TechTarget News - Week of Oct 09, 2011

Blackberry users hit by service outage across UK

Blackberry users across Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been left unable to access e-mail or use the Blackberry instant messaging service.

Gartner: Tablets will replace keyboards and mice

People will be using multi-touch devices such as the iPad and other media tablets, rather than a keyboard and mouse, as a pervasive computing device.

Jerry Yang in talks with equity investors about taking Yahoo private

Yahoo co-founder and former chief executive Jerry Yang is talking to private equity firms about taking the internet company private. Talks have so far been informal, but Yahoo's advisors are expected to send financial information this week to interested parties.

BI software migration to give IndusInd Bank a leg up

IndusInd is undertaking BI software migration to consolidate data and make most of customer information. Read more about the software migration project.

Tablet technology heads for wider PC market

A Gartner special report on the future of computing has suggested that technology today found on tablet devices such as the iPad will break out into the mainstream computing market within the next five to 10 years.

ComputerLinks adds authentication to Alvea platform

ComputuerLinks continues to expand the services available to resellers via its cloud platform Alvea adding authentication services to the mix. The distributor has been busy developing the options on Alvea ranging from security, storage and infrastructure services and the addition of an automated tw

New Hammer services business goes beyond storage

Specialist storage distie Hammer has spun out its in-house services business into a new company to be called Malleus Ltd. Speaking to MicroScope, former Hammer solutions manager Paul Hickingbotham, who has moved across to the new firm as technical director.

Insight welcomed into Cloud Industry Forum

Insight UK has become the latest channel player to throw in its lot with the Cloud Industry Forum, the industry body that works to advocate cloud services and establish codes of practice around the accountability, transparency and capability of cloud environments.

IOUG President talks Exadata, middleware

IOUG President Andrew Flowers spoke about the topics that are top-of-mind for members of the Independent Oracle Users Group, including Exadata, virtualization and middleware.

Patch Tuesday fixes address critical flaws in Windows, IE

Fixes in October’s Patch Tuesday release are fewer than recent releases, although six of the eight bulletins involve remote code execution flaws and should be implemented quickly.

RMS bosses call it quits after 10 months

Less than a year after spinning out their business in an MBO and barely seven months after a major relaunch the owners of security reseller RMS IT Security have elected to cut their losses and sell up to connectivity specialist Pinnacle Telecom for a total consideration of just under £470,000.

Shops seeking VMware alternatives face management problems

As the search for cost savings leads more VMware shops to Hyper-V and XenServer, IT pros learn that multi-hypervisor management is a tough nut to crack.

Channel needs to show public sector commitment

Those resellers aiming to continue making money from the public sector need to stand shoulder to shoulder with their customers to deepen loyalty and demonstrate awareness of the current economic constraints if they want to establish relationships.

SAP extends service cover on ERP product through to 2020

SAP has raised the bar in the length of time customers can expect standard maintenance around its ERP suite applications extending it to five years to reduce the concerns about upgrades.

SMEs find value in the cloud

Small and mid-sized companies are increasingly using cloud computing to transform the way they operate, research has shown.

Blackberry services restored after international outage

Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has confirmed its Blackberry services are operating normally following an outage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Abandon the traditional IT stack to innovate, says Ovum

Enterprises should abandon their traditional "stack" view of IT architecture if they want to free up time and resources to use IT to drive innovation, according to IT analyst group Ovum.

Aviva reduces costs by 30% with cloud-based HR system

Aviva claims to have saved over £1m a year in reduced software licence fees after completing the first stage of a project to replace its Oracle-based HR systems with a cloud-based service.

European PC sales tumble in Q3

Price cuts in a bid by vendors to cut stock levels led to a rise in PC sales volumes but a continued decline in average selling prices continued to be a feature of the market in the third quarter.

Micro-P contract to boost TRENDnet market exposure

Wired and wireless networking vendor TRENDnet is the latest vendor to be added to Micro-P's expanding line card. The distributor will have access to TRENDnet's more popular lines, including wireless, powerline, switching and power over Ethernet (PoE) gear.

Tackling big problems with free business intelligence tools

Data scientist Brand Niemann recreated large government databases in days using free business intelligence tools and advises other users to “do your own IT.”

IBM takes wraps off SmartCloud

IBM has taken the wraps off a set of cloud offerings targeted at enterprise customers announcing its ambition to support 200m users by the end of next year as it encourages a shift to hosted services.

Lack of confidence in small players benefits Westcon, Logicalis

Datatec, the parent of networking and convergence distie Westcon, services house Logicalis and support specialist Intact, has suggested that a lack of business confidence in smaller channel outfits has played into its hands in recent months.

Vertical markets will keep IT spending going

Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty across the Eurozone that is causing concern around the world IT spending is set to recover from its low points at the height of the recession a couple of years ago.

SAP Business Suite bids adieu to major ERP releases, enhancement packs

SAP announced on Tuesday that they’re moving away from periodic major enhancement packages and upgrades to their SAP Business Suite in favor of smaller, quarterly improvements. The company is also extending standard support for ECC 6.0 applications to 2020.

Enterprise search tools seeing gains on ease of deployment, use

Advances in enterprise search technology have made it easier to deploy and use, giving organizations greater access to the unstructured and structured content stored across channels and repositories.

