TechTarget News - Week of Jul 07, 2013

McAfee completes Stonesoft acquisition

Intel-owned McAfee has completed its acquisition of Finnish firewall firm Stonesoft in a $389m deal announced in May

McAfee seals Stonesoft deal

McAfee has completed the acquisition of next generation firewall player Stonesoft to bolster its network security credentials

Stronger economy pushes up IT day rates

The daily rates charged for IT services are rising, according to a benchmark from consulting firm Pierre Audoin Consultants

Government saves £500m by going digital

Latest report from the Efficiency and Reform Group claims central government saved £500m by moving services onto digital platforms

Slow storage market hits Brocade revenues

Networking firm Brocade blames SAN sales not meeting expectations for a revenue slide of 8% in its second quarter

Government saves £500m by going digital

Latest report from the Efficiency and Reform Group claims central government saved £500m by moving services onto digital platforms

Education Technology focus of RM rescue plan

As first half sales drop again, RM management pledges “immediate attention” to struggling Education Technology business, but there is good news from the profitability standpoint

Dell gaining shareholder support for private plans

One of the largest shareholder advisory groups has recommended that Michael Dell's bid to take the vendor he founded private get the backing of shareholders

EMC bolsters cloud access security with Aveksa buy

EMC has picked up identity management specialist Aveksa to improve the cloud access options its RSA security division can provide to users

Microsoft rallies partners to build hybrid Azure

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announces a major push to attract businesses to use Azure through a “cloud first” strategy

CERN rolls out Oracle IT management

CERN is using Oracle enterprise IT management software to monitor and manage its Oracle applications, middleware, databases and hardware

VMware woos faithful to cloud with vCloud Hybrid Service

After years without its own public cloud service, VMware has introduced vCloud Hybrid Service, which could woo enterprises that trust the VMware name.

Microsoft cloud partner program changes looming

On WPC Day 2, Microsoft announced a number of cloud-related changes to the Microsoft Partner Network and the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription.

Microsoft notches up over 3,000 copyright cases

In its battle against piracy, Microsoft says it has settled 3,265 copyright cases in the past year and warns of links to malware distribution

Microsoft realigns partner cloud training, competencies

At its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston Texas, Microsoft has shared details of how it will change training and competencies to help partners make the most of the cloud

EMC upgrades Data Domain, Avamar, NetWorker and Mozy

EMC Data Domain data deduplication boxes get faster CPUs and bigger disks; Avamar gets NAS and virtual machine enhancements; NetWorker gets point upgrade; Mozy gets AD integration

Cyber threats at highest level ever, say MPs

Despite the increased profile of cyber security threats, counter-terrorism remains the primary focus of the UK’s intelligence agencies

Stone plans to widen customer base for services business

Stone Group has been building up the capabilities of its professional services business initially aiming at its existing customer base but with plans to go for fresh business

Head of Universal Credit denies IT problems

Howard Shiplee tells the work and pensions select committee all is well, denying reports of the failing IT system behind Universal Credit

EMC backup upgrades target DBAs, VM admins

EMC backup targets Data Domain, and data protection software Avamar and NetWorker now support databases, VMs and primary storage platforms.

HDS offers HUS VM midrange SAN array with all-flash

Hitachi Data Systems lets customers load up its midrange HUS VM unified storage array with only solid-state drives as an all-flash option.

Apple guilty of e-book price fixing

Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five publishers to raise the prices of e-books to challenge Amazon's dominance of the market

Yahoo wants Fisa objections revealed

Yahoo is the latest company implicated in the Prism internet surveillance programme to call for more transparency around its involvement

Icahn turns to the law to upset Dell bid

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has called on shareholders to take advantage of the law to review Michael Dell's bid for the firm

Lenovo talks up PC market as it takes pole position

Lenovo has overtaken HP as the global leader in the PC market and has talked up the chances for profitable growth despite the overall market continuing to decline

Windows out of touch as PC shipments crash

All manufacturers except Lenovo showed a massive decline in PC sales, with buyers continuing to purchase tablets over laptop devices

Ofcom proposes cuts to wholesale broadband charges

The telecoms regulator wants to reduce the wholesale price BT charges to smaller ISPs, which it hopes will lead to price drops for broadband and landline packages

Steve Ballmer launches Microsoft 2.0

Steve Ballmer plans to reinvent Microsoft with a big push to develop hardware from phones to set top boxes, as it attempts to remain relevant

Microsoft: Cloud computing is the new normal

Microsoft continued beating the cloud computing drum on WPC Day 3, saying cloud-oriented partners outperform peers by a number of financial measures.

Microsoft denies helping NSA to spy

Microsoft has denied that the company helped US intelligence services spy on users’ web chats, emails and data in cloud storage facilities

Carl Icahn raises bid for Dell

US investor Carl Icahn is to raise his offer for PC maker Dell to try to stop a $24.4bn buyout by company founder Michael Dell

BlackBerry ready to enable India to track messages

BlackBerry is ready to provide Indian law enforcement authorities with a way to track emails, email attachments and chats sent over its services

Ballmer outlines vision of unified Microsoft

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has sent staff a memo where he outlines a strategy of developing a more unified company

Avnet and Arrow land IBM training role

Avnet Technology Services and Arrow have been appointed by IBM to be global providers of training to resellers and customers

EMC strengthens Flash capabilities with ScaleIO

Following its purchase of identity management firm Aveksa, Flash software firm ScaleIO becomes the latest addition to EMC’s portfolio

Icahn sweetens deal for Dell shareholders

Carl Icahn has made yet another attempt to get Dell shareholders to back his bid for the firm rather than founder Michael Dell

EU expects 900,000 unfilled IT jobs in 2015

The European Commission releases statistics about the progress of the Digital Agenda, calling for more people to improve their digital skills

Nutanix launches worldwide reseller programme

Datacentre infrastructure business formalises worldwide channel engagement to take advantage of continuing cloud and virtualisation growth

EMC and Western Digital make flash software buys

EMC acquires ScaleIO and Western Digital picks up VeloBit in examples of hardware vendors adding flash software as the solid-state market heats up.

2013 Black Hat conference: Feds welcome!

Despite DefCon founder's blog telling Feds to stay home, Black Hat says they're 'welcome' at the show.

Indian banks harness big data analysis amid competition

The increasing penetration of broadband and growth in smartphone usage in India are driving the development of IT-based services for bank consumers.