Avaya worldwide channel vice president Jeremy Butt is to step down from his role in March, MicroScope has learned. Previously enterprise mobility channel boss at Motorola, Butt moved across to Avaya in 2008 in the midst of a transitional phase for the comms vendor, and in a little over three years
Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down.
Leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives have postponed action on the controversial PIPA and SOPA proposed anti-piracy legislation.
As businesses virtualise datacentre infrastructure, they experience the limitation of their existing hardware, IT administration tools, procurement and licensing models.
Deloitte identifies four analytics trends: an increased focus on ethics, the rise of open data, new business models and a refusal to do analytics for its own sake.
As controversial anti-piracy legislation stalls in the US, a European group of free internet supporters, La Quadrature du Net, calls for a halt to similar legislation in the European Union.
Less Western European businesses are increasing their IT spending this year as confidence falls, according to analyst firm IDC.
Lawyers representing US citizens have filed an updated class-action lawsuit against Apple and several book publishers, accusing them of fixing the prices of e-books to boost profits
Andy Nelson has been named the government CIO, following the departure of incumbent Joe Harley at the end of March 2012.
Storage roundup: NHS service opts for Dot Hill SAN for VMware; Acronis adds Red Hat integration; Atlantis releases ILIO monitoring module; ExaGrid gains Symantec synthetics certification; and more.
UK Backup has selected NovaStor's NovaBackup xSP product to enhance its backup service offerings, plus other cloud storage news.
The Cabinet Office is advertising for the £120,000 a year position of deputy CIO which includes a 33% salary increase on the previous incumbent Bill McCluggage.
Resellers and vendors will have a chance to put their services and products in a virtual shop window with a website that is designed to provide users with a serach engine for IT that feels like well known online insurance services. The comparetheware.com site is launching in the first half of this
As enterprise social software matures, some businesses are turning away from email as their primary collaboration tool.
Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, joint CEOs of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) have stepped down, to be replaced by product and sales COO Thorsten Heins. Heins, who joined RIM from Siemens Communications Group in 2007, will be charged with turning the ailing company around. In a stateme
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has set up a separate sub group to concentrate on the growing number of legal issues surrounding the delivery of hosted applications and services. The growth of the popularity of buying cloud technology has increased but caused its own problems well beyond just those
To deal with its file data storage needs, UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education bought BlueArc Titans to boost performance and Panasas ActiveStor to tackle bandwidth.
Some customers are pushing SAP to consider alternative pricing models as a way to cut costs, such as basing licenses on consumption. SAP says it’s given some thought to the idea.
Popular Pwn2Own hacking contest at the CanSecWest conference will be fairer to contestants and winners with larger cash prizes, says TippingPoint.
In a welcome move for resellers, Panda Security has taken the decision to ditch its direct consumer sales operation and ramp up its relationship with consultancy-led distie partner Blue Solutions.
SMEs continue to struggle to get their hands on credit through the scheme that was set up lasy year with the aim of improving the flow of funds to small businesses. The latest figures charting the progress of Project Merlin indicate that in the three months to November last year the level of demand
Platforms at London Underground stations will have wireless internet access by the time the London Olympics starts in the summer this year.
Wireless firm Wood & Douglas has debuted wireless comms technology for rescue dogs at the Mobile World Congress preview
Hactivists have attacked Polish government websites in protest against its plans to sign the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA)
Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom is awaiting extradition to the US after the country requested New Zealand authorities to detain him, pending a formal extradition request.
The European Commission is to publish a draft update to the Data Protection Directive with big changes for organisations that process personal data.
The total value of IT and BPO outsourcing contracts in Europe last year was the highest ever for a 12-month period and 27% higher than in 2010
Accenture predicts CIOs who understand the power of data will make great strategic partners for business
No longer limited to one- and two-socket boxes, the Energy Star for Servers label now applies to real enterprise-class hardware.
Azlan continues to shuffle its management pack promoting Nigel Dunn to run its HP business unit covering the vendors servers, networking and storage product lines. Dunn is a long serving staffer at Tech Data with a spell as general manager of Azlan's HP value storage business and recently in a cons
Virtualisation and private cloudvendor Embotics has taken its first steps into the world of European distribution and teamed up with Magirus after deciding that the distributor's virtualised datacentre expertise was a good fit for its own technology. Embotics, which touched down in EMEA last autumn
The European software industry can expect modest growth this year as consumerisation and social media force firms to open up budgets to enable secure remote working. The latest forecasts from IDC reveal expectations of a 3.1% increase in growth across Europe this year with consumerisation as one tr
CommVault launches IntelliSnap Connect program, making it easier for support storage arrays for its SnapProtect backup snapshot technology.
