TechTarget News - Week of Jan 27, 2013

Anonymous hackers hijack US agency website

Anonymous hackers embed a video statement on a US government agency website in response to the death of digital activist Aaron Swartz

US military plans major boost for cyber force

The US plans a substantial expansion for its cyber security force, increasing the headcount from 900 to 4,900 in the next few years

Public sector security focus on maintaining the old

A survey of security plans across Western governments undertaken by IDC has revealed the vast majority are planning to invest in existing infrastructure rather than buy new

River Thames to flow with Wi-Fi

Hotspots along the river and on Thames Clipper boats will serve Wi-Fi to more than 30 million people each year

CIO interview: Yann L’Huillier, Tradition

Yann L’Huillier describes the three-pronged strategy he adopted after joining over-the-counter trading firm Tradition in April 2010

CDG programme forges VAR, ISV links

Software distie CDG has unveiled a new programme called Channel Innovator, designed to get resellers easier access to the wares of up-and-coming ISVs

UK firms need to do more to fend off cyber threat

With the government signing up to do more to fight cyber crime a major services firm has warned that UK plc is still exposed to threats unless they take security more seriously

Lessons from going global with Google

The decision by global HR firm Randstad to migrate to Google from on-premise email should raise questions for CIOs considering the cloud

Offensive security involves proactive deception tactics

Going on the offense doesn’t mean actively targeting cybercriminals, experts say. Deceptive tactics, phony documents can help trip up attackers.

2e2 calls in the administrators

Despite a last-ditch management reshuffle, integrator 2e2 has become the first channel casualty of 2013 after calling in administrators FTI Consulting on Monday 28 January

IBM ramps up social tools

IBM has increased the number of social media tools in its portfolio as it looks to dominate a market that analysts expect will be worth billions

C2000 adds McAfee to software distribution service

McAfee has become to latest vendor to be added to Computer 2000’s online electronic software distribution service, TD Activate-here

Low end tablets enjoy solid end of year

Figures from Context showing which tablets sold through distribution has revealed a strong end of the year for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung.

Office 365 marks the demise of Office package

Microsoft updates Office 365 and Office 2013, as it continues its transition from a software provider to a services and hardware company

VMware cuts staff to boost bottom line

VMware is to lay off 900 staff, mostly in non-core functions, as the virtualisation giant seeks to breathe new life into flat profits

Cloud channel reaching maturity

Research from the Cloud Industry Forum in partnership with IBM has revealed that those resellers selling cloud have not grown much in the last two years as the market matures

Cisco 'cannot wait' for open standards

The networking giant edges towards a more open philosophy but still sees its technology as the best

Cloud Distribution sinks claws into Talon

Cloud Distribution has signed an exclusive UK distie partnership with next-gen storage and application delivery software firm Talon

Avaya retains Imago's Radvision contract

Specialist video distie Imago has revealed Avaya has renewed its contract to sell Radvision's Scopia products

CIF transparency message getting through

The Cloud Industry Forum's call for transparency from resellers pitching hosted managed services is getting through to both channel and customers

EMC expects customers will start spending again

EMC has given a cautiously optimistic forecast for 2013 as it expects some frozen IT spending to be thawed as customers invest in cloud and big data

Amazon sales soar in 2012

Amazon sales rose 27% to $61bn (£39bn) in its 2012 results and 22% in its 2012 fourth quarter revenues to $21.27bn, compared with 2011

BYOD presents mobile data backup opportunity for providers

Cloud providers can help their customers protect crucial information being stored on employee devices by providing mobile data backup offerings.

BlackBerry drops RIM brand at BB10 launch

Mobile manufacturer chooses launch of its BlackBerry10 OS and first touchscreen phone to drop Research in Motion as its brand name

Sage centralises European mid-market efforts

Sage is introducing a single European wide mid-market focused organisation to grow business in that segment in a move that replaces the current country-led efforts

SSD market consolidation expected

The SSD market is expected to undergo some shrinkage as consolidation starts to whittle down the current large number of players in the market

SAP certifies Dell datacentre systems to run Hana

SAP has certified Dell datacentre products – including servers, storage and networking systems – for running Hana as a pre-integrated system

Facebook turns into a mobile business

Almost a quarter of Facebook’s business is now mobile, according to the company’s latest financial results

Dell tipped to plough $1bn into buyout deal

Michael Dell is tipped to invest up to $1bn of his personal fortune into the proposed buy out of Dell to ensure he retains majority control of the PC maker if it goes private

LED technology to bring Wi-Fi over light

The University of Strathclyde is developing micron-sized LEDs which could be used to provide internet connectivity

Dell weaves a tangled web with vCloud, OpenStack

Dell's latest cloud computing strategy hinges on OpenStack, and it may be Dell's last chance to gain a significant foothold in the market.

DevOps movement could boost IT operations' image

The DevOps movement has undeniable momentum. Could IT operations harness the power of its success?

BT keeps profits up by cutting costs as revenues fall

Cost-cutting operations managed to keep BT in profit for the third quarter despite a 6% decline in the telecoms company's revenues

Dell: channel growth will be self-perpetuating

Having achieved a 50:50 split between its direct and channel businesses in Europe, Dell now believes it has reached a point where its channel growth will become self-perpetuating

Surface yet to make a dent in tablet market

The arrival of Microsoft's Surface tablet did not impact its competition with the fourth quarter analysis of the market from IDC showing that Apple still dominates the form factor

D-Link draws up education guidelines for resellers

Networking specialist D-Link is putting the finishing touches to guidelines it hopes will make it easier for resellers to sell into the education sector

Schools leading the way on wireless

The education sector is leading the way in the adoption of wireless technologies as schools prepare for a more flexible learning environment

Claranet cloud powers Channel 5's Big Brother

Cloud computing is the only way Channel 5 ‘s IT can cope with spiky traffic driven by calls to action on the Big Brother TV show

Don’t make big data stand alone, warns Gartner

Gartner cautions organisations against treating big data as unique and criticises business intelligence suppliers for failing to exploit mobility

New Cisco ASIC has a programmable data plane

The new Cisco ASIC, Unified Access Data Plane, is a programmable chip that will accelerate product development across its campus switching products.

BT announces Totally Unlimited broadband

BT has announced ‘Totally Unlimited’ broadband deals, offering customers limitless usage and downloads on their contracts