TechTarget News - Week of Jul 31, 2011

IT Works: Career and skills development in IT

Recognising the need to nurture, develop and reskill individuals to support the digital economy, Computer Weekly is embarking on a programme of content called "IT Works" to provide a resource for anyone wishing to understand and build a career within IT.

Suspected LulzSec hacker named and charged

UK police have named the teenager they arrested last week in connection with the LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist groups.

Finding the value in server application virtualization

Some IT pros can see the potential in abstracting applications from server operating systems. For now, the technology is just getting off the ground.

Manufacturer looks to MES to standardize global plants

MES software helped an engine manufacturer get its sprawling network of plants on the same page while empowering plant engineers to customize the MES for their needs.

Adobe's Watson: Context is king in enterprise social collaboration

Adobe's Ben Watson says good enterprise social collaboration makes employee and customer interaction transparent and gets customer experience management right, leading to loyal customers and success.

Review series: HP Officejet Pro 8000

HP has a big opportunity in the low cost colour printer market. It wants to promote the use of inkjet printers in small business, while not hurting sales of its low-end colour lasers. The HP Officejet Pro 8000 Printer shows what the inkjet side of the equation can do.

Cloud firms unite to nurture sector start-ups

Cloud accountancy software specialist Liquid Accounts has teamed up with @UK PLC, an online green marketplace and company formation agent, to launch a business start-up package designed to get potential cloud computing entrepreneurs up and running.

Smartphone investment priority for UK SMBs, says Netgear

Tablets and smartphones will form the backbone of strategic IT investments among British SMBs during the next 12 months, according to a new survey of business owners and IT managers conducted by SMB and consumer networking vendor Net gear.

Chesterfield returns to Panda channel team

Cloud security specialist Panda Security has reappointed Paul Chesterfield as its newest channel account manager to take charge of building relations with key reseller accounts in the UK.

ProcServe to trial SME procurement tool

Amid the current controversy surrounding last week's Public Advisory Select Committee report on UK government IT.

TouchstoneNAV slams lack of MS Dynamics support skills

A perceived lack of channel support around installations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV has led Microsoft partner TouchstoneNAV to launch a new lifeboat service for customers who feel their partner is not providing adequate quality of service.

US security agencies to go hacker hunting at Defcon

US security agencies in search of cyber skills to help shore up cyber war defences will be looking out for top talent at this week's Defcon hacker convention in Las Vegas.

Suspected teen LulzSec hacker released on bail

Eighteen-year-old hacker and suspected member of hacktivist group Lulz Security, Jake Davis, has been released on bail after appearing at City of Westminster Magistrate's Court.

eBay goes big on Nimbus all-SSD system

eBay says it has 100 TB of Nimbus S-class all-flash solid-state storage arrays connected to its VMware servers, and the auction site will likely expand its flash footprint.

50% of SAP servers vulnerable, says research

ERP security research firm ERPScan has discovered critical vulnerabilities in SAP servers on the Internet; develops free SAP security scanner.

In-depth: Holiday questions and answers

After a long hard winter the holiday season is finally upon us. Paid time off from work may mean a dream vacation for some, for others, the opportunity to catch up with friends, family or the gardening. Some may just take time out to do nothing.

Bytes back on acquisition trail with Security Partnerships buy

Bytes Technology Group, the parent company of Bytes Software Services, has hit the acquisition trail following a lengthy hiatus after picking up managed security services specialist Security Partnerships Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Software market set for continued decline

The UK software and IT services market is set for a second consecutive year of decline with fears that the medium term prognosis is not as rosy as some had hoped for.

ZyXEL invites service providers to security summer camp

Small business and consumer networking provider ZyXEL is to run a series of summer camp sessions at its Berkshire base for comms services provider and business customers purchasing its Unified Security Gateway (USG) products.

Costs of cybercrime increase significantly

The cost of cybercrime is running into millions for government organisations and businesses significantly increasing over the past year as the battle to steal and protect sensitive data is played out across worldwide networks.

Round table: the value of big data

Learn what our round table of experts thinks of the value and significance of “big data.”

NATS to roll out cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure

NATS, the UK's air traffic control organisation, is to implement a multi-million pound project to transfer all its desktop IT services to a cloud-based infrastructure to make savings of £9m.

Government set to move UK copyright law into digital age

The government is set to move UK copyright law into the digital age by accepting some of the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review of the current legislation.

eBay boosts virtual servers with 100 terabytes of flash memory

Online auction site eBay has deployed more than 100 terabytes of flash memory to power its VMware virtual server infrastructure. The S-class flash storage from solid state disk provider Nimbus is believed to be among the world's largest consolidated deployments of network-attached flash storage for virtualisation.

Hotmail makes sign-in changes, can't please everyone

The Hotmail sign-in page is in the news this week, with subtle changes to browser auto-complete behaviour to provide wider browser compatibility.

Quantum puts DXi Accent on dedupe backup target

Headlines: Quantum looks to take on EMC’s Data Domain Boost with its DXi Accent software that offloads part of the data dedupe backup process to media servers.

