TechTarget News - Week of May 20, 2012

Patients records to go digital by 2015

Patients will be able to access their own health records electronically and book appointments with GPs online by 2015.

IT outsourcing up 7.8% in 2011

Forty three IT outsourcing firms sold more than $1bn worth of services as businesses spent $246bn worldwide, according to Gartner.

Google gets Motorola approval from China

Chinese regulators have approved Google's $12.5bn deal to acquire phone maker Motorola Mobility, but under certain conditions.

CloudStore 2 launched ahead of supplier accreditation

The second iteration of the government’s CloudStore has gone live ahead of suppliers from the first framework having been accredited to sell products on the first G-Cloud framework.

Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has finally overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most popular Web browser, according to web metrics firm Statcounter.

Finance firm centralises IT

Financial services firm WH Ireland has consolidated a distributed architecture into two UK datacentres using a datacentre blueprint from IT services firm ANS.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 May 2012

Kelway ServiceWorks cloud platform gets market debut 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. The ServiceWorks package includes core services built aroundcompute platform,

Six Degrees to beef up network with latest acquisition

A week after buying two cloud hosting firms, acquisitive managed services provider Six Degrees has splashed out on datacentre interconnection specialistDatahop to laya keyfoundation for its network growth plans. Datahop's network consists of a resilient, high-speed fibre ring connecting 21 points of

Avnet rolls SolutionsPath out across Europe

Avnet Technology Solutions is expanding iits SolutionsPath vertical market scheme across Europe after a successful experience with the programme in the UK. The distributor launched the SolutionsPath programme, where it provides resellers with help cracking specialised growth markets, in the UK bac

CIF to promote Code of Practice at World Forum

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF)is to put the case forward for a Code of Practice at this year's Cloud Computing World Forum The Forum feels that providers need to be clear in their cloud offerings to build trust with customers, who in turn need to understand more to asses and select a vendor. "T

Wysopal on application security training, program gaps

Application security expert Chris Wysopal of Veracode explains why some software security programs are lacking and how simple steps can produce big gains.

Cloud Distribution hires northern sales boss

Cloud Distribution has appointed Tracey Hannan from telecom company KCOM to head up its sales operations in the North, writes Linda Endersby. Tracey will draw on her 15 years' experience in the industry to help lead, drive and manage sales as Cloud Distribution continues to expand. "I am delig

Security VARs Vioptim and Bridgeway to merge

Specialist security resellers Bridgeway Security Solutions and Vioptim have merged in orderto offer a broader portfolio of solutions and extend technical capabilities and support for their customers, writes Linda Endersby. The pair have been collaborating for a year in delivering advanced encryption

Tech Data reports mixed first quarter, sales down, profits up

Quarterly sales at Computer 2000 parent Tech Data have fallen substantially short of expectations, dropping 7.9%to $5.8bn (£3.6bn) in a torrid macroeconomic environment, with weak foreign currency performance against the US dollar accounting for a good chunk of the decline. North and Latin Ame

BCS launches new agile software tester certificate

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has unveiled the Certified Agile Tester certificate for IT professionals that work in agile environments.

Wipro trains UK engineering graduates

Wipro will begin taking UK engineering graduates to India on its Indian Gateway internship training programme in September

Are private data centers an endangered species?

Businesses can save millions by leasing data center space rather than building their own, but some feel private data centers are the best bet.

Partners top the agenda on day one of EMC World 2012

Following last month's launch of its midmarket cloud infrastructure product VSPEX, EMC used the first day of its EMC World 2012 conference in Las Vegas to launch two new cloud practices within its Velocity Solution Provider Programme, and unveil a channel exclusive unified storage platform. The two

Intrinsic appoints new CEO as market heads for the cloud

Insider Jarvis has been appointed CEO at networking reseller Intrinsic Technology as its market shifts to the cloud offering new opportunities for growth, writes Linda Endersby. Intrinsic has built solid expertise in networking and unified communications (UC), helping organisations to operate and co

Salesforce.com has no ERP offering in the pipeline

Cloud provider Salesforce.com claims to have no current plans to move into the enterprise resource planning space currently occupied by incumbents SAP and Oracle

EMC bags 20PB storage deal with Facebook

A source close to the situation tells Computer Weekly the deal involves scale-out storage technologies

Comstor announces new Cisco UCS config tool

Cisco specialist distie Comstor is further building its partner support for the Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Servers, writes Linda Endersby. Comstor UCS Selector is an online configuration tool helping resellers build new revenue streams based on Cisco UCS. Partners will be able to easily choose

Maverick signs Barco deal, welcomes back old colleague

Audio-visual solutionsdistie Maverickhas signed a European distribution agreement with Barco, designer of visualisation solutions and developer of ClickShare the'one-click' presentation and collaboration solution, writes Linda Endersby. Jane Hammersley will rejoin the team at Maverick - after 10 yea

EMC buys Syncplicity

Storage giant EMC confirms the deal for cloud file management firm Syncplicity but keeps the figures behind closed doors

KCOM profits swell despite group sales decline

Unaudited annual pre-tax profit at KCOM Group has grown by more than 55% to £51.1mas a result of increased EBITDA and reductions in both exceptional costs and the overall cost of borrowing. Group executivechairman Bill Halbert said this morning that the firm remained "focused on executing

Embracing consumerization: An early adopter Q&A

A CIO knew his employees would flock to the iPad, so he wasted no time in supporting it. But he also realized mobile and cloud weren’t a magic pill.

