TechTarget News - Week of Dec 11, 2011

Changes in data breach laws get thumbs up

There are growing expectations that details of proposed changes in data breach laws across the EU will emerge this side of the new year with those in the security industry welcoming a tougher stance. Currently the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has the option to hand out fines of up to half

Users handle NetApp backup in the array

NetApp backup strategies can consist of carving out space in the array instead of adding a separate disk target.

DiData puts cloud business at centre of 2012 plans

Systems integrator Dimension Data has labelled its growing cloud business as a key strategic priority for the next 12 months, following its acquisition of enterprise cloud firm OpSource in July. Speaking as the firmunveiled its year-end results to September, CEOBrett Dawson said there was "enor

Contingency plans must be in place if Eurozone crisis deepens

The Eurozone crisis is something that CIOs must be preparing to deal with now according to one of the major analyst houses which has raised staff morale and supply chain risks as some of the problems that could emerge. Gartner has handed out some advice to the channel's customer base to make sure t

Atempo snapped up by ASG Software Solutions

Consolidation at the vendor tier of the market has continued with data protection and backup management player Atempo being snapped up by ASG Software Solutions. Atempo has a UK office and channel and is in a further 12 locations globally selling into vertical markets where backup and archiving are

HDD shortages hit Intel forecasts

Intel has cut its Q4 forecasts because of the ongoing shortages of hard disc drives (HDD) caused by the Thai floods warning investors it will miss the numbers it had previously been aiming for. The impact of the floods is now expected to take revenue down to about $13.7bn when the markets had been b

Government opens up smartphone provider market

The government is opening up the number of accredited smartphone providers for public sector staff, with Apple and Android on the agenda.

Addicted workers risk overdosing on information

UK workers are addicted to accessing work-related information 24 hours a day and risk drowning in it unless their business takes steps to support the information explosion.

Enterprise data exposed by low server replication rates

Enterprises are failing to replicate enough of the mission critical server estate leaving themselves open to costly losses when they suffer outages. Despite the opportunity to use virtualisation to replicate the infrastructure the second annual Veeam report into enterprise data strategy discovered t

Unlicensed software costs grandstand seating firm £11,000

A grandstand seating company has become the latest to be caught out using unlicensed software and forced to settle and shell out for the correct licenses with the Business Software Alliance to the tune of £11,000. As a result of an anonymous whistleblower Worcestershire-based Slick Seating Sys

Storage shoots up Dell's agenda

Dell has urged SMB resellers to beef up their storage practices as enterprise clouds and consumerisation tighten their grip on the business ICT world. Dell is currently putting the finishing touches to its own channel cloud certification, set for release early in 2012, and is also pumping more cash

M-hance hires market development boss to expand portfolio

Recently-created Microsoft software house m-hancehas named sector specialist Amanda Grant to its senior management team as market development director, tasked with developing new products and expanding its vertical-focused IP. Grant joins m-hance after a lengthy stint at ERP software vendor Advanced

Radiologists: Meaningful use payments only part of EHR motivation

Meaningful use stage 2 requirements for radiologists are unclear, and vendor support is tepid, but RSNA 2011 shows the specialty optimistic about the benefits of EHR and RIS use.

Google tosses malicious Android apps from Android Market

A developer uploaded more than a dozen cloned games, wrapping them in code that caused device owners to accrue expensive text messaging charges to premium numbers.

Azlan hires Corrigan to run Enterprise, Access Networking

C2000 enterprise networking unit Azlan has picked Mark Corrigan, former business unit manager at DNS Arrow and virtualisation business manager at Arrow ECS, to run its Enterprise and Access Networking business unit. Corrigan, whoalsospent four years with Bell Micro prior to joining Arrow, will be in

IT pros reject big storage for newcomers

Many IT pros find that legacy storage isn't right for virtual desktops. Here, three companies explain the alternatives they chose to improve performance and lower storage costs.

CA Technologies tackles hybrid cloud management

CA Technologies has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first and only unified application, infrastructure and network performance tool.

Salford University finalises IT revamp

Salford University is finalising a transformational IT project which includes a network link with the BBC’s Media City.

