US senator Al Franken has given mobile phone diagnostic software maker Carrier IQ two weeks to explain allegations that its software logs keystrokes on the devices on which it is installed.
Virgin Media plans to use mini-masts in the home to overcome anticipated Wi-Fi signal overloads as an increasing number of mobile and other devices connect to the internet.
Enterprise software company SAP announces a $3.4bn deal to acquire software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider SuccessFactors.
The proliferation of consumer devices in the enterprise is creating demand for enterprise mobile device management (MDM) solutions, but are they secure enough?
Investment company Investec is investing in IT suppliers that are building cloud delivery models.
Paul Cheesbrough and David Jack, two CIOs who have pioneered cloud computing, have slammed traditional software suppliers for sticking with “cash cow” licensing models.
The financial impact of the Thailand floods on Western Digital have run into the millions for its last financial quarter. WD was one of the hardest hit by the floods which swamped factories and component manufacturing facilities and it expects charges to be around the $275m mark for its fiscal Q2.
UK consumers are some of the fastest at adopting the latest technology to take advantage of anytime and anywhere connection but continue to have security concerns. According to the KPMG Converged Lifestyle report the growth of tablets. smart phones and the use of social networking and ecommerce is
Councils made patchy use of digital technology to keep citizens informed during the recent public sector strike.
SAP is to acquire human capital management software-as-a-service (SaaS) supplier SuccessFactors, but appears to be paying a hefty premium.
‘Big data’ technologies that allow the storage, management and analysis of big data are on stream: NoSQL, Hadoop, MapReduce. Mark Whitehorn explains the reasons for their emergence and how they work.
Hosting provider PEER1 has unwrapped a new public cloud division, called Zunicore, which it hopes will enable white-label cloud partners to get around some of the more common objections to themarket. The firm has already seen plenty of success with a VMware-based private cloud offering, but believes
Barely a fortnight since it was launched, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet looks to be proving a viable contender to the iron grip of sector big boy Apple, according to number-crunchers at IHS iSuppli. A preliminary projection from the US analysts' Display Materials and Systems Service reckons that Amazo
Unilever has signed a deal with Capgemini to provide its global business intelligence platforms. The outsourcing company will work alongside Unilever IT to deliver a three-year programme to create an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW).
Restructuring costs of $8.4m (£5.37m) have driven Mitel to a $1.2m GAAP net loss during the second quarter of its fiscal 2012, which closed on 31 October.
High-performance network and storage distie Stordis is to open up a UK office, having previously serviced the country from its Stuttgart HQ, andwill shortly signa new distribution agreement with Emulex to help crack the market. The firm has also appointed former Gatewayserver sales man Andrew Jones
The VMware Certified Professional is still a must-have virtualization certification, but with so many VCPs out there, IT pros say experience matters more than ever.
Contact centers will see overhauled programs for certifications next year that address the full range of channels, with emphasis on social media technology.
The government is to roll out telemedicine services to three million homes, as part of a bid to boost the life science industry.
Microsoft’s Office 365, has a ways to go before all components are enterprise ready, but the email portion of the cloud suite appears ready for its close up.
Startup Actifio closes funding round to develop its Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) appliance that replaces data protection point products.
After a recession-fueled spike in 2011, IT budgets are leveling off and focusing on information-driven projects and integrated IT services.
Experts agree there are certain critical factors that can help guide any successful enterprise content management implementation. Organizations should begin with some well-defined steps.
A recent wave of high-profile attacks has highlighted the importance of securing SQL Server. But protecting the database application is something most companies have historically overlooked.
Users love their tablets, but security pros are concerned about tablet security issues. However, though tablets bring new threats, not everyone is ringing the alarm.
As 2011 winds to a close, CIOs will already have turned their attention to 2012. What will you be doing?
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has met Europe's competition commissioner amid reports the European Commission (EC) is preparing a 400-page document outlining Google's alleged anti-competitive practices.
Citing the case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon, MPs have called on government to change the UK-US extradition treaty, which they say is unbalanced.
Switzerland-based researchers are testing computer chips made from an alternative to silicon that are thinner, more flexible and require less energy than traditional ICs.
Holiday firm HolidayExtras.com has cut IT hardware costs in half and improved its web performance by moving systems and infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The Amazon ElastiCache has been expanded with availability in Dublin, north California, Singapore and Tokyo.
