TechTarget News - Week of Aug 28, 2011

Global cloud provider services a stretch for VMware

VMware vCloud Datacenter Global Connect aims to hook together service providers into a single global cloud.

Legal implications of EHR use still difficult to define

Medical liability leaves some providers wary of electronic health records. Clinical decision support adds another level of risk, presenters at AHIMA's Legal EHR Summit note.

Oracle experts weigh in on Oracle cloud computing

Ian Abramson, Kirby Miner and Jordan Braunstein all opine on Oracle’s place in the cloud computing market and share their experiences with the company’s cloud technology.

VSphere 5 generally available: VMworld 2011 news in brief

VMware is kicking off its annual conference by shipping out its latest release; F5 supports Metro vMotion; VKernel rolls out vOperations Suite 4; VCE adds new Vblock for VDI.

Global server revenue grows by 19.5%: Report

Though global server unit sales and revenues have grown, these wins pale in comparison with pre-downturn figures, says Gartner. Download the market data.

Converged networking gets commoditized at VMworld

New 10 Gigabit Ethernet converged networking adapters fit in to any server, from any vendor, but HP and Cisco are keeping up the proprietary fight.

Management trends: Author encourages innovation and creativity

As business changes, so does the way we manage people. In this interview with author Leen Zevenbergen, we discuss changes in management practices and Zevenbergen's new book, Rip Off Your Necktie and Dance. Zevenbergen talks about bringing more innovation and creativity into the way we run businesses and suggests we step away from traditional models of "bosses" and "pyramid models."

HP ships VirtualSystem for VMware: News in brief

HP, chasing more converged infrastructure business, delivers three versions of its VirtualSystem for VMware; Sentilla measures cloud savings; more news.

How ASIC stops I/O storms hurting its SANs

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has deployed virtual desktop infrastructure, creating 3000 desktop images for its 2300 staff. At VMworld it explained how it runs that fleet without boot storms hurting its SANs.

VMware CEO Paul Maritz on the role of storage in the virtual world

VMware has recently released some products that threaten traditional storage models. What’s the company up to? CEO Paul Maritz explains the company’s attitude to storage in this brief podcast from VMworld 2011.

VMworld: The end of Windows desktop?

In a bid to entice users to switch from desktop PCs to thin clients, VMware has optimised its View 5 virtualisation software to support 3D graphics and centralised management.

Government smart metering takes major step forward

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has called on IT suppliers to build the data and communications infrastructure that will enable data to be sent between smart meters in homes and businesses and the yet to be established Central Data and Communications Company (DCC) which will manage the data.

Cisco buys collaboration software firm Versly

Cisco Systems has announced plans to acquire Versly, which integrates collaboration capabilities via a plug-in into Microsoft Office applications.

Small suppliers dominate social CRM market

Spending on social software for marketing, customer service and sales increased by 40% in 2010, but social CRM remained less than 5% of the total CRM application market, according to analyst Gartner.

Facebook pays security bug bounty hunters $40,000 in three weeks

Facebook has revealed its security bug bounty initiative has paid out more than $40,000 in just three weeks – but has not revealed how many security vulnerabilities have been reported or how many have been fixed.

The business architect role is vital to business process transformation

If you have not yet heard the term "business architect", you soon will, write John Rymer and Alexander Peters of Forrester Research. Whether business architects report into the business or IT, this emerging role will help usher in organisations' transition from IT to business technology (BT).

Collaboration buy helps Cisco VARs target MS Office market

Cisco has paid out an undisclosed sum to acquire privately-held business collaboration start-up Versly, aCalifornia based firm that specialises in enabling more effective content collaboration within Microsoft's Office suite, a potential 600 million strong market that Cisco is keen to tap into. The

Spin-off most likely scenario for HP's PSG operation

The option of spinning off rather than selling the PC division seems to be the one gaining ground within Hewlett-Packard as the hardware giant looks to restructure its business. The idea that the Personal Systems Group (PSG) could be sold off was first raised when the CEO Leo Apotheker outlined his

Computacenter profits up a quarter despite UK weakness

Computacenter has turned in pre-tax profit for the first half of £26.2m, up 25%, on sales of £1.37bn, up 6%, following a strong product performance in its performance in mainland Europe, which masked the impact of continued weakness at its UK business. Although Computacenter's continenta

Antivirus for VMware options expand

New antivirus capabilities for virtual servers showcased at VMworld and Trend Micro updates Deep Security.

Centrix Software plans US expansion after $10m investment

Centrix Software is planning to expand its operations and put some cash into research and development of cloud and virtualisation products after securing $10m of investment. The UK headquartered software firm is looking to establish Centrix Software Inc to grow its operations in the US using the fu

Browser makers block rogue SSL certificate

DigiNotar, a certificate authority said fraudsters began issuing public key certificate requests for a number of domains, including Google.com. The firm revoked all fraudulent certificates.

