TechTarget News - Week of Sep 16, 2012

Intel lends a hand eliminating passwords

Intel is working on palm-scanning technology to eliminate weak password-based user authentication

Portal, m-hance among channel firms in 2012 Tech Track 100

IBM specialist Portal and Microsoft partner m-hance are among a host of channel players named to the twelfth edition of the annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table.

E.ON outsources applications to Capgemini

Utility giant E.ON has outsourced application services to Capgemini as part of a five-year restructure of its IT services in a deal worth about €50m

Data centre complexity a growing problem

The latest state of the nation report from Symantec has discovered that customers are struggling to cope with increasing data centre complexity

Redstone absorbs Maxima remnants in £13.8m deal

Networking and IT solutions integrator Redstone has opened its wallet to pick up the remaining assets of sunken rival Maxima in a deal that values the firm, at £13.8m, including net debt

Android devices vulnerable to security breaches

More than 50% of devices running Google's Android OS have unpatched vulnerabilities, opening them up to malicious apps and other attacks

DESlock appointment nucleus of new partner programme

Data encryption solutions vendor DESlock has hired former ESET man Kevin Percy as its new channel manager, forming the nucleus of the recently-established firm’s UK channel

Cloud adoption speeding up

Adoption of cloud applications and services has speeded up over the last nine months as more customers start to embrace the technology

ITU denies ‘internet control’ accusations

The UN agency claims it will be down to member states to decide how the organisation’s proposals are implemented after it meets at the WCIT conference in December

Microsoft investigates IE zero-day flaw

Microsoft says it is investigating reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9

RSA Europe 2012 to focus on big data

Big data and intelligence-driven security are to be the focus of the RSA Conference Europe 2012 in London next month

Government plans for 200 digital managers

Government may appoint 200 digital managers to work across Whitehall departments as part of its transition to transactional digital services

Cabinet Office names Stephen Kelly as COO

The Cabinet Office has named former Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly as chief operating officer and head of the Efficiency and Reform Group

KPMG survey reveals state of IT outsourcing

A comprehensive annual survey of £14bn worth of UK IT services contacts has revealed a continued appetite to outsource, new reasons for doing so and different ways of doing it

Check Point to double gold partner numbers

Security vendor Check Point is aiming to double its gold partner numbers looking for those resellers that have passion and interest in its product portfolio

Du Toit reunites with former boss at Azzurri

Managed communications services provider Azzurri has named channel veteran David Du Toit as its new operations director to soup up the firm’s internal processes and boost service quality and value to end-users

Alvea launches IaaS programme

Cloud platform and service provider Alvea has unveiled a partner programme aimed at increasing the profile of its infrastructure service

K3 takes down 'for sale' signs

K3 Group has officially taken itself off the market after ending a sale process that started back in March after the board felt no good offers had been made for the firm

CertiVox enables Outlook encryption

Security firm CertiVox has launched PrivateSky for Outlook that enables users to encrypt messages and large files up to 5GB

Oracle on Itanium customers breathe sigh of relief

IT pros running Oracle on Itanium are happy Oracle will now support software on Itanium, but a crucial decision still awaits them down the road.

Microsoft updates Office 365 pricing

Microsoft offers 25GB storage and support for multiple devices to tempt users to its cloud-based Office 365 suite

Colt’s Andrew Gray jumps ship to ShoreTel

Colt Technology Services Northern Europe marketing director Andrew Gray is crossing the fence to take up the vacant post of EMEA marketing director at unified communications vendor ShoreTel

SEC fines NYSE $5 million in compliance settlement

The New York Stock Exchange has agreed to a $5 million compliance settlement in response to SEC charges of improper distribution of market data.

White House deputy CTO praises NHS open-data strategy

The deputy CTO of the White House, Chris Vein, is working with the NHS to pass on experiences of making data more open in the public sector

Mozy looks for SME growth with Arrow ECS

Online storage specialist Mozy has expanded on its relationship with Arrow ECS getting the distributor to grow its share in the SME market

Cloud growth a wake up for the channel

Recent figures showing strong growth in adoption of hosted applications and services in recent months should spur reseller activity in this area

NHS Trust uses Accenture for system integration

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has signed a contract with Accenture giving doctors in the region access to over a million patient records

Comms-care adds new teams to meet services demand

Channel-focused services and support provider Comms-care is recruiting to make sure it can meet runaway growth in demand for support services

Government saves £41m axing 61 sites

The government has saved £41m in website costs since July 2011, with the total number of sites down by 61 to 383

Westcon Security adds more HP kit to line-up

Westcon will now be able to offer its partners the full range of HP's security offering after extending its relationship with the vendor to include HP Fortify and HP TippingPoint in its security portfolio

Bromium launches Windows PC security product

Company uses virtualization technology to isolate malware from the rest of the system.

