TechTarget News - Week of Jan 06, 2013

DAS popularity levels set to increase

Direct Attached Storage (DAS) sales should rise this year as major vendors put their muscle behind promoting the technology

ComputerLinks signs up SDN specialist Arista Networks

ComputerLinks has made moves to increase the data centre services it offers resellers by signing up software defined networking specialist Arista Networks

Late payers face being named and shamed

The government is continuing to stress that it still hopes its prompt payment code will get the backing of large companies

Government broadband policy must refocus on business

Policy Exchange claims Whitehall has focused for too long on consumer and retail broadband and needs to give the enterprise equal attention

NGD teams up with Next Connex to boost service capabilities

Datacentre provider Next Generation Data (NGD) has teamed up with fibre network owner Next Connex to improve the quality of service it is able to offer to its channel customers

Rebooted CMS to sell Western Digital SME NAS kit

Just days after ditching its CMS Peripherals moniker, newly-renamed CMS Distribution has signed on to sell Western Digital’s SME network attached storage (NAS) hardware

Hammer joins DataCore Software distie line-up

Storage virtualisation specialist DataCore Software has added Hammer to its UK distribution roster, ending its exclusive tie-up with Avnet

EMC buys iWave software for cloud automation

EMC buys iWave software for its storage provisioning, dynamic server provisioning, cloud service management, automated disaster recovery capabilities.

Barclays' Linux programme not a snub to suppliers

Barclays says it is not snubbing any supplier by developing a private cloud infrastructure and using Linux to cut software development costs by 90%.

HTC profits plunge 90% in fourth quarter

The Taiwanese mobile manufacturer sees profits fall from NT$11bn in 2011 to just NT$1bn at the end of 2012

Samsung predicts fifth record quarter

Samsung Electronics expects its fifth consecutive quarter of record profits driven mainly by smartphone sales

CES: Samsung says BYOD will be the norm by 2014

Mobile manufacturer Samsung claims the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workplace trend is at a tipping point and will become mainstream in a year

Samsung: BYOD the norm by 2014

Samsung gave its views on the growth of consumerisation and BYOD in the enterprise at CES in Las Vegas

License Dashboard sounds virtualisation licensing warning

SAM specialist License Dashboard has sounded a warning that a failure to keep an eye on virtualisation licensing could leave customers open to compliance issues

VoIP awareness up but user numbers remain low

A report from Ofcom claims four in five consumers know what voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is, but just 29% use the technology

SICL keeps Yorkshire Air Ambulances flying

SICL has renewed its services and support agreement with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to provide £170,000 worth of hardware and services to the charity through 2018

Online growth buoys retailers over Christmas

Strong e-commerce growth kept retailers' heads above water during flat Christmas trading, with sales up 17.8% compared with December 2011

Print pitch is getting greener

Those in the channel selling printers and consumables need to be aware that according to Oki and IDC there is more customer interest in saving energy and the planet

Optimize and tune your business to the mobile channel

Expert J Schwan explains how 'random acts of mobile' are marring mobile channel strategies and why he preaches a mobile app dev user first approach.

UK military at risk of cyber attack, warn MPs

UK military reliance on technology could leave it fatally compromised by cyber attack, says the parliamentary defence select committee

US military gets new software testing rules

The US has introduced new policies for military software engineers aimed at pre-empting software supply chain attacks

Business confidence shows signs of returning

UK businesses are more confident about the year ahead and are making investments and seeing cash flow improve according to the latest British Chambers of Commerce survey

Google offers free Wi-Fi in New York

Google is to create a public outdoor wireless network in New York to provide free internet access in the Chelsea area where it has offices

Windows 8 hits 60m sales mark

Windows 8 has hit the 60m sales mark just a couple of months after it was launched keeping it on the same sales trajectory as its predecessor Windows 7

Webroot hands distribution contract to CDG

Security-as-a-service specialist Webroot has selected software and services distie CDG to develop sales of its cloud-based endpoint protection product SecureAnywhere

2013 IT forecast: Blending the new with the old

Our 2013 IT forecast finds organizations spending heavily on infrastructure, security and software, with cloud and consumer tech gaining ground.

