TechTarget News - Week of Mar 03, 2013

Samsung seeks cuts to Apple patent payments

Samsung Electronics wants a review of the patent damages awarded to Apple after winning a reduction of about 45% to the $1.05bn bill

Logicalis buys 2e2 European ops for a song

Logicalis has emerged as the new owner of 2e2’s European business after handing over €24m (£20.7m) for four units, administrators FTI Consulting have said

Government opens consultation on cyber risk

The UK government plans to select an organisational standard that best meets the requirements for effective cyber risk management

Micro-P handed VAD status on storage line by Dell

Micro-P has been appointed a value added distributor by Dell with the rights to handle the vendor's storage line as both parties look to grow enterprise channel business

Backup failures costing firms thousands

Customers continue to understand the need for backup but are failing to use the right tools to ensure that they can restore information quickly according to Veeam

Bank credit scheme failing to get money to SMEs

Figures from the Bank of England show that the Funding for Lending scheme is not delivering as much credit to businesses as some had hoped for

Wick Hill fills thin client gap with Becrypt security lines

Wick Hill has added cybersecurity solutions specialist Becrypt to its vendor line-up enable it to better address thin client security and thus enable more effective BYOD policies among customers

Logicalis saves 2e2's UK managed services arm

Logicalis has taken over the European business of defunct IT services supplier 2e2, which went bust in January 2013, owing millions to creditors

Oracle Database Appliance x3-2 due out Tuesday

A major upgrade to the Oracle Database Appliance x3-2 gives it some of the Exadata platform's high-end features, although it isn't quite there yet.

Microsoft Lync resellers in demand at UC Expo

On the opening day of UC Expo 2013, Lync technology partners are keen to sniff out growth opportunities in the Microsoft channel

Tough economic conditions fuel fraud growth

The level of fraud that channel firms are facing is on the rise as criminals look to use various techniques to gain access to funds

Mature IaaS cloud, lower prices grab IT shops' attention

Enterprises used to turn to public cloud services only for the apps they didn't care about, but lower prices and cloud maturity have changed that.

Comms disties join forces to host Vidyo services

Telecoms distributor NeoWave has teamed up with some of its overseas peers to form a joint venture dedicated to offering hosted video collaboration services based on Vidyo software

MicroScope ACEs judges revealed

With the deadline looming to enter the 2013 MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence, the judges have been unveiled

Samsung pumps $110m into Sharp

Samsung has made an investment in Sharp as it looks to gain closer links with the thin-screen LCD manufacturer

HIMSS 2013 New Orleans: Avnet, partners set up shop

Avnet has a big presence at HIMSS 2013 New Orleans, showcasing services, hardware and software along with eight of its partners.

Viglen culture criticised at Apprentice tribunal

Viglen’s workplace culture has come under fire after ex-employee and The Apprentice winner Stella English claimed she was little more than an “overpaid lackey”

Ancoris buys Google Cloud, Lotus specialist Appogee

Cloud services provider and Google Premier Enterprise Partner Ancoris has bought Google Cloud development firm Appogee for an undisclosed sum

Microsoft collaboration tools: Is Lync ready for business?

Enterprises like Microsoft collaboration tools for their feature-rich UC, but they wonder if Lync's voice and video reliability is enterprise-grade.

BT hires 1,000 broadband engineers

The OpenReach division of communications giant BT will get a big boost to staff numbers as it continues its broadband roll-out across the UK

UK laxity on BYOD raises data loss risk, says ICO

YouGov survey reveals many UK employers are not providing guidance on the usage of own devices at work, putting personal information at risk

FAST boss vows to continue fight for IP protection

The recently appointed chief executive of the Federation Against Software Theft has vowed to carry on pushing for harder penalties for those flouting IP laws

VMware preps vCloud-based public cloud service

VMware is preparing to launch its own vCloud public cloud service, which some industry watchers consider a Hail Mary pass to compete with AWS.

Server market declines becoming softer, says IDC

Researchers at IDC have taken a cautiously positive line on the state of the EMEA server market, saying that the overall rate of decline in sales and shipments is beginning to soften

First time credit applicants face uphill battle

The Forum of Private Business has reacted with dismay to figures that show it is getting harder for first time applicants to get credit

ACA pushes benefits management to the forefront of HR

While HR and finance leaders are adjusting their workforce models to comply with the Affordable Care Act, ADP says many are overlooking their systems.

Samsung loses UK patent battle with Apple

Samsung has lost its UK patent battle with Apple, days after announcing it would seek further cuts to the damages awarded to Apple in the US

Sugar hits back at Apprentice tribunal

Lord Sugar has gone on the offensive against ex-Viglen employee and Apprentice winner Stella English, accusing her of attempting to extort money from him

Dell private bid faces further shareholder unrest

Michael Dell's plans to take his firm back into private hands continue to stir up unrest among shareholders who are looking for more value for their shares

Berkett severed in Virgin Media buy-out

After tackling the tough negotiations for Virgin Media to be bought out by Liberty Global, CEO Neil Berkett’s contract is being terminated with $19.6m in severance pay

BYOD trend sparks pirated software and security fears

The growth in popularity of the bring your own device trend could lead to some users downloading illegal software to use on products that could end up being connected to the corporate network

Lexmark unveils fresh UK boss

A promotion to the US headquarters of its current UK country manager has given Lexmark the chance to bring in another experienced executive to run this region

Puppet, VMware bring DevOps automation tools to vCenter

New automation tools from Puppet aim to introduce VMware admins to the world of DevOps, but programming knowledge remains a barrier for some IT pros.

Enterprise IT shops put off Windows 8 migrations

Windows 8 migrations have stalled as IT shops grapple with decisions over hardware and software upgrade costs, Windows security issues and more.