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.
Retailer Boots has launched a mobile version of its website to expand its multichannel portfolio.
The European Commission (EC) is investigating whether emerging banking standards for e-payments are anti-competitive.
The government has issued a gagging order preventing members of an SME working group from commenting on meeting discussions, despite its recent commitment to an "open government" transparency agenda.
The European economy could be boosted by billions of euros over the next decade if businesses increase investment in information and communication technology.
The UK has been ranked fourth globally for fixed line broadband internet access speeds, out of a list of 38 countries.
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.
Australia’s recent agricultural and population censuses will be stored on and tabulated using HP SANs, but a dedicated storage team won’t help the count.
While text and content analysis software has potential along many lines of business, consultant Seth Grimes explains the challenges to making the business case for adopting the technology.
Wineries are preparing to tackle customer retention with predictive analytics tools thanks to a new partnership between an e-commerce provider and Information Builders.
After a Milwaukee-based law firm added iSCSI SAN arrays for remote data protection, they reported a significant improvement in DR speed
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
Many enterprises deploying cloud-based applications don't appear to have plans in place to address issues such as data quality and data governance, according to a survey by Ventana Research.
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 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
New certifications from CESG, in partnership with CREST and IISP, plan to standardise the assessment of skills for public-sector security consultants.
The regulatory landscape's evolution requires close attention to risk management and compliance processes. But GRC also makes good business sense, and can improve your bottom line.
New features of Toad for Oracle include more automated code analysis, allowing read-only access to production databases and reporting across all managed databases.
Oracle’s new Sparc server has up to 16 of the new eight-core Sparc T4 chips, but analysts wonder whether it will be enough to keep the Sparc install base interested.
The Liberal Democrats have called for a new central government office for IT to address the "severe skills gap" of civil servants and government managers. Ministers...
The European Payments Council (EPC) has spoken out against the European Commission's anti-trust investigation into the development of e-payment standards.
Pub group Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is continuing an IT cost-cutting plan to respond to pressure on its operating margins.
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.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has taken delivery of two pre-configured HP datacentres.
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.
Outsourcing company Cognizant has acquired Zaffera, an SAP retail consulting and software development firm, for an undisclosed sum.
The open source database website MySQL.com has been hacked, leaving site visitors exposed to malicious code.
Developers could face stricter rules over mobile application charges following changes to the way premium rate services are regulated.
Bristol City Council's open source push has suffered another series of set-backs that point a finger of blame at CESG, the cyber security arm of GCHQ.
East Coast rail service has rolled out a new IT service desk support system, following the train line's move back to state ownership from its franchise agreement with National Express.
Selecting appropriate analytical tools for the organization can be complicated. We help you identify which analytical tools are best suited to your needs.
Salesforce.com may have focused on the social enterprise at Dreamforce, but its cloud-based programming tools are grabbing customer’s attention, too.
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 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
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.
Competition in the enterprise routing and switching market is intensifying, which is driving down network hardware prices.
Violin Memory looks to take on high-end enterprise primary storage vendors with its new all-flash storage array, available with MLC or SLC.
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
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
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.
The third iteration of the widely acclaimed Building Security in Maturity Model documents software security initiatives at 42 enterprises.
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
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
Visitors to MySQL.com were treated to theBlackHole exploit kit which quietly served malware to Windows users.
General Electric Co. turned to Agile practices to revamp software development in its Energy division. Now Agile is making its way across the company.
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.
Virgin Media Business has teamed up with web hosting and services provider Savvis to offer a new contract-free cloud computing service to UK customers.
Amazon has confirmed its much-anticipated entry into the tablet market with the US launch of its Kindle Fire device - but analysts doubt it will appeal to corporate IT buyers.
Microsoft has started rolling out the next major version of its Windows Phone 7 operating system, codenamed Mango.
The UK is the fifth most competitive IT market in the world, but the lack of sufficiently qualified IT professionals is still a major concern, according to research.
The government is planning to deploy free Wi-Fi around London during the Olympic Games in 2012 amid fears that mobile phone networks could run out of capacity.
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.
Google is to open an incubator business unit for technology start-ups in East London's Tech City with plans to open amenities to organisations supporting start-ups and a programme of events including training workshops and product demonstrations.
CIOs explain how a combined technology and marketing strategy helps companies respond to customers, and why business must serve customers differently.
