November 2011

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 November 2011

    ASDA challenges rivals with aggressive laptop pricing Asda has raised the stakes in the run-up to Christmas by cutting the price of some of the laptops it stocks to levels well below its rivals. T...

  • Perkins handed small business division role at Sage

    Sage has made a raft of changes to its management team with former C2000 and Computacenter man Lee Perkins taking the hot seat managing the vendor's small business division. Along with Perkins the...

  • Microsoft keelhauls five UK software pirates

    Microsoft has revealed it has reached an out-of-court settlement with five UK channel firms caught selling illegal copies of its software as part of its ongoing efforts to stem the tide of global p...

  • Unified Storage: An ideal offering for the growing business

    Paul Routledge European storage business development manager at D-Link, takes a look at the benefits unified storage can deliver for a customer. Small and medium-sized businesses face an ever inc...

  • Playing catch-up to the BYOD security threats

    The debate about how to offer security and allow employees to bring their own devices is a live one causing plenty of head scratching as Ryan Farmer, Senior Resourcer, Acumin Consulting, finds out....

  • Five minute interview: Mark Edge, A10 Networks

    MicroScope puts itsquestions to Mark Edge, EMEA sales director at network optimisation firm A10 Networks. What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?Worst advice: an old boss not...

  • Growth in business offsets major account dips at NetApp

    A growth in fresh business helped storage player NetApp offset an unexpected decline in some of its major accounts as it unveiled its numbers for its second fiscal quarter. Revenue for the three m...

  • SMEs struggling to understand mobile security threat

    The spread of mobile working and the idea of bringing your own device to work has reached the SME sector creating opportunities for those pitching security to smaller firms. Research from anti vir...

  • Semiconductor ASPs drop as suppliers adjust to weak economy

    As predicted earlier in the year, semiconductor vendors have begun to take action to bring production back into line with weak economic sentiment, at the cost of their own sales. Back in September,...

  • Is your data secure in the cloud?

    One of the main concerns from end users about cloud storage is its security.

  • Green IT key to achieving network efficiencies

    Resellers seeking to optimise their end-user networks for cost efficiencieswould do well to talk up green solutions as an element of the pitch, according to a new study into enterprise IT networks ...

  • Apple signals digital media ambitions with Disney boss board appointment

    Those wondering where post Steve Jobs Apple might be heading might get some idea from some board appointments the vendor has made which indicate digital media is where things are going. Not only d...

  • TalkTalk Business integrates new channel services into NGN

    TalkTalk Business has revealed it is to launch a portfolio of channel-centric hosted UC solutions, integrated into its NGN, from early next year. Theupdated portfoliowill include a new hosted enter...

  • Oracle reveals customer plans for CRM spending

    Resellers specialising in CRM will find some good news in the latest research into the market from Oracle as more users look to spend in that area but will also find the phrase "budgetary pres...

  • Channel must get on top of new mobile compliance rules

    Avaya worldwide channel vice president, Jeremy Butt, examines new regulations on mobile communications handed down by the FSA, and considers the channel impact. This week marks an important date fo...

  • HDD shortages hit Dell outlook

    The impact of the Thailand floods on the supplies of hard disc drives is going to cause problems for Dell, which warned that it is going to continue feeling the consequences of shortages. The hardw...

  • Fujitsu TS adds security to public sector tablet package

    Fujitsu TS is continuing its apparentmission to defy the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend after signing a new alliance with security firm Becrypt. The PC vendor claims that embedding Becrypt's CE...

  • Picky consumers dent smartphone market in Q3

    Smartphone sales hit a fallow patch during Q3 in advanced markets as buyers held off replacing their kit, the latest market data from Gartner reveal. According to Gartner principal research analyst...

  • A growing managed services opportunity

    One of the classic lines that is often used in a channel conversation is about services. Vendors tell resellers to do more of them, distributors look to support them and customers will pay for them...

  • Smartphone challenge a managed services opportunity

    Resellers offering managed services are going to have to ensure they can cope with supporting a diverse number of mobile devices for the long-term. Speaking at the Kaseya managed services roadshow ...