TechTarget News - Week of Jul 17, 2011

EMC plans VMAXe vBlocks

EMC plans create vBlocks around its new VMAXe storage array, says Brian E Gallagher, President of the company’s Enterprise Storage Division.

SANS Institute praises Pentagon's cyber defence strategy

Information security and education organisation, the SANS Institute has praised the Pentagon's newly-unveiled US cyber security strategy for its focus on innovative training and active defence.

Sainsbury’s debuts mobile shopping site

Retailer Sainsbury's has launched a mobile version of its website to extend its commerce platform to additional channels. The optimised mobile site is built using a mobile platform provided by Usablenet. The platform provides access to over 15,000 Sainsbury's products for purchase.

When is the right time to overhaul contact center technology?

When legacy contact center systems no longer keep up with business needs, it’s time for new technology. Find out how to assess the need for an upgrade -- and how to make the case to decision makers.

Microsoft offers bounty in hunt for Rustock spambot operators

A $250,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of the cybercriminals behind the Rustock botnet.

Agile Alliance 2011 conference news

The Agile Alliance 2011 conference hosted an array of experts. Learn about Agile development, exploratory testing, Scrum and software testing with Q&As and videos from the speakers.

Catalyst 6500 upgrade headlines Cisco Live 2011

At Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas, Cisco assured customers it would return to its roots, bringing home that message with a Catalyst 6500 upgrade and a UCS refresh.

Business analysis in Agile development: Q&A with Mary Gorman

How do you effectively get business requirements from the customer in Agile environments? Read this interview between Agile experts Lisa Crispin and Mary Gorman for tips.

Oracle to fix 78 bugs across product line

To release quarterly Oracle Critical Update Patch (CPU) for July addressing over 78 vulnerabilities across products. Java to be updated separately.

Apple patches iOS to fix PDF jailbreak flaw

Releases security-only update to iOS to fix three bugs, updates it to version 4.3.4. Fixes PDF based issues in iOS for the second time.

E-commerce services launched by Union Bank of India

Union Bank of India has introduced e-commerce services in collaboration with ECS. Know how the new services can bolster the bank’s e-commerce portfolio and customer base.

ACS inks Vodafone deal to get closer to medical contracts

Advanced Computer Software Group(ACS)has signed a partnership agreement with Vodafone to target a wider range of healthcare sector contracts. The deal, the value of which was not disclosed, will see ACS' iNursesmartphone-based patient management softwareapp sold as part of Vodafone's mHealth Profess

EchoSign acquisition to strengthen Adobe document management platform

Adobe has today announced it has acquired EchoSign,aweb-based provider of electronic signatures and signature automation, for an undisclosed sumwrites Linda Endersby. EchoSign's electronic signature solution, which currently supports over three million users worldwide, will be offered as part of Ado

Long-term forecast for NAND Flash demand looks cloudy if Apple's iCloud takes off

Apple has been instrumental in fuelling the growth of the NAND flash market but the forthcoming launch of Apple's iCloud storage service could have "significant implications" for the market going forward and potentially weaken demand, according to IHS iSuppli Research. On the back of the

ramsac adds Apple support to services mix

Surrey-based Microsoft Gold Partner ramsac has launched a dedicated Apple business unit and been accredited by the Apple Consultants Network in order to meet demand from end-users diversifying their IT estates. Managing director Robert May said that the massive growth in the use of iPhones, iPads an

Over 1/3 of enterprise servers now virtualised, reports Veeam

Just under 40 per cent of all enterprise servers have now been virtualised, according to new figures from virtualisation management specialist Veeam. The VMware tech partner has taken the pulse of the virtualisation sector to mark the launch of its V-Index portal, a free-to-air resource designed to

Everything Everywhere CEO Alexander steps down

Everything Everywhere CEO Tom Alexander has announced his resignation from the helm of the company he has run since its inception in July 2010. The CEO joined Orange UK in the post in 2008 and as the company merged with T-Mobile he moved across as CEO of the new group. Alexander, who is stepping dow

Akamai extends channel with NetAlliance partner programme

Cloud optimisation services specialist Akamai Technologies has announced plans to expand its channel with a partner programme designed to help global IT solution providers integrate the company's services into their offerings. The company has already built global alliances with the likes of HP, R

Siemens Financial Services launches VAR finance programme

Siemens Financial Services (SFS)is rolling out a new reseller-focused financing programme pitched at all partners of its parent's various brands. Like many others in thefinancial services sector, SFS says it is now seeing a post-recession increase in companies investing in IT installations that they

IT budgets stall until UK jobs market picks up

IT budgets are unlikely to increase until the industry-wide UK job market improves, according to research. Research shows a strong correlation between IT spending and organisations' head count over the past 15 years.

