TechTarget News - Week of Apr 22, 2012

FlexPod validated by Microsoft for private cloud: News roundup

FlexPod shared infrastructure’s validation by Microsoft for private cloud; a UK power company’s virtualisation project; and OnyxCloud’s storage upgrades are this week’s highlights.

Martha Lane Fox launches Go On UK

Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s digital champion, has launched Go On UK, the latest initiative to increase the number of people using the internet.

640 more UK jobs to go at CSC

CSC shocked workers with an announcement of a further 640 job cuts on top of about 400 losses on its NHS IT project.

John Lewis pilots virtual fashion mirrors

John Lewis is using augmented reality to enable customers to try clothes on virtually, as part of its multichannel offering.  

What is the future of open source in government?

While the pace of the move to open source in the public sector has been slow so far, a number of factors are converging to determine the blueprint for its future use in government IT.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 April 2012

New role for Jones as Brother reshuffles UK management Brother sales and marketing director Phil Jones is to step into the role of UK country head and deputy managing director as the firm repositions its UK management for a renewed push for new market share.

Oracle updates JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and World

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and JD Edwards World 9.3 are the first major releases in three years for the products, and include features around reporting, security and compliance.

Adobe launches Creative Cloud to widen reach

Adobe could widen its market share in the creative market after launching a cloud based subscription service to use its software that retails for in excess of £1,000. The cloud based service, which is launching in conjunction with version 6 of its Creative Suite, offers a subscription option

E-commerce, social media driving CRM, experts say

E-commerce will keep growing, forcing companies to improve their CRM systems and break down silos between the two, analysts predict.

Magirus ramps up cloud support for resellers

Magirus has become the latest distributor to take the wraps off a cloud support programme to help resellers make the transition to selling hosted technology. The distributor's Cloud Foundation will provide training around infrastructure as a service and provide certifications for those partners that

Floundering Cable & Wireless Worldwide bought for £1bn

Following a lengthy sale process and a protracted back-and-forth with India-based Tata,troubled comms provider Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) has been swallowed up by Vodafone for £1.04bn, or 38p per share. CWW was formed in March 2010after parent Cable & Wireless split into two dist

Master the five success factors for ERP upgrades

An expert in ERP upgrades explains why having a firm grip on five critical issues can ensure a strong return on investment.

Tips for enforcing remote access security policies

Security expert Scott Crawford discusses steps CIOs can take to prevent violations of organizational remote access security policies.

Network security driving Check Point growth

Strong demand for network security appliances helped deliver decent growth for Check Point, which is also expecting customer interest in its ThreatCloud offering. A combination of sales of the old, in the form of the vendor's established annuity software blades, and the new in the form of the netwo

ReadSoft reads out SME channel ambitions

Back office automation softwarevendor ReadSoft is making a move on the SME market after unveiling a new online version of its product designed to be sold as a SaaS application in the cloud, capitalising on recent figures that suggest UK SMEs are losing billions of pounds every year thanks to delayed

EMC says new VMAX and Thunder coming soon, HDD price hikes staying

Headlines: EMC announced that the price increase for HDDs put into place last year will continue and to watch out for a new high-end Symmetrix VMAX storage system and the “Project Thunder” flash caching appliance.

PC market shrugs off economic pressures and HDD woes

The PC market in EMEA has shrugged off the current tough economic conditions and the ongoing HDD supply issues following last year's Thailand floods and delivered growth in the first quarter. It's become almost commonplace to see the PC figures on the slide but the latest numbers from IDC will make

Column: The poaching clause that sounds like a closed shop

So it looks as if Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Walt Disney and Pixar are going to have to face the prospect of a trial in a class action lawsuit claiming they conspired not to poach each other's staff, writes Billy MacInnes. According to Reuters, a judge in San Jose California has rejected their at

VDI puts data center networks to the test

Virtual desktop infrastructure pulls endpoint management to the core of the enterprise data center, taxing data center networks.

