TechTarget News - Week of Jun 03, 2012

PaaS cloud computing: Best practices and strategies

Platform as a Service is on the cutting edge of the technology frontier and strategies are emerging that explain how best to use it.

HP StoreOnce Catalyst accelerates dedupe

HP StoreOnce Catalyst speeds the dedupe process by deduping at the application and backup servers before moving data to the B6200 backup target.

FAQs: Explaining hybrid cloud computing

Hybrid cloud computing is seen by many as cloud computing's ultimate destination. The combination of public and private clouds offers enterprises the benefits of cloud with a lessened security threat.

Choosing a PaaS: Questions to ask PaaS vendors

PaaS vendors have flooded the market with information -- some good, some bad. Enterprise IT managers would be prudent to know what questions to ask of any potential suitors.

Google buys QuickOffice and Meebo

Google boosts its intellectual property holding with the acquisition of QuickOffice and Meebo

Cisco updates ASR 5500 series for 4G networks

Cisco's updated ASR 5500 series aims to help businesses with increasing mobile traffic moving across networks as 4G looms

CIO role: A salesperson who feels your pain

The CIO role calls for a salesperson, but not the snake-oil variety, says the FCC's CIO. Consultative selling is about finding and fixing pain points.

HP eyes EMC’s storage market

HP has released a StoreOnce data deduplication back-up system, which it claims can ingest data at 100TB per hour – three times faster than EMC’s recently launched Data Domain 990

Department of Health forges on with PACS

The continuing take-up of the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) proves a success story for NHS IT

Forrester report reveals true cost of cloud

Cloud computing is not as cheap as many think and analyst Forrester warns that some cloud applications may increase costs

Top 10 tips for IPv6 security

Many organisations are being misled about the complexities surrounding IPv6 security, according to security firm Stonesoft

TfL opens up live bus data

Transport for London (TfL) has finally released live bus data, several months after it delivered the Countdown Live Bus Arrivals website

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 June 2012

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.

HP CEO Meg Whitman tries to steady investor fears

HP CEO Meg Whitman has reiterated the company’s commitment to its hardware business in a bid to reassure shareholders over the company’s future.

Veeam ready to pass on leads from free Backup

Veeam has extended its free download offering to its Backup product, expecting it to generate leads for channel partners. The virtualisation specialist has made some of its other products free as trial versions before but has now extended that to its Backup product.

Column: Honestly, you treat this cloud like a hotel!

Having been wrongly convicted as a spammer, I'm a bit nervous about the whole issue of automated business. (My email IP address is still on Trend Micro's blacklist, but service provider Strato says it's not their fault.

GFI enhances partner programme

GFI Software has announced a significant expansion of the GFI OEM Partner Programme, writes Linda Endersby, allowing technology vendors to integrate its entire security and network management solutions portfolio into their products or to rebrand as their own offerings.

Dell ups Premier Partner sales targets

Dell Premier Partners will be expected to do $1.5m (£967,964) worth of business with the vendor if they want to remain at the highest PartnerDirect level beyond 31 January 2013.

PEER1 gets NetBenefit

Web-hosting specialist PEER 1 Hosting, has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares in the capital of Net Benefit (UK) Limited, for £25m in cash, writes Linda Endersby.

ShoreTel orders up Pattie to run distribution

ShoreTel's EMEA operation is beginning to resemble an Avaya reunion after the unified comms vendor named a trio of ex-Avaya execs to its regional leadership team.

Oracle Platinum Services caters to high-end customers

Oracle Platinum Services is a new support program from Oracle that provides specific SLAs for customers running expensive Oracle hardware such as Exadata, Exalogic and Sparc Supercluster.

Windows words of the week: Crying and chess

With a number of Windows announcements to chew on, industry experts' mouths were full of strong statements. Here are some of our favorites.

CSC refuses to play ball over NHS Lorenzo deal

Troubled IT supplier CSC is continuing to drag its feet over a proposed deal by the Department of Health to free trusts from contractual obligations to use its Lorenzo software .

