January 2011 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK

January 2011

  • Microsoft partner bosses urged to tackle Office 365 concerns

    Microsoft has rejigged its channel management structure to smooth resellersmove to its cloud services model, one that partners have expressed serious concerns over. As a result of the reshuffle, C...

  • Burnside hybrid mobiles are easy to use, but hard to lose

    Computer Weekly has an interesting piece about Tesco equipping 1,000 stores with mobile phones that look like desk phones. These fixed mobile hybrids are handy because they're mobile without being...

  • Too much of nothing: filling space on the Internet

    In case you've missed it, today is the last day of the January football transfer market. Sky TV reporters are strategically located outside some of the bigger clubs' stadia bringing us the latest g...

  • The Cloud rains on O2's parade

    Newly-acquired public Wi-Fi provider The Cloud has hit back at O2's decision to launch free wireless net access... after a fashion. The firm, which was bought by BSkyB last week, has launched a...

  • SAM on the rise but calls issued for coherent strategy

    UK firms are starting to adopt software asset management (SAM) tools in order to monitor and control spending on applications as well as ensuring compliance with licensing demands. With the risks ...

  • Red Hat introduces deal registration to spur channel growth

    Red Hat has introduced deal registration for its top tiers of European partners to underpin its ambitions to grow the business through the channel. By rolling out financial incentives for the firs...

  • Check Point breaks the $1bn revenue mark

    Security specialist Check Point has broken through the $1bn revenue mark for the first time fueled by a strong demand for network protection products. Numbers filed for the year ended 31 December ...

  • Android vaults Symbian to grab smartphone market leadership

    As predicted, Google's Android smartphone operating system has become the market leading OS, pushing rival Nokia into second place, according to the latestquarterly smartphone figures from Canalys....

  • D-Link adds new maintenance, support structure

    Partners reselling networking lines from SMB-centric vendor D-Link will be able to add extra support, maintenance and warranty options following the launch of a new programme dubbed D-Link Assist. ...

  • VAT scam - be on your guard

    With the rise in the VAT rate to 20 per cent on 4 January, it won't surprise readers to know that VAT has become an even more appealing target for scammers. According to the BBC's Moneybox, VAT...

  • Lenovo winding down IBM server deal, rationalising SKUs

    Lenovo has vowed not to give up on the server market - despite little success since it launched in the sector - as it winds down an OEM deal with IBM to concentrate on further developing its own ra...

  • Microsoft still searching for an answer

    Microsoft's Q2 results are a bit of a mixed bag. Although Windows sales were $300m lower than expected, sales at its Business Division (Office) were up 24% at $6bn and sales at its Entertainment an...

  • HP guns for 3rd party maintainers with multi-vendor support

    HP is lining up multi-vendor support on IBM, Dell and Oracle servers and storage previously open only to the direct sales force, as it tries to win back the confidence of resellers opting for cheap...

  • Media training supplies firm latest to be hit by BSA

    A Leicester-based medical training supplies firm is the latest to fall foul of software licensing laws and to find itself having to shell out to settle with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and...

  • Nortel pension campaign knocked back by Canadian ruling

    The Pensions Regulator's quest to make Nortel cover a multi-billion pound deficit in its UK pension scheme has received asetback following a Supreme Court verdict in Canada. The court threw out a p...

  • App-DNA stops Windows migration from being a pane in the apps

    A migration to Windows 7 can have unexpected complications, often arising from integration issues between web apps and IE8. ButApp-DNAcan relieve the pain, claims Paul Schnell, App-DNA's chief tech...

  • ScanSource hits new sales record

    Avaya and Extreme Networks distributor ScanSource has posted record sales and net profits for the three months to the end of January. The distributor, which has been expanding beyond its traditiona...

  • Virtualisation, cloud and UC in demand as users look to grow

    Virtualisation, cloud computing and unified comms are the technologies most in demand but resellers should not look to the public sector to be at the head of the queue to buy them. According to t...

  • KCOM forecasts Public Sector Network strength

    In an interim management statement released to the City today, network integrator KCOM has revealed that its trading over the past months has been in line with market expectations and talked up the...

  • Arbor Networks shows online impact of Egypt crisis

    Massive civil unrest in Egypt - prompted by the recent Tunisian uprising - has been hitting the headlines in recent days, and once again, the role of the internet in the developingsituation has com...