TechTarget News - Week of May 13, 2012

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson quits

Yahoo has confirmed that chief executive Scott Thompson has stepped down from his post

Is your data at risk in the cloud?

When is it safe to move critical data into the cloud? IT professionals, lawyers and insurers believe they have the answer

UK broadband fails to hit advertised speeds

A survey shows there is a 42% gap between what is advertised by ISPs and what connections customers actually receive

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 11 May 2012

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. It was left to worldwide ope

BYOD not popular with US CIOs

Most CIOs are not yet allowing employees to access company networks using personal computing devices, a US national survey has revealed.

Partners learn to sell telemedicine solutions

Selling telemedicine solutions can be an opportunity for partner growth, but it comes with its share of technology and skill set challenges to overcome.

IT suppliers losing race to build smart cities

Banks, developers and construction companies are taking over from the IT industry as the diving force behind smart cities

Enterprises putting HR in the cloud

Global businesses are moving the management of workforce relations into the cloud to eliminate siloed working through a single HR system across regions.

Daisy lifts wraps on underground Manchester hideout

Comms and networking provider Daisy Group has poured a million pound investment in its Manchester city centre datacentre, adding more energy efficient technology to the underground facility that it claims could save it up to £25,000 a year. Daisy said the investment would enable it to increase

Cloud Risk Forum launches new framework

The Marsh-led group, the Cloud Risk Forum say that adoption of cloud computing could be hampered by organisations failing to understand the associated risks, writes Linda Endersby. "Moving information technology (IT) services to the cloud presents a conundrum to many businesses," said Fred

Ucopia secures Computerlinks partnership

IT security and internet technology distributor Computerlinks UK, have announced a new UK and Ireland distribution agreement with Ucopia Communications, writes Linda Endersby. The agreement further enhances Computerlinks' established IT and network security capabilities by offering resellers access

As GRC technology becomes more complex, so do buying decisions

The GRC technology market has become increasingly targeted but companies' buying decisions have not followed suit. How can you make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck?

Column: Innovation can be a tall order for a PC vendor

There was an interesting (if throwaway) comment by Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal last week when he was reflecting on how the PC industry would fare in 2012, writes Billy MacInnes. On the back of figures that showed shipments in Western Europe declined by 3.1% (although the UK fared better w

Emerging technology both a boon and bane to GRC strategy

Advanced technologies create more data than ever for companies to protect, but it's not all bad news. Here's why using the latest cutting-edge tools can help your GRC strategy.

Kelway ServiceWorks cloud platform gets market debut

Solutions and services specialist Kelway has been showing off its new vCloud-poweredcloudservices platform, ServiceWorks, which it hopes will cut through some of the fear and doubt surrounding the cloud to give customers a more insightful and impactful service. The ServiceWorks package includes core

EMC confirms XtremIO acquisition

Headlines: EMC confirms that it acquired flash array startup XtremIO, and Israeli publication Globes pegs the deal at $430 million.

'Big data' shops eye cheaper four-socket Intel Xeon servers

What once required high-end Intel E7 processors and motherboards now fits into a lower-cost E5-4600 four-socket Intel Xeon system, suitable for scale-out workloads in HPC and big data.

BT and TalkTalk fail Ofcom broadband test

The ISPs fail to provide speed estimates for their broadband services to Ofcom’s mystery shoppers

UK cloud adoption continues to grow

UK is lagging behind the US in cloud adoption, according to a study by the UK-based Cloud Industry Forum.

Cutting taxes and red tape pitched as way to encourage growth

With the Eurozone economic crisis deepening the pressure is being raised for the government to do more to help British businesses. As the newly appointed French President travels to Berlin to talk of a need to shift the focus from austerity to growth and the Greek politicians continue to try and fo

Software piracy costing the UK £1.2bn

The amount of money being lost to software piracy has reached £1.2bn in the UK with a quarter of users admitting to being on the wrong side of the law. Numbers from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) will spur more calls for education, penalties and greater support from the government for th

Column: In the kingdom of the blind, the one API man is king

Is data the IT infrastructure's version of flab? Are great useless 'big' data files, a sort of information cholesterol, clogging the arteries of the network and blocking up the I/O interfaces? Should resellers offer a sort of data liposuction, so all those stupid rich media files, which are laden wh

Six Degrees throws down gauntlet to cloud rivals

Cloud services provider Six Degrees has set its sights onaggressive growth over the course of the year and said its ambition is to be"talked about in the same breath as the Rackspaces and Iomarts of this world by year end," according to group sales and marketing director Campbell Williams.