CIO interview: David Jones steers the Crown Prosecution Service into the digital age

For many, the image of the Crown Prosecution Service is that of a body unchanged for centuries, with reams of lever arch files piled along winding, Kafkaesque corridors. But with the drive for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to use electronic case files by 2012, that dusty caricature is rapidly changing, says CIO David Jones

LulzSec returns to target Murdoch

Hacktivist group Lulz Security appears to have returned, claiming responsibility for tampering with the website of News International's Sun newspaper as the phone hacking scandal deepens.

Cisco cuts 6,500 jobs, 9% of workforce

Cisco Systems will axe 6,500 jobs worldwide, cutting 9% of its workforce, as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Information governance’s next frontier: social media data

Analysts say it's time employees were trained in social media use to help ease the complexity caused by a flood of social media data flowing in to information governance programs and strategies.

Tools for managing the data center components behind VDI

The source of VDI performance problems can be tough to isolate. Here are some VDI monitoring tools available that give granular views into issues with back-end components.

Microsoft offers bounty in hunt for Rustock spambot operators

A $250,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides new information that results in the identification, arrest and criminal conviction of the cybercriminals behind the Rustock botnet.

Security at the heart of museum's IT update

Delivering unified threat management was a priority for the infrastructure upgrade that's part of the Museum of Contemporary Art's redevelopment

IBM beats Q2 estimates, raises expectations for full year

IBM's mainframe revenue jumped 61% as it posted better than expected results for its second quarter with revenue up 12% to $26.7bn and an 8% increase in net income to $3.7bn. Despite the surge in mainframe revenue and a 112% rise in total hardware income, IBM's hardware sales accounted for less

Data Robotics renames self after key product

Consumer and small business storage specialist Data Robotics is to change its name toreflect growing market recognition of its key product brand, Drobo. The decision has been taken to drop its old name in favour of Drobo in response to feedback received by the company, it claimed. "Our customer

Cisco ditches 6,500 jobs

Troubled networking vendor Cisco has confirmed it is to make large-scale redundancies across the business next month. Reports emerged last week that the firm was on the verge of handing round the pink slips as it looks to trim a billion dollars fromits cost base. In a filing with the SEC, Cisco last

DiData to target consumerised environments with Citrix

Dimension Data has become a Global Systems Integrated Partner for Citrix, formalising the partnership from existing regional relationships to make the £4.7bn services provider one of a handful of Citrix's most strategic partners, writes Linda Endersby. The partnership will focus on extending D

Check Point announces new president amid good Q2 results

Security specialist Check Pointhas announced its financial results for the second quarter ending 30 June and the promotion of a key member of its team, writes Linda Endersby. Total revenues were up 15% to $300.6 million from to $261.1 million in the same quarter last year "The first half of 201

TSG buys SharePoint specialist Rocket

Acquisitive Tyneside-basedMicrosoft and Sage partnerTechnology Services Group (TSG) has bought Microsoft SharePoint consultancy Rocket Solutions for an undisclosed sumto beef up its CRM and business intelligence (BI) expertise. TSG's latest dealfollows on from, and is intended to complement,the Apri

Adobe purchase of Echosign hit by patent lawsuit from rival RPost

Barely hours after Adobe's acquisition ofweb-based provider of electronic signature and signature automation, Echosign, the companies have been hit by a lawsuit filed by US-based rival RPost alleging infringement of 5 of its patents. The patents cover technologies that prove the transmission, re

Apple reports huge increase in Q3 revenue and profit

Apple third quarter revenue increased by 82% and net profit rose by 125% as the company sold more than 20m iPhones, 9.25m iPads and 3.95m Macs in the three months ending 25 June 2011. Revenue reached $28.57bn with net quarterly profit of $7.31bn. Gross margin was 41.7%, up from 39.1% in the same qua

VMware posts profit and sales increase driven by record licence sales in Q2 2011

VMware's latest results reflect increasing adoption of virtualisation as more businesses switch physical servers and desktops to virtual infrastructure. Sales increased 37% to $921m while profits more than doubled in the second quarter of 2011, driven by record enterprise licence sales of its virtualisation portfolio.

