TechTarget News - Week of Sep 25, 2011

Bad Sectors: the latest storage news

Our regular roundup of storage news sees EMC notch a Canberra win, a couple of agencies announce their plans to buy SANs, Ninefold's sneakernet, a nasty rumour about HP and a new entrant to the local SAN market.

Council of Europe countries agree to protect internet freedom of expression

By adopting recommendations for internet governance tabled at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, ministers of 47 countries clarified their responsibilities under existing law and took one step closer to cementing them in an internet treaty.

A look back at HP's PC fiasco

A comprehensive timeline following the route of HP as it dumped webOS, talked of spinning off its PC business, and fired Apotheker and hired Whitman. Get analysis and reaction to the events here.

News in brief: Dell unveils new PartnerDirect 2.0

Dell added new rebates and incentives with its PartnerDirect 2.0 program; HP will have 19 more Cloud Centers of Excellence by the end of October; other news in brief.

What is Mixed Workload?

When selecting a database system for use in a mixed query environment, it is important to carefully evaluate the workload management capabilities of the product.

IT investment critical to future European competitiveness

European countries risk falling behind emerging economic rivals by 2020 unless businesses begin to match US levels of ICT investment, according to a newstudy from comms provider AT&T and research outfit Oxford Economics. The six-month study purports to show that European countries have dropped b

Data centre demand bouncing back after poor couple of years

Data centre building and refurbishment is stepping up as demand from customers filters through to those responsible for putting together the infrastructure that is driving the cloud. According to one of the firms specialising in the database market it has seen a strong "resurgence in demand fo

Cisco's Vanhamme latest network exec to head to Huawei

Cisco Europeandistribution supremoDominique Vanhamme has become the latest networking executive to move across to rapidly emerging Chinese network vendor Huawei. Hetook up the Brussels-basedpost ofvicepresident ofEuropean channels and Global Competence Center last week. Vanhamme made his appointment

Gartner recommends use of low-cost services

Customers are being advised by Gartner to look at using low cost automated mananged services as a way of reducing the strain with users being urged to look at no-frills options. The latest views on low-cost IT services from the analyst house could provide the channel with a revenue source from what

Apple cuts iPad 2 component orders in run-up to Christmas

Apple has cutcomponent orders for theiPad 2 by up to 25%, fuelling speculation that the vendor is reacting to growing economic pessimism in the European theatre. A report by Hong Kong-based JPMorgan analysts, first picked up by Bloomberg, claims that this is the first time the vendor has cut its sup

Quest boosts Toad for Oracle with version 11

New features of Toad for Oracle include more automated code analysis, allowing read-only access to production databases and reporting across all managed databases.

Game pursues digital offerings to fend off recession

Video game retailer Game Group is looking for new sources of revenue from the web and digital gaming to mitigate the effects of low consumer spending.

How BP made its supplier ecosystem work

Oil and gas giant BP spent 65% of its $3bn annual IT budget with 3,000 suppliers in 2008, but now it outsources to only seven and has reduced its annual IT budget by $800m as a result.

Cognizant acquires Zaffera

Outsourcing company Cognizant has acquired Zaffera, an SAP retail consulting and software development firm, for an undisclosed sum.

Analytical tools selection made easy

Selecting appropriate analytical tools for the organization can be complicated. We help you identify which analytical tools are best suited to your needs.

IT shops try new tools to up server-to-admin ratios

A mainstay of Web 2.0 companies, DevOps-inspired configuration management tools are turning out to be a good fit in the traditional enterprise.

Microsoft starts OEM channel review

Microsoft has announced a review of its OEM channel relationships globally as it looks to work out whether or not it wants to reduce, expand or keep its current UK distribution line-up. The process started with the OEMs being told of a Request for Proposal (RFP) process that will kick-off at some po

Medical device safety ratings on tap at new site

A biomedical engineer is launching a new site where medical device safety data is more accessible and searchable than on government sites. Future plans include a ratings system.

Acer looks to exploit HP instability

Acer has become the latest PC vendor to look to exploit the recent instability at Hewlett-Packard with the confusion over its strategy handing its rivals a chance to try to prise its resellers into working with a different vendor. So far both Fujitsu TS and Dell have been vocal about the alternative

Intact launches dedicated global support team

Dedicated reseller support and managed services provider Intact Integrated Services has announced the formation of a Global Solutions Team designed to support channel partners on large-scale network transformation and support projects. The new team will report directly tothe firm'sCEO, Bob Dalton, a

Cisco partners bank on Partner Led changes

News that Cisco Partner Led program will receive additional funding in the form of marketing development funds and sales training starting in January 2012 has Cisco partners excited.

