TechTarget News - Week of Dec 08, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 December 2013

AMD sees bespoke system builders fighting back, EC lets DiData acquisition plans slip, and Microsoft simplifies licensing. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from last week

Computer system failure delays hundreds of UK flights

Hundreds of flights at several UK airports were delayed or cancelled at the weekend because of a computer failure at National Air Traffic Services (NATS)

DCMS offers small businesses broadband grants

The government allocates £100m of the Urban Broadband Fund to enable small businesses in 10 cities across the UK to get faster internet connections

Expert: Security automation can thwart attacks on cloud computing

Nation-states are turning their attacks toward the cloud. One expert explains why he believes security automation is the only viable defense tactic.

OCZ bankruptcy may yet ignite bidding war

OCZ Technology's pending bankruptcy filing may start a public-auction bidding war among disk manufacturers looking for entrance into the SSD market.

Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards 2013

The Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards recognize the best data center products and technologies. Find out which products won in the areas of cloud computing, mobility, storage and more.

Cisco: cloud to power channel in 2014

Cisco looks ahead to a strong 2014 and claims its Cisco Powered cloud and managed services business is sprinting ahead of its resale business

Spies infiltrated online games, Snowden docs show

The NSA and GCHQ sent spies into online games to monitor targets and recruit informants, according to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden

Microsoft adds security to user accounts

Microsoft has followed up its recent general statement of intent to protect customers from government snooping with details of stronger security.

Geek gift guide 2013: From Legos to Leathermans

Last-minute gadget shopping got you down? Let our experts guide you to the most sought-after geek gifts for the technically inclined.

NATS considers 100% availability

NATS will be investigate contingency challenges of offering a service that is 100% available after last week's outage caused many delays at airports across the UK

Four new HP MFP models on the table for MSPs

HP aims four new multifunction printer (MFP) models with enhanced management capabilities at managed print services providers.

Ransomware looks set to increase, warns Sophos

Cyber criminals are planning to produce new forms of ransomware on an unprecedented scale, according to IT security firm Sophos

HP takes wraps off 2014 hardware range

HP has used its Discover event in Spain to launch a range of hardware products to appeal to customers in what is left of Q4 and the year beyond

Node4: IT budgets to rise in 2014

A survey of SME buyers by datacentre and comms provider Node4 suggests growing confidence that budgets will rise

FAST warns government against allowing software copying

The Federation Against Software Theft has warned the government that there could be dangerous consequences of its proposals to widen private copying exemptions

EU quashes Cisco complaint on Skype sale

The General Court of the European Union rules Microsoft’s $8.5bn acquisition of Skype adheres to competition rules

Government seeks deputy CTO

The government is seeking a deputy chief technology officer who will report to CTO Liam Maxwell

Server managers sound off on data center duties for 2014

Server managers detail their data center plans for 2014 and offer insights into the systems management and career challenges they face.

Dell to bring channel into named accounts

On Dell World Day 1, Dell said it will incent its direct sales team to work with the channel and move to a channel-led approach for named accounts.

VMware folds more cloud software into vCAC 6.0

VMware vCloud Director has already begun to meld into vCloud Automation Center. Find out what cloud software VMware will integrate next.

Government to expand cyber security partnerships

The UK government introduces security kitemark pas part of plans to expanding partnerships on cyber security with the private sector in 2014

Four arrested in £1m London cyber bank heist

Police have arrested four people suspected cyber criminals and seized £80,000 in cash and a live grenade after the theft of £1m from two banks

Cloud now transforming Indian business

Indian organizations will spend $404m on cloud services by the end of 2013, representing a 33.6% increase over 2012, according to Gartner

SAP system leaves Npower customer accounts in disarray

The energy firm admits to poor customer service after issues from transferring to a new SAP system, just weeks after announcing it would cut almost 1,500 jobs and take on a new outsourcing contract to save on customer service costs

Security market consolidation expected in 2014

With cyber threats becoming ever more sophisticated the expectation from Sophos is that some of its rivals will struggle to keep up next year

Ofcom: UK leading the ecommerce stakes

The latest figures from Ofcom indicated that Brits are leading the way spending more online than global counterparts

UK to review laws governing spy agencies in 2014

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) is calling for written submissions for its inquiry into the laws governing intelligence agencies

BT launches scheme to get Plymouth residents online

BT teams up with local charities and government organisations to put £330,000 into helping Plymouth residents get online and learn digital skills

UK cyber security progress welcomed

The UK government’s report on progress the National Cyber Security Programme has widely been welcomed by the IT security community and industry

Too many automation tools hinder cloud management

IT admin teams that use too many cloud automation tools can cause more problems than they solve. Here's how to choose the right cloud management tool.

Avon drops SAP big bang transformation

Cosmetics giant Avon has halted its multi-year SAP rollout due to a poor return on investment.

EE holds title for most complained about broadband

With more than double the average number of complaints, EE – previously Orange Broadband – has been named the most complained about broadband provider by Ofcom for the fifth consecutive quarter

Red Hat cloud ITSM deal part of wider migration to cloud

Open-source software supplier Red Hat is using a cloud-based service management package in a move that supports the firm’s migration of its IT operation to the cloud

UKFast decides it’s profitable up north

Manchester-based hosting company, UKFast is bucking the long-standing trend to pile everything into a van and head down the motorway to London, by opening up a new office in Glasgow

Quick tablet guide: Which model is right for you?

Which tablet should you buy? Our 2013 tablet comparison guide helps you make an informed decision based on what you need.

Violin, WD and Toshiba announce new flash products

Violin Memory, Western Digital and Toshiba release flash products, including management software and a drive that combines flash and traditional disk.