TechTarget News - Week of Jun 17, 2012

Ofcom announces leased line consultation

Telecoms regulator Ofcom proposes regulation for 1Gbps connections but takes lighter approach to BT wholesale broadband pricing in London

Microsoft customers react to July licence fee hike

Microsoft’s decision to increase the costs of volume licensing agreements demonstrates the power software suppliers wield over their customers

Dell says datacentre is ready for disruption

Dell’s head of networking Dario Zamarian tells Computer Weekly why the supplier is ready to stand on its own two feet in the networking space

Dimension Data expands its cloud portfolio and channel

Dimension Data's cloud services portfolio expansion allows partners to overcome issues associated with selling cloud services and provide customers with the appropriate solutions.

Strategize and avoid SAP data integration failures

Software projects often fail because of a lack of proper testing before the project goes live. Expert Ethan Jewett details testing approaches he swears by.

Channel names handed gongs in Queen's list

Forget Gary Barlow and Kate Winslet, the real stars of the Queen's Birthday Honours were closer to home indicating that if you do good works then there are still rewards there for people connected with the computer and telco industry.

MicroScope ACEs winners revealed

The full list of the MicroScope Awards for Channel
Excellence has been revealed in the June digital magazine.

Prosumer networkers new target for Western Digital

Storage vendor Western Digital (WD) has stepped outside its traditional comfort zone after launching a new line of high-end prosumer-targeted routing equipment, dubbed My Net.

Alvea adds DNS functionality to cloud portfolio

The Alvea cloud platform continues to expand its services for resellers with a DNS managed service being added to the list of functions it can provide the channel.

CA Technologies unveils security boss to expand UK share

CA Technologies has brought on board a former Thales executive with experience of big projects including the national identity card scheme to handle its security business.

Motorola Solutions devours Psion in £129m deal

Former personal organiser guru Psion has been swallowed up by Motorola Solutions for £129m, or around 88p per share by way of a recommended cash offer, effectively bringing to an end a 32 year industry pedigree.

Bullish Getronics may get green light to go shopping

Following its sale to German investment outfit Aurelius Getronics CEO Andreas Ziegenhain has spoken of a new energy behind the business and hinted that it may look to make acquisitions in the near future.

Microsoft enters tablet fray with Surface

Microsoft is launching its own tablet PC in October called Surface which will use the Windows 8 operating system.

VMware vSphere vs. Microsoft Hyper-V: Which is cheaper?

They’re time-honored questions: Is Hyper-V cheaper than vSphere? Does vSphere still have more advanced features? The answers may surprise you.

Dear CIO: How to help HR help you on technology hiring

Technology hiring is a bear these days. Whining about an inept HR department is not the answer, however. Here's some advice from IT staffing experts.

Testing becoming ingrained in software development

A survey of software testing capabilities has revealed a dramatic increase in the number of organisations embedding testing into the software development process

Airbus looks north to reduce datacentre energy costs

Airbus is considering moving its high-performance computing centre to a colder climate to combat rising power and cooling costs in France and Germany.

Wimbledon site gets redesign on IBM cloud

The Wimbledon website has been redesigned on IBM’s SmartCloud for the 16 million visitors expected to access the site during the tennis tournament

Google detects 9,500 new malicious websites daily

Malicious sites discovered via Google’s Safe Browsing effort include compromised websites and others designed for malware distribution or phishing.

Siemens PLM looks to channel to drive growth

Siemens PLM is looking for more resellers to support its growth ambitions with plans to allow them access to large direct accounts

VMware admins advised to apply patches to ESX, ESXi quickly

IT pros are urged to install security patches that VMware has released to address critical vulnerabilities in virtualisation products such as ESX, ESXi, Fusion and Workstation.

ACEs winners - the full list

The full list of those that have won awards for channel excellence in the reseller, distributor and technology categories

Software as a Service: A video guide

Software as a Service is the leading form of cloud computing. Cloud U expert Jeff Kaplan takes viewers into the world of SaaS, explaining its origins, economics and effect on the IT landscape.

Cloud outage fears slow global cloud adoption, survey says

Cloud outage and cloud performance concerns are hindering global adoption, says recent Alcatel-Lucent study. Customers demand transparency, clear SLAs.

ATEC first video surveillance firm to claim HP Gold badge

Video surveillance specialist ATEC Security has become the first UK partner to gain the HP Gold Registered Networking Specialist badge in a move it claims recognises the increasing importance of IP surveillance solutions.

Cisco worldwide channel chief Keith Goodwin to retire

Cisco Worldwide Partner Organisation senior vice president Keith Goodwin is to retire at the end of the financial year after 13 years at the firm, seven of them spent running the channel.

Daisy losses narrow as sales bloom, considers dividend

Daisy Group has cut its annual operating losses from £15.8m to £13.1m for the 12 months to the end of March, and sales at the b2b comms specialist have risen by 30% to £348.6m, with EBITDA also up to £56.3m.

Toshiba talks up longevity in new channel growth push

Toshiba has revealed it is planning to launch a refreshed reseller programme later in the summer, as it looks to make b2b growth of around 20%, a figure it claims it has already achieved comfortably in the first two months of the current financial year.

CompTIA may turn to schools to plug skills gap

Industry training organisation CompTIA is considering the possibility of targeting young people in secondary education with programmes and resources designed to tempt more people into ICT and channel careers.

Magirus gets prescription for new VSPEX

Magirus is to offer EMC's midmarket-focused VSPEX cloud infrastructure product alongside its own SME vBundle offering after extending its partnership with the firm, and will be launching two new channel-enablement programmes to help boost sales of the recently-launched solution.

Forrester: The costs and benefits of BYOD

People are willing to spend more than £1,200 to buy their own devices, which questions the need for IT departments to continue purchasing and supporting PCs

RBS and NatWest online services unavailable

Some Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest Bank customers cannot access online services as the banking group experiences a computer problem.

International Trade Committee votes against Acta

The European parliamentary International Trade Committee rejects the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) by 19 votes to 12

The future of Autonomy – one year on

Recent moves to subsume Autonomy into HP have lent increasing irony to the name. Nearly a year after the £7.1bn acquisition, we examine Autonomy's future

EU to fund cloud-based supercomputers for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises will have access to cloud-based supercomputers to run complex engineering simulations, under a €16m project backed by the European Commission.

NHS Trusts tender for £300m clinical systems

Some 29 NHS Trusts across London and south England have issued a framework tender, worth £300m, for clinical information systems

Citrix may add CloudGateway mobile device management, exec says

Citrix sees mobile application management as the wave of the future, but customers aren't ready. So, the company may give them what they want: mobile device management.

Cisco WebEx Social: Bringing social collaboration to Quad

Cisco announced mobility and document sharing updates to Cisco WebEx Social, a rebranded version of its Quad enterprise collaboration platform.

Storage Radio: The future of Dell cloud storage

Join senior news director Dave Raffo and assistant editor John Hilliard as they discuss the potential future of a Dell cloud storage strategy.

RBS and NatWest face second day of outages

Account balances still fail to update for RBS and NatWest customers as the banks go into their second day of technical issues

Microsoft rolls out small business competency

Microsoft has added a small business competency to encourage partners to sell cloud services and applications to small businesses.

Businesses struggling to keep up with BYOD trend

More firms are encountering staff taking advantage of BYOD but not many have formulated a policy or have plans to use budget to help staff buy kit.

Web apps easier for IT to secure, but BYOD users go native

BYOD shops deal with constant push and pull and the tension increases when it comes to Web apps vs. native apps. Users like native apps, but IT can’t seem to secure them.