• December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    First it was white van man. Now it's thumb drives. Who are we going to blame next?

    Frank Kenney, Ipswitch's VP of Global Strategy, says we're over reacting to the wikileaks security scares. Okay we get it.WikiLeaks had the gumption to collect private cables sent to and from the United States State Department and actually publish ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    ShoreTel ends hunt for CEO

    ShoreTel has named former president and CEO of IP networking solutions provider UTStarcom, Peter Blackmore, as its new CEO, ending a five month hunt for John Combs' replacement. Besides UTStarcom, Cambridge graduateBlackmore has also served as ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    What does Apple want with Nortel's patents?

    Final bids for the extensive line-up are thought to be due soon, and although the usual networking industry suspects have almost certainly been sidling up to the trestle table with their wallets out, interest has apparently emerged in the IP ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Fujin Technology sold to Accumuli for £2m

    Buy and build outfit Accumuli has netted its second acquisition in a month after agreeing to pay £2m in cash for security integrator Fujin Technology. The investment vehicle reversed into Tuscany Networks in November and revealed plans to ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    STL sells comms division to Admiral

    Suffolk-based cloud and virtualisation specialist and MicrosoftGold Partner STL Tecnologies has sold its telecoms divisionto IT, telephony and facilities management outfit Admiral Group for an undisclosed sum. STL, which specialisesmostly the ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Number of SMEs living on the breadline

    A significant number of small businesses are living on the breadline with barely any spare cash to cover emergencies. According to a survey from GE Capital 16% of SME's are sailing close to the wind with only a minimum amount of cash available if ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Nortel loses pension fight in High Court

    Nortel has lost itslegal battle against the Pensions Regulator in its attempt to make the bankrupt networking vendor liable for a £2.1bn deficit in its pension scheme through a Financial Support Direction (FSD). Nortel took to the stand ...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Cohort appointed by IronKey

    IronKey has added Cohort to its distribution roster to provide channel coverage in the UK and Ireland. The secure flash drive specialist already works with Simms International but is broadening its distribution channel to gain more traction through...  Continue Reading

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Government doesn't know best

    Sections of the Equality Act, as passed by the previous Labour Government, were brought into effect this last October. However, other elements are due to be phased in over the next few years. But one strand of the law - the compulsion of ...  Continue Reading

  • December 12, 2010 12 Dec'10

    No chance of DPS catching a cold in Qatar

    Here's David Palmer-Stevens, who has headed off to the Middle East DPS, as he's known to his friends, seems to be permanently abroad, in his capacity as SI manager for Panduit. If you phone him for a quote about cleaning up the channel, he's in ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Most IT pros want to jump ship in 2011

    Most IT professionals are looking to jump ship next year, according to a survey from The IT Jobs Board, writes Kathleen Hall. Some 80% plan to look for a new job in 2011, while 59% said they were not loyal to their work, said the poll. Of the 100 ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Enta heads down iPhone app path

    Distributor EntaTech has followed in the footsteps of Computer 2000's enterprise arm Azlan and network support services company Networks First with the launch of a reseller-focused iPhone app. The downloadable software package recreates the features...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Enterprise security threatened by galloping consumption

    Here's the Advent Vega, one of the many tablets which will be consumed this Xmas. Saucy little number isn't it? But what happens when everyone starts using these gadgets at work? The Binatone HomeSurf 8 Touch Tablet with its exceptional viewing ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Security channel has to face IT consumerisation challenge

    The consumerisation of technology in the workplace poses one of the greatest challenges to users but one of the greatest opportunities for security resellers over the next couple of years. The views of industry players assembled at a round table in...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Tech market M&A activity remains solid

    Mergers and acquisition activity in the tech market has remained solid with signs that valuations are holding up raising expectations next year could be a busy period for buyers. The latest figures from Regent show that there were 216 transactions ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Users start to look at putting mission critical apps in cloud

    Companies are considering moving more of their mission critical applications into the coud environment next year as standards and automated process emerge. There has been resistance from users to using the cloud for transactional areas of the ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Walsh to join comms services firm Colt in February

    Former Computacenter UKmanaging director Simon Walsh -who resigned his post in November in order to take his career in a new direction- will take up the role of executive vice president of managed networking services provider Colt's Enterprise ...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 10 December 2010

    The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Comet losses continue to mount Cometremained a thorn in parent Kesa Electricals' side as revenues for the first half of fiscal 2011 sank and losses mounted.At group level...  Continue Reading

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Patently obvious?

    A recent case involving potato separating machinery brought under the Patents Act 1977 might cause a few headaches for readers of this blog. The case - Grimme Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co KG v Derek Scott (trading as Scotts Potato Machinery) ...  Continue Reading

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    Dell bids $876m to acquire Compellent

    Dell is locked in negotiations to acquire data storage player Compellent and has tabled an $876m bid but industry sources have questioned the logic. Today's confirmation ends weeks of speculation about the pair and comes months after Dell lost a ...  Continue Reading