January 2011

  • HP offers cut down EDS services to mid-market partners

    HP is drawing down the first line of services from its acquisition of EDS with the launch of Critical Advantage Services (CAS), to take channel partners beyond pure break fix and into areas includi...

  • Will a little wi-fi help Tesco shoppers?

    MicroScope's sister publication ComputerWeekly.com reports today that supermarket leviathan Tesco is planning to put free customer wi-fi in its stores. The firm's chief executive of retailing servi...

  • iPhone shortages are the tip of a larger iceberg

    Buried within Apple's otherwise excellent results, released yesterday, came the admission that the vendoris seeing shortages of iPhonesand doesn't know when it willretake control of the situation. ...

  • An orchestra of one: Is Ballmer feeling lonely at the top?

    News of yet another executive leaving Microsoft with the departure ofWindows 7 boss Brad Brooksreminded me of something that I saw at the weekend. My eldest daughter, who is going through a Frank S...

  • EU anti-piracy laws failing to keep pace with web changes

    The EU has admitted that its own laws designed to combat online piracy are failing to do the job because the ease with which IP can be ripped off online has overtaken the legal defences put up back...

  • Juniper benefits from exit of Windows 7 mastermind

    Microsoft execBrad Brooks has become the latesthigh-profile company manto jump ship after being appointed by Juniper Networksto run its global enterprise marketing efforts. As corporate vice presid...

  • EMC boosts channel with VMXe decision

    Good news for the channel with EMC's announcement that the new SMB VNXe unified storage packages will not be available to its longstanding partner Dell which has been selling low-end EMC gear since...

  • Finding a silver lining in the cloud

    by David Blackman, general manager, Northern Europe, Acronis Although the buzz around cloud computing looks set to continue well into 2011 and beyond, many resellers are still trying to figure out ...

  • Computacenter takes on giants of cloud

    Computacenter is making a defensive play against the likes of Atos Origin, Unisys and Fujitsu Services by launching into the cloud market with hosted mail, soon to be followed by collaboration and ...

  • Backup budgets remain tight

    Budgets for backup and disaster recovery will remain tight this year leaving most firms having to cope with what they describe as satisfactory data protection. Research from Frontier Technology rev...

  • F5 drags down cloud networking market after missing forecasts

    Cloud networkingvendor F5 Networks took a battering on the stock market after its fiscalQ1sales came in below expectations, and a weak forecast for Q2 did not help matters. The slump in the firm's ...

  • TUPE or not TUPE?

    2000 employees were transferred from Scottish & Newcastle's to KNDL in 2006 and the TUPE regulations applied. A serious concern to those employees being transferred was that the pension sc...

  • Diary: Time to call last orders on the zanily named ad agency

    Here's the Office Oddball, the official mascot/character of a new socialising network for city types. The advert was created by Bloodybigspider, the ad agency that CitySocialising hired to promote ...

  • Hardware and software buoy IBM numbers in Q4

    Good old fashioned hardware and software sales helped IBM offset more modest growth in services to finish 2010 on a high. Big Blue pushed up turnover by 7% to $29bn (£18.1bn) in the fourth qu...

  • HP and Microsoft turn to channel to roll out joint appliances

    Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have launched a series of appliances cementing the first year of a development partnership that should benefit both vendor's channel partners. The vendors formed an i...

  • Jobs for all in IT & Telecoms

    Great news for the IT & Telecoms industry: employment is going to grow by 5 times the national average over the next decade and 110,000 people are going to be needed this year alone. According ...

  • Snow joke for Comet parent company

    I've no doubt that Kesa Electricals, parent of electrical retailer Comet, is correct to blame the bad weather for a 7.3% decline in UK revenue for the three months ended 18 January. We all know jus...

  • Dell denied access to EMC VNXe sales

    It has emerged thatEMC partner Dell willnot be getting access toits SMB VNXe unified storage packages, which were launched yesterday. Yesterday eveningUS press reported that EMC CEO JoeTucci said: ...

  • Credit insurers show their power yet again with HMV

    The channel knows only too well the impact that credit insurers can have on a business so the experiences of HMV will be all too familiar. The high street seller of DVDs and music has seen its sto...

  • Apple owns up to iPhone 4 shortages

    Apple hasunderestimated demand for the iPhone4 and isfacingshortages of its iconic device, buthasrefused to commit to saying when its supply chain issues will be resolved. In a question and answer ...