TechTarget News - Week of Nov 04, 2012

Microsoft and Google eye unused UK spectrum

Microsoft and Google are in discussions with the UK government about unused sections of airwaves known as white space

Firms tightly control costs to weather the storm

When the world around you is collapsing in terms of orders and pipeline business the most obvious reaction is to turn the focus internally to wrestle with the costs that you can at least control.

Canon hands resellers mobile pitch

Canon has reacted to consumer demand for more flexibility launching a smartphone app and wifi hardware to help improve resellers mobility printing pitch

Embotics expands distribution line-up

Cloud management specialist Embotics has added a couple of distributors to its channel line-up as it looks to increase the business generated by resellers in the UK and Benelux

Government could save £1.8bn digitising transactions

Government Digital Service hopes to save £1.8bn per year moving to online services, according to draft Digital Strategy seen by Computer Weekly.

UK spectrum valued at £52bn

Government research shows the UK’s spectrum contributes £52bn to the economy each year, thanks mostly to mobile services

Brocade boosts SDN presence with Vyatta buy

Networking giant Brocade buys network operating system pioneer Vyatta to bolster its software-defined networking (SDN) folio

Cloud strategy paying off for ComputerLinks

ComputerLinks has taken the unusual step of revealing its revenue figures as it demonstrates to the market and its channel customers that its strategy around cloud services is delivering

Sandy put business continuity planning in spotlight

Some firms struggled while others smoothly executed disaster procedures. Experts said cloud computing aided data center resiliency.

TwinStrata adds cloud NAS to CloudArray

TwinStrata enters cloud NAS by adding file capabilities to its CloudArray, which previously supported only iSCSI.

IT skunkworks powers Barclays innovation drive

Barclays Bank is changing its image through innovative IT In spite of the regulatory framework governing banking

ITSM tools enter the consumerization era

BMC's MyIT app aims to bridge the gap between traditional ITSM tools and today's empowered, mobile end users.

Vendors undermining reseller services ambitions

Brocade has found that its partners services ambitions are being undermined by the general failing by most vendors to provide innovative and flexible solutions

Accenture launches Newcastle IT apprenticeships

Outsourcing services giant Accenture has launched an apprenticeship programme in Newcastle offering 40 places over the next 12 months

Dixons offers Comet staff yuletide lifeline

Dixons is offering staff at the beleagured Comet stores the prospect of Christmas work as it looks to recruit 3,000 additional seasonal workers

Dogs to have their day in mobile security campaign

The UK Cyber Security Challenge has announced the winner of its Can You Talk Security? competition devised by BT and Get Safe Online

How to demystify data deduplication

When it comes to data deduplication technology, the opportunities for resellers are clear, provided they present it and match it effectively to their customers' needs.

Outsourcers must focus on customer service

We all know the world is changing at an ever-faster pace and on many fronts, writes Neil Anderson, MD of outsourcer Qcom.

Delivering the right message to the channel

With technology companies selling up to 90 per cent of their products via the IT channel, this audience has become a vital part of any marketing strategy.

WLAN planning: Are enterprises ready for the iPad?

In the enterprise, WLAN planning network pros must consider BYOD performance challenges to keep their Wi-Fi network from becoming obsolete.

Apple loses patent case to VirnetX

Apple has been ordered to pay $368m in damages to VirnetX after a court ruled it had infringed on two of the software firm’s patents

Imago, Vidyo team up to offer VAR cloud video service

Video solutions VAD Imago Group says it has become the first European hosted video distributor after signing a new compact with telepresence software specialist Vidyo

CSA 2012 keynote: Attack data vital to securing cloud-based systems

Security pros need to share anonymous attack information or face dire consequences, said Dave Cullinane, CEO of Security Starfish and chairman of the Cloud Security Alliance.

Mobile impacting cloud security issues, says panel

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) makes securing cloud services complex, say experts. Enterprises should set mobile guidelines consistent with cloud policies.

Lenovo numbers solid but PC growth rate slows

Lenovo has continued to duck the blight afflicting the global PC market after posting another strong quarter, with pre-tax income hitting a new record, but its growth rate now seems to be slowing

Canon adds MPS accreditation to partner programme

Canon has added a managed print services accreditation to its partner programme to arm its resellers with more options to put in front of customers

Capgemini reduces consultancy charges

Capgemini has lowered pricing in its consulting and local professional services businesses, according to its latest quarter results.

Agile software skills demand rises

Agile expertise will be in higher demand than HTML by the end of 2012 as recruiters seek experience of the software development methodology

Pensions watchdog signs G-Cloud deal

The government’s Pensions Ombudsman has signed a deal for a case management system via the G-Cloud.

Enterprise mobility needs could ramp up UCaaS market

The UCaaS market has been slowly evolving. As enterprises shift to using mobile devices to access UC applications, however, UCaaS could mature.

Iomega turns gaze on surveillance market

Iomega is looking to exploit the move by the market away from analogue CCTV cameras to IP based technology with a NAS bundle for partners

C2000 launches Windows 8 website to channel

Computer 2000 has launched a dedicated Windows 8 website to bring reseller partners up to speed on the new operating system

Office iOS app due in spring, but with lots of gotchas

If you want to do anything of value with Microsoft Office for iOS (or Android), you'll need an Office 365 subscription. Cheaper alternatives abound.

November 2012 Patch Tuesday to include Windows 8 patch

Microsoft's November 2012 Patch Tuesday release will include four critical bulletins to fix flaws in Windows 8 and other products.

BT trials 10Gbps line in Cornwall

BT is trialling a 10Gbps broadband connection using ZTE kit to a business in Cornwall in an attempt to future proof its network

UBM CIO leaves to move into consulting

The CIO of media giant UBM, Rorie Devine, has left the company to pursue other opportunities as a consultant

Post inkjet exit Lexmark rolls out MFP strategy

Having taken the move at the end of the summer to exit the inkjet market Lexmark has rolled out a number of products to support its focus on the higher end of the market

Skype in the workspace made public

After six months of beta testing, the Microsoft-owned firm opens up the small business community for making connections and finding customers

Bitdefender identifies Windows 8 security flaws

Bitdefender has discovered that Microsoft's latest operating system is not able to fend off some of the most common malware threats leading to a call for users to adopt additional security

BYOD devices to double by 2014

The number of consumer devices brought into the workplace will hit 350 million by 2014, according to a study from Juniper Research

Tablet growth pays off for Nvidia

The growth in demand for its graphic chips from the smartphone and tablet market helped boost Nvidia's third quarter numbers and allow the vendor to introduce its first quarterly dividend

Users start reporting Surface cover problems

With the dust hardly settled after the launch of Microsoft's Surface tablet there are already reports from users that the cover with an integrated keyboard is splitting

Comet administrators swing axe on 330 staff

One week after being appointed Comet's administrators have made 330 staff redundant as the struggling retailer looks to trim costs