While US businesses increase their understanding of cyber crime threats, preparedness across the globe remains low, says the Lloyd’s Risk Index.
Companies are spending an average £30,000 each time they implement a virtual private network upgrade, with 37% of CIOs rolling out a VPN upgrade once a year, according to research.
The government is to publish draft legislation to introduce tax relief for innovative companies to help the UK retain businesses creating patents.
As information exchange plays a greater role in health care, radiologists are discovering they don't operate in a health IT vacuum. Image sharing can mean more efficient care.
Texas Memory Systems gives the RamSan-720 high-availability flash SAN redundancy to eliminate any single point of failure.
Sending customers to local and online technology retailers for low-margin products helps IT solution providers focus on fixing their clients’ big problems.
Exchange Server 2010 SP2 is an important release for companies contemplating a move to Office 365. This release brings the Hybrid Configuration Wizard, OWA improvements and more.
Graeme Watt has been promoted in a senior reshuffle at Avnet which sees the channel veteran extend his role at the distributor beyond its Technology Solutions operation. Watt, who has been president of Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA and maintains that role has also been elected at the corporate vi
Enterprises should educate device owners about setting application permissions and mobile application developers should add notification features to establish trust with users, experts say.
BAE's experience of Office365 highlights the gulf between what the industry is trying to sell and the reality of big business.
A system that can integrate with multiple vendors' products is at the heart of a new European rail signaling system.
JT Global is marching to the beat of its own drummer with open source software, including Ubuntu virtual machines, ConVirt virtualization management software, and a unique approach to VM clustering.
Target Components is to set up its own reseller business advisory practice to fill the gap left by the government's closure of the regional Business Link service, which was axed as part of the public sector spending cuts. The West Yorks-based distributor has appointed advisor and SMB entrepreneur Jo
McAfee has appointed security distributor Softek to provide resellers with cloud-based services including email, web security and email archiving. The offerings will be made available to channel partners and allows Softek to become part of the vendor's distribution line-up and as a member of the Pa
Floods in Thailand caused a hard drive shortage, and Oracle’s reinvigorated efforts to poach HP partners topped SearchITChannel.com news in November 2011.
"Big data" analytics grapples with huge data sets coming at a quickening pace. Read about one company's move toward a big-data architecture and Gartner's view of challenges posed by more data variety.
PwC’s cybercrime statistics reveal who is most likely to commit cybercrime, and who is the best choice to respond in any organisation.
Cloud-based virtual desktops are not new, but they stand in the shadow of server-hosted VDI. With enterprise IT's growing comfort with cloud, DaaS could gain traction.
Customers are becoming increasingly concerned that their disaster recovery plans are not able to deliver the results they need creating an opportunity for resellers to step into the breach and offer support. The latest Data Resilience Report from Vision Solutions has revealed that not only are user
Fujitsu TS boss Michael Keegan has pledged to ramp up the firm's investment in its Channel Acceleration Programme in the coming months, to capitalise on a solid sales performance in recent months, and some lingering uncertainty over the future of rival PC vendors. The resurgent vendor says it has se
SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors, a maker of on-demand human-resources apps, could bring a number of potential benefits and risks for SAP customers, according to analysts.
SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors, a maker of on-demand human-resources apps, could bring a number of potential benefits and risks for SAP customers, according to analysts.
2012 could see one of the biggest changes in the economic and legal environments in Europe in general – and the UK in particular – as the EC data privacy directive looks set to be replaced with regulation, say data protection lawyers.
Europe’s competition authorities are to investigate Apple and five publishers for alleged anti-competitive practices in the e-book market.
VMware vSphere 5 boasts of cloud-based features and monster VMs, but its uptake is lagging because of user satisfaction with vSphere 4.
Central government regulations are preventing councils from deploying ‘bring your own device schemes’ (BYOD), public sector IT chiefs have told Computer Weekly.
The government has extended its G-Cloud deadline following the application of more than 500 businesses to its framework.
IT users in businesses are now a powerful voice in defining enterprise IT strategies and over half of CIOs believe they are transformers and visionaries.
Public sector IT heads and industry bodies are calling for more local government IT departments to employ apprentices to fill skills gaps.
Adobe has issued a warning about a critical zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows. An emergency security update is scheduled.
The Office of the National Coordinator has lofty goals for getting patients more involved in their own care. However, each goal brings numerous technical and cultural challenges.
