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.

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 separates its wide portfolio and bolsters the business-to-business operations.

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 Efficient IP into the UK in an attempt to help resellers grab a part of a growing niche market.

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 intellectual property protection debate through an event designed to bring together legal experts across the software industry.

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.

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.

C2000 launches McAfee partner initiative

McAfee and Computer 2000 have launched a new initiative, SMB Connect Programme, to give resellers the opportunity to work towards McAfee's SMB specialisation without making major time commitment, writes Linda Endersby.

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 climbed 88% to €4.88bn.

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.

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 of last week's technology and IP acquisition by Riverbed has taken another twist as distie Wick Hill, along with competitor CDG, mounted a rescue mission in the channel.

Channel boss in Mail on Sunday sting

Transputec boss Rickie 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.

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.

Interactive Ideas joins Bitdefender distribution network

Security specialist Bit defender has signed up distie Interactive Ideas to work closely with independent system builders, VARS and MSPs and deliver cost-effective solutions regardless of customer location, writes Linda Endersby.

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.

Storage network global certification launched

CompTIA Storage and storage industry body SNIA have teamed up to introduce a new credential for IT professionals working in data storage, writes Linda Endersby.

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 deal to distribute IT 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.

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.

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 firm Context have revealed that the UK actually saw a slight uptick, growing 1.5% year-on-year.

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.

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 and find new ways to generate cash flow from communities of non-paying users.

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's Christmas performance it is now likely that the net debt in the business will exceed the agreed net debt threshold by between £10m and £15m.

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 the step of entering into Chapter 11.

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.

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.

Megaupload hit in piracy crackdown

File sharing site Megaupload.com 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 Reading in a bid to beef up its hosting provision outside the M25, writes Linda Endersby.

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 broad liner since 1997, and ran APAC and EMEA for a spell before becoming corporate president in 2004, and CEO in 2005.

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.

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.

IBM charts steady course in 2011

IBM has reported steady fourth quarter numbers today, with net profit 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 increased 2% to $29.5bn.

Internet traffic key to glowing Intel future

Industry heavyweight Intel has filed its yearend figures, with full-year sales of $54bn (£34.8bn) and fourth quarter revenue of $13.9bn. Post tax profit at the firm was up by 13% to $3.4bn.

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 numbers less than Redmond had at first feared, with strong sales elsewhere in the firm helping to offset the impact of the disaster.

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.