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  • Networks Generation

    Fear, Certainty and Less Doubt

    Just back from the latest Netevents industry symposium in Portugal; I won't bore you with the details of the journey from hell to get there (31hrs for an alleged 11hr journey including getting to know Lisbon airport and its indigenous, overnight mosquito population rather too well) but, suffice, to say, it...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Apple to save Microsoft

    Could the creation of a tablet that business love but dare not speak its name as a corporate device be Apple's greatest gift to Microsoft?I was chatting with a contact today about the company he runs that provides corporate software  that enables executives to share and access information via tablets....

  • Open Source Insider

    Project Marilyn (open source) crowdfunded patent-free anti-cancer drug

    Project Marilyn is a new drive to develop a patent-free anticancer drug with elements of crowdfunding and open source development. The campaign will fund a xenograft experiment, which is the next step in developing the anti-cancer compound "9DS" -- this experiment needs to be completed before 9DS can move ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Somerset slams Southwest One again

    Somerset's Conservative Council has reprised its campaign against Southwest One, its own joint-venture that had obstructed its efforts to privatize council services.It's Audit Committee published a critical report on Southwest One this week, digging up a long list of old complaints about the venture, which...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Microsoft Azure European users take note - HDInsight performance issue

    Microsoft Azure cloud service status website at 5pm BST on Friday, September 26th showed that while the core Azure platform components were working properly, there was "partial performance degradation" on Azure's HDInsight service for customers in West Europe. The status website warned that customers may e...

  • Downtime

    Extreme environment calls for radical datacentre dress sense

    Hold the front page...Lenovo has a new range of servers....what's more they work hot and cold. Extreme hot and cold, at least that's what Tom Goodwin, head of server and storage at Lenovo UK, showed in his presentation about the new machines. So we have an operating range of 45°F (ie 7°C) to 113°C (235 °F)...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    CIOs should use IT apprenticeships to tackle digital skills shortages

    One of the things Labour leader Ed Miliband remembered to say in his party conference speech this week was to criticise the IT industry.He singled out IT employers for bringing in a growing number of overseas workers, while the number of apprentices entering the sector fell. "You must provide apprenticeshi...

  • ITWorks

    Solving the graduate STEM skill shortage: What can we learn from the financial sector?

    This is a guest blog by Tony Virdi, head of UK banking and financial services at Cognizant. A subject of much debate over the last few months, the CBI and many of its members agree that there is a severe shortage of advanced and technical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and that th...

  • CWDN

    HP's SDN App Store went to market

    HP this month announced its HP SDN App Store, launching what the firm claims to be 'a new wave' of open software-defined networking (SDN). So what is an SDN App Store? Borrowing its moniker from the 'app stores' of the consumer download world, HP is (arguably) being a bit retail-friendly by calling this ne...

  • Open Source Insider

    Rackspace: APIs need (cloud uptime) love too

    Rackspace has updated its eponymously named private cloud (powered by OpenStack) with a 99.99 percent OpenStack API uptime guarantee. A what? An API uptime guarantee. What's that? Well, thanks for asking... okay so Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) form an essential communications bond between diff...

  • Open Source Insider

    OutSystems' mobile app backlog formula: deliver fast, change faster

    Open Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) platform Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) company OutSystems (Ed - does that make oRADpPaaS then?) has released its Platform 9 version this week. Claiming to be able to "raise the bar for mobile application development", the software is supposed to allow developers to crea...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Is the meeting you're in right now pointless?

    Apparently something we've all been suspecting is true - a majority of the meetings we're attending are not worth our time or effort. According to a recent survey by Ovum and LogMeIn, 92% of employees in the UK stated the number of meetings they attend is going up, but 70% of the meetings attended were mar...

  • CWDN

    Spiceworks now more developer-centric

    Professional sysadmin network company Spiceworks has hosted its Spiceworld technical user conference this week in Austin, Texas. Focused on systems administrators (sysadmins) as a starting proposition, Spiceworks will now look to increasingly embrace sysadmins, software application developers and related t...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    EMC-HP merger would have meant more of the same old complex, slow, legacy and big IT

    Two large, very large companies that have been under tremendous pressure in the software-defined storage and cloud era - EMC and HP - toyed with the idea of a merger, according to Wall Street Journal but eventually the idea fell apart because of concerns from both HP and EMC on whether their shareholders w...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Special skills for special security problems

    I was pleased to read in the Sunday Telegraph that GCHQ values the security skills of dyslexic young people, employing over 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic neuro-diverse analysts. I fully support this idea. Unfortunately most professional development schemes fail to recognize these abilities, generally promotin...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Why I won't be complaining about bad mobile signal again

    The western United States is a land of splendid and awe-inspiring isolation. Towering redwood groves, rugged coastal cliffs, soaring eagles, sleeping volcanoes hiding glittering blue lakes within their craters. You can drive for 20, 50, 80 miles or more before seeing a town of any size.So you'd better have...

