TechTarget News - Week of Feb 05, 2012

Internet services could drop out during the Olympics

Businesses using home-working policies during the Olympics are being warned that internet services could drop out during the Games.

Microsoft makes mobile move with next CRM release

Microsoft next release of Dynamics CRM includes a new mobile module, offering native support for most mobile devices. It also adds new social, compliance and reporting features.

Customers looking to use IT to drive innovation not cuts

Customers are going to continue to want to do more with less through the course of this year even though a significant number of those controlling the IT budget purse strings expect their funds to increase. Things have moved on from the pressure to use IT as a cost cutting tool last year but the en

ComputerLinks signed up by Tufin Technologies

ComputerLinks has been signed up by Tufin Technologies as a UK and Ireland distribution partner giving the channel player the chance to extend the protection its resellers can offer around firewalls and network management. With recent research highlighting the failure of many existing firewalls to

Symantec backup applications get makeovers for speed, VMs

Symantec enhances backup applications NetBackup and Backup Exec: adding speed, search and NetApp integration to NetBackup and better virtual backup to Backup Exec.

InTechnology disputes Gartner datacentre advice

Hosted services provider InTechnology has disputed claims made by Gartner last year that it is cheaper for end-users to build their own datacentres rather than outsource them. Speaking last November at the Gartner Datacentre and IT Operations Summit 2011, Gartner research vice president Rakesh Kumar

EMC releases VFCache PCIe flash card for servers

EMC ships VFCache, the server-based PCIe flash card formerly known as “Project Lightning”; next up is flash appliance known as “Project Thunder.”

Nothing funny about SCADA and ICS security

A researcher calls the state of industrial control system security “laughable” and warns of the consequences of unpatched critical infrastructure that is reachable over the Internet.

Oracle details integration with RightNow

Oracle has finalized its $1.5 billion acquisition of CRM SaaS provider RightNow Technologies, and to celebrate executives held a webcast outlining their future plans for all the CRM and cloud products the two have on the table.

CompTIA calls on channel to tackle IT misconceptions

Industry trade association CompTIA claims to have uncovered a damning lack of career information for those interested in pursuing a job in IT, with misconceptions and half-truths aboutthesectorabounding. Although the majority of young people already have some of the skills that the industry demands,

SMEs in the firing line as banks cut lending

Credit for SMEs is set to become an even bigger headache as the volume of lending from the major banks drops. A warning sounded by Ernst & Young groups SMEs along with those individuals with credit prolems as likely to be the hardest hit as loan lines are tightened. The accounting firm has rev

Get detailed when preparing RFPs for mobile ERP and BI

A clear mobile strategy will determine the right questions to ask hardware vendors, software developers and service providers, consultants say.

RM asleep at the wheel during education spending crisis

RM has admitted that it was caught napping during the slowdown and failed to fully appreciate the scale of thecrisis thanks to the mitigating effect of the cancelled Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The education providerblamed an "unsuccessful international expansion programme

Fujitsu ups rebates for top-performing server VARs

Fujitsu has launched a new dealer offer promising thatresellers flogging itsPrimergy server lineswill make up to 8% additional margins if they hit their sales targets during the first quarter of 2012. The firm claims this means VARs could potentially be making upwards of 20% on each unit sold, and h

F-Secure launches Content Anywhere cloud service

Security specialist F-Secure has taken the wraps off its content cloud strategy talking up the opportunities it offers partners that act as hosted service operators. The vendor's Content Anywhere product is designed to allow users to access information from PCs, tablets, smartphones and digital TVs

PC vendors face uphill struggle in UK

Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal has warned that PC vendors face an "uphill struggle" to regain the interest of consumers in the UK, saying that the introduction of ultrabooks was "desperately needed" to give the market a shot in the arm after it turned in its worst perform

Hacker blackmails Symantec in attempt to get hands on $50,000

An insight into the murky world of hacking and corporate extortion have emerged as a result of the details of a blackmail plot against Symantec being made public. The vendor, which is itself a security specialist, found itself facing a $50,000 ransom demand last month unless it paid a hacker that w

McAfee brings Allen over the pond to run UK

McAfee has shuffled its management pack announcing a fresh face to run its UK and Ireland operation just days after its former country head turned up at CA Technologies. Ross Allen, vice president for Canada and Northeast United States, is being moved to run the UK and will be based here. His appoi

Cisco Live London: 40 and 100 GbE, souped up WLAN

At Cisco Live London, Cisco launched 40 and 100 GbE switching, a souped-up 4-antenna WLAN access point, and a host of network virtualisation technologies.

