• March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Novell gets jury backing in Linux copyright fight with SCO

    Novell has managed to gain the upper hand in a legal battle over Unix copyrights against SCO clearing the way for greater promotion of Linux. SCO had been contesting the copyright of certain aspects of the Unix operating system for seven years but ...  Continue Reading

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Sweating assets threatens to leave SMEs at risk of data loss

    The prospect of SMEs sweating assets to save money could expose them to potential data problems if they cut back on supporting legacy systems. In reaction to recent IDC research which predicted that small businesses would increase spending on IT by...  Continue Reading

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Stone Group pips Viglen to University of Nottingham deal

    UK system builder Stone Group is gunning for Viglen in the higher education arena after unseating its rival from the University of Nottingham (UoN) to pen a four year deal to supply hardware and services worth £13m. Buoyed by its recent ...  Continue Reading

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Mitel plans listing for end of April

    Unified communications provider Mitel will float on the NASDAQ stock exchange as early as 26 April, according to an updated filing with the SEC. The firm also revised the total value of its IPO upwards from $230m to $242m, adding that it expects...  Continue Reading

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Hosted clouds Rise for FastHosts

    Web-hosting specialist FastHosts has branched out into the cloud with the launch of a wholly-owned cloud infrastructure-as-a-service venture called Rise, pitched at SMBs through both IT and comms resellers Speaking to MicroScope, Fasthosts and ...  Continue Reading

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    3Com up on Chinese sales

    3Com's focus on the Far Eastern market continued to pay off during the third quarter of its financial 2010, with its direct business in China growing 29.7% to $165.9m in the three months to 26 February. Worldwide sales at the networking ...  Continue Reading

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Reseller opportunity as IT professionals leave skill gaps

    The customers that resellers sell into are set to lean even more heavily on dealers with specialist skills in the future as they pull back from carrying out a large number of IT tasks in-house. A picture of the role of the IT professional over the ...  Continue Reading

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Kendall Law Group to investigate Bell sale

    A US based law firm involved in complex national securities litigation is looking into yesterday's sale of Bell Microproducts to Avnet to ascertain if shareholders got the best ROI and if the processes employed prior to the deal were fair. In a ...  Continue Reading

  • March 30, 2010 30 Mar'10

    Darling defends credit adjudication service

    The Chancellor Alistair Darling has restated his view that a credit adjudication service is one of the best ways to help SMEs get their hands on funds. Speaking last night on the Channel 4 Chancellor's debate Darling faced the inevitable question ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Gateway takes on AMD Opteron to boost drive for server share

    From a standstill position Gateway wants to snatch 4% of the server market by the end of this year and has enlisted AMD to help. Part of parent company Acer Group, Gatewaytoday rolled out the second phase of its serverstrategy following the ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Bell Microproducts sold to Avnet for $594m

    Avnet has acquired Bell Microproducts in an all cash merger for $7 per share, valuing the distributor at $594m (£396.6m). The deal is based on an equity value of around $252m and Bell's debt position, at face value and net of cash, of $342m ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Editor's comment: Consolidation makes it a memorable Monday

    When people come to look back over this year they will remember this week not just for being the one before Easter but also as the moment when consolidation really went up a notch in the channel. The day started with the announcement that Capita ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Carphone Warehouse completes TalkTalk split

    Carphone Warehouse completed the long-planned demerger of its broadband business TalkTalk on Monday morning to concentrate on consumer electronics and IT sales through its JV with US retailer Best Buy. TalkTalk, which claims 4.2 million ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Capita acquires Ramesys for £15m

    Capita Group has acquired educational specialist Ramesys in a £15m cash purchase sealing a deal first mooted at the start of the month. Ramesys backer Lloyds Development Capital had been looking to make a clean break from its involvement with...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Cable & Wireless leaving FTSE 100 after split

    Comms firm Cable & Wireless has completed its planned demerger into Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) but the international division will be leaving the FTSE 100 index of Britain's leading firms, ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Former Brocade CEO fails to appeal against fraud charges

    The former CEO of Brocade has seen his appeal against securities fraud fail in the courts. A jury in San Francisco was told in the retrial by the prosecution that former Brocade boss Greg Reyes "routinely" falsified records of stock ...  Continue Reading

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Customer retention rather than just cost cutting CEO priorities

    Using IT to hold onto customers is emerging as the main priority for users ahead of the determination to lean on technology to support corporate cost cutting. According to the latest survey of CEO priorities carried out by Gartner there has been a ...  Continue Reading

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