TechTarget News - Week of Jan 29, 2012

MEP quits as thousands protest ACTA signing

A European MP has resigned after thousands of people in Poland protested against the international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA)

EU data law penalty hikes will be felt by UK firms

If EU data protection laws get the green light the impact on the UK will be greater than other European countries because of the relatively low penalties that are currently handed out for losing sensitive data.

Lack of Apple enterprise support frustrates IT

At Apple, enterprise support has never been a priority. IT pros can have lots of questions if they’re not used to working with Apple’s technologies, business processes or policies.

SAP UK pushes mobility and Hana

SAP is pushing the benefits of Hana, its in-memory database and mobile data management, from the acquisition of Sybase in 2010

Customers exposed to threats by sticking with old firewalls

Customers are leaving themselves exposed to security threats because of a failure to update their firewalls, which are no longer able to fend off sophisticated web-based attacks.

End-users at odds with channel over BYOD pitch

Two pieces of research from managed services providers Avanade and Damovo have suggested that certain aspects of the BYOD pitch may be considered largely irrelevant by end-users.

Government has 8,000 IT staff heavily outsourced model

The government has 8,000 in-house IT staff working in Whitehall, four times the entire number employed by Facebook, a Computer Weekly investigation into IT spend across Whitehall has revealed.

Panduit offers Magirus pre-configured infrastructure options

Data centre specialist Panduit has teamed up with Magirus to get the distributor to carry its products and encourage resellers to sell pre-configured infrastructure systems to users.

Softcat gets education server, storage contract

Softcat has been named among a select group of service providers to provide server and data storage equipment to further education institutions by the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC).

Slow European demand for printers hits Canon

Poor economic conditions in Europe and the US were blamed by Canon for a slide in demand for some of its printer products and following its financial results the vendor has shaken up its boardroom.

Twitter ad revenue expected to triple by 2015

Twitter’s advertising revenue is expected to triple to around $540m by the end of 2014 due to an increase in users and advertisers, according to marketing analysis firm eMarketer.

CIOs warn of massive UK IT skills shortfall

Over 80% of CIOs say it is increasingly difficult to find people with the right skills as over half of businesses plan to invest in new technology.

Website launched to monitor cloud computing suppliers

A website has been launched that will monitor the performance of specialist cloud computing suppliers and compare them against traditional IT suppliers.

Browett quits Dixons for bite of the Apple

John Browett has this morning announced he is to step down from his role as CEO of Dixons Retail to take up the position of senior vice president of retail at Apple from 20 April.

Nottinghamshire Police buck mobile failure trend

Nottinghamshire Police has saved over £1m and increased front-line policing since launching a programme to give police officers mobile devices to connect with back-office systems.

Kcom on track to reduce debt and grow sales

Kcom remains on track to reduce net debt and secure long-term growth as the communications specialist continues to keep to the forecasts it made last November.

Phoenix cutting 300 jobs as costs hamper business

Following a period of trading roughly in-line with the board's expectations, system integrator Phoenix IT Group has put a figure to the number of jobs it expects to cut as part of an ongoing restructuring programme, saying that over 300 back-office and delivery staff are heading for the exit.

Proposed EC data protection rules help cloud adoption

The proposed new European Union data protection regulation will support the adoption of cloud computing, says European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes.

Big data and mobile highlighting skills shortages

The skills shortage is being felt acutely by those employers looking for IT staff in large firms and across London and the South as big data, mobile solutions and the need to meet regulations stretch existing resources.

Cridex Trojan breaks CAPTCHA, targets Facebook, Twitter users

The banking Trojan variant Cridex can break CAPTCHA tests in just a few attempts, allowing it to create malicious email accounts used for spamming and propagating the virus.

Web APIs for more than just Facebook, Twitter

Web APIs have gone from an obscure term, to one linked to social media, to a buzzword for large enterprises looking to extend reach and collaborate with partners.

Web APIs for more than just Facebook, Twitter

Web APIs have gone from an obscure term, to one linked to social media, to a buzzword for large enterprises looking to extend reach and collaborate with partners.

Thai floods hurt Toshiba and influence sober outlook

Toshiba has become the latest vendor to reveal that the flooding of manufacturing plants in Thailand have impacted results after it reported third quarter numbers and gave a sober forecast of the next trading period.

From the Editors: Framing the case for enterprise data virtualization

There’s no lack of choices to consider if you’re looking at a possible data virtualization deployment -- both in terms of the vendors offering tools and the potential uses for the technology.

SaaS BI gains traction in the enterprise

Citing easy setup, cost effectiveness and faster time to value, IT execs are turning to SaaS BI tools, one cloud-based offering that has come of age.

A10 right route for Wick Hill

Wick Hill has added another new vendor to its bench in the shape of high-performance application networking player A10 Networks, its third signing so far this year after taking on Imation and Silver Peak.

What the beta of means for public services

The beta version of, the single government website, marks the official start of the Government Digital Service’s ambitious remit.

Fog surrounding health care cloud begins to clear

Health care's reluctance to embrace cloud computing is waning, in part because it helps meet HIPAA disaster recovery rules, but cost and bandwidth make it a poor fit for some.