ICO website down, DDoS attack suspected

The website of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been hit by a suspected distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack

SMBs embrace innovation for better disaster recovery

The 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey run by Symantec has discovered that disaster preparedness for SMBs is closely linked with the adoption of technologies like virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility, writes LindaEndersby. The survey indicates that 40% are deploying public clouds and 43%

Xsigo Connections Partner programme launched

Xsigo Systems has announced a new partner programme to recognise and support itsgrowing network of global resellers as a companion initiative to its recentglobal expansion, writes Linda Endersby. "The datacentre fabric market is poised for spectacular growth this year and our goal is to ensure

Dell launches social media training for partners

Dell Premier and Certified partners are to get access tosocial media training sessions, with on-demand modules set to be added to Dell's PartnerDirect portal in the near future. The vendor said it had taken the step in response from direct feedback from its VAR community who had "seen Dell util

Open source integration framework keeps motorists safe in the UK

Automotive rescue and recovery services in the UK gained significant messaging advantages over the past few years. The new Automotive Network Services (ANS) system, built and maintained by Apex Networks, connects automotive clubs and insurance agencies with the mechanics, riggers, and first responders that provide emergency services to accidents and disabled vehicles.

Facebook set for $100bn IPO valuation

Facebook has increased the price range for its initial public offering (IPO) to $34-38 per share, which could value the company at up to $104bn

Leeds Teaching Hospitals consolidates IT

NHS trust Leeds Teaching Hospitals simplifies its applications platform in £37m IT investment plan to enable clinicians to access data more easily

CIO interview: Cathryn Riley, CIO, Aviva

It's been a tough time for Aviva with CEO Andrew Moss forced to step down in a shareholder revolt. But for CIO Cathryn Riley, it’s business as usual.

Juniper appoints new EMEA distribution lead

Juniper Networks has appointed William Hamber to the role of senior director, Distribution Partners for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reporting into David Helfer, vice president of EMEApartners, writes Linda Endersby. Based in Paris, Hamber, who moves from Edge-Core Networks, will be respon

London 2012 Olympic Games IT enters final test

The Atos team controlling the IT for the London 2012 Olympic Games are recreating the environment for a final test before systems go live

Key IT influencer Ian Watmore quits civil service

Ian Watmore, permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office and one of the main drivers of the government's IT strategy, is leaving the civil service next month.

Five signs your multiple ERP systems are out of control

Many manufacturers run multiple ERP systems -- or multiple instances of one system. But there are significant downsides to operating this way.

Pure Storage unveils FlashArray upgrade, customers

Solid-state storage startup Pure Storage goes GA with its FlashArrays, upgrades software and reveals customers in its limited access program.

Implementing a Hyperion system in 3 weeks -- it can be done

An Oracle Hyperion system implementation in three weeks? Yes, it can be done. Communications firm Neustar implemented Hyperion in less than a month and gained efficiencies in the process.

Mobile phone inventories stuffed, prices to fall, says Gartner

Gartner has revealed that the globalmobile phone channel is suffering from a build-up of excess inventory after a suddenslowdown in demand, chiefly driven out of APAC, drove down worldwide handset sales 2% year-on-year. This was the market's first decline since the second quarter of 2009, and even s

Trustmarque partners Sophos to offer mobile device security

Infrastructure and software reseller Trustmarque has formed an agreement with IT security company, Sophos, to provide a managed service to protect mobile devices, writes Linda Endersby. The 'Nimbus Mobile Device Management (MDM)' solution offers over-the-air control for mobile business devices allow

Datatec despairs of UK economy

Datatec, the South Africa-based group behind Westcon and Logicalis, has reported a solid end to its fiscal 2012 which closed on 29 February, but once again has bemoaned a challenging economic environment in the UK, revealing that the bulk of its growth is now coming from emerging markets. Chief exec

Windows words of the week: Tired and retired

Windows is dead. Long live Windows! This week, industry experts grappled with the future of Microsoft's venerable operating system, one quote at a time.

PCI Council urges P2P encryption for mobile payments

A PCI Council guidance document requires merchants to use a validated PIN entry device or secure card reader to accept payments using mobile devices.