Enterprise cloud file-sharing apps give IT more control over data

Employees already use cloud file-sharing and collaboration services such as Dropbox at work, whether IT knows it or not. Enterprise cloud file-sharing apps let IT regain control.

VMware vCloud partners get new deployment tools

VMware's vCloud certified partners are to get access to a new integration tool - vCloud Integration Manager - designed to help them automate delivery and operation of vCloud Director-based environments. The new software package is designed to allowservice providersto create and deploy cloud services

Yahoo loses chairman Roy Bostock in latest shake-up

Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock is the latest casualty in the leadership shake-up at the beleaguered company as it attempts to turn around its fortunes to regain investor confidence.

Application security not a top priority for UK organisations

As operating systems become increasingly attack-resistant, cyber criminals are moving up the stack, butt relatively few UK organisations are planning application security projects.

Demand for IT staff increases in 2012

Demand for permanent IT staff increased in January with IT workers rated as the second most in demand professionals, according to research.

Greater Manchester Police deploys two-way CMS

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has implemented a case management system from STL Technologies that has a two-way interface with the Crown Prosecution Service’s system.

Cohort brought in to makeover Corero security channel

A year and a day after it acquired network security outfit Top Layer in a reverse takeover, Corero Network Security has signed up Cohort in the UK to revitaliseand prime thechannel to sellits DDOS attack prevention and mitigation solutions. Corero has serviced the channel through VADition since Apri

Symantec reassures users as hacker publishes product code

Symantec users will be braced to see if the vendor has done enough to develop patches that will protect its pcAnywhere product from attacks now its code has been released into the wild. The code was published yesterday by hacker YamaTough, who has claimed to be part of the Anonymous Group, and had

CIO interview: Jan Ford, head of ICT strategy at the Ministry of Justice

Computer Weekly speaks to Jan Ford, head of ICT strategy at Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and lead on the government’s fast stream graduate IT programme, about the importance of nurturing the next generation of IT leaders in government.

Redstor highlights channel for driving growth

Cloud services specialist Redstor has revealed that 80% of its revenues are now being driven through the channel and revenues in hosted backup and storage are growing. The firm provided an update on its progress commenting that cloud income had increased by 43% as a result of it focusing more busin

CSC writes off $200m from NHS IT contract

CSC, a key supplier to the troubled National Programme for IT, reported a loss of $204m relating to its NHS contracts.

Airport retailer leaves Excel behind with BI tools makeover

The Paradies Shops’ search for BI tools to access data quickly and break away from Excel spreadsheets started with data discovery vendors but didn’t end with them.

Desktop management vendors poised to challenge PC market

Desktop management andVDI strategies areproving a hot topic for the industry in the opening months of the year, with multiple solutions jostling for position as the migration to Windows 7 gathers paceand the PC market flounders. Rob Lovell of hosted desktop and SaaS providerThinkGrid said that in li

Sourcefire lights up Computerlinks

In a week that has already seen it take on Tufin Technologies, Computerlinks has added another security vendor to its channel mix in the shape of next-generation security platform specialist Sourcefire. The Newmarket-based network and security distie is Sourcefire's second appointment in the UK, whi

Cisco back on acquisition trail after record quarter

Cisco Systems has reported record revenues of $11.5bn for the second fiscal quarter that ended 28 January 2012, up 11% on the year-ago quarter, and profits of $2.6bn or 47 cents a share, up 27%.

ACPO announces 3 regional cybercrime units

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced the launch of three regional police cybercrime units at a cost of £6m.

Monié sets out Ingram Micro strategy

Incoming Ingram Micro CEO Alain Monié has pledged to improve productivity within the business, grow its higher margin speciality business and invest heavily in its cloud proposition. Speaking on his first results call since taking over the role from Greg Spierkel last month, Monié said

Intellect calls on better use of IT to drive economic recovery

Dropping productivity across the UK threatens to undermine any chances of economic recovery unless a coherent strategy is established to exploit IT. IT trade body Intellect has warned that although technology cannot solve all of the problems in the economy it could spur productivity gains and count

Potts handed channel reins at IBM

IBM has shuffled its UK channel management pack as the former partner head Jacqueline Davey heads to Europe to move into a strategic sales leadership role. Her replacement running business partners and mid market for the UK and Ireland is Richard Potts (pictured) who has taken the reigns after a re

Oracle purchase of Taleo indicates rising SaaS trend

Oracle has spent $3.4 billion on Taleo and RightNow in the past few months, showing that it is serious about hosting applications in the cloud for its customers.