Cisco 40 GbE and 100 GbE switching debut at Cisco Live London

Cisco released 40 and 100 GbE line cards for the Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 6500, as well as network virtualization strategies that enhance both campus and data center networks.

Scale-out computing gets new low-power option

Web-scale IT shops get the option of a low-power Xeon-based offering that looks to outperform Atom-based products in more ways than one.

Oracle partner struggles with Fusion, but gives thumbs-up

Texas-based Oracle partner eVerge Group has had difficulty moving from PeopleSoft to Fusion Applications, largely because the hosted model gives them less control of their application. But overall they are happy.

Oracle partner struggles with Fusion, but gives thumbs-up

Texas-based Oracle partner eVerge Group has had difficulty moving from PeopleSoft to Fusion Applications, largely because the hosted model gives them less control of their application. But overall they are happy.

Charting the Channel Transformation Alliance

Distribution started to define its role in the cloud last year with some key developments. Microscope covered these stories as they broke.

Seagate shows signs HDD market is recovering from floods

The hard disk drive industry appears to be getting over the worst of the Thailand floods with Seagate following its rival Western Digital in reporting better than expected financial results.

Cloud management software: What’s in it for IT?

Highly virtualized IT shops wonder whether cloud management software can help them get to the next level of automation and efficiency.

Brocade ramps up partner enablement activity

Brocade is planning a major ramp up of its partner enablement and education activity in the UK market as it targets more business around datacentre networking, virtualisation and mobility.

Secure cloud computing: Amazon and Check Point partner up

Secure cloud computing remains a challenge for providers. Check Point’s product for Amazon Web Services offers continuity of management to customers, but is it enough?

Windows on ARM poses unique challenges, benefits

Windows 8 on ARM processors will give enterprises supporting BYOD a way to manage one operating system across all devices. But putting Windows 8 on ARM also raises concerns.

Facebook's $5bn IPO falls short of expectations

Facebook has filed for a $5bn initial public offering on the US stock market, marking a milestone in the social networking site’s history.

Cisco unveils product consolidation plan

Cisco has unveiled details of the product line consolidation it hopes will turn around the company after its struggles with poor financial performance.

MPs call on government to help keep public safe online

MPs on the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee say the government must do more to help the public understand how to stay safe online.

Ofcom reports UK improvement in broadband

Boris Johnson says people should go to the pub to avoid massive rush-hour delays during the Olympics, but perhaps teleworking would be better for business

Remote access problems: BYOD muddies the water

BYOD enterprise policies are creating new remote access problems on the WAN. Find out how to get a better handle on iPads and smartphones invading your VPN.

ShoreTel buys M5 to bring hosted comms model to channel

Unified communications specialist ShoreTel has splurged $146.3m in cash and stock on privately held cloud communications vendor M5 Networks in a bid to beef up its cloud practice and get in front of resellers that are looking to deploy hosted IP comms in their customer base.

Mobile devices set to become company policy

About 30% of IT departments are implementing smartphone and tablet initiatives into their strategies for 2012 as workers increasingly use the devices for work purposes.

Weak European market tempers Websense outlook

Websense saw its share price drop after its revenues didn't meet the expectations of market watchers and it issued gloomy guidance over the fiscal year ahead.

Creating a HIPAA-compliant backup in the cloud

For HIPAA covered entities and, increasingly, business associates, cloud services offer a feasible option for meeting backup and disaster recovery compliance requirements.

CA Technologies hires de Rojas to run UK operation

CA Technologies has turned to its former staffer Jacqueline de Rojas to head up its UK and Ireland operations handing her a brief to grow the business.

Rise takes cloud message to the US

Cloud services specialist Rise has pitched up in the US looking to help managed service providers on that side of the pond and aiming to widen its market reach.

Arrow supply chain back to normal, targets network growth

Distributor Arrow has said it has largely overcome a number of issues, including the lingering impact of last March's Japanese tsunami that affected the components supply chain during the back half of 2011.

Volkswagen UK CIO leaves to go nuclear

Nick Gaines, formerly CIO at Volkswagen UK, has left the car firm to join Ultra Electronics Nuclear Control Systems.

Ecosystems rather than solo pitching the way to the cloud

Ecosystems of cloud providers could be one way to ensure that resellers can remain competitive and inspire customer loyalty in the face of greater user choice and flexibility.

DiData first to wear worldwide Cisco telepresence badge

Network and IT services provider Dimension Data has become the first company to be awarded Cisco's TelePresence Video Master Global ATP certification.

HMRC sees record number of online tax returns

A record 7.65 million people submitted their tax returns online this year, 81% of the total number of tax returns filed, according to HMRC.

Resellers making services migration from tough hardware market

Some resellers are continuing to sell hardware and make a business from it but increasingly the price pressure and slow demand from customers are forcing them to look for alternative sources of income.

As SAP R/3 support fades, upgrades to ECC 6.0 accelerate

With the clock ticking on the end of SAP R/3 support and maintenance, the pace of customers upgrading to SAP ECC 6.0 is picking up, according to a survey of readers.

Ingram pledges to keep cloud momentum going

Just days before it holds cloud education seminars for resellers Ingram Micro has vowed to keep putting muscle behind its efforts to educate partners about the hosted world.