Exclusive sales power to quarterly high

Self-styled superVAD Exclusive Networks has booked first quarter sales of €62m (£49.5m),breezing comfortably pastboth salesand margin targets with 29% year-on-year growth. The firm, which picked up VADition11 months agoto fill out its UK proposition, grew its turnover by 70% in 2011 and hopes

Poor strategy leaves IT organisations unaware of debt issue

New global research confirms IT organisations need a more robust application portfolio management strategy to curb IT debt and inform mainframe investments, writes Linda Endersby. A hefty46% of IT decision makers have admitted they do not know the value of their IT debt, defined as the cost of clear

Midmarket channel deals high on Avaya agenda

Avaya's new UK and Ireland managing director Simon Culmer has revealed he is weighing up the merits of putting in place a new horizontal midmarket tier to sit across the firm's vertically-oriented sales structure, and will be leaning on channel partners to get things moving. Speaking to MicroScope a

Business fails to realise social media potential

Global businesses are failing to take advantage of the commercial opportunities created by social media, says software publisher Satmetrix

UK leaps up hacking league table, finds NCC Group

The UK is in the top ten sources of cyber attacks for the first time this year, according to the latest Origin of Hacks report from NCC Group

Government guides civil service in social media use

The Government Digital Service has published a guide for civil servants to advise them on how to use social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Motorola spin-off Cambium rubber stamps partner programme

Motorola wireless spin-off Cambium Networks, which split from itsowner last year with support from VC outfit Vector Capital, has announced its first dedicated reseller programme, with the emphasis on broadening and developing vertical markets. Having built up a successful business supplying fixed-wi

Trams signs up to Windows interoperability body

Apple partner Trams has signed up to become a UK member ofthe Enterprise Device Alliance, a US-based body that represents companies committed to deploying, integrating and managing Apple hardware in Microsoft Windows environments. The EDAspecialises in running events for IT buyers to discuss issues

Avnet launches EMEA-wide training for Palo Alto resellers

Distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has launched a new training programme for Palo Alto Networks resellers, writes Linda Endersby. The programme, which will be available in the UK Germany and across EMEA, will strengthen the partnership between the two and create new opportunities for channel par

IDS named to ZyXEL elite partner squad

Network vendor ZyXEL has awarded internet and communications solutions provider IDS its highest partner status, writes Linda Endersby. IDS,a long-standing member of the ZyXEL Partner Program, has become a Premium Solution Partner, joining just half a dozen service providers across the UK in the high

Mindjet makes UK channel appointment

Collaboration software specialist Mindjet has recruited four new channel managers in its UK, Northern Europe and Emerging Markets region after reporting a 19% increase in core European markets in 2011 with the Netherlands and Nordics representing 27% and 22% and the UK showing 12% growth, writes Lin

Facebook to top $100bn valuation

Facebook has set its share price for its initial public offering at $38, which values the firm at $104bn

CSC chief takes charge of NHS negotiations

CSC's new CEO has taken direct control of protracted negotiations over its failed contract to deliver the NHS National Programme for IT.

HP on verge of massive job cuts, say reports

Between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs could be on the line at HP, according to reports, as the IT giantpreps deep cuts thatexpected to be made public in its earnings statement next week. It is thought that the bulk of the cuts will impact in three main areas, IT services, PCs (PSG) and imaging and printing

Consumerization Quotes: From Seinfeld to BYOD

The consumerization of IT was a hot topic at recent networking, security and virtualization conferences, showing just how widespread the trend is.

Resellers compete for pole position with Nimans

Niman and Mills are encouraging resellers to compete for glory in a nationwide challenge - on the go-karting track, writes Linda Endersby. As official Fusion Data installation distributors, they have teamed up to launch the Formula Fusion 2012. The season will run across the country until October. R

Post-Comet life remains tough for Kesa

Electrical retailer Kesa has found life without Comet not much easier after weak economic conditions too their toll on the high-street player. Having off-loaded Comet to Opcapita for the princely sum of £2 back in February the latest trading update was a snapshot of life post that disposal. Ha

Will the DevOps movement simplify network automation?

Until now the DevOps movement has been lead by systems administrators, but now network engineers may find it also eases network automation and cloud orchestration.

Dell confirms UK jobs on the line

Dell hassaid that it will look to make a series of limited job cuts in the UK as it bids to operate "as effectively as possible". The PC builder claimed this ongoing quest for operational efficiency required it to "rationalise resources and capabilities between business units." I

More clarity needed around G-Cloud, urges VMware

Cloud services providersneed to do a lot more to address concerns of lack of clarity and poor communication surrounding the government's G-Cloud initiative, if a new survey of public sector buyers by VMware is to be believed. Nearly six months afterthe governmentfirst published its G-Cloud strategy,