TechTarget News - Week of Feb 12, 2012

Thousands of Europeans protest against Acta

Thousands of people have taken part in co-ordinated marches across Europe in protest against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (Acta)

IE update top priority for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft releases nine bulletins addressing 21 vulnerabilities in its monthly Patch Tuesday security update on 14 February

Case study: Cogenta migrates to Claranet VDC

Cogenta is among the first customers for Claranet’s Virtual Data Centre (VDC) service, which launched last month.

Vodafone considers Cable & Wireless acquisition

Vodafone admits it is considering buying Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) following speculations about a possible £700m acquisition

IT services providers sign up to apprentice scheme

UK IT service providers will take on more IT apprentices to help bridge the gap between education and the workplace as part of a government-backed scheme

Banks fail to deliver promised credit

The high street banks have failed to deliver the level of credit to SMEs that the pledged as part of Project Merlin. The banks were meant to hand out loans totaling £76bn last year but figures from the British Banking Association revealed that only £74.9bn had been lent. The main banks

Vodafone ponders Cable & Wireless bid

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in talks with Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) with a view to acquiring the beleaguered comms firm for an as yet undisclosed sum. The firm has struggled to perform since its March 2010 inception, but according to speculation in theSunday Timescould be worth up t

HP previews ProLiant refresh as users eye Cisco UCS

HP touts new management capabilities for the forthcoming Generation 8 of its ProLiant servers, but some users say they are already looking elsewhere.

Kemp plans for UK expansion after VC backing

Load-balancing specialists Kemp are planning to use some of the proceeds of venture capital backing to increase its foothold and levels of channel support in the UK. The vendor, which targets the SME end of the load-balancing market, recently received $16m in backing last month from venture capital

Croydon Council fined £100,000 for data loss

Croydon council has been fined £100,000 for the loss of  a bag containing papers about a child sex abuse victim.

SAP pushes HANA analytics for SMBs

SAP is rolling out high-speed analytics applications for small and midsize businesses.

No relief for hard disk prices in 2012, says IHS

In spite of a ramp up of hard disk drive (HDD) production in recent weeks, the supply chain will remain constrained and prices will remain high for at least two more quarters, according to market analysts IHS. HDD producers Western Digital and Toshiba, which were both particularly badly hit by last

SQL Server 2012, cloud, ‘big data’ driving momentum in 2012

With SQL Server 2012 coming out and the growing influence of the SQL Azure cloud and “big data,” the SQL Server landscape could see some major changes in the coming months.

Nimans VARs get the Lync effect

Comms distie Nimans is attempting to boost channel expertise around Microsoft's Lync unified comms portfolio, and has teamed up with SaaS provider SIPCOM to run a series of training events as part of a "spring offensive". The distributor held its inaugural event last week at Microsoft's Lo

Former Dell Europe boss takes role at Santok

The former head of Dell Europe has popped up at Santok Enterprises to run the firm's mobile devices operation. Mark Ormerod has been vice president and general manager at Dell Europe and also enjoyed a spell before that as group managing director at the Caudwell Group. His brief at Santok, which s

HP unveils $300m Proliant revamp

HP has made 150 modifications to the Proliant server family to cut datacentre administration costs

Preparing your network for cloud applications

The network is the weakest link in cloud computing as, without network access, staff are unable to connect to applications

Cloud superiority on HP agenda at Las Vegas VAR show

HP is to help its partners grab a chunk of the cloud market, announcing the upcoming launch of its HP PartnerONE cloud specialisation and collaboration programme, and the extension of ServiceONE offerings to help VARs improve their sales reach and time to market. HP used its Global Partner Conferenc

Cisco UCS partners see growing cloud opportunities

Cisco’s Unified Computing System has helped some integrators become cloud providers. Now it drives more virtualization business for other Cisco UCS partners.

Not all providers will reap cloud image storage savings

While small health care providers may save money by using a cloud storage provider, larger facilities may be better off managing their own data centers. One CIO explains why here.

Croydon council handed £100,000 fine by ICO

Croydon Council has become the latest to receive the wrath of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) after being given a £100,000 fine for losing sensitive data. The council was handed the fine after a bag containing information covering the case of an victim in a child sex abuse case wen

Know when it’s time for ERP upgrade, migration

Red flags include insupportable maintenance costs, inability to meet users’ needs and the imminent loss of vendor support.

Becrypt enchances partner programme with open approach

Security specialist Becrypt has underlined its commitment to building a channel business by allowing partners to implement and install complex sales on behalf of the vendor. The Platform for Success initiative doesn't just encourage partners to work more closely with the vendor but also gives acces

HP adds storage support to partner services programme

HP has added a new storage services support model to its ServiceONE programme, designed to help resellers make more sales in high-growth storage markets and take advantage of the advent of big data. HP cited IDC figures suggesting that the volume of digital content worldwide would grow 48% in 2012 t

Early March tipped as launch date for iPad 3

Those resellers wondering if this first quarter was going to have any significant product launches put down in the calendar might want to circle 7 March as the likely unveiling of the iPad 3. Expectations are mounting that the vendor will launch the next generation of its tablet that day as it l

Virtualized desktops and DR virtualization for quick ROI

CIO Tom Gainer found that deploying virtualized desktops and disaster recovery was the quicker path to cost savings and recovery times. Server virtualization, not so much.

