TechTarget News - Week of Dec 04, 2011

Virgin Media plans mini-masts to overcome Wi-Fi overload

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.

Cost of Thailand floods runs into the millions for WD

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 users fast adopting new tech but security concerns linger

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

'Big data' technologies emerge to battle large, complex data sets

‘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.

PEER1 pitches new public cloud unit at white-label partners

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

Fire kindled under Apple

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 outsources business intelligence platforms to Capgemini

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).

Mitel books net loss after further restructuring costs

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.

Emulex appointment heralds UK base for Stordis

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

Experience more important than VCP, VMware users say

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.

Office 365 matures, inches into enterprises

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.

Securing SQL Server: Quick, easy, routinely ignored

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.

Holiday firm gets multiple benefits from Amazon cloud

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).

Average VPN upgrade costs companies £30,000

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.

At RSNA, radiologists explore role in HIE initiatives

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.

Retailers give SMB VARs time to focus on the big deals

Sending customers to local and online technology retailers for low-margin products helps IT solution providers focus on fixing their clients’ big problems.

Microsoft moves deeper into cloud with Exchange 2010 SP2

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.

Watt benefits from senior reshuffle at Avnet

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

Carrier IQ spyware controversy highlights mobile app access missteps

Enterprises should educate device owners about setting application permissions and mobile application developers should add notification features to establish trust with users, experts say.

Office365 fails BAE's legal team

BAE's experience of Office365 highlights the gulf between what the industry is trying to sell and the reality of big business.

British ISP deploys open source virtualization

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 fills gap left by Business Link shutdown

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

Softek joins McAfee distribution ranks

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

Clickstream data edges retailer into 'big data' analytics territory

"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.

Cloud-based apps, DaaS eat into VDI usage

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.

Disaster recovery plans causing customer concerns

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 ploughs more cash into channel

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 HCM market weighs in on SuccessFactors deal

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 HCM market weighs in on SuccessFactors deal

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.

EC data regulation will disrupt UK e-economy, warn lawyers

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.

VMware vSphere 5 uptake slow among users

VMware vSphere 5 boasts of cloud-based features and monster VMs, but its uptake is lagging because of user satisfaction with vSphere 4.

Government regulations prohibit council BYOD schemes

Central government regulations are preventing councils from deploying ‘bring your own device schemes’ (BYOD), public sector IT chiefs have told Computer Weekly.

Government extends G-Cloud deadline

The government has extended its G-Cloud deadline following the application of more than 500 businesses to its framework.

Users drive IT transformation in businesses

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.

ONC targets patient engagement at mHealth Summit town hall

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.

Eurozone crisis leads to dip in tech M&A activity

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

Security pro: Find and secure sensitive Oracle database data

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.

Ad hoc IT deployment holding back SME growth

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, lost or stolen devices top mobile phone security threats

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.

IBM, HP share top spot for servers: News in brief

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.

Privacy law changes spell reseller opportunity

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)

SugarCRM to open Cambridge base

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

Ipanema launches VAD programme

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

EMC maintains disk revenue lead

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%.

Steve Raymund interview

An interview with the lifetime achievement award winner of this year's MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence

No news on NHS CSC contract, says Department of Health

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.

Storage gets the X-Factor with Acunu big data voting software

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.

ERP or best-of-breed procurement software? Five questions to ask

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.

Home workers putting data at risk

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

Civica signs SAM pact with FAST Ltd

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

Xirrus pushes WLAN services into MSP channel

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

Betting it all on data-mining competitions and prize economics

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.

C2000 takes wraps off electronic software activation service

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

DC power: Coming soon to a data center near you?

As data center operators look for new ways to improve energy efficiency, a move to DC power is all but inevitable, some experts say.

Klein returns to distie channel in Maverick role

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

Easy does it - smooth migration key to UC, VoIP deployment

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

Questions, doubts greet upcoming SAP HANA developer kit

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.

UK police arrest six in £1m phishing scam

Police have arrested six people in connection with a £1m online phishing scam in which money was stolen from hundreds of students.

Government Digital Service needs agility of a start-up

The Government Digital Service (GDS) must have the agility of a start-up to drive through change across Whitehall, says its director Mike Bracken.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 09 December 2011

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

Imation Mobile Security kicks off partner programme

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

Riverbed RiOS 7.0 release optimizes IPv6, UDP, video traffic

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.

Consumerisation changing the reseller pitch

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

Appirio picks up Saaspoint to support European expansion

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

News roundup: WMF 3.0, Windows 8 updates, Patch Tuesday preview

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.

Advanced analytics key component for 'decision management systems'

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.

Blue Coat sells up to private equity player Thoma Bravo

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