  • ITWorks

    Bridging the skills gap: Security process automation

    This is a guest blog by Jody Brazil, CEO of FireMonOne of the most pressing issues in IT security management today remains the critical shortage of skilled professionals available to address current demands.For example, an April 2014 study conducted by Frost & Sullivan found demand for 4.25 million sec...

  • Downtime

    India's Mars expedition searches the red planet for cheap IT staff

    The search for non-linear business models amongst the India IT services community has proved too much and forced the nation's huge IT services industry to remain in its comfort zone and look for low cost staff. Well I say comfort zone but that is probably unfair as it involves travelling over 225 million ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    IBM - A new behemoth, or a wounded beast?

    IBM recently held its first major event for industry analysts since its announcement of the divestment of its x86 server and product line to Lenovo.  At the event, Tom Rosamilia (SVP IBM Systems and Technology Group) and Steve Mills (SVP, Software and Systems) and their teams provided an up-beat view ...

  • CWDN

    What to expect from Spiceworks' SpiceWorld 2014

    This September sees the seventh annual SpiceWorld user conference staged by Spiceworks. Nothing whatsoever do so with 90s girl bands, Spiceworks describes itself as a vertical network for IT that connects more than 2.5 million IT professionals with over 2,300 technology brands -- it's mission is to simplif...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: How to turn a Raspberry Pi in to an NSA-proof computer

    This is a guest post by Fiona O'CleirighOne of the Pi's key attributes is its price of around £30. It is the nearest thing we have to a disposable computer and several can be used cost-effectively in a single project. A recently publicised use is the creation of a string of Raspberry Pi honeypots...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Dell is making all the right noises and the right bets. Will its magic work?

    I had a chance to see Michael Dell - in flesh - for the first time yesterday in Brussels at the Dell Solutions Summit. He delivered a great keynote on Dell's datacentre strategy, its investment plans and also spoke about all the hot IT topics - software-defined infrastructures, internet of things, security...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Greater devolution offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to accelerate digital government

    So Scotland is not going it alone - and in all probability the whole of the UK will be better for that decision. The independence drive engaged voters in Scotland like never before, and also revealed the deep dissatisfaction across the rest of the UK with the status quo of Westminster politics. It now look...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Political uncertainty is the biggest barrier to creating a UK broadband infrastructure fit for a society that dies when the on-line connection goes down

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE How many times a day, week, month or year would you be dead if your Internet connection was your life support system. I have been aware of only two hiccups on my BT Infinity Service since it went live a couple of years ago (one was fixed with a simple router ...

  • Downtime

    My phone has run out, any plans for the weekend?

    Talking to yourself out loud could soon become the chosen method of keeping laptops and smartphones running during long periods on the road.With batteries often the weak link in computer hardware, businesses could turn to engineers in Canada.  Engineers at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montre...

  • Data Matters

    Preparation needs to start now for imminent European data protection changes

    This s a guest blog Mike Davis, author of a report published by AIIM.   The forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes signal a major opportunity for cloud providers to deliver EU-wide services under a single operations model. 'Making sense of European Data Protection Regul...

  • StorageBuzz

    Look out Symantec! Virtual server backup specialist Veeam is behind you

    One of the big surprises of the recent TechTarget European Purchasing Intentions survey was the appearance of Veeam as number two customer choice of backup software product. In the survey Symantec was recorded as the most popular backup product among the 511 storage professionals questioned, with 20% sayin...

  • CWDN

    HP's Mårten Mickos on Eucalyptus & cloud: in unambiguously Finnish terms

    Okay so we called out (now ex-) Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos for changing his stance on OpenStack and his move to join HP as senior vice president and general manager of its cloud business reporting to Meg Whitman -- but what did Mickos have to say for himself? Many media channels (including this one) jump...

  • CWDN

    Is software monetisation 2.0 a developer wake up call?

    As a committed reporting resource dedicated to examining the manifold machinations and manoeuvrings across the software application developer landscape, the Computer Weekly Developer Network recently sat down with the communications team for information security company SafeNet. Discussions centred around ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Microsoft gets flack over "rubbish" UK data

    Data experts and government officials have fingered Microsoft's popular Excel spreadsheet as a source of gremlins troubling the UK government's reform programme.Four years after the coalition government began its attempt to create the most open and transparent democracy in the world, technical problems per...