December 2007

  • Reviews of 2007

    The year has been a busy one in terms of reviews and the highlights below demonstrate that all sides of the industry were producing quality products. January The month saw the BETT show, which pr...

  • EMC slashes prices

    by Paul Kunert EMC has slashed entry-level NAS and SAN prices by 25 per cent, allowing resellers to compete effectively without having to apply for special pricing — which often took days and deter...

  • EqualLogic contracts in doubt

    Distributors are waiting with bated breath for confirmation that they feature in EqualLogic’s plans, following parent Dell stating recently that its own logistics capability meant it could deal dir...

  • Insolvencies to rise

    Resellers should be braced for a year of economic uncertainty as the effects of the collapse in the sub-prime market and credit crunch continue to reverberate around the world.

  • Threats set to rise

    There are a couple of weeks of this year left, but already, thoughts in the industry have turned to concentrating on what will be the areas for resellers to focus on in 2008.

  • Victory for Microsoft

    Microsoft has ended the year indicating there is little chance of it showing goodwill to counterfeiters as it notched up another High Court settlement and issued writs against auction sellers.

  • Doubts over Dell logistics

    Following Dell's public decision to work directly with resellers, distributors and some analysts have questioned whether the vendor can hit the ground running by removing an important layer of the ...

  • Best reviews of Q4 2007

    With the march towards the end of the year well on its way, it is a good time to look back at the fourth quarter to cast an eye over the reviews that have stood out in the last few months. Next we...

  • Green is the theme

    by Chris Mellor We started 2007 with de-duplication a curiosity and ended the year with it present on virtually every disk-to-disk backup and reference data storage product. Data Domain and Diligen...

  • Slowdown predicted

    The global IT market is going to slow next year, with any impact of the US credit crisis expected to hit the hardware sector first.

  • Microsoft axes anti-piracy tool

    Negative feedback from customers and resellers has forced Microsoft to axe the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool from Vista in the new operating system's first major service pack (SP1).

  • Channel urged to charge for delivery

    The channel is frequently advised by vendors to charge for deliveries as part of its valued services to customers and that may now become more prevalent as continually rising fuel prices hit profit...

  • Services and software drive growth

    by Paul Kunert Services and software are expected to contribute the majority of incremental revenue in the storage market over the next five years as hardware sales are expected to be relatively la...

  • Flexible network storage

    There cannot be many customers that are not struggling to cope with their growing data, and looking for a way of getting more capacity without causing major disruption. Various options range from ...

  • Solving the security jigsaw

    One of the growth areas in recent years has been security, particularly the idea of linking CCTVs to the network so that the digital images can be stored and accessed on a system open to all. One ...

  • Bridging the gap

    Over the years there have been several attempts to come up with products that fit into the gap between PDA and full-blown laptop. There are two reasons why most of them have sunk without trace. Fi...

  • Overland expands team

    Overland Storage is beefing up its UK channel sales team, adding several partner account managers in preparation for 11 product launches next year and a reseller recruitment drive. With OEM reven...

  • Data leak highlights flaws

    With the latest high-profile data leak of the HMRC's missing data discs illustrating the need for greater security, more focus will inevitably shift to encryption.