Barclays open for channel business

Barclays has made it clear that it is willing to lend to the channel and support the transition to managed services through its technology, media and telecoms unit

HP introduces big data channel certification

HP has launched a big data certification for channel partners supporting its Vertica Analytics Platform as it looks to develop reseller skills in the market

Polycom nabs Cisco man to run EMEA marketing

Former Cisco marketing director for collaboration Tim Stone is crossing over to video networking specialist Polycom to become vice president of its EMEA marketing operations

Expect two or more supplier audits this year

A recent survey by CA has reported that 40% of IT decision makers expect to be audited by their software provider up to twice a year

UC milestones in 2012: UCaaS

In 2012 larger enterprises began investing in Unified Communications as a Service, or UCaaS, by way of flexible hybrid cloud deployments.

Comms-care expands management team

Channel support specialist Comms-care has elevated a number of personnel to new management roles in order to streamline its internal processes and limit the emergence of silos within the business

iPass calculator adds up 3G costs

With the costs of using smart phones connected to 3G a challenge for corporates wi-fi specialist iPass has devised a calculator to help resellers show users where they can save money

Big data growth to exceed 30%, says IDC

Analysts at IDC reckon the market for big data technology and services will see compound annual growth of 31.7% through to 2016, when sales could hit $23.8bn (£14.8bn)

Stokes takes top role in IBM UK

IBM UK has unveiled a new chief executive David Stokes after moving the incumbent into another role in the business

Barclays backs Solar and Armstrong deal

Barclays bank provided some of the funding to help Solar Communications Group acquire Armstrong Communications highlighting it as an indication it will support the channel financially

Software piracy international in scope, says Fast

The scale of software piracy is both international in scope and military in its execution, says the Federation Against Software Theft (Fast)

Tesco rolls out Microsoft Office 365

Tesco has signed a deal to roll-out Microsoft Office 365 across its Europe and Asian operations

Starkey choice for Logicalis top spot

Long-standing Logicalis man Mark Starkey is to replace MD Tom Kelly on 1 March, the firm has confirmed

Nokia doubles Lumia sales in fourth quarter

Smartphone manufacturer Nokia releases preliminary results, showing it has shipped 4.4 million Lumia handsets in the three-month period for Q4

Mobile enterprise technology news from CES 2013

Amidst the sea of TVs, cars, robots and vacuums, wireless carriers and hardware makers made some important enterprise technology news at CES 2013.

'Big data' in motion: Where does it make sense?

Data architects creating operational business intelligence applications may need to put streams of Hadoop data into a fast messaging infrastructure.

Windows 8 fails to prevent PC sales slump in Q4

The latest global PC shipment numbers from IDC show that the market has suffered its first year-on-year decline for five years in the crucial Christmas selling period

Disable Java to protect from latest zero-day

Security researchers are warning of a zero-day vulnerability in all versions of Java, including the latest Java 7 update 10

Windows 8 fails to stem PC decline

Worldwide PC spending dropped 6.4% with Windows 8 adding confusion rather than driving adoption according to analyst IDC

Infosys surprises market with solid results

IT services firm Infosys has surprised with better-than-expected results with a continued focus of consultancy and PaaS paying off

BlackBerry services down for Vodafone users

Both companies are keeping quiet about whose technology is at fault while BlackBerry users across Europe suffer the outage

NATS says BI key to five-year investment plan

The UK’s air traffic control business NATS will make business intelligence (BI) a priority investment over the next five years

Microsoft on track with partner training

Microsoft is on track to train 7,500 resellers on its latest products as it looks to ensure channel partners are selling the benefits of Windows 8 and the latest Office to customers

SAP makes game changing move integrating Hana

SAP has integrated its data analytical tool Hana into its Business Suite to provide users with faster real-time analysis of information

European Cybercrime Centre opens in The Hague

Cecilia Malmström, EU commissioner for home affairs, has opened the European Cybercrime Centre (EC³) at Europol in The Hague

O-bit founder Breith takes CEO role at Coms

O-bit Telecom founder David Breith has signed up as CEO at AIM-listed hosted VoIP specialist Coms, and taken a 25% stake in the business

Will customers go for SAP Business Suite on HANA?

SAP has unveiled a new version of its Business Suite software that runs on SAP HANA. But adoption success hinges on a range of factors, experts say.