January 2011

  • Cleaner unplugs the Internet in Egypt

    Arbor Networks has sent usthis diagram, showing us how internet traffic suddenly plummeted in Egypt on January 27th. If you want to know why this has happened, there are plenty of 24 hour online ne...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 28 January 2011

    Avnet shuffles jobs as Bell integration nears end Avnet Technology Solutions has confirmed the loss of 40 jobs, largely from Bell Microproducts' former headquarters in Chessington but added it is h...

  • Advertising Standards. How far can you go?

    Regulation is an evil necessity in the world of advertising. With claim and counterclaim, someone has to arbitrate as to just how far an advertiser can go. And so it is that from 1 March 2011, the ...

  • Who is Britain's biggest tax evader?

    Quiz Questions:1. Which mobile telecoms company enjoys the greatest patronage from the tax payer funded public sector?

  • Profit on demand

    As new cost-cutting drives converge with a growing thirst for decision-supporting information - served on demand at the point of need - a lucrative new opportunity is ripening for the ISV, SaaS and...

  • Alcatel-Lucent's Ben Verwaayen talks green in Davos

    Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen has once again taken to the blogosphere from this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and high on his agenda is the revival of greennetworks as an in...

  • Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit gets Bunker training

    The Met Police are using an underground data centre to train for a possible terrorist or hostage situation.The Bunker Secure Hosting is allowing the world famous Metropolitan Police Firearms Unit t...

  • Lenovo pilots bid tool and improves inventory management

    Lenovo is piloting an internal special bid tool that is will roll out to partners this year to improve turnaround times and drive more off-the-shelf shipments to ease distributors' cash flow. A po...

  • Avnet posts Q2 rise in sales and profits

    Avnet recorded a double digit rise in sales and profits for its fiscal second quarter fuelled by a rise in tech spending and acquisitions. For the period ended 1 January, sales at the distributor ...

  • ShoreTel shows promise but keeps losing money

    IP commsvendor ShoreTel has reportedits now customary quarterlynet loss, this time losing $3.7m under GAAP. But could things be about to change? Alleyes are now firmly fixed on new CEO Peter Blackm...

  • ShoreTel CEO pledges profitability by Q4

    IP telephony vendor ShoreTelreturned a GAAP net loss forits fiscal Q2, but an otherwise sound quarterly performance coupled with healthy revenue figureshas lednew CEO Peter Blackmore to say the com...

  • As Plantronics hits 50 its story shows we all need to talk differently

    This year there seem to be a fair few anniversaries as channel players reach certain milestones in their history. Headset specialist Plantronics has hit 50 and via a web cast into a rather plush ro...

  • Dell attacks HP over 3Par but has either got strategy right?

    Michael Dell, founder of the eponymously named firm, reckons HP paid too much for 3Par and he was right to bow out of the bidding war when it reached $2.35bn. The Texan PC baron said in a report t...

  • EMC/Dell, what happens next?

    The EMC/Dell relationship appears to be unravelling at a rate of knots. EMC CEO Joe Tuccididn't mince his wordsa couple of days ago when he told analysts the company's relationship with Dell had mo...

  • Citrix buoyed by cloud and desktop virtualisation demand

    The shift towards the cloud, consumerisation of IT and the customer demand for greater consolidation has benefited virtual infrastructure specialist Citrix. The vendor has delivered a solid set of ...

  • EU gives Intel green light on McAfee deal

    Intel has been given the green light by the EU to complete the acquisition of McAfee on condition it gives rivals access to its technology. The condition was stipulated by regulators concerned that...

  • BSkyB buys The Cloud

    As predicted earlierthis week, media group andISPBSkyB has added Wi-Fi provider The Cloud to its line-up for an undisclosed sum understood to be under £50m. The acquisition of The Cloud - whi...

  • Look out, it's those private equity creeps - and they mean business

    Neil Matthews, a partner at Eversheds, doesn't seem to share our revulsion of private equity practitioners. Or maybe he's too professional. Problem isthey're taking over. What's the collective noun...

  • SonicWALL boss wants to give power to the workers and the CIO

    This week, MicroScope met with Matt Medeiros, CEO at SonicWALL, the network security vendor that is currently gearing up to host 150 channel partners at its reseller event in Reading. During the co...

  • Minority Report

    The recent case of Kohli v Lit and others should serve as a warning to directors that acting against the interests of a minority shareholder could cost them dearly. In the case, Kohli was a minorit...