January 2010

  • Juniper sales up on network spending rebound

    Juniper Networks has reported strong results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2009, giving more weight to talk that enterprise customers in the US are now ramping up their network spend. Altho...

  • Phoenix IT Group to acquire KCOM network break fix arm

    Phoenix IT Group has been hotly tipped to acquire KCOM Group's network maintenance services business by early next week. Hull-based KCOM embarked on a major cost-cutting programme after notching ...

  • Veeam unites European management into single role

    Virtualisation specialist Veeam has shuffled its management pack uniting the control of Europe under a single head. Previously the vendor had used a system of Southern and Northern European manage...

  • Northamber sales and marketing director Chatterton exits

    Northamber is on the hunt for a new sales and marketing director following the departure of previous incumbent Mark Chatterton after six months in the role. The former boss at Equanet and long se...

  • KCOM performance improving in second half

    Managed comms outfit KCOM Group continues to power through the second half of its fiscal 2010, according to an interim management statement released today. The group's performance to the end of De...

  • Microsoft profits up 60% as Windows 7 demand soars

    Microsoft has seen its profits jump 60% on the back of strong consumer demand for Windows 7, masking business customers continued reluctance to spend. In a dramatic turnaround on fiscal Q2 last y...

  • Avnet fiscal Q2 sales boosted by economic uplift

    A healthier global economy helped Avnet grow fiscal Q2 sales above the seasonal norm but favourable currency translations also lent a hand Revenues for the three months ended 2 January went up 13...

  • CA unveils fresh CEO and on track Q3 numbers

    CA is looking forward to its recent investments in cloud computing to start feeding through to the remaining three months of its fiscal year after it announced reasonably stable numbers for Q3. Th...

  • BroadSoft and Polycom add new VAR channel programme

    VoIP application software developer BroadSoft and video specialist Polycom have joined forces to set up a new VAR and SI-facing channel programme to sell a new integrated voice and video propositio...

  • Graydon names Norton as head of intelligence

    Graydon UK is about to welcome Alan Norton back on board as head of the IT intelligence unit. As revealed last month, the previous incumbent Mark Ancell left the credit reference agency to join C...

  • Expansys boss Butterworth steps down despite upturn in sales

    Expansys chief executive Roger Butterworth has today left the Manchester-based mobility e-tailer more than a decade after setting it up. The AIM-listed firm announced his exit along with interims...

  • Clearswift portfolio sales strategy embraced by channel

    Clearswift has managed to encourage its resellers to sell across its web and email appliance portfolio in the last year having a direct impact on its third quarter sales. The security vendor was a...

  • Analysis: Targeted attacks set new challenges

    The phrase 'cold war' is one that most people would consider to have been consigned to history after the USSR collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down. But the phrase is being heard again, with a s...

  • Oracle to take 4,000 Sun accounts direct

    Oracle will unpick the hard work delivered by Sun Microsystems channel partners over the past decade after confirming plans to take 4,000 of the largest customers direct. At the same time, the ne...

  • Check Point 09 numbers show continued strength in security

    Check Point has singled out the channel for praise in helping the security vendor get through a tough year after it recorded increases in revenue and net income for 2009. The vendor reported impro...

  • Analysis: Turnaround in networking fortunes?

    Despite networking market declines last year, some technologies hold the promise of growth in 2010, writes GfK's Greg Allen The past year has been particularly challenging for the networking marke...

  • Opinion: Time for channel to chase fame in Twitter limelight

    When Twitter went down for an afternoon - or what felt like eons to those used to permanently switched on communications - Bill Gates was at one point singled out as a probable cause. The decision ...

  • Fortinet shows off first results since IPO

    Fourth quarter profits at network security and UTM specialist Fortinet rose over 400% to $43.9m (£27m) after the firm booked a $37.8m tax benefit in the final quarter of 2009, the company has...

  • Analysis: Educators fear IT budget cuts

    Although the weather might have hit the numbers, more than 30,000 visitors were expected to walk the floors of London's Olympia at this year's BETT Show over its four-day span. One first-time atte...

  • Analysis: Channel to play a vital role in battle for mid-market

    If you are looking for a theme for the year aside from the long-awaited recovery, there is one area of the market that holds great promise. The mid-market is going to be courted by vendors and the...