TechTarget News - Week of Aug 05, 2012

LinkedIn data breach costs more than $1m

LinkedIn says the forensic investigation and other recovery costs of the data breach in June could have topped $1m.

BYOD continues to spark security fears

The bring your own device trend is causing system administrators to fret about data loss and protection costs

Gloomy summer could aid channel retails specialists

The latest insight into the state of the high street reveals that those that are managing to do well have slick supply chain infrastructure

Channel cloud code gets ISO certifications

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and its independent certification partner, APM Group, have launched a new version of its cloud code of practice (COP), incorporating ISO certifications for the first time.

MDNX on the rise with Griffin acquisition

With the purchase of Griffin Internet, network integrator MDNX says it hopes to start to challenge some leading networking players.

Sony partners get notebook incentives

Sony is to offer partners the chance to win one of three office ‘makeover’ packages as part of an incentive to push sales of recently-refreshed VAIO notebook and ultrabook lines.

Wikipedia goes dark after cables are cut

Wikipedia was dark again on Monday, but not intentionally, out of protest, as it has been in the past

ABS teams up with Syscap in finance move

Advanced Business Solutions has reacted to a sluggish economy by launching a finance offering in partnership with Syscap

Cloud driving outsourcing market growth

Gartner figures show the growth in the IT outsourcing market is coming from cloud related services

Dohmen to run Comstor Cisco business

Westcon has snaffled former Cisco bigwig Andreas Dohmen to fill the role of EMEA executive vice president at Comstor.

Wozniak praised for voicing cloud fears

The co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak has described the cloud as horrendous and raised concerns over data integrity

Virident FlashMax II MLC PCIe flash card hits 2.2 TB

Virident Systems releases 2.2 TB FlashMax II PCIe solid-state card with up to 2.2 TB capacity; the Virident FlashMax set to compete with Fusion-io.

Will BMC buy Puppet Labs for DevOps?

Puppet Labs and Opscode are tightly associated with the DevOps movement, and BMC is shopping for DevOps tools. A BMC-Puppet acquisition is possible.

Cloud business could hit SAP targets

SAP's SuccessFactors business has added costs to the vendor's balance sheet and had an impact on profitability

Amazon and Apple dominate online searches

Amazon and Apple dominate the searches made by consumers looking for tech goods to buy according to research from a digital marketing agency

Universities to research IT as a Utility

A consortium of UK universities will research the challenges associated with the use of IT as a utility

With cloud computing SLAs, odds favor the house

Cloud SLAs and performance credits sound great, but the fine print shows service-level agreements are mostly window dressing.

Rackspace profits from hosted demand

Growing demand for hosted cloud services has pushed quarterly revenues at sector bellwether Rackspace up 29% year-on-year to $319m (£203.7m), while net profit of $25m was up 49%.

TwinStrata CloudArray moves inside the cloud for DR

TwinStrata adds in-cloud option to its CloudArray cloud storage gateway that installs at the cloud provider site and fails over applications for DR.

Nimble builds hybrid solid-state storage to scale

Nimble adds performance arrays and expansion shelves for its hybrid solid-state SANs, enabling independent scaling of capacity, cache and compute.

HIE regulations may not be necessary, panel says

Future meaningful use rules may take a hands-off approach to HIE regulations, as policymakers see the industry moving in this direction on its own.

Facebook tests app ads on mobile

In an attempt to boost mobile advertising revenue, Facebook is trialling ads for apps in the social network's mobile news feed.

Government saves £249m in IT costs

The government reduced its IT spend by £249m in 2011/12, with savings of £104m coming from digital services and contract renegotiations

Weak Europe hurts Avnet

Weak economic conditions across EMEA hit Avnet in the second half of the distributor's fiscal year

IT contractors in demand as permanent jobs fall

Demand for IT contractors increased during the last three months while demand for permanent staff fell for the first time since 2009

Channel faces more PC price cuts this autumn

Unless confidence in the PC market begins to recover in the next few weeks, the channel will be forced to make significant price cuts.

SMEs advised to encrypt all portable devices

The Information Commissioner's Office has drawn up a list of five areas for improvement for SMEs handling sensitive data including the advice to encrypt all portable devices

IT temps head for London games

An uptick in demand for IT contractors during the second quarter has likely been driven by firms opting to hire short-term IT pros to meet Olympic deadlines.

New Gauss cyberweapon targets Middle East

A new Flame and Stuxnet-related cyber-threat, dubbed Gauss, is targeting users in the Middle East, security researchers have revealed.

Dixons polishes off PIXmania

Dixons Retail has bought out PIXmania founders Steve and Jean-Emile Rosenblum for €10m (£8m) in cash, taking its stake in the online retailer to 99%.

Government sees dramatic supplier drop off for tower contracts

Whitehall departments spearheading moves to break up large system integrator contracts into separate ‘towers’ have seen a dramatic drop off in suppliers bidding to co-ordinate the multiple providers.

Android draws away from mobile OS field

Google’s Android operating system has increased its dominance over rival mobile platforms and now commands more than 68% of the total market.

Entrust commits to SSL despite CA/Browser Forum exit

Security firm Entrust has announced that it is withdrawing from a voluntary online security standards organisation that it co-founded and co-chaired for six years