April 2012

  • The three Cs of cloud computing

    Ian Moyse, recently appointed UK sales director at web-based CRM vendorWorkbooks.com, shares his perspective on the cloud. Cloud is the big 'C' word in the channel right now, posing 'C'onflict, 'C'...

  • Avnet extends helpdesk support for resellers

    In a move that will support resellers selling managed services Avnet has unveiled a 24 hour helpdesk feature. Providing round the clock support is becoming a demand more customers are expecting re...

  • Arrow ECS bolsters European operations with Altimate buy

    Consolidation in the distribution world has continued with Arrow ECS strengthening its hand across Europe with the acquisition of DCC owned Altimate. Altimate specialises in security, data managem...

  • American Yorktel snaps up Cisco VAR First Connections

    Basingstoke-based Cisco reseller and video specialist First Connections has been bought by American video-conferencing services provider Yorktel for an undisclosed sum. New Jersey-based Yorktel, wh...

  • Redstone touring car team kicks off 2012 BTCC season

    Network and cloud integrator Redstone is offering vendor partners the chance to come in as guest sponsors after becoming title sponsors of the formerMotorbase PerformanceBritish Touring Car (BTCC) ...

  • Resellers top the growth charts

    The channel has flown the flag strongly in a list of the fastest growing mid-sized companies indicating that it's far from all gloom and doom in the reseller world. The latest list of the 100 fast...

  • Unified communications - moving beyond the desktop era

    The findings from the latest Pearlfinders IT Index highlight that business has moved beyond the desktop. The PC is just one of many collaboration environments. With the rise of mobility and bring y...

  • Corero formalises security VAR programme

    DDoS and IPS vendor Corero Network Security has rubber-stamped its first official partner and distributor programme, SecureWatch. Corerohas been surfing a wave of popularinterest in thegrowing prev...

  • The return of the payphone

    So often neglected and easily ignored in this mobile-driven age, could the humble payphone be set for a resurgence? Comms disite Nimans is counting on it, and has signed an exclusive agreement with...

  • Cashflow problems threaten to stall SME growth ambitions

    Cashflow continues to be a problem for businesses struggling to get through the recession and could be holding back growth. The warning comes from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) which has ...

  • Resellers credited with input into IBM big data product launch

    In conjunction with business partners IBM has developed software specifically designed to tap into the growing demand for big data solutions. Big Blue's DB2 and InfoSphere Warehouse applications h...

  • CA signs up Ingram to carry hybrid cloud backup product

    Ingram Micro has added to its cloud services portfolio after being signed as the exclusive partner for CA's hosted data protection and disaster recovery service. Ingram will carry the CA ARCserve ...

  • Opinion: The reluctance of the channel to move to cloud-based backup

    There are several reasons why the channel should be encouraging customers using old technology to move to cloud-based backup. says Eoin Blacklock, Managing Director, KeepItSafe (pictured). In IDC'...

  • Five minute interview: Chris Baldock, intY

    This week, MicroScope puts its questions to Chris Baldock at enterprise cloud solutions specialist intY Tell us what you do for a livingManaging director, intY. Why are you the right person for thi...

  • Dell gets Wyse as acquisition bandwagon rolls on

    Dell has announced its second acquisition in the space of a month, forking out an undisclosed sum to acquire cloud clientand cloud softwarespecialist Wyse Technology. Round Rock's latest purchase, ...

  • Daisy Wholesale pushes partners into data services market

    Comms aggregator Daisy Wholesale will be running a series of reseller workshops over the course of the next few weeks, with the intention of pushing voice and mobilepartners into the data services ...

  • Firms lagging behind in developing BYOD strategies

    Customers are not keeping up with consumerisation with a significant number yet to work out a mobility strategy. Despite a surge in the use of mobility products by staff most firms have yet to wor...

  • Comet owner picks up Game

    The owner of Comet has picked up high street retailer Game in a move that saves hundreds of shops from closing and thousands of jobs from being lost. The retailer went into administration last week...

  • MicroScope's top stories, week ending 30 March 2012

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