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July 2011

  • UK government should open up IT contracts to SMEs, say MPs

    The UK governmentneeds to beef up its inhouse IT skills,widen its supplier baseand reduce its reliance on outsourcingafter wasting "an obscene amount of public money" on IT projects. But ...

  • Virgin Media Business records small drop in sales

    Virgin Media Businesshas reported a small drop in business revenue for its second quarter, down 1% to £151.2m after a rise in retail data revenues of 9% proved insufficient to offset a slowdo...

  • Cloud is as fast as physical servers, report claims

    The "myth" that cloud computing is inherently slower than conventional hosting environments has been dispelled, a new study claims. According to digital consultancy Intechnica, cloud comp...

  • Name and shame

    Businesses that are serious late payers are causing their suppliers unnecessary hardship and misery according to the Forum of Private Business. Many companies are afraid to speak up because they fe...

  • Job satisfaction? Show us the money say employees

    Channel businesses would be well-advised to keep an eye on their staff because workers have revealed they are more likely to change jobs for better pay rather than more job satisfaction as they try...

  • Solarflare burns for Avnet

    Avnet Technology Solutions is joining forces with low latency, 10Gb Ethernetspecialist Solarflarein a new distribution agreement, writes Linda Endersby. Avnet will get access toSolarflare's complet...

  • Bradford Networks embraces two-tier channel model

    Network security specialist Bradford Networks has signed a deal with Hampshire-based VAD Siracom as it moves to develop a two-tier channel distribution model for the first time in the UK, writes Li...

  • Avisen eyes return to acquisitive growth

    AIM-listed Avisen is planning a return to acquisitive growth in the coming months after restructuring around its core business, business technology and profit improvement specialisAvisen and storag...

  • Midwich appoints key account sales manager, adds more staff

    AV and IT distributor Midwich has appointed a key account sales manager, bolstered its sales specialist team, added to the MidwichHome home technology division, strengthened its pro audio division ...

  • Juniper shows solid recovery in switching market

    Juniper Networks CEO Kevin Johnson has talked of growing momentum in the vendor's routing business and "a return to solid performance in switching" after the firm booked solid growth in b...

  • CablesToGo signs distie agreement with Synaxon

    Connectivity specialist CablesToGo has signed a distribution deal withSynaxon UK, giving it access to the dealer group's member community, writes Nick Booth. Synaxon's partners will now benefit fro...

  • Computacenter picks nlyte for C3 cloud initiative

    Computacenter has extended the use of nlyte Software's Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite to support its new C3 cloud initiative, which offers ability to adopt the cloud using an op...

  • Amazon international cloud growth dwarfed by American performance

    Growth at Amazon's web services division internationally is falling further behind the company's performance in the North American market where AWS reported a massive revenue growth rate of 85% for...

  • France mourns pioneering pre-Internet Minitel service

    Sad news from across the Channel, where France Telecom has announced it will close down its pioneering Minitel network in 2012 after30 years of service. The Minitel network was a Videotex online se...

  • NetApp takes Hammer relationship to next level

    NetApp has given storage VAD Hammer full access to its entire portfolio, including its FAS series kit and software solutions, allowing the firm to grow its resellers to the highest level within Net...

  • Has Wandisco launched a store for cloud apps? 'Appen it has

    Sheffield-based Wandisco has launched an app store for cloud applications. Sadly, they eschewed any Yorkshire themed names - Appen-It-Does was my suggestion - for a more corporate sound name befitt...

  • Submission omission

    Anyone who pays tax on a self assessment basis - the rich, entrepreneurs or those with abnormal financial affairs - know that they have to pay tax on account. For the tax year 2009/10 as an example...

  • Cloud computing is a lot of hot air (and it can heat your house)

    There's an intriguing paper published by Microsoft in which the authors argue that it could be possible to send servers used in cloud computing data centres to houses and office buildings and use t...

  • Paying by credit card online? Use your webcam says Jumio

    US payment company Jumio has released technology which it claims turns any webcam into a secure credit card reader making it easier for merchants to accept online payments. The technology, know...

  • Arrow ECS adds Isilon cloud storage kit to portfolio

    Arrow ECS is to add Isilon scale-out NAS products to its line card after signing a distribution deal with the EMC-owned firm. Isilon has made a strong play in the growing scale-out NAS sector.