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
One option in data center cooling allows servers to be immersed in liquid, potentially reducing cooling energy by 90%.
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
Mozy looks to improve the time it takes to get started with its MozyPro cloud backup service with a seeding device called the Data Shuttle.
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.
Data hidden within the enterprise will inevitably be challenged, and it will be up to enterprise information management to tame it.
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
Network and application monitoring tools have helped a London high school control an unwieldy network and avoid going over capacity in a newly virtualised environment.
Headlines: Violin Memory looks to take on high-end enterprise primary storage vendors with its new all-flash storage array, available with MLC or SLC.
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
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
VoIP promises long term savings, but check Ian Yates' advice before you jump in and make a short term blunder.
Loyal Sun shops–those that are left of them–have new SPARC server models for running general purpose Solaris applications.
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.
A mix of digital pens, handwriting recognition and electronic forms has helped a health center and NASCAR track plan emergency operations. Inspiring EHR use may not be far off.
Many businesses struggle to maintain PCI DSS compliance, suggesting meeting the standard is a goal rather than an ongoing initiative, according to a new report from Verizon Business.
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.
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
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will deploy HP containerized data centers in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany.
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.
Oracle is gradually catching up to its chief rival, SAP, in the race for data quality market dominance, according to Gartner.
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.
Power shortages and costs are becoming an increasing concern for companies with datacentres in London as the Olympics approaches.
The Tizen open source operating system, supported by Intel and Samsung, will have its first release and software development kit in the first quarter of 2012.
Security company G4S has outsourced its IT infrastructure and services to Fujitsu and has agreed a £32.9m seven-year contract.
A survey of 1,000 public and private sector workers found that over 50% of workers who use their own money to pay for work-related costs don't claim the money back because the process is too complex.
Nokia and Siemens are each investing €500m into Nokia Siemens Networks in a bid to strengthen the joint venture's financial position.
The IT outsourcing sector will be transformed over the next few years, with 10 developments changing the way IT is delivered and used.
The dominance of Blackberry devices in businesses will decline as employees opt to use Apple and Google Android devices for work purposes, according to a recent study.
Troubled mobile phone company Nokia is to axe 3,500 jobs as sales of its handsets continue to plummet.
IT departments will focus less on maintenance and more on innovation as they use clouds created and supported by third parties, says analyst Ovum.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has signed a seven-year contract with IBM worth £75m per year to provide systems, which will include the delivery of its flagship Universal Credit programme.
Firefox 7 and Thunderbird 7 have been released by Mozilla, fixing eight security flaws and cutting memory consumption by up to 50%. Find out more.
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
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 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
Network monitoring tools aren’t ready for 40 Gigabit Ethernet, but a network monitoring switch will allow you to monitor the faster media with 10 Gigabit Ethernet tools.
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.
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.
Transportation and emergency management officials in Houston coordinate emergency response teams using the LifeSize HD video conferencing system its UC pros recently deployed.
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 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
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
Supply chains present a number of data security challenges, from intellectual property theft to product leaks. Avoiding security breaches means knowing how to manage IT and staff.
A recent increase in privacy litigation proves that UK companies, too, need e-discovery and data governance plans.
Software pro Mansfield Moser explains why he favors Hudson for continuous integration and more in this interview with TSS staff.
The €75m datacentre is expected to be one of the most energy-efficient in the world and will power Google's search engine, Gmail and Google Maps.
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.
The Co-operative Group has hired Andy Haywood to become Group CIO.
Microsoft has rolled out updates to its Office suite of web applications based on user feedback.
Capgemini, Sybase and SAP are working together to provide enterprise mobility services.
The government's IT security arm, CESG, has begun relaxing security restrictions on the software it approves for public sector use to accommodate Cabinet Office plans for cloud computing and wider use of open source.
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.
Former HP CEO Leo Apotheker has walked away from the company with a $13.2m (£8.4m) pay-off, including a $2.4m additional bonus despite HP's share price plummeting under his 11-month stewardship.
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.
GridIron Systems comes out of stealth with SSD-based SAN accelerator device; Nirvanix and Panzura team up; NetEx adds Hyper-V support to HyperIP; more data storage news.
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
The concluding part of our look at converged networks considers the skills needed to manage these new conduits.
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.
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.
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.
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
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'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
The manager of business analytics at Skechers USA Inc. and TDWI Boston chapter members explain how to make data warehousing work when funds are tight.