Microsoft makes Azure open source friendly

Microsoft has taken steps to make its Azure cloud service more like infrastructure as a service, with support for Linux tools

Oracle rebrands Oracle Cloud, offers few details

Oracle Cloud, first announced last fall, will include more than 100 applications, the company said this week, but the availability date and cost are still up in the air.

Ingram gets Crucial and Lexar brands

Micron's Crucial and Lexar memory and storage brands are being added to Ingram Micro's line-up in a bid to increase the firm's exposure to the UK channel.

London increases share of UK IT workforce

London has accounted for over 40% of new UK IT jobs created so far this year taking the capital city’s contribution to new roles above pre-credit crunch levels.

Islands want clouds: Overcoming remote cloud-user concerns

Geographically remote businesses face difficulty in leveraging cloud. Cloud providers, with the help of carriers and VARs, can bring remote cloud services to remote users.

Coraid appointment to target EMEA growth

Ethernet SAN specialist Coraid has appointed former Isilon Systems northern EMEA boss Peter Godden as its new senior director of EMEA in an attempt to replicate the recent tenfold growth it has seen in its US operation.

UK legal sector ripe for cyber-attack, warn experts

A leading lawyer and security expert has cautioned UK law firms that their failure to tackle online security is leaving clients increasingly vulnerable to hackers, writes Linda Endersby.

Oracle Cloud integration could get tricky

Experts and users say that before jumping into the fairly new Oracle Cloud, make sure you have a long-term plan for integration or to bring everything back in-house.

Microsoft launches support for Linux on Windows Azure

Microsoft’s cloud platform Windows Azure now supports Linux-based operating systems and languages such as Python and PHP. It includes IaaS capabilities to build hybrid cloud.

Trustmarque to deploy Splunk

Infrastructure and software solutions VAR Trust marque, has signed a reseller agreement with Splunk operational intelligence software provider Splunk to augment its data services proposition, writes Linda Endersby.

Android may falter if Microsoft, Apple strategies pay off

Analyst house IDC has suggested that the Android smartphone and tablet operating system's market share is on the verge of peaking this year, and will begin to decline.

BI and analytics: Hard to foster or find a home for

How should a BI and analytics practice be structured --and should IT be involved? Read our rundown of a recent Boston talkfest on the topic.

O2 is latest ISP to block The Pirate Bay

O2 is the latest UK internet service provider to block access to file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in line with a High Court order issued at the beginning of May

SMEs up in arms over cookie law

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are up in arms about the last-minute changes made to policy on the newly-enforced cookie law.

SaaS ERP: A guide to major vendors

SaaS ERP is a developing market within technology that offers users lots of options. This guide sorts out the complicated landscape.

Five minute interview: Saul Matthews, Micron

MicroScope puts its famed Five Minute Interview questions to Saul Matthews from Micron, which has just signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro. Tell us what you do for a living.

Virtualization at a “freemium” and other potent quotables

Veeam has new “freemium” software, VMware patched a hole in its vFabric, and Oracle Cloud doesn’t play well with others. Read what people said about this week in virtualization.

Arbor Networks warns of IP-Killer, MP-DDoser DDoS tool

Arbor Networks researchers found robust capabilities in the MP-DDoser/IP-Killer tool used to conduct powerful distributed denial-of-service attacks.

Data breach victims likely to lose customers

Varonis Systems says a recent report highlights the fact that people are less likely to deal with an organisation where their data has been lost due to a breach, writes Linda Endersby.

IDC sees virtualisation uptake hurting EMEA server sales

After booking another quarter of sequential declines in the EMEA server market, analyst house IDC is ploughing a similar furrow to its rivals Gartner, saying that there could be more trouble ahead.

Kurmi sizes up UK UC channels

Unified comms software vendor Kurmi Softwareis to begin selling its UC provisioning and management tools into the UK and will be looking to target partners of key networking vendors such as Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent and Mitel.

Comstor takes next step up Cisco training ladder

Specialist network distie Comstor has taken another step along the road to becoming a true Cisco master after being designated a Cisco Authorised Business Acceleration Learning Partner (BALP).

Money, money, money: Six takes on SAP Financials

From the use of automation to an obscure billing application, here’s a rundown of’s top stories on managing SAP financials and accounting.