TechTarget News - Week of Aug 14, 2011

Aurora Fashion extends e-commerce deal

Aurora Fashions has extended its deal with BT’s retail e-commerce arm as it attempts to increase its online sales.

Google buys Motorola Mobility for £7.65bn

Google has moved into the hardware market after striking a deal to buy Motorola’s handset division, Motorola Mobility.

Telcos offer cloud alternative

Telecommunications companies are providing businesses with a credible alternative to established IT suppliers, according to analyst firm Ovum.

Swift proposes identity management system to banks

Banks could become the guardians of their customers' digital identity if a pilot being run by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) is accepted by its members.

Government allocates £4.4m to improve Northern Ireland broadband capacity

Northern Ireland is to receive £4.4m from the government to improve broadband connectivity. The news comes as culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce the allocation of the remaining £530m fund for improving broadband in rural communities this week.

Speech recognition technology making its way into EHR systems

Meaningful use is bringing EHR adoption to the mass market. Physicians uncomfortable with a computer keyboard are increasingly turning to speech recognition to get data into EHRs.

Recruitment trend likely to flounder as confidence dips

Cisco isn't going to be the only firm looking to protect the bottom line by taking the axe to staff numbers with warnings that plenty of other UK businesses are considering reducing headcount as the economy heads back into choppy waters.

Veeam brings virtual server backup for NHS trust

Storage roundup: Hospital cuts restoration times to minutes using Veeam Backup & Recovery; Buffalo launches Windows NAS family; Coraid partners with The Blueprint IT; Dot Hill appointments; and more.

In-depth: SLAs key to ensuring reliable cost-efficient cloud services

With our dependence on the internet - as well as other utilities and services - comes a need to assure a continuity of supply. However, issues do arise and there will be times when service or supply is interrupted, writes Dai Davis.

Google boosts smart phone position with Motorola Mobility buy

Google might be facing a tough competitor in Apple, which is defending its smart phone patents aggressively, but has bolstered its access to intellectual property with the $12bn (£7.65bn) acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings.

Huawei looks to cloud and tablets to grow business

Comms specialist Huawei has talked up its ambitions to deliver products well beyond its traditional networking expertise highlighting cloud as one of the areas it plans to expand into along with tablets and other devices.

Schools could close IT courses due to funding cuts

IT courses for students taking A-levels at school could be closed due to funding gaps, according to a report from the Committee of Public Accounts on value for money in further education.

Hackers using search engines to map targets

Hackers are taking advantage of search engines to seek out corporate vulnerabilities and map out targets harnessing the power of thousands of botnets to reveal the defences in specific servers.

SAS Group boss reveals tough managed services landscape

Managed services providers are facing customer calls for price reductions and more features without raising fees as the impact of the fragile economic conditions dictate customer attitudes towards outsourced support. The tough state of the market has been revealed in statements made by Charles Davis.

SpyEye source code leaks could fuel new wave of attacks

The SpyEye source code could enable researchers better understand the malware, but it could also make SpyEye a much larger malware threat, according to Damballa Inc.

F5 buys IP of defunct Crescendo

F5 Networks has acquired the intellectual property assets and some key development staff from defunct Israeli application delivery networks (ADN) specialist Crescendo Networks, which has gone into administration.

Cloud shakes up application delivery in the enterprise

Getting applications to users is an IT department's main function. But cloud -- public, private and hybrid -- is fundamentally altering that job.

Cloud shakes up application delivery in the enterprise

Getting applications to users is an IT department's main function. But cloud -- public, private and hybrid -- is fundamentally altering that job.

SharePoint 2010 adoption: If you deploy it, will your users come?

Making sure SharePoint 2010 is adopted throughout the enterprise to its best advantage takes a clear strategic plan and an awareness of the pitfalls. Part of the trick is a setup for viral adoption.

Mobility platforms - State of the Union

Recent deals have seen a huge shakeup in the mobility business. We take a look at the major players and look at what CIOs need to consider in their mobility strategy.

PC sales in Europe continue steep decline

PC sales in Western Europe continued to fall in the second quarter of this year dropping 19% to 12.7 million units, according to Gartner.

CIO Interview: Mittu Sridhara, global CIO, Ladbrokes

The global chief information officer at betting giant Ladbrokes talks about building a multi-channel business, customer-driven innovation and staff development.

Mozilla ships Firefox 6; patches 10 major security holes

Mozilla team releases Firefox’s latest version, with fixes for 10 serious vulnerabilities in addition to over 1600 changes made to the existing framework.

Cisco hardening guides for IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS devices

Patching routing and switching infrastructure in any organisation is often delayed, sometimes due to the potential impact on production systems and sometimes because the IT resources are simply too busy fighting fires.

AISA launches new website

With a reinvigorated look and feel, improved back-end infrastructure, and regularly updated information about the association the Australian Information Security Association website has been re-launched for the benefit of its members and the Australian IT Security industry.

Desktop virtualization is all about accommodating users

CIO Dustin Fennell built a desktop virtualization platform to draw students to Scottsdale Community College and accommodate the need for anywhere, any-device access.

Brit PC market hits the rocks in Q2

The British PC market slumped 15% during the second calendar quarter of the year, with shipments down to just 2.5 million units, according to the latest market analysis from Gartner.

Resellers have to work to persuade users to switch brands

Customers might becoming more open-minded about brands and can be prepared to take alternatives but resellers have to work hard making a strong enough return on investment pitch if they are going to be successful.