EMC gives conference XtremIO teaser

In a future-gazing keynote, EMC gave snippets of information about the all flash-based storage array, codenamed Project X

Google closes Motorola Mobility acquisition

Google has announced the completion of the acquisition of Motorola Mobility following approval of the deal by regulatory authorities in China

Dell's quarterly profits take a dive

Dell saw its profits dive 33% in its first financial quarter of 2013 as consumer and large enterprise sales fell 12% and 3% respectively

Microsoft volume licensing costs to increase up to 33.5%

Microsoft will increase its volume licensing prices in the UK between 7.5% and 33.5% starting July 1 to maintain price consistency owing to the sustained currency difference in Europe.

What are the challenges for the NHS IT strategy?

As the NHS publishes its Information Strategy Computer Weekly examines the challenges and the relevance of a central IT agenda now the structure is devolved to local commissioning groups

VMware's Wanova acquisition extends VDI to physical desktops

VMware's acquisition of Wanova gives View shops software to centrally manage virtual and physical desktops and a way to support departmental and user installed apps with VDI.

InTechnology extends health expertise

InTechnology has boosted its credentials as a supplier to the heath sector after acquiring and investing in a telehealth and software firm. The cloud specialist has picked up United Telehealth and taken a substantial stake in software producer Healthsolve. The deals back up the moves InTechnology

Best of VMworld 2012 Awards criteria

The Best of VMworld 2012 awards will take place on the show floor at VMworld 2012. For the deadlines, categories and rules, see our nomination form.

Michael Dell pins Windows 8 hopes on consumer upgrades

Michael Dell has spoken of his hopes for the upcoming launch of Microsoft Windows 8, saying that although enterprise buyers were still in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 and would tend to hold off, there were earlysigns of a massive refresh in the consumer sector. "We think [that] unlike

EMC Data Domain backup -- addition by subtraction?

EMC rolls out bigger, faster Data Domain system, discontinues separate global dedupe and archiving products, and adds tape support for Avamar.

Lenovo growth outpaces PC market again

Lenovo has proven once again that it seems to have hit on a secret formula for growing PC sales, after powering to record full-year numbers and booking quarterly sales growth of 54%, making it the fastest growing 'top four' PC vendor for the 10th quarter on the trot. The firm booked full-year sales

SAP bolsters cloud capabilities with Ariba acquisition

SAP has moved to bolster its cloud credentials with the purchase of Ariba for £2.73bn in a deal that has been seen as an attempt to improve its position in the market by buying talent with knowledge of the hosted world. The acquisition comes just a couple of weeks before its greatest rival Or

Bradford Networks finds seat on Zycko bench

Network security and compliance specialist Bradford Networks has been signed up by Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko to beef up its network management and BYOD offering. The vendor's flagship Network Sentry product creates can be delivered through a hardware appliance, virtualised server or Bradford's

UK firms under cyber attack as criminals target financial data

UK businesses are under attack from web criminals motivated by a desire to carry off financial fraud to line their own pockets. Research from security vendor Check point in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute revealed that British firms were attacked on average 68 times a week with successful at

Windows words of the week: Speedy and cheesy

This week's candid quotes say a lot about the past, present and future of Windows, and what each will cost you.

XtremIO: Costly mistake or genius deal for EMC?

Was spending $430m on XtremIO – a Flash start-up that hasn’t even launched a full beta product – a big risk for EMC or a clever move?

Hewlett-Packard to cut 27,000 jobs

HP is to cut 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, as part of a plan to achieve annual savings of up to $3.5bn by the end of fiscal year 2014

Analysts attack HP’s decision to axe Lynch

Analysts have attacked HP’s decision to axe Mike Lynch from heading up Autonomy within the company, as part of its restructuring programme which will see 27,000 jobs get canned by 2014.

Mike Lynch leaves HP as Autonomy sales fall flat

Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, who joined the company last year when his business was acquired for $10.2bn, is among the more high profile names heading for the exit afterHPannounced plans to slash 27,000 jobs over the next two years. Lynch's departure means that the bulk of Autonomy's pre-acquisition se

Formal BYOD agreements essential, says Ovum

Businesses are urged to set up formal agreements with employees before they allow them to use their own laptops and mobile devices at work

Consumerization Quotes: Bleep My CIO Says

Four CIOs weigh in on the differences between consumer and enterprise technology, the problems with legacy IT and why desktop virtualization stinks on the iPad.

Streaming video services: How YouTube has affected the enterprise

Streaming video services are rising in popularity in the enterprise as employees and users seek to share information visually, both inside and outside the enterprise.

Intel Cloud SSO lets IT manage SaaS apps

Intel is the latest company to jump into the Identity as a Service space with the launch of Cloud SSO, built on Salesforce.com’s platform.

