Businesses to spend more on enterprise software and big data

  A weakening U.S. dollar and growing demand for enterprise software will bolster IT spending this year.   Gartner noted on Thursday that global IT spending will grow 4.2 percent from last year to reach US$3.7 trillion in 2013. When measured in constant U.S. dollars, IT spending will grow by  Continue Reading

Microsoft confirms bug in older IE versions

  While you were partaking in the year-end festivities, cybercriminals had a field day exploiting a loophole in older versions of Internet Explorer.   Last Friday, the website of the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations was allegedly compromised by Chinese hackers who exploited the zero-day bug that was only discovered Continue Reading

Solid-state drives and mobility top data recovery challenges

  Solid-state drives (SSDs) may boost the performance of servers and PCs, but it can be difficult to recover lost data from those speedy drives when things turn awry.   According to Kroll Ontrack, a data recovery specialist, the complexity of how data is stored on SSDs makes recovering data Continue Reading

Akamai: online viewers start abandoning videos after 2 seconds of loading

Internet users are willing to wait just a mere two seconds for an online video to load before losing interest and moving on to something else, a recent study by Internet content delivery network Akamai has found.   For each second more that a video takes to load, the “abandonment Continue Reading

Commentary: Trust and data quality critical in self-service BI

Piecing data from multiple sources to glean useful business insights is often a frustrating affair. Even after the data sources have been identified, it would take days for an IT department to generate the reports you need.   In response, a flurry of software vendors, such as JackBe and QlikView, Continue Reading

Malnet: the latest tool in cybercrime arsenal

Most Internet security software detect malware through digital signatures that detail the source of cyber attacks. But what if cybercriminals employ thousands of servers spread across Internet domains that change a thousand times a day to propagate their malware?   Such malware networks, or malnets, may go undetected by antivirus Continue Reading

HP takes aim at EMC with expanded storage portfolio

HP is expanding its storage portfolio to make it easier for companies to manage and make sense of the growing glut of corporate information.   According to HP, the new systems tout technologies that help IT administrators manage disparate storage systems, analyse data quickly and speed up backup operations.   Continue Reading

Fuji Xerox continues foray into the cloud with translation service

Fuji Xerox currently sits at the top of the printer and photo copier market in Asia Pacific, but the Japanese company is determined to move into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space.   Take its Scan Translation Service (pictured above), a cloud service that multinational corporations dealing with large amounts of foreign-language Continue Reading

SolarWinds refreshes Virtualisation Manager with per socket pricing

SolarWinds has updated its Virtualisation Manager tool to help enterprises better manage their virtual desktops.   Virtual desktops are software tools that allow employees to use the same operating system and apps across devices. They also make it easier for IT staff to install and update programs.   According to Continue Reading

Q&A: Online merchant sites have to load fast or lose customers within seconds

This holiday season, more shopping is carried out over smartphones than ever before, as people seek to beat the queue and turn to the device they trust the most.   Just how do online merchants and other companies keep their websites accessible during rush hour and despite the frequently clogged Continue Reading