The government has launched its CloudStore, a catalogue of 1,700 cloud-based, pre-approved IT services now available for the public sector to buy.
Google has admitted bypassing the privacy settings of Apple's Safari web browser on iPhones and computers to track users' browsing behaviour.
DR firm SunGard teams with Amazon Web Services to give enterprises cloud-based backup services. But the true cost of security remains vague.
Stephen Glen, software architecture engineer at retail intelligence firm WorkIT, discusses hosting and cloud computing.
Westcoast has moved to bolster its storage portfolio after signing with SanDisk to carry the vendor's range of USB and SSD drives. The tie-up is being described as one that benefits both parties because SanDisk is looking to increase its share in business markets. "This relationship is an ext
Events and hospitality firm iLuka has moved its IT into the cloud to improve security and saved thousands of pounds in Microsoft licensing in the process.
A small startup has developed a “temporal analytics” engine, which sifts 100,000 Web pages an hour, extracting data and associating it to time. But can it also predict the future?
The mid market is the sweet spot for resellers pitching the cloud as smaller and larger firms both take their time adopting the technology. The lack of in-house skills is keeping small firms from taking steps into the hosted world and fears over security and data integrity are keeping larger enterp
A host of industry players learned at the weekend that they have been selected to provide cloud services to the public sector under Westminster's long-awaited G-Cloud framework. Among the companies that have been successful are some big channel names including Trustmarque, Insight and Redstone.
Mid-market data service provider Six Degrees has been quick to start delivering on its buy-and-build acquisition drive just months after outlining its intentions to grow. Last November the firm hired former Vodafone board director Peter Bamford as non-executive chairman to use his expertise in exp
Unified comms and collaboration has edged past cloud and virtualisation as the technology most in demand from IT directors as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend starts to have serious implications on infrastructure. The shifting patterns in demand has seen virtualisation dip as UC and collabora
Federal officials discuss the state of HIE at HIMSS 2012. Public health agencies, with limited resources, are having trouble keeping up, though teaming with HIEs seems to help.
On the eve of HIMSS 2012, VHA senior advisor Ashish Jha says the HITECH Act is helping health IT building the infrastructure for health reform. Next up: Doing the same for HIE.
With the UK set for the worst drought since 1976, the Met Office needs a 10-year supercomputer plan, says the Science and Technology committee
Microsoft has accused Google of bypassing the privacy settings of Internet Explorer users after Safari faux pas
The Pirate Bay faces a UK ban after the High Court ruled it illegally encourages users to infringe music copyright.
The way people now buy products and services is eroding traditional approaches to customer relationship management
Medway Youth Trust has won a Gartner Business Intelligence Excellence award for its use of text analytics to identify young people at risk of becoming NEET -- not in employment, education or training.
British people want more from the social media platforms they use as demand for more meaningful user experiences increases.
Security investments are increasingly business-led with a bigger focus on getting value out of technology systems, according to security firm Check Point.
The CloudStore could signal a new model for procuring IT, making it easier for the public sector to do business with SMEs and breaking up the traditional supplier monopoly.
Veeam is looking to expand its channel, bringing on board more with Microsoft skills, after it launched support for Hyper-V in its latest product. The virtualisation specialist has been enhancing its channel programme, with the launch of a platinum level and a registered level for those coming in a
GreenBytes get into the all-flash storage game with Solidarity, which offers primary storage data reduction and scales to 13.5 TB of MLC SSDs.
Business owners are feeling more optimistic about the prospects for profits and growth this year, although the shadow of a double dip recession is still hovering. Around a third of business leaders think there is a high risk of recession this year but a similar number expect it to be a mild one, ac
In a move reflecting the growing threat of DDOS attacks, whether by high-profile political hacktivists, national intelligence agencies, or plain old cybercriminals, Arbor Networks has taken its first steps into the world of two-tier channel building,tasking pan-European super-VAD Exclusive Networks
Faced with power outages and minimal control of its own IT infrastructure, YouGov migrated a distant data centre to a colocation provider in its own backyard.
Shoe retailer Clarks expects to see fewer tills in store as more customers use their smartphones to make on-premise purchases.
