TechTarget News - Week of Jul 01, 2012

Location intelligence finds its way into BI processes

Slicing and dicing data cubes is no longer the best way to uncover spatial relationships in corporate data. A new set of tools is mapping the route to improved business intelligence.

Avnet makes cuts in the North

Avnet Technology Solutions is set to close its Leeds office as it consolidates its Northern operations and has announced that Paul Cook is stepping down from his general sales role.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: What features get users' thumbs up

Admins who have downloaded Windows Server 2012 RC give thumbs up to the new version of Hyper-V, inclusion of high-end features in free Hyper-V, and shared nothing live migration.

C2000 keeps focus on public sector

Computer 2000 continues its push on the public sector arming resellers with tendering skills as it targets the education market

Avnet polishes off Magirus

Five years after it bought its enterprise IT distribution business, Avnet has returned to the table to acquire the remainder of datacentre solutions distributor Magirus.

BrightPoint mobility business worth $840m to Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro has made good on plans to bulk up through acquiring other distribution businesses after forking out $840m (£536m) to buy wireless device solutions and services specialist BrightPoint.

National Grid selects HR software package

Energy firm National Grid has chosen software from human resources consultancy firm Towers Watson as it moves towards a single integrated HR system for its 30,000 employees

Google delivers IaaS cloud without Windows support

Google's IaaS platform will compete with Windows Azure and AWS, but a major limitation may prevent enterprises from adopting Google Compute Engine.

Dell buys Quest Software for $2.4bn: News roundup

Dell’s Quest Software acquisition, VMware’s collaboration with Nimble Software for mobile VDI and Red Hat -SAP’s virtualisation deal are this week’s highlights.

Neglecting software estate costing users

Those that fail to keep on top of their software licenses not only risk ending up being caught for under licensing but are usually over-paying for applications they no longer need to pay for

Network threat detection moves beyond signatures

Network threat detection requires content monitoring and analysis, rather than solely relying on matching network packets to existing signatures.

DDoS mitigation a key component in network security

With DDoS attacks increasing in frequency, size and complexity, it’s time for online businesses to start protecting themselves.

Z Gallerie leverages Amazon VPC with cloud VPN from Vyatta

Home décor and furniture retailer uses Vyatta’s software-based network operating system to provide secure remote connectivity within its Amazon Virtual Private Cloud environment.

Don't count on BYOD cost savings, experts say

BYOD cost savings aren't impossible to achieve, but it takes a lot of planning and a little luck. It’' better to focus on BYOD's other benefits, such as increased productivity.

Dell wins bidding war for Quest Software

Headlines: Dell snatches Quest Software for $2.4 billion, winning its weeks-long battle with Insight Venture Partners to grab Quest.

Quest Software, its Toad tool leaping over to Dell

Dell plans to acquire Quest Software, maker of the Oracle Database development tool Toad. End users said Dell could improve Toad and adapt it for larger tech trends like “big data.”

Twitter ordered to hand over demonstrator's tweets

A US court has ordered Twitter to release old tweets and other details of a user arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York

SecureData seals MBO ahead of acquisition spree

Managed security specialist SecureData undergoes an MBO and reveals plans to expand through acquisitions as it plans to become a larger player

Dell wins Quest with $2.4bn bid

Dell has beaten venture capital competition to acquire IT management and security software specialist Quest Software

Cloud computing underpins Uefa business strategy

Uefa outsourced its IT infrastructure to a supplier-built private cloud to cope with demand and free up in-house resources for contingency action

Embotics V-Commander VARs in services push

Virtualisation and automated cloud management specialist Embotics has rolled out a new programme to help its partner community build a services business around its flagship V-Commander product.

Citadel malware toolkit going underground, says RSA

The Citadel crimeware, a toolkit giving cybercriminals sophisticated financial malware, is being taken off the market by its authors, according to experts monitoring its activity.

Cloud provider opts for X-IO hybrid SSD arrays

Storage roundup: Cloud provider RTW Hosting opts for X-IO hybrid SSD arrays; Buffalo’s new iSCSI and NAS arrays; Coraid appointment; OnApp to bundle storage virtualisation software; and more news.

Cloud key to unlocking SME growth

With SME growth in the UK threatening to stall technology in the shape of the cloud could be the answer to increasing the pace of recovery

Mitel pitches UC 360 appliance for SMB video conferencing

Mitel announces its UC 360 SMB video conferencing and collaboration appliance, bringing telepresence on a small scale to the SMB market.

Westcon may be open to Symantec reconciliation

Westcon has hinted it is open to expanding its UK vendor portfolio in the wake of its acquisition of Afina, which may include a reconciliation with Symantec.

Targeted SAP upgrades changing SAP training, experts say

SAP's more frequent, smaller upgrades are pressuring companies to change how they view training, according to experts. One company is choosing to go a different route.

