TechTarget News - Week of Oct 27, 2013

NYSE tests systems ahead of Twitter IPO

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) says a weekend test run of Twitter's initial public offering was successful

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 October 2013

RM calls time on PC making after 35 years, Ingram bids farewell to Vandenbussche, and Micro-P gets a new coat of paint. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from the past week

Latest version of PCI DSS reaches final stages

Around 500 global stakeholders are to meet this week to give the final community feedback on the next version of PCI DSS

Channel partner loyalty: You're being watched

A new report, Partner InSite, from The Spur Group will track channel partner loyalty to tech vendors measured by language used on the partners' sites.

Daisy buys maintenance and support MSP Indecs

Daisy Group hits the acquisition trail again, buying Midlands-based technical maintenance and support services provider Indecs for a cash consideration of up to £18m

Cloud-based invoice processing for Sage 50 SMEs

Business automation firm Readsoft and outsourcer Goodwille have teamed up to offer cloud-based financial services based on Sage 50 Accounts

Aadhar ID Project faces non tech challenges

As the IT demands are being addressed in India’s Aadhar project there are new hurdles to overcome as legal challenges and waning citizen confidence emerge.

Quantum launches cloud backup partner programme

Resellers and MSPs alike will be able to offer Quantum virtual deduplication appliance and vmPRO backup software-powered backup-as-a-service

Pulsant attempts to woo new partners

Cloud and colo outfit Pulsant on the look-out for both reseller and referral partners

Microsoft reveals operational security methodology

Microsoft has lifted the veil on how it maintains security for more than 200 cloud services, including Office 365, Windows Azure and Outlook.com

Insight replaces Fenton with Microsoft man Ebermann

Insight has named former Microsoft VP and COO of Central and Eastern Europe, Wolfgang Ebermann, as its replacement for outgoing EMEA president Stuart Fenton

Teradata goes cost neutral in the cloud

Teradata has announced that its database, analytics platform and applications will also be available in the cloud, initially in the US

O2 Wholesale shuts down channel business

Just months after it had senior execs calm partner fears over the acquisition of its consumer business by BSKyB, Telefónica’s O2 Wholesale has ditched the channel altogether

Dell completes buyout as smelly laptop problem lingers

Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have successfully completed their buyout of the company, but are having to deal with an unusually pungent technical issue affecting some Dell Latitude notebooks

Qualys launches security metrics project

Security firm Qualys has launched a security metrics initiative at RSA Europe 2013 conference in Amsterdam

Identity assurance system moves into beta test phase

The Government Digital Service has started testing of a key system to support plans for citizens to securely prove their identity when accessing online public services

Tightly integrated UC architecture gives ROI a boost

Enterprises are beginning to notice a more tangible ROI for UC architecture deployments and tools, like cloud and video.

Insight disappointed by EMEA performance

Insight Enterprises sales and profits are both on the slide thanks to a poor third quarter showing at its EMEA operations

Profits drop, sales flat at Arrow Electronics

Components and enterprise computing distributor Arrow Electronics has revealed it saw little growth in overall revenues during Q3, while net profit dropped substantially

Pearlfinders: Security dominating IT spending plans

Customer fears around the prospect of cyber attacks is influencing how they plan their IT spending according to the latest Pearlfinders IT Index

BT Sport hits telecoms giant’s profits

The UK telecoms firm reports a fall in profits as it continues to invest into its new television services

UK cities fail to offer superfast broadband

Not one of the UK’s 50 major cities has yet to reach average download speeds of 24Mbps – the government’s definition of superfast broadband

ISG to publish report on global public sector IT outsourcing

IT outsourcing market intelligence company ISG will soon release its first ever global public sector research report, reflecting the growing importance of the sector to the global outsourcing industry

BDUK seeks new CEO

The top job within the division with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport charged with rolling out broadband across the UK is up for grabs

MicroScope's top stories, October 2013

RM quits PC building after 35 years, O2 Wholesale pulls back from channel, and VMware brings own-brand hybrid clouds to the UK. Catch up on all the biggest stories from the past month

US tech firms call for NSA reforms

Top technology firms have called for reforms to the US government’s internet surveillance programmes

AT&T eyes up Vodafone for buyout

The US mobile giant is rumoured to be looking for an entrance to the UK market by buying the UK-based firm

IT budget cuts? Take a lesson from thrifty SMBs

Small IT shops adopt some of the same trends as large enterprises, but with much caution and attention to priorities. And mistakes are felt acutely.

Smartphone sales increase by 50%

Smartphone shipments have increased by almost 50% year-on-year, according to a report by Juniper Research.

Payment card industry updates security

PCI DSS council has published a list of approved point-to-point encryption systems for the payment card industry

The IT fundamentals that HealthCare.gov ignored

HealthCare.gov's shortcomings can be traced back to some IT fundamentals that its developers didn't -- or couldn't -- follow correctly.

Pegasus2 desktop storage first to support Thunderbolt 2

Promise Technology launched the Pegasus2 desktop device with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, and the SANLink2 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Pegasus2-to-SAN bridge.