August 2010

  • Oracle partner deadline looms

    Oracle has maintained a vow of silence despite (or because of) the recent changes to its channel and appears unlikely to break this for at least the next six weeks. A deadline of 15 October looms ...

  • Guess who's fiddling the broadband statistics

    BT has today reported that fifteen million homes and SMEs are accessing broadband over its network, saying that from a base of 200,000 connections in 2002, it has now added an impressive 14.8 milli...

  • Gartner warns of slowing PC demand, downgrades forecast

    Gartner has warned that the litmus test for recovery in the PC market will come in the second half of the year but the early signs are not encouraging. The market watcher expects shipments to rise...

  • MicroScope's top stories, August 2010

    A look back at the top 10 most read stories on MicroScope.co.uk for the month of August: Phoenix accounts put on notice On August 13, infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix ITsaid it ...

  • Banking on some positive seasonality

    With September almost here it's time to put the trunks away in a drawer, deflate the lilo and put the sunglasses back in the case. If the British weather isn't enough of a reminder summer is over a...

  • Nortel bags $39m for switching unit

    Nortel has sold off its multi-service switching (MSS) business- one of its last remaining units - for $39m (£25.2m)to a consortium of private equity investors and a comms tech firm called Sam...

  • Callow set ambitious targets for reseller growth by Lexmark

    Lexmark has set ambitious targets for channel boss Paul Callow to increase its reseller base, entrench customer loyalty and develop fresh reseller programmes. Callow has only just been officially ...

  • Veeam tiers products to provide enterprise emphasis

    Virtualisation specialist Veeam has used the VMWorld event as the moment to split its product range into basic and enterprise versions. Up to now there has been a standard product but in recogniti...

  • Cisco and Skype are made for each other

    I want you to imagine, if you will, the technology news cycle as something a little bit like the Large Hadron Collider, with beams not of protons, but of rumours and hearsay being constantly fired ...

  • HP edges back in front in race to acquire 3Par with $2bn bid

    Hardly had the share price of storage player 3Par had time to react to Dell matching HP's offer of $1.8bn than the race to seal the deal to acquire the company reached another level. With the biddi...

  • Not feeling guilty about a Monday lie-in

    At the end of a phone call about some embargoed news that comes out on Monday I had to mention that its a Bank Holiday. There was a pause as those on the line, both calling in from different exotic...

  • Intel warns on weak consumer demand

    Intel has warnedthat its Q3 sales are likely to fall short of its own projections by as much as $1bn (£644m) due to weaker than expected consumer PC demand in mature markets. In a statement i...

  • Dell matches HP bid valuing 3Par at $1.8bn

    The battle for ownership of 3Par is going down to the wire with Dell matching HP's latest bid of $1.8bn in an attempt to seal the deal. The two vendors have been slugging it out over the last coup...

  • Overland Q4 loss widens

    Year-on-year net losses at Overland Storage widened in the final three months of its financial year to $4.2m after the vendor has hit by $1.2m of non-cash, stock compensation expenses. The firm mad...

  • Cloud a way round Windows 7 migration skills gap

    Desktop virtualisation and the cloud offer a potential route out of difficult operating system migrations and a way of avoiding the skills gap around Windows 7. Earlier this week Gartner warned th...

  • Novell Q3 revenues hit by uncertainty over strategy

    The shadow of a strategic company review, which could include a potential sale, has hit Novell's Q3 numbers as the uncertianty over its future fed through to revenues. The vendor launched a review ...

  • Rebound product spend, services pay off for Computacenter

    Computacenter chief executive Mike Norris has reported a strengthening rebound in infrastructure spending and steady growth in services during the six months to the end of June, after booking a 16....

  • HP ups ante in 3Par bidding war

    Hewlett-Packard has upped its bid for 3Par, trumping Dell's earlier offer which was accepted by the storage vendor yesterday afternoon. HP last night tabled $27 per share in a new offer that values...

  • Netgear UK SMB boss leaves ahead of VAR restructure

    Netgear is on the hunt for a new UK SMB and midmarket country manager to replace Mark Power, who left the firm earlier in August. Power's replacement will report to European VP Jean-Michel Bielli, ...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 August 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days. Market cannot support current reseller population The ravages of the recession mean that theUK market can't support th...