TechTarget News - Week of Nov 27, 2011

Wikileaks launches online system for whistleblowers

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is to unveil an online system today to enable informers to pass on secrets more than a year after its electronic submission system went down.

GCHQ to share cyber expertise with UK companies

The government is exploring the commercial application of intelligence agency GCHQ’s expertise as part of the UK Cyber Security Strategy.

EC to curb Facebook passing information to advertisers

New European Commission rules could curb the way Facebook gathers users’ information, in a move which threatens to undermine the firm’s revenue model.

Tough economic conditions hit Phoenix bottom line

The tough economic climate and longer sale cycles have taken their toll on the bottom line at Phoenix IT Group with its half year results showing a drop in revenue and pre-tax profits.

Government credit easing fund could reach £40bn

With just a day to go before the Chancellor stands up and delivers the Autumn Statement it's already becoming clear that there should be billions of more pounds worth of credit for SMEs on offer.

In-depth: Big Data is a channel play

You might be surprised to learn that, according to IBM, the rise in data levels has reached such a pitch that 90% of the data in the world today has actually only been created in the past two years, writes Billy MacInnes.

Major names back changes to computer education

Microsoft and Google are two of the big names that have joined the call to improve the teaching of computer skills in schools to try and increase the number of children that can write code.

Cloud computing model could help fight cyber crime

Trend Micro has moved quickly to throw its weight behind efforts to stamp out web-based crime just weeks after the London Cyberspace conference and days after the government indicated its own intelligence agency GCHQ will work with vendors.

Thailand floods have NetApp treading water

Headlines: NetApp is concerned about how the hard drive shortage caused by Thailand floods will affect sales, which prompted the vendor to lower its forecast for next quarter.

VMware vSphere Storage Appliance: Devil's in the details

SMBs should read the fine print before deploying VMware’s vSphere Storage Appliance, according to some who have kicked the tires on the product.

Hillingdon Council moves to cloud with Google Apps

Hillingdon Council is to move its desktop services to the cloud using Google Business Applications, in a four-year contract worth around £500,000.

Framework accelerates safety-critical defence systems development

Manufacturers and academics are collaborating in a 3.5 million project to create a software modelling framework that will speed up the development and certification of safety-critical systems used in aerospace and defence.

Chancellor George Osborne announces £100m broadband investment

The government is pumping an additional £100m into broadband networks, aimed at boosting the UK’s faltering economic growth, chancellor George Osborne has announced in his Autumn Statement.  

Infor signs Cambridge to target discrete ERP market

Privately-held ERP sector giant Infor has conceded it is "under-represented" in the UK channel after announcing the signing of software services provider Cambridge Online to plot an assault on the discrete manufacturing industry.

Clearswift plans for growth after Lyceum Capital acquisition

Security vendor Clearswift has been acquired by investor group Lyceum Capital in a deal which the vendor is trumpeting as one that will provide the platform it needs to fund its next stage of development.

New Facebook worm poses as a screensaver

Like previous Facebook worms, the new malware uses stolen credentials to log into accounts and spam contacts.

Virtual desktop adoption in 2012 to continue slow pickup

Virtual desktop adoption remains slow and low and some IT managers in Windows shops say they aren't interested in the technology at all. Web-based applications are partly to blame.

Ingram signs up to Cloud Industry Forum

Ingram Micro has become the latest to sign up to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) as it looks to underline its commitment to the emerging technology.

Server sales down slightly across EMEA

Sales of servers in EMEA underwent a slight downturn during the third quarter, according to the latest market figures from Gartner, but the 0.5% dip was easily absorbed by stronger worldwide growth of 5.2%.B Western Europe was the worst performing region worldwide, analysts said, down 4.9%.

Osborne confirms £40bn SME credit fund

The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed the establishment of a £40bn credit easing scheme to underwrite bank loans to small firms as one of the main actions announced in the Autumn Statement.

Redstone on road to recovery as net losses halve

Networking services provider Redstone has cut its operating losses by over 50% to £458,000 during the six months to the end of September.

