TechTarget News - Week of Oct 06, 2013

Banks to test cyber defences

UK banks are to take part in the most extensive cyber threat exercise in two years to test their ability to survive a sustained online attack

Amazon faces union strike threat in Germany

A German services union is threatening online retailer Amazon with another strike over wages in the run-up to Christmas

Computer 2000 renamed Tech Data

The Computer 2000 name is to disappear from the UK market 15 years after its purchase by global distribution giant Tech Data

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 4 October 2013

Getronics buys NEC Enterprise Solutions, HP tweaks PartnerOne programme again, and Intrinsic names new CEO. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from the past week

Ballmer plans to stay on Microsoft board

Steve Ballmer is standing for re-election to the Microsoft board indicating that even after he steps down as CEO he intends to be involved with the firm.

RSA Europe 2013 to get practical about big data

Big data is to dominate the agenda at the RSA Europe Conference 2013 taking place in Amsterdam from 29 – 31 October, but will be more practical than theoretical, says programme chair

Staples Europe appoints CIO

Dave Ubachs – former global CIO at market research company Ipsos – is named as CIO at office supplies firm Staples Europe

Government holds consultation on broadband delivery

A meeting to tap the industry for its knowledge on broadband delivery is taking place in Whitehall today, but DCMS gives little notice for companies to be prepared

Public cloud in India gets small business boost

Spending on public cloud services in India will increase by almost 40% in 2013 compared to last year, and reach $26.6bn INR in 2013, according to Gartner.

Acer Sweden boss Andresen heading for Blighty

Promotion of UK country manager Neil Marshall to regional manager of northern Europe sees top Brit job at Acer handed to Marco Andresen.

Driving Standards Agency updates WAN with MDNX

The government agency has revamped its WAN solution to link its datacentre through the PSN network to its driving test centres across the UK

Government pledges extra £100m to Enterprise Zones

Communities secretary Eric Pickles confirms the additional funding to help complete infrastructure projects around the new business hubs

Foreign Office outsources end-to-end IT management

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has outsourced the management of its IT services to BAE Systems Detica with targeted IT savings of 40% over the five year agreement

WatchGuard takes wraps off Dimension

WatchGuard has launched a cloud-based network security service to help customers and managed service providers keep an eye on their infrastructure

UK breaks into ITU’s top 10 for ICT development

UK takes eighth place in International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) league table for ICT deployments and adoption

Avangate bought by private equity

Acquisition by tech VC outfit Francisco Partners sets e-commerce specialist Avangate up for future growth

Northamber makes seven-figure annual loss

Sheer scale of PC decline overwhelms distributor as long-standing chairman says Northamber’s future path remains unclear

Cloud computing jobs hold rich potential

There are many cloud computing job opportunities, but to reap the biggest rewards, IT pros must hone certain skills, experts say.

US set to ban Samsung products

Some older Samsung devices are set to be banned in the US in the latest round of patent battles with US rival Apple

Business groups highlight skills concerns

The reaction to the revelations from the OECD report indicating the UK is behind in terms of numeracy and literacy skills has led to business groups calling for action

IBM bolsters cloud options for MSPs

IBM has started to exploit its SoftLayer acquisition introducing more analytics to customers and more solution options for managed service partners

Alcatel-Lucent to axe 10,000 staff

The networking company’s new CEO continues his cost saving plan by wiping almost 14% of its global workforce

NGD appoints channel sales development head

Colocation datacentre provider Next Generation Data targets service providers looking to expand their hosting capabilities

Kelly joins M&A player Livingstone

Former Logicalis managing director Tom Kelly has joined IT finance specialists Livingstone

Engineering firm aims to automate HR system for 150,000 employees

Power and automation company, ABB is to automate and simplify its HR processes in a project that aims to make HR technology as easy to use as Google.

The project, dubbed the Google-isation of HR, will allow employees and managers to look for HR information and complete key people management tasks at the push of a button.

Citrix warns on Q3 revenues

Citrix has warned investors that it will not be able to deliver the revenues it had expected in Q3

Nimans launches channel video-as-a-service service

Latest development in comms distie’s ‘Everything Connected’ strategy sees video-as-a-service solution pitched at convergence resellers

Legitimate users of Tor need not worry, says NCA

The National Crime Agency (NCA) says criminals cannot hide on the internet, but legitimate business users of anonymity software Tor are safe

Ingram moves into 3D printing space

Ingram Micro has indicated that it believes the 3D printing market is ripe for resellers after signing up MakerBot in the US

Fibre Channel vs FCoE. Fibre Channel rules. For now

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and converged network adapters (CNA) offer storage and networking on one infrastructure, but what are the pros and cons of moving to FCoE?

NCA notches up first phishing conviction

The National Crime Agency (NCA) Cyber Crime Unit has notched up its first conviction of a phishing offender after an investigation

Local players buck the PC market trend

The PC market might still be declining but some local players are managing to buck the trend and grow better than rivals

Facebook will not allow anyone to hide

Facebook is removing a privacy setting that enabled people to hide their profiles from the social networking site’s search function

Nuance demos virtual healthcare assistant

Speech software company Nuance has demonstrated how a voice-based user interface could streamline medical consultation

Skype under investigation over link to NSA

Skype is under investigation by Luxembourg's data protection authorities over links with the NSA's Prism surveillance programme

Building railways not broadband is a ‘strategic mistake’

The chief technology officer for Microsoft in EMEA claims the government is making a mistake investing billions into HS2 rather than broadband infrastructure which could enable more mobile working

Blocking AirDrop with iOS 7 MDM requires supervised mode

If you want to disable some iOS 7 features like AirDrop, users' devices must be in supervised mode. And that's not a good fit for BYOD.