October 2009

  • Massive server refresh on horizon, says IDC

    Virtualisation sales have been dented by the recession proving that no markets are immune to the economic maelstrom, but a massive refresh pending in the server market should give resellers a reaso...

  • Recession sends IT pros back to school

    A massive proportionof IT professionals are considering studying for new qualifications during the currentrecession to improve theirchances in the job market. According to research from the ITJob ...

  • EMC and Dell ending resale partnership

    EMCand Dell are winding up their eight-year reseller partnership on the back of the latter's recent acquisition of EqualLogic. Dell has been reselling EMC's volume storage CLARiiON line since 2001 ...

  • Tiltman to leave C2000

    Computer 2000 credit and customer services director Nick Tiltman is leaving the company to set up a consultancy practise, after more than 17 years at the distributor.

  • Dell hits distribution snag

    Dell has admitted that setting up a pan-European distribution network for volume PCs and servers has proved more complicated than it initially anticipated.

  • Comstor widens 'try before you buy' WAAS pilot

    Comstor and Cisco are opening the jointly developed ‘try before you buy’ Wide Area Application Services programme to more resellers in the UK after a positive response to the pilot. Businesses ar...

  • Windows 7 needs to target XP users

    Expectations around Windows 7 remain high fueled by the optimistic views of analysts but the latest high profile launch from Microsoft has its work cut out persuading existing users of XP they shou...

  • Citrix license revenues dip in Q3

    As the ships steady in the wake of the recession the latest to provide an indication that the damage has been contained and the future prospects should be brighter has been Citrix.

  • Signs from EU not positive for Oracle and Sun

    The temperature in relationships between the EC and Sun and Oracle is hitting fresh lows as the European body indicates that not enough has been done to calm competition concerns.

  • Lexmark to shed 825 jobs to counter economic woes

    Lexmark will axe 825 jobs worldwide as part of a cost cutting exercise and has decided to take a proportion of the resulting restructuring charge on the nose in the third quarter, causing profits t...

  • Citrix changes XenDesktop licensing after user pressure

    Citrix has reacted to customer criticisms of the user based licensing of its XenDesktop 4 product and introduced more flexibility into its payment options.

  • UK software industry ripe for investment

    The UK software industry is not the dead duck that gloom merchants might like to describe it as with it instead being an ideal sector for investment.

  • Polycom profits plunge

    Voice and video virtuoso Polycom has beaten expectations despite announcing year-on-year falls in both sales and net profits for its third quarter, which ended on 30 September.

  • Xploite to return £9.5m to shareholders amid strategy rejig

    Xploite is returning up to £9.5m to shareholders after deciding the funds were not required for large scale acquisition targets but it will instead focus on smaller candidates with a SaaS model to ...

  • Channel Summit: Approaching the cloud with caution and confidence

    In the second part of the MicroScope Channel Summit we asked a panel representing all tiers of the channel what impact they expect from the computing cloud. The panel: > Mark Nutt, director...

  • Channel cautious about Gartner IT spend outlook

    The soothsayers at Gartner have predicted that worldwide spending on IT will rebound next year but it is unlikely to reach pre-recession levels until 2012. The IT industry is on track to decline ...

  • Five minute interview: Craig Whitney, Axway

    MicroScope puts its questions to Craig Whitney, vice-president and managing director of Axway What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom? Always have a ‘plan B’ – from a forme...

  • Sanderson to head up Ingram Micro UK

    Ingram Micro veteran Matt Sanderson is to become UK managing director from the start of next year, ending a lengthy search for a permanent replacement for Julian Klein. The broadline giant previou...

  • Westcon nets new network contracts

    Networking VAD Westcon is upping its choice of IP-comms and Ethernet gear after signing two major deals in the space of a week. The distributor announced Monday that its Westcon Convergence unit i...

  • Rogue security software threat will grow in 2010, warns report

    Rogue security software is set to increase in the next year,according to a report from security firm Symantec. Researchers have identified 250 distinct types of fake security software, with 24% of ...