Taser builds 'cop cloud'; VMware logos apps

'Cop cloud' on the horizon; VMware extends logo to ISVs, apps; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for Nov. 19, 2009

'Cop cloud' on the horizon

Taser International, the maker of stun guns widely used by police departments, is setting up shop as an IT service provider offering a law enforcement cloud. The company has built out a secure data center that, along with Taser's gear in the field, provides a chain of evidence that will stand up in court.

Police wearing the company's head-mounted cameras and using its stun devices, can then use Taser's Evidence.com Web portal to file reports and upload data that could include audio, video, GPS, time and shots fired. Taser said it can provide an unbroken, tamper-proof audit trail useable in court, according to SearchCloudComputing.com.

VMware extends logo to ISVs, apps

VMware opened up its VMware Ready logo program to third-party applications and middleware this week. The logo program shows that the application has been tested and will be supported in VMware environments.

The prospect of VMware Ready software appeals to some IT managers, although even they say it is hardly a game changer. VMware had already offered its logo to qualifying hardware and operating systems.

Massive' UK breach called an inside job

T-Mobile U.K. said Wednesday that an employee stole what could be millions of customer records --including customer contract renewal info and expiration dates -- and sold it to competitors. The vendor informed Britain's Information Commissioner's Office of the data security breach.

The U.K. Data Protection Act prohibits the selling of data without prior customer permission.

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