'Big data' analytics fulfilling the promise of predictive BI

While conventional business intelligence drills into historical data, big-data analytics often adds a forward-looking dimension in an effort to help users unlock predictive insights.

Nvidia warns resellers over dangers of remarked chips

Graphics specialist Nvidia has sounded warnings to the channel to buy through authorised partners to avoid running into problems with counterfeit products. The grey market has proved to be a headache for vendors across the full spectrum of the channel and Nvidia becomes the latest in a long line of

A sneak peek at Avamar vCloud Protector

EMC has used VMware2011 to show off a new backup tool, Avamar vCloud Protector, which offers new and advanced ways to backup virtual machines.

Server appliances simplify deployment

There was a time when deploying a new server required a team of engineers but server appliances are simplifying the task.

Royal College prescribes NetApp for VMware storage

Storage roundup: Royal College prescribes NetApp for VMware storage; university goes solid-state for VDI; waste firm gets Dot Hill SANs; Coraid’s VMware integration; and more news.

Security threats continue to cause customer headaches

Security continues to remain the biggest headache for customers as they try to fend off cyber attacks which continue to evolve and cause problems for firms trying to protect sensitive data. The latest Symantec State of Security Survey revealed that the sector remains a rich seam for resellers with

VMware CEO says cloud computing technologies are the future

CEO Paul Maritz opens VMworld 2011 with predictions of the future, stressing the importance of new cloud computing technologies and challenges to the IT status quo.

VMware, Cisco propose VXLAN for VM mobility

At VMworld 2011, VMware and Cisco talked up a new way to move virtual machines over distance without sacrificing isolation or manageability.

Migrating towards the new Internet, lessons from IPv6 Day

As the industry gears up for the inevitable transition from IPv4 to IPv6, 8June2011 was designated as World IPv6Day, with organisations across the globe offering content over IPv6 to test out the new protocol. Now, nearly three months down the line, we are in a better position todissect the success

Apple VARs adjust to Jobs-less future

Apple and Steve Jobs were inextricable. That was for better — and now — for worse as Jobs exits and Apple VARs deal with questions about Apple's future.

EMEA excluded from HP TouchPad's last stand

HP hascut EMEA out of plans to bringits ill-omened TouchPad tablet device back for one last production run in the face of runaway demand. In a statement, the vendor, which officially discontinued the ill-omened TouchPad tablet the other week, said EMEA would not receive any further stock "beyon

Feds reportedly investigating Oracle for bribery

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. officials are investigating Oracle for bribing foreign government officials to win business there.

Brocade to launch pay-as-you-go network

Brocade is to launch a subscription-based network proposition designed to entice new customers by aligning network capacity with fluctuating business demands in cloud-based IT environments. The Network Subscription concept, to be made available through resellers on a global basis, will give end-user

MLC drives, PCIe technology give SSDs run for their money

Headlines: Manufacturers see demand grow for multi-level cell (MLC) solid-state drives and PCI Express (PCIe) technology as enterprise server and storage system vendors aim to cut costs.

Software buyers confess ignorance over investments

Customers might be spending more money on software but that doesn't mean they feel they are getting the most of it with a large number wrestling with the feeling that the applications are being incorrectly deployed. Almost no one asked by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) disagreed that software

Experts reveal the top 5 data integration best practices

Gartner analyst Bill Gassman and Queplix CTO Steve Yaskin explain key best practices that can help ensure successful data integration projects.

Oracle countersues HP over Itanium partnership

Oracle has responded to a lawsuit filed by Hewlett-Packard earlier this summer over servers based on the Itanium chip with a suit of its own. In June, HP took legal action against Oracle for failing to meet its commitments to the vendor and 140,000 shared customers by ending software development fo

Extreme data recovery

When Orly Productions had a LTO tape immersed in mud following the Christchurch earthquake, they turned to Kroll Ontrack to recover the critical data

Best of VMworld 2011 Awards

Check out the winners of the Best of VMworld Awards from TechTarget to see which vendors delivered the best virtualization technologies this year.

European Commission blocks scrutiny of wasteful €500m IT spend

The European Commission has blocked the publication of proposals to tackle waste in its €500m IT budget. But the Commission has made startling revelations about the state of its IT, including the admission that more than half its IT costs go unaccounted.

Apple's future without Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' decision to stand down as chief executive last month, while not a surprise, created a storm. Jobs and Apple are so intricately intertwined that it is difficult to imagine the future of Apple without him at the helm.

Pakistan bans VPNs to prevent users accessing banned websites

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has virtual private networks. Pakistanis are banned from accessing social networking sites and all internet traffic is monitored, but virtual private networks (VPNs), have enabled internet users to connect to the web undetected.