Avast launches business security line

Czech security software supplier Avast Software has unveiled a product line aimed at the business market.

(ISC)² publishes official guide to CSSLP

Information security body (ISC)² has published the only official guide to the Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification.

Ofcom forces BT to cut rural ISP charges

Ofcom has forced BT to reduce the prices it charges internet service providers (ISPs) in rural areas, in a move expected to benefit three million homes and businesses with cheaper broadband access.

US and India sign cybersecurity agreement

The US and India have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on cybersecurity.

The five software licensing tricks CIOs hate

Businesses should reject unfair licensing terms, according to Forrester analyst Duncan Jones in a report on licensing best practices.

Smartphone shipments to surge 230% by 2016

Global shipments of smartphones are expected to grow more than 230% in the next five years, according to a research firm.

HMRC slashes IT running costs by £235m

HMRC will slash running costs in IT by £235m over the next four years, according to a National Audit Office report.

Law Firm to use smart technology to connect employees

Minter Ellison, one of the largest full-service law firms in the Asia Pacific region, has embarked on a significant technology project to improve business video-based collaboration and knowledge sharing across its more than 290 partners and 1,000 legal staff in Australia, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Black Hat 2011: Researchers to demonstrate Android attack

Researchers will demonstrate an Android phone drive-by attack using a vulnerability in Skype and the smartphone’s Webkit browser engine.

License Dashboard to expand beyond UK shores

Licence management and SAM specialist License Dashboardhasannounced the appointment of Matt Fisher as Global Sales and Marketing Director, writes Linda Endersby. The firm has tasked Fisher, previously VP of Marketing at Centennial Software and IT Asset Management marketing director at FrontRange Sol

Consumerisation can improve BI use, says Gartner

The consumerisation of Business Intelligence (BI) via mobile devices could help companies to reach many more users and drive greater adoption according to Gartner. The market research specialist reports that less than 30% of potential users of BI tools use them today because they are often difficult

Target Components tests out VAR community website

Components distie Target has launched a collaborative business micro-site targeted at its resellersto providing advice, support and resources around the concept of building a better business. The Yorkshire-based distributor said it had no intention of promoting products or attracting sponsorship thr

Fortinet confident after Q2 services, product sales fly

Security provider Fortinet have today announced 2nd quarter results showing revenue up by 35% on the same quarter last year, writes Linda Endersby. Total revenue stands at $103m with a services revenue of $52.7m and product revenue at $46.7, both significant increases from the same quarter last year

Dell to acquire Force10 Networks

Dell has finally made its move on the networking space after signing a statement of intent to acquire high-performance datacentre networking specialistForce10 Networks for an undisclosed sum. Following a series of acquisitions in the past year, the industry has been buzzing with talk that Dell's nex

Improving profitability cheers Datatec

Datatec, the South Africa-based parent of Westcon and Logicalis, has said its trading and profitability are continuing to improve, with gross margins also on the up. In an interim management statement covering the period from 1 March to 30 June, Datatec said its diversification and broad business mi

Google introduces malware warning to search

Google has introduced a warning system that alerts people using Google search that their computers have been infected with malware. The search giant discovered the malware when it found "some unusual search traffic while performing routine maintenance" on one of its data centres. Accor

EMC raises outlook after strong Q2 results

EMC has raised its financial outlook for the year after reporting second quarter revenue of $4.5bn and a 28% increase in net income to $546m. EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci said the company's "record-setting performance" was marked by customers around the world embracing the company'

Riverbed acquires to boost partner cloud proposition

Network performance specialist Riverbed has splashed out $110m (£68m) to acquire Cambridge-based Zeus Technology to boost its reseller-facing cloud proposition. Zeus specialises in high-performance software-based load balancing and traffic management solutions for virtual and cloud environment

PayPal drives Ebay Q2 sales up 25%

Ebay has reported second quarter sales of $2.8bn, an increase of sales by 25% compared to the year before.