Lenovo numbers show share taking strategy is delivering

Lenovo's strategy of protecting its market share and attacking that commanded by rivals appears to be paying off as the vendor reported growth in its third quarter. The vendor has been climbing up the market shares charts and has made several statements in recent months about there being plenty of

Red Sox hit home run with custom Microsoft CRM app

The Boston Red Sox spent seven years searching for a CRM system to handle ticketing and fan engagement before selecting a custom version of Microsoft CRM.

Cisco fighting fit again after profits double

Cisco's painful restructuring programme looks to be paying off with CEO John Chambers going as far as to ignite talk about acquisitions in the coming months. Thenetworking sector bellwetherbreezed cheerfully past previously announced sales targets in its second quarter, and nearly doubled its profit

Timico swallows up Avaya VAR Redwood

Business ISP Timico has swooped on Avaya and Mitelpartner Redwood, which specialises in IP telephony, conferencing and contact centre services. East Midlands-based Timico said that the acquisition would broaden its abilities around the unified comms proposition, as well as establishing a foothold in

Context predicts emergence of two-tier tablet market

The tablet market is splitting into two tiers with high-end and luxury brands at one end of the spectrum and mainstream offerings at the other. As a result there will be little room for success in the middle ground, warned Context research, which has warned that those products pitched below the iPa

LinkedIn Q4 revenue more than doubles

Social networking site LinkedIn has reported 2011 fourth quarter revenue of $167.7m, up 105% from Q4 2010; and net income of $6.9m, an increase of 30%

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 February 2012

RM asleep at the wheel during education spending crisis RM has admitted that it was caught napping during the slowdown and failed to fully appreciate the scale of thecrisis thanks to the mitigating effect of the cancelled BSF programme. The education providerblamed an "unsuccessful internationa

Security resellers missing low hanging fruit

Security resellers might be missing the low hanging fruit around license renewals because they don't have the necessary tools to keep an eye on customer purchasing cycles. A suggested answer, that comes from SonicWALL, is to lean more on vendors to exploit the tools they can offer to automate licen

Hitachi ships enterprise-class single level cell SSD

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced this week that its new Ultrastar solid-state drives will incorporate 25-nanometer single-level cell NAND flash.

Fujitsu embarks on VDI VAR recruitment drive

Fujitsu is ramping up its exposure to the virtualised desktop (VDI) market and is on the prowl for specialist virtualisation partners to make its dreams come true The firm has launched a new SELECT Expert accreditation to address the market, as well as recruited Peter Bolton, formerly UK boss of thi

Texas Memory Systems, Nevex partner for flash cache management

Texas Memory Systems Inc., announced this week a partnership with NEVEX Virtual Technologies for flash cache management. The companies will NEVEX’s Cacheworks memory cache management product for Windows Servers with TMI’s flash offerings.

ZyXEL gets Eclipse hardware deal

Broadband networking specialist ZyXEL has won a major deal with business ISP Eclipse Internet to supply routers for customers buying its ADSL and FTTC products. Eclipse senior technical support analyst Tom Ward-Scammell said the decision to refresh the firm's offerings had been taken in response to

VIP vertical push continues with corporate VAR team

VIP Computers has set up a corporate reseller team to increase the amount of business it can get through the top VARs as part of its ongoing push into specific vertical markets.

Logicalis added to Janet cloud and datacentre framework

Education and research network Janet has added Logicalis to a list of approved datacentre and cloud services providerswhich already includes education services provider Eduserv and BPO outfit Liberata,as well as HP and Dell. Under the terms of the framework, Logicalis will offer datacentre hosting a

Continuing Video Coverage of New Java 7 Features and APIs

Here at, we've been providing some very dedicated coverage to the new features of Java 7, with a look at tackling some of the new Java 7 APIs like the new File I/O (NIO.2) and concurrency libraries with tutorials and learning guides in the near future.