TechTarget News - Week of Jan 20, 2013

Google proposes alternative to passwords

Google hopes to lead the scrapping of passwords by proposing what the company claims will be a more secure online authentication method

SMEs embrace cloud certifications

Smaller suppliers have applied to get the Cloud Industry Forum certification so they can compete with larger rivals

Cloud Distribution seeks unsung vendors for UK VARs

Cloud Distribution has taken on networking market veteran Adam Davison and tasked him with chasing down next generation networking and security vendors to introduce to the channel

ZTE predicts major losses for 2012

Delayed projects and shrinking sales saw net profits plummet 240% at Chinese telecoms company ZTE in 2012

SMEs still lack confidence to seek credit

The latest Bank of England report on lending has revealed that more credit was available to SMEs but many remain unwilling to try to get access to it

Actifio PAS sets out to re-architect backup

Actifio PAS is attracting a loyal following with its copy data approach to storage management. Actifio now claims more than 200 customers use its PAS appliance.

ID theft biggest fraud threat, says Cifas

The fraudulent use of stolen or fictitious identity details is the biggest fraud threat, according to the UK's Fraud Prevention Service, Cifas

Trend Micro signs up to the CIF

Trend Micro has become the latest vendor to join the Cloud Industry Forum and adopt the code of practice that stresses transparency around cloud solutions

FAST keeps pressure on government in piracy fight

FAST is pitching up at the Houses of Parliament tomorrow as it looks to keep the pressure on the government to keep fighting against software piracy

EE announces entry level 4G tariff for £31

EE today announced new tariffs for its 4G contracts, including lowering the price of its cheapest offer and offering a data heavy premium option

Mimecast hires new Euro channel team

Mimecast has snapped up Microsoft's Phil Atkinson and HP's Andrew Duce to bulk up its European channel team

Riverbed pins support badge on DiData

South Africa-based integrator Dimension Data has been handed Riverbed Authorised Support Partner (RASP) status

BYOD: People pay for devices to use for work

Over half of employees buy their own devices for work use, according to new report from mobile device management specialist Good Technology

Acer channel promise builds on Olympic legacy

Acer has launched a new four-pronged programme to help partners exploit growing demand for its hardware offerings from business users, prompted partly by its success as an official worldwide Olympic partner

Veeam thanks channel as customer base grows

Veeam has realeased an insight into its performance last year thanking the channel for helping it add thousands of new customers

CloudPrime's QuickDrop offers Dropbox alternative

CloudPrime's QuickDrop is a mobile FTP file sharing app that doesn't rely on cloud storage. Will it find a home in enterprises?

Defra plans £80m agile CAP system

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is planning a single integrated £80m Common Agricultural Policy system

Microsoft linked with Dell financing talks

Microsoft is reported to be prepared to invest a fairly hefty sum to back the proposed Dell buyout that is being led by Michael Dell and private equity firms

IBM 2012 profits rise 5% in face of falling sales

IBM has reaped the benefits of investing in growth markets and reported a profits increase of 5% – despite a 2% fall in sales – in its 2012 results

SAP signals software buying slowdown

SAP's forecasts for its fiscal 2013 indicate that spending by customers on software and services is not going to be as strong as it was in 2012

UK lags behind US in cloud adoption

Research from Vanson Bourne highlights the differences in attitude towards cloud computing between enterprises in the UK and the US

Threat prevention and mobile the focus for Check Point

Check Point is putting its focus on threat prevention and mobile security as it moves into 2013 after issuing a solid set of numbers for last year

Acronis hooks Powles as new UK MD

Acronis has named Rick Powles as its new UK and Ireland managing director and tasked him with reinvigorating its channel strategies to take account of growth in virtualised and cloud storage environments, and consumerisation

IBM ekes out profit in spite of falling sales

Although its revenues are declining, IBM has reported a 6% uptick in fourth quarter and 5% in full-year profits

Amid criticism, HP pledges to refine SLAs for IaaS

Public cloud SLAs are confusing and incomplete, analysts say; in response, HP reveals plans to update its SLAs for IaaS.

Capgemini steps up apprentice recruitment

Capgemini to recruit 100 IT apprentices in Birmingham and surrounding area as part of its commitment to a government-backed project

New breach notification rules demand documentation

Changes to the breach notification rule in the HIPAA omnibus set a high bar. Covered entities with inadequate records could face enforcement actions.

Virtual private clouds offer customers SLA security

Virtual private clouds can get the best of both the public and private cloud worlds, some enterprises say.

ICO hits Sony with £250,000 data breach penalty

The Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) has fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe £250,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act

Symantec swings axe in reorganisation

Symantec could lose 1,000 staff over the next six months as the firm looks to reorganise itself after concluding a strategic review of the business

Sony fined £250,000 by ICO over Playstation breach

The ICO has criticised Sony and handed the entertainment giant a substantial fine over last April's data breach to its PlayStation gaming network

C2000 adds actual storage capacity

Amid talk of big data and the storage capacity needed to handle it, Computer 2000 has gone one better and opened a physical extension to its Midlands warehouse facility

Councils opt for Microsoft CRMs

Huntingdonshire District Council has rolled out a Microsoft Dynamics CRM in a move it expects will save £200,000 over the next five years

Former Comet executive joins C2000 Triade division

A former Comet executive has joined Computer 2000's consumer electronics division as the distributor looks to bolster that side of its operations

Avnet profit slide fails to dent optimistic outlook

Avnet boss Rick Hamada has put a positive spin on flat sales and slumping net profit in the second quarter to 29 December 2012, saying that the business was performing stronger than he had expected

DevOps definition: Best explained by what it's not

What's the best way to come up with an accurate DevOps definition? Explain what it's not, application development experts say.

Two jailed in the UK for Anonymous cyber attacks

Two men who carried out cyber attacks as part of the Anonymous hacktivist collective have been sentenced to jail terms in the UK

Ipanema takes aim at mid market

Application performance management specialist Ipanema has revealed plans to extend its channel targeting firms that have between 150 to 200 seats

Profits dip at Microsoft despite Windows 8 launch

Microsoft has reported a profit drop despite the October launch of Windows 8 as it talks up its decision to enter the hardware market with the Surface tablet

Cisco consumer business hits the buffers

Just shy of 10 years after it bought consumer and SOHO networker Linksys, Cisco has pulled down the shutters on its consumer lines with the sale of its Home Networking Business to Belkin

Samsung smartphone sales make profits soar

Samsung profits grew significantly in Q4 2012 helped by sales of its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 mobile devices

Selection Services buys up comms outfit 8el

Managed services provider Selection Services has splashed out on network, connectivity, voice and hosted telephony specialist 8el – officially known as Aggregated Telecom Ltd – in the opening salvo of a planned channel acquisition spree

UK signs up to WEF cyber resilience plan

The UK has signed the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new set of principles on cyber resilience

Cisco sells off Linksys to Belkin

Networking giant Cisco sells its consumer brand Linksys to its rival Belkin for an undisclosed sum

Encryption is safe bet, says SafeNet

Encryption is the only thing that can give peace of mind to CIOs and CISOs, says Dave Hansen, president and CEO of security firm SafeNet

Reality gap around true number of MSPs

The number of managed service providers out in the market is nowhere near as large as those that would like to lay claim to that description

Smartphone shipments break records in 2012

Juniper Research claims smartphone sales broke 200 million in the last quarter of 2012, bringing the annual total up to 671 million

VoltDB's 'new SQL' database ups velocity for big data apps

Data pioneer Mike Stonebraker's latest take on transactional processing is a "new SQL" database. This week it adds hooks for fast data ingestion.