WAN optimisation vendor Silver Peak is rolling out a new channel partner programme adding sales, marketing and training tools with the objective of growing its worldwide business. The new Champions programme will feature two levels of participation, Gold and Platinum, with field resources, sales and
CIOs at a pre-HIMSS 2012 forum learned that information exchange is more than just federal HIE mandates. It's also a tool for getting clinical, administrative staff to cooperate.
An IT exec schooled in database design chooses a "bottom-up" BI platform developed expressly for his ERP system, with a little help from an outsider.
The cloud market appears to be polarising with those that have not made or planned for an investment in the technology likely to sit out the shift towards flexible delivery of data and applications. There has always been a section of the customer base concerned about security and data integrity but
Managed services provider ANS says it has doubled its six-month sales off the back of growing take up of its Cisco UCS, NetApp and VMware-focused Infrastructure 3.0 datacentre proposition in both the public and private sectors. The Manchester-based firm revealed that half year sales had grown close
Company wanted carbon reporting for its Epicor 9 ERP system but worried about integration. New vendor partnership with sustainabillity consultant did the trick.
Specialist Cisco distributor Comstor has been globally certified as a UCS B-Series Authorised Configurator, allowing it to create custom-build offerings for the channel, collaboratingwith both Cisco Authorised Technology Providers and Unified Compute Technology specialists. The B-Series blade line f
Northamber has given an indication of how difficult trading has been in distribution revealing that improvements it reported late last year have stalled as the economy weakens. The distributor revealed that not only was its half year sales down for the six months ended 31 December, to £53.8m
If your enterprise has a VMware-centric VDI initiative, why not pair it with Mitel's virtual softphone application and kill two birds with one stone?
The latest leadership survey from HIMSS Analytics shows that, for the first time, staffing needs outweigh financial needs when it comes to achieving health IT strategic plans.
BYOD policy issues are a big concern for enterprises grappling to secure employee smartphones and tablets, say analysts previewing RSA 2012.
The US government is calling for US wireless broadband spectrum to be nearly doubled in the next ten years to cope with the surge in wireless data traffic.
Businesses have grasped the benefits of flexible working but are failing to provide the technology and policies to support it, according to research.
Dell has claimed its most successful financial year ever, but failed to impress investors by missing fourth quarter profit expectations.
SAP and Samsung are reported to be joining forces to make mobile devices running Google's Android operating system safer to use in the corporate environment.
The European Commission is to refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (Acta) to the European Union's top court for legal guidance.
The Department of Health is to put mobile apps at the heart of the NHS Information Strategy, says project chief Giles Wilmore.
After a five-year stint at rival distie Ingram Micro, Cathi Low is heading back to Computer 2000 to take up the role of director of public sector, as Tech Data's UK arm preps a major expansion drive into the education, healthcare and government markets. The broadliner hopes to announce a number of i
The PC market has still not exited the recession if Dell's latest set of results are a barometer of the fortunes of the hardware sector. Not only did the numbers for the fourth quarter fail to impress Wall Street but the vendor warned that sales would be down by 7% for its first fiscal quarter. Econ
Understanding IPv6 security issues can be a challenge, but the protocol's co-inventor says enterprises can no longer afford to ignore IPv6 security concerns.
Half of UK workers feel the education system has failed in providing the business and IT skills needed to compete against hundreds of candidates for a job.
With the Budget looking on the horizon business groups have started to make their wishes known to the Chancellor as they look to try and get measures included that will support SME growth. The CBI has outlined its wish list including a call for £500m to be spent on infrastructure projects to
With proper configuration and good system management, VoIP over WAN delivers good voice quality.
Some small Hyper-V shops look to third-party Hyper-V monitoring and reporting tools as an alternative to the new mammoth Microsoft System Center 2012 bundles.
Channel training specialist CompTIA have introduced a new mastery-level security credential pitched at information assurance professionals holding technical leadership roles, with at least five years hands on security experience under their belts. CompTIA said it was responding to the findings of it
High-profile attacks on Nortel, RSA and others have thrust cyberespionage attacks into the spotlight ahead of RSA Conference 2012
A comprehensive enterprise SharePoint 2010 implementation is expected to help one health care consultancy more effectively advise clients and deliver new drugs and medical tools to the market.
