TechTarget News - Week of Dec 16, 2012

MoD to sell military spectrum for 4G

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will auction off public services spectrum to help the government free up the airwaves for commercial purposes

Nimans parent Nycomm buys Videonations

Audio-visual reseller Videonations has been bought by Nimans parent, the Nycomm Group, for an undisclosed sum to bulk up its unified comms channel offering

Imerja hires new UK sales head in revenue push

Long-serving industry sales consultant Paul Taylor has joined security and networking services specialist Imerja to strengthen its sales operation

Blue Coat to acquire UTM networking firm Crossbeam

Blue Coat said Crossbeam gives it a platform for its software and also helps bolster its network optimization strategy in high-end data centers.

City of London makes Wi-Fi free

A Wi-Fi network provided by The Cloud, running across the financial centre of the City of London, has been made free to the public

Mott MacDonald rolls out Microsoft software globally

Engineering firm Mott MacDonald is rolling out Microsoft products globally over the next year as it moves towards a Microsoft-centric business strategy

Orange line rental scandal racks up complaints

Ofcom reveals Orange is the most complained about broadband provider of the past quarter after changing its terms in preparation for its merger with T-Mobile

Design to dominate PC hardware agenda in 2013

The design and branding of hardware is going to be come even more important next year as laptop and tablet vendors look to exploit the touch functionality offered in Windows 8

Cisco closes 2012 with BroadHop buy

Acquisition-happy Cisco makes its 11th purchase of the year with the purchase of policy control firm BroadHop

TSG picks Sophos for all future UTM engagements

Sophos partner and IT support specialist TSG has picked the vendor’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) as its default offering for its customers moving forward

US-CERT warns of Adobe Shockwave Player threat

An attacker can exploit weaknesses in files intended to extend the functionality of Shockwave Player. No practical solution is available, US-CERT said.

Top 10 VDI news stories of 2012

2012 may not be a great year according to the Mayans, but desktop virtualization vendors and IT pros saw positive changes in the VDI market this year.

Geek gift ideas for the holiday season

Need a geek gift idea for the techie you love? Read what our panel of IT pros would like to unwrap this holiday season.

Malware spammers target Android OS

Google’s mobile operating system, Android, has been hit again by malicious malware causing devices to send out spam SMS messages

Oracle Q2 revenues rise 3%

Software giant Oracle has posted a modest increase in sales of 3% to $9.1bn (£5.6bn) compared to the same period the year before

MicroScope's Review of the Year: January - June

As 2012 draws to an end, we look back at the top stories from the first half of an eventful year, as selected by MicroScope readers

Unilever ramps up social networking for recruitment

Unilever has agreed a five-year HR BPO contract with Accenture that will expand the manufacturer’s recruitment activity into social networking

Lanway recruits SME sales manager

Lanway has appointed former Equanet and Insight man Mark Bull as its new sales manager to focus predominately on transactional sales within the SME market

OKI in major sales recruitment push

OKI Systems has taken on seven new print sector experts to help strengthen its offering and advance its business momentum into the new year

Colt shares intel on transformation programme

Networking, comms and cloud provider Colt Group has shared more details of a new programme to accelerate the transformation of its business

Oracle Q2 revenues rise 3%

IT giant Oracle has posted a modest increase in sales of 3% to $9.1bn (£5.6bn) for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2013, compared with the same quarter the year before

Trust a significant issue for cloud services, survey finds

A survey conducted by database security vendor GreenSQL found a high level of distrust in cloud services, despite the perception that transparency is increasing.

IDC: Spending on data protection software rises

Spending on data protection software and recovery software rose to more than $1 billion during the third quarter of 2012, according to an IDC study.

Redefining our favorite cloud terms of 2012

Cloud buzzwords can be bad for your health. Recommended treatment: alternative definitions for a few of our most popular cloud terms of 2012.

IT pros reminisce about the best geek gifts ever

IT experts share their all-time favorite gadget gifts. In some cases, the best geek gifts launched their careers.

SearchDataCenter's top news stories of 2012

From IT personnel contending with a natural disaster to fanfare for a powerful new Intel processor, here are the most popular data center stories from 2012 as chosen by our readers.

MicroScope's Review of the Year: July - December

As 2012 draws to an end, we look back at the top stories from the second half of an eventful year, as selected by MicroScope readers

CompTIA reports optimistic VAR outlook for 2013

A survey of UK IT companies by trade body CompTIA has found that two thirds of companies expect to experience growth over the next 12 months, with 22% of firms looking for growth of 10% or more

FAST Ltd to resell Certero SAM solutions

Compliance and software asset management (SAM) firm FAST Ltd has signed on to resell products and solutions from emergent sector player Certero

Essex County Council signs £81m PSN deal

Essex County Council has signed a £81m network and telephony deal to introduce a Public Services Network (PSN) across its 200,000 users

BT bids in Ofcom 4G spectrum auction

BT sets up a specialist company – Niche Spectrum Ventures – to bid for 4G spectrum, despite claims it is uninterested in the mobile market

Top 10 cloud computing stories of 2012

2012 was the year cloud computing hit the mainstream. Cloud services were widely adopted and suppliers competed with aggressive pricing

UC milestones in 2012: Enterprise social media tools

The 2012 UC milestones series turns to the evolution of the social media market and the year's milestones for enterprise social media tools.

Business adoption of Windows 8 still low

Adoption of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, has so far been slow across businesses in western Europe, with penetration through the channel substantially lower than for Windows 7

Best and worst cloud computing trends for 2013

Does big data make you blush? Is cloud innovation dead? IT pros sound off on which cloud computing trends should stay and which should go in 2013.

Top five cloud computing news stories in 2012

With increased cloud adoption in 2012, the cloud news scene was hot. Stories about new roles in enterprise IT, vendor plans and BYOD topped our list.

UC milestones in 2012: Desktop video conferencing

In this review of 2012 desktop video conferencing trends, we look at cloud-based video and Avaya's efforts to compete with Microsoft and Cisco.

IT security job market is hot but tricky, expert says

The IT security skills required by some firms have become a lot more specific. The demand for security generalists is waning.

First wave of government services to go digital

The government has named the first public services to go digital, following the publication of 18 individual departmental digital strategies outlining moves to digital by default public services.

BT wins BDUK broadband contract in Norfolk

Over £40m of funding from both the public and private sector will see 80% of the county have access to superfast broadband by 2015

Businesses set self-service BI as a priority for 2013

Mainstay issues such as poor data quality will plague businesses in 2013, but one way they're hoping to overcome hurdles is by empowering users.

Nokia and RIM settle patent dispute

A one off payment and a new licensing agreement has seen the dispute end between the two mobile heavyweights

Red Hat ups IaaS ante with ManageIQ acquisition

Heterogeneous hybrid clouds are officially all the rage in IaaS, as Red Hat shores up its CloudForms with cloud management software from ManageIQ.