TechTarget News - Week of Mar 04, 2012

D-Link vows to win back channel's love

Infrastructure specialist D-Link has put the official stamp on an internal restructuring programme, previously revealed on MicroScope.co.uk, that it claims willgive it the ability to service its b2b resellers more effectively, andwin back partners that have fallen out of love with it. D-Link UK mark

SMEs walking away from seeking credit

Fewer small businesses are bothering to apply for loans and overdrafts but those that do are often successful revealing a mixed picture in the SME credit landscape. Getting access to funds has been a bugbear for SMEs for the last few years and as a result many have given up or assumed that based on

NHS trusts to be freed from CSC contract commitments

The Department of Health has proposed a deal with CSC to release trusts in the National Programme for IT from their contractual obligations to use software from the troubled supplier.

Acer fraud complaint piles legal pressure on Lanci

Legal pressure is mounting on former Acer boss Gianfranco Lanci, shortly to take up a post as head of Lenovo's EMEA operations, after his ex-employers lodged a fraud complaint against him in France. Acer had already initiated legal proceedings against Lanci, alleging he breached a non-compete cause

Threat of EU data protection changes felt in security budgets

Just the prospect of changes in data protection laws coming out of the EU has caused customers to think differently about how they are protecting their data. The EU has already outlined its intention to clamp down on those failing to protect sensitive customer information with significant fines and

Employee number one at Compaq UK Joe McNally dies

Joe McNally, the first employee at Compaq UK and its managing director for many years has died after losing a battle against cancer. McNally, who retired from Compaq in 2001 and recieved the Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) in recognition of two decades' service helping youngsters develop thro

ONC health interoperability initiative still under construction

Health data interoperability is easier said in meaningful use than done out in the real world. Just ask the CIOs and health information exchanges trying to make it happen.

Yahoo plans another round of job cuts

Yahoo is planning another round of redundancies as it continues to struggle with competition from rivals Google and Facebook

Launch of iPad 3 will add to IT department headaches

The potential launch tomorrow of the iPad 3 is a prospect that is not likely to be greeted with smiles from those IT managers already struggling to cope with the consumerisation wave battering their networks. The iPad has been a product, along with smart phones, that has fueled the demand for staff

Trust in OAuth speeds app development

OAuth, a standard that allows for communication between applications, has sped application development and contributed to the application explosion of the past few years.

C2000 cuts ribbon on new digs

Computer 2000 has bid farewell to its Basingstokehome of 18 years, moving a mile up the road to new facilities at Chineham Park. The removal men were in at the weekend to move the firm's operations lock, stock and barrel to its new premises, which promise extra space, an "improvedworking enviro

Iomega revamps channel support to drive NAS sales

Storage specialist Iomega has made changes to its channel programmes around its network attached storage (NAS) products to encourage resellers to put more muscle behind the portfolio. The vendor, which is owned by EMC, has introduced higher rebate levels with up to 8% on offer for those that hit ce

Paragon announces updated disk management software for SMBs

Paragon Software Group’s Hard Disk Manager 12 disk management software comes in consumer-targeted Suite and SMB-oriented Professional versions. Both include functions for disk partitioning, backup and recovery, copy and migration, security and optimization and boot management.

Anti-piracy groups welcome failure of Digital Economy Act challenge

Those fighting software piracy have been quick to welcome the collapse of the legal challenge by Talk Talk and BT over the ISP blocking aspects of the Digital Economy Act. The ISPs had challenged the concept of being forced to block those users that were sharing illegal content after giving them war

Brocade pushes VARs into campus networks

Brocade is setting out to push its reseller community into the increasingly competitive campus LAN market with the unveiling of a new channel programme to help VARs capitalise on the opportunity and get one over on Cisco-selling rivals. Dubbed the Effortless Network, Brocade claims the programme, wh

Trustwave acquires M86 Security for SaaS, managed security services

The company, which has made many acquisitions in the last five years, faces integration challenges as it moves more broadly into SaaS, managed security services, analyst says.

Poor quality mobile networks provoking user gripes

Rising dissatisfaction from users with their mobile network performance could lead to opportunities for resellers able to support customers as they make the move towards providing greater employee use of their own devices. The strain placed on networks has increased as laptops, tablets and smartpho

IBM announces new version of Tivoli CDP

Version 6.3 of Tivoli CDP will offer several new features, including automatic expiration of deleted files from remote storage.

Feds announce Anonymous, LulzSec arrests

Alleged Anonymous, LulzSec hackers charged in connection with attacks on Sony, PBS, HBGary and others.

Microsoft readies SQL Server 2012

On 1 April, Microsoft releases SQL Server 2012, its relational database server updated to support big data and improved business intelligence

Web content management’s new role: Targeted customer experience

Integrating CRM with revamped Web content management strategy is pushing WCM into a more prominent role as companies aim for highly personalized and targeted customer experiences.

Trustwave acquires M86 Security to widen portfolio

Consolidation in the security industry continues to be a feature of the market with M86 Security, which itself has expanded through acquisition in the poast, being picked up by Trustwave. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but is expected to close in the next few weeks adding M86's anti-malwa

CILF to resolve cloud computing legal issues: News roundup

A European cloud industry body focusing on the legal issues of cloud computing; Dell’s new data centre in Germany; and Gartner’s hybrid IT report are in this week’s highlights.

