TechTarget News - Week of Oct 14, 2012

US prepares cyber offensive capability

The US admits to preparing cyber offensive capabilities amid growing evidence that Iran conducted cyber attacks on the Saudi oil industry

AMD cuts 20% of workforce

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to cut as many as 2,340 jobs, or about 20% of its workforce

O2 blames network node for outage

10% of O2’s customers were unable to make calls, receive texts or download data last week after a network node for connecting traffic failed

HP believes business tablet should be a winner

Hewlett-Packard believes that it has a chance to gain enterprise market share with a tablet specifically designed for that audience rather than aimed at consumers

Natalya Kapsersky invests in G Data Software

Mrs Kaspersky has as much interest in the anti virus world as her ex-husband as she continues to invest in the sector taking a slice of German outfit G Data Software

Clearswift signals M&A intent with CEO appointment

Clearswift has appointed a CEO with a track record in mergers and acquisitions with a view to getting him to bring the same expertise to the security vendor

Did IT problems force Santander out of RBS deal?

Spanish bank Banco Santander has pulled out of its £1.7bn agreement to take over 316 RBS branches because of IT integration problems

Yahoo claims second Google executive as COO

Yahoo has appointed Henrique de Castro as COO, just three months after appointing another Google executive, Marissa Mayer, as CEO

Network health puts sector off mobile working

Healthcare organisations are embracing mobile working like never before, but the issue around network coverage is causing concern

Security focus moves from devices to applications

Integralis has highlighted a growing trend in the growth of mobile business apps providing a potential headache for security managers but an opportunity for the channel

Users will cut security estate to ease management headaches

Customers are struggling to cope with the volume of security products they use and the number of vendor relationships they are trying to maintain and will look to consolidate their activities

Small firms forced to pass cost rises onto customers

Small firms are facing a dilemma of either swallowing cost rises and losing money or passing them onto customers the Forum of Private Business has revealed

vSphere 5.1 Single Sign-On problems dog VMware shops

VMware customers have encountered numerous problems with vSphere 5.1's Single Sign-On feature, and that's holding some shops back from upgrading.

Interoute switches on 100GbE network

Network provider Interoute is using Infinera technology to bring bigger bandwidth to enterprise and service provider customers

VDI in a box re-engages Citrix channel

Citrix has found its VDI in a box solution has been a way of opening doors with partners and to rebuild its channel after it pruned it back last year

Is the world ready for the Oracle Cloud?

The tech world is intrigued by the new Oracle Cloud, but should you trust Oracle with your data? Lena J. Weiner examines this hot topic.

IBM reseller Portal snaps up Planit CPM

IBM reseller Portal has moved to bolster its information management skills buying Cognos specialist Planit CPM

Office Web Apps becoming more desktop-like

To more closely tie its Office Web Apps to its on-premises Office offerings, Microsoft will provide an update that boosts collaboration and touch.

Intel sales and profits fall in third quarter

Computer chip maker Intel has reported falls in both sales and profits in the third quarter due to the "tough economic environment”

IBM reports flat net profits for third quarter

IBM has reported flat net profits of $3.8bn as demand for its software services and tight cost management offset the effect of a stronger dollar

Strong dollar and weak Europe hit IBM

A strong dollar combined with ongoing economic fragility in Europe have been highlighted by IBM as the main reasons its Q3 results were not better

Intel hurt by lack of tablet action

Intel's lack of involvement in the tablet market and the ongoing depression in the corporate PC business have led to a gloomy third quarter

ZTE targets local government for UK growth

Despite security controversy, Chinese firm ZTE’s UK head of sales tells Computer Weekly one of its first targets will be local government

Appliances driving Check Point growth

Security specialist Check Point has talked up the sales of its appliances and blades as it reports solid numbers for its third fiscal quarter

O2 drops Ericsson after outage

Mobile network O2 blames Ericsson’s central user database for the faults last week and in July, telling customers it will drop the software

Enterprise OpenStack projects encounter feature gaps

Enterprises evaluating the OpenStack cloud management platform are still waiting on such key elements as monitoring and high availability.

