February 2011

  • Software audits on the rise

    The risks of using unlicensed software continues to rise with audits on the rise as vendors look to turn the screws on potential lost revenue. According to a customer survey from compliance specia...

  • Cisco numbers spook the market once again

    Network bellwether Cisco has again frightened off analysts afterCEO John Chamberssaidit had postedweaker margins and talked of slower public sector and consumerspending during the vendor's second q...

  • Sourcefire plans to extend services through resellers

    Web security specialist Sourcefire has indicated it is aiming to ramp up the services and support revenues for its reseller base. The vendor is looking to roll out a staggered programme where rese...

  • HP kicks Palm brand into TouchPad

    When HP bought Palm last year, it made a lot of contradictory, flip-flopping statements over what it planned to do with the struggling mobility vendor, which culminated in a sudden u-turn over rema...

  • Uninsured drivers face new crackdown

    New powers to tackle uninsured driving will come into force soon the Government has said. Under the powers it will be an offence to keep an uninsured vehicle, rather than just to drive when uninsur...

  • HP launches SMB network specialisation

    Building on3Com's historic focus on the SMB market, HP Networking has today introduced its first ever channel partner specialisation for dealers selling into the SMB sector. The new programme will ...

  • Buffalo Technology calls time on memory sales in Europe

    Buffalo Technology has made the decision to pull out of the memory market in Europe in the face of stiff competition and tough economic conditions. The vendor is withdrawing from the European mark...

  • Project Merlin: a bonus for small businesses or the banks?

    Much fanfare from Chancellor George Osborne and the banks about their agreement to lend £76m to small and medium sized businesses. According to the Banks' Statement on Project Merlin, the amo...

  • Netgear posts quarterly sales record

    SMB networking kit specialist Netgear has jumped to record sales for boththe fourth quarter and full year after strong sales through service providers and a higher than expected contribution from a...

  • Westcon Security given lift-off for Europe from Skybox Security

    Westcon Security has landed the appointment of risk management specialist Skybox Security after the US vendor made its first major EMEA distribution appointment. Skybox is pushing its products, wh...

  • SCC urges G-Cloud rethink

    SCC has urged the government to view cloud computing as a strategic initiative rather than a tool to cut procurement costs, saying the coalition was missing a trick. According to the Midlands-based...

  • Government gets banks to pledge ¬£76bn in lending to SMEs

    It took longer than planned but the government has finally unveiled the terms of its agreement with the banks to get lending to small businesses flowing again. The outcome of Project Merlin had be...

  • Nokia a 'burning platform' says CEO Elop

    In a frank memo circulated among staff at Finnish mobility giant Nokia, CEO Stephen Elop has issued abrutal assessment of the company's current situation to staff, saying that they are "standi...

  • Teenaged TalkTalk has growing pains, spots, is also an octopus

    Following a net loss of 25,000 customers and the axing of over 500 jobs, TalkTalk chief exec Dido Hardinghas thrown her hands in the airand admitted to the Financial Times that the business was lik...

  • The business benefits of investing on booze - don't have drink problems, have drink opportunities

    This lunch meeting is going well - because they're drinking Ketel One Vodka, a quality solution thesteak holderswill appreciate One of the the great unexamined business processes of British industr...

  • The balance between in-house and outsourced help

    The expectation that the private sector will employ just shy of 100,000 new people in IT roles over the next four years is one that can be greeted with both smiles and frowns by the channel. On th...

  • Employers looking for IT staff to build up in-house expertise

    The private sector should pick up the slack on the jobs front when it comes to employing IT specialists as spending starts to pick up this year. According to Executive Headhunters there are 93,000...

  • Xchanging founder and CEO quits after profit warning

    The founder and CEO at UK-based BPO firm Xchanging - acquirer of networking reseller Data Integration - has quitfollowing a profit warning. Revenues for the year to 31 March 2011 are forecast to b...

  • Latest data loss fines keep issue in the spotlight

    The Information Commissioner's Office has handed out another couple of fines to councils that have failed to look after data keeping the issue in the spotlight. The ICO has been starting to issue ...

  • TalkTalk cuts 580 jobs as sales remain flat

    TalkTalk is to cut 580 jobs in a "major reorganisation" of its business operations as the integration of Tiscali continues. The cuts will come as part of a restructure that should see the...