TechTarget News - Week of Feb 19, 2012

Google admits bypassing Safari privacy settings

Google has admitted bypassing the privacy settings of Apple's Safari web browser on iPhones and computers to track users' browsing behaviour.

Westcoast signs SanDisk to extend storage portfolio

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

Case study: An SME migrates to Microsoft Office 365

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.

Startup launches 'temporal analytics' engine to visualize Web

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?

Mid-market the cloud sweetspot

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

Channel players named to G-Cloud supplier framework

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.

Six Degrees snaps up Ultraspeed

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

BYOD drives demand for UC and collaboration spending

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

'Beleaguered' public health departments get HIE connectivity help

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.

Google bypassed IE too, says Microsoft

Microsoft has accused Google of bypassing the privacy settings of Internet Explorer users after Safari faux pas

Forrester: rethink your CRM strategy

The way people now buy products and services is eroding traditional approaches to customer relationship management

Security becomes business-led

Security investments are increasingly business-led with a bigger focus on getting value out of technology systems, according to security firm Check Point.

How will the CloudStore impact government IT?

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 on the hunt for Microsoft partners

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

Business optimism rises but investment continues to lag

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

Arbor planted in Exclusive field

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

YouGov migrates far-flung data centre back home

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.

Refreshed Silver Peak partner programme unveiled

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

Health care CIOs must be champions of information exchange

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.

Cloud spending polarising between will and will nots

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

ANS sales show impact of Infrastructure 3.0 strategy

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

Comstor gets Cisco UCS B-Series configurator nod

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 reports half year loss as MD Matthews retires

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

HIMSS leadership survey: Staff, not money, top health IT need

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.

US to expand wireless broadband spectrum

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.

Dell fails to impress despite record financial year

Dell has claimed its most successful financial year ever, but failed to impress investors by missing fourth quarter profit expectations.

SAP and Samsung team up to push enterprise Android

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.

Low returns to C2000 in public sector role

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

Dell results indicate PC market is still struggling

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

CBI unveils Budget wishlist with call for tax reforms

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

Hyper-V SMB shops seek System Center 2012 alternatives

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.

CompTIA launches security master certification

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

ONC offers sneak peek at meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule

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.

UK ranks seventh on cloud ready chart

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

TDWI conference takes fresh look at BI dashboards, scorecards

From the TDWI World Conference Series, business intelligence expert Cindi Howson talks about BI dashboards and scorecards -- from basic definitions to newer innovations.

SAP-SuccessFactors roadmap takes shape

Just months after SAP purchased SuccessFactors, the company is shedding light on what its new human capital management roadmap will look like.

HP reports 44% decline in quarterly profit

Hewlett-Packard has reported a 44% decline in earnings mainly because of poor sales of PCs, printers and enterprise equipment.

Pirate Bay looks to overcome potential High Court ban

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.

IT service buyers cautious but no panic

Economic uncertainty has led to less demand for IT services but panic has not set in as Western IT services firms report modest growth.

Microsoft targets Motorola and Google in patent claim

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 .

Mobile strategy needs to catch up with adoption

Most businesses see mobility as a key driver of agility, effectiveness and efficiency, but have yet to formulate long-term strategic plans.

Whitman brands HP 'too complex, too slow' as profits slump

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 puts SuccessFactors at heart of cloud plan

SAP has unveiled plans to make SuccessFactors its core cloud-based HR product, which will integrate with the core ERP product family

Whitman positive on channel PSG outlook

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

Sloppy attitude to security certificates leaving users exposed

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

Governance key to creating effective health data warehouse

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.

Managed services an alternative to struggling hardware sales

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.

With V2.0, ArchiMate gains a stronger TOGAF foothold

The Open Group recently released the ArchiMate 2.0 modeling language for enterprise architecture, adding important hooks to the broader TOGAF tool set.

Juniper buys Mykonos to plug network security gap

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

Meaningful use stage 2's bumpy landing at HIMSS 2012

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.

White House unveils a 'bill of rights' for web users

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".

Countryside worst affected by slow broadband

A third of UK homes have broadband speeds well below the national average, but rural areas fare the worst, according to research.

Shanghai iPad sales allowed to continue, for now

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.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 24 February 2012

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.

YouGov undergoes Berlin to London datacentre migration

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.

Apple boss considering dividend payments

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

Colt sales down despite strong managed services performance

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

Rackspace bemoans cloud talent shortage

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

Epson expecting channel expansion

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

Liferay Portal 6.1: Setting the Standard for Enterprise Portal Offerings

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 strains corporate wireless network bandwidth

BYOD taxes the corporate wireless network, causing poor performance. Some companies have had to invest in significant wireless network bandwidth and security upgrades.