TechTarget News - Week of Aug 19, 2012

Mobile computing to shake up back-end systems

The take-up of mobile technology by businesses to engage with customers and enable remote working will have a dramatic effect on back-office IT

Industry insolvencies up by a quarter

Experian’s latest Business Insolvency Index for July makes sobering reading for the channel.

Level 3 boosts UK datacentre capacity

Comms services provider Level 3 is adding to its UK enterprise datacentre capacity to support international business requirements.

Hunt: Ofcom 'beset by threats of litigations'

Culture secretary calls on mobile operators to call off the lawyers and focus on the future of 4G to help government achieve broadband targets by 2015

End users ‘too busy’ to do security, says IBM

A Forrester Research survey commissioned by IBM has found that nearly 70% of end users neglect IT security because other responsibilities keep them too busy.

SimpliVity prepares 'hyper-converged' OmniCube

Startup SimpliVity promises its OmniCube 'hyper-converged' stack of storage, compute and networking will replace a wide range of data center devices.

Olympics kickstarts SME remote working

The Olympics could have a lasting impact on the way SMEs work with more now enjoying the ability to allow staff to work remotely.

CIOs will have to share control of IT budgets

CIOs will increasingly have to share their control of IT budgets with marketing departments as customer relationship management (CRM) software becomes critical to customer retention.

Tech Data sees declines in sales and profits

Both sales and net profit at Computer 2000 parent Tech Data have dropped in a torrid second quarter in which its performance failed to match predictions.

VMware pros hail death knell for vRAM

VMware experts cheer on reports from sources who say VMware will do away with its vRAM licensing at VMworld next week.

Amazon unwinds tape legacy with Glacier

While tape is cost-effective for long-term archiving, Amazon is making its its Glacier archive storage much cheaper

Engine Yard adds Node.js support

Engine Yard adds programming language Node.js to its Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Dell taps HP’s Haas as PC revenues fade fast

In a clear signal of its future intentions Dell has hired ex-HP Networking boss Marius Haas to run its enterprise unit, as its PC business struggles.

License Dashboard wins Microsoft Gold

Software management company Licence Dashboard has bagged a Gold Certification from Microsoft in Software Asset Management.

AMD VP to lead EMEA sales

AMD corporate veep Darren Grasby is to head up sales efforts in EMEA, reporting to chief sales officer John Byrne.

SCC hails G-Cloud first

Integrator SCC has become the first channel player on the government’s CloudStore to win pan-government security accreditation.

Cisco approves Cluster Learning for VAR training

Cisco has approved 27 of Cluster Learning’s sales courses for its Enabling Architecture Sales Excellence (EASE) promotion, offering Cisco funded training to partners for their sales teams.

Fortinet gets tough on partner requirements

Fortinet’s channel partner programme is undergoing a further evolution that will see some partners demoted after the firm identified a need to manage its scheme more effectively.

For cheap and slow, Amazon Glacier is the way to go

The Amazon Glacier cloud storage service looks to solve the 100-year archive problem, but you might have to wait up to five hours to retrieve data.

HP reports $8.9bn loss in third quarter

Hewlett-Packard (HP) reports an $8.9bn loss in its third fiscal quarter, with earnings 568% down compared with the same period the year before

HP plunges to $8.9bn loss

Hewlett-Packard has posted an enormous $8.9bn (£5.6bn) loss in the third quarter of its fiscal 2012.

Bitdefender hooks up with e92plus

Security firm Bitdefender has announced a new distribution deal with VAD e92plus, extending the reach of Bitdefender's virtualisation anti-malware technology in the UK channel.

Gartner: Safe Saas keeps data in-house

Many businesses are still reluctant to move sensitive data into an outsourced data centre, according to analyst Gartner.

Government could see exodus of IT contractors

Government could see an exodus of IT contractors, as new guidelines will force freelancers earning more than £220 a day onto payroll

Channel inventory too high for comfort, says HP

Hewlett-Packard has warned that its channel is holding unacceptably high levels of PC and printing inventory and said it will look to take action to ease the situation.

BYOD offers data roaming opportunity for channel

iPass has published a Mobile Workforce Report, saying Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace is creating a generation of productive workaholics.

Are meaningful use incentives worth the hassle?

While hospitals can quantify up-front costs of implementing EHRs for meaningful use, the total cost of EHR ownership could lead to long-term pain.

GDS rolls out Drupal

The Government Digital Service is rolling out open source content management system Drupal.

South Korean court bans Samsung and Apple sales

A South Korean court has ruled that Apple and Samsung infringed each other's patents and banned sales of some products from both companies

Samsung to power 3’s 4G network

The company’s European network operations team will provide the LTE Radio Access Network and core infrastructure

Byte Night 2012 set to smash records

The IT industry’s annual fundraising event in aid of youth homelessness, Byte Night, looks set to smash its registration and fundraising targets by a substantial margin.

Stonesoft urges channel to exploit free AET tool

Network security software specialist Stonesoft says more needs to be done to tackle the threat of Advanced Evasion Techniques and is calling on its channel to help.

National Health Service seeks CIO

The NHS is looking for a new CIO after Katie Davis stepped down as managing director for NHS Informatics at the Department for Health

ONC, CMS release final meaningful use stage 2 rules

Compliance deadlines extended through end of 2014 in meaningful use stage 2, patient engagement and HIE emphasized by federal HIT authorities.

Avnet out as ShoreTel picks Ingram Micro

Unified comms vendor ShoreTel has made public details of a distribution reshuffle that will see it terminate its relationship with Avnet and add Ingram Micro to its roster.

BroadVision seeks resellers for social software programme

Collaboration specialist BroadVision is embarking on a channel recruitment drive to push sales of its enterprise social network software package ClearVale.

RIM to end support for BES in 2015

RIM will end support for current versions of BES in 2015 and require installation of multiple servers as IT transitions onto new BlackBerry platform.