TechTarget News - Week of Apr 08, 2012

IDC recommends warranty analytics software, ranks vendors

SAS is the clear leader in the warranty analytics market, with SAP and Teradata at comparable market shares and scrappy players like PTC nipping at their heels.

Test automation: Exploring automation case studies in Agile development

Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster, authors of “Experiences with Test Automation,” discuss the types of test automation that software development teams are executing. Graham and Fewster will be speaking about test automation at STAREAST 2012.

How IT leaders can boost ROI with test automation

We hear more about Graham and Fewster's thoughts on ROI for automation and their advice for IT leaders. They will be speaking about test automation and STAREAST 2012.

Storage world gets close-up look at a disaster

The Storage Networking World conference got disrupted last week for a couple of hours when a tornado hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas.

Challenges lurk on in-memory BI projects -- proper preparation needed

Data quality issues, insufficient budgets and other technical and business problems can trip up unwary organizations on deployments of in-memory analytics tools, consultants warned.

Health IT leaders put meaningful use stage 2 in context

U.S. CTO Todd Park, health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari and policy experts John Halamka and Ashish Jha weigh in meaningful use stage 2 and open health data initiatives.

Free tool measures how 'green' your data centre is: News roundup

A free tool to measure data centre energy efficiency; Citrix’s open cloud strategy with its CloudStack platform and Dell’s acquisition of Wyse are this week’s news highlights.

Palo Alto in $175m IPO bid

Network security vendor Palo Alto Networks has taken the first step along the road to going public, filing a registration statement with the SEC ahead of an IPO that it is thought could value the fast-growing enterprise firewall specialist at as much as$175m (£110m). From its inception in 2007

Veeam targets legacy rivals with channel promo

Veeam has taken the wraps off an aggressive promotion designed to help resellers prise users away from rival legacy backup products. The virtualisation specialist is providing those customers that move away from their existing products with a 30% discount off the Veeam backup and replication altern

Tablet computer sales to double in 2012

Tablet computer sales are expected to nearly double to 119 million units this year, according to Gartner.

Kelway gets LAR status with BSS buy

Kelway has added Microsoft Large Account Reseller status to its credentials after acquiring Ireland's major (LAR) BSS. The 25 year plus reseller, with operations in both Belfast and Dublin, is one of the largest LARs in Ireland and gives Kelway an expanded reach as well as access to the coveted Mic

Cisco's Chambers prompts war of words with Huawei

Outspoken Cisco CEO John Chambers has used an interview with the Wall Street Journal to go on the offensive against his rivals, accusing the nascent Chinese network vendor of playing fast and loose with intellectual property. Chambers stated that Huawei "does not always play by the rules"

Dingley gets UK MD role at Konica Minolta

Konica Mintola has shuffled its management pack with the UK managing director of the last five years returning to Japan. The decision by Yuki Kobayashi to head back to the HQ in Japan gives an opportunity for the operations director and company secretary Neil Dingley taking over the UK managing dir

Apple iPad rivals pin tablet hopes on Windows 8 launch

Vendors hoping to challenge Apple's seemingly unbeatable iPad with their own tablet offerings appear to be hedging their bets andholding off until the launch of Windows 8 later this year, according to Gartner. Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research vice president, said alack of productannouncements at

Medical implants vulnerable to cyber attack

Medical implants used to manage conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are vulnerable to cyber attack, security researchers warn

Scott Thompson restructures Yahoo

New Yahoo chief executive Scott Thompson has announced plans to reorganise the beleaguered company into three main divisions

SAP takes on Oracle in database war

SAP is making Sybase its core relational database technology in a move towards challenging Oracle's dominant market position

Axing ICT teaching could worsen skills gap

With the deadline looming for responses to the government's proposal to axe ICT from the school curriculum one of the industry skills groups has called for a rethink. The public consultation over the changes to the way computer skills are taught in schools ends today and among those chipping in with

FAST calls for court changes to support software firms

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has strongly warned the Intellectual Property Office to stick to its remit and not get involved with court cases over copyright. The IPO has suggested that it could extend its remit to produce guidance notices for courts to interpret copyright legislatio

SGI adopts hybrid storage for clustered NAS

SGI NAS uses hybrid storage with DRAM, solid-state drives and hard drives, ZFS, and SGI caching and management software in scale-out clusters.

CA Technologies unveils EMEA channel head

CA Technologies has shuffled its management pack unveiling a fresh face in the EMEA role working with the channel. The vendor has brought on board a former channel director from Italian internet firm Postecom, Andrea Dossena, in the role of vice president of growth markets and partner sales in EMEA

Egnyte takes aim at file-sharing rivals' market share

Cloud file-sharing specialist Egnyte hashit out atits rivals, arguingthat consumer-grade solutions from firms such as Dropboxand Boxare unsuitable for business use. "The low-end andconsumer market is saturated.All theseguys are all going after the consumer market but we're shunning consumers,&q

Motorola puts emphasis on apps as VAR programme hits UK

Motorola Solutions has been talking up the potential of appplication provision and development as its long-awaited PartnerEmpower reseller programme goes live across EMEA. Thousands of partners ofMotorola's Mobile Solutions and Wireless Network Solutions (WNS)divisions began the transition into thep

Dangerous Samba vulnerability affects all Linux systems

The commonly used tool contains an error that can be executed remotely by attackers, giving them root access to a system. Proof-of-concept code is available, experts warn.

