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. The EU put foreard proposals last week to harmonise data protection laws with plans to m

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. The other consequence infrastructure specialist Teneo highlights, after surveying the extent to which old firewalls are

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. Under the terms of the deal the companies will combine their skills to deliver pre-configured Cisco unified computin

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). Under the 'Network Hardware & Services, including Servers & Data Storage' framework contract will run

Slow European demand for printers hits Canon

Poor economic conditions in Europe and 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. Net sales and pre-tax income for the fiscal year 2011 grew by 4% and 4.7% respectively compared t

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 asCEO of Dixons Retail to take up the position ofsenior vice president ofretailat Apple from 20 April. The Apple post has been empty since November, when Apple Store concept pioneer Ron Johnson left to become CEO of US retail c

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. An interim management statement issued this morning indicates that it has continued to generate cash and reduce debt and the pipeline of bus

Phoenix cutting 300 jobs as costs hamper business

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

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. The demand for permanent and temporary IT staff has held up over the last few m

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.

iPad lifts Apple to PC client pinnacle, says Canalys

Apple has soared past HP to become worldwide client PC vendor leader for the final quarter of 2011, according to the latest sector figures from Canalys. After selling 15 million iPads and 5 million Mac desktops and notebooks, the Reading-based channel-watchers calculated that Cupertino now accounts

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. The floods hit the performance of the electronic devices division which was also c

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. The VAD has already made clearthat it is on the hunt for high-growth, margin rich opportunities

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.

PaaS market set to take off as enterprise interest grows

Resellers able to offer platform as a service (PaaS) advice to customers look well placed to take advantage of growth in that market over the next couple of years. The forecasts from Gartner are that as more enterprises get themselves positioned in the cloud the interest and spending on PaaS, which

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.

Better passwords could help protect against cyber crime threat

With people more likely to fall victim to cyber crime rather than physical acts of violence or robbery the security industry is facing a need to deliver more user education. One of the main themes that came out of a recent UKFast roundtable was that the chances of someone being a victim of cyber cr

MicroScope's review of the month: January 2012

The channel was quick to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.January saw a glut of industry news, withthe retail sector licking its wounds, as well asthe usual crop of departures, arrivals and tubthumping statementsas the channel's best and brightest looked for new challenges

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. Ingram Micro takes practical approach to the cloud The man charged with leading the cloud drive for Ingram Micro and its partners across Europe is all too aware

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. Both vendors were impacted heavily by the floods, which took numerous production facilities off-line, but th

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 businessaround datacentre networking, virtualisation and mobility. Speaking to MicroScope, the firm's recently-installedUK channel head John Mitchell, who joined from Juniper last

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 ofresellers that are looking to deploy hosted IP comms in their customer base. The acquisition includes

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. Wall Street had expected revenues of $94m so the fourth quarter performance of $92.7m disappointed the markets but it was the mentions of un

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. De Rojas joins from McAfee, where she bolstered the firms position in the security market, and will look to expand CA's reach in her role as vice p

Cisco reveals details of business revamp at Cisco Live Europe

Cisco is betting that consolidating its product lines and areas of business will help refocus the networking giant after a year of sluggish financial performance. Speaking to delegates at the Cisco Live Europe 2012 conference at the London Excel Centre, CTO Padmasree Warrior said that the vendor had

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. The channel player is attending the MSPWorld event and quoting from recent Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) research which reveals that SME cust

Arrow supply chain back to normal, targets network growth

Distributor Arrow has said it has largelyovercome 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. Having previously warned of some oversupply issues, Arrow CEO Mike Long saidthat the market w

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. The conclusions of IBM's thoughts on the future development of the cloud and its impact on partners is to recommend that re

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. According to Cisco, the certification recognises partner understanding of global commerce delivery, global resources, and logistics and support of a

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.

NetSuite posts best ever sales quarter, next target profitability

NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson has taken a confident line after the cloud-based financial software and ERP specialist posted net losses of $6.4m (£4m)and $32m for both the fourth quarter and full-year. Nelson's upbeat assessment came courtesy of across-the-board growth in sales, billings and operati

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 a result more are making the migration into delivering services and providing consultancy serv

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. As one of the key movers in the Channel Transformation Alliance, which aims to educate resellers about making the practical t