Google offers Street View of datacentres

Google offers Street View of its datacentres and a virtual tour of how users' data is stored, with an emphasis on security practices

ScanSource expands into Benelux

Voice and data distributor ScanSource is building on its existing relationship with ShoreTel expanding its sales of the vendors products into Europe

Big data on the move

SAP has discovered that there is more of an acceptance of the value of big data but its full potential could be undermined as employees struggle to make full use of big data tools

Cisco and Citrix close in on mobile cloud

Citrix and Cisco are looking to build on their technology relationship to ensure they can improve the options for cloud computing users

Ancoris ramps up Google app support

Just a week after its acquisition of Cloud Skills Ancoris has released an overhauled version of the online resource designed to support organisations that use Google apps

VIP Computers pulls Realtime into single entity

VIP Computers is merging Realtime Distribution into a single entity as it looks to solidify the business in the current tough economic conditions

Nokia revenues fall again in third quarter 2012

Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia reports falling revenues for Q3 2012 as it pins its hopes on Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8

C2000 bolsters public sector team

Computer 2000 has hired a special bids and pricing specialist as part of its public sector team to keep growing that side of its business

Redstone gives Cambridge dedicated cloud

Redstone has extended the cloud support it gives the City of Cambridge giving the university town a business network that spans across the town

Google no longer playing with Android malware

Some say the Android malware problem is out of hand, and it appears Google is taking additional steps to block attacks in its Google Play store.

DevOps role continues growth: Is it here to stay?

Competition is fierce in the tech arena. The DevOps role is a coveted one, and employers will do anything to secure the position, at least for now.

DevOps role continues growth: Is it here to stay?

Competition is fierce in the tech arena. The DevOps role is a coveted one, and employers will do anything to secure the position, at least for now.

CA ARCserve licensing gets an overhaul

CA Technologies announced changes for ARCserve licensing prices, which CA said will let customers pick a backup service or an "all-inclusive" option.

Big Data takes center stage at the 2012 Liferay Symposium

Unlike past years, in 2012, Big Data technologies are making a name for themselves at portal technology conferences. Why? Content continues to amass, and standard CMS systems can't cope. Once again, it's Big Data to the rescue.

Liferay CEO says people are the company's strength

At the 2012 Liferay Symposium, the theme being pushed was "Open for Business", using the double entendre meaning of both open software and open for offering business ready software to clients.

PC market suffers Q3 pre-Windows 8 dip

As the world gets ready for Windows 8 the PC market across EMEA has seen a decline in the third quarter according to the latest figures from IDC

General Motors recruits 3,000 HP IT workers

General Motors (GM) is hiring 3,000 staff from HP as part of its aggressive plan to bring outsourced IT work back in-house

Skills gap holding back big data moves

IBM has carried out an extensive survey of the state of the UK market in relation to big data discovering that a skills gap is holding back some customers

HSBC back online after DDoS attack

HSBC has restored its online banking services after a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevented customers using online services

Sony confirms details of 10,000 job cuts

The electronics firm has updated investors as to where the cuts will hit, including a 20% slash to its headquarters workforce and the shutting of a factory in Minokamo

Lost devices access work email, says Sophos

A fifth of lost electronic devices have access to work email, exposing confidential corporate data, a survey from Sophos has revealed

Microsoft suffers profit drop as world waits for Win 8

Microsoft reported a drop in profits blaming sluggish sales of PCs using its operating system as users chose instead to wait for the launch of Windows 8 later this month

BT iNet ramps up headcount

BT iNet, the network services arm of BT, has embarked on a recruitment drive to bolster it's sales of cloud technologies to customers

Google puts positive spin on weak results

Google has added to the ranks of big tech names that have issued disappointing results this week but is trying to remain positive

Microsoft Office 365 sizes don't fit all

Many IT shops continue to bypass Microsoft Office 365 in favor of other vendors, citing a lack of optimized tools and customization capabilities.