TechTarget News - Week of Nov 25, 2012

UK SME cloud market heading for £2bn revenue

The UK SME market continues to invest in cloud computing with the latest resarch into the market from Parallels indicating its just a few years away from being a £2bn market

OKI finds focus on print costs set to increase

SMEs are going to increease the focus on print costs as they look to cut waste expenditure with more customers becoming aware of the price of going to third-parties for print jobs

Warning sounded over complicated cloud standards

As the European Commission sets out to get cloud standards agreed there are some concerns that rushing into an agreement could cause problems

Greater Anglia rolls out train station Wi-Fi

Train operator Greater Anglia partners with The Cloud to offer free Wi-Fi at 100 of its stations in the east of England

Go Daddy responding to malicious DNS entries

Weak passwords may be enabling attackers to hack the DNS records of some Go Daddy hosted websites to spread ransomware.

Application security: Frameworks enforce secure coding

Application security experts say frameworks that enforce secure coding provide a better way for developers to write apps that can withstand attacks.

Disaster recovery gets a virtualization boost

New products and new ways of thinking are bringing disaster recovery-based virtualization tools within reach of customers.

Strategies, best practices for private cloud coming to light

The internal option has been talked up as an idea by analysts and experts, but so far it has been just that—an idea. Now that it’s beginning to take shape, guidelines for implementation are emerging.

Top 10 datacentre stories of 2012

Software-defined datacentres, sustainable and green IT, power and cooling management, DCIM tools and keeping the datacentre running despite hurricane are 2012's datacentre highlights

Zero-day exploit for Yahoo Mail goes on sale

Hacker sells $700 zero-day exploit for Yahoo Mail that allows attacker to use cross-site scripting vulnerability to steal cookies and hijack accounts

Investors file class action against HP

A class action has been filed against HP after investors claim the firm violated federal securities law with its acquisitions of Autonomy and EDS

App gamification won’t meet business needs, says Gartner

A lack of understanding of the gamification phenomenon among software buyers, coupled with shoddy design skills, will see end-users taken in by the hype waste money, Gartner has warned

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School goes wireless

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School has installed wireless technology across its campus, enabling staff and students to use mobile devices

Quantum extends big data team

Quantum has extended its big data team as it looks to ramp up the volume of business it enjoys in that side of that market in Europe

Firms failing to take advantage of social media

Those companies that have decided to allow their staff to use social media have yet to formulate user policies that will enable the business to take advantage of greater collaboration

Softcat to add 40 technical heads to support 2013 growth

Integrator Softcat has announced plans to double the size of its technical team to support its growth and development amid plans to meet and exceed this year’s turnover of £300m plus in 2013

Turnaround expert linked with Comet

An entrepreneur that has a track record in turning around struggling businesses has been linked as a possible buyer for the struggling retailer Comet

ANS half-year numbers reflect growth trajectory

Datacentre and cloud services specialist ANS Group has announced a 13% uptick in its six monthly sales figures to 30 September, with revenues hitting £20.3m and net operating profit up 18% to £1.3m

The network capacity horizon of a mobile world

Sanctioned or unofficial, mobile devices put pressure on enterprises' network capacity. Different approaches are helping CIOs reduce the strain.

VStorage API support focus of Symantec-Veeam battle

Veeam Software disagrees with Symantec's claim that issues with the VMware vStorage 5.1 API makes third-party support impossible pending fixes.

Study finds most antivirus products ineffective

Slow updates to signature databases cause some antivirus products to be ineffective against known threats, according to a study by security firm Imperva.

Apple sacks head of maps

Apple has sacked Richard Williamson, the executive in charge of Apple Maps, after months of embarrassment over application’s performance

Windows 8 passes 40m licence sales mark

Licence sales of Windows 8 hit 40m in the first month since release making it more successful than Windows 7 if that sales momentum continues

Fujitsu private sector head Long heading to Kcom in January

Fujitsu’s UK Private Sector division head Stephen Long will take up the role of managing director of KCOM in January, relieving temporary boss and CFO Paul Simpson of command

SMEs lacking the skills to move to secure cloud

Smaller customers lack the skills to make the move to a secure cloud environment and will have to rely on channel partners to take further steps to a hosted environment

Further 125 Comet stores face the axe

More Comet stores are set to bring down the shutters unless a firm offer can be made for the business as administrators look to cut costs further

