TechTarget News - Week of May 06, 2012

Symantec extends integrated backup appliance strategy

Symantec doubles down on its backup appliance plans, putting NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 on appliances with dedupe software and media servers.

Jury issues partial verdict in Oracle vs. Google Java lawsuit

The jury has issued a partial verdict in the copyright phase of the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit, in which Oracle is claiming that Google violated Java patents and copyright with its Android mobile operating system.

BT pays out £90m bonus package

BT will hand out bonuses of nearly £90m after a scheme to improve the company’s struggling global services division paid off

Inflation negates growth in average IT pay

IT salaries grew by an average of 4.3% in 2011, compared with an average of 2.3% across all sectors, with the average IT salary exceeding £40,000.

TfL seeks £2m contract for RTI screens

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a supplier for its £2m roll-out of real-time information (RTI) customer service displays

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 4 May 2012

Microsoft volume licensing changes will cause price hikes Microsoft has revealed the impact of the changes its volume licensing programme will have on prices, with UK partners facing the prospect of double-digit rises.

In-depth: Dress servers up for sales success

To succeed in an evolving server market resellers must package up hardware and services to sell a complete solution. Amro Gebreel reports. The days when a reseller could just pitch up and sell hardware are a distant memory for most, with the server market changing along with many other areas of the

Panzura cloud NAS adds multisite capability

Looking to build ‘NetApp in the sky,’ Panzura cloud NAS now includes features for multisite file collaboration and document sharing.

Acronis blames downturn for poor disaster recovery strategy

The Acronis Global Disaster Recovery (DR) Index 2012 findings from the industrial sector have revealed that only 53% of respondents were confident they could recover quickly in the event of a disaster, writes Linda Endersby. In an a highly competitive sector where the tolerance for any downtime is a

Custom Web application helps Realtors and homeowners

IT exec Chris Lambrou built a custom Web application for the real-estate market, and solved a problem that had stymied lending giants.

Midmarket companies find JD Edwards upgrades a good fit

At some point, your JD Edwards shop will have to decide whether to switch to a different product, upgrade or stay where you are. Learn what two other organizations did when working through JD Edwards upgrades.

Network specialist NHR calls for new approach to end-of-life kit

Network maintenance and refurbished Ciscokit specialist Network Hardware Resale (NHR)has called for the channel to consider new approaches to dealing with end-of-life andpre-owned kit, saying that vendors need to begin to adapt their business models to take account of growing awareness of the cost a

Global SMB IT spend on the rise, reports Spiceworks

According to the State of SMB IT survey results released today by Spiceworks, the social business network, SMBs are continuing to expand IT budgets, which now average £94,000 ($152,000) per year, writes Linda Endersby. This survey of 1,498 IT professionals from companies with less than 1,000 e

Technology can add value to beat competitors

Six technology trends will help businesses open up new revenue streams, says Andrew Poppleton, managing director of Accenture's UK and Ireland Technology Group.

Mobile app dev at heart of website redesign

A website redesign with ROI in mind meant bringing Maxim magazine readers' favorite features to their favorite devices.

IT managers in ‘true denial’ of BYOD

Juniper Network’s trusted mobility index shows 65% of UK IT managers don’t think employees are using unsupported devices

In-depth: Many servers need better balancing

Leigh Bradford looks at why the growth in the server market is fuelling the drive for load balancing among small and medium-sized enterprises - and why this is good news for those operating in the channel. Advances in technology have a habit of creating demand for even more technology, and Microsoft

Imation, Wick Hill secure McAfee USB opportunities

Following the recent announcement that McAfee is transitioning its encrypted USB device business to partner Imation, distributor Wick Hillhas announced it is now shipping the devices, writes Linda Endersby. Imation offers an extensive line of secure USB drives, many fully manageable by McAfee ePolic

Avaya confirms Huawei man Culmer as Sheppard replacement

Avaya has confirmed the acquisition of Simon Culmer as its new UK and Ireland managing director, replacing Andrew Sheppard, who departed the comms firm in April after just eight months in charge. Culmer joins Avaya from the position of UK and Ireland enterprise vice presidentat Huawei, where he too

VMware pushes partners towards new SME business

VMware's new UK channel boss Ed Dolman has called for partners of the virtualisation vendor to ramp up their focus onthe SME market, vowing to provide increased support levels andoffering up to 10% additional rebate on sales into net new customers. Speaking to MicroScope at the UK leg ofVMware Forum

Suspected SOCA website hackers arrested in Norway

Police in Norway have arrested two teenagers thought to be linked to a DDoS attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website

Jill Dyché: CEO big data focus good news and bad news for IT

Jill Dyché, a data management expert, sees CEO interest and scepticism as both an opportunity and a threat. Avoid the big data 'gotchas', and don't mistake data warehousing for big data.

BT revenues fail to impress

BT today revealed its results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, showing a number of its divisions with falling incomes

European economy dents Cisco forecast

The stormy outlook for the European economy leads the networking firm to predict a weak quarter

Are banks failing to move with the mobile wallet?

The recent launch of O2’s mobile wallet app is the latest signal that a shift is starting to happen in the payments market away from banks as the primary providers to a more divers landscape.

