TechTarget News - Week of Sep 09, 2012

Original British laptop designer remembered

Londoner William Moggridge who was credited with designing the first laptop, The Compass, in the early 1980s sadly passed away at the weekend

Youngjohns steps into Autonomy hotseat

Former Microsoft executive Robert Youngjohns has been appointed by HP to run Autonomy stepping into the shoes of departed boss Mike Lynch

Solitaire builds first IP payphones

Solitaire introduces IP connectivity to its payphones to increase functionality and lower call charges

Distie finance boss crosses floor to Microsoft partner SSS

Infrastructure and asset management specialist Specialist Software Services (SSS) Group has formally appointed former Bell Micro, Avnet and Northamber finance boss Nick Lee as director of finance and operations.

McAfee labels Potter star Watson the most dangerous

Harry Potter screen star Emma Watson is the most dangerous celebrity according to McAfee's annual round-up of which famous names are being used in phising and spam attacks

HP axes a further 2,000 jobs

The firing line has just got longer as a filing from HP reveals 29,000 staff are set to go, rather than 27,000

GoDaddy investigates service disruption

GoDaddy said it was working to restore service. A person claiming to be a member of Anonymous has claimed responsibility.

Gartner: Prepare for context-aware security

Cloud computing, IT consumerisation and the evolving threat landscape are forcing IT departments to rethink security

Six Degrees signs up to Interxion carrier community

Acquisitive cloud services and UC provider Six Degrees division Datahop has signed up to offer network services via carrier-neutral datacentre provider Interxion’s new London facility.

UK mobile operators back down on 4G legal action

UK mobile operators have agreed to cooperate on getting UK 4G launched, rather than take legal action against Ofcom, the Financial Times has reported

Huawei set to pump £1.2bn into UK economy

Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of expansive Chinese networking kit builder Huawei, is set to announce the creation of 700 new jobs in the UK

VC tech investment at 10-year high

Venture capital technology investments have reached a 10-year high, according to research from finance firm Ascendant

Public cloud spend to hit $40bn this year, says IDC

Global spending on public IT cloud services is set to hit over $40bn (£25bn) this year on its way to a $100bn high four years from now, according to the latest statistics from the industry-watchers at IDC.

Reseller LDD takes leap into telecoms world

HP, Cisco and VMware partner LDD Group has launched a new wholesale telecoms division as it seeks to diversify its offering into end-to-end solutions provision.

Will Windows 8 downgrade rights cure IT's paranoia?

Windows 8 downgrade rights will let IT revert to Windows 7 on new PCs. They may get some buyers off the fence, but others don't see the point.

Ten killer questions for choosing an HR IT system

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) chose a cloud-based HR system, to manage its 3,700 disparate global staff, on the basis of 10 killer questions

Cloud drives outsourcing take-up

The appetite for outsourcing among IT professionals is growing due to the uptake of cloud services and infrastructure-on-demand, says research.

EMC UK boss vows to boost channel sales

Storage giant EMC has told resellers at its Forum event in London that it will only sell to 150 accounts direct and its own staff will be penalised for targeting channel customers

CISOs key to transition to cloud, says (ISC)2

CISOs have an important role in moving their organisations to a cloud computing environment, says professional certification body (ISC)2

EMC urges fresh cloud security approach

EMC has has warned that taking a traditional approach to securing data in the the cloud is not going to work and more flexibility has to be offered

Partner cull to put Blue Coat programme back on track

Blue Coat has revealed that a number of resellers will be at risk of being thrown off its partner programme as it toughens up its channel policies to push for further growth

GoDaddy back online, affirms no data comprised

GoDaddy CEO Scott Wagner said the disruption was caused by an internal network glitch.

Cable pledges support to key areas of industry

The government is refocusing its industrial policy to support key sectors of the economy such as IT, business secretary Vince Cable has announced.

Calyx boss speaks of plans for MSP evolution

Newly-appointed Calyx CEO Steve Clark has been speaking about his plans for the business as the firm continues its evolution into a true managed services provider.

Digital media strategy tops CIOs' priorities

CIOs say digital media strategy leads business innovation and competitive advantage project initiatives, according to Harvey Nash CIO 2012 survey.