Without releasing the actual meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule, ONC offered HIMSS 2012 attendees a sneak peek at what the new rule will mean for providers and EHR vendors.
The growth of government backed cloud schemes, such as the one unveiled at the start of this week, could run into trouble because of differing data regulations. The UK government's decision to launch the G-Cloud to procure products and services is something that is expected to be replicated elsewher
From the TDWI World Conference Series, business intelligence expert Cindi Howson talks about BI dashboards and scorecards -- from basic definitions to newer innovations.
Headlines: Symantec charge Veeam Software and Acronis with patent infringement in separate lawsuits; says smaller rivals’ software use Symantec’s technology.
Just months after SAP purchased SuccessFactors, the company is shedding light on what its new human capital management roadmap will look like.
Big Blue unveils integration of its Q1 Labs acquisition giving IT security pros the ability to add rule-based alerts using threat intelligence feeds.
Hewlett-Packard has reported a 44% decline in earnings mainly because of poor sales of PCs, printers and enterprise equipment.
Controversial file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has vowed to go underground in the face of a potential UK ban after the High Court ruled the site illegally encourages users to infringe music copyright.
Economic uncertainty has led to less demand for IT services but panic has not set in as Western IT services firms report modest growth.
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Global sales of optical networking in 2011 reached $15.59bn with Europe performing stronger than expected.
The latest update to the Open Source Security Information Management (OSSIM) base system includes a mechanism for sharing cyber threat intelligence.
Microsoft has lodged a complaint with European competition authorities against phone maker Motorola Mobility, which is in the process of being acquired by Google in a $12.5bn deal .
Wakefield Council expects to save £1m in property costs and a further £100,000 per year in telephony expenditure through technology deployments which will promote flexible working.
Most businesses see mobility as a key driver of agility, effectiveness and efficiency, but have yet to formulate long-term strategic plans.
Business users turn to data discovery vendors like Tibco, Tableau and QlikTech for easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy analytics tools, much to the chagrin of IT, according to Gartner.
Hewlett-Packard chief exec Meg Whitman has pledged toshake-up the vendor's business modelto its verycore, saying the firm had become "too complex and too slow". "For years we've been basically running our business in silos, and under that model we built some of the leading franchises
SAP has unveiled plans to make SuccessFactors its core cloud-based HR product, which will integrate with the core ERP product family
Wholesalers and software vendors are building cloud ecosystems with smaller cloud providers and MSPs that are hungry for customers but starved for resources.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has spoken positively of its channel partners relative to its business and consumer client business, PSG, despite the unit booking a major revenue decline during the last three months. Whitman, who has the uncertainty created by her predecessor around the PSG unit to
The government announcement of the launch of its CloudStore has been welcomed by suppliers
A manufacturer and an industry expert offer advice on ERP software selection.
A lax attitude towards security certificates, even after high profile data leaks, is leaving customers open to potentially dangerous and costly breaches. The lack of an automated process in the majority of users means that human error and ignorance over the state of SSL and digital certificates is
Many people want a health data warehouse to do many things, often at a moment's notice. That's why a governance committee should oversee its use, HIMSS 2012 attendees learned.
Those resellers sticking with hardware and minimal services face serious problems going forward as margins tighten and competition becomes more fierce. The call to make the move into managed services, with the recurring revenues it offers, was made strongly at a Kaseya event in London this morning.
The Open Group recently released the ArchiMate 2.0 modeling language for enterprise architecture, adding important hooks to the broader TOGAF tool set.
Denial-of-service attack mitigation company Prolexic will announce PLXconnect at the 2012 RSA conference.
Juniper Networks has bought intrusion deception system specialist Mykonos Software for $80m (£51m) in a bid to beef up its network security practice. Mykonos claims its deception-based technology is unique in that itcan detect an attacker before an attack is in progress through profiling previ
Akamai Technologies’ limited release Kona Site Defender will be demonstrated at the 2012 RSA conference and widely available in April.