Jaspersoft claims world first open source mobile BI package

Business intelligence (BI) software specialist Jaspersoft has made its move on the mobility spacewith the latest (4.2) version of its BI Suite, released under open source in what the company claims is an industry first The release includes a mobileBIiOS software development kit, that will allow deve

Technology investment urged by the BSA

The British government should invest more in the technology sector as it looks for routes to recovery with the IT sector of the UK economy expected to be a solid performer already contributing £102bn to the country. The latest Business Software Alliance (BSA) Global IT Competitivness Index s

GE's journey from waterfall to Agile practices

General Electric Co. turned to Agile practices to revamp software development in its Energy division. Now Agile is making its way across the company.

Power protection for the data centre

All the servers in the world are useless without electricity. And securing the supply of power has become a key challenge for data centre managers. Swinburne University faced this challenge in the solution design for their data centres.

CIOs say move to cloud applications inevitable as public sector leads the way

CIOs will be spending between 40% and 80% of their IT budgets on cloud services in five years as the promise of lower capital spending on IT, lower overall IT costs and greater technical agility make cloud computing inevitable, according to a panel of 50 CIOs.

Milband's anti-predator business strategy given thumbs down

The Labour Party leader's attempt to set out a strategy criticising predatory businesses has been given the thumbs down by some in thebusiness and tech world. Yesterday in his speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Ed Miliband attacked 'predatory' businesses and called for more support

New green IT technology for data center cooling

One option in data center cooling allows servers to be immersed in liquid, potentially reducing cooling energy by 90%.

Google takes Tech City bait

Google is to open a new London office in East London's Tech City, from where it will provide incubator business services for IT start-ups. The government launched the Tech City last year, capitalising on the presence of a number of start-up firms in the Old Street and Shoreditch area, romantically k

Windows 8 Linux woes, Red Hat's big Q2: News in brief

Windows 8 may cause problems for Linux, Red Hat pushes to become first $1 billion open source company and Linus takes a vacation; news in brief.

Dark Data

Data hidden within the enterprise will inevitably be challenged, and it will be up to enterprise information management to tame it.

SME's reminded of need to counter physical security threat

The need to take physical security seriously remains one of the key messages to users looking to allocate budget towards protecting data in 2012. The temptation to focus resources on countering web threats has to be balanced with an awareness of the risks of being physically exposed according to re

Outgoing D-Link boss praised for reviving company fortunes

D-Link has bid farewell to its outgoing UK managing director, Chris Davies, who has left the firm after a four year stint at the wheel, during which he played a key role in reviving the fortunes of the firm's UK business. "His role was very much a change management role, which he absolutely ach

Lenovo shuffles board room

The seating plan in the Lenovo board room will need to be revised after the manufacturer shuffled its management pack. The PC maker has appointed founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation and a former chairman of Sony Nobuyuki Idei to become an independent non-executive director. He replaces Ja

Making the move to VoIP: Counting the cost

VoIP promises long term savings, but check Ian Yates' advice before you jump in and make a short term blunder.

Looking to JavaOne 2011 with Apache expert Rob Davies

Java expert and current CTO of FuseSource Rob Davies discusses his eagerness to attend JavaOne 2011, and what sessions you should attend if you happen to be there.

JavaOne 2011 news, views and conference coverage

TheServerSide.com's editors will be on the spot at JavaOne 2011, so watch this page for news and session coverage of this major Java conference.

Cloud offering won't compete with channel, says Virgin Media

Virgin Media Business (VMB)has teamed up with cloud computing specialist Savvis to launch its first true cloud product, the Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC), but has moved to reassure its service provider channel that it does not plan to compete with them. Thenew service is pitched firmly at the e

Airbus buys HP PODs: Data center news in brief

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will deploy HP containerized data centers in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.

Experts say CEM technology can build single view of customer

Communicating with customers through multiple channels is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. Find out how companies use CEM technology to craft a single view of the customer across channels.

Should you host your own email?

A recent study suggests that one in ten businesses will outsource their email to the cloud by 2014 and more than half by the end of the decade.

Security firm selects Fujitsu IT services

Security company G4S has outsourced its IT infrastructure and services to Fujitsu and has agreed a £32.9m seven-year contract.

Nokia axes 3,500 jobs

Troubled mobile phone company Nokia is to axe 3,500 jobs as sales of its handsets continue to plummet.

