TechTarget News - Week of Jan 15, 2012

Network security services could provide value in health care

Network security is critical in today's health care environment, where sensitive patient data flows among many systems and devices. Security service providers could help.

Five questions on solid-state drive technology

Before you strap in, make sure your data center network can handle the performance gains provided by solid-state drive devices.

Google mortified after staff access competitor's database

Google said it is mortified after people working on a project in Kenya were found to have stolen the details of a competitor’s customers and used them to sell its own products.

Axonex first to bag Cisco ISE badge in UK

Cisco partner Axonex has become the first UK reseller to be awarded the Authorised Technology Partner (ATP) accreditation for Cisco's Identity Services Engine technology. The Gloucestershire-based firm said this would help it manage increasingly diverse BYOD environments on Cisco networks. The ISE

SAP system performance can hinge on hardware choices

Learn what to consider for server, CPU and server architectures to ensure optimal SAP system performance. Find out what to avoid and how the cloud fits into the landscape.

Security VAR GSS bags Royal Warrant

MTI security unit Global Secure Systems has become the latest channel firm to be awarded a Royal Warrant, joining a list of companies that already includes Azzurri and TSG. Only three royals, the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh, are entitled to grant Royal Warrants.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Coming soon to an enterprise near you

The Amazon Kindle Fire is showing up in enterprises. Now, IT pros have to figure out the best way to integrate these new tablets into the desktop environment.

Symantec acquires LiveOffice for online data archiving

Symantec said the $115 million-dollar deal boosts its e-discovery business and offer security and antispam capabilities for on-premise and hosted email.

Telecoms lead pack in use of BI tools, analytics

While telecommunications may be maturing in its use of analytics and BI tools, new research finds that more than half of its analytical process time is applied to data-related tasks.

D-Link restructure will provide resellers with more focus

D-Link is expecting a restructure to enable it to provide resellers with greater focus and support as it seperates its wide portfolio and bolsters the business-to-business operations. The vendor has split its business into four operations - consumer, business, distribution and technical - in a move

Tech M&A activity bounces back after poor start to Q4

The tech mergers and acquisition market across Europe stabilised last month bouncing back after a drop in deals over the autumn. According to the latest research from Regent the end of the year saw the level of M&A activity in terms of deal numbers get back to September levels after a drop in Oc

Computerlinks brings EfficientIP to UK shores

Computerlinks is to expand its continental distribution relationship with DNS, DHCP and IP management - together known as DDI - specialist EfficientIP into the UK in an attempt to help resellers grab a part of a growing niche market. According to analysts at Gartner, although the DDI market is only

Networker's guide to private cloud orchestration

Network admins are turning to private cloud orchestration software that uses integrated service catalogues in order to enable automation and on-demand provisioning.

FAST brings legal experts together to keep IP protection on agenda

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is aiming to keep the pressure on the government and those influencing the intectual property protection debate through an event designed to bring together legal experts across the software industry. The software lobby group's Legal Advisory group will me

Riverbed open to talks with Expand channel

Following its acquisition of the defunct Expand Networks's IP last week, Riverbed has said it will be putting in place options for partners and is open to discussions with resellers over their future business. Speaking to MicroScope on Monday afternoon, Riverbed vice president of corporate developme

London NHS trusts sign £4m shared services deal

London-based NHS organisations have signed a £4m contract for a managed ICT services platform with ICT service provider 2e2 for up to five years.

Wick Hill scales Silver Peak

Wick Hill plans to increase its exposure to the "big data" sector with the appointment of datacentre WAN optimisation specialist Silver Peak Systems in its home and European markets. "We've seen a significant move towards datacentre growth and consolidation, and this means that data v

C2000 launches McAfee partner initiative

McAfee and Computer 2000 havelaunched anew initiative, SMB Connect Programme, to give resellers the opportunity to work towards McAfee's SMB specialization without making major time commitment, writes Linda Endersby. The programme teams online sales training with access to a special bid desk, genero

SAP lines up best ever quarter

Software giant SAP has booked its strongest ever full-year and fourth quarter results in its 40-year history. In its preliminary results - full financials will drop on 25 January - SAP said it saw sales grow 14% to €14.23bn (£11.8bn)while operating profit climbed88% to €4.88bn. Software revenu

Check Point secures record quarter

Internet security firm Check Point today announced record financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending 31 December 2011, with total revenue for the year at $1.24bn (£812m)representing a 14% increase year over year, writes Linda Endersby. Fourth quarter saleswere $356.8m repres

Website weaknesses at fault in T-Mobile hacktivist attack

A hacktivist group is claiming responsibility for exploiting website vulnerabilities and stealing the personal information of approximately 80 T-Mobile employees.

