TechTarget News - Week of Oct 30, 2011

I spy web servers which don’t lie

The storage blogosphere is reporting an interesting incident involving Symantec and Permabit, plus a stoush between Oracle and NetApp.

Cloud storage boom as users rush to outsourcers

The Spring 2011 edition of IDC’s Storage User Demand Survey says 40%of enterprise storage users plan to outsource some of their storage needs in the next twelve months, with “an average of over 250TB will be acquired” by each user.

What can a CIO learn from Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs might have been a product and marketing wonder kid but there are lots of lessons CIOs can learn from his method.

Android now top mobile malware platform

Google's Android platform is now the most popular for malicious mobile programs, overtaking other platforms as well as 'generic' Java malware.

McDermott addresses questions over SAP BusinessObjects 4.0, HANA

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott talks about whether BusinessObjects 4.0 was moved into ramp-up mode before it was ready and why SAP needs to do a better job of explaining its roadmaps to customers.

BT to speed up fibre broadband roll-out

BT is to accelerate its roll out of superfast broadband, bringing its target forward by a year to the end of 2014.

Facebook admits to 600,000 cyber attacks a day

Facebook has revealed that every 24 hours it receives around 600,000 logins to the social networking website from impostors attempting to access users' messages, photos and other personal information.

Microsoft Lync telephony: Ready to be a PBX replacement?

Microsoft Lync telephony features have advanced to the point where the company is touting the UC platform as a potential PBX replacement. Are enterprises buying in?

Japan may be facing sustained cyber attack

Japan's mapping agency is the latest in a series of government agencies to be targeted by hackers, raising fears that the breaches are part of a series of sustained attacks.

Government earmarks £10m for Identity Assurance

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has earmarked £10m for implementation of the government's Identity Assurance (IDA) programme, with the cash coming from its £650m cyber defence fund - with the potential for more near £1bn of savings if the project is a success.

BT launches broadband recruitment drive

BT is to recruit 520 new engineers in the UK as it brings forward £300m of investment in its commercial fibre broadband venture, with the bulk being hired from ex-armed forces personnel. The telco today said it was speeding up its roll-out of superfast broadband services to UK businesses and r

Bank profits grow but calls for SME lending continue

The banks are being urged to do more to lend to small businesses with signs that where possible the finance sector is giving finance to those larger firms it deems to be safer bets.

Tech Data completes software distie buyout

Tech Data has completed its acquisition of software VAD Man and Machine after the deal received the green light from the European Commission.

Comet sale edging closer

The sale of the Comet electrical chain could be moving towards a conclusion with a private equity firm the most likely buyer to take the retail chain off the hands of current parent Kesa Electricals.

Channel all dressed up for Halloween

The channel has come out in force for Halloween, with the offices of Manchester-based networking and comms distie Nimans (pictured above) among those resembling scenes from a very busy horror movie as staff dressed up to raise money for the National Deaf Children's Society.

Standard Life scraps CIO role in IT shake-up

Christian Torkington, the IT leader at Standard Life, has left the insurance firm amid a host of changes in senior management.

Hague calls for collaboration to realise full potential of cyberspace

It is increasingly clear that countries with weak cyber defences and capabilities will find themselves at a serious strategic disadvantage given the rise of state-sponsored cyber attacks, according to foreign secretary William Hague.

HP PC unit CTO announces semi-retirement

Hewlett-Packard's (HP) chief technology officer (CTO) of its Personal Systems Group (PSG), Phil McKinney, will semi-retire at the end of the year

Widget boss heads to C2000 consumer business

Widget managing director Jo-Anne Foreman is heading to Computer 2000 as director of its TD Consumer Electronics division after a three year stint at the helm of the consumer distributor.

Symcor moves IT service management to the cloud, beefs up BI

A Canadian financial services processing provider saved money and manpower by moving to IT service management firm ServiceNow and redeploying staff to BI and development projects.

London cybercrime conference searches for answers

The great and the good of the security industry will be keeping their eyes on the London conference on Cyberspace over the next couple of days as the government outlines how industry players can work with each other and law enforcement agencies to stem the threat of web-based attacks.

VMworld Europe 2011: All the news from the VMware show

Read all the news from VMworld Europe 2011 and find out what took place at the Copenhagen-based VMware show. VMworld Europe 2011 saw over 7,200 delegates spill through its doors at the Bella centre in Copenhagen this month.

Best practices for sticking with a legacy ERP system

Instead of migrating to a new ERP platform, manufacturers can continue to reap benefits from a legacy ERP system by using these best practices.

Kelway signs 10-year datacentre leasing deal

Services provider Kelway is to extend its hosting capabilities after signing a 10-year Turn-Key Datacentre lease with datacentre provider Digital Realty.