Capita first half profits grow 7%

Profits at outsourcing company Capita grew 7% to £174m in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010. During the first half of the year the company's turnover grew by just 3% to £1.36bn.

Organizational change management tools with Esther Derby

Learn what Esther Derby has to say about organizational change tools such as Eoyang CDE and Expand the Horizon and how they can give you a systematic view, helping to resolve problems.

Leadership theories: What they don't teach in management training

Often management training glosses over the critical thinking skills needed to institute organizational leadership, according to Esther Derby. She explains more in this Q&A. releases WLAN security megaprimer

The Hacker News (THN) has reported that the latest release includes a 4.2Gb DVD containing over 40+ HD quality videos of their WLAN Security Megaprimer.

Alcatel-Lucent 'exploring' sale of enterprise biz

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed it is exploring strategic options to enhance the future of its enterprise business unit, including discussions that may lead to a sale. The troubled comms vendor, which reports its Q2 numbers next Thursday, held meetings with employee representatives at the Enterprise bu

CoSoSys splits from owners Astaro, Sophos in MBO

CoSoSys, the device control, endpoint security and portable management software unit of UTM vendor Astaro and is starting life as an independent company after an MBO. The founder and CEO or Romania-based CoSoSys, Roman Foeckl, and senior vice president, Michael Bauner, bought the firm back from Asta

Onyx first to deliver SAP Business One services

Teesside-based SAP partner Onyx Grouphas been selected tobecome the first UK partner to provide SAP's Business One hosted ERP software solution as a service. Midmarket specialist Onyx said the currently exclusivepartnership would bring its customers manage critical business functions through an inte

DiData names Aussie boss Nola as head of cloud

Dimension Data has named the CEO of its Australian business, Steve Nola, as CEO of its Cloud Solutions business unit. Nola's appointment follows DiData's acquisition of US-based cloud provider OpSource earlier this month, to form the core ofthe newcloud unit. Nola has already steered some success in

Android to be darling of low-cost smartphone industry

The growth of open-sourceoperating systems such asAndroid, will bring down smartphone price points, driving the worldwide smartphone market to new heights, according to Juniper Research. The analyst firm's latest report on the market suggests that in emering markets, lower consumer spending power an

Atom sales fall raises questions over Intel tablet ambitions

Intel reported record second quarter revenue of $13bn on the back of double digit growth in its PC client and data centre businesses, but its Atom product range aimed at netbooks and tablets declined 15%. The chip giant's revenue grew 21% year on year although net income enjoyed a more modest increa

F5 networks sets out market expansion plans

F5 Networks president and CEO John McAdamspoke of the company's strong positioning in the ADC market and the new products and resources planned to expand its footprint, as the company announced its fiscal Q3 results, writes Linda Endersby. "In June we began shipping VIPRION 2400, our new chassi

Nokia makes Q2 loss and sales fall as it waits for Windows Phone

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has conceded the mobile phone company's Q2 results were "clearly disappointing" but claimed it was making "better than expected progress" as it shifts OS platform from Symbian to Windows Phone. The company recorded an operating loss of €487m (compared to a

Buy IT Direct recruits Comet director to spearhead growth spurt

Former Comet Group services director Tony Lousada (pictured)is joining online retailer Buy IT Direct in the role of non executive chairman. The online consumer-focused reseller, which trades under a variety of different brands as well as running white label sites for major retailers including BHS an

SAP opens up Sybase mobility solutions to VARs

SAP VARs are being given the opportunity to sell Sybase enterprise mobility apps and solutions for the first time in a move that could provide new mobile and revenue opportunities to as many as 3,000 SAP partners. The Sybase mobile solutions, which cover application development, device management an