Wick Hill lifeboat launched in Expand channel

The saga of what is to become of Expand Networks customers and partners in the wake oflast week's technology and IP acquisition byRiverbed has taken another twistas distie Wick Hill, along with competitor CDG, mounted a rescue mission in the channel. In an interview on Monday, Riverbed revealed that

Channel boss in Mail on Sunday sting

Transputec bossRickie Sehgal has spoken of his embarrassment after falling victim to a Mail on Sunday sting in which an undercover reporter posed as a businessman seeking access to senior Conservative party politicians, including PM David Cameron. According to the Mail, Sehgal claimed that a £

Jerry Yang quits Yahoo

Jerry Yang, Yahoo co-founder and former chief executive, has finally cut ties with the company and resigned from the board after 16 years.

Israeli hackers attack Arab stock exchanges

Israeli hackers claim to have attacked the websites of stock exchanges in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi in retaliation for cyber attacks on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website.

Juniper gives VARs Vegas bonanza

Juniper Networks has added a plethora of new channel tools and resources to its channel programme at its reseller conference, which is being held this week in Las Vegas. The firm has billed itsnew Partner Advantage programme -to be rolled out during the course of 2012 - as its most significant inves

Interactive Ideas joins Bitdefender distribution network

Security specialist Bitdefender has signed up distie Interactive Ideas to work closely with independent system builders, VARS and MSPsand deliver cost-effective solutions regardless of customer location, writes Linda Endersby. Both companies say they are committed to offering market leading technolo

Dixons' Christmas not complete disaster

Despite presiding over yet another drop in both underlying and like-for-like sales during the 12 weeks to 7 January, Dixons Retail chief John Browett has been given a resounding thumbs up by shareholders. In a trading statement for the festive periodBrowett referred to a "solid performance agai

Storage network global certification launched

CompTIA Storage and storage industry body SNIA have teamed up tointroduce a new credential for IT professionals working in data storage, writes Linda Endersby. The partnership's aim is to help even seasoned individuals adapt to the changing landscape through a new accreditation from theInternational

VMware shops expect vCenter high availability improvements, federation

Many VMware vSphere features rely on vCenter Server, prompting some experts to speculate on ways its availability could be improved. Some say federation is also on the way.

Zycko to distribute power saving Verdiem solutions

Zycko has struck a dealto distributeIT energy management and efficiency specialist Verdiem, which it claims will allow resellers to help customers further optimise IT estates by managing the power state of devices and offering energy savings, writes Linda Endersby. Darren Sheppard, manager of vendor

Datatec on track in face of economic turmoil

Westcon and Logicalis parent Datatec has turned in another strong performance during the four months to the end of December 2011 in the face of poor economic data, sovereign debt issues in Europe and weakening markets. The firm paid lip service to a challenging market in the UK as having dented Logi

Context sees slight rise in Q4 UK PC shipments

The European figures look as grim as ever, but even though the PC market took its now customary tumble in the last quarter of 2011, new distribution figures from analyst firmContext have revealed that the UK actually saw a slight uptick, growing 1.5% year-on-year. Speaking to MicroScope, Context CEO

Cloud gets vote of confidence from UK buyers in 2012 IT priorities

The cloud is set to be a key investment area for UK buyers in 2012 with 30.5% of IT buyers pledging to spend on the technology, according to TechTarget’s 2012 IT Priorities Survey.

SOPA and PIPA lose key supporters

Eight US lawmakers have withdrawn their support for proposed anti-piracy laws after blackout protests by an estimated 7,000 websites, including Wikipedia, Google and WordPress.

Construction firm extends IT outsourcing

Taylor Wimpey has extended an IT outsourcing agreement with Logica as it embarks on a major change programme.

UK performs strongly as WatchGuard reports growth

Security player WatchGuard has revealed that the UK is its best performing market outside of its native US as it cranked up orders in its fourth fiscal quarter. The privately-owned vendor does not release full financial information but it has announced that the UK growth in billings was 78% for its

Retailers seek online cross-border growth for 2012

Retailers are developing online systems to increase cross-border sales for 2012, as the outlook for domestic economies continues to look weak

Open source software vendors turn eyes to channel

Open source software vendors 10gen and Talend have both turned their attention to the channel this week, announcing their intentions to start recruiting resellers in the UK as part of a strategy to up their growth rates andfind newways to generate cashflow from communities of non-paying users. 10gen

In Nirvanix deal, DRFortress can resell cloud storage

Fred Rodi, president of colocation provider DRFortress, will resell cloud storage from Nirvanix to expand his footprint to eight more data centers using just one appliance.

