TechTarget News - Week of Nov 10, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 November 2013

Fujitsu bosses rubbish Dell strategy, Acer CEO walks after losses mount, and Ingram Micro gets into managed print. Catch up on the biggest channel stories from the past seven days

CBI finds SME investment plans improving

The CBI has found in its latest SME trends survey that the sector is planning to invest next year after demand and output rose in the last quarter

Fear of cloud servers fading fast among UK firms

Research shows traditionally risk-averse UK firms are being persuaded by the benefits of co-location, with more than 20% of servers now outsourced

Superfast broadband is 'Cornwall’s HS2'

A total of 82% of premises in Cornwall can now access superfast broadband as Superfast Cornwall aims to connect 95% by the end of 2014

Mitel, Aastra merge to create billion dollar UC giant

Mitel and Aastra Technologies have announced plans to merge, creating a billion dollar enterprise communications company with massively increased channel scale

Financial sector embracing software and services

The latest report into the financial services market from TechMarketView reveals a sector that is investing in software and IT services quicker than the rest of the economy

Apple and Samsung back in court in the US

Apple and Samsung are back in court to settle the final amount that South Korean firm must pay in damages for infringing patents

Apple and Samsung back in court in the US

Apple and Samsung are back in court to settle the final amount the South Korean firm must pay in damages for infringing patents

Rackspace investing in growth strategy

Cloud player Rackspace has seen its income fall and sales rise as it continues to stick to a plan to grow the business

BlackBerry reveals new UK MD

After the surprise departure of Rob Orr this summer, the mobile manufacturer has appointed Alexandra Zagury as his successor

Cancer Research boosts IOPS with EMC XtremSF PCIe flash

Cancer Research deploys EMC XtremSF PCIe server-side flash storage, cutting Oracle CRM queries from hours to seconds and regaining IOPS on main storage arrays

BlackBerry reveals new UK managing director

After the surprise departure of Rob Orr this summer, the mobile manufacturer has appointed Alexandra Zagury as Orr's successor

Virgin Media promises 152Mbps but at a price

Virgin Media will launch the superfast 152Mbps packages in February 2014 but reveals its prices will rise by almost 7% for cable customers

Acronis builds mobile reseller base

As it extends its reach into the mobile security space Acronis has built up its partner base with skills in that area

UK government digital services framework goes live

A digital services framework designed to give the public sector access to suppliers to help them design and build public services has gone live

India must prepare for cloud traffic explosion

Indian cloud data center traffic will increase four-fold by 2017 with 17% of services accessed by mobile users, according to Cisco

Consulting firm saves thousands by billing in the cloud

Consulting and outsourcing company Xoomworks claims to be making savings of over £10,000 a year, after introducing a cloud-based system to track its consultant’s billable hours.

Amazon Web Services beefs up channel programme

Amazon Web Services is increasing the support for those resellers that put some consulting muscle behind selling its cloud offering

AVG adds online backup to CloudCare platform

Security specialist AVG has extended the functionality of its CloudCare platform adding online backup to the options resellers can offer SMEs

Disruption key to data protection, says HP

Enterprise information security needs to go beyond traditional ways of thinking, according to Hewlett Packard

Blue Jeans Network looks for tight fit with UK channel

Latest Silicon Valley start-up to hit UK shores pledges to turn video into a mass market proposition, and signs up big AV channel guns Imago and InterCall

AWS re: Invent 2013 kicks off in Las Vegas

Amazon Web Services' annual conference opens with product announcements to the 8,000 strong crowd during the keynote

CIO interview: Paolo Cinelli, CIO, Ikea

Ikea's priority is to get closer to its customers using a multi-channel approach which combines digital and traditional methods

Shell delivers global SAP upgrade

Shell has simplified and standardised business processes in its business focused on refining and marketing activities for oil products and chemicals, through a global SAP upgrade

Cisco forecasts revenue declines

Networking giant Cisco expects revenues to fall by up to 10% this quarter as it fails to build momentum in emerging markets

Pivotal's open source PaaS play arrives in-house

Pivotal's latest offering includes private PaaS for enterprises. Sounds great in theory, but will it work across multiple platforms?

Insider predictions for Dreamforce 2013

It's time for Dreamforce! Find out what new innovations will be announced in San Francisco this year.

News briefs: CSA to create cloud security controls for BYOD

This week, the Cloud Security Alliance works on a framework of cloud security controls to protect BYOD users, while Rackspace Q3 profits fall short.

AWS shops eye Google Compute Engine live migration

Google will add live migration for VMs running on its IaaS platform, which just might signal itself as a legitimate threat to Amazon in the market.

Startups use AWS re:Invent 2013 as launch pad

Several startups chose AWS re: Invent as a platform to showcase how they utilised the cloud service provider to get off the ground.

Google book scanning plan gets green light

Google's controversial plan to scan millions of books and sell them online has finally been given the green light by a New York court

Veeam outlines expansion ambitions

Virtualisation specialist Veeam is planning to expand both its reseller numbers and headcount as it plans for more growth in 2014

Tablet sales in India more than double

More than 1.1 million tablets were sold in India during the second quarter of 2013 – 107.4% more than the same period last year

Oracle gets enterprise mobile management with Bitzer buy

Not to be outdone by IBM, Oracle has purchased EMM provider Bitzer Mobile. But is it too late for Oracle to be a major mobile player in enterprises?

DB Networks addresses SQL security with IDS-6300

Database security specialist DB Networks introduces SQL security appliance to detect obfuscated malicious traffic.