopters of Google+ have been hit by an avalanche of e-mail notifications, due to a glitch in the system. News of the accidental spamming came as Google revealed it is working on a business-focused feature for the Google+ social networking service.

Essex college deploys ATA over Ethernet; and more news

Storage roundup: Essex college deploys ATA over Ethernet; the Eden Project goes NetApp; British Airways gets its SANs tested; Council cloud uses Xsigo virtual I/O; and more news.

MDOP 2011 R2 brings new security, management tools

The BitLocker administration tool in MDOP 2011 R2 helps IT pros manage encryption policies. MDOP 2011 R2 also includes DaRT and AIS updates.

Hosted mobile device management services take hold

Virtela's cloud-based mobile device management services enable channel partners to sell mobile management and device security as a monthly subscription service.

Avoiding the common pitfalls of information governance management

Information governance management success begins with a program owner with the authority and enterprise support to focus an initiative and keep business stakeholders engaged with strategy and tactics.

Quest Software unifies reseller programmes

Quest Software has used Microsoft's worldwide partner conference as the platform to launch a radical overhaul in its channel programme to simplify a disparate system that has developed over the last few years.

Sizing up the SME opportunity

In last month's feature Microscope looked at the choices in the printer market and concluded that small and medium enterprises (SME's) stood to benefit from inkjet printing where lower print volumes are experienced.

Micro-P looks to Outsourcery for hosted options

Micro-P has given its backing to cloud service provider Outsourcery signing up to allow the connectivity specialist to provide its resellers with hosted services.

Fear over bank rejection leaving SMEs without funds

SMEs appear to be losing confidence with the banks with a significant number not even bothering to apply for loans despite the fact they need the funds.

Computacenter reports weak UK sales

IT services firm Computacenter experienced just 1% growth in its UK business during the first half of 2011.

Amazon to create 900 UK jobs

Some 900 temporary and permanent jobs will be created as online retail giant Amazon is set to open a new fulfilment centre in the UK.

Cloud computing drives datacentre IT infrastructure spending growth

Driven by the adoption of private as well as public cloud services, spending on datacentre IT infrastructure is set to grow to $40bn in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 2015, according to analyst research.

Wales gets £57m in broadband funding

Wales is set to receive £56.9m to help provide superfast broadband to 90% of homes and businesses in the country and enable broadband access for everyone.

IBM offers Sun/HP upgrade to z114 mainframe

IBM has introduced a new mainframe server, which it says costs 25% less than its existing z10 system and is 25% faster.

Cisco to axe 10,000 jobs

Cisco Systems may cut as many as 10,000 jobs, roughly 14% of its workforce, to combat weak profit growth, according to Bloomberg.

VMware vSphere 5 digs deep into infrastructure pie

In vSphere 5, VMware added several new storage features and made major changes to VMware High Availability, Site Recovery Manager and vCloud Director.

IBM zEnterprise 114: Hot or not?

Will the zEnterprise 114 appeal to IT pros in mainframe shops that run new workloads or hard-core mainframe traditionalists?

Updated VMware vShield App 5 includes sensitive data discovery

New sensitive data discovery features in the virtualization giant’s updated platform will allow enterprises to discover and classify data inside VMs.

Cisco Live 2011: More than the Nexus 7009?

At Cisco Live 2011, engineers hope for the launch of the Nexus 7009, a smaller, cheaper, speedy switch that can replace the 6500.But will that be enough to soften Cisco's troubles?

Will your business Google+?

Business is usually slow to react when something new comes along. But Google+ might be a chance for CIOs to get in early with the latest social networking tool.

UK product sales lag for Computacenter, but services upturn imminent

IT services provider Computacenter has said that product revenues from its more financial services-oriented customers in the UK were down 23 per cent in the first half of its financial year, even as it reveal edits first half profits will be "comfortably ahead" of the same period last year.

Web based pirates continue to flout IP

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has reacted with dismay at the findings of a European report revealing that intellectual property is being undermined by illegal downloads over the internet.

Microsoft calls on channel to carry on with Windows 7 push

Microsoft has urged resellers to keep the momentum going around Windows 7 pointing out it is the foundation for an upgrade path to future operating systems.