Comet's woes deepen as Kesa heads for the exit

With the final disposal of the struggling Comet retail chain now less than a month away, owner Kesa Electricals has admitted that given the chain'sChristmasperformance it is now likely that the net debt in the business will exceed the agreed net debt threshold by between £10m and £15m. K

RHEV 3.1 to bring storage live migration, scalability

RHEV 3.1 will include storage live migration and other KVM virtualization management features that will give server virtualization users a viable alternative to Microsoft and VMware.

Kodak files for bankruptcy and plans restructure

Eastman Kodak, the firm is associated with cameras and printers, has filed for bankruptcy revealing the extent to which its financial difficulties have forced it to to the step of entering into Chapter 11. The firm revealed that it has been given a $950m credit line from CitiGroup, designed to keep

Customer indecision spells failure for IT projects

IT projects are continuing to fail in large numbers because the customer changes the brief after the work starts leaving resellers and consultants scrambling to meet changing requirements. The findings of research from MSM Software reveal that a resellers worst nightmare, a customer that expects th

Facebook users targeted by transformed Carberp Trojan

Attackers seize on the trust victim’s have in the social network by setting up a tricky man-in-the-browser attack and demanding $25 in cash.

Lowe leaves Cyber-Ark to join AppSense

Nick Lowe has ended a five month stint at Cyber Ark announcing a move to AppSense to run sales across its EMEA operations. Lowe had been vice president of sales at Cyber-Ark since 1 September 2011 and before that had an eight year stint at Check Point but makes his second move in less than a year t

Megaupload hit in piracy crackdown

File sharing site has been charged with running an international organised criminal enterprise, in what the US Justice Department calls the largest criminal copyright case in history.

IBM profits remain steady for 2011

IBM profits remained steady in its fourth quarter, buoyed by sales from its software segment

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 January 2012

Channel boss in Mail on Sunday sting Transputec boss Rickie Sehgal spoke of his embarrassment after falling victim to a Mail on Sunday sting in which an undercover reporter posed as a businessman seeking access to senior Conservative party politicians, including PM David Cameron.

InTechnology green datacentre opens in Berkshire

Cloud services provider, InTechnology has opened its new energy-efficient data centre in Readingin a bidto beef up its hosting provision outside the M25, writes Linda Endersby. "The Reading data centre has been built to Tier 3 standards and we have used only next generation equipment supplied b

Calls for cloud security transparency getting louder

Enterprises need cloud security transparency and must understand cloud provider security in order to move forward with engagements.

Ingram CEO Spierkel calls it a day, shows channel the Monie

Ingram Micro CEO Greg Spierkel has announced his retirement from the role, with the reins of power to be passed to current COO Alan Monie. Spierkel has been with the broadliner since 1997, and ran APAC and EMEA for a spell before becoming corporate president in 2004, and CEO in 2005. He has been a s

Sirs leaves RM MD post after three months

Rob Sirs, group managing director of education IT specialist RM has stepped down for personal reasons after just three months in the role. Sirs stepped into the post in October after former boss Terry Sweeney handed in his resignation in the wake of an operational review. A 21-year veteran at the fi

Becrypt enhances partner deal reg offering

Public sector cyber-security specialist Becrypt to the UK public sector has launched its enhanced Deal Registration programme to the channel, writes Linda Endersby. "Becrypt is putting in place a range of new initiatives to both increase sales revenue opportunities for our existing partners and

IBM charts steady course in 2011

IBM has reported steady fourth quarter numbers today, with netprofit for the three months to 31 December 2011 was up 4% to $5.5bn (£3.5bn) year-on-year, while total sales for the quarter increased2% to $29.5bn. Meanwhile, Big Blue postedfull yearnet income$15.9bn, 7% up on2010's figure of$14.8

Internet traffic key to glowing Intel future

Industry heavyweight Intelhas filed its year end figures, with full-year sales of $54bn (£34.8bn)andfourth quarterrevenue of $13.9bn. Post tax profit at the firm was up by 13% to $3.4bn. Intel's largestbusiness unit,the PC client group,accounted for sales of $35.4bn, up 17% on 2010, while its

Microsoft PC nightmare unrealised in Q2

A decline in PC sales as a result of the Thai flooding crisis seems to have hurt Microsoft's Q2 numbersless than Redmond had at first feared feared, with strong sales elsewhere in the firm helping to offsetthe impact ofthe disaster. Microsofttodayreported a 5%year-on-year sales uptick in the second

Expect data management challenges with S&OP deployment

Rather than system-to-system integration issues, companies embarking on S&OP are likely to face challenges in data quality and data governance.