US billionaire investor Carl Icahn and private-equity group Blackstone will fight Michael Dell in a bidding war for the computer company he founded
Our regular look back at the top channel news stories from the past seven days, as selected by MicroScope.co.uk readers
Dealing with malware in counterfeit software will cost global enterprises an estimated $114bn in 2013, says research firm IDC
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
eBay claims 4G mobile connectivity could boost the UK mobile retail sector by £1.8bn in a year as more consumers shop on their smartphones
Cyber attacks that shut down computers at banks and broadcasters in South Korea used stolen user IDs and passwords, say researchers
Apple buys indoor mapping start-up WifiSLAM for $20m to boost its location technology and compete with Google’s indoor capabilities
Syscap has highlighted the failure of the main two government schemes to improve the flow of credit to smaller firms advising that now is the time to widen the lenders that can be involved
Lexmark is upping the ante in its bid to be seen as more than just a printer vendor with new partner training and services offers
Telehealth is not a cost-effective treatment, according to an in-depth study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
With an updated mobile application due out later this year, the city of Boston is set on introducing gamification to the public-sector workplace.
Financial services IT departments are creating higher costs in the long run by implementing short-term fixes to meet regulations
ComputerLinks says that demand for products designed to optimise and protect existing customer networks has helped it book full-year growth of 22%.
Study finds traditional antivirus solutions not identifying the majority of malware infecting networks via real-time applications such as browsing
Data security in the cloud is still a top concern for UK companies, a survey of 250 IT decision makers has revealed
Brocade is still a fan of FC SAN technology. Today it launched new management software and a 16-gig, 96-port switch, and pledged to support 32-gig.
The growing demand for cloud and managed services is forcing a significant number of resellers to change their approach to customers
Cisco opened its Big Innovation Gateway (BIG) awards for nominations to find the best emerging technology start-ups in 2013
By integrating with Calient's 3D MEMS optical switch, Plexxi's SDN now has dynamic and unlimited optical interconnections.
Nimbus Data upgrades HALO storage operating system for Gemini all-flash array, adding system analytics, open API and a mobile management application.
Microsoft's Companion Subscription License with Windows 8 accommodates BYOD and may turn out to be more economical for some enterprises.
The issue of interoperability in health care was one of the most discussed at HIMSS 2013. Attendees looked at what's holding back data liquidity.
Yahoo has acquired Summly – an app created by a UK teenager – for £18m, making him one of the world’s youngest self-made millionaires
Most information security professionals believe corporate employees wilfully ignore security rules, survey at RSA Conference 2013 reveals
Westcon-owned distie is intent on helping the channel grab a larger slice of the multi-billion pound video market
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 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.
The prospect of two rival bidders teaming up to fight Michael Dell for the future of the firm he founded is a prospect that is starting to gather momentum
Security appliance factory revenue and unit shipments both rose during the last quarter of 2012, with UTM hardware winning the battle for hearts, minds and market share
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
Without any national policy announcements, HIMSS 2013 conference attendees focused on interoperability.
Financial services will spend more on IT in 2013 due to a raft of impending regulations and weak market growth, according to Ovum
Attorney advises that MSPs and CSPs enact four basic IT risk mitigation strategies, involving contractual language, insurance, encryption and more.
SAS vs. SATA battle in enterprise data storage shows hard drives with SAS interface trending up; cheaper MLC SSDs outnumber SLC in enterprise.
Cisco made changes to its CCNA program to help admins become voice, wireless and security specialists faster.
Converged infrastructure offers a way to resist the public cloud and still gain efficiencies and scalability, but few vendors offer the real deal.
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.
SDN bloggers discuss a Cisco-Embrane partnership, early SDN use cases -- including the WAN -- and why ONF OpenFlow standards are necessary for SDN.
A study by Alert Logic downplays cloud security concerns when compared to traditional IT infrastructure, but indicates Web app attacks are a problem.
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 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
European Commission (EC) proposes to cut costs of installing fibre broadband by 30% to address the lack of standards across Europe
Banks must use IT to help them better engage with customers – who are increasingly keeping them at arm’s length – says Accenture
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 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
The UK government has announced a partnership with industry to share information and intelligence on cyber security threats
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
NoSQL suppliers DataStax, CouchBase and 10Gen seek to expand on European territory, sensing a weakening of the relational model
Fujitsu says a multi-million pound investment will enable it to build up its UK business
The Home Office must improve its internal capability to fix the siloed IT systems behind the soon-to-be-scrapped UK Border Agency
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
Panelists at the SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit lament the challenges of using cyber-intelligence to thwart enterprise security threats.