Meru channel programme refresh promises clarity, support

Wireless networking specialist Meru has made over its partner programme, ditching tiers that, by its own admission provided “no differentiation” for partners and promising more support

RBS launches digital wallet trial

RBS adopts Visa Europe’s digital wallet with a roll-out of technology that makes it easier for customers to securely buy on the move

Nokia wins patent case against RIM

Nokia has won its dispute with Research In Motion (RIM) after a year of fighting over its patent licensing agreement

Forrester: Microsoft licence hike makes no sense

Windows users can expect a 15% increase in the cost of licensing key Microsoft products from December, as the software giant raises its prices

Cisco merges cloud, managed services reseller programmes

Cisco has merged its channel Cloud Provider and Cloud Services Reseller roles with its Managed Services Channel Programme to form a single Cloud and Managed Services Programme

Majority of SMEs not bothering with banks

The latest quarterly SME finance update from BDRC Continental has indicated that small businesses are increasingly ignoring external financial providers

Capita set to win £1.7bn Staffordshire outsourcing deal

Capita has been named preferred bidder in an educational support services joint venture with Staffordshire County Council, in a deal worth £1.7bn over 20 years.

EE ups data allowance on 4G mobile broadband

EE, the only operator to run a 4G network in the UK, increases its mobile broadband data allowances without upping the price

Dixons returns UK profit for first time in five years

Electrical retail is not all doom and gloom with Dixons Retail delivering a solid set of interim numbers for its first half as it enjoys the benefits of a strong summer of sport and Comet's demise

ICO fines text spammers Tetrus Telecoms £440,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fines marketing firm Tetrus Telecoms £440,000 for sending millions of spam texts to mobile users

Servo account fiddle dates back to 2009

Integrator Phoenix IT Group has revealed that the profits at its midmarket services business Servo were deliberately manipulated over a lengthy period going back to 31 March 2009

Sharp could turn to tech giants to gain funding

Struggling Sharp is reported to be in talks with Intel and Dell as it looks to secure their investments as it continues to look for solutions to turn around its losses

Carlson Wagonlit Travel hires new CIO

Global travel firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Kevin O'Connor as its executive vice president and chief information officer

Amazon throws down the gauntlet for enterprise IT

It's time for the "old guard" in IT to fall, Amazon executives say, but enterprise IT pros prefer a hybrid approach to AWS for the near future.

Server shipments, sales both down in EMEA

Server shipments and sales in EMEA have suffered another quarterly fall against a backdrop of continuing economic and business challenges, according to Gartner

Syria cut off from internet

The internet in Syria has been taken down by an as-yet unidentified source, leaving 20 million citizens offline

Cybergeddon unlikely, say experts

Cybergeddon, a complete takedown of the internet, is within the power of some nation states, but unlikely, say security industry experts

Dropbox app integration could be 'nightmare' for IT

Dropbox Chooser gives users more access to their data. For IT pros, this new Dropbox app integration service gives more reasons to worry.

AWS IAM tools essential to secure cloud services

Using AWS IAM tools to limit who has access to create and launch services should be essential to a cloud security strategy, say experts.

API evangelist Kin Lane is still spreading the word

API evangelist Kin Lane spreads the word about APIs, shedding light on the pitfalls and challenges of opening a public API, as well as the benefits.

Windows 8 effect yet to be seen in hardware sales

The experience of the US retail market indicates that the launch of Windows 8 has been unable to reveerse declines in sales of both laptops and desktop PCs

Vendor and reseller relationships benefit from maturity

Over the last three decades the relationships between vendors and resellers have been one of the main issues but things have improved in recent years as the channel gets more recognition for its role

Leeds and Bradford to get free Wi-Fi

Leeds and Bradford have signed a deal with Virgin Media Business to get free public Wi-Fi as part of the government’ super-connected cities scheme.

Dixons shares rise as Comet woes continue

Dixons has seen its shares carry on riding on the back of a return to profitability in the UK and expectations that it is going to benefit from Comet's problems

Vodafone accelerates integration of CWW

Vodafone has announced plans to bring forward some of its efforts to integrate Cable & Wireless Worldwide making changes that kick in from the start of next year

Network Innovation Award: Brocade VCS Fabric

Brocade wins the SearchNetworking Network Innovation Award for its VCS data center network fabric technology.

Virident, OCZ and BiTMicro announce new SSD gear

Virident and OCZ rolled out new solid-state drives, while BiTMicro announced its new two-tier architecture for its I/O accelerators and SSDs.