April 2012

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

    Kelway gets LAR status with BSS buy Kelway has added Microsoft Large Account Reseller status to its credentials after acquiring Ireland's major (LAR) BSS. BSS,with operations in both Belfast and Du...

  • Column: Why all the fuss over a leaked roadmap?

    Much brouhaha about the leaking of Microsoft's product roadmap for the next two years or so but does it really matter all that much? If you're a Microsoft partner or customer, is it that signific...

  • The midmarket cliche

    As EMC took the wraps off its cloud infrastructure product range it's calling Vspex, it was interesting to see just where the vendor is pitching the product. The answer is of course squarely at th...

  • IT market leading jobs recovery

    The IT market is leading the recovery in employment opportunities with the number of permanent vacancies in the sector hitting an eight year high. The latest Recruitment & Employment Confedera...

  • Micro-P expands to house fast-growing mobile division

    Retailandb2b distie Micro-Phas expandedinto a6,000squarefoot facilityat Chineham Park in Basingstoke to house its fast-growing Mobile division, writes Linda Endersby. "Our successful growth st...

  • Microsoft's Gordon Frazer swaps UK MD role for Chinese post

    Long-standing Microsoft UK managing director Gordon Frazer is packing his bags and heading for China to take up the post of regional COO, following a reshuffle atthe software vendor'sGreater China ...

  • Microsoft developer leaks roadmap

    Microsoft resellers have been given a glimpse of the software giant's plans for the next couple of years thanks to a leaked roadmap. The roadmap indicated a launch early next year for Office 15 and...

  • Cloud network services key to new Cisco SME offerings

    Cisco has expanded its cloud-based partner managed services offering, OnPlus, adding support for wireless network management tools, as part of a major refresh of its SME network solutions offering....

  • EMC charts course for midmarket with Vspex

    EMC has set a course for the midmarket after unveiling a cloud infrastructure range that is designed specifically for customers that might have shied away from its enterprise offering. The vendor'...

  • Stordis to push discount 10Gb Ethernet bundles

    Specialist high-performance storagenetworking distie Stordis is planning to help its resellers grab a larger slice of the 10GbE market, offering a 15% discount on integrated bundles comprised of Fu...

  • EMEA PC sales shine in Q1, reports Gartner

    Strengtheningsales into the professional market boosted overall growth in the EMEA PC sector during the first quarter of 2012, according to Gartner's preliminary figures. Total shipments into the r...

  • Sony swings axe on 10,000 and sets out on business review

    Sony is to swing the axe on 6% of its global workforce putting 10,000 people out of work as it tries to claw its way back in the market. The firm has been struggling in the face of intense competi...

  • Softcat launches xStorm security scanning service

    Softcat has taken the wraps off a cloud based security serviuce designed to help customers discover their vulnerabilities. The xStorm scanning service helps users discover where their infrastructu...

  • Commodore 64 visionary Jack Tramiel dies aged 83

    Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International and the man behind many of the iconic PC brands of the 1980s has died aged 83. Born Jacek Trzmielin Poland in 1928, Tramiel's family was confine...

  • Motorola puts emphasis on apps as VAR programme hits UK

    Motorola Solutions has been talking up the potential of appplication provision and development as its long-awaited PartnerEmpower reseller programme goes live across EMEA. Thousands of partners ofM...

  • Egnyte takes aim at file-sharing rivals' market share

    Cloud file-sharing specialist Egnyte hashit out atits rivals, arguingthat consumer-grade solutions from firms such as Dropboxand Boxare unsuitable for business use. "The low-end andconsumer ma...

  • CA Technologies unveils EMEA channel head

    CA Technologies has shuffled its management pack unveiling a fresh face in the EMEA role working with the channel. The vendor has brought on board a former channel director from Italian internet f...

  • FAST calls for court changes to support software firms

    The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has strongly warned the Intellectual Property Office to stick to its remit and not get involved with court cases over copyright. The IPO has suggested ...

  • Axing ICT teaching could worsen skills gap

    With the deadline looming for responses to the government's proposal to axe ICT from the school curriculum one of the industry skills groups has called for a rethink. The public consultation over t...

  • Apple iPad rivals pin tablet hopes on Windows 8 launch

    Vendors hoping to challenge Apple's seemingly unbeatable iPad with their own tablet offerings appear to be hedging their bets andholding off until the launch of Windows 8 later this year, according...