One of the founding members of one of the most long standing resellers, Anglia Business Solutions, has died after a short illness. David Hurley, who will be known by many in the channel, helped set up Anglia in 1981 and had been running the company for the last 15 years. Hurley was instrumental in
The Black Hole crimeware kit has caused drive-by attacks to surge, according to the Sophos 2012 threat report.
Carphone Warehouse has taken a positive outlook for the final three months of its fiscal 2012 after posting 15% growth in sales in Q3and closing the book on its doomed big box store venture with Best Buy. In an interim management statement, Carphone revealed that all 11 of the UK stores and the onli
Web-based antimalware vendor Dasient is the second security firm acquired by Twitter in recent months. In November, Twitter acquired Android security vendor, Whisper Systems.
Content management and social collaboration are not free of the effect consumerization has had on IT.
Virtual machine backup and disaster recovery top the storage priorities of European IT departments as recession bites and legal and industry compliance requirements must be met.
Gartner's Pezzini sees good uses of the iPaaS, or integration Platform as a Service. Users say data and security issues may be obstacles.
Gartner's Pezzini sees good uses of the iPaaS, or integration Platform as a Service. Users say data and security issues may be obstacles.
Find out where to hone your business intelligence, data management and data warehouse skills with this list of training courses for 2012.
Systemsintegrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market. The 2,900-strong European and APAC operation has already been picked up for an undisclosed sum by Germany-based industrial holding and investment company Aurelius, althou
Respondents' top SharePoint security concerns include frustrated users who inadvertently or deliberately circumvent security policies.
Acer claims to have put the inventory issues that plagued it during 2011 well and truly in the past, with the firm's new UK managing director Neil Marshall saying that it now held just a month's stock. The vendor's reputational stock took a beating last yearwhen Acer was caught out with aseverely ov
The IT population remained fairly intact during the tough times of last year with the number of insolvencies holding firm compared to the levels of 2010. The final numbers of insolvencies collected by Experian indicate that 688 IT firms fell into insolvency last year, a 2.8% drop on the number in t
Today's mobile application development landscape is marked by explosive growth in the variety of devices available to end users and in those users' expectations.
Midmarket IT executives are OK with salary increases -- of course -- but say job satisfaction factors include things that aren’t in their paychecks.
SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight celebrates another profitable year for the privately held software vendor and considers the data and analytics road ahead for 2012.
The highest earners among IT senior and midlevel leaders differ from their less well-off peers -- and not just because they make more money.
Define business needs before falling under the spell of the latest and greatest mobile ERP and BI hardware.
Data virtualization software has moved beyond emerging-technology growing pains, say IT pros and analysts. Now the issue is finding uses that it fits.
CIOs are proving the value of technology investments with a few of their own, and generating revenue for the business with existing technologies.
Google is to consolidate over 70 privacy documents into a single policy allowing it to combine personal information across Google products and services
Hospitality company Mitchells & Butlers has set up a network managed by Fujitsu in its move to transfer 1,600 outlets to private cloud infrastructure
Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom, who faces extradition to the US, has been has been denied bail by a New Zealand court.
Apple posted record financial results for its first quarter, with sales soaring 78% to $46.33bn and profits more than doubling to $13bn.
Gartner’s BI London summit will show a landscape beset by strategic misalignment, intra-organisational struggle and weak cloud adoption. Yet mobile BI is becoming a reality.
UK mobile operator O2 is investigating claims it is leaking customer data by sending their phone numbers to websites they visit
The speed at which Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) deployed its IT systems for its ‘welfare to work’ scheme, has increased the risk of fraud and error going undetected.
European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has unveiled the new European data privacy framework that includes new regulation.
Computing hardware specialist Acer is to roll out a new partner programme in the next few months with the express intent of beefing up its commercial business and targeting more enterprise customers. Speaking to MicroScope, Acer commercial business unit manager Nathan Knight said the firm recognise
Newly appointed Epsilon CISO Chris Ray said he will take a step back and get a better understanding of the business before trying to address gaps.