Imation Mobile Security sets out growth ambitions

Imation Mobile Security has outlined ambitious growth plans to boost the revenue that the data protection products deliver alongside the storage lines the main group is so well known for. Speaking to MicroScope just days after it launched a partner programme to reward and attract resellers selling

SAP continues to push HANA, cloud, mobility

SAP’s Influencer Event in Boston focused on some familiar themes, but the company is demonstrating momentum.

Users driving the BYOD agenda

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is one that customers are seeing as almost unstoppable with end users driving the agenda. As a result of the growth of BYOD many CIOs are having to embrace it and are viewing it as a way of saving money although considerations of the security risks are rising,

Nimans tweaks financing programme for 2012

Nimans is to introduce new features to its reseller financing programme for the new year in a bid to help partners keep the ball rolling whenit comes to netting new sales. The comms and networking distie says its programme has gone from strength to strength this year, with demand for flexible financ

Channel urged to verticalise offerings in 2012

Generalist channel players shouldconsider developing specific vertical expertise in order to address evolving ICT strategies among end users a new report from resarch and consultancy practiceFrost & Sullivan suggests. Analysts say that adopting vertical strategies may help resellers contend more

Lack of skilled staff holding back SME growth

The lack of skills have again been highlighted as a problem holding back growth in the economy. Recent calls from some household names, including Google and Microsoft, to try and address the problems with technology teaching put the skills shortage back on the agenda recently and it shows no sign o

Microsoft releases 'critical' fixes for Windows and Windows Server

Microsoft closed out Patch Tuesday for 2011 by issuing 13 security bulletins to fix 19 vulnerabilities, three of which were deemed “critical” for Windows and Windows Server 2003.

Users handle NetApp backup in the array

Headlines: NetApp backup strategies can consist of carving out space in the array instead of adding a separate disk target.

SaaS business intelligence eases BI deployments -- to a point

Software as a Service business intelligence tools can help fast-track BI projects, but they don’t eliminate BI’s complexity. Get advice on managing SaaS BI deployments from BI pros and analysts.

Four CIO challenges posed by the Euro crisis

Analysts point out four challenges for CIOs that the Euro crisis throws up. CIOs need to address these challenges as it concerns survival

TfL invites tenders for ticketing systems

Transport for London (TfL) is inviting suppliers to bid for computer-related services for its ticketing systems.

Citrix extends 'bring your own computer' programme

The programme to allow employees to buy their own devices to use at work introduced by Citrix UK has cut costs by 20% and will now be rolled out in other countries.

K3 picks up Integrated Business Systems from Maxima

ERP specialist K3 Business Technology Group has acquired some of the assets of the Integrated Business Systems (IBS) division from Maxima Holdings. The cash deal is worth £1.4m and K3 will use the additional technology to complement its manufacturing software division because IBS has a custom

Huawei on channel charm offensive

Huawei has embarked on a reseller charm offensive to win over networking VARs and integrators as it launches a new enterprise channel programme. The up-and-coming China-based comms and networking firm has attracted plenty of column inches in 2011, appointing Micro-P and SDG as its UK distributors an

Irish Life chooses Tableau over QlikView, Oracle

Irish Life chose Tableau for data visualisation to put an end to its “MIS Monday madness” of Excel spreadsheets. Power users build their own dashboards while IT mentors and develops data sources.

Top November Blogs: Kindle Fire creates competition for iPad

IT professionals appeared to be most interested in Amazon’s competitive addition of the Kindle Fire, while the Thai flood’s impact on the hard drive market continued to attract blog readers in November.

Oracle waives extended support fee for E-Business Suite 11i

The Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Extended Support fee will be waived another two years. While a good thing financially for 11i users, it might just delay the inevitable – an expensive upgrade to R12.

GlobalSign hack update: Certificate authority finds no rogue certs

Following a breach to a GlobalSign Web server, an extensive investigation found no evidence of an infiltration of its digital certificate infrastructure and no leakage of its certificate keys.

Geek gifts gone wrong: What not to buy your loved ones

Geeks confess the nerdy gifts that didn’t work out and offer a note of caution when it comes to buying for them, too. Hint: no more USB sticks.

