October 2011

  • Microsoft cloud offerings delivering revenue growth

    The cloud portfolio of Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online contributed to delivering a decent fiscal first quarter for Microsoft which is looking forward to its consumer products hitting the ...

  • Colt sales flat in third quarter

    Network services provider Colt has reported flat sales and earnings for the third quarter, with revenues up just 0.6% to €396m. EBITDA was also up 0.6% to €83.4m, buoyed by stabilising voice sales ...

  • Expand Networks reassures partners it's business as usual

    Expand Networks has moved swiftly to assure channel partners and customers that recent reports of receivers being appointed do not spell the end for the WAN optimisation specialist. According to re...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 21 October 2011

    Thai floods spell shortages and price hikes for HDD market The components market could face shortages after the worst floods to hit Thailand for decades knocked out facilities producing storage pro...

  • Plans for two new Enterprise Zones

    The Government has asked the Lancashire and the Hull and Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop proposals for two new Enterprise Zones following the recent announcement by BAE Systems abou...

  • Kyocera Mita hopes to spark spending with finance package

    Kyocera Mita has launched a finance programme to give resellers more of a chance getting customers to splash out on hardware and document management solutions. The vendor is working with CF Corpor...

  • Not everything is virtual at VMworld

    As more than one observer has already remarked, this year's VMworld Europe event in Copenhagen was occasionally like a conference in reverse. This was most obviously manifested in the fact that the...

  • Banks still not doing enough for SMEs

    The banks have long been criticised by resellers, customers and politicians alike for failing to provide enough credit and support for cash-strapped firms and the situation shows little sign of imp...

  • Lead gen project underscores VMware SMB ambitions

    VMware has underscored its SMB ambitions with the deployment of 100 inside salespeople at its Cork facility to generate leads for partners in the sector alliedto plans for a big marketing push into...

  • PC market in Europe continues to struggle

    A combination of lower consumer demand and hesitation from the corporate market had a negative impact on the EMEA PC market in the third quarter. The latest figures from IDC covering that territory...

  • Wozniak urges industry to innovate

    Steve Wozniak, the founder of Apple, has been sharing his experience in the industry with attendees at IP Expo uring the IT community to continue innovation. The industry veteran, who now has a pos...

  • Day 1 at IP Expo. What might have happened.

    This column couldn't get to IP Expo yesterday, because it was at the launch of Moonfruit's new Guerilla Shop Building service, which was being introduced by Emma Jones, the alpha woman who runs Sta...

  • Changes aim for swifter justice over workplace deaths

    The Government is seeking more health and safety prosecutions before Inquests with changes to an agreement - the Work-Related Deaths Protocol - between those who investigate and prosecute work-rela...

  • Ethical hacker is top attraction at IP Expo

    Moths are so finely tuned to the ultrasonic calls of predatory bats that the nerve cells in their ears are activated by displacements of the eardrum the size of a small atom, according to new resea...

  • McAfee extends partner support

    McAfee has outlined plans to extend and improve the way it interacts with resellers to provide greater support and profitability to partners to encourage partners to cross-sell across more of its p...

  • VMware partners well-placed to exploit SMB cloud shift

    Channel partners stand to make "significant money" by helping SMB customersmake the move towards cloud computing with VMware technology. In aninterview at the VMworld conference in Copenh...

  • Thailand floods spell shortages and price hikes in HDD market

    The components market could face shortages as a consequence of the worst floods for decades sweeping across Thailand hitting some of the factories producing storage products for the global market. ...

  • Notebooks, cloud and datacentres fuel Intel growth

    Those looking for signs of a decline in the PC market will not have found it in Intel's latest quarterly numbers as the chip giant indicated that demand is holding up. A raft of recent figures fro...

  • Intact Software gunning for ERP mid-market

    The battle for the mid market in the business intelligence space is expanding with resellers being given even greater choice of which vendor to partner with to deliver customers ERP tools. Intact ...

  • Juniper profits squeezed in uncertain economy

    The sense of growing unease in global markets has begun to impact the quarterly results of some of the key vendors, with Juniper Networks the latest to report a slight sequential fall in revenues. ...