TechTarget News - Week of Feb 10, 2013

Australia to quiz tech giants on pricing

The Australian parliament has summoned Microsoft, Apple and Adobe to appear before a committee investigating pricing

IBM integrates Emerson Trellis platform for DCIM

IBM has combined its IT service management with Emerson Network Power’s Trellis platform for datacentre infrastructure management (DCIM)

SDN adoption plans still stalling in Europe

TechTarget and Computer Weekly surveys find that less than 10% of organisations looking to implement software defined networking (SDN)

Elastichosts makes cloud services offering global

Cloud services provider Elastichosts has taken the wraps off four data centres across the globe to provide resellers selling to multinational customers with more options

Phones 4u backs off distribution to TD Mobile

Tech Data Mobile has been handed the contract to manage the end-to-end supply chain operation for mobility retailer Phones 4u in the UK and Ireland

Intel and F5 invest into SDN

Software defined networking has secured new interest this week with Intel investing into Big Switch Networks and F5 acquiring LineRate Systems

Gartner predicts growth in enterprise app stores

To reduce security risks and to improve mobile device management Gartner is expecting more enteprises to develop their own app stores

IT industry group releases password-killing standard

A consortium of IT companies, including PayPal and Lenovo, publishes new set of standards that could rid users of usernames and passwords

Beware of Oracle's Fusion Application plans

Businesses are avoiding Oracle’s Fusion strategy according to research from Forrester. CIOs should be wary of the supplier's long-term plans.

Accounting body launches Autonomy investigation

The Financial Reporting Council has launched an investagtion into Autonomy's reports in the lead up to its acquisition by HP

Barclays bank cuts UK jobs

Barclays will cut jobs in the UK as part of a total reduction of 3,700 staff after reporting a substantial drop in profits for the last 12 months

Exclusive Networks aims at €1bn sales mark

Exclusive Networks has announced it will return to acquisitive growth in 2013 as part of a wider plan to make sales of €1bn (£860m) per annum by 2017

Nasscom expects upturn in IT services demand

Representing Indian IT services firms, Nasscom expects a recovery in sales growth with an increase by as much as 14% in the next 12 months

Cyber skills gap undermining anti-hacking efforts

A report from the National Audit Office has revealed that it could take decades to get the right level of skilled security specialists to secure the UK

Cisco soups up midmarket collaboration channel

Cisco has unveiled a number of channel initiatives to support the launch of its new midmarket collaboration solution, Cisco Business Edition 6000

Barack Obama signs cyber security executive order

US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to share cyber threat information with private companies

Twitter plans ‘pay by tweet’ system

Twitter is working with American Express on a "pay by tweet" system for users to pay for real or virtual items through the microblogging service

Phoenix IT sounds note of caution

Phoenix IT has issued an interim management statement sounding a note of caution despite its contracts being in a healthier position compared to last year

Apple boss open to making large acqusitions

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a speech at a technology conference to deny that his firm has an aversion to making large acquisitions

Trustmarque books strong sales, profit growth

VAR heavyweight Trustmarque has lifted the lid on strong financial results and said that growth in both sales and profits reflects the strategic transformation it has made in recent years

Redstone spins out managed services business

Barely five months after it acquired the managed services business of fallen rival Maxima, Redstone has announced plans to spin out the business unit into a new company to be named Redcentric

Mobile operators failing to plan for 4G backhaul

Network providers not investing in their backhaul to keep performance levels high, despite increase in mobile data and influx of 4G services

Mobile phone sales fall in 2012

Economic pressures and increased market competition are to blame for a 1.7% in the mobile phone market in 2012, according to Gartner

CA Technologies tip identity management growth

CA Technologies has produced some research undertaken by Quocirca that warns those firms not taking identity management seriously they face losing out to competitors

What is BYOD? Developers redefine the answer

Ask mobile software developers 'What is BYOD?' and, along with the reply 'bring your own device,' they are quick to add 'but some restrictions apply.'

