TechTarget News - Week of Nov 18, 2012

Data centre focus to move onto sustainability

Those selling data centre technology and services will find that the focus sharpens next year around sustainability issues as customers look to control costs

Buffalo worried SMEs at risk using consumer storage

Buffalo has found that SMEs might know about the importance of looking after data but are quite happy to use external hard drives and USB sticks to store information

Cloud computing brings big data to the masses

Cloud computing will saddle up big data's elusive 'pink unicorns' for enterprises and SMBs alike, predicted Medio executives.

Lack of buyer sparks Comet store closures

The failure to find a buyer means that 41 Comet stores will be closed at the end of the month as the struggling retailer looks to control costs

Windows 8 security features improve, but IT concerns remain

Microsoft made several security improvements in Windows 8, such as adding the new Secure Boot feature. But vulnerabilities remain.

Cisco makes cloud moves with Meraki buy

Cisco has splashed out $1.2bn to acquire cloud networking start-up Meraki as it looks to expand the hosted support it can deliver to the market

NetBackup 5220 keeps Lotus F1 racing team data safe

After a data scare at the race track, the Lotus F1 auto racing team added Symantec NetBackup 5220 and Backup Exec 3600 appliances for backup and DR.

Mobile embedded applications: Seven testing challenges

Mobile embedded applications are vulnerable to attack and subject to compliance mandates, and require more robust testing practices than other apps.

New Agile fluency steps build four-star teams

Experts Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the four stages of Agile fluency, a model for Agile teams seeking more effective software development.

Cisco acquires cloud-based network vendor Meraki

Cisco will acquire Meraki for $1.2 billion, as it tries to improve its cloud-based network offerings for SMBs.

Intel on CEO hunt as Otellini retires

Intel has started the hunt for a new CEO after it emerged that the current boss has decided to leave the post

SME cloud opportunity still sizeable

A decent chunk of the SME market has yet to embrace the cloud, leaving the door open for resellers

Comstor to offer Cisco, NetApp ExpressPod to SME market

Westcon Group’s Cisco specialist unit, Comstor, has added Cisco and NetApp’s latest cloud platform, ExpressPod, to its channel line-up to help partners break into the SME cloud market

Cloud computing IT outsourcing contracts triple

Global IT outsourcing deals with a cloud computing element have tripled in number since 2010, according to Information Services Group (ISG)

HP writes down Autonomy by $8.8bn

HP blames Autonomy for misleading the firm before acquisition and refers former management to the Serious Fraud Office

HP lashes out at Autonomy ‘lies’

Hewlett-Packard has accused Autonomy of “serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” after taking an $8bn write-down

Nationwide completes mobile banking roll-out

The latest milestone to be reached in Nationwide’s £1bn five-year IT transformation sees the launch of its mobile banking service

EU gives green light to £530m superfast broadband plans

The government has been given the green light by the European Union to roll out £530m in broadband funding, intended to bring superfast broadband to 90% of homes, and a minimum speed of 2Mbps.

India tops rankings of countries opposed to BYOD

Nearly half of all Indian companies have security policies prohibiting staff using their own mobile devices for work, an ISACA survey reveals

Autonomy founder Lynch rejects HP allegations

Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has come forward to refute Hewlett-Packard’s allegations that it was deliberately misled over the true state of the firm’s books when it acquired his business in 2011

AVG exceeds reseller cloud ambitions

AVG has signed up three times as many resellers as it aimed for to sell its CloudCare platform

Europe third quarter star for Tech Data

Computer 2000 parent Tech Data has booked declines in both sales and net profit during its third quarter, but turned in a solid performance in the troubled European market

BBC researches digital future with UCL

The BBC is partnering with University College London in a four-year R&D programme to investigate the future of digital content

Virgin Media Biz to add 10 new channel heads by Xmas

Virgin Media Business (VMB) has said it will grow its channel team by about 25% by the end of the year as it seeks to capitalise on healthy year-on-year growth within its reseller-focused business

Local authorities face £1bn broadband bill

Figures from the European Commission shows central government will be the smallest contributor to the BDUK project

70% of IT pros have considered move to NHS

Almost three quarters of IT pros have admitted to considering a move to NHS IT for several attractive reasons, a survey has revealed.

Cloud security begins with the contract, says expert

Enterprises must empower their legal teams to ask the right questions and write contracts based on risk management, explains Tom Kellermann of Trend Micro.

SMEs looking for simple steps on cloud journey

Small customers want to move to the cloud starting with proven technology that will inspire confidence about the hosted model

Camwood kicks off 500 day countdown to end of XP support

With just 500 days left of support from Microsoft for XP one of its gold partners has started a campaign to encourage customers to think about transition strategies

Funding for Lending not getting credit to SMEs

The government's latest attempt to get credit flowing to small businesses via the Funding for Lending scheme doesn't appear to be making a difference

Orange launches free call and text app

Orange takes on the ‘over the top’ providers with its own application, called Libon, enabling users to make calls and send texts for free

HP lab latest addition to Azlan partner arsenal

C2000 enterprise unit Azlan is to set up a dedicated HP lab around its infrastructure solutions to give partners a dedicated training, building, testing and design resource

Phil Pavitt steps down as HMRC CIO

Phil Pavitt has stepped down as HMRC’s CIO to join insurance giant Aviva as global director of IT transformation.

UKtech50 winner: Warren East, CEO of ARM

ARM CEO and UKtech50 winner Warren East talks to Computer Weekly about fostering the market innovation necessary for the digital age

Samsung adds iPad mini to patent battle with Apple

Samsung has filed papers at a US court alleging that Apple’s iPad mini infringes eight of its patents in the latest clash between the two companies.

Vendor cloud recommendations not opening SME doors

A good word from a vendor is not going to get small companies rushing into the arms of resellers as MicroScope research reveals that the channel has to develop its own story

DRL emerges as buyer for Comet's online business

The first confirmed buyer for struggling Comet has emerged but online appliance specialist DRL only wants to pick up the web side of the retailers business

Ofcom publishes proposals for white space devices

Regulator Ofcom takes steps towards enabling devices to use the gaps between spectrum bands – so-called 'white spaces' – for connectivity

Changing culture key to unlocking managed services

A managed services specialist that has made the journey from break-fix urges others considering a similar journey to appreciate the internal challenges

SCC claims first healthcare cloud in Merseyside

Integrator SCC has signed the UK’s first healthcare cloud deal to deliver secure datacentre services to Mersey Care NHS Trust through 2017

Claranet buys Star to build £120m MSP

Internet service provider turned managed services specialist Claranet has forked out £55m to acquire managed technology services outfit Star with the intent of building a £120m MSP business in Europe