ThinkGrid sets aside funds for channel MDF programme

Cloud specialist ThinkGrid is earmarking some of the venture capital funds it has secured to provide marketing development funds to resellers to help them encourage customers to move to a hosted environment.

Software VARs team up in seven-strong MS Dynamics merger

Seven business software resellers, including Calyx Software, have teamed up to form a new mid-market facing Microsoft Dynamics supplier to be called m-hance.

Top cloud computing trends in the enterprise

Open source may address some of the vexing problems that have kept IT managers out of the cloud. But these technologies aren’t for the fainthearted.

Moulton 'mugged' in Fox scandal

Channel investor Jon Moulton has spoken out over donations solicited from him by disgraced ex-cabinet minister Liam Fox, saying he was angry that a comparatively small sum of money had been wasted so publicly.

Hard disk market set for slump after Thai flood carnage

The hard disk drive (HDD) market is on course to suffer its worst downturn since the financial crisis of 2008, with fourth quarter shipments set to drop nearly 28% on a quarterly basis, according to analyst house IHS iSuppli.

HP has high hopes for low-energy ARM servers

HP says the biggest social media companies are chomping at the bit to try its new low-energy ARM-based server design.

Netgear on the look out for storage and security specialists

Netgear is looking to recruit partners in the storage and security arenas as it looks to get greater channel support for its product portfolio as it looks to ramp up its roadmap going into next year.

London Conference on Cyberspace: securing the future of the internet

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has hosted representatives from government, industry, business and organisations from around the world to consider how to go about reaching an international agreement regarding behaviour in cyberspace, but why is this necessary?

BE Wholesale pollinates Daisy channel

Daisy Wholesale has announced a new partnership with BE wholesale to offer O2 broadband services to its channel partners, extending its existing mobile-centric relationship with O2.

Quality metrics: The economics of software quality

In the first of a three-part interview with co-authors Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour, we are introduced to their new book, “The Economics of Software Quality.” They describe “structural quality” vs. “functional quality,” along with challenges and advice about avoiding pitfalls related to measuring structural quality.

Software quality attributes and their rankings

How much do Agile techniques, Agile methodologies, automation, certifications, and a formal QA team affect quality? In this second part of a three-part interview, we explore some of the 121 software attributes ranked by quality value.

Changes in the way we measure software quality

Over the years, the way we have developed software has changed, and thus the way we measure software quality has changed. In this third of our three-part interview with Capers Jones and Olivier Bonsignour, co-authors of “The Economics of Software Quality,” we look at changes in software development practices such as dispersed teams and defect tracking, and how these changes affect the way we measure software quality.

Lessons learned on the way to getting meaningful use payments

Good governance, project management and workflow analysis will help hospitals meet meaningful use today. Tomorrow, though, the focus will shift to health information exchange.

UK virtualisation purchasing patterns seen evolving

Large enterprises across Western Europe and the US are revising their virtualisation hypervisor purchasing plans, according to Veeam's latest V-index survey, with alternative platforms to VMware beginning to challenge on factors such as cost and licensing.

GB Group buys Capscan for £11.2m

Identity management technology company GB Group has acquired address management company Capscan for £11.2m.

Tech Data brings cloud channel programme to Europe

C2000 and Azlan parent Tech Data is importing its US cloud channel programme, TDCloud, to Europe in a bid to help resellers take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.

Hague closes London Cyber Conference with clear messages for business and government

Keep ideas flowing and work with government to safeguard intellectual property and prevent cyber crime, while continuing to pursue the innovation that created cyberspace, foreign secretary William Hague told entrepreneurs and companies at the close of the London Conference on Cyberspace.

There's still life in the PC according to buoyant Lenovo

Lenovo has continued to build on a positive last couple of months, where it managed to secure second place in the global PC market, setting out its belief that there is plenty of life left in the market.

SMEs warned of dangers of sticking with legacy technology

Vendors often get carried away with the marketing of the latest greatest product but the reality is that users, particularly SMEs, are still miles behind in the adoption of the latest technology and it threatens to undermine their ability to compete.

Cisco UCS gaining serious steam

Interest in Cisco UCS is at an all time high among virtualization users.

How achievable is the government’s move to the cloud?

After a long period of uncertainty around the government's G-Cloud initiative, including spurious claims it had been scrapped, the strategy has been placed firmly back in the spotlight as central to the public sector IT cost-saving agenda. Computer Weekly looks at the industry reaction to the plan and examines some of the key implementation obstacles the government will face.

HR systems integration is a costly problem

Enterprises are wasting millions trying to integrate human resources (HR) systems that are not designed to communicate with each other, according to HR managers.

HP puts ARM at the heart of energy-efficient datacentres

Hewlett-Packard has introduced a line of servers using the Calxeda EnergyCore ARM Cortex low-energy processors which it claims will enable datacentres to host 2,800 servers in a single rack.

