TechTarget News - Week of Sep 08, 2013

Twitter UK boss steps down

Twitter UK general manager Tony Wang has announced he is to step down from the role and return to the US

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 September 2013

Gartner warns resellers not to bank on cloud, German contract fall-out hurts Computacenter, and Trustmarque opens new London office. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from the past week

Small firms have lost confidence in banks

Five years on from the Lehman Brothers crash and a survey by the FSB reveals that large numbers of small firms think that banks do not care about their businesses

Icahn withdraws from battle for Dell

Just days before a pivotal shareholder vote the main rival to Michael Dell's plans to take the vendor private have been halted

West Yorkshire signs £22m BDUK contract with BT

Four local authorities team up for the West Yorkshire project and award BT the contract for rolling out superfast broadband

Capita brings cloud platform to market

Capita IT Services has launched a cloud platform using Cisco and EMC’s datacentre in a box platform to offer cloud services hosted in the UK

Microsoft sets date for Surface 2 launch

Microsoft has sent out the invitations ahead of a launch later this month of the second generation of its Surface tablet

Western Digital embraces SME backup specialists

Storage vendor Western Digital on a quest to strengthen its channel and remind partners that following its acquisition of Arkeia, it also now does backup

Rimo3 opens for business and for channel partners

Formed by staff from Camwood application management specialist Rimo3 has started business and is looking for channel partners

RSA reduces direct sales, hands new product to channel

RSA reveals a number of products, including some that it previously sold direct, are now to be sold through the channel, and says it is working on the integration of the newly-acquired Aveksa lines

Dell vote looking good for Michael

With just a day to go before shareholders vote on Michael Dell's proposal to take the firm private the numbers are stacking up for the firm's founder

Ipanema names former Riverbed SVP Darragh to CEO post

Incoming CEO Jim Darragh tasked with turning Ipanema Technologies into a “leading challenger” in WAN optimisation controller and services market

Hammer flaunts new disk drive channel resources

Registered Disk Partner scheme brings together key Hammer HDD vendors to give storage resellers new levels of support

Welsh resellers get EU support for CompTIA Trustmark+

Trade body CompTIA and Software Alliance Wales have announced the names of a number of Welsh resellers to earn CompTIA’s Accredit UK Trustmark+ standard following EU backing

CW500 Club: BYOD best practice

Company schemes for staff to use their own devices are relatively new; CW500 delegates discuss bring your own device (BYOD) best practice

GCHQ launches recruitment challenge

Government communications intelligence agency GCHQ has launched an online code-cracking competition with the aim of finding talented recruits

SAM interest fuelled by end of XP support

Customers looking to make a move off XP are turning to software asset management as a way of getting themselves ready for transition

Cisco storage move threatens server, array vendors

Cisco's $451-million Whiptail acquisition gives it flash technology, but will the company's storage encroachment turn off long-time array partners?

Google to face claims over Wi-Fi snooping

Google is to face damages claims for privacy violations after a US judge ruled the firm broke the law when its Street View vehicles harvested unsecured Wi-Fi data

Tablets set to overtake PCs in Q4

IDC is forecasting tablets overtaking PCs in unit shipments in Q4 and then permanently from 2015

Android will be ‘top priority’ for Huawei

Huawei reaffirms its commitment to Android, but promises to remain a strategic partner with Microsoft, despite the Nokia acquisition

InTechnology celebrates major NHS security accreditation

Cloud services firm InTechnology says bagging IG SoC NHS N3 level 11 accreditation badge over six months pre-deadline gives it a clear advantage over its competitors

Intel powers next-generation Chromebooks

Intel debuts a range of Chromebooks, using processors based on its new Haswell microarchitecture, including HP, Acer, Asus and Toshiba devices

Quantum upgrades big data storage to StorNext 5

Quantum’s StorNext big data tiered architecture operating software gets a boost to five billion files and a claimed 10x performance jump via multi-threaded CPU ops

Growth in IT temp vacancies at 15-year high

KPMG figures reveal the IT sector has had its fastest rise in short-term positions since 1998, but the number of available candidates has declined

EU plans an end to high roaming charges

EU Commissioner for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes has proposed an end to exorbitant mobile voice and data charges when abroad

Dell goes private in $25bn buyback deal

Michael Dell has won his battle to privatise the company he founded in 1984, with shareholders voting in favour of the buyback.

Cisco services business adds a security practice

The Cisco services business created a Services Security Practice and installed former Boeing security executive Bryan Palma to lead the venture.

IT admins prepared for Apple's new iPhone 5 deluge

Enterprise IT is ready to support Apple's new iPhones, which are sure to make their way into companies as employees buy the devices this month.

Oracle tape adds capacity, LTFS for libraries

Oracle launches faster, higher-capacity StorageTek T10000 tape cartridges and LTFS software to better compete with LTO-6.

Télécoms : la Commission veut un grand pas en avant

A défaut d'un grand bond en avant, la Commission propose aux opérateurs et aux utilisateurs un grand pas en avant pour les télécoms européens. Au programme, fin du roaming, uniformisation des contrats, convergence des cadres réglementaires et neutralité du net. Pas un mot en revanche sur un service universel du haut ou très haut débit.

Twitter to go public

After years of speculation, Twitter has finally announced that it has applied for an initial public offering

PCs and tablets to get investment at private Dell

Michael Dell has indicated that the firm will invest in its hardware with PCs and tablets getting a boost as the vendor heads back into private hands

Vodafone appoints new UK CEO

After five years in charge, Vodafone veteran Guy Laurence is leaving his role to head up Canadian firm Rogers Communications and will be replaced by Jeroen Hoencamp

SAP becomes Intel, Hortonworks Hadoop reseller

SAP signs redistribution agreement to provide Intel Distributuion Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform alongside SAP HANA in big data drive

Channel pressure causes u-turn at Mindjet

Mindjet has reintroduced a product that it had planned to shelve after the channel caused it to change its plans

Police foil bespoke cyber theft at Santander

London police have arrested 12 men in connection with a foiled attempt to steal millions of pounds from Santander

Edtech Incubator launches in Europe

The Education Foundation launches the EdTech accelerator programme for educators and teacher led start ups.

Extreme Networks buys Enterasys for $180m

High-performance Ethernet switching vendor Extreme Networks buys campus networks and WLAN specialist Enterasys in all-cash deal

Kemp on track with channel training targets

Since making its distributors training centres Kemp Technologies has been increasing the number of skilled reseller engineers

Nonprofit turns to to replace tape backup

When nonprofit Cook Inlet Tribal Council sought to replace their offsite tape backup, the organization turned to's DataProtect SaaS.

Workday enters the big data game at Workday Rising

At Workday Rising, the vendor's annual user conference, executives announced its Big Data Analytics offering and gave a sneak peek at the roadmap.