TechTarget News - Week of Sep 15, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 September 2013

Former Riverbed, Abiquo boss Jim Darragh new boy from Ipanema, Softcat celebrates Cisco Gold, and Citrix buys UK office suite player Byte Squared. Catch up on last week's biggest channel stories

Google Web Designer tool to make HTML5 on mobile a reality?

The industry does not need another mobile development platform, but instead, consolidation. Hopefully, Google Web Designer (GWD) will help consolidate the mobile industry on HTML5.

Advanced rides to rescue of 2e2 customer Moray Council

Eleventh hour project rescue bid saw Advanced Business Solutions take charge of Scottish council’s finance management system migration project after 2e2 went under earlier this year

Payments network allegedly tapped by US government

The payments network of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) could have been tapped by the US National Security Agency, according to reports.

Micro-P welcomes graduates

Micro-P has opened the doors to eleven graduates as it looks to skill up the next generation

Channel finds it's sun, sea and work on holiday

Very few people choose to completely disconnect from the office when on holiday according to the latest mobile workforce research from iPass

HP UK boss heading down under

Hewlett-Packard is looking for a new UK boss as Nick Wilson heads to Australia to manage the South Pacific region

Seven day bank switching service launches

Current account holders in the UK can now switch banks within seven days following the launch of the Current Account Switch Service

Tandberg Data signs up Hammer

Tandberg Data has signed up Hammer to distribute its product range across Europe

Lead gen biggest challenge for growing MSPs, says GFI CEO

GFI CEO Walter Scott says vendor marketing initiatives will become a critical element of channel support plans as managed service provider numbers grow exponentially in the coming years

Intuitive Business Intelligence appoints three directors

Business intelligence dashboard software firm Intuitive Business Intelligence brings in three new directors to spruce up its board and manage a surge in demand for BI

Microsoft unveils 8.1 pricing

With a month to go until the launch of Windows 8.1 Microsoft has revealed the pricing for the OS upgrade

Adobe talks up "overwhelming" cloud demand

Adobe might have missed revenue targets for its Q3 but is increasing its recurring revenue generating cloud subscriber base

F-Secure recruits former Acronis channel manager

Just a couple of weeks before it unveils a revised channel strategy F-Secure has brought on board a corporate sales manager with channel experience

Aorta Cloud mounts rescue mission for Nirvanix customers

Following revelations that US cloud provider Nirvanix is shuttering its service, UK partner Aorta Cloud embarks on fundraising mission to offer service continuity to customers

Eurostar catches up with Wi-Fi roll-out

Nomad Digital will supply the technology to bring connectivity to Eurostar’s upcoming fleet of e320s

RF Code adds mobile datacentre management capabilities

Datacentre environment monitoring and asset management specialist RF Code courts resellers with new management capabilities for iPad, tablets and smartphones

Social media strategies: There's no big bang

Creating an effective social media strategy that conforms to compliance mandates requires a phased approach and plenty of collaboration.

Microsoft releases emergency fix for IE zero day

Microsoft has released a fix for the latest zero-day flaw in IE, but IT administrators must still be vigilant after patch is released, say experts

Oracle sounds cautious note over Q2 prospects

Oracle has seen its share price slide after it delivered sober forecasts for what lies ahead in its fiscal Q2

Mobile app downloads worth $26bn in 2013

The number of mobile app downloads in 2013 will reach 102 billion, with a total value of $26bn, according to Gartner

RM on track for stronger end to financial year

Education IT specialist says that based on its performance in the past three months, it is heading for a much stronger finish to the year than it previously thought

CompTIA aims to extend vendor relationships

CompTIA is looking to work with more vendors in the UK as it looks to remind US firms that their membership is valid globally

Cisco security services: Impact on channel partners

There's a new Cisco security services practice on tap; how will the new practice affect existing Cisco partners that already offer security services?

Brocade's new Vyatta virtual router is 10x faster

Brocade's Vyatta 5600 virtual router is 10 times faster, setting the stage for telco deployments, NFV and high-performance overlays.

RSA vetoes NSA-linked encryption algorithm

RSA advises customers to stop using the encryption algorithm leaked documents suggest contains a back door placed by the NSA

Elop pockets $25m in move back to Microsoft

Nokia’s CEO will get 18 months’ salary and a cash bonus when his company is sold to Microsoft and he takes over as vice president of devices and services

FireEye announces pricing of IPO

Security firm FireEye has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15.2 million at $20 a share

Ingram Micro appoints president and COO

Ingram Micro has taken the president and COO roles off the shoulders of the CEO and CFO and recruited someone to carry out those roles

Microsoft changes reporting structure

Microsoft has revealed changes to the way it reports its performance as part of reorganisation plans that were announced by CEO Steve Ballmer

Virgin Media to axe 600 jobs

Virgin Media will cut up to 600 roles as part of a restructure following its acquisition by Liberty Global, but customer-facing roles will not be affected

Ballmer voices regrets but keeps banging the drum

In one of his last calls with analysts the Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has voiced regrets about its phone strategy but talked up its powers of longevity in the market