IBM aims new database squarely at Oracle users

The latest version of IBM's flagship DB2 database offers several features designed to coax Oracle customers out of their software comfort zones.

Remote access security controls for a mobile world

Security expert Scott Crawford outlines ways CIOs can maintain remote access security controls despite the influx of mobile devices.

Users in the dark over web site threats

The trusting attitude of some companies towards web applications is leaving them exposed to threats with a large number failing to meet security standards. The latest research into the state of software from Veracode has revealed that 84% of web applications used by public companies were deemed una

comparetheware.com launches with security focus

IT search portal comparetheware.com has officially launched using the Information Security show as the backdrop to announce the first services it will offer users looking to make informed choices about technology purchasing. Plans to launch the service were announced at the start of the year and co

EMC aims DD Boost at Oracle RMAN

EMC looks to give Oracle RMAN a DD Boost by extending its Data Domain dedupe-enhancement software to the database recovery application.

Ipswitch acquisition beefs up app management capabilities

IT management software vendor Ipswitch has picked up web appspecialist iOpus Software for an undisclosed sum. The firm, which will become part of Ipswitch's Network Management Division,focuses on cloud-basedweb application performance testing and monitoring solutions. It has two main product sets, A

Lenovo slots enterprise VP Marc Godin into UK GM role

Lenovo Western Europevice president of enterprise and public sector Marc Godin is to step into the newly-created role of vice president and general manager of the PC vendor's UK and Ireland operation, the firm has revealed. With heritage going back tothe IBM days, Godin has served as vice president

Security breaches costing UK firms billions

UK firms are being targeted by cyber criminals on a regular basis with many suffering losses costing the economy billions of pounds. The latest survey of the attack landscape reveals that one in severn large organisations was hacked last year and the average firm is facing an attack a week with sma

Barracuda urges partners to change security conversation

Networking security firm Barracuda Networks has urged partners to change their pitches around security solution sales in order to get the most out of their customers. "The industry focuses too much on bad habits and not the benefits of security," Wieland Alge, Barracuda EMEA vice president

Government launches Digital Advisory Board

The government has created a Digital Advisory Board (DAB) of industry IT heads and academics to support its digital by default agenda

1 in 5 Macs harbours malware, report reveals

One fifth of Mac computers are carrying one or more instances of Windows malware and one in 36 are carrying Mac OS X malware.

Infosec 2012: Cloud enables security expertise for SME

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) typically face the same threats as bigger organisations, but lack the same level of expertise and other security resources.

Apple overtakes IBM and HP in sales

Apple has posted another remarkable set of financial results, overtaking IT giants IBM and HP in sales during its latest financial quarter.

SAP reports double-digit growth

SAP has continued where it left off last year with an 11% increase in sales in the first three months of 2012.

Conficker remains big malware threat to business

The Conficker worm is still one of the biggest malware threats to business, according to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Cloud business delivering stellar growth for SAP

Some in the channel continue to believe that cloud is hype but those working at SAP can thank demand for services in that area for boosting the bottom line. The software vendor delivered first quarter results that included relatively modest gains in sofware revenue growth, at 4% year-on-year, and s

CamelOne 2012 gamifies enterprise integration efforts

CamelOne 2012 will span the gamut from online games to particle acceleration. This is the second annual community event from open source integration giant FuseSource.

Virtualisation security on the rise

One of the challenges for anyone in the security market looking for green fields business and high margins is to identify the technology that is coming down the line and likely to make a serious impact on the market. Those looking for clues as they walked around Earl's Court at InfoSec will have se

Apple sour on PC tablet convergence

Tim Cook has dismissed the idea thatApple may look to converge its iPad and MacBook lines in the future,and said that while other endpoint hardware vendors may try to go down that route, it would likely be "from a defensive point of view." "Products are about trade-offs, and you begin

Carbon rising up the channel agenda

It's looking like June will be the first opportunity companies will have to buy carbon tax credits under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), writes David Galton-Fenzi. Any company that uses more than 6,000MWh per year of electricity (equivalent to an annual bill of about £500,000) has been

Drop in rich license sales hit Symantec

Weaker than expected licenses sales were highlighted as a concern by Symantec as it provided preliminary results for its fourth fiscal quarter. The software player suffered a drop in "license rich storage and server management deals" according to Enrique Salem, president and CEO of the ve

Expert offers mobile cloud security advice

Security expert Rich Mogull offers advice on ways to support BYOD and data security in the consumerization age.