Senior staff guilty of ignoring security policies

Staff are often seen as the weakest link when it comes to security but most resellers will perhaps not have been expecting the problems to stem from the boardroom. Most of the focus in the industry is on contractors, mobile staff and those employees that are handling the most sensitive data. But re

Channel given nod as NetApp delivers solid Q4

The channel was highlighted as one of the reasons, along with its product portfolio, for the solid performance clocked up by storage player NetApp. The vendor revealed the state of its finances with the arrow all going in the right direction for its fourth fiscal quarter ended 27 April with revenue

HP slashes staff, restructures as profits plunge 31%

HP has announced plans to ditch 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce,and will embark on a radical restructuring programme in a bid tocutcosts of between $3bn to $3.5bn (£1.9bn to £2.2bn) over the next two years. Besides headcount reductions, HP will be running a magnifying glass over is s

Unite goes on the offensive over HP cuts

The Unite trade union has said it will hold urgent talks with HP in an attempt to safeguard up to 1,600 UK jobs that may be at risk as a result of the vendor's restructuring programme. In a statement issued today, the union said it would team up with the PCS union to use "every means possible&q

FAST takes anti-piracy education to London police

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is pitching up in the capital next month with the aim of educating law enforcement specialists about the need to prevent software piracy. The software industry lobby group has already held similar events in other parts of England and Wales and the London

Marrying Scrum methodology with XP and other advice from Agile expert Mitch Lacey

Author and Agile expert Mitch Lacey discusses his new book, “The Scrum Field Guide - Practical Advice for Your First Year.” Lacey fields questions about mixing Scrum methodology, team size and types of projects that can benefit most from the use of Scrum.

Long distance vMotion in focus with VCE’s new VPLEX add-on

Long-distance vMotion is a hot topic in theory, but experts say use cases are still relatively limited, even among the large enterprises that can afford it.

Kelsey steps down as transparency czar

Tim Kelsey, the Cabinet Office’s transparency czar, has stepped down to become national director for patients and information at the NHS Commissioning Board Authority

Last working day before cookie law enforcement

The deadline for compliance with UK cookie law expires this weekend, but there is no need to panic, says data protection lawyer Stewart Room

Video: ICO publishes new guidance on cookie law

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published new guidance on cookie law and revealed the organisations it has approached on the issue

UPS the remedy as South East suffers high rates of blackouts

Resellers pitching uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) should find a receptive customer base in the South East as the area suffers more blackouts than anywhere else in the UK. With the cost of a blackout costing businesses anywhere between £12,676 and £316,900 for the third that take a

Facebook rushes to launch Instagram-like app

Facebook has introduced a mobile photo sharing app to demonstrate that it is being proactive on the mobile front, say analysts.

BYOD kills off Cisco Cius enterprise tablet

Cisco has quietly discontinued development of its Cius enterprise tablet offering, announcing on its website that it would "no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor" or make any further enhancements to the endpoint device, although it will continue to offer Cius in a limited f

French firm consolidates financial reporting with SAP BPC

Faced with spending an increasing amount of time on financial reporting requirements for its global network, one company has looked to SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation for help.

Btrfs grows up with Linux kernel 3.4

Linux kernel 3.4's changes to the btrfs file system and new tools may spur some to update servers without waiting for Linux to play catch-up.

High capacity HDD sales helped by price reductions

Western Digital has benefited as the prices of high capacity hard disc drives (HDD) start to return to pre-Thaliand flood levels. The vendor saw its HDD unit sales through Western European distribution increase by an average of 14% per month in the first four months of this year, faster than its ri

IP Integration buys managed services provider Micropoint

Unified commsdealer IP Integration has announced the acquisition of MSP Micropoint for an undisclosed sum, as it aims to become a £30m business by the midpoint of the decade. TheAvaya and Polycom reseller, which spun out of Cable & Wireless in 2001, specialises in contact centre, computer

Box gives IT admins enterprise mobile management features

Box suffered downtime this week but forged ahead with its enterprise market strategy with security and mobile device management features for IT administrators.

Is Dell eyeing Quest Software following its Wyse acquisition?

Dell may acquire Quest Software to expand its desktop virtualisation offerings and gain Quest’s customers. Experts wonder if there is too much product overlap for such a deal to make sense.

Five minute interview: Jason Dance, Exclusive Networks

MicroScope sits down with Jason Dance, Exclusive Networks UK sales director, for another hard-hitting Five Minute Interview. Tell us what you do for a livingAs sales director for Exclusive Networks UK, it's my job to make sure we hit, and where possible, exceed, our ambitious growth targets in 2012.

Dell looks to integrate Wyse resellers into PartnerDirect

Having wrapped up the acquisition of Wyse Dell has made integrating resellers from the thin client specialist into its own channel programme a priority. Dell completed the purchase for an undisclosed sum of Wyse, announced last month, as it looked to broaden its capabilities in cloud and specifical

EMC conference opens with VMAX, Data Domain upgrades

Headlines: On the opening day of EMC World 2012, the storage vendor launched upgrades throughout its storage platform portfolio, led by a new VMAX array.