February 2009

  • Dow returns to Westcoast

    Westcoast is welcoming back Andy Dow to his spiritual home, where he will take up the post ofbusiness development director 15 months after leaving the Reading-based distributor to lead Dell UK's ch...

  • Labour pushes Sir Alan Sugar as next London mayor

    Viglen owner and star of the BBC series The Apprentice Sir Alan Sugar is being hailed as the only man that can de-throne Boris Johnson as Mayor of London and prevent Ken Livingstone from running as...

  • BCS returns to profitability

    Financial software developer Business Control Solutions Group has benefited from narrowing its focus and trimming costs over the last financial year returning to profit in 2008.

  • Infortrend unveils enterprise strategy

    Storage RAID specialist Infortrend has announced plans to enter the enterprise market using CeBit next month as a platform to show off a high performance product range and court resellers.

  • A secure thin client for lean times

    There is a growing movement towards buying thin clients, not only to cut costs but also to head off security concerns. The recession has been a godsend for those looking to state the case for devi...

  • Cisco nixes big deals in 2009

    John Chambers has scotched speculation that Cisco is interested in making large acquisitions this year.

  • Dell looks for further $1bn cost savings after profits dive

    Dell has upped its cost cutting target by a further $1bn to prepare for the continued economic downturn, following fiscal Q4 results in which profits nearly halved despite a large reduction in op-ex.

  • Colour printing in SMEs boosted by downturn

    Belt tightening by SMEs has had a beneficial impact on the colour printing market as companies cut back on using external marketing agencies as they do it themselves.

  • Time to get protected

    At a recent gathering of both good and bad hackers in a dingy pub in Leicester Square, I asked them whether the economy was opening up new opportunities for them. The response was an overwhelming...

  • Can managed print services revive the printer market?

    Over the last 18 months the topic of print management, or managed print services, has begun to feature more and more on the radar of vendors, customers and resellers. The credit crunch has only hei...

  • Compal slip gives a Q3 release date for Windows 7

    Microsoft could start shipping its next major operating system release, Windows 7, in the third quarter a launch date that is much earlier than expected.

  • Ex-Ingram director Patel joins 20:20 Mobile Group

    Mobile phone distributor 20:20 has named Bhavesh Patel as its group commercial director, less than a month after he left IT broadliner Ingram Micro. Patel will join forces will Meine Oldersma, his...

  • Kelway concludes acquisition of Panacea Services

    Kelway has finalised a deal this afternoon to acquire virtualisation and managed services specialist Panacea Services for an undisclosed sum, which the organisations claim will create a £140m...

  • Recession catches up with Ethernet switching market

    The deepening economic downturn is catching up with sectors previously thought to be quite resilient, according to the latest report on the Ethernet switch market from analysts at Infonetics Resear...

  • Mobile World Congress 2009: What's new

    “Don’t slam on the brakes,” mobile bosses urge in Barcelona. Optimism came out with the sun at this year’s big mobile show in Barcelona. Mobile operators in particular were saying not only that ...

  • Resellers urged to break down UC discussion

    Comms dealers have been warned that they risk alienating potential customers if their pitches rely too heavily on still undefined concepts such as unified communications.

  • Nortel loses billions on Alteon sale

    It has emerged that Nortel has effectively lost the entire value of its Alteon layer 4-7 application delivery switch business after revealing that last Friday's sale of the unit to Israeli comms sp...

  • Fragmented communications wastes thousands

    Research by Siemens Enterprise Communications has revealed compelling evidence that dealers should encourage SMEs to ramp up their unified comms spend.

  • VMware vows to end "painful" renewal process

    VMware is finally looking to end a calamitous six months where partners have had to wait up to 21 days for renewal quotes to be authorised following an overhaul of its internal systems to scale wit...

  • Notebook boom to end in 2009 warns IDC

    The seemingly unending boom in notebook shipments could become the latest casualty of the recession according to IDC, and only low cost netbooks will help to drive single digit growth in units this...