TechTarget News - Week of Jul 15, 2012

Economic woes flatten Europe at Sage

Sage has updated the market in an interim management statement revealing that growth in the UK remains strong but things are much tougher on the other side of the channel

Claranet sounds warning over cloud worries

Customer worries about the cloud continue to persist and resellers must be aware of the concerns that linger over the technology among users

Sophos combines endpoint security and UTM

Security firm Sophos combines endpoint protection and unified threat management (UTM) products into a single physical or virtual appliance

Polycom releases open APIs for RealPresence

The telecoms firm boosts mobile capabilities for its video as a service platform, with new developer kits and further compatibility with tablets

A storage strategy built with virtualization in mind

Virtualization calls for a shift in storage strategy. Here's a rundown of the pros and cons of three primary approaches for virtualized environments.

Cleversafe to combine cloud storage software, Hadoop

Headlines: Cleversafe plans deep integration with Hadoop that will let users run Hadoop on the same system with Cleversafe's object-based cloud storage software.

Ingram takes on Sony staffer to grow AV business

Ingram Micro has appointed a Sony executive to head up its audio visual division and grow revenues from that side of the business

Services continue to deliver for Computacenter

Computacenter has revealed its services business continues to deliver revenue growth in a trading update for the first six months of this year

Infortrend takes on Hypertec to grow SME market

Infortrend has appointed distributor Hypertec to sell its NAS products into the SME market to take advantage of strong demand from that customer base

Big Data and environment policies impact Datacentres

Some of the challenges facing those running data centres have been revealed by surveys highlighting the problems posed by high volumes of data and green legislation

Druva adds file collaboration to its backup app

Laptop and endpoint backup specialist Druva gives customers the option of adding file collaboration, either on premise or through the cloud.

Coraid launches ZFS NAS, again

Two years after scrapping plans for a ZFS NAS appliance because of legal reasons, Coraid licenses ZFS from Oracle for its ZX3000 server.

Cisco acquires VM security startup

Deal boosts networking giant's cloud security technology.

VMware shops hope CEO change rekindles virtualization innovation

VMware CEO Paul Maritz will reportedly be replaced by an EMC exec and some VMware watchers say a change in leadership is just what the company needs to bring focus back to its core virtualization business.

Blue Coat enhances BYOD mobile application security

Blue Coat announces mobile application security for BYOD environments, giving IT a better view, and more control, of apps on personal devices.

Scottish Power launches Suffolk smart metering trial

An 18-month trial of smart metering technologies will be carried out in Ipswich to test long-range radio communications networks

Ofcom charges telecoms firms for number allocation

The regulator wants communications providers to take more care in their allocation of phone numbers, so will charge 10p per line where stocks are running low

Intel warns of slowdown amid falling PC sales

Chip maker Intel warned of a slowdown over the next quarter as it announced its sales and profit for its latest three-month period.

Ofcom: Business fixed phone lines fall

While consumer use of landlines continues to grow, corporate calls are moving to mobile or IP telephony networks

M-commerce sees exponential growth of 356%

Sales via smartphones and tablets grew exponentially in June, leaping 356% compared to the same month last year, according to an IMRG Capgemini report.

Datatec riding economic storm

Datatec has indicated that despite ongoing global economic problems it is sticking to forecasts and Westcon and Logicalis are delivering growth

PayPal buys mobile payment firm

The online payment company looks to expand its mobile offering with the San Francisco start-up

EMC shuffles board to look for growth

EMC has moved the head of VMware and promoted its CFO as it looks to get more growth and keep the storage and virtualisation vendor on track to meet its targets

Ten must-see Black Hat 2012 sessions

Insider Jennifer Jabbusch Minella ranks the top 10 Black Hat 2012 sessions on the conference agenda.

BSA exposes cloud application license abuse

The BSA has discovered that firms are sharing log-in credentials for cloud applications between staff in a move that would violate license agreements

Outsourcing providers must improve service

Customers might be spending large quantities on outsourcing contracts but satisfaction levels are not as high as they should be according to KPMG

BP rolls out first global cloud for workforce

BP is putting its global messaging infrastructure into a private cloud to benefit from pay-per-use functionality and scalability

Sophos launches revised partner programme

Sophos has made changes to its partner programme to integrate Astaro resellers and to deliver more training and support to its channel

Imago to launch video-com recruitment agency

Video conferencing channel specialist Imago has decided to launch its own recruitment agency to find staff with the right skills to drive the sector forward

IT investment dips as banks fail to give credit

Investment in the IT sector has dropped with the failure of banks to give credit cited by Syscap as as one of the main reasons for the problems

Lack of IT investment could prolong recession

Research suggests the UK economy could continue to suffer economically as businesses fail to invest in technology and innovation

Cloud UC: SMBs love it, enterprises remain leery

Analysts discuss how cloud UC can appeal to the enterprise as well as SMBs. Avaya Inc. offers AvayaLive Connect as a UCaaS option for the SMB market.

Establishing solid ground for HIE implementation

Many factors can derail the implementation of a health information exchange (HIE). Experts discuss how to avoid HIE implementation pitfalls.

Vodafone revenues plummet across Europe

Mobile operator Vodafone blames a weak economy and increased competition for drops in revenues across its major markets in Europe

European PC shipments beat expectations in Q2

The latest PC tracker figures for EMEA from IDC indicate that the market grew faster than forecasts and tablets continue to be products favoured by users

Microsoft delivers first quarterly loss

Microsoft has announced its first quarterly loss in its stock market history after it wrote off billions for its online advertising business

Olympic disruption fears start to mount

With just a week to go there are real fears that traffic infrastructure, both physical and virtual, will not be able to cope with the demand placed on it in the Olympics

Eurozone crisis hits IT outsourcing

IT outsourcing contract values hit their lowest in five years as fears over the stability of the Euro restrain European business spending

Tablet adoption set to soar

Ofcom's insights into the attitudes of the public towards technology have revealed a growing passion for tablets