Virtualized desktops and DR virtualization for quick ROI

CIO Tom Gainer found that deploying virtualized desktops and disaster recovery was the quicker path to cost savings and recovery times. Server virtualization, not so much.

New MDM service ties Apple, Android devices to Active Directory

Centrify mobile security supports Apple iOS and Google Android devices and can connect them to Microsoft Active Directory, but it lacks the robust management features found in major MDM suites, analyst says.

Trademark row puts Apple iPad production at risk

A Chinese company claiming to own the iPad trademark has asked customs officials to block shipments of the Apple iPad in and out of China

Smartphone sales hit high on Apple wave

A massive 149 million smartphones were sold worldwide in the final three months of 2011 which was almost 50% more than last year.

Resellers alerted to mobile app potential

The increased deployment by customers of mobile apps should lead to an increase in the management and security opportunities for resellers. Although most in the channel do not produce apps for smart phones and tablets themselves the growth in that market will have repercussions for other services t

TDWI keynoter connects philosophy and analytics

When delving into analytics, TDWI conference keynote speaker Frank Buytendijk suggests that businesses ask themselves three questions: What is real? What is true? What is good?

Atos launches Canopy and gets strategic over cloud with EMC

Atos has stepped up its cloud commitment unveiling a separate company Canopy to serve that market as well as sealing a strategic alliance with EMC and VMware. Canopy will sell a range of products and services aiming to be a one-stop-shop for customers looking for hosted applications and support but

VMware SMB appeal still lags Microsoft, VARs say

VMware has an uphill battle against Microsoft when it comes to appealing to SMBs, VARs at the VMware Partner Exchange conference say.

Tech M&A activity dips in volume and value

The year started fairly quietly from the mergers and acquisitions perspective with the absence of any large deals. The latest survey of the M&A market from Regent showed that the there was a 20% drop in the number of deals in January compared to December. The absence of any $1bn plus deals als

Apple and Samsung slug it out at top of smartphone market

Apple and Samsung are locked in an epic battle for domination of the smartphone market, shipping 34.4 and 34 million units respectively in the last quarter of 2011, according to Gartner. The two rivals consolidated their position at the top of the pile in the crucial Christmas quarter as the rest of

VMware channel partners eye new incentives

Some partners see a competitive advantage in VMware’s new focus on specific topics, but smaller partners may not have the resources to diversify.

Lenovo sets out channel targets for 2012

In the wake of positive financial results reported earlier in February, Lenovo has set out its channel targets for the coming year, having signed more than 1,000 resellers in Western Europe - 100 of those in the UK - since launching a new partner programme in October 2011. The programme is designed

Cloud services sprawl poses problems for IT environments

As IT shops increasingly adopt more competent cloud services from Amazon and others, cloud services sprawl and its runaway cost has become a problem.

The consumerization of IT and the CIO role

Center for CIO Leadership founder Harvey Koeppel discusses how CIOs can use IT consumerization for business gain.

Lanway rounds up channel talent

Dell, HP and Microsoft partner Lanway has made a series of appointments across the business to boost its client-facing expertise and support. The move follows the internal promotions of Stephen Ackers to CEO and Andrew Henderson to managing director, made last month, and the decision, made last autu

Lexmark embraces print solutions model

Lexmark is ditching its three year old ValuePrint channel programme and replacing it with a solutions-focused set-up dubbed Business Solutions Dealer, which it claims will be have a tighter fit with its "high-value approach". The new programme has been designed to include fully managed pri

Bullish Acer edges back into profit

Acer CEO JT Wang has hailed a "turnaround" quarter after posting a small post-tax profit of NT$75m (£1.61m) in the final quarter of 2011. The figure came in below analyst expectations but will be a tonic for Acer, which posted two consecutive quarters of losses in a largely dismal 20

IBM puts SSD cache in XIV

Headlines: IBM launches a solid-state drive caching option to its XIV storage system. IBM’s XIV Gen3 now includes an option for up to 6 TB of fast-read cache for hot data.

Apple and social networks under fire over iPhone privacy

Apple and social networks are under fire for distributing social media apps through Apple’s iTunes store that harvest iPhone contact data without users’ permission

Specsavers CIO John Lister quits

Specsavers' chief information officer, John Lister, has quit the company after three years, citing personal reasons for his departure.

Everything Everywhere part sale being considered

Everything Everywhere has become the subject of industry speculation with Deutsche Telekom said to be considering selling its share of the business.

Oracle-Taleo vs. SAP-SuccessFactors: a different feel

While Oracle’s acquisition of Taleo and SAP’s SucessFactors buy were both multi-billion human capital management deals, they’re very different, experts from Constellation Research said this week.