European PC market on the slide in Q2, says IDC

Analysts at IDC havespoken of severe contractionsin the EMEA PC market, as lingering high inventory levels hampered stronger sell-in and caused shrinkage of 8.9 per cent across the region as a whole, with western Europe wiping out growth in CEE and MEA. Shipments in western Europetumbled by20.9 per

Cisco shuffles channel execs, holds off naming UK head

Cisco has made a series of changes at the top of its worldwide partner organisation, shuffling its executive teamand reduced the number of theatres it operates in,but contrary to speculation has remained silent over the matter of replacing UK channel boss Bernadette Wightman. Keith Goodwin, Cisco se

British Computer Society – the case for change

A year on from the BCS extraordinary general meeting (EGM), Amit Bhagwat looks at how BCS has evolved, why the EGM came about and gave the results that it did, what has followed since and, how BCS might consider its future from here.

Red Hat updates Enterprise Linux 5.7

Red Hat has updated Enterprise Linux 5.7, which now includes several features from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.

kCura masters e-discovery with text analytics

Lawyers and analysts note a growing interest in text analytics for e-discovery and name software firm kCura a leader in a market that’s changed considerably in the last few years.

Tool talk: Choosing the best IT governance practices

Backing up IT governance practices with project portfolio management and asset management software can help manufacturers align IT with business goals and reduce costs.

Veeam, Quest gain virtual backup customers: News in brief

Two virtualization management companies boast customer growth, plus: VKernel launches new API, VMTurbo releases Cloud Operations Manager and other virtualization news.

Alcatel-Lucent enterprise sale: Who will buy?

What will an Alcatel-Lucent enterprise sale mean to European markets and for competition in networking and collaboration market segments specifically?

VSphere 5 licensing furor calms down, but problems remain

Most users now realize that the new VMware vSphere 5 licensing model will be about the same price-wise, but it will affect how they use some beneficial features in vSphere.

Document imaging systems mature, offer expanded options to users

A boom in sales of document imaging systems is driving lower prices among capture and scanning tools and expanded features like improved image quality, color and optical character recognition.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 July 2011

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

Windows sales slip but business products fuel record MS results

Microsoft reported record sales of $69.9bn and net income of $23.15bn for the full year ending 30 June 2011, with a small decline in Windows sales more than offset by sales of Office 2010 and other business products and the success of its Kinect and Xbox 360 gaming products. Windows sales were down

Roberts right man to succeed Wightman at Cisco

Following a series of structural changes to its worldwide channel operation announced yesterday, Cisco has finally broken cover and officially announced the appointment of Richard Roberts as UK and Ireland partner lead.

RM warns investors of "unpredictable" times ahead

Education sector specialist RM has warned shareholders to expect a "potentially difficult and unpredictable period in the near term" after admitting it will likely miss its financialtargets as it undertakes a comprehensive business review to try to get its house in order. In an interim man

DWP asks integrators to share SME supplier lists

System integrators working with the Departmenr for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be forced to list the number of SMEs in their supply chains as part of a move to open up public sector ICT contracts to small businesses. In an interview with our sister magazine, DWP commercial directo

Digium and Polycom to offer VARs £1 a day unified comms

Telephony firms Digium and Polycom have teamed up with asset financing firm Capital Solutions Group to offer resellers the chance to buy Digium's Switchvox UC telephony kit for less than one pound per user per day. The firms are currently pitching a webinarfornetworking VARs to learn more about the

Griffin helps focus potential data network dealers

Griffin are launching a new service for resellers in the UK who are looking for other sources of income as their customers cut their costs in an effort to improve margin. The Data Revenue Generator is a six-stage programme that evaluates the prospects of resellers in data networking market, through

Sony insurer claims policy does not cover data breach claims

The difficulties of insuring against cyber-attacks have been thrown into sharp relief with the news that one of Sony's insurers has gone to court to escape having to indemnify the electronics giant against claims arising from the massive data breach it suffered in April. According to US reports,

Mobile payment market growth slows in 2011

The mobile payment market is growing slower than expected and the mass market adoption of near field communication (NFC) payments is at least four years away. So says market research company Gartner despite predicting a 38.2% increase in worldwide mobile payment users in 2011 to 141.1m and a 75.9% i