SME credit dominates pre-Budget agenda

The issue of SME credit is already starting to dominate the political agenda even before the Budget sets out the details of plans to help ease the flow of funds to smaller businesses. Business Secretary Vince Cable has revealed that he believes not enough is being done to help smaller firms and in a

Channel Telecom resellers to get anti-bankruptcy cover

Business comms provider Channel Telecom is introducing a new service to protect its resellers from being smacked with a hefty bill if their customers go to the wall. The premium-free insurance policy, which is being offered subject to terms and conditions, has been designed to keep comms VARs from b

IBM gives SmartCloud Foundation shops more control

IBM rolled out a handful of offerings for SmartCloud Foundation designed to give IT shops more visibility and control of their cloud environments.

Who is driving public cloud computing adoption?

Public cloud adoption is being driven both by users' mobile devices and by system administrators looking to cut cost and increase flexibility.

Windows To Go delivers Windows 8 corporate images via USB

Microsoft has touted Windows To Go as a way to facilitate bring your own device programs, but the USB-based Windows 8 feature may not support commonly used devices.

Credit card fraud drops as industry fights back

Credit card fraud numbers have revealed a drop in that type of crime with resellers being praised for their vigilence in fighting criminals. Although the latest figures from the banking and card payments industry show that credit, debit card and online banking fraud has dropped there has been a ris

iPad 3 will widen Apple tablet lead, says Ovum

With the launch of Apple's iPad 3, Ovum analysts have said that although 2012 will see increasing competition in the tablet market, the new iteration of the iPad will cement Apple's market-leading position through to the end of the year at least. According to principal analyst Adam Leach, rivals wil

PC sales to grow 4.4% in 2012

The day after Apple hailed the advent of the "post-PC era" in launching the new iPad, Gartner forecasts the PC market will grow 4.4% in 2012

Magirus handed 'build-to-order' Cisco blade badge

Magirus has notched up another Cisco UCS certification, enabling the distie to build UCS B-Series solutions to order, building on its existing configuration badge. The award means Magirus will be able to build B-Seriesservers from the chassis upwards by assembling processors, HDDs, memories and virt

Telehealth could save NHS £1.2bn

The NHS could save £1.2bn over five years by encouraging three million patients with long-term conditions to use telehealth technology.

Progress plans to rejuvenate channel

Progress Software has promised to rejuvenate its channel relationships as it looks to re-engage with the developer community. The business intelligence specialist changed its UK management last summer and a few months on has revealed that it is looking to improve the way it works with partners. Da

Educational resellers urged to look beyond IWBs and projectors

Education specialist Turning Technologies has started a channel recruitment drive to encourage those selling whiteboards and projectors to extend the portfolio of products they offer schools and colleges. The firm, which has set up in the UK recently and is building a staff here to serve the channe

Rich list shows the money comes from software

The computer industry can be a fairly profitable place -just ask Bill Gates and Larry Ellison - for those at the top of the software tree. Gates and Ellison both feature in the top ten of the latest Forbes rich list with the former boss at Microsoft worth $61bn (£38.6bn)and the current head ho

Report offers PHI security guidance, metrics for breach cost analysis

Without evidence, CIOs and CSOs struggle to prove to hospital leaders that cybersecurity is crucial against threats to PHI security. A multi-group report aims to give IT the ammo it needs.

Changing consumer priorities to shape PC market through 2013

The next two years will bring fundamental changes to the underlying dynamics of the PC industry as buyers look to get more out of their purchases, according to Gartner. The analyst firm today released statistics suggesting that worldwide PC shipments would grow by 4.4% to 368 million units in 2012.

Azlan deploys Cisco BYOD starter-packs

Azlan is to launch a range of pre-defined Cisco bundles built around wireless access and routing technology to help partners get to grips with cusomters exploring BYOD policies in corporate and public sector environments. The distie said that with sales of smartphones and tablets set to overtake PCs

Cloud computing trends, cloud strategy begins to emerge

As cloud computing trends continue to evolve, more enterprises are beginning to dabble in cloud-based development environments and cloud strategies are becoming more predominate with early adopters.

Cloud computing trends, cloud strategy begins to emerge

As cloud computing trends continue to evolve, more enterprises are beginning to dabble in cloud-based development environments and cloud strategies are becoming more predominate with early adopters.

Google's Chrome browser hacked twice in one day

Google's Chrome browser – untouchable in the past two Pwn2Own challenges – was the first to be compromised at CanSecWest 2012

NHS saves £1.8bn with CSC contract reductions

£1.8bn has been taken out of the Department of Health’s IT contracts following negotiations with CSC, says health secretary Andrew Lansley

Apple iOS 5.1 patches 81 vulnerabilities

Alongside its ‘new iPad’ release, Apple Inc. releases iOS 5.1, the latest version of its mobile computing platform with fixes for 81 security holes.

Government caps contracts to aid SME suppliers

The government has taken further steps to ensure that it becomes easier for small firms to sell into the public sector. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister responsible for driving through changes about the way technology is sourced in government, has announced plans to cap the size of contrac

Former Newham Council CIO comes out of retirement

Former Newham council CIO and Socitm president Richard Steel has returned from retirement to take over from Intellect president Julian David as general manager at the UK arm of a Hong Kong systems supplier.

GFI Software in new fake antivirus warning

Web and email security specialist GFI Software, the firm behind the VIPRE software suite, has sounded a new warning over fake antivirus applications after seeing a spike in new variations of rogueAVin the past few weeks. In its latest monthly report of the most widespread threats on the internet, GF

Anonymous releases more Symantec code into the wild

Symantec continues to be targeted by hackers determined to release code from some of its key products into the wild. A group known as Anonymous has been waging a campaign against the security vendor for the past few months initially using a threat of releasing code as a way of blackmailing the firm

BPM, MDM called on to marry to deliver blissful customer experience

Forrester’s Clay Richardson speaks on aligning process and data for “customer process transformation.” MDM and BPM pros need to come together to heal “splintered” world of corporate IT.