Business unit star performer for Virgin Media

Virgin Media Business (VMB)has been hailed as the star performer in comms provider Virgin Media's latest quarter, with 7.1% growth in unit salesto £170.4m contributingclose to50% of the group's overall growth. Total Virgin Mediasales grew 2.4% to £1.006bn in the first three months of the

ICO penalising public sector harder than private firms

Private firms are continuing to get a lighter rap on the knuckles compared to the public sector when it comes to the fines for data breaches being handed out by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). This time last year the ICO was embarrassed into admitting it didn't hand out fines in the maj

ZyXEL aims to boost VAR numbers with free training

ZyXEL is counting on a new free training offer on wireless and security solutions to help it achieve ambitious channel expansion targets for the UK and Ireland. The broadband networking specialist has already got 120 partners to sign on the dotted line since the start of the year, and hopes to usher

VMware buys Cetas to bring big data analytics to the masses

VMware pushes deeper into the application space with the purchase of Cetas Software, a big data analytics startup, that could have tie-ins with several of its products.

VMware downplays ESX hypervisor source code leak

Company says source code was leaked online but says may not mean increased risk.

Infosec 2012: The rising role of the CISO

A lively debate at Infosec Europe 2012 discussed the evolving role of the CISO and where to progress from the top of the career tree

House bill aims to restrict call center outsourcing

Proposed federal legislation would slow the exodus of call center jobs, but analysts question the intent behind it and effectiveness.

Financial services firms complained about most to ICO

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that lenders have caused the most complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office regarding data protection issues.

Westcon first to get Microsoft EMEA Lync-in-a-Box contract

Microsoft has handed Westcon Convergence pan-EMEA distribution rights to its Lync-in-a-Box catalogue, the first distributor in the region to be appointed. Westcon already works with several Lync ecosystem partners, including AudioCodes, Jabra, Plantronics and Polycom, among others, solutions that ar

Enterprise wish list: Video conferencing interoperability

Service providers and vendors are trying to develop video conferencing interoperability for enterprises. InterCall and Blue Jeans Network partner for B2B video conferencing.

IT insolvencies rise as UK heads back into recession

The number of IT firms hitting the wall grew last month revealing the cost to businesses of struggling to keep trading in a double-dip recession. The latest insolvency figures from Experian might have shown that overall across the economy things remained stable year-on-year but specifically in the

Cloud and mobility demand drive Citrix revenues

Demand for cloud, mobility and desktop virtualisation products and services helped drive revenue at Citrix putting the BYOD champion in a position to talk about growth. Although profits could not manage the same rate of growth as revenue, with net income for the first quarter coming in at $68m comp

Before the virtualisation security sales comes the education

Just as the subject of virtualisation security emerges as one of the hot topics in the industry the extent of the educational task head is being laid bare. Several vendor were talking up the products they are starting to sell to cover off this area but most admitted that the customer will need to b

SDG adds Honeywell kit to IBM bundles

SDG has announced a new distribution agreement with Honeywell that will see the Midlands-based distiesellscanning and mobility productsthrough its Retail and Data Capture division. The firm already does a healthy amount of business on IBM point-of-sale kit, and plans to include Honeywell scanning pr

Danish Debriefing courts Brocade, IBM resellers for UK launch

StorageISV Debriefing is targeting partners of both Brocade and IBM with the UK launch of its cloud-based storage resourcemanagement (SRM) and monitoring tool Wizards Storage Portal. First conceivedby Danish IBM reseller B4Restore and later spun out into a separate company to avoid channel conflict,

Retailers refocus IT investment for e-commerce

Retailers are shifting IT investments from core systems to customer-facing applications to capitalise on the growth of e-commerce

SOCA co-ordinates takedown of carder site network

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has taken down 36 website domains used to sell compromised payment card data details.

