September 2010

  • Poor cloud performance costing firms thousands

    Performance problems are costing enterprise cloud users tens of thousands of pounds leading many to delay or stop moving more of their applications to a hosted environment. Research from Compuware ...

  • HP eyes $1.5bn ArcSight deal

    Hewlett-Packard is widely reported to be close to buying intrusion detection security software company ArcSight for $1.5bn, writes ComputerWeekly.com's Warwick Ashford. HP has been negotiating to b...

  • The Virgin Media saga, the phantom firewall

    Good news to report on the broadband front this morning. We are now up and running after an exhaustive trawl of the Virgin Media customer service forums and a couple of tweets back and forth traced...

  • Symantec gives services resellers monthly billing option

    Symantec is offering SME resellers the chance to provide customers with pay-as-you-go monthly billing for managed services in response to demand from both partners and users. The software vendor ha...

  • Seasonal dip hits tech M&A activity

    A seasonal dip in the level of mergers and acquisitions should be confined to just August with this month already showing signs that the strong activity already seen this year is going to continue....

  • Better Capital acquires Calyx and prepares turnaround plan

    Better Capital has been confirmed as the new owner of Calyx and will kick start its turnaround strategy by divesting parts of the networking integrator with a view to making further acquisitions. ...

  • Logicalis numbers improve in second half

    Logicalis UK hasfiled a "solid" set ofnumbers for fiscal 2010with the top and bottom lines holding firm as customerdemand began returning, particularly in the second half of the year. The...

  • Comstor updates Cisco guidebook

    Networking distributor and Cisco-specialist Comstor has updated its Cisco Solutions Handbook, adding sections on the vendor's UCS data centre portfoliofor the first time. Now into its eighth editio...

  • Where in the world is Erbistock?

    My knowledge of the geography of North Wales is sketchy, but it looks like BT's engineers might need a map, too.

  • Sir, the computer ate my homework

    When I were a lad it was a question of using the old "dog ate my homework" line, or in the case of one classmate to try and explain why he had chucked his bag into the river. His "I ...

  • Nokia ousts CEO in favour of Microsoft man

    BeleagueredNokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been given his marching orders and will be replaced by Microsoft Business Division head Stephen Elop from 21 September. Kallasvuo spent 30 years at Nok...

  • Codework acquired by European player Altimate Group

    Codework has been acquired by Altimate Group for an undisclosed sum adding the Manchester-based outfit into a family of European distributors. Altimate operates in six countries already, Belgium, F...

  • Analysis: Users driving security consolidation

    When unified threat management (UTM) appliances were launched onto the market it gave the first hint that customers were looking for consolidation of their security applications. The problem was, ...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 September 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days. Better Capital acquires Calyx debts Last Friday private equity firm Better Capital acquired the bank debts for Calyx G...

  • Bell Micro EMEA enterprise boss McGregor leaves

    Bell Microproducts has parted company with director Colin McGregor who has decided to start up a consultancy business. The distributor is not far off finalising the UK personnel changes as it integ...

  • Stone Group cuts workforce to offset public sector slowdown

    Stone Grouphas acted swiftly to counter the slowdown in public sector spending by making a little over 10% of its workforce redundant. The Staffordshire-based system builder is taking this action ...

  • As one case closes another begins

    The decision by NetApp and Oracle to can a legal dispute that has been rumbling on for a decade comes just hot on the heels of the move by HP to sue over the appointment of its former CEO Mark Hurd...

  • Vodafone announces restructuring plans

    Vodafone is to take steps torationalise itsbusiness through a restructuring plan that it says will simplify managerial governance and reduce some uncessary organisational layers. The mobility and c...

  • NetApp and Oracle settle long running patent battle

    NetApp and Oracle have settled their legal battle over a patent disagreement that goes back more than ten years and buried the hatchet enough to talk of working more closely together. The patent d...

  • Government scraps ¬£12.7bn NHS National Programme for IT

    by Ian Grant The government has scrapped the National Health Service's centralised £12.7bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in favour of a "connect-all" strategy in an effort to sa...