At IBM, big data management is big -- really big

IBM's big data management projects rely on its Blue Insight cloud and Cognos analytics software, which turn data into optimized business processes.

Commodore 64 visionary Jack Tramiel dies aged 83

Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International and the man behind many of the iconic PC brands of the 1980s has died aged 83. Born Jacek Trzmielin Poland in 1928, Tramiel's family was confined to the Jewish ghetto in Lodz in 1939, and was subsequently deported to Auschwitz. Tramielemigrated to

US to fast-track cyber weapon development

The US plans to fast-track the development of cyber weapons to give it the ability to create the means to attack specific targets within months and even days.

HSBC joins mobile banking revolution

HSBC has released an app that enables its customers to access bank account details from their mobile phones.

DDoS attacks on financial sector treble

Financial services firms were targeted by three times as many distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in Q1 2012 than the previous quarter, a study has revealed.

CloudStack vs. OpenStack: Competitors or allies?

Hype surrounding CloudStack vs. OpenStack raises question of difference between products as Citrix hands off CloudStack to Apache Foundation for greater neutrality.

Softcat launches xStorm security scanning service

Softcat has taken the wraps off a cloud based security serviuce designed to help customers discover their vulnerabilities. The xStorm scanning service helps users discover where their infrastructure could be exposed to hackers. Scanning the public facing infrastructure once a month the service wil

Sony swings axe on 10,000 and sets out on business review

Sony is to swing the axe on 6% of its global workforce putting 10,000 people out of work as it tries to claw its way back in the market. The firm has been struggling in the face of intense competition and difficult economic conditions and the new CEO Kazuo Hirai has indicated tough steps are going

It's a SaaS world for travel and expense management software

Automating this business process can help companies find cost savings, especially in Software as a Service options, but they also must consider the change management required.

EMEA PC sales shine in Q1, reports Gartner

Strengtheningsales into the professional market boosted overall growth in the EMEA PC sector during the first quarter of 2012, according to Gartner's preliminary figures. Total shipments into the region of 28.2 million units were up 6.7% on the same period last year, the analyst house revealed. Worl

Stordis to push discount 10Gb Ethernet bundles

Specialist high-performance storagenetworking distie Stordis is planning to help its resellers grab a larger slice of the 10GbE market, offering a 15% discount on integrated bundles comprised of Fujitsu, Dot Hill and Emulex kit. The firm believes that 10GbE networking is not yet a mass market sale w

SUP mobile ecosystem slow to take off, SAP admits

SAP’s plan is for its ecosystem to deliver the vast majority of its mobile applications. The company concedes it’s got a way to go before it hits that mark.

EMC charts course for midmarket with Vspex

EMC has set a course for the midmarket after unveiling a cloud infrastructure range that is designed specifically for customers that might have shied away from its enterprise offering. The vendor's Vspex product provides the infrastructure to underpin a move to cloud computing and has been designed

Infosys sees double digit growth for the year

Indian IT services company Infosys has increased sales by almost 16% in its latest financial year and expects the next year to see growth of about 10%.

Gordon Frazer leaves Microsoft UK for China

Microsoft managing director Gordon Frazer is moving to China as the new chief operating officer for Microsoft GCR.

Eight most popular HANA in-memory stories

From use cases and running ERP systems on HANA to predictive analytics and new applications for SMBs, here’s a rundown of’s most popular stories on the HANA in-memory platform.

Two more councils join CapacityGRID

Dacorum and North Warwickshire Borough Councils have joined a shared service which provides transactional services to councils.

Drobo introduces automated tiering storage for SMBs

Drobo Inc., announced this week that its B1200i automated tiering storage appliance is aimed at providing SMBs with what the company said is self-optimizing storage for server virtualization and other functions.

UK technology firms shunning emerging markets

UK technology firms are shunning the expanding BRIC countries in favour of expanding in Western Europe, says Grant Thornton.

Cloud network services key to new Cisco SME offerings

Cisco has expanded its cloud-based partner managed services offering, OnPlus, adding support for wireless network management tools, as part of a major refresh of its SME network solutions offering. The move has been designed to help VARsleverage growth in SME demand for outsourced wireless services

Microsoft developer leaks roadmap

Microsoft resellers have been given a glimpse of the software giant's plans for the next couple of years thanks to a leaked roadmap. The roadmap indicated a launch early next year for Office 15 and, in the second half of 2013, the next version of Windows Phone OS. The plans have come to light thanks

Microsoft's Gordon Frazer swaps UK MD role for Chinese post

Long-standing Microsoft UK managing director Gordon Frazer is packing his bags and heading for China to take up the post of regional COO, following a reshuffle atthe software vendor'sGreater China Regionoperation, which covers China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He will be replaced in the UK in a straight

Red Hat thinks big data with MongoDB collaboration

News in brief: Red Hat partners with 10gen to provide MongoDB NoSQL database. Kubuntu gains new sponsor. Samba patch plugs security hole.

Micro-P expands to house fast-growing mobile division

Retailandb2b distie Micro-Phas expandedinto a6,000squarefoot facilityat Chineham Park in Basingstoke to house its fast-growing Mobile division, writes Linda Endersby. "Our successful growth strategy has accelerated the development of the company and we needed an extra building to house our expa

IT market leading jobs recovery

The IT market is leading the recovery in employment opportunities with the number of permanent vacancies in the sector hitting an eight year high. The latest Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG jobs survey indicated that the recovery in the jobs market that started at the turn