Facebook to fix e-mail modifying bug

Facebook says it will fix a software bug that has modified some e-mail contacts on users' mobile phones, promising it will be resolved soon

Network Rail selects Informatica MDM platform for whole-system view

Network Rail chose Informatica for the MDM stage of its change programme, aimed at reducing costs by 30% by 2019. Its Orbis unit is working with Capgemini on an eight-year asset information effort.

Police arrest DDoS blackmailers in China

Chinese and Hong Kong Police have smashed a gang blackmailing gold, silver and securities traders with the threat of DDoS attacks

European Parliament votes on fate of Acta

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote today to decide the fate of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta)

Defunct Norbain sold off in pre-pack deal

Video and security distributor Norbain has been thrown a lifeline by holding company Newbury Investments (UK) Ltd, after falling into administration on 29 June.

BT extends cyber security agreement with MoD

BT is to extend its cyber security agreement with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a deal to expand its cyber defence service

License Dashboard hands channel product enchancements

SAM specialist License Dashboard has handed the channel some product enhancements to its key application to make it easier to manage Microsoft Enterprise Agreements

European Parliament rejects Acta

The European Parliament has rejected the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta)

Tech sector faces a decade of recession

The UK IT industry will decline in real terms until at least 2016 and there is a real risk of the sector reaching a decade of downturn, according to research from analyst firm TechMarketView

Smith steps back as Redstone losses narrow

Redstone chairman Ian Smith has stepped back from the role he took on in 2010 as the IT and networking integrator consolidates its recovery.

Software and services market remains in the doldrums

TechMarketView forecasts for the UK software and IT services market make sobering reading with those unable to adapt their business offerings staring at a long tough road ahead

Cloud spending set to rise as users seek savings

TechTarget research into customer buying intentions reveals that almost three quarters of customers are planning to roll out a cloud investment in the next two years seeking efficiency gains and cost savings

Arrow ECS takes wraps off ArrowSphere

Distributor becomes the latest to unveil cloud strategy with an aggregation and brokerage platform ArrowSphere launching to UK resellers from next week and then across Europe

Skills warning as IT employment booms

A warning has been sounded by e-skills UK over the amount of new entrants into the IT and telco sectors required to keep growth on track over the rest of this decade

Nimans gets extra Aastra clout

Unified comms distributor Nimans has expanded its relationship with Aastra to include Microsoft Lync handsets.

CW500: Agile techniques for software development

Using agile development methodologies can speed software development and reduce the likelihood of errors, IT leaders heard at the CW500 Club

Demand for IT staff rising, says e-Skills report

IT staff are in high demand as 129,000 recruits a year will be needed to fill IT and telecoms positions, says a study from Technology Insights

Increasing number of resellers selling managed services

CA Technologies latest Channel Index reveals resellers across EMEA are selling managed services in greater numbers with more planning to get involved in the second half of the year

Connected devices to reach 50bn by 2020, claims GSMA

The number of connected devices is set to double over the next eight years to 50 billion globally, generating £2.9tn, says the GSMA

Insurance giant Aegon selects Serco for BPO

Serco’s fledgling global BPO business has landed a 10-year business process outsourcing contract with insurance giant Aegon’s UK business

Judge issues ultimatum on Gary McKinnon's health

The High Court has intervened to end a stand-off between the home secretary and Gary McKinnon over the order to have him extradited to face hacking charges in the US.

Exclusive joins Aruba Networks distie line-up

Exclusive Networks has signed on to drive channel sales of Aruba Networks' ClearPass Network Access Control solutions.

Selecting software consultants

A former ERP consultant explains how to choose the right consultant for an ERP deployment project.

SCOTUSblog survives major traffic spike

The SCOTUSblog, a one-stop shop for news and analysis about the Supreme Court, survived a massive increase in traffic thanks to some strategic planning.

Government tenders for £1bn hosting framework

The Government Procurement Service has issued a tender for a hosting services framework worth between £100m and £1bn

Citrix joins Cloud Industry Forum

Citrix has signed up to the Cloud Industry Forum, joining the likes of Microsoft and VMware.

European PC market continues to struggle

European PC market continues to struggle as fragile economic conditions take their toll according to the latest market research from Context

Customers already planning moves to Windows 8

Microsoft's next OS release looks set to get the mid-market spending as SecureData probes into the buying intentions of IT managers

NGD to fill South Wales datacentre with hosted VARs

Datacentre operator Next Generation Data (NGD) has hired former Mitel and VegaStream man Steve Davis to spearhead recruitment of channel cloud service providers and hosting specialists.

'Reseller' description losing value in the channel

Consultants and total solution providers are the labels that channel players prefer to use as they move away from using the well worn phrase 'reseller'