VMware shops greet Virsto arrival with caution

Though VMware acquired storage I/O acceleration software maker Virsto Software, some IT pros question the potential benefits of adding another layer.

Cisco quarterly profits jump 44% to $3.1bn

Network company Cisco has reported $3.1bn profits for its last quarter, up 44% compared with the same period the year before

Big data demand boosts NetApp income

Big data demand and increasing use of flash-based storage helped NetApp deliver a solid set of Q3 numbers

Google battles BT in patent row

Google has launched legal action against BT, accusing the British firm of four counts of patent infringement

Europe building up head of steam for Cisco

Cisco CEO John Chambers has pointed to signs that key parts of the European market may be beginning to turn around

Propalms adopts orphaned Pano Logic assets

Propalms, a U.K.-based software vendor, has acquired the assets of Pano Logic, which went belly up last fall and left customers in the lurch.

Ingram Micro has strong end to fiscal year

Ingram Micro has closed out its financial 2012 on a high note, with fourth quarter sales up 14% in US dollars and its October acquisition of BrightPoint already paying off

Data breach investigations show no-one is immune

Nearly every industry, country and type of data was involved in a breach of some kind in the past year, according to security firm Trustwave

Strategic HR requires accurate data and a broad perspective

Human resources managers hungering after a 'seat at the table' can achieve strategic HR by connecting metrics to business outcomes, one VP of HR says.

Government introduces new rules to prevent tax-avoidance

The government has introduced new rules intended to prevent companies from minimising their UK tax bills, amid several IT companies having been singled out as alleged tax-avoiders.

Peripherals market hammered in Q4

The latest market numbers from IDC show that the printer market took a hammering in the fourth quarter as weak economic conditions took their toll

Veeam moves VM backups to the cloud

Veeam Software is the latest on-premises backup software vendor to embrace the cloud, using it to copy VM backups already on disk.

Daisy rides to rescue of 2e2 datacentre customers

Daisy Group is to acquire 2e2’s datacentre business in a move that will safeguard the future of the 2e2 assets and double the amount of datacentre power at Daisy’s fingertips

Calyx, m-hance strong performers for VC backers

Better Capital, the venture capital backer of channel outfits Calyx Managed Services and m-hance, has said both businesses are trading according to its expectations

Huawei bets on cloud for SDN strategy

Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei, hopes its cloud-based software defined networking (SDN) strategy will help service providers simplify networks

Kaspersky signs up ComputerLinks

ComputerLinks has been signed up by Kaspersky Lab to handle the security vendor's endpoint protection product

Departments to push millions through G-Cloud this year

Government will spend tens of millions through the G-Cloud framework in 2013, says Alex Holmes, deputy director of IT reform at the Cabinet Office

UK and EU on track to catch up in the BYOD trend

Enterprises in Europe lag behind in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) schemes, but catching up with integrating devices in corporate networks

Tax charges lead to losses for Brocade

The networking firm reports record revenues, but confirms a tax charge pushed it to report losses of $21m

Sage offloads non-core products

Sage has announced it has offloaded several products as it looks to keep the focus on its core activities and streamline its portfolio

EMEA sales up, profits down at Insight

Insight has returned to revenue growth in EMEA during the fourth and final quarter of its fiscal 2012, however profits declined sharply thanks to restructuring costs

Barracuda management rejig to grow storage biz

Barracuda Networks has handed its former UK and Ireland country manager, Jason Howells, the post of UK and Ireland regional sales director in an attempt to drive more growth on the storage side of its business

Westcoast lands Kyocera SME printer range

Westcoast has been handed exclusive distribution of a monochrome laser and multifunction range Kyocera is aiming at the low end of the SME market

CA enhances ARCserve licensing program for MSPs

CA is making changes to ARCserve licensing for MSPs, highlighted by the addition of per-workstation, per-socket or per-virtual machine options.