Samsung clear to carry on selling Galaxy Tab

Samsung can carry on with sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 after a German court made a decision to lift a ban that it had imposed in a response to an Apple patent dispute.

iPad 2 freebie marks relaunch of Tandberg Data RDX biz

Data protection specialist Tandberg Data is bundling a free iPad 2 with each channel sale of its removable disk storage- RDX Quik Station -solution in a new programme designed to help VARs win new customers to the platform.

Jones the Dragon flogs wireless business for £38m

Dragon's Den star Peter Jones has sold off his machine-to-machine comms specialist Wireless Logic to private equity house ECI Partners for £38m.

Amazon launches U.S. government cloud

AWS GovCloud supports ITAR compliance requirements.

Sage linked with MYOB acquisition

UK software firm Sage appears to be near the front of the pack trying to acquire Australian small business accounting specialist MYOB.

Blue Coat boss walks the plank as profits collapse

Blue Coat CEO Michael Borman has been ditched after just eleven months in the post after the company failed to meet its financial targets during the first quarter of its fiscal 2012, which closed on 31 July.

Tablets: Going beyond the iPad

Shocker: Resellers cite some big orders for non-Apple tablets.

Lenovo sees profit double to £65m

Chinese computer maker Lenovo's net profit nearly doubled to $108.8m (£65m) in the three months ended 30 June, compared with the same period last year. Sales at the company rose by 15% to $5.9m during the quarter.

Dell may wind down network OEM relationships

In the wake of its July acquisition of Force10 Networks, Dell will look to purge lower-margin networking sales from its business, the company has said, replacing lines it currently resells or OEMs with higher margin Dell technology.

NetApp looks to the cloud for growth

Storage specialist NetApp is positioning itself as a source of strategic cloud support for both resellers and customers as it formulates partnerships with the likes of Microsoft and Cisco to enhance its virtualisation and data centre offerings.

Lenovo warns of tough PC sales as economy falters

Lenovo has warned that sluggish PC sales continue to be a concern for those in the hardware world as the fragile state of the global economy continues to threaten technology spending.

Desktop video conferencing software's Web client ups flexibility

UC pros at a Chicago law firm deployed desktop video conferencing software they call "business-class Skype" to keep up with the demands of their highly mobile workforce.

Redstone scores UK exclusive VMware cloud badge

Redstone has claimed a UK channel first after being revealed as the first - and so far only - British partner to receive VMware's new vCloud Powered services badge.

Tech Data shrugs off European market malaise

Tech Data's European operation has shrugged off an increasing sense of malaise in the IT market to grow its second quarter sales 30% - 14% on a Euro basis - to $3.75bn (£2.28bn), well over half of the distributor's global revenues.

HP kills TouchPad and looks to ditch PSG unit

In an evening of high drama in the tech industry, HP has thrown its newly-launched TouchPad tablet out of the window, killed off its other webOS devices, revealed plans to spin off its PC business and announced it is to acquire British infrastructure software outfit Autonomy for $42.11 (£25.50

What does HP's Autonomy acquisition mean for the UK tech sector?

HP's bombshell announcement that it is to acquire Autonomy has left many questioning where this leaves the UK software industry. Computer Weekly asks the experts what the deal means for UK home-grown tech talent and what HP is likely to achieve with the latest addition to its portfolio.

HP Q3 results show 20% software sales growth

HP has grown its software sales 20% year-on-year, driven by increased sales of software licences and services, according to the company's third quarter 2011 results.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 19 August 2011

Jones the Dragon flogs wireless business for £38m Dragon's Den star Peter Jones sold off his machine-to-machine comms specialist Wireless Logic to private equity house ECI Partners for £38m.

Softcat adds staff to target public sector

Softcat is adding staff to fuel its public sector ambitions revealing that the government attempts to get more SME suppliers involved in the market is paying off.

Shionogi breach spotlights virtualization security

A disgruntled ex-employee admitted to deleting VMs at the pharmaceutical company, highlighting the need for proper enforcement of access-control policies in virtual environments.

HP partners blast tablet, PC decision, Autonomy buy

Computing giant’s decision to kill off TouchPad tablets, evaluate exit from PC biz, and spend $10.3 billion on Autonomy set partners reeling.

Sacked Fujitsu union rep tribunal hearing set

An employment tribunal to deal with the case of the sacked Fujitsu union rep, which sparked a threat of strike action, will be heard next week.

HP channel urges business as usual following PSG bombshell

HP channel watchers have stressed it is currently "business as usual" for the PSG business in the wake of the vendor's decision to explore a potential spin-off or sale of the unit, which it acquired as Compaq nine years ago.

Channel in a bind over unsold HP TouchPad stocks

HP watchers have raised serious questions over unsold TouchPad stocks following its decision to can the tablet device and halt development around the WebOS ecosystem, acquired last year in HP's $1.2bn of mobility vendor Palm.

IBM researchers push for secure open wireless networks

IBM’s Secure Open Wireless method could secure public Wi-Fi networks automatically and prevent attackers from snooping and stealing users’ data.

Tinglobal and Vickers set sights on services growth

Tinglobal is looking to build its services business and expand its operations as it looks to a fresh fiscal year with venture capital backing and the expertise of channel veteran Andy Vickers.

Informatica readies India business strategy

Informatica’s business strategy in India entails key investments in R&D. Will the strategy create a competitive advantage for its India business?

HP share price drops 20% as markets react to radical strategy

As the dust settles over the momentous announcements made by HP to exit the tablet market, spin-off its PC efforts and buy Autonomy the verdict in terms of the impact on share price has already been negative.