Our regular look back at the most read stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the past seven days
While mobile payments is still in its infancy, the promise of the rewards is substantial and competition for market dominance is gathering pace
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
Kent Police slashes backup window and restore times with Acronis, replacing multi-supplier systems as part of disaster recovery project
The £1.4bn losses caused by a rogue trader at UBS could have been avoided, according to the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Ailsa Beaton, director of information at the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), has stepped down.
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
The European Commission is considering making it mandatory for companies to report cyber attacks, says vice-president Neelie Kroes
As the European Commission sets out to get cloud standards agreed there are some concerns that rushing into an agreement could cause problems
Train operator Greater Anglia partners with The Cloud to offer free Wi-Fi at 100 of its stations in the east of England
Mobile application testing doesn't get the priority it deserves. Experts explain how to meet the challenges of testing.
Weak passwords may be enabling attackers to hack the DNS records of some Go Daddy hosted websites to spread ransomware.
Redstone’s new management has been setting out plans to target more midmarket managed services business following its acquisition of Maxima, and has already reported some success
The world is becoming increasingly connected and security and privacy are integral to modern society, says Raj Samani, CTO of McAfee Europe
Production of parallel NFS technology is moving along slower than expected due to development of client support.
Application security experts say frameworks that enforce secure coding provide a better way for developers to write apps that can withstand attacks.
New products and new ways of thinking are bringing disaster recovery-based virtualization tools within reach of customers.
Windows 8 sales sputter as businesses wait for third-party software to be certified on Microsoft's new operating system.
Next year, pNFS could become a viable option for HPC, big data and the cloud, as support expands in storage and server operating systems.
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.
Mixing business and personal email accounts has serious drawbacks, as well as consequences on IT teams managing data integrity.
Google is expanding its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud computing platform into Europe and cutting storage prices by 20%
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
Hacker sells $700 zero-day exploit for Yahoo Mail that allows attacker to use cross-site scripting vulnerability to steal cookies and hijack accounts
By 2014, 80% of current gamified applications will fail to meet business objectives, primarily because of poor design, according to Gartner
Microsoft has done a lot to boost its Hyper-V virtualisation software but the improvements do not justify switching from VMware, says Gartner
A class action has been filed against HP after investors claim the firm violated federal securities law with its acquisitions of Autonomy and EDS
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 has installed wireless technology across its campus, enabling staff and students to use mobile devices
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
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
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
A 10MW modular datacentre worth £60m will be built in Birmingham by March 2013
Tesco is rolling out a range of virtual technologies for customers to use in-store, as part of its multichannel drive
Online assessment tests the security posture, but more detailed guidance documents and reports are available from government agencies and organizations.
An entrepreneur that has a track record in turning around struggling businesses has been linked as a possible buyer for the struggling retailer Comet
Ericsson is suing Samsung for patent infringement, despite negotiating over the use of the inventions for almost two years
Wi-Fi location-based services can help businesses get more out of guest Wi-Fi with a connected customer experience.
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
IT executives offer insights into how they are managing network capacity in light of the mobile IT influx.
Sanctioned or unofficial, mobile devices put pressure on enterprises' network capacity. Different approaches are helping CIOs reduce the strain.
Software defined networking has brought venture money back to networking after years of drought. Here's why Big Switch backer Index Ventures invested.
Veeam Software disagrees with Symantec's claim that issues with the VMware vStorage 5.1 API makes third-party support impossible pending fixes.
Slow updates to signature databases cause some antivirus products to be ineffective against known threats, according to a study by security firm Imperva.
Hard-coded passwords on some Samsung and Dell printers could enable an attacker to take control of an affected device.
Health information exchange benefits nursing homes. Many remain paper-bound, yet hold up-to-date advance directives for their patients.
Unrealistic HR and hiring manager expectations and a widening security skills gap is challenging CISOs trying to find the right security talent.
Former Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch writes open letter to HP demanding it explain its allegations against the software company it bought in 2011
IT departments must review IT support contracts and invest in mobile device management (MDM) for staff using their own devices at work
Apple has sacked Richard Williamson, the executive in charge of Apple Maps, after months of embarrassment over application’s performance
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’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
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
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
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 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 has won its dispute with Research In Motion (RIM) after a year of fighting over its patent licensing agreement
Windows users can expect a 15% increase in the cost of licensing key Microsoft products from December, as the software giant raises its prices
North Carolina-based law firm WCSR saw improvements in its VDI performance and management after implementing Tintri's VMstore.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will headline this week's first-ever AWS re: Invent cloud computing conference, where several sessions will cover security issues.
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
The latest quarterly SME finance update from BDRC Continental has indicated that small businesses are increasingly ignoring external financial providers
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.
Cisco deal for Cloupia will expand its cloud automation portfolio. Cloupia's orchestration technology may position Cisco as a major cloud player.
