August 2010

  • Aruba signs wireless OEM pact with Dell

    Wireless vendor Aruba has signed an OEM deal with Dell under the terms of which the Texan PCgiantwill market wireless networking products under its PowerConnect marque. Dell already has OEM relatio...

  • Dell buys 3Par to boost enterprise storage family

    by Cliff Saran Dell is planning to boost its storage product family with the acquisition of 3Par, a company that specialises in thin provisioning, which enables IT managers to allocate only the sto...

  • Holidays not being taken by IT workers

    With the economic pressure far from lifting the temptation to stay at the coalface working rather than sunning yourself on the beach is understandable and a feeling shared by many in the IT world. ...

  • ShoreTel adds marketing, on-boarding programmes

    IP phone vendor ShoreTel has launched two channel initiatives with the aim of strengthening its partner ecosystem. A new on-boarding package including implementation and sales training, demo kits, ...

  • Former 2e2 security head takes UK MD role at Check Point

    Security player Check Point has plugged the gap in its UK management team bringing on board a fresh managing director. Terry Greer-King has taken the reigns as UK and Ireland country manager filli...

  • Nortel figures hurt by EMEA accounting changes

    Nortel's net losses have widened to $1.5bn during its second fiscal quarter after incurring $1.4bn in non-cash charges relating to a change in accounting for its EMEA subsidiaries. Nortel has accou...

  • Computerlinks puts final touches to virtualisation stack

    Computerlinks has addedtwo new vendors to its virtualisation line-up in the shape of data and application availability management vendor SteelEye and virtualised WAN optimisation software developer...

  • Social media reaching mass channel audience

    After much encouragement from the vendor community, resellers in the communications channel are beginning to take up social media platforms in their businesses in large numbers, according to resear...

  • Phoenix accounts put on notice

    Infrastructure and managed services provider Phoenix IT has received notice from two keycustomers with accountsworth a total of £12.5mthat they have made plans to take in house some of the se...

  • Big Blue buys marketing software outfit

    IBM has put $480m on the table to acquire privately-held marketing software business Unica in an all cash deal. Unica, which boasts 1,500 global customersincluding eBay andrecruitment website Monst...

  • Hosting vendor Peer 1 adds dedicated UK channel head

    Hosted IT services provider Peer 1 has added a dedicated UK channel boss to spearhead a planned ramp up of its activities in the dealer channel. Amanda Dunn joins the firm from services house B&...

  • Print and be damned: huge amounts of paper still wasted in offices

    By Billy MacInnes Almost 70% of paper sheets printed by office workers in a year are "wasted or unnecessary", according to a report commissioned by Kyocera. The Rethinking Printing Repo...

  • New security metric builds case for investment

    by Warwick Ashford Security and data protection are consistently under-funded and under-staffedany potential investment has to be justified and pass budget approval hurdles, which typically require...

  • Google hit by Oracle lawsuit and 'sell out' charges

    By Billy MacInnes Oracle has launched a legal action against Google for allegedly infringing patents on Java technology in its Android operating system, heaping further pressure on the search gian...

  • Profitability eludes ShoreTel in fourth quarter

    IP telephony vendor ShoreTel has again capitalised onhigh levels ofdemand for cost-effective products during the downturn, with its Q4 sales up 30% year-on-year to $42.2m, but wasunable to convert ...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 August 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: HP bossquits after sexual harassment probe Late last week Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd fell on his sword after an inv...

  • US pension fund launches law suit against HP board and Hurd

    By Billy MacInnes A US pension fund has filed a complaint in Santa Clara County Court against named members of the HP board and former CEO Mark Hurd in the wake of his departure from the company l...

  • Mobile device margins fell in Q2, says Gartner

    Despite recordingthe usual healthygrowth in shipment volumes, average selling prices of mobile communications devices fell during calendar Q2, and margins have begun to slide, according to the late...

  • SMEs favour IT freelancers

    by Karl Flinders Small businesses are spending more on IT, but nearly half of firms surveyed see IT as a freelance role rather than an in-house function. The survey fromsmall business skills organi...

  • Micro Focus shares fall after warning on growth

    By Billy MacInnes Shares in Micro Focus International declined by more than a quarter after it admitted revenue growth for its 2011 financial year would be weaker than expected in the low singl...