Mimecast to offer free Exchange, Office 365 migration services

Email management specialist Mimecast has used Microsoft's World Partner Conference to announce a free package of Exchange 2010 and Office 365 migration services with the intention of preventing email downtime and data loss during the process.

Zycko managing director spearheads MBO

Networking and comms distributor Zycko has been sold off to a management buyout spearheaded by the group's managing director as the founder of the company Rory Sweet moves on.

Firefox 5 update for Mac users could have security links, says Sophos

Mozilla's update to Firefox 5 for Mac users, version 5.0.1, aimed at eliminating crashes when using a downloadable font in OS X 10.7 and fixing the Java plug-in in OS X 10.5, could have security links, says Sophos.

GCHQ has lost up to £1m worth of equipment, ISC report reveals

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is responsible for key aspects of the UK's cybersecurity, has lost equipment worth up to £1m, the latest Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report reveals.

Central government staff lack skills in IT

A significant proportion of civil servants lack skills in areas such as IT, a National Audit Office report has found.

Microsoft's yen for EA renewals drives Windows 8 push

With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.

Oracle, SAP return to battle in court

SAP will argue for a new trial in its legal battle against Oracle, saying the jury’s $1.3 billion verdict in the TomorrowNow case was a “miscarriage of justice.”

Cisco Live 2011: Catalyst 6500 upgrade the game changer?

At Cisco 2011, Cisco played to its core audience, announcing a Catalyst 6500 upgrade that will triple the switch's speed and capacity and beef up security and management.

Ruxcon announce call for papers, Script kiddies need not apply

The Ruxcon team have announced their call for papers for the seventh annual Ruxcon conference to be held over the weekend of 19th and 20th of November at the CQ Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Managing iPads in enterprise networks

These days users expect to be able to use their iPads inside the business and as thousands of software vendors release applications for the iOS platform which provide data mobility and usability benefits to employees, the prospect of the iPad as a business device is becoming a forced reality.

VMware vSphere 5 licensing sets virtual RAM limits

Some VMware users are up in arms about the new vSphere 5 licensing and pricing, which is based on the amount of memory assigned to VMs.

Westcon bulks up Euro security practice

Westcon has said its partners can now better serve multinational businesses after acquiring its first ever presence in Switzerland in the shape of Germany-headquartered security VAD intraday Communications.

NitroSecurity eyes ArcSight channel with enhanced VAR scheme

Security and event management (SIEM) specialist NitroSecurity is to target partners disillusioned with last year's acquisition of competitor ArcSight by HP as it unveils a series of partner programme enhancements in EMEA.

Hybrid cloud model set to be the norm

Microsoft has told partners that a hybrid cloud model, with customers taking a mixture of hosted and on-premise solutions, is going to be a reality for years to come as the market makes its transition to the brave new world.

Unite threatens Fujitsu with strike action

Unite has again locked horns with services giant Fujitsu balloting its members over strike action following the redundancy of a union rep from the Crewe plant.

SAP heads back to court to fight Oracle settlement

SAP is hoping it can challenge the $1.3bn it was ordered to pay Oracle last year at the end of a case over wrongly downloading files.

TCS profits soar by 28% in first quarter results

Profits at Indian outsourcing company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) grew $631m (£391m), up 28% from last year, according to the company's first quarter results, ended 30 June.

CIO interview: Phil Pavitt, HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs CIO Phil Pavitt talks to Computer Weekly about the biggest and most challenging tasks in public sector IT. Pavitt discusses his overhaul of the department's IT; tackling spending cuts; public sector IT strategy and the role of cloud, open source and agile development - and how IT suppliers have failed government IT.

CSA licenses cloud transparency tool from CSC

Free tool gives organizations a standard way to obtain security and compliance information from a cloud provider.

DCIM makes itself at home in the channel

More data center VARs are building data center infrastructure management practices to eliminate guesswork linked to administrative tasks.

Best practices for managing sustainable supply chains

Deploying a sustainable supply chain can pose even more challenges than were involved in defining the program. Learn field-proven techniques for getting the job done.

Cisco UCS upgrade goes for speed, management and automation

Cisco's UCS upgrade includes higher speed and capacity in switching and server access, but it also enables deeper management and automation throughout the converged network.