A mobile hotel app takes customer service to a new level, but not without constant tweaking and heavy-duty promotion, says IT innovator Eric Chao.
Meaningful use stage 2 will finally see release, but not during HIMSS 2012 as expected. Watching the waiting game unfold made for fascinating, if also uneasy, theater.
The White House has unveiled a bill of rights for web users, calling for stronger privacy protections to ensure the internet remains "an engine for innovation and economic growth".
A third of UK homes have broadband speeds well below the national average, but rural areas fare the worst, according to research.
Sales of Apple's iPad will be allowed to continue in Shanghai, at least until a High Court rules in a dispute between Apple and electronics firm Proview Technology.
Cloud hosting provider Rackspace is on a recruitment drive to hire 350 more staff in the UK.
HP teams up with academic partners to bridge the gap between technically certified and ‘business-ready’ graduates.
After migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, Oxford University Press used Avecto’s Privilege Guard to control Windows 7 user privileges.
Channel players named to G-Cloud supplier framework A host of industry players learned last weekend that they have been selected to provide cloud services to the public sector under Westminster's long-awaited G-Cloud framework.
Research organisation YouGov has migrated its core IT infrastructure from a managed service datacentre in Berlin to TeleCity in London, using Veeam’s backup and replication software.
Most companies are risking downtime of their critical business systems in the light of recent data breaches suffered by third-party digital certificate authorities (CAs), a survey has revealed.
Lloyds Banking Group says the integration of its multiple brands has saved more than £2bn per year, with IT a major contributor.
Analysts say companies should take advantage of their ERP migration or upgrade project to redesign key business processes.
Apple has given ground to major shareholders agreeing that it will give them more influence over board appointments in the future. There had been a long standing resistance by the vendor to making any changes to the way it made appointments because of potential legal complications but it has been u
Network and cloud integrator Colt has booked a slight decline in sales at the end of its financial 2011, with strong growth in nascentmanaged services sales notyetenoughto offset declines on voice. Total sales at Colt were down 1.9% to €1.55bn (£1.31bn), while operating profit before tax and e
Information security and compliance technologies provider Trustwave released two new managed security services and a new intelligence program.
AWS’s new Simple Workflow Service makes life easier for cloud app developers, but Microsoft got there first with a similar feature for Azure.
Hosted services provider Rackspace is to embark on a new recruitment drive and is in talks with a number of universities to establish cloud computing as an element of the IT curriculum. The firm's international MD Taylor Rhodes said that some of the roles currently open at Rackspace had been "o
"Big data" analytics isn’t just for Web 2.0 anymore. Here’s how IT pros at some well-known companies manage big data infrastructure.
Epson is looking for greater channel engagement as it promotes its product portfolio and managed print services programme to resellers. The imaging specialist is already encouraging existing partners to sell more of its product range, which includes inkjet, laser and managed print services along wi
Analysts and vendors expect the hard disk drive shortage caused by Thailand floods to curtail availability of enterprise SAS and SATA drives until at least the second half of 2012.
Businesses looking to deploy SAP HANA and in-memory technology should plan on building the necessary skills in-house as soon as possible to avoid racking up consulting fees, experts say.
The health care IT market is heating up, and Avnet now has a partnership with Oracle to offer more health care IT services through the channel.
Axxana Phoenix System RP offers data protection for animal health products distributor
CA Technologies adds cloud backup to its ARCserve D2D On Demand SaaS, promoting hybrid offering as turnkey data protection for SMBs.
Despite some product overlap, Oracle maintains its acquisition of Taleo is complementary and will not have an impact on its Fusion roadmap. One analyst is not convinced.
If you've ever worked with WebSphere, the term 'portal' is a dirty word. But Liferay has redefined the portal space with an open-source, feature full offering that is only about 250 megs in size and more feature full than anything IBM has ever offered in this space.
BYOD taxes the corporate wireless network, causing poor performance. Some companies have had to invest in significant wireless network bandwidth and security upgrades.
Firm led by well-known security experts George Kurtz and Dmitri Alperovitch will focus on defending against targeted attacks.