Tablet not viable PC replacement yet, says CompTIA

Ahead of its upcoming EMEA conference, channel association CompTIA has suggested that a "three device system" will become the norm in most businesses in the near future, with tablets and smartphones unlikely to replace PCs altogether in the SME market.

Physical servers live on longer than IT pros predict

Hypervisors are more technically capable than ever of taking on new workloads, but logistical issues like legacy apps, budget and time constraints still stand in the way of server consolidation.

Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics

Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppard, who was named as Lee Shorten's replacement during the summer.

Small firms warned to keep up guard against CNP fraud

Small businesses have been warned to keep up their defences against fraudsters despite the level of cardholder not present (CNP) fraud dropping to the lowest level for 11 years.

Social engagement tips from author Qualman

In this interview, Erik Qualman says mistakes will be made, but simple, one-to-one interactions are the key to social media engagement.

Best of VMworld Europe 2010 winner adopts Cisco UCS

An Italian bank expands its virtual infrastructure to meet growing needs after winning the “Best virtualisation and server consolidation project” award at VMworld Europe 2010.

Microsoft folds Hadoop into SQL Server 2012, Windows Azure

Microsoft said it will release SQL Server 2012, formerly Denali, next year and detailed its Hadoop-based strategy for handling the explosion of big data at the PASS 2011 conference.

HP’s changes, IBM i2 acquisition head September 2011 blogs

More changes at HP, including webOS employee layoffs and a new VP of channel sales, and IBM’s move to improve its data analytics position by acquiring i2 led September’s blogs.

Lenovo takes second spot in PC market

Consolidation and changing market dynamics have shaken the pack of PC vendors with Lenovo becoming the second largest global player for the first time as it overtook both Acer and Dell.

AVG takes wraps off Partner Centre support service

Security specialist AVG has stepped up the service support it offers to resellers in a move designed to make life easier for current partners as well as a benefit that will attract fresh talent.

IT pros to Dell: Stop chiding HP and start innovating

At Dell World, Dell executives had plenty to say about HP. IT pros might have preferred the vendor discussed new investments in Dell's own client devices.

Alcatel-Lucent on verge of Genesys sale

Alcatel-Lucent is understoodon the verge of selling its Genesys contact centre software unit to private equity investors Permira, according to the Financial Times. The unit sits within Alcatel-Lucent's Enterprise division, a sale of which was discussed earlier this year, and could be worth up to $1.

Blackberry services restored following widespread outage

Blackberry services are being restored after millions of customers were unable to access e-mail or send text messages following a power outage which affected Europe, Middle East, India, Africa, the US, Canada and Latin America.

Gartner: IT staff need new skills to manage big data

Enterprises will need to reskill their IT department if they are to successfully manage the explosive growth of data within their organisation, claims analyst group Gartner.

Citrix snaps up ShareFile to bolster cloud capabilities

Citrix has extended its cloud capabilities with the acquisition of ShareFile, which provides hosted storage services, as it gears up to exploit the predicted growth in the market.

Data centre spending heading back to pre-recession levels

With demand coming from the cloud and more awareness of the need to upgrade existing systems to lower energy alternatives the prospects in the data centre market are looking fairly rosy.

BBC evolves digital asset management with Life

The BBC’s Life series marked an ongoing shift from film to digital media that is making the need for rigorous metadata and digital asset management in broadcast media more pressing.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 October 2011

Avaya UK boss to take channel back to basics. Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Andrew Sheppard has said he will adopt a "back to basics" approach in his dealings with the channel that will see the comms vendor emphasise both operational efficiency and costs savings in its sales approach.

UK performance takes shine off Computacenter first half

The UK continues to drag down the performance of Computacenter with a poor performance in the professional services business a blot on the channel player's half year numbers.

Scale picks European Electronique for education push

SMB scale-out storage vendor Scale Computing is teaming up with education sector specialist European Electronique to address increasing complexity and levels of data in both school and university environments.

Terracotta and Oracle team up to solidify a Java Caching API: JSR 107

One of the big topics of conversation at last week’s JavaOne conference in San Francisco was the upcoming Java caching standard, JSR 107. In fact, all of the JavaOne sessions dedicated to the topic were delivered to a standing room only crowd, as you can see by the following photo of Greg Luck and Cameron Purdy’s session on the topic.

Distribution still has a role in a cloud world

Distribution will continue to play a critical role in a cloud market delivering services and support to resellers on behalf of vendors, according to IBM.

News Roundup: Hadoop, hypervisors, and Patch Tuesday

In this week’s server news roundup, we explore the latest on SQL Server 2012, talk hypervisors and upcoming patches.

Channel has role to play plugging skills gap

The IT skills gap will only get wider unless more action is taken by both businesses and schools to get more young people to study ICT.

Businesses likely to rethink continuity plans after Blackberry outage

In the aftermath of Research in Motion's (RIM) largest services outage in the company's history, Jenny Williams investigates how businesses are building resilience against a single point of failure when a supplier's service goes down.

Nortel pension deficit appeal rejected

An appeal against last December's landmark ruling that Nortel was to be held liable for a £2.1bn hole in its UK pension scheme has today been thrown out in an apparent victory for The Pensions Regulator and many thousands of ex-Nortel workers in this country.