Public sector urged to change attitude to IT to deliver change

Talk of capping salaries and keeping an eye on public sector costs in the Autumn Statement have provoked calls from the channel for more use of technology to save money and smaller suppliers to deliver efficiencies.

News in brief: HP’s new Odyssey

HP unifies Unix and x86 architectures with its newly announced computing project roadmap, Odyssey; VMware releases its first vSphere 5 patch, fixing a bug that produced long boot times in iSCSI virtual machines; other news in brief

Launchpad6 leverages AWS to build video CMS platform

Launchpad6 needed to deploy a flexible storage infrastructure to serve video for its customers. AWS answered their storage problems.

Facebook settles privacy case with US regulators FTC

Facebook is to tighten privacy controls as part of a long-anticipated settlement with US federal authorities over charges that the social networking site misled users about its use of their personal information.

Pre-2009 HP printers vulnerable to hackers, say researchers

A security flaw found in, but not necessarily limited to, HP printers can be exploited by hackers to take full control of printer functions, according to researchers at Columbia University.

United Nations Development Programme investigates hacking claims

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is investigating claims from hacker group Team Poison that it extracted over 100 e-mail addresses and login details belonging to UN staff.

e92plus signed up by Huawei Symantec

Huawei Symantec has chosen e92plus as its first authorised distributor as it looks to expand the reseller network carrying its products. The distributor will start by focusing on the next generation firewall, UTM and security routing gateway products pushing them through its resellers.

Expert sees benefits of using Siri for patient education

A radiology professor and Siri early adopter sees the voice-activated personal assistant as a way to find information fast -- and to give quadriplegic patients peace of mind.

Eclipse aims to put ISP rivals in the shade

KCOM Group-owned business ISP Eclipse Internet has set out plans to turn broadband services into a product that the channel actively wants to sell, and is betting that a series of changes to its pricing model will allow it to gain an edge over its rivals.

Monitor firm Eizo leaves Avnet to go it alone

Specialist-monitor vendor Eizo is to call time on a 20-year relationship with Avnet in the New Year to set up its own distribution operation, and is on the hunt for new partners to expand its channel proposition.

Sage delivers growth but caution remains on uncertain outlook

Sage has revealed its customers remain concerned about the short-term prospects for the economy as the ongoing uncertainty over future growth continues to linger in the SME market.

Shell enterprise MDM foundation proof of concept disturbs rulebook

Shell has laid a foundation for enterprise master data management, choosing SAP MDM over Microsoft. The major lesson was that IT can build an enterprise MDM system to which the business will come.

MicroScope's review of the month: November 2011

The channel news agenda in November was dominated by a few key trends, with the Thai floods, tumult in the retail sector and the ever-present threat of channel-related crime all grabbing the attention of visitors to

Insolvencies rise as economy remains fragile

The level of insolvencies across the economy, and in the IT sector, rose last month slightly as the tough conditions continued to have an impact on firms.

Salesforce unveils Radian6 Social Marketing Cloud is continuing to deliver its social enterprise message with the unveiling of the Radian6 Social Marketing Cloud, a social marketing service that lets enterprises interact with customers.

NetApp eyeing CommVault or Quantum acquisition?

Headlines: After NetApp’s failure to acquire Data Domain in 2009 and consequent smaller deals, there is renewed hype around backup vendors CommVault or Quantum as NetApp’s next potential acquisitions.

Distributed computing environment complicates radiology QA

Demands for patient throughput, remote readings of radiology digital images make quality-assurance thorny. IT leaders can assist radiologists in building better processes.

Corporate adoption of SaaS BI tools growing -- slowly

Software as a Service business intelligence technology is making some headway with BI users, analysts say. But SaaS offerings are still just a small slice of the overall BI market.

Facebook considers record $10bn IPO

Facebook is reported to be considering a $10bn (£6.4bn) initial public offering by the end of the year, in move that would value the firm at more than $100 billion.

Big business steps up IT spending despite downturn

Large businesses are stepping up their spending on IT following a period of cost cutting in the wake of the financial crisis, according to Deloitte’s IT consulting practice.

