January 2012

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 January 2012

    BT Engage IT adds Palo Alto to portfolio BT Engage IT sealed a partnership with firewall specialist Palo Alto to provide security options alongside its network and data packages. The BT Business se...

  • Microsoft warns lower PC sales will hit Windows division

    Microsoft has warned that lower PC shipments, which it blames on the hard disc drive shortage sparked by the Thailand floods, is going to be felt in its Q2 results. The vendor has warned that reve...

  • ZyXEL's Marsden gets European president spot

    ZyXEL UKmanaging directorandvice presidentof European channels Lee Marsden is to take on the role of European president following a reshuffle that has seen predeccesor Gordon Yang take on a worldwi...

  • Schools braced for cuts and pupils face frustration

    The extent of the cutbacks in schools has been laid bare by research from Stone indicating that 83% expect shavings off the IT budget and a significant number believe this will impact the learning ...

  • UK decline offset by European growth at Computacenter

    Computacenter has revealed the UK market continues to be sluggish with revenue declining over the course of its fiscal year by 13%. The channel player revealed the state of its finances for the ye...

  • Low consumer demand hits PC shipments

    Global PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter with mature markets continuing to show weakness and an inability to shake off the effects of the ongoing mixed economic conditions in both Europe ...

  • Expand partners face uncertain future after Riverbed IP buyout

    WAN optimisation specialist Riverbed has forked out an undisclosed sum for the assets and intellectual property of Expand Networks, which went into receivership in Octoberafter a loan repayment cam...

  • Column: Toilet paper as a storage metaphor

    It's not often we get toilet references in MicroScope, understandably so, writes Billy MacInnes. Usually, if people are talking about technology they like to make references to aerospace engineering.

  • Big Blue encourages resellers to get social

    IBM is providing more support to resellers looking to take advantage of social media platforms as interest in those communication platforms continues to grow. Big Blue wants its partners to become...

  • Can vendor services boost reseller revenues?

    Andrew Mulholland, marketing manager at D-Link UK & Ireland, identifies how resellers can take advantage of vendors' service offerings to grow their business. It is fair to say that the channe...

  • Teaching of computer skills to be revised with industry input

    The computer industry is going to have an input into shaping the technology skills that school children pick up in the future as the current teaching programme of ICT gets scrapped. The Education ...

  • Dell cloud badge may lack partner revenue target

    Dell has revealed more details of its upcoming cloud partner certification,hinting that it may not attach reseller revenue requirements to the badge. At the vendor's inaugural European Storage Foru...

  • Stone offers schools Rent-a-PC scheme

    Education supplier Stone has announced a PC rental scheme aimed at schools struggling with budgets but facing the need to invest in the latest technology. The channel player used the education sho...

  • ComputerLinks reveals reseller drive towards the cloud

    Resellers are moving to the cloud and showing that the customer base is far wider than just the SME heartlands with public sector and finance verticals both proving to be good hunting grounds for d...

  • Phoenix targets aggressive growth after merger

    Phoenix has said it will look to book "aggressive growth" in the next 12 months in the wake of consolidating its Phoenix IT Services and ICM brands under the Phoenix banner, as revealed y...

  • Dell shows off storage programme enhancements

    Dell has kicked off 2012 by using its inaugural European Storage Forum in London to announce a number of enhancements to its Storage Smart partner programme that itsays will simplify the storage ma...

  • Emulex shrugs off impact of Thai floods

    Emulex CEO Jim McCluney has shrugged off the impact of the Thai flood disaster on the firm's supply chain and moved to reassure partners and customers that everything is ticking over as it should b...

  • Router slump knocks Juniper prelims for six

    In a preliminary fourth quarter earnings statement, Juniper Networks has said it is likely to miss its original quarterly forecast for the three months to 31 December 2011 after a slump in router d...

  • Computer skills climbing on government agenda

    The government minister for culture, communications and the creative industry has revealed that learning computer skills is something that the public needs to improve on if they are to exploit chan...

  • Apple shows faith in Cook with multi-million stock award

    Stepping into Steve Jobs' shoes to become CEO of Apple is never going to be an easy task but Tim Cook might feel more confident with the board showing faith awarding him a one-time stock award wort...