Arrogant firms hoodwink customers on data breaches

Customers are having the wool pulled over their eyes by organisations that fail to report data breaches, says document management firm Simplexo

Mindjet unifies product range

Mindjet has put its products into a single solution with a subscription price to tap into the different way users are collaborating in the workplace

m-hance makes in-house social tool available to SMEs

Business software reseller m-hance has unveiled its own SME enterprise social networking (ESN) tool in a bid to capitalise on a market that looks set to be worth £2.8bn by 2016, according to IDC

PHD Virtual revamps partner program

PHD Virtual has rebranded its VAR program and introduced a new reseller portal, with centralized access to all sales and training materials.

Databarracks gains cloud certification

Databarracks has gained the Cloud Industry Forum provider certification as a result of proving it will be transparent and open over what it can deliver

GFI makes Android security buy

Small business security firm GFI Software has forked out an undisclosed sum to buy smartphone device management specialist VizualMobile

Olympics have negative effect on the high street

The Olympics kept shoppers away last month and also prevented them from clicking through their web orders according to the latest Office of National Statistics figures

Barclays adopts Salesforce to go social

Head of global CRM at Barclays admits compliance is a big issue when using social networking but claims it has hugely benefited the business

Farewell Cisco ACE, but perhaps not Cisco load balancing

Cisco has officially killed its ACE line, but says it may not be out of the load balancer business. What will it take to make a competitive Cisco load balancer?

Investec banks on policy to make social media work

Investment bank Investec sees social media as part of the insider threat to information security, but has policies and technologies to make it work

Apple admits iPhone 5 Maps app needs fixing

In an email to an Australian iPhone 5 user, Apple conceded the data for its iOS Maps app – intended to replace Google Maps – need improving

HP and Microsoft highlighted in US tax investigation

HP and Microsoft have been used as examples of tax avoidance by a US Senate committee which is determined to highlight the extent to which the tech sector is exploiting legal loopholes to reduce their payouts

Infinigate rattles security sabre at VADs with Vigil buy

After an exhaustive search for a British partner, Swiss security distie Infinigate has thrown in its lot with Vigil Software, snapping up just over 50% of the firm for an undisclosed sum

Phoenix calls for closer scrutiny of cloud SLAs

With cloud sales on the rise the potential for confusion over delivery has also increased leading to Phoenix to call for greater understanding and clarity around SLAs

UK faces BlackBerry outage again

People in the UK, Middle East and Europe are again facing disruption to the BlackBerry email messaging service

Oracle sees hardware decline, SaaS shine

Oracle has once again seen its quarterly hardware sales tumbling, and the decline only looks set to continue as the vendor struggles to turn around its Sun business

Cloud backup provider Zetta.net lowers barriers to entry

Zetta.net has revamped its partner program with a much lower minimum capacity requirement, multi-tenant partner portal and deal registration.

US considers executive order on cyber security

A White House executive order on cyber security is “close to completion,” according to Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security

Telefonica integrates AR into media platform

Telefonica Digital has partnered with augmented reality (AR) technology company, Aurasma, to broaden its range of AR media services

Lab speeds up test app with Kaminario K2 all-flash array

TestAmerica consolidated its IT environment with a Kaminario K2 solid-state flash array that handles the increased IOPS at its corporate data center.

Points mean prizes for Cyberoam resellers

UTM specialist Cyberoam has taken the wraps off its latest channel programme enhancements with a reward scheme at the heart of its plans to incentivise partners

Oracle Database 12c to be announced at OpenWorld

The first major upgrade to Oracle's flagship database product in three years will include features around the cloud, tuning and automation.

SaaS data integration brings cost gotchas to cloud shops

On-premises and cloud data integration can carry unexpected costs, but some IT pros have found tools to help work through this and other problems.