TechTarget News - Week of Jan 13, 2013

Microsoft aims for easier licensing with Office

Microsoft is making its next version of Office available with per user licensing in a move designed to make keeping on top of licensing arrangements easier for customers and partners

Customers gripped by cyber security fears

Warnings over the rising number of cyber attacks have got through to customers with research from the Business Continuity Institute showing that it is influencing decisions over cloud and social media

Welsh government invests £39m in school broadband

The Learning in Digital Wales Grant will support government efforts to bring online learning tools to pupils across Wales

Channel cautious over cloud opportunities

The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum has indicated that the channel remains cautious over just how many opportunities the cloud really offers

Servassure hires network veteran as sales director

Long-serving networking sales specialist Rob McMillan has joined Daisy-owned white label channel ICT services provider Servassure as sales director

HMV the latest high street casualty

HMV has joined the ranks of Jessops and Comet as the firm called in administrators after admitting it is not going to be able to meet banking covenants at the end of the month

Brocade names Lloyd Carney as CEO

The former Xsigo CEO and ex-Juniper Networks’ chief operating officer, Lloyd Carney, takes over from Mike Klayko with immediate effect

Enterprise architects taking more control of IT spend

Service providers looking to get maximum value out of their customers should look to target enterprise architecture (EA) practitioners, who are beginning to exert much more influence over IT budgets

Shares rise on talk of Dell going private

Dell's shares have risen following reports that the founder Michael Dell will lead an MBO backed by private equity that will take the firm private

Brocade names Lloyd Carney as CEO

Brocade has announced Lloyd Carney as its new chief executive officer (CEO), taking over with immediate effect

Islip puts up cash for fibre broadband

The Oxfordshire village of Islip gives BT £11,000 to enable a local cabinet and bring broadband speeds of over 30Mbps to the residents

HP fires and hires at Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard is to cut a number of jobs at Aurasma, an Autonomy-owned business that develops augmented reality technology

XBRL tagging: What is it really good for?

In this Q&A, find out why one expert thinks XBRL has the potential to be more useful than finance executives give it credit for.

Plusnet tests sharing IPv4 addresses

ISP Plusnet looks for a solution to the dwindling number of IPv4 addresses left by asking customers to share

Campaigners oppose Nominet plans for secure .uk domain

Digital rights campaigners have criticised Nominet's plans to create a secure .uk domain, saying it will create a monopoly of trust in UK domains

Huge botnet infecting smartphones in China

Security researchers say a huge botnet is running on the smartphones of more than a million mobiles in China

Compris aims for UK growth with mid-market focus

German channel management specialist Compris has arrived in the UK looking to grow its business by helping vendors develop their portfolio of mid-market resellers

Juniper Networks outlines SDN strategy

Juniper Networks wants to split networking functionalities across virtual machines to give administrators more control and the ability to innovate

Westcon restructure on the cards, says Datatec

Datatec has confirmed that weak trading at Westcon means its full year financial results will come in substantially below expectations, and said it will take steps to rectify the situation

Cloud security key to BYOD, (ISC)2 study shows

(ISC)2 says businesses welcome bring your own device (BYOD) policies for cost savings and user experience, but need the right security skills

Juniper adds services, cloud support to VAR programme

Juniper Networks has used the opening day of its worldwide partner conference, currently underway in Las Vegas, to add new services and cloud specialisation options to its VAR programme

SAP talks up cloud growth

SAP has seen its share dip after it failed to deliver the fourth quarter revenues some analysts had been expecting but has focused on the positives with cloud growth increasing rapidly

Strong UK and services performance spur on Computacenter

Computacenter has given an indication of its revenue performance in fiscal 2012 ahead of its full results in March revealing that services sales and the UK market have performed well

Malware hits US power plants

Malware infected two US power plants via corrupted USB sticks in recent months, the US Cyber Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has revealed

Dixons sales up over key festive period

Dixons has managed to increase its sales over the Christmas period year-on-year indicating that despite Comet's demise there is still life in the PC and electrical retail sector

CompTIA names new channel leadership team

Industry association CompTIA has named seven new members to its UK Channel Community leadership team, established when it bought out the Technology Channels Association (TCA) in 2011

Government CIO Andy Nelson tipped for DWP CIO

Government chief information officer Andy Nelson has been tipped as the next CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

NuoDB cloud data management set to make SQL 'of the cloud'

NuoDB's software said to bring elastic scaling of cloud computing to the SQL database. The goal is to add servers for transactional jobs as needed.

Fujitsu hardware business plans aggressive 2013

Following a year of substantial growth within its channel organisation, Fujitsu has said it will look to build bridges with the great and the good of the channel in 2013, as well as aggressively going after its rivals’ market share

Cisco buys into virtualisation outfit Parallels

Desktop virtualisation software specialist Parallels has sold a 1% stake in itself to Cisco with the intent of supporting joint go-to-market activities and boosting take-up of its products in mainstream Cisco environments

Lenovo aims to topple HP from EMEA PC top spot

Lenovo is setting its sights on toppling HP from the number one spot in the EMEA PC market as it consolidates second position in the market

Gamma offers UC VARs upfront commission

Business comms and networking provider Gamma Business Communications has started the new year by changing the way in which it rewards reseller partners

Marvell, Plextor make new SSD announcements

Marvell and Plextor recently made new SSD announcements aimed at enterprise and ultrabook applications.