Implementing supply chain management abroad raises tricky issues

Introducing SCM software to manufacturing facilities in developing countries is no small task. Industry experts offer their advice for dealing with technological and cultural barriers.

IBM bolsters big data security credentials with i2 buy

IBM has swooped to pick up privately held UK crime intelligence specialist i2 as it looks to strengthen its proposition in the big data arena keeping up with rivals including SAP and Oracle. The theme of big data has emerged this year with software vendors developing products designed to help custo

Insight launches Apple services

Insight UK has taken the wraps off a service designed to provide support for the growing number of Apple products being used in the corporate environment as consumerisation starts to increase Mac use in the workplace. With more firms adopting a bring your own device approach to IT the number of iPa

Channel builds business in open source

Savvy solution providers are landing deals with customers willing to pay for more tailored, flexible systems.

Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications: UC integration improves

Vendors are improving UC integration as they evolve their products from portfolios to integrated suites, says Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications.

CMS Peripherals launches acquisition drive with CCI buy

Storage distie CMS Peripherals has taken the first step to fulfilling itsambition to become a €250m (£220m) business by 2015 with the acquisition of Yorkshire-based CCI Distribution. CMS claims the deal, financial terms of which remain undisclosed, will make it the largest independent data sto

Cyber-Ark confirms Lowe appointment

Cyber-Ark has confirmed that it has taken on former Northern European Check Point boss Nick Lowe with a remit to grow operations at the security vendor as it looks to get more out of its channel relationships. Lowe left Check Point last month after an eight year stint at the vendor and had been par

IBM to acquire i2 and Algorithmics

IBM has announced plans to acquire British security analytics software company i2 and Canadian financial risk analytics software company Algorithmics.

Comstor to support Cisco TelePresence 'distie-as-agent' track

Westcon's dedicated Cisco distribution unit, Comstor, has unveiled support for the Global Partner Network (GPN) for Cisco's TelePresence Distributor-as-Agent track. The programme will see Comstorusing its own worldwide procurement system to help CiscoTelePresence Video Advanced, Advanced Plus and Ma

CSC targets UK growth

US IT services giant CSC has targeted growth in the UK across all business sectors in managed services, consulting, business process outsourcing, and emerging areas including cloud computing services.

Why ex-servicemen and women should consider a career in IT

With more than 1,800 redundancies in the RAF and army expected this month, the outlook does not look promising for ex-servicemen and women. Cliff Saran speaks to a former soldier, who has retrained as a highly skilled datacentre technician.

Two men arrested in UK as police investigate Anonymous and LulzSec hacking activities

Two more people have been arrested inthe ongoing crackdown on hacktivist groups Anonymous and Lulz Security (LulzSec). The Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit arrested two men in South Yorkshire and Wiltshire for conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

SAP gets judge backing in fight against $1.3bn Oracle costs

Oracle has suffered a set back in its fight to get damages out of its arch rival SAP over unauthorised downloads made by the German vendor's TomorrowNow division. The court battle appeared to have been done and dusted after Oracle was awarded damages of $1.3bn last November but moves by SAP to cont

SAM the answer to overcoming software ignorance

Customers struggling to cope with their software estate will have to embrace tools that enable them to understand what they are using and as a result which applications need to be paid for. The call for the channel to push Software Asset Management (SAM) comes on the back of disturbing research by

Thunderbolt storage devices not seen as an SMB staple

It's unlikely that Intel’s Thunderbolt storage systems will see widespread SMB adoption; Promise has a Thunderbolt system but few others have committed.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 2 September 2011

Nvidia warns resellers over dangers of remarked chips Graphics specialist Nvidia has warned the channel to buy through authorised partners to avoid running into problems with counterfeit products.

Mitel losses narrow as impact of restructuring becomes clear

Quarterly net losses at unified comms and collaboration vendor Mitel have narrowed on the back of a major restructuring programme intended to improve operating performance. Although Mitel still went into the red during its first quarter, which closed on 31 July, it lost just $2.8m (£1.72m)as o

Servassure hires comms vet Annette Reynolds to run channels

Daisy Group's white label channel services provider, Servassure, has hired former Sphinx convergence head Annette Reynolds as its new channels partner manager. Reynolds spent four years with Sphinx, prior to which she was instrumental in establishing Westcon's Nortel business. She also brings a deca

Two-tier ERP on the rise among manufacturers, experts say

The number of two-tier ERP systems is increasing due to a broader drive toward system consolidation as well as the cost savings and country-specific functions such systems can bring.

CSC hires to support services growth ambitions

Services and outsourcingoutfit CSC has made a series ofhires to boost its growth ambitions, key among them the appointment of former Fujitsucloud services boss Jon Green as vice president of Global Business Services for the UK, Nordics and Netherlands. Green, who has also served as Fujitsu's UK sale