Cisco bosses round on Huawei

Cisco's top brass have again shown they have Huawei on their minds, talking extensively about the competition and in particular their response to the growth of their Chinese rival on a conference call marking the end of Cisco's third quarter. Outspoken CEO John Chambers made no reference to the stat

Consumerization Quotes: ‘The OS does not matter’

Citrix Synergy, the Oracle vs. Google verdict and other news got IT community members talking this week. Here’s the best of what they had to say.

Capgemini reports growth of 4.3%

Capgemini saw sales of €2.5bn (£2bn) in the first three months of its financial year, up 4.3% compared to the previous period last year.

Government lab installs 8.5 PB of Panasas HPC storage

Storage roundup: Government lab installs 8.5 PB of Panasas HPC storage; college cuts files by 75% with Balesio; StorMagic E.ON storage virtualisation win; and more news.

Interop 2012: UC apps vendors must strive for interoperability

Vendors are aware of and gradually responding to issues around multi-vendor UC strategies and UC interoperability, according to a discussion panel at Interop 2012.

CloudSigma offers SLA-guaranteed SSD cloud

Cloud services provider CloudSigma AG has introduced its SSD cloud storage offering with SLAs that cover performance and availability.

NCC aims to reduce web attacks with .secure domain

NCC Group has set up a separate business to deliver secure web infrastructure services to meet the growing need for watertight web surfing. The security specialist has launched Artemis Internet in response to the growing number of vulnerabilities on the web and the ongoing number of high profile le

Mozy backs up reseller programme with online portal

Data protection provider Mozy, has taken the wraps off first online portal for resellers in the UK just days after it kicked off its channel programme, writes Linda Endersby. Following the launch of it UK reseller programme at the start of the month the storage specialist has added this latest cha

BT profits up but revenue down

BT has announced £2.4bn in pre tax profits for the year ending 31st March but seen a fall in revenue of a couple of percent, writes Linda Endersby. A one off tax credit and interest from the pension fund boosted the pre-tax profits, up 16% on the year, with a 9% growth in the last quarter at

Android apps and smartphones are top hacker targets

Android applications have become a major focus for hackers helping make the UK one of the countries with the highest rates of smartphone malware. The Q1 2012 E-Threat Landscape Report from Bitdefender has charted a hike in activity around smartphones in with the UK now fourth behind China, Russua a

Becalmed PC market awaits wind of Windows 8, says Gartner

A sense of calmseems to havedescended on theembattled PC market in western Europe, according to Gartner's latest market stats, as buyers take a "wait and see" approach to their purchasing patterns ahead of the arrival of Windows 8-based PCs and Ivy Bridge ultrabooks. Region-wide, the story

Westcon Group to distribute VASCO in UK

Distributor Westcon Group has expanded its continental agreement with VASCO Data Security to include the UK, writes Linda Endersby. Products such as VASCO's DIGIPASS will now be available to reseller partners across the country. These customer interface solutions offeri comprehensive e-Signature and

SEPA reaps cost savings running Oracle on VMware

SEPA’s IT team was warned of the complexities of virtualising Oracle database and apps. But strategic design and testing helped it run Oracle on VMware vSphere and reap benefits.

Police arrest suspected Team Poison hacker

Police have arrested a Newcastle teenager suspected of being a member of the Team Poison hacker group

O2 reveals new roaming rates

The mobile operator launches O2 Travel, one day after the European Parliament ruling to reduce roaming charges

Logica UK outsourcing orders plummet 80%

Logica saw orders in the UK plummet by 80% to £101m compared to last year, the outsourcing company reported in first quarter results

Hackers compromise Amnesty International UK website

Hackers compromised Amnesty International's UK website using remote administration tool Gh0st RAT, according to Websense Security Labs

Redstone and Webscreen launch ISP DDoS service

Network and cloud solutionsprovider Redstone, together with new partner,Webscreen Technology, has launched a new DDoS protections service, safeguarding customers from the danger of distributed denial-of-service attacks, writes Linda Endersby. John Roberts, head of managed services at Redstone, comme

Regulatory pressures reveal poor risk management controls

A recent survey shows that in times of increasing regulatory pressures only a third of businesses think they have robust processes in place to manage governance risk and compliance (GRC), writes Linda Endersby. The survey, by Software AG, provider of Business Process solutions, gathered at a recent

Dixons trading year ends on positive note

Dixons Retail has published trading results for the 16, 28 and 52 weeks ending 28 April 2012, showing sales down but better than expected, writes Linda Endersby. Although total group sales were down 3% over the year the period had a positive end with like for like sales up 5% in the final quarter. T

Wi-Fi provider iPass stalks mobile device management experts

Wi-Fi networking services and enterprise mobility provider iPass is on the hunt for reseller partners with competencies around mobile device management to help it get deeper into customers trying to exploit remote working and consumerisation. IPass specialises in connecting mobile and remote workers

Can Scrum change the world?

Read how Agile evangelist John Miller brought Scrum to a fourth grade classroom, teaching the students valuable lessons in teamwork, decision-making and managing work.

HP and Avnet team up to ease cloud deployment process

HP and Avnet have given partners a sneak peek at a server, software and services bundle called Cloud-in-a-Box, a new solution designed to ease the software development and testing process for end-users. The bundle is to be released later in the year and is based on HP blade servers and server automa