August 2011

  • In-depth: Building a cloud platform for the channel

    The cloud poses a challenge to everyone in the channel but no tier more so than distribution which faces some fairly fundamental questions about its future role serving resellers in a hosted world....

  • SAS Group boss reveals tough managed services landscape

    Managed services providers are facing customer calls for price reductions and more features without rising fees as the impact of the fragile economic conditions dictate customer attitudes towards o...

  • MSI ramps up channel exposure with EntaTech signing

    EntaTech has signed up to distribute MSI's components and PC lines as the vendor looks to strengthen its presence in the channel. The Telford-based firm will sell graphics cards, motherboards, note...

  • Hackers using search engines to map targets

    Hackers are taking advantage of search engines to seek out corporate vulnerabilities and map out targets harnessing the power of thousands of botnets to reveal the defences in specific servers. Im...

  • When is a nuisance a nuisance?

    A recent ruling from the Technology and Construction court has given more guidance on the unpleasant situation of an industrial neighbour that is perceived to be causing an odour nuisance. In t...

  • Celebrating the PC's 30th birthday

    The PC celebrated its 30th birthday over the weekend with some party poopers deciding that was the occasion to dismiss the technologies chances of lasting another three decades. The voice with perh...

  • Huawei looks to cloud and tablets to grow business

    Comms specialist Huawei has talked up its ambitions to deliver products well beyond its traditional networking expertise highlighting cloud as one of the areas it plans to expand into along with ta...

  • In-depth: Have resellers been helped in cloud transition?

    For some resellers the cloud is here and for others it is coming but holding back some channel players has been the difficulty in moving to a different way of delivering and charging for applicatio...

  • Google boosts smart phone position with Motorola Mobility buy

    Google might be facing a tough competitor in Apple, which is defending its smart phone patents aggressively, but has bolstered its access to intellectual property with the $12bn (£7.65bn) acq...

  • In-depth: SLAs key to ensuring reliable cost-efficient cloud services

    With our dependence on the internet - as well as other utilities and services - comes a need to assure a continuity of supply. However, issues do arise and there will be times when service or suppl...

  • Recruitment trend likely to flounder as confidence dips

    Cisco isn't going to be the only firm looking to protect the bottom line by taking the axe to staff numbers with warnings that plenty of other UK businesses are considering reducing headcount as th...

  • HMRCs systems don't help small businesses

    According to the Forum of Private Businesses, HMRCs online tax systems just can't cut the mustard and they certainly aren't helping small businesses. The FPB describes the systems as 'including...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab injunction stirs retailer action

    The consequences of the injunction Apple won against Samsung is already being felt as large suppliers look to cancel pre-orders of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which can not be sold in any EU country excep...

  • Bring your own device drives VDI sales interest

    The Bring your own Device (BYOD) trend is having a real impact on the demand for desktop virtualisation as users scramble to offer a greater degree of flexibility for staff wanting to connect on a ...

  • With Sunrise Software you'll never be embarrassed by service

    I felt so desperately sorry for this bloke on the train the other day. He squeezed onto the train just before it left, so he obviously didn't notice he was on a quiet carriage. He was too busy...

  • Equanet hires cloud specialist to ramp up hosted business

    Equanet has brought a cloud specialist on board to help develop the offerings the reseller can bring to market in the virtualisation and hosted arena. Charlss Barratt, former head of cloud and vir...

  • Police procurement hub promises savings and SME involvement

    The national policer procurement hub has gone live with the ambition of not just helping save millions for the cut-facing boys in blue but also the idea that it will mean more business for resellers.

  • MicroScope's top stories week ending 12 August

    Chambers vows to keep pressure on to change Cisco Cisco boss John Chambers has promised that it will not take the foot off the pedal as it reviews its business in the hunt for cuts and areas where ...

  • Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder

    Staff absence costs employers a fortune every year. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, with an average salary of £25000, this amounts to some £32 billion...

  • Chambers vows to keep pressure on to change Cisco

    Cisco boss John Chambers has promised that it will not take the foot off the pedal as it reviews its business in the hunt for cuts and areas where it can simplify the operating structure. The chai...