Microsoft previews Internet Explorer 10

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) browser for Windows 8 will offer more foundational capabilities to developers, says the software maker.

Adobe issues security warning for Adobe Flex SDK

Adobe has announced a vulnerability in Adobe Flex SDK 4.5.1, earlier 4.x versions, Adobe Flex SDK 3.6 and earlier 3.x versions on the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

HP boss outlines ambitions for software revenue growth

Hewlett-Packard's CEO has indicated it plans to ramp up the revenues it brings in from the software side of its business. Meg Whitman has been quoted in a German newspaper outlining an ambition to grow the current $5bn it gets from software sales by double or even triple that amount.

Captive IT centres fail to innovate full potential

Large corporates are failing to get the most out of their offshore captive business process and IT centres because they are not setting the right environment radical innovation, according to an academic study.

Vodafone acquires UC consultancy Bluefish

Vodafone's Global Enterprise unit has acquired Reading-based ICT consultancy Bluefish Communications for £3.14m to build up its professional services business.

Mimecast turns fire on mobile world

Cloud email archiving, continuity and security vendor Mimecast has turned its attention to the thorny problem of remote and mobile email access, and has extended its mobile services proposition to the iPhone for the first time.

Ruckus joins real-time wireless channel selection fray

With real-time wireless channel selection, Ruckus is promising advanced RF management and optimization, but testing for the technology is still in order.

Cloud and consumerisation to dominate the tech landscape

The next few years are going to be dominated by increased consumerisation and a greater move towards the cloud posing problems for IT administrators and outsourcing specialists alike as greater technology flexibility continues to be the main demand from users and businesses alike.

McAfee acquires NitroSecurity to bolster enterprise offerings

McAfee has acquired Nitro Security, which specialises in security and information management, to bolster its enterprise product line sealing a relationship with the firm that stretches back more than three years.

Staying legal: Channel opportunities for e-discovery

Solution providers can help customers lock down regulatory requirements using specialized skills and strategies that tap into the growing e-discovery market.

Lax security means health data breaches will only get worse

As long as data security remains a low priority in the health care industry, breaches will only continue, and get bigger, research from the Ponemon Institute and ID Experts says.

How serious is the government about open data?

The government’s release of a new tranche of public datasets has been welcomed by industry. But what does it mean for citizens and businesses?

Android retains hold on smartphone market: News in brief

Android is still the leading smartphone OS, and Apple is the top manufacturer. Plus: news on MobileIron 4.5, Panasonic’s future and Ice Cream Sandwich support.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 02 December 2011

A week when cloud predictions again came to the fore and thanks to the Chancellor George Osborne and his Autumn Statement thoughts also turned to the state of the economy.

Spending on IT projects to drop in Europe in 2012

European businesses and public sector organisations will significantly cut their IT project spending in 2012 following a spending surge in 2011.

Expert lists top 5 ERP change management best practices

Panorama Consulting’s study of 2,000 ERP deployments found that thorough planning and communication are common themes in ERP change management best practices.

Questions raised over Comet deal

The Comet sell-off looks like it could be running into trouble with private equity group lined up to take on the struggling retailer having problems of its pawn raising the capital needed to seal the deal.

Azlan bolsters services support

Azlan is looking to ramp up the services support it offers resellers as one of the main planks of its recent reorganisation which has been rolled out over the past few weeks.

International conference coverage: The people side of Agile Testing Days

Agile expert Lisa Crispin comes home inspired from Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany. In this first part of a two-part series, Crispin summarizes sessions relating to teaming, learning and stepping out of your comfort zone.

The practical side of Agile Testing Days: Insights for software testing

In this second of a two-part series about Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, Germany, Agile expert Lisa Crispin continues her account of the conference, describing some of the more practical and technical sessions.

Report: Windows 8 beta due by February

Microsoft may ship the first beta of Windows 8 in February, with general availability in Q3 of 2012. But new technologies could delay adoption.

VMware vSphere 5 upgrades on hold until next year

Many users are waiting until the first quarter of 2012 to make the upgrade to vSphere 5, despite the fact that the release has been out since August.