Best practices for choosing your text analytics software

Expert analysts and consultants weigh in on the best practices for choosing text analysis software and offer vital steps for picking from an array of content, sentiment and text analytics products.

Yell launches local emarketplace

Resellers might well have used the Yellow Pages in the past to advertise their wares to the local business community but under plans unveiled by Yell dealers could be offered more interactive services.

Nimans looks for data infrastructure growth

Nimans is expanding its data infrastructure division and moving to sell AV components for the first time as it looks for fresh areas of growth.

Ineffective Acer loses out in EMEA PC battle

Acer has dropped down the PC shipment league table in the second quarter with its low price, high volume business model branded "no longer effective" by industry watchers Gartner. So far this year, the troubled vendor has canned its CEO and written off over $100m worth of inventory.

Microsoft unveils cloud, virtualisation incentives

Microsoft is improving the incentives it offers partners to encourage more to sell cloud and virtualisation. Using its worldwide partner conference as the platform to announce the changes the vendor unveiled enhanced incentives for those selling Azure and virtualisation.

ANS first off blocks with Cisco cloud badge

Manchester-based Cisco partner ANS Group has become the first European partner to receive Cisco's cloud infrastructure certification.

HP releases Touchpad tablet in UK

Running on HP's webOS operating system, the tablet device starts at £399 and aims to take on the growing number of tablets available for consumers and business...

Sales grow again at online retailer Asos

Online fashion retailer Asos has posted a 69% sales increase to £107.3m in the last quarter to June 30, an increase of £65.8m on the same period a year earlier....

Tesco uses Kenshoo to boost digital marketing

Tesco, has deployed the Kenshoo digital marketing platform to support its digital marketing strategy across retail promotions and e-commerce initiatives.

Amazon to take on Apple with new tablet

Amazon is set to take on the iPad, with suggestions that the company plans to release a tablet computer by October.

Q&A: Exploratory testing, regression testing and automation

Find out Elisabeth Hendrickson's thoughts on exploratory testing and take a look at how it compares to regression testing, both manual and automated, in Agile environments.

Large-scale Agile product management with Alan Shalloway

Learn more about the struggles large organizations face when transitioning to Agile, and how to address these issues, in SSQ contributor Matt Heusser’s interview with Agile 2011 presenter Alan Shalloway.

Scrum in sales: Q&A with Scrum founding father Jeff Sutherland

As Scrum grows as a software development methodology, it also has expanded to business areas including marketing, management, operations and sales. Learn more in this interview with one of Scrum's founding fathers, Jeff Sutherland.

Business intelligence tools analyzed

Business intelligence tools must be evaluated for their analytical abilities. Here are four types of analyzes your business intelligence tool should have.

IPv4 to IPv6 shift: Should you be concerned?

The IPv4 to IPv6 shift seems inevitable and may not be ignored. Ovum offers insights into this shift but specifies why enterprises need to tread with caution.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 July 2011

Xerox prepared to continue with reseller acquisitions Xerox will continue buying resellers that it believes will add value to its business as it looks to get a deeper stake in the SME market.

Softcat breaks through £200m revenue mark

Softcat is planning to hand out cake and beer to staff after breaking through the £200m revenue mark in its financial year, beating its own forecasts.

Cisco partners welcome EMEA channel team shake-up

Cisco partners have welcomed an imminent shake-up of its EMEA management team, which it is understood will include the appointment of the firm's operations director of distributed government, Richard Roberts, as its new UK and Ireland channel director.

Sourcefire plans to improve reseller consultancy skills

Security specialist Source fire is looking to increase the knowledge of its reseller base encouraging more to develop consultancy level skills to ensure they can deliver services to customers.

Avnet gets paws on LifeSize video kit

HD video solutions specialist LifeSize is to sell its gear through Avnet Technology Solutions in the UK, as part of the distie's strategy to tighten its end-to-end unified comms offering.

Extreme to cull 110 workers in strategic restructure

Extreme Networks has announced plans to cut $20m (£12m) in costs out of its business by the end of its next financial year, and will be reducing its headcount by approximately 16 per cent, with 110 positions understood to be at risk.