Social media traffic continues to eat WAN bandwidth, as a report by Palo Alto Networks reveals.
Nine and a half months after it was acquired by Sweden-based storage and cloud integrator Proact, NetApp partner B2Net has rebranded under its parent's name. Since its acquisition by Stockholm-listed Proact, B2Net claims to have grown its revenues from £48m to £52m, and has boosted its
Microsoft has named a Russian programmer as the one who wrote the malicious Kelihos code used to create a small botnet that peddled spam and child pornography.
Hewlett-Packard is looking for more resellers to sell its networking range in response to moves it has made to simplify its partner programme and extend training and support in that market. The vendor made changes to its networking specialisations last month as it looked to harmonise programmes glo
IBM launched a new OpenFlow switch as part of a software-defined networking partnership with OpenFlow pioneer NEC, making IBM a player in data center networking.
EMC CEO Joe Tucci predicts storage spending will outgrow lackluster IT spending in 2012 despite global financial woes and hard drive shortages.
EMC has announced dramatic plans to ramp up the revenue that is driven through its channel cutting the number of direct accounts significantly and offering greater services support for partners. The vendor has revealed it will cut the number of named accounts it reserves the right to sell direct to
Worried about keeping up with data growth? Cleversafe Inc. unveils model for a 10 exabyte storage system using geographically dispersed objects.
Desktop virtualization and BYOD go hand-in-hand. But both are cultural changes and VMware View has its share of challenges, starting with the profile management feature.
Strong sales of iPads and iPhones helped deliver the numbers for Apple as the vendor unveiled its highest quarterly revenue in its history. The vendor shifted 37m iPhones and 15.43m iPads in the three months to 31 December and continues to see demand for its mac PC range, with 5.2m going out of the
Even with a newly appointed RIM CEO, the company has to innovate to survive the Apple/Google onslaught in BYOD enterprises.
VMware has posted yet another stellar quarter as demand for cloud computing technology continues to ramp up, with Q4 and full year sales up 27% and 32% to $1.06bn (£680m) and $3.77bn respectively. Fourth quarter net income was $200m, up from $120m this time last year, while full year profits
Headlines: To deal with its file data storage needs, UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education bought BlueArc Titans to boost performance and Panasas ActiveStor to tackle bandwidth.
Security players have welcomed the moves by the EU to outline plans to strengthen data protection laws with much greater penalties than those that currently exist for those that are careless with user information. Under plans announced by the European Commission there would be a mandatory data brea
Source code theft from Symantec’s systems in 2006 places pcAnywhere software at risk of being attacked. Company says software is bundled with many of its products.
According to our 2011 IT salary survey, midmarket high earners have more in common with their well-paid counterparts at enterprise companies than with other midmarket peers.
As application development has pushed past Web applications and into PaaS development, various Web-oriented development languages have taken the fore.
Find out how SAP business processes and monitoring automation can affect SAP system performance.
The UK government is to release a consulting paper to determine software standards to open up the government IT market to SMEs
Speculation that Facebook is planning an initial public offering (IPO) is rife after the social networking site suspended trading shares on the private secondary market
The government must address its IT supplier oligopoly, according to the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC)
A recently released SharePoint security survey reveals that collaboration security in general is a major challenge for IT departments.
Hewlett-Packard has vowed to continue offering financial support for resellers in the face of an ongoing touch economy extending its pay for rewards scheme into the second quarter. The scheme ensures that resellers get rewards for every pound they sell and is an alternative to the common approach o
Eurozone problems and weak demand are hitting Logitech in the pocket with the peripherals specialist warning that its full year numbers will have to be revised downwards again. The manufacturer has already delivered a couple of profit warnings and the latest has seen it shave off money it expects t
VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 gives customers advanced features, but the price tag has some customers eyeing less expensive options from VKernel and Microsoft.
Reaction to the European Commission data protection proposals has been largely negative, as many believe the new rules are costly and misdirected.
Informatica and IBM are the top dogs in the data virtualization software market, thanks to a strong combination of “enterprise-class” features, according to Forrester Research Inc.
Amazon’s AWS Storage Gateway may be creating 'co-opetition' with other cloud appliances, but appears to be lacking in enterprise features.