Cloud, consumerisation and more flexibility predicted for 2012

The consumerisation of enterprise technology and the increasing adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) corporate policies are set to be two of thew main features of 2012. The predictions of what next year holds have started to be issued by vendors and analysts with many talking about the changing

SAP Business ByDesign takes on two-tier ERP

SAP is positioning its new SaaS-based SAP Business ByDesign environment as a two-tier ERP option for companies looking for more flexibility and faster time-to-deployment.

Physician assistants look to expand EHR incentive eligibility

Despite their insight on clinical workflow, EHR use and implementation, physician assistants are on the outside looking in for the EHR incentive programs. Some want to change that.

Unite workers strike at Steria

Unite members at IT services company Steria working on a Capita account have have voted to walk out tomorrow in a dispute over pay. The disagreement is over the refusal by the company to offer a pay rise for 2010, which should have been paid this April, and as a result staff will stage a 24 walk ou

HP rejigs network partner channel

HP plans to help its networking partnersboost their overall competitiveness and grow their revenue opportunities following a series of tweaks to its PartnerONE and ExpertONEprogrammes in EMEA. As part of the move, HP is to foldall formerPreferred Partners into its PartnerONE programme, which it clai

Amplidata object-based cloud for social networking company

Storage roundup: Social networking company opts for Amplidata object-based cloud; Front-safe chooses Fusion-io; Balesio now supports PDFs; architect selects Dot Hill iSCSI arrays; and more news.

RIM estimates Blackberry sales to drop 18%

Blackberry maker Research in Motion expects sales to drop by up to 18% for its fourth quarter results in March compared to the same period in 2011.

Councils must submit broadband plans by February

Councils must submit draft plans for use of the government’s superfast broadband allocation fund by the end of February, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 December 2011

Unlicensed software costs grandstand seating firm £11K A grandstand seating company hasbeen forced to settle and shell out£11,000 afterbeing caught using unlicensed software by the Business Software Alliance. As a result of an anonymous whistleblower, Worcestershire-based Slick Seating S

Sainsbury's rolls out superfast broadband

Sainsbury’s has signed a deal with BT to deploy network connections of 24Mbps to its 1,000 stores in a move which will enable real-time data sharing.

Steria keeping eye on wage bill as staff walk out

Steria has set out its position over a pay dispute with staff revealing that it cannot add to its wages bill in the current economic climate. The IT services company has run into a dispute with Unite and some of its workers have started a 24 hour walk out after strike action was voted for over a pa

Comet deploys site monitoring tool

Beleaguered electronics retailer Comet has deployed a performance monitoring tool to improve its online customer shopping experience, as part of an overall IT strategy to cut costs.

New Azzurri boss pledges stability, growth for 2012

Managed comms integrator Azzurri has negotiated a new financing facilityand announced the appointment of Vim Vithaldas as CEO, replacing Mark Quartermaine, who is heading for the exit afterjust overa year in the post. Vithaldassaid that Azzurri's recent run of CEOs andhigh levels of debt - now reduc

Node4 bags pro cycling sponsorship deal

Datacentre provider Node4 has announced it is to become the title sponsor ofa UK-based pro cycling team for the 2012 season, reflecting a surge of interest in the sportboth inside and outside the techindustry. The team isrun by former pro cyclist Malcolm Elliott - whose achievements include two Comm

More Microsoft iOS apps hit App Store: News in brief

Microsoft released an iOS SkyDrive app and added iPad support for OneNote. Plus: news on Box, YouSendIt and a dangerous Angry Birds clone.

SAM pitched as the answer for those risking software problems

Software Asset Management (SAM) specialists have highlighted the latest company caught out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) as a reason more companies should take advantage of tools that will keep them on the right side of the law. Slick Seating Systems were left £11,000 lighter after

Red Hat open sources RHEV virtualization management tool

Red Hat says the new oVirt project to develop its RHEV-M will result in sophisticated open source virtualization management tools, but so far it’s being met with a lukewarm response.

Fall-out from Thai floods set to run into first quarter

As manufacturer inventories run dry and prices start to climb further the impact of the Thailand floods on the hard disc drive market is likely to make it a difficult period from the start of next year. The floods devastated large parts of the country and hit HDD production factories particularly h