TechTarget News - Week of Mar 24, 2013

Dell faces fight to keep hold of the firm he founded

A couple of unexpected bids to challenge Michael Dell's plans to take the firm he founded private have raised the prospect the process to settle the firm's future could take months

Apple buys WifiSLAM for $20m

Apple buys indoor mapping start-up WifiSLAM for $20m to boost its location technology and compete with Google’s indoor capabilities

Changing customer priorities suit ComputerLinks

ComputerLinks says that demand for products designed to optimise and protect existing customer networks has helped it book full-year growth of 22%.

Web and FTP top malware risks, study finds

Study finds traditional antivirus solutions not identifying the majority of malware infecting networks via real-time applications such as browsing

Cisco’s BIG Awards 2013 opens for entries

Cisco opened its Big Innovation Gateway (BIG) awards for nominations to find the best emerging technology start-ups in 2013

Yahoo buys UK teenager’s app for £18m

Yahoo has acquired Summly – an app created by a UK teenager – for £18m, making him one of the world’s youngest self-made millionaires

Employees ignore security rules, say infosec pros

Most information security professionals believe corporate employees wilfully ignore security rules, survey at RSA Conference 2013 reveals

Comstor adds managed video financing options

Westcon-owned distie is intent on helping the channel grab a larger slice of the multi-billion pound video market

Police national procurement hub failing to deliver

Savings estimated to be made through a police national procurement hub set up in 2011 have fallen ‘well short’ of expectations, according to a National Audit Office report.

Fujitsu HQ shows confidence in UK operation

Fujitsu Japan has revealed its confidence in its UK operation with an £800m investment which will plug a pensions gap and free up capital to invest in the UK business.

Microsoft Dynamics skills in high demand

Those with Microsoft Dynamics skills are in high demand enjoying increases in salary as a result and could jump ship if the price is right

Storage tiers: SAS interface, MLC flash rising

SAS vs. SATA battle in enterprise data storage shows hard drives with SAS interface trending up; cheaper MLC SSDs outnumber SLC in enterprise.

The many faces of converged infrastructure

Converged infrastructure offers a way to resist the public cloud and still gain efficiencies and scalability, but few vendors offer the real deal.

Oracle Sun Sparc T5, M5 servers hit shelves

Oracle execs say the new Sparc T5 and M5 servers are focused on competing with IBM Power, but an analyst says they're mostly for the existing install base.

Report suggests cloud security concerns are overblown

A study by Alert Logic downplays cloud security concerns when compared to traditional IT infrastructure, but indicates Web app attacks are a problem.

UK government sets up cyber security fusion cell

A cyber security “fusion cell” for cross-sector threat data sharing aims to put government, industry and information security analysts side-by-side

Social media set to rival phone as sales tool

Social media is set to become a major route for channel players to communicate with customers with Aspect Software expecting it to rival the phone by the end of the decade

EC proposes broadband installation savings

European Commission (EC) proposes to cut costs of installing fibre broadband by 30% to address the lack of standards across Europe

Government launches cyber security threat sharing service

The government has launched a cyber security sharing scheme that will provide the private sector with the chance to gain access to the latest security intelligence from the public sector

Corero: stars will align for security business in 2013

Corero insists that 2013 will finally be the year when its network security business takes off after its non-core software business outperformed it yet again

Total shuns flash storage for 17PB SGI HPC supercomputer

Oil company Total unveils 17PB €60m supercomputer based on short-stroked Sata drives and tape. Flash storage rejected as too costly until the price comes down

Bryant to leave Avnet next month

Avnet has confirmed that Denise Bryant the managing director of Magirus is to leave the business next month just seven months after the business she ran was acquired

Switching cloud services

If industry hype is anything to go by, everyone should be using services. But what happens when a cloud service is longer available?

WebRTC: Bringing real-time communications to the next level

The emergence of Web real-time communications promises voice- and video-enabled Web browsers. What should enterprises do to prepare?

Government must address digital divide, says NAO

Despite the public appetite for greater digital public services, government must start putting its plans into action to address the ‘digital divide’, according to a National Audit Office report.

Ofcom slams Orange in broadband complaints report

Ofcom says more consumers complained about Orange than any other internet service provider (ISP) after it cancelled its free broadband deal

Arrow close to completing virtualisation jigsaw

Arrow Electronics has been building up a portfolio of vendors that will support selling a virtualisation solution

More IT problems at RBS

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers using mobile apps were locked out today after another IT failure at the banking group

'New normal' emerging as software teams go mobile

As software teams go mobile, the new way of working includes shorter lifecycles, continual software updates and one tester for every developer.