The number of European technology mergers and acquisitions tumbled month on month in November as the worries over the state of the Eurozone influenced buyers. The latest figures from M&A watchers Regent provide a clear indication of the extended impact of the current uncertainty in Europe is ha
Jonathan Intner, solutions architect for data security company Vormetric, talks about what makes sensitive data sensitive, encryption key management and finding sensitive data in surprising places in this Q&A.
The ad hoc deployment of technology is coming back to haunt customers that now find the challenge of integrating IT systems is the biggest barrier to growth.
Malware authors are just beginning to target popular mobile platforms, and experts say enterprises need to gain control of the devices connecting to the corporate network.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web content management adds Adobe, forecasts an overall growth rate of 14% until the year 2014; almost twice that of the enterprise content management software market.
With flagging sales of Itanium systems last quarter, IBM wrested sole ownership of the number one position for worldwide server revenue from HP, IDC reported.
The threat of massive fines for the loss of data could be introduced across the EU stirring a number of opportunities for resellers as firms face up to the threat of potentially millions being charged instead of the tens of thousands of pounds handed out by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
Following its selection by the government as the only open sourceoption for CRM deployments in the public sector,software specialist SugarCRM is to cut the ribbon on a new UK base in Cambridge to support its expected growth. "Outside of the US and Germany, the UK is our largest market and has t
WAN optimisation specilaist Ipanema Technologies is adding a value-added distributor track to its recently-launched Advantage Partner Programme in the UK. The firm said the launch would enable its distie partners, which include Computerlinks, Infosight Solutions and Nubeon, to target growing demand
Headlines: EMC holds on to the No. 1 slot as external disk storage vendor this past quarter, with its networked storage revenue up by 22%.
Veracode’s latest State of Software Security Report showed secure coding techniques are absent from most Web applications. Android apps fared badly, too.
An interview with the lifetime achievement award winner of this year's MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence
Facebook hackers have published private photographs of founder Mark Zuckerberg to highlight security flaws in the social networking site.
Orange and TP must deliver a communications infrastructure to ensure Euro 2012 is broadcast worldwide without glitches. SearchNetworkingUK discusses the challenges.
The Department of Health has refused to confirm whether software provider CSC has concluded negotiations for its controversial contract for electronic records systems for the now-defunct NHS National Programme for IT.
Technology companies are taking a lead in preparing businesses for disruption caused by the London Olympics next summer by changing their flexible working rules.
Mobile voting will be a big factor in the X-factor, with millions expected to tune in on Saturday to see the showdown between Little Mix, Amelia Lilly and Marcus Collins.
Telefonica UK has outsourced the development and management of its online applications to Cognizant through a managed services contract.
Companies can cash in on customers’ increasing use of social and mobile channels, as long as they target their messages and don’t overstay their welcome.
Microsoft adds communication and collaboration muscle to Office 365, but IT shops are still concerned about interoperability and costs.
Deciding between ERP and best-of-breed procurement software can be a tough challenge for manufacturers. Asking the right questions can make things easier, according to experts.
The growth of working from home and consumerisation has taken off this year providing workers with the chance to be more flexible but with the unwanted consequence of placing corporate data at risk. With staff logging onto the corporate network remotely more often company data is being more widely
Software asset management (SAM) and IT compliance specialist FAST Ltd has teamed up with IT services house Civica to offer FAST's customers access to additional expertise around licensing and ICT planning. FAST said thepartnership meantits customers would be able to improve their overall efficiency
Wireless networking vendor Xirrus has launched a new programme targeting managed services providers, and says it will be pushing a number of services into the channel that it has previously provided directly, such as site surveys, capacity planning and maintenance, among other things. Speaking to Mi
As prize economics extends into data analytics, a new website plans to turn the Netflix Prize into a business model for companies and organizations seeking help with predictive algorithms.
With a software upgrade to its Bluesocket wireless access points, Adtran offers an integrated wireless and wired network option.
A study of enterprise applications designed for Android devices found over 40% of Android applications contain hard-coded cryptographic keys, a practice that weakens Android app security.
Further details are emerging of the ways the government is aiming to stir growth in the SME sector with its Innovation and Research Strategy being published today.
Java Performance, by Charlie Hunt and Binu John is a very technical guide to fine tuning Java applications for Windows, Linux, and Solaris systems.
