TechTarget News - Week of May 27, 2012

Police shared service supports forces miles apart

Cheshire and Northamptonshire Police are linking back-office systems after identifying each other as at similar points in their IT development

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 May 2012

Dell confirms UK jobs on the line Dell has said that it will look to make a series of limited job cuts in the UK as it bids to operate "as effectively as possible".

Restructuring costs wipe out Phoenix profits

Full year pre-tax profit at IT services provider Phoenix IT Group has plunged 85% after the firm booked non-recurring costs of £14.9m relating to its ongoing re-organisation programme and £8.1m relating to the end of the ICM brand.

Sky mobile network could be on the cards

Reports suggest the TV and Internet provider will buy spectrum from Everything Everywhere to enter the mobile market

Software AG looks for channel to drive vertical expansion

Business process management (BPM) specialist Software AG has revealed plans to put more focus on the UK and to recruit partners with vertical expertise.

Those sticking with XP warned of costs consequences

Microsoft has warned that those users that stick with Windows XP after support runs out face spiralling costs looking after a PC estate running its old operating system.

Equanet sales head Holt heads to Lanway

Storage and network solutions provider Lanway has appointed former Equanet head of southern sales, David Holt, to run its own sales organisation.

Kaspersky raises alarm over Flame threat

Kaspersky has raised the alarm over what could be one of the most dangerous malicious programmes yet discovered.

UK lottery operator keeps eye on cyber threats

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has bolstered its cyber defences in response to an increase in targeted attacks on high-profile organisations

IT security linked to saving lives, survey reveals

More than a quarter of companies believe that if their websites go down or they suffer a major security breach it could potentially cost lives, a survey has revealed.

BT helps itself to Home Hubs for public Wi-Fi

A feature of BT's routers called Fon gives away a percentage of bandwidth from home-based Wi-Fi to passers-by, often without user consent.

KnowledgePoint unveils Autodesk Instructor programme

Training services provider Autodesk has launched a new Autodesk Instructor programme for its 4,000 existing Autodesk Training Centre (ATC) instructors.

Flame poses challenge to anti virus status quo

The reaction of the security industry to the discovery of the Flame threat, which appears to be the most complex attack launched so far in the ongoing cyber war, has been to call for resellers to sell customers greater layered defences.

Home Affairs Committee slams police IT plans

The Home Affairs Committee has expressed serious concerns over the privatisation of police IT procurement

Flexibility the motivation for SME cloud adoption

Cloud computing with its promises of greater flexibility and cost savings is becoming increasingly attractive to SMEs with a significant number planning to start using the technology in the near future.

NFC contactless payments market to hit $180bn by 2017

Near Field Communications (NFC) is maturing into mobile payment technology across the globe, which is set to bring in $180m each year by 2012

School cuts unstructured data by 90% with Balesio

Storage roundup: School cuts unstructured data by 90% with Balesio; Belgian bank gets VirtualSharp DR tool; Bocada teams with Veeam; new Infortrend unified storage arrays; and more news.

NextIO shares I/O resources via PCIe virtualization approach

NextIO is one of the few remaining vendors in the I/O virtualization space. Its V-series products achieve PCIe virtualization to consolidate and share I/O resources at the top of the server rack.

Avnet adds social media to reseller services

Avnet has taken the wraps off a social media tool designed to help resellers keep their customers informed about the main developments in the vendor community.

Economic conditions and skill shortages threaten MSPs

Tough economic conditions coupled with skills shortages threaten to hold back the market and development of managed service providers (MSPs). The warning that the financial climate is stunting more investment in managed services has been sounded in a survey of MSPs carried out by IBM.

Inadequate financial reporting holds firms back

Businesses admit difficulties in controlling data quality when reporting financial results as finance executives complain of stress as a result

Medion could have bright future in UK, says Lenovo

One year on from its acquisition of German national PC champion Medion, expansive Lenovo has suggested that the brand - which it bought with the express intention of bulking up its consumer-facing business as it seeks to become the largest global PC vendor - could have a strong future in the UK.

ThinkGrid launches 'commitment-free' silver option

ThinkGrid is widening its channel programme introducing more support for those resellers that are struggling to find the resources to get themselves trained to sell cloud technology.

Cisco Cius: Death by iPad

Cisco discontinued development of its Cius tablet for the enterprise; BYOD and poor planning contributed to the failure of Cisco's Cius tablet for the enterprise user.