Column: Data dieting for dummies

You know you've got a problem when people start denying it, "You're not a fat company," your so called analyst friends will say, "you've just got big data." Big data. It's one of those weasel words they use to avoid embarrassment. When you're out of ear shot, th

F-Secure trims sales forecast on back of weak economy

Launching new services against the background of ongoing economic uncertainty is never difficult and it is the main reason for security player F-Secure cutting its sales forecast. The vendor has moved into the data storage side of the market but with the state of the global economy remaining fragil

Avnet sales down on Euro crisis, but margin boost cheers distie

The Eurozone debt crisis weighed heavily on Avnet's third quarter results, dragging down overall sales by just under 6% to $6.28bn (£3.88bn) as both Electronics Marketing (EM)and Technology Solutions (TS)divisions booked double digit declines respectively. Avnet posted GAAP net income of $147.

Northamber's strategy starting to stir more optimism

Northamber continues to move away from "high volume but empty revenue" business but has been forced to make redundancies in its logistics operations to keep on track. The costs of the redundancies meant the third quarter numbers were dragged down a bit by those costs but the distributor e

Reverse engineering tools for mobile apps emerging, expert says

Reverse engineering mobile apps help pen testers find weaknesses and hidden malware, but the various mobile platforms and different versions make automation difficult, according to one expert.

Ingram Micro's Monié fuels midmarket M&A fire

Ingram Micro CEO Alain Monié has spoken again of his willingness to grow the business through acquisitions, pointing to the midmarket as a potential target. Taking analyst questions on the broadliner's Q1 conference call, Monié said: "What we're looking at is really the midsize ac

Samsung dethrones Nokia as world's biggest mobile maker

Nokia has woken up to the news that for the first time since 1998, it is no longer the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, after sales of Samsung's smartphone handsets surged ahead during the first quarter. The South Korean electronics conglomerate revealed that it had shipped 92 million

NetSuite revenue climbs but losses stay static

NetSuite saw revenues rise but it failed to trim its losses with the numbers for its first quarter mirroring what happened at this point last year. The cloud specialist continues to act as a barometer for demand for hosted financial and ERP software with revenue for the three months ended 31 March

Events: Managed Services Convention - London 2012

The Managed Services Convention is the primary UK channel event addressing the implications that the combination of the Cloud, Mobility, new intelligent devices and Consumerisation is having on the implementation and delivery of business solutions. Following on from the highly successful Managed Ser

Computer 2000 hired to realise Lenovo SMB ambitions

Lenovo hardware is to be made available through Computer 2000 from June, as part of an attempt to ramp up the vendor's ambitious growth plans in the SMB space. C2000, which joins a line-up consisting of Ingram Micro, Micro-P and SDG, will get access to the full range of Lenovo's Think products, incl

SOCA shuts down network of CVV sellers' carder sites

The Serious Organised Crime Agency shut down 36 CVV sellers who were selling stolen credit card and banking credentials to buyers around the world.

SAS acquires Tidewell to bolster networking muscle

Managed network specialist SAS Group has moved to grow its routes to customers through the acquisition of voice and networking reseller Tidewell Solutions. The West Sussex based reseller is the first in a series of acquisitions that is expected to happen over the next three years and has been made

Gartner names “cool” SAP ecosystem vendors for 2012

From faster batch processing to managing custom ABAP code, Gartner gives its nod to a handful of “cool” -- but largely unknown -- ecosystem vendors that are making life easier for SAP customers.