Oracle locks horns with Autonomy over sale claims

His views on HP already being well known, Larry Ellison has now turned his fire on Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch, lambasting the boss of the UK's largest software firm - and HP's latest acquisition - in a statement titled 'Another whopper from Autonomy.' Ellison took time out of his busy schedule to snipe

RM swings the axe as public sector spending cuts bite

Education specialist RM is to trim its staffing numbers by a fifth as a result of the impact of public spending cuts on its business concluding a strategic review which has been running over the past few months. The vendor has started a redundancy programme that will reduce headcount by 13% of the

Westcoast looks to spread apprentice sign-ups through channel

Westcoast is encouraging resellers to take an apprentice to help Britain improve its skills base and to grow the business through the current difficult trading conditions. The distributor is backing Microsoft's Britain Works programme, which aims to create more jobs and qualified staff in the IT se

Proper ICD-10 preparation combines technology, testing

Technology running back-end systems can enable ICD-10 preparation by giving the right space for new, extended documentation. Testing payer and vendor compatibility also matters.

What do HP partners think of Meg Whitman?

Some partners were concerned with HP’s placement of Meg Whitman in the CEO spot, while others think she’s a good fit at HP despite the company’s series of questionable personnel decisions.

Video conferencing system helps emergency response teams mobilize

Transportation and emergency management officials in Houston coordinate emergency response teams using the LifeSize HD video conferencing system its UC pros recently deployed.

HP risks fading fortunes as a top IT supplier

For decades HP has been a preeminent supplier of products and services to corporate IT. But the company’s recent drama has some IT shops concerned for the future.

O-bit flowers in Daisy's garden

O-bit Telecom, acquired by Daisy Group last February,will launch new channel services next weekas it presents a fresh face to the market and reveals it has not, as at first expected,been wholly absorbed by its new owners. According to David Breith, CEO at the Bucks-based firm, Daisy had plannedto in

Blackberry faces fight to hold onto enterprise dominance

The main beneficiary of the bring your own device movement is set to be Apple with the vendor mounting a serious challenge to the Blackberry dominance in the enterprise space. RIM might have already found it difficult to compete with Apple in the consumer space but research from iPass shows that IT

Simplify continuous integration with Hudson

Software pro Mansfield Moser explains why he favors Hudson for continuous integration and more in this interview with TSS staff.

Chiefs put police IT reforms on remand

The Home Office has intensified consultations with police chiefs over its new police IT strategy after it emerged some of them were not convinced the proposals for reform were sound.

Microsoft updates Office Web Apps

Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Office suite of web applications based on user feedback.

Mobile malware is on the rise, warns IBM report

Malware targeting mobile devices is on the rise and is raising new security concerns for IT departments, according to IBM's X-Force 2011 mid-year trend and risk report.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 30 September 2011

Apple cuts iPad 2 component orders in run-up to Christmas Apple has cut component orders for the iPad 2 by up to 25%, fueling speculation that the vendor is reacting to growing economic pessimism in the European theatre.

IT insolvencies rise as financial strength weakens

The number of IT firms hitting the wall has risen slightly despite things improving in other areas of the economy with large enterprises holding firm in the face of ongoing uncertainty. The latest monthly insolvency statistics from Experian indicate that across the economy as a whole the number of i

Apotheker walks away with millions after HP CEO change

Those in the channel worried that Leo Apotheker, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was going to be short of a bob or two following his decision to step down last week might well revise their opinion in light of his severance package.

Why Facebook is changing your WAN security strategy

WAN security becomes more about Internet security as enterprises develop business uses for social media, adopt SaaS and give branches direct access to the Internet.

Educating physicians on ICD-10 changes eases transition

When it comes to using ICD-10, clinical staff will be at the front line. Training staff in a comfortable way and mapping old codes to new will make ICD-10 changes easier to bear.

Micro-P signed by Huawei to support enterprise ambitions

Just weeks after it announced plans to establish distribution relationships in the UK the Chinese comms and networking vendor Huawei has taken the wraps off its first data channel appointment. Micro-P has been signed up to expand the reseller base for the vendor and will stock a range of products in

Ingram Micro takes practical approach to the cloud

Selling the cloud is something that the channel knows it needs to start thinking about but getting from a situation where it is just an idea to a solid business plan requires a fair bit of work. There appear to be plenty of people queuing up to provide assistance, ranging from vendors, reseller asso

KCOM stays on track avoiding low margin business

KCOM's decision to pull away from low margin business continues to show signs of delivering better financial results for the firm as it looks for more high-end contracts to keep the profits flowing. In a trading statement the comms provider revealed that even in the enterprise and public sector mark