CFOs braving risks of cloud see results

Finance chiefs willing to use cloud-based financial planning tools are seeing improved business results, according to a Dimensional Research survey. eyes hybrid Oracle cloud computing is considering a hybrid public-private Oracle cloud computing model so it can handle highly variable traffic without having to build to peak capacity.

Industry urged to contribute to ongoing cyber defence debate

The Cyber Conference in the capital closed with a call for the industry to continue its dialogue with the government to ensure defences against hackers and state-backed attacks remain robust.

Bocada launches backup reporting for virtual machines

Bocada Vision ties into VMware and provides granular backup reporting and analysis of the data protection process for virtual machines, either as a module to Bocada Prism for physical machine backups or a standalone product.

Logica UK outperforms overall business

Logica's UK operation outperformed its overall business and the company expects the UK to grow further as a result of demand from, driven by government smart metering.

Accenture bags DWP contract

Accenture will provide management, development and support for Department of Work and Pensions customer-facing applications.

Nationwide IT transformation is taking shape

Nationwide will have completely renewed its front office systems in 2013 as part of its five-year £1bn IT transformation project that began in 2008.

Flat services performance hits BT revenues

A decline in the wholesale business and a flat performance in the global services business hit BT in the second quarter. The telco giant saw its Global Services division increase revenues by just 1% for the three months ended 30 September to £2.01bn from the same period a year ago.

Talend executives vaunt their open source model

Talend CEO Bertrand Diard evangelizes his company’s open source approach to data management, depicting it as part of a revolution in enterprise software: data as a service to the fore.

HDD shortages and price rises to hit distribution

The fallout from the Thailand floods is going to be price rises and shortages for months to come with the costs passed on through the supply chain by OEMs likely to rise by 5%.

War in the clouds - the big software firms fight back

After the best part of a decade in which the business applications establishment came under assault from the enfants terrible in the cloud, the big guys are hitting back.

SAP on track to achieve 2011 greenhouse gas emissions target

Enterprise software maker SAP decreased greenhouse gas emissions by 2% per employee in the quarter ended 30 September, compared with the same period in 2010, according to the company's quarterly sustainability report.

US and EU hold first joint cybersecurity exercise

The US and EU are holding their first joint cybersecurity exercise in Brussels on 3 November 2011, involving more than 20 EU member states and supported by the EU's cybersecurity agency Enisa and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Avaya tweaks VAR programme at Berlin partner conference

Avaya has kicked off its EMEA partner conference in Berlin with a series of tweaks to its partner programme to line itself up for further success in 2012.

Microsoft Kinect SDK coming for business apps: News in brief

Kinect, Xbox 360’s motion-sensing technology, will be available for business application developers next year. Plus: news on HP’s latest tablet and AT&T’s LTE phones.

Trustmarque strengthens SAM capabilities

Trustmarque has added a former NHS and Bytes software asset management specialist to beef up its activities in the enterprise end of the SAM market.

No Duqu zero-day patch yet, but Microsoft offers workaround

A full-blown Duqu zero-day patch won’t be ready for the November 2011 Patch Tuesday release, but experts say enterprises should be ready to deploy it quickly.

AMD cuts 10% of workforce to cut costs

AMD will reduce its workforce by 10% in a bid to cut costs and drive operational efficiency.

MicroScope's top stories week ending 4 November

A week of mega-mergers in the reseller channel, ongoing problems caused by the Thailand floods and a further insight into what it felt like to be a donor for the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Avaya blows lid off grey market

Avaya worldwide channel vice president Jeremy Butt vowed to crack the grey market wide open today, as the vendor showed its teeth on a number of fronts.

Avaya to drive under-performing VARs out of channel

Over 500 under-performing EMEA partners, including an unspecified number in the UK, will be cut in the coming weeks as networking and comms vendor Avaya gets tough with its channel.

Enterprise cloud demand swells NetSuite numbers

Channel watchers looking for concrete signs that cloud demand is having a real impact need only look at the latest numbers coming out of NetSuite to get a sense of the increased interest in web based applications.

Seagate warns of several quarters of disruption after floods

Seagate has updated its channel with the latest situation in Thailand warning of supply issues for several quarters and revealing its intention to make a significant donation to help the organisations trying to help flood victims.

Rochdale council breached DPA, says ICO

The loss of 18,000 personal records by the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council highlights the fact that many organisations are still failing to put the most basic measures in place to manage their information securely, say information security experts.

Newham Borough Council slashes IT costs by £2m

The London Borough of Newham (LBN) has cut annual IT costs by £2m through moving to a shared services model, encouraging citizens to self-serve and renegotiating contracts with its main technology partners.

More aggressive cost cutting planned at Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has cut its profitability goals and vowed to cut further operational costs as it tries to keep its transformational plans on track.