February 2012 | Archive by Month | MicroscopeUK | Page 2

February 2012

  • VMware throws weight behind Cloud Industry Forum

    Cloud sector heavyweight VMware has given its backing to the Cloud Industry Forum, becoming the latest provider to join the industry body. It adds itsmarket clout, with over 300,000 customers and 2...

  • IT firms holding up as enterprise insolvency rates rise

    The number of IT firms falling into insolvency has remained stable at the start of this year compared with how things ended in 2011. The latest monthly figures from Experian show that 35 IT firms h...

  • Column: Fatal Assumptions. The cloud meets science fiction

    Imagine if all these terrible global warming projections come true, and we're forced to up sticks and move to another planet. Naturally, the locals won't be happy, so we'll have to string them alon...

  • Column: Survival skills the key in a managed services world

    I found little to argue about with the story in MicroScope suggesting that resellers should consider making the shift to managed services in the face of declining hardware sales and fierce competit...

  • Epson expecting channel expansion

    Epson is looking for greater channel engagement as it promotes its product portfolio and managed print services programme to resellers. The imaging specialist is already encouraging existing partn...

  • Rackspace bemoans cloud talent shortage

    Hosted services provider Rackspace is to embark on a new recruitment drive and is in talks with a number of universities to establish cloud computing as an element of the IT curriculum. The firm's ...

  • Colt sales down despite strong managed services performance

    Network and cloud integrator Colt has booked a slight decline in sales at the end of its financial 2011, with strong growth in nascentmanaged services sales notyetenoughto offset declines on voice....

  • Apple boss considering dividend payments

    Apple has given ground to major shareholders agreeing that it will give them more influence over board appointments in the future. There had been a long standing resistance by the vendor to making...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 24 February 2012

    Channel players named to G-Cloud supplier framework A host of industry players learned last weekend that they have been selected to provide cloud services to the public sector under Westminster's l...

  • Juniper buys Mykonos to plug network security gap

    Juniper Networks has bought intrusion deception system specialist Mykonos Software for $80m (£51m) in a bid to beef up its network security practice. Mykonos claims its deception-based techno...

  • Where the rubber meets the road for your cloud transformation

    In the last year or two, the industry has spent ample time investigating, pondering, and debating the impact that the cloud and IT-as-a-Service would have on the channel and the reseller business m...

  • Managed services an alternative to struggling hardware sales

    Those resellers sticking with hardware and minimal services face serious problems going forward as margins tighten and competition becomes more fierce. The call to make the move into managed servi...

  • Sloppy attitude to security certificates leaving users exposed

    A lax attitude towards security certificates, even after high profile data leaks, is leaving customers open to potentially dangerous and costly breaches. The lack of an automated process in the ma...

  • Whitman positive on channel PSG outlook

    Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has spoken positively of its channel partners relative to its business and consumer client business, PSG, despite the unit booking a major revenue decline during the...

  • Whitman brands HP 'too complex, too slow' as profits slump

    Hewlett-Packard chief exec Meg Whitman has pledged toshake-up the vendor's business modelto its verycore, saying the firm had become "too complex and too slow". "For years we've been...

  • Welsh businesses could get .Cymru domain names

    Businesses based in Wales could soon be able toend theirURLs with .Wales or .Cymru after.uk guardianNominet unveiled plans to set up a top level domain (TLD) for the Principality. If successful the...

  • A barometer of concern

    The phrase barometer is one that is bound to be used in the context of Dell's results and the state of the PC market but there is also something else happening here with financial results again bec...

  • UK ranks seventh on cloud ready chart

    The growth of government backed cloud schemes, such as the one unveiled at the start of this week, could run into trouble because of differing data regulations. The UK government's decision to laun...

  • Reseller remakes Snakes on a Plane

    One reseller-turned-amateur pilot on the Czech Republic has come up with a novelidea for a spot ofcross channel marketingactivity. The GFI Software reseller wrangled permission from his local airfi...

  • CompTIA launches security master certification

    Channel training specialist CompTIA have introduced a new mastery-level security credential pitched at information assurance professionals holding technical leadership roles, with at least five yea...