In these news briefs, PayPal plans to build an OpenStack cloud with 10,000 servers, Cisco acquires SolveDirect and CloudStack grows up.
IDC’s latest statistics on the connected device market seem to suggest that the game is up for desktop PCs
Most IT systems are designed and implemented with physicians in mind. But health systems shouldn't overlook the importance of nursing informatics.
Think tank Demos urges UK police forces to appoint a senior officer to take charge of gathering intelligence from social media
NetApp Private Storage for AWS connects NetApp private storage systems hosted in Equinix data centers to Amazon public clouds.
If industry hype is anything to go by, everyone should be using services. But what happens when a cloud service is longer available?
To catalyze the SDN market, Big Switch announces Switch Light, open source OpenFlow switch software.
To help their customers get used to cloud backups, software and hardware vendors add options for moving protected copies of data to public clouds.
Foreign direct investment in the Indian retail market will drive investments in big data technology.
The benefits of clinical decision support don't just complement EHR use -- they can make or break it.
Citrix's new self-service cloud portal software serves as an easy-to-use cloud orchestration tool for providers to deliver Anything as a Service.
According to a recent Forrester report, mobile software is one of the most crucial technologies that Indian CIOs are adopting.
The emergence of Web real-time communications promises voice- and video-enabled Web browsers. What should enterprises do to prepare?
Middleware options for integrating SAP and non-SAP software are increasing. Choosing the right one depends on a range of factors, say experts.
Microsoft's Windows 8 app updates are a step in the right direction, but may not provide enterprise users with the functionality they need.
A look at the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems and more data management news from around the Web.
Nate Silver outlines three principles taken from Bayes' Theorem that influence his prediction process.
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.
Somerset County Council has settled a dispute out of court with its outsourced service provider Southwest One
Ofcom says more consumers complained about Orange than any other internet service provider (ISP) after it cancelled its free broadband deal
As it looks to grow its share of the entry-level server market Oracle has introduced specialisations and improved rebates for resellers
Arrow Electronics has been building up a portfolio of vendors that will support selling a virtualisation solution
IT trade body Intellect says patients and doctors must undergo cultural change to realise government's ambition of a paperless NHS by 2018
Daisy Group will look to acquire to bulk up its business this year after arranging a multi-million pound facility with six major banks
This week SearchSDN scoured Twitter for SDN banter and got an earful about SDN, NVF and future impacts of this emerging technology.
Microsoft finally acknowledges Windows Blue, but is not forthcoming with details on the initiative's operating system updates.
Paul Edgeley has teamed up with his son after taking a chairman position at Sheffield-based Fluent Communications
BlackBerry has reported its Q4 2013 results and revealed that shipments of its new Z10 devices has topped a million units
Skanska Sverige, a project development and construction group headquartered in Stockholm has turned to Accenture to implement Oracle Fusion applications
Juniper offers 40 and 100Gigabit Ethernet and network programmability for campus and data center cores by rebranding the MX router as the EX9200 switch.
RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers using mobile apps were locked out today after another IT failure at the banking group
Indian IT giants have to take a different approach to supporting domestic customers.
Over half of IT workers admit to feeling underpaid for their role, according to a survey
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is marching towards complete cloud backups with the help of Panzura storage gateways.
Avaya announces its Collaborative Cloud offering, enabling service providers to deliver Collaboration as a Service.
In three days of hearings, congressional subcommittees explored the FDA's draft guidance on regulation of mobile health apps. Many questions remain.
IT experts crunch the numbers and find that some apps may be more cost-effective kept in-house than shoehorned into public cloud infrastructures.
As software teams go mobile, the new way of working includes shorter lifecycles, continual software updates and one tester for every developer.
IT shops that need to analyze huge volumes of data can look to a newly available big data analytics tool that was previously reserved for the intelligence community.
Companies that want to deliver virtual desktops but can't justify VDI costs see cloud-hosted desktops as a viable -- if not better -- alternative.
VM-aware and hyper-converged systems for VM storage mainly support VMware now, but wider support for other hypervisors is coming.
Many health care leaders are holding off on launching new initiatives in 2013 as they focus on getting value out of past health IT projects.
A global IT consultancy chooses Aryaka's cloud WAN optimization service over traditional hardware-based vendors.
Although IT cedes some control by using public cloud, cloud data security ultimately falls on the organization -- not the vendor.