Up to 500 CSC UK jobs at risk

Up to 500 people working on the NHS project for US IT services firm CSC could lose their jobs.

Virtualisation spending fuels NetApp shipments growth

The decision to target mid sized customers was highlighted as one of the positive moves taken by NetApp in its last fiscal quarter as the vendor looks to extend its user base. The Smart Decisions programme was seen as a way of also increasing revenue for partners and was backed up with product laun

Woolhead completes ZyXEL channel line-up

Broadband networking vendor ZyXEL has appointed former Cisco SMB channel man Andrew Woolhead as its new channel account manager, completing a four strong channel-focused line-up. Woolhead spent three years in Cisco's clutches and brings over a decade's worth of channel experience in both the vendor

SOCA moves to protect intellectual property rights

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has taken control of RnBXlusive.com after the music website was accused of hosting music illegally

Dutch distie fetches up in Milton Keynes

Dutch distributor Xeptor has opened its first UK office in Milton Keynes as part of a major international growth drive. The 10 year old firm specialises in overstocked, end-of-life and refurbished PC hardware, monitors and printing gear, as well as server, storage and networking equipment, working w

Hammer goes Dutch to expand European presence

Hammer has extended its footprint into Europe opening a Netherlands office bolstering its satellite operations across the continent. The Basingstoke-based distributor already operates out of Italy, Sweden and Belgium and s planning to extend its storage portfolio and brand position with opening an

German hosting group deploys Fusion-io server flash

Storage roundup: German hosting group deploys Fusion-io server flash; Open University opts for Dot Hill; Jaguar Land Rover deploys Isilon; war museum gets Spectra Logic tape library; and more news.

European Court fails to boost anti-piracy fight

Those hoping that the European Court of Justice would give the fight against anti-piracy a boost have been left disappointed after the legal body ruled that internet service providers cannot be compelled to install filters to prevent illegal downloads. The Court of Justice took the view that it was

Security startups to unveil new security technology at RSA 2012

One firm will leave RSA 2012 with the “Most Innovative” title, but industry experts say they all contribute in bringing the security industry up to par with sophisticated malware and hacking techniques.

Insight closes year with flat Euro sales, profits strengthen

Insight has reported flat sales from its EMEA business in the final quarter of 2011 with the region contributing $369.4m to the company coffers, up 1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, 2% when excluding foreign currency fluctuations. Net sales of hardware in the region were flat, with software

Key to patient engagement may be portals, not PHRs, experts say

Health leaders at a recent conference agree that portals, not personal health records, could be the game-changer that spurs patient engagement and meaningful use compliance.

Apple wins patent dispute with Motorola

Apple has won a patent dispute with Motorola Mobility in a Munich court over a "slide-to-unlock" feature on smartphones sold in Germany.

G-Cloud suppliers about to be named

Suppliers on the government’s G-Cloud framework will be named on Sunday 19 February, with the CloudStore service catalogue expected to go live in the next week.  

Check Point will buy again to extend capabilities

Check Point is prepared to dig into its cash reserves to acquire complimentary technology to grow its capabilities but is not looking to spend just to increase its revenues. The security specialist has done a fair bit of acquiring over the past couple of years with its last purchase of Dynasec, whi

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 February 2012

No relief for hard disk prices in 2012, says IHS In spite of a ramp up of hard disk drive (HDD) production in recent weeks, the supply chain will remain constrained and prices will remain high for at least two more quarters

Peer 1 migrates to greener pastures

Peer 1Hosting, the global online IT hosting provider has completed migration of over 1,600 devices and over 120TB of SAN data from its Fleet location to its new 5,372 square metregreen datacentre in Portsmouth, writes Linda Endersby. "Our team did an amazing job migrating the servers without an

Corero sets sights on organic growth after fundraising round

Security and education specialist Corero has set its sights firmly on organic growth following after raising over £4.5m in a conditional placing of 10.6 million ordinary shares. In an apparent about turn on its previously defined strategy of rolling up network security vendors, the firm said t

EMC, VMware and Atos' open cloud raises eyebrows

After EMC, VMware and Atos formed an alliance for open cloud computing, experts question the use of the term “open” when there’s nothing open about their services.

Avaya IPO date tabled for April, losses narrow

After a series of delays Avaya's impending IPO, first announced last summer, now looks set to take place in April, according to sources close to the firm. The networking and unified comms specialist is hoping to raise $1bn through the sale of common stock, which it plans to use to pay down long-term

Government to name G-Cloud suppliers

The government is to name the suppliers awarded a place on its G-Cloud framework on Sunday 19 February, with the associated CloudStore catalogue of services to go live in the next week. The £60m G-Cloud framework comprises includes infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and softw

RSA Conference 2012 to highlight digital trust

A panel previewing the 2012 RSA Conference said gaining visibility into an enterprise’s partners and other third-party services has become a serious challenge.