TechTarget News - Week of Oct 21, 2012

Interview: Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal

Dries Buytaert, founder of open source content management system Drupal and distributor Acquia, on ambitions to run a $100m business

Surface already ticking corporate boxes

The Microsoft Windows 8-based tablet Surface looks like getting a good run at the business market as SecureData reveals users are attracted by the compatibility of the operating system with existing infrastructure

BT highlights cloud momentum

BT and Ovum has revealed that there is a swing in favour of cloud computing thanks to buying patterns changing with networking and IT coming under the same roof

Gartner restates Windows 8 is a slow burner

Gartner's head of research Peter Sondergaard has used a speech at the analyst firm's symposium in Orlando to restate that Windows 8 will take time to penetrate the corporate market

Logistics firm switches to hypervisor-based replication

Transfreight changed its data replication product to improve flexibility, going from array-based EMC RecoverPoint to Zerto's hypervisor-based replication.

ZTE in call for reseller, distributor partners

Chinese telecoms, networking and mobility specialist ZTE Corporation announced its arrival in the UK channel at London’s IP Expo 2012 event last week, sounding a rallying cry for new VAR and distributor partners

EE reveals UK's first 4G pricing plans

EE, the first mobile operator to bring 4G to the UK lays out its pricing plans, offering up to 128GB of data for business customers

Avnet expands IBM services offering

Avnet Technology Services has expanded the support it can offer IBM resellers in the UK by providing two additional services to the channel

CompTIA announces IT Trustmark, merger plan

Industry association CompTIA has used its London partner event to announce an IT Business Trustmark, and its intent to merge with fellow standards body Accredit UK

Veeam signs up 1000th partner

Virtualisation specialist Veeam has reached 1000 partners in the UK as it continues to build its channel base looking to recruit more Microsoft resellers

New LOL deal reg functionality for C2000 security VARs

Computer 2000 has added new functionality to its web-based software licensing system, Licence OnLine (LOL), to help security resellers register deals more quickly and earn additional rebates

Fife Council to slash £2.4m with PSN

Fife Council will slash £2.4m from its network infrastructure costs over the next four years by moving to a public services network (PSN)

Riverbed Cascade 10.0 offers VDI and VXLAN monitoring

Riverbed Cascade 10.0 offers server virtualization and VDI monitoring, and visibility into VXLAN traffic for virtual infrastructure management.

Cloud, mobile and big data deliver for SAP in Q3

SAP has delivered a solid set of results thanks to its strategy of focusing on the growth areas of cloud, mobile and big data

FAST warns cyber threat is linked with illegal software

FAST has welcomed moves by the government to increase awareness of cyber crime but has warned that the use of unlicensed software also increases the risks faced by users

Tech companies to be given £1m funding pot

Ten start-ups from media and B2B sectors will be chosen to receive a share of £1m as well as management and mentoring from UK brands

Argos to close stores in move to digital

Argos is to cut up to 75 stores in a move to reposition itself from a catalogue-led business to a digital retailer

VMware profits dip as expenses rack up

Although it booked growth across the board in licence and services revenues, VMware’s profits failed to keep pace with the runaway growth in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure in Q3

Juniper Networks profit collapses by 80%

Juniper Networks blames restructuring costs, along with cautious customer spending, for plummet in profits shown in Q3 results

SAP announces additional support for Hadoop

SAP announces it is integrating Hadoop with a growing number of SAP analytics and database applications, including SAP HANA, its in-memory database platform.

Windows 8 gives Microsoft shot at phones and tablets

IDC believes that Windows 8 provides the potential for Microsoft to catch up on rivals and get its operating system established in the smart phone and tablet worlds

Acquisition, development costs hit Colt Group profits

Colt Group has booked a 3.2% decline in its EBITDA after its acquisitions of MarketPrizm and ThinkGrid and associated product development costs

Tape revenue drop hits Quantum numbers

Storage specialist Quantum has reported second quarter results that included net losses as a result of lower demand for tape products

ICO hits Stoke-on-Trent City Council with £120,000 fine

Stoke City Council has breached the Data Protection Act, for the second time in two years, after details of a child protection legal case were emailed to the wrong person.

Mobile pioneers risk being sacked

A group of UK workers are driving the use of consumer devices in the workplace and are risking being sacked as a result.

Ingram Micro ready to roll with Microsoft SPLA programme

Ingram Micro has formally launched Microsoft’s Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) to the channel, two months after being handed the role of distributor

Telefónica Digital buys TokBox

Telefónica Digital buys into the video conferencing market with its acquisition of San-Francisco-based TokBox

Tech Data SDG purchase waved through

Tech Data’s £219m September acquisition of SCH distribution unit SDG has been approved by the European Commission

Kaseya sounds warning for those sticking with XP

With the clock ticking down to the launch of Windows 8 a warning has been sounded by Kaseya for those that are still using the old XP operating system.

Rezidor Hotel Group rolls out 100Mbps network

Rezidor Hotel Group is using Exponential-e's network to provide superfast internet connections to hotel chains Radisson Blu and Park Inn

Microsoft launches Windows 8

Microsoft has finally released Windows 8, Windows RT and the Windows Store at a packed launch event in New York

Cloud HR pivotal to Direct Line share offering

Cloud HR proved pivotal to insurance group Direct Line separating from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) before it launched on the stock market

Beware of unfair SaaS HR contracts

Businesses must be wary of signing unfair contracts as software as a service takes over from traditional HR technology

Government launches next phase of G-Cloud project

The second phase of the G-Cloud project has gone live with hundreds of new suppliers, including a substantial number of resellers, named to the public sector cloud buying programme

Apple sets sights on strong end to the year

Apple has delivered a solid set of numbers for its fourth fiscal quarter but is looking forward to a busy Christmas time with its iPad mini and iPhone 5 to put in shop windows

Vodafone reveals trade in deal for 4G launch

Vodafone may not be rolling out its 4G network until the spring, but it is already touting a trade-in deal for users to upgrade to the faster speeds

ACPO use online crime reporting company

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and charity Crimestoppers is using online self-reporting platform Facewatch, designed to reduce low-level crime.

Ballmer talks of love and reimagination as Win 8 arrives

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage at the launch event in New York and said that Windows 8 would allow users to love using their PCs as he ushered in the latest OS

Alternative twists on IaaS turn heads

Two companies looking for fine-grained provisioning and individual attention from tech support went for relatively small, specialized IaaS providers.

Paperless office nowhere near as global page volumes grow

Global page volumes printed on hardcopy devices only declined by 1% last year with emerging markets in particular showing a preference for pressing 'print', according to IDC

NetSuite blasts laggard ERP rivals as sales climb again

Cloud ERP specialist NetSuite has hit out at slow-moving competitors after booking record quarterly sales and releasing a new next-generation range of commerce software solutions in the UK

World of Warcraft offers organizational learning lessons

John Seely Brown opened up KMWorld by describing a new process of organizational learning that enterprises should embrace to remain competitive in a new era.