Our IT salary survey reveals a shakeup in the highest-paying industries, with financial services knocked off its perch on top and health care rising.
Companies are spending more time investigating the source of data breaches and their impacts to reduce expenses, says a survey.
Cloud specialist ThinkGrid has sealed a deal with Ingram Micro enabling the distributor to offer its platform and hosted services to resellers as both look to widen and strengthen their reach and support in the channel. The relationship is part of ongoing efforts by Ingram to bolster its role as an
Plans for superfast broadband with speeds of 24Mbps are progressing well in most local authorities, says Communications Minister Ed Vaizey
The £80m roll-out of mobile devices across police forces has failed to achieve value for money with only ‘a basic level of benefits’.
The European Commission has called on public authorities, industry, cloud buyers and suppliers to come together in a cloud partnership.
Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up Systems integrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market.
The G20’s internet economy is set to nearly double by 2016, according to research.
The demand for IT jobs is not expected to slow down this year as the demand for skilled staff continues to be a priority for recruiters looking to fill gaps in headcount. Last year saw the jobs market for IT specialists holding up and in some areas increasing as employers looked to bring on board t
Mobile application supports Android smartphones and tablets with virus scanning and protection from Web threats and SMS attacks.
The channel and vendors could save millions of pounds if the electrical recycling laws were changed to improve the collection and charging procedures. An HP report has revealed that the WEEE legislation, which was masterminded by the EU back in 2007, is charging excessive prices to those trying to
Data protection will be the top security initiative for most UK organisations in 2012, reveals a survey of IT professionals.
The EMEA market produced a flat performance for Symantec as the security specialist showed it is not immune to the economic conditions that are undermining confidence across the continent. The vendor also reported a decline in its services business for its third fiscal quarter, decreasing 13% year
Integrating cloud applications with on-premises ERP presents a long list of challenges. Industry experts weigh in on what to tackle first and how.
Duncan Gray, formerly the group IT director at luxury retailer Selfridges, has been appointed as the new chief information officer at British Car Auctions (BCA).
Enterprise Strategy Group provides a few tips on how to narrow down the product and deployment options before investing in a “big data” analytics platform.
With open source network software, Arista users can program networks to be reactive for dynamic provisioning. Arista is the first winner of our Networking Innovation Award.
Infrastructure and software VAR Trustmarque has revealed it may look to make larger acquisitions, potentially of similar sized businesses to itself, as it aims to build on the most successful 12 months in its 24 year history. Trustmarque boughtNimbus Technology Systems last May in a strategic move t
Malicious webpages masquerading as browser updates are being used by attackers as launch pads for Trojan viruses and exploit kits.
Problems with data governance in the cloud aren’t much different than traditional outsourcing.
Resurgent network integrator Redstone has lifted the veil on a new datacentre at Vtesse Cirrus' Hertfordshire facility to support its drive into the cloud and improve the quality of service it offers to end users. The centre will also serve as a venue for the firm to show off its capabilities to pot
Explore smartphone and mobile computing technologies and services with expert Majeed Ahmad, author of a new book, Smartphone.
"Smartphone" author Majeed Ahmad discusses present and future smartphone trends, including growing consumerization, democratization in the IT world, cloud computing and HTML 5. CIOs and other information technology buyers in the enterprise can examine how smartphones are affecting business.
Despite booking a very slight year-on-year dip in sales to $6.69bn (£4.27bn), Avnet CEO Rick Hamada was in bullish mood as he looked back on his first six months in charge, a period that saw improving profitability at its VAD division Avnet TS, as well as higher HDD prices, factors that came t
The government's decision to abandon plans to make pre-pack administrations harder to enter into have been criticised for failing to protect creditors and vulnerable suppliers. The dreaded phoenix arrangement, where a firm goes bust but has already lined up a pre-pack administration, has been a fea
Thesicknessplaguing one time mobility giant Nokia shows no sign of abating after the firm plunged to a full-year operating loss of over a billion Euros, while full-year sales fell 9% to €38.6bn (£32.3bn). Despite a positive reception for its Lumia smartphone range, full-year smartphone sales d
More than a dozen malicious Android applications on the Android Market contain a hidden Trojan that can steal information, download more files and display advertisements on the device.
Detractors of SOPA and other antipiracy legislation say new regulations are needed -- but they must be better targeted. To do so, they say regulators simply need to follow the money.