Windows words of the week: Joystick and bummer

Think a change will do you good? Tell that to an IT pro who's just completed an upgrade. This week, Microsoft watchers had much to say about what's to come.

Social networks becoming communication medium of choice

Resellers assuming that a website is enough of a cyber-shop window to promote their services and products could find themselves lagging behind as social networks become the primary form of communication.

Spyware targets Iranian and Syrian dissidents

Security researchers say spyware is targeting web users in Iran and Syria trying to get around censorship controls using proxy tool Simurgh

CGI makes £1.7bn offer for Logica

Canadian IT and business process service provider CGI has offered £1.7bn in cash to acquire Anglo Dutch IT services giant Logica in a sign of continued consolidation

HP suffers from Oracle Itanium snub

Gartner's latest market share data shows the server market declined, with HP hit by Oracle's decision to drop support for its Itanium servers

Key EU parliamentary committees vote on Acta

Three European Parliamentary committees are to vote this week on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta)

Ellison will take to Twitter to reveal cloud suite

Oracle watchers will have to start following Larry Ellison's twitter stream to get an insight into what direction the vendor is going in as the CEO of the software giant plans to use his account to reveal its cloud strategy.

SMEs look for credit to fuel growth ambitions

SMEs are planning to grow their businesses if the economy doesn't cause them too many problems with more looking for credit and finance to grow in the next few months.

Aviva tackles code quality with Coverity

Aviva is taking a strategic view of software testing with a quality assurance programme powered by static code analysis tool Coverity

London Internet Exchange hit by suspected DDoS attack

The internet exchange for the majority of the UK’s ISPs has suffered an outage, which customers report to be down to a distributed denial of service attack

Dealing with the classic Catalyst 6500 end-of-life

The classic Catalyst 6500 has been the workhorse of networks everywhere for more than a decade. Now the platform is nearing its end of life. How should you proceed?

Millions of pounds on offer for ICT research projects

The Technology Strategy Board is trumpeting the £20m of government investment that is heading to high-tech firms with projects that could provide a crop of world-beating home-grown products.

Key EU parliamentary committees vote against Acta

Three key European parliamentary committees have voted against the adoption of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta)

Google wins Oracle spat over Java

Google has claimed victory in one of the central arguments in its high-profile court battle with Oracle

Former MI5 boss loses laptop

The former boss of the UK's MI5 security service has caused a security scare by losing her laptop at Heathrow.

BBC cloud plans need urgent implementation, says IT head

The roll-out of the cloud and virtualisation across the BBC is an urgent priority to cut costs and maintain daily technology operations, a BBC technology head has warned

Microsoft softens July licence blow

Microsoft has lowered the price hike planned for July, but businesses still face paying up to 25% more for their software.

Data warehouses must learn new tricks in 'big data' era

These databases, mammoth by definition, are evolving to accommodate the influx of new data types, technical innovations and increasing volumes brought on by the rise of “big data.”

In-depth: Avoiding becoming a victim of corporate ID fraud

A quick scan of, a government website backed by organisations and companies with an interest in reducing fraud, is enough to put the frighteners on any law abiding reader, writes Adam Bernstein.

Microsoft trims back volume licensing price changes

Microsoft has revealed the volume licensing price changes that come into force next month are not going to be as high as originally feared.

Universities need push to develop analytical talent

A shortage of workers with analytical skills threatens to derail efforts to derive business value from “big data.” It’s time for colleges to do more on BI and analytics education.

Gradwell looks to channel to support growth ambitions

VoIP specialist Gradwell has outlined ambitions to grow its business significantly over the next four years looking for more activity from its channel partners. The growth plans come just months after the Bath-based firm gained £1.15m in investment from Altitude Partners.

Nutanix commences Euro channel blitz with SDG signing

'SAN-free' datacentre specialist Nutanix has fetched up on European shores, announcing its first UK partners in the shape of distie SDG and solutions provider Kelway, as well as appointing former EMC andVMware operatives Alan Campbell as EMEA sales director,and Rob Tribe as regional SE manager EMEA.

Brighton hospital trust slammed by ICO

In the past it used to be HMRC or the MoD that regularly lost data on discs or stolen laptops but the NHS is rapidly becoming the leakiest source of information.