All-flash array maker Whiptail has upgraded its Racerunner operating system so Invicta arrays can scale to four million IOPS and 360TB of capacity
EE, the only operator to run a 4G network in the UK, increases its mobile broadband data allowances without upping the price
The G-Cloud has a new framework and calls for it to become a blueprint for all government IT procurement, but what challenges lie ahead?
Cloud services provider ViaWest deployed SolidFire's pure SSD array in its data center for its storage quality of service (QoS).
CompTIA's information security trends study reveals a dangerous disconnect. IT leaders know end users are a big threat but focus resources elsewhere.
IT budgets will stay flat in 2013, but CIOs are reallocating funds to focus on three transformational and rapid-fire project areas, according to CEB.
Speaking at the company's first user conference, Amazon Web Services CISO Stephen Schmidt said security in the cloud is a shared responsibility.
In this Q&A, e-discovery analyst Barry Murphy discusses how businesses should adapt to their increased social media data collection responsibilities.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) senior vice-president Andy Jassy slams private cloud suppliers for failing to deliver the benefits of cloud computing
Two of the big four accounting firms have been named in a lawsuit following HP's $8.8bn write-down of Autonomy
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
The CEO of Acronis Alex Pinchev shares his experiences running the storage player over the last year and what he expects 2013 to bring
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fines marketing firm Tetrus Telecoms £440,000 for sending millions of spam texts to mobile users
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
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
Widespread adoption of telecoms technology has given rise to greater expectations of flexible working, according to a survey from Polycom
Global travel firm Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Kevin O'Connor as its executive vice president and chief information officer
The British Film Institute (BFI) is to launch its own version of the BBC's iPlayer in digitisation plans to give millions access to its film archive
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.
Amazon Redshift can run for as little as $1000 per terabyte per year, which could prove a toothsome temptation for enterprises.
Server shipments and sales in EMEA have suffered another quarterly fall against a backdrop of continuing economic and business challenges, according to Gartner
The internet in Syria has been taken down by an as-yet unidentified source, leaving 20 million citizens offline
A new survey shows that next-generation firewall management is more complex, with new layers of rules and policies to write and track.
Cybergeddon, a complete takedown of the internet, is within the power of some nation states, but unlikely, say security industry experts
Dropbox Chooser gives users more access to their data. For IT pros, this new Dropbox app integration service gives more reasons to worry.
Architecture firm Kahler Slater switched from EMC CX3-20 midrange FC SAN to VNXe3150 entry-level storage, saving footprint and cost.
IBM wants health care to leverage its supercomputer Watson. One official says the language technology is a natural fit for CDS.
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 spreads the word about APIs, shedding light on the pitfalls and challenges of opening a public API, as well as the benefits.
Cereal maker's S&OP head says parallel run of Terra Technology pattern recognition software showed 30% gain after data cleansing.
Malicious file attachments are typically used as the payload, according to a report issued this week by Trend Micro.
AWS has launched two new EC2 instances for applications and analytics workloads as well as AWS Data Pipeline for big data
G-Cloud director Denise McDonagh has called for public sector champions to push forward adoption of the service.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a deal with IBM to provide greater insight into the management of its £22.5bn property portfolio.
Managed service specialists could make ideal partners for ISVs looking to get their software into the cloud
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
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 have signed a deal with Virgin Media Business to get free public Wi-Fi as part of the government’ super-connected cities scheme.
Amazon unveiled new instances for EC2 and a Data Pipeline this week, but IT pros say there are some additional features they hope to see.
Diverse teams must come together to create a successful application integration as complexity goes up. Warning: Cloud integration is no cure-all.
Charityshare chooses Violin Memory 3000 Series over IBM V7000 SAN and flash array rivals Whiptail and Texas Memory Systems for 2,000 seat virtual desktop deployment
Microsoft will increase the user CAL by 15%, leaving many IT pros upset, but with little choice to pay up.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved updates to two digital privacy laws that proponents say are needed to keep pace with technology.
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 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
Getting real-rime results out of big data makes predictive analysis a powerful tool for enterprise application developers.
Partnership allows NetApp customers to maintain private storage in the Amazon public cloud by connecting on-premises arrays to EC2.
RSNA 2012 attendees say choosing to pursue radiology meaningful use is a thorny decision for inpatient and outpatient facilities and practices.
Brocade, a storage veteran and data center LAN innovator, has the tools to make end-to-end FCoE work, but that's not what customers want, one VP says.
Brocade wins the SearchNetworking Network Innovation Award for its VCS data center network fabric technology.
Virident and OCZ rolled out new solid-state drives, while BiTMicro announced its new two-tier architecture for its I/O accelerators and SSDs.
Companies are approaching application sourcing differently and the force behind the change is cloud computing.
At its user conference, Amazon Web Services says customers must understand the implications of its shared security model before moving to the cloud.
IT pros praised the security of Amazon Web Services, saying the show eased their cloud computing security concerns.
According to Kin Lane, APIs are moving from social media to the enterprise. Will public APIs be the key to computing in the internet of things?