Huawei commits to spending £1.2bn in UK

Chinese telecoms company Huawei has promised to spend £1.2bn in investment and procurement in the UK over the next five years

IT system cuts visa abuse across Schengen Area

An IT system integrating disparate national border controls has reduced visa abuse across the borderless Schengen Area of continental Europe

Customers ramp up cloud and big data moves

An EMC survey of customers has found that the next twelve months will be ones of IT transformation with an increasing number of firms embracing cloud and big data

AT&T takes APTs seriously

APTs are real and all companies should be taking them seriously, says telecommunications company AT&T

Westcoast mourns Strowman loss

Westcoast is mourning the sad death of Howard Strowman who ran its asset management arm

G3 businesses merge to form new network force

G3 Telecommunications and its sister firm G3 Network Services have merged to form a new entity, G3 Comms Group, in a nod to in a nod to growing demands from customers for more complete solutions

Oracle getting partners to sell more of the stack

Oracle has changed compensation packages to encourage resellers to sell more of its portfolio and the moves appear to be paying off

Is a Storm moving into the complex event processing world?

Big social media sites spawn new event processing technologies. But they may prove best for new Web applications, rather than established CEP apps.

Huddle gets US federal government breakthrough

US public sector workers get cloud-based collaboration software from Huddle after two major US government departments sign up

Apple launches iPhone 5 with updated iOS 6

Apple debuts the iPhone 5 and upgraded iOS 6 as rebranded mobile operator Everything Everywhere – now EE – snags the UK 4G exclusive

Security spending remains important despite slowdown

IT budgets will continue to prioritise security for the next four years, at least, despite the economic slowdown with $60bn to be spent on security technologies this year

Sage takeover talk returns

Sage is again being tipped as a takeover target leading to an increase in the software vendor's share price and mounting talk of a change of ownership

PacketLight to bulk up Zycko house brand ProLabs

Networking VAD Zycko is to add wave division multiplexing and optical transport network products from PacketLight Networks to its line card in a move designed to enhance the reach of its in-house accessories and infrastructure brand ProLabs

Expansive SSS breathes in Oxygen

BI and asset management expert and Microsoft partner SSS Group has bought out the IP and assets of Oxon-based SaaS pioneer e-Warehouse, including its Oxygen helpdesk suite

EMEA playing greater role for WatchGuard

WatchGuard has issued revenue figures for its second quarter revealing that EMEA is now accounting for more of its global sales

Tablets gaining increased backing from CIOs

CIOs are increasingly viewing tablets as a positive force according to the findings contained in the latest Technology Index from BT Engage IT

The cloud brings SMB disaster recovery within reach

Cloud providers can help SMB disaster recovery as a service; backup services bundling cloud services grow as attractive option for smaller businesses.

European suppliers shy away from cloud radio networks

European suppliers have given a cool response to Intel technology enabling mobile providers to cut basestation hardware, says Intel’s CTO

New Cisco ASA clustering feature enables 320 Gbps firewall

Cisco has enhanced its data center security story with a new Cisco ASA clustering feature for 320 Gbps firewall capacity and a new virtual firewall.

WiGig wireless products due in 2013

WiGig, the wireless standard for linking devices over the 60GHz spectrum, should be product-compatible before the end of 2013

HDD or SSD debate heads to the cloud

The appeal of solid state drives is something that cloud providers are going to have to start thinking more about as customers look for quick performance options

Snap Fashion wins Cisco BIG Awards 2012

Snap Fashion sees off competition to bag $175,000 prize package from Cisco, JP Morgan, Bird & Bird, Octopus PR and DNX

Microsoft reveals factory-installed malware scam

In an investigation designed to identify counterfeit products Microsoft has found that new desktops and laptops are leaving factories in China with malware already installed

Dynamic Markets: CFOs see worth in data on balance sheet

About 20% of UK companies are assigning a financial value to their data, according to research sponsored by SAS. But only 16% of UK companies have a formal data management strategy.

Xirrus named as first Wick Hill Wi-Fi partner

Value added distie Wick Hill has named Xirrus as its first ever wireless networking partner as it looks to capitalise on BYOD growth and its subsequent impact on the networking industry

IPv4 address pool almost dry

The five Internet Registries now have just 16.8 millions IPv4 addresses left