VMware blinks on vSphere 5 licensing

VMware has increased the vRAM licensing entitlements in its vSphere 5 licensing model. But some users hope the changes do not end there.

Outsourcing analytics has pros, cons for customers

Nearly buried in customer data, many companies are hard-pressed to get a good fix on their social analytics. Some companies find that they need to give the job to someone else.

Tips on deploying document imaging and document scanning systems

These tips and suggestions for setting up document scanning systems, imaging programs and optical character recognition technology can help automate processes and improve operational efficiency.

Cloud services by telcos face roadblocks: Report

Telcos are yet to reap more success in the cloud computing services domain. Find out what an independent analyst has to say about cloud services by telcos.

FAST gives backing to anti-counterfeit web site

The Federation Against Software Theft has given its backing to an online service designed to help users avoid ending up with counterfeit goods as it looks to help crack down on web piracy.

Nimans to offer data infrastructure leasing

Comms and networking distie Nimans has introduced a dedicated leasing service across its data infrastructure range in an attempt to help resellers cut investment costs and win more sales. The firm has already run financing and leasing schemes for dealers working alongside other parts of its business.

Government backs down on plans to block file-sharing sites

Proposals to block illegal files haring websites have been dropped by the government because attempts to stop users downloading illegal software and music were deemed to be unworkable.

Nebulas hires ex-Cybersource sales boss to double turnover

Security and virtualisation reseller Nebulas Solutions has appointed former Cybersource sales boss Richard Parker as its new sales manager, charged with the development of new business across the firm's portfolio.

Fujitsu rallies channel for tablet PC wars

Fujitsu has set out plans to "dominate" the business tablet PC market and is calling on the channel to get involved as it launches its business-centric Windows-based Stylistic Q550. The business tablet market has long been the near-exclusive stomping ground of Apple's iPad.

Utility firms step up outsourcing

Utility companies will increasingly outsource IT to cut costs, according to the latest research from Ovum.

The cost of cyber attacks is up 56%, study reveals

The average cost of cyber attacks is up 56% on last year's figures, according to the second annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study by the Ponemon Institutute.

Data Sovereignty in the cloud

What do CIOs need to consider when dealing with data sovereignty in the cloud?

Microsoft’s August 2011 Patch Tuesday to address 22 flaws

The software giant’s August 2011 Patch Tuesday release will address 22 flaws, including two critical, in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.

Citrix refocuses on cloud, turns to Microsoft with XenServer 6.0

Now in beta, XenServer 6.0 sports improvements including a more integrated distributed virtual switch, but Citrix is handing enterprise virtualization management reins over to Microsoft.

Multiway video collaboration turns everyone into a presenter

Vendors are evolving the screen-sharing features of their video collaboration products from a one-way, pass-the-ball experience to a multiway model that makes all participants presenters.

Meeting etiquette disrupted by technology

Technology might well have helped us become better connected and able to work more flexibly but it has also led to an increase in workplace rudeness with the humble business meeting the main victim of wandering minds.

Mobile providers must evolve business models, says Gartner

Gartner has issued a warning to mobile service providers, saying that end users are shifting their perception of mobile data plans from a luxury service to an essential need.

VMware tweaks vSphere 5 licence Ts&Cs after VAR outcry

VMware has made a series of tweaks to its licensing model after changes to its policy made alongside the launch of its new vSphere 5 hypervisor product and associated cloud infrastructure tools saw it widely pilloried.

Insight posts Q2 growth across the board

The growing importance of IT services to the channel's balance sheet has been once again laid bare by Insight, which saw 43% growth in its EMEA services business, compared to 14% in software and 7% in hardware during the second quarter of the firm's fiscal 2011.

SAP success leads to job losses at Premier Foods

The UK's largest food producer Premier Foods said its SAP system will be a key part of a cost-saving programme which will include redundancies.

Case Study: Data encryption at the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in the UK supports flexible working from home using laptops owned by the charity, but says finding a good way of protecting data was a challenge.

Logica profit slumps but sales increase

Service provider Logica has reported an 11% drop in profit for the first half of 2011 but increased sales by 15% in the same period.

Hosted application stores help IT pros wrangle cloud apps

New application delivery platforms aggregate SaaS apps and give IT a way to control how end users access cloud-based apps. Here are three to consider.

Microsoft slots 22 patches for August Patch Tuesday

Windows, IE, Visio, .Net, Visual Studio and Report Viewer to get security updates; updated version of Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on charts.

ComputerLinks extends Alvea cloud service

Computerlinks is expanding its cloud and managed services platform in both terms of geographical coverage and the number of features it offers resellers.

Microsoft offers $250,000 prize to attract security experts

In a novel attempt to lure hackers away from the dark side and excite security engineers Microsoft is stumping up $200,000 to the person who comes up with the most effective way of protecting Windows from cyber-attacks.

SAP still holding door open for cloud hungry VARs

Sticking to its road-map SAP has issued the second annual update of its cloud Business ByDesign service and reiterated that the door is open for further resellers to get involved with selling the product and developing additional services.