Computer 2000 has rolled out electronic software activation and the option of downloads for its resellers to speed up the support they offer customers. The TDActivate-here service is designed to help resellers quickly deliver activation codes and downloads for those customers that have come to the
As data center operators look for new ways to improve energy efficiency, a move to DC power is all but inevitable, some experts say.
Former Ingram Micro, Steljes and Computer 2000 boss Julian Klein is returning to the channel after a lengthy absence to take up the post of European development director at Tech Data-owned audio-visual distie Maverick. Klein, who parted company with Ingram in June2009, has been tasked with replicati
Learn how MaxMedia constructed a social media application under a tight deadline using a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering from Engine Yard.
Yaniv Epshtein, director UK & Nordics atAudioCodes, explores how topull off acustomer unified comms or voice over IP deployment without a hitch. It seems a very long time ago but ever since the first commercial VoIP calls were made in the 1990s the industry has predicted packetised-voice would r
While some are intrigued with the idea of SAP releasing a HANA software development kit (SDK) next year, there are questions about how it will work and whether SAP is up to supporting the application.
Microsoft is preparing to addressing 20 vulnerabilities for its December Patch Tuesday, including flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Publisher
IT officials at Web intelligence firm comScore Inc. explain why they switched to a new Hadoop distribution for managing its vast pool of online data.
FedRAMP establishes standard approach for federal agencies to assess cloud providers.
Police have arrested six people in connection with a £1m online phishing scam in which money was stolen from hundreds of students.
SearchNetworkingUK briefs provide a summary of the week’s new products, services and appointment announcements. This week includes optical networking and much more.
The launch of the Government Digital Service will “fundamentally transform the lives of millions,” says digital champion Martha Lane Fox.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) must have the agility of a start-up to drive through change across Whitehall, says its director Mike Bracken.
Plans to connect rural areas to crucial fast broadband services have stalled without government support, says the Countryside Alliance.
The CEO of cloud storage and collaboration service provider Box, talks about who the real IT decision-makers are why SharePoint doesn’t work.
It could have been very easy this week to forget that there was a world outside of Brussels as Europe's leaders converged on the City to try and save the Euro. But in the tech world there were some interesting thoughts about the spread of consumerisation and a re-emergence of a distribution veteran
DataCore SANsymphony-V combines with Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager Pack to keep an eye on virtualized storage assets; Red Hat pushes Gluster-based storage; more news.
Imation Mobile Security has rolled out a security partner programme after bedding in the IronKey products into its portfolio encouraging resellers to get behind its range of secure portable storage devices. The vendor acquired the assets of IronKey's secure data storage hardware business back in Se
At long last, Riverbed has found a way to optimize video traffic and other protocols outside of TCP, including IPv6 and UDP protocols, with its RiOS 7.0 release.
The growth of consumerisation is changing the way technology is used in the workplace and is changing the contacts resellers need to have relationships with if they are to sell products and services. One of the conclusions of a Check Point roundtable looking at the human factor in the security equa
UK cloud services specialist Saaspoint has been snapped up by US firm Appirio as part of a move designed to extend the global reach of the American outfit. The deal, the fourth this year by Appirio, gives the US cloud specialist access to offices in London and Dublin and provides a European base al
The Windows rumor mill kept turning this week, with talk about the Windows 8 beta and the Windows Store. Admins also got a look at the latest version of PowerShell and a preview of Patch Tuesday.
James Taylor, CEO of an independent consulting firm, discusses the need for advanced analytics to build “decision management systems,” which he believes are critical to staying competitive.
Actifio scores funding, expands in North America; DataCore melds software with Microsoft SCOM; EMC Iomega, StorMagic certified for vSphere 5.
Experts share their 2012 mobile security threat predictions.
An ERP expert analyzes a survey of two-tier ERP implementations and offers advice on planning, integrating and standardizing multiple ERP systems across business units.
The director's of WAN optimisation specialist Blue Coat have recommended shareholders back an acquisition by a US investor group Thoma Bravo in a deal worth $1.3bn. Blue Coat will continue to focus on WAN optimisation and security but has opted to make the move after carrying out a strategic review
In our podcast this week, SearchStorage.com Executive Editor Ellen O’Brien and Senior News Director Dave Raffo talk about the first flash SAN released by Texas Memory Systems.