• February 07, 2011 07 Feb'11

    Corero backs into US security outfit Top Layer

    Datatec boss Jens Montanana's buy-and-buildnetwork security and BPM software business Coreroplans to carry out a reverse takeover of Massachusetts-based security solutions developer Top Layer Networks for $15.3m (£9.4m). The purchase price ...  Continue Reading

  • February 07, 2011 07 Feb'11

    Online compliance

    As a neat followup to last Friday's posting, it's appropriate to mention that the Office of Fair Trading has published a document - Protecting Consumers Online - which details its strategy on protecting consumers online. The review details the ...  Continue Reading

  • February 06, 2011 06 Feb'11

    IP-change deniers refuse to believe that IP4 will run out warns Global Crossing

    We must switch toIPv6 beforethe last rew addresses of IPv4 are swallowed up byrampant global consumerism, says Jeff Smith, Global Crossing's senior director for infrastructure servicesWhen the internet was built they were on version 4 of the ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Microsoft to cut EA fees for LARs by more than two thirds

    The feast of fees that Microsoft's larger LAR partners gorged on will turn to a relative famine from 11 September when sweeping changes to Enterprise Agreements (EA) are initiated. The partner community was given a top-line view of the changes last...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Distribution changes afoot for HP and Dell

    Magirus has penned a distribution deal with Dell to carry its EqualLogic storage brand in France but the partnership is expected to extend to the UK. Changes are also afoot elsewhere in distribution amid suggestions that HP will run logistics ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Acer UK PC sales hit hard as market tumbles in Q4

    Acer UK's PC business is under increasing pressure after IDC data showed sales collapsed 30% in Q4 - following its drop in the previous three months - as the slowdown in consumer demand compounded existing inventory woes. The UK market was soft ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Apple partners rue demise of Xserve

    Apple partners are rueing the demise of the Xserve range that was killed off late last year but only stopped shipping earlier this week. In November, Apple released the Xserve Transition Guide that confirmed it would not be developing a future ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Vendors start recall of Sandy Bridge machines

    People who have acquired Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba PCs with a flawed Intel chipset will be able to return the machines, writes Cliff Saran. Earlier this week Intel said it had discovered a design issue in a recently-released support chip, ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Doom and Gloom Report. Mobile Operators to collapse under weight of traffic

    The sky is about to fall in, the seas will boil and there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth, if we've interpreted a new report from Cambridge Broadband Networks accurately.A bulletin, sent to this column, predicts that with global mobile ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    NetSuite grows revenues but losses remain

    Cloud player NetSuite was unable to cut its losses in the last quarter but saw revenues rise as more users started to turn towards hosted applications. Net loss for the fourth quarter, ended 31 December, was $6.4m not much improved on the $6.5m it ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Apple comes under pressure to reveal post-Jobs scenario

    Apple is coming under growing pressure to reveal what plans it has if the current CEO Steve Jobs is unable to return from a break on health grounds and take the helm. Jobs has been battling illness for the last few years and is on his second spell ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Analysis: SMEs buyers more willing to adopt latest technology

    Virtualisation, cloud computing and unified comms are the technologies most in demand but resellers should not look to the public sector to be at the head of the queue to buy them.  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Analysis: A changing enterprise software market

    Software vendors are going to have to get better at standing out from the crowd and with showing greater flexibility with their channel partners if they are to take advantage of changes happening in the market over the next few years. According to ...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    VMC Viewer puts Androids in control of our computers

    VNC Viewer is an app that connects to and controls any computer anywhere in the world. Given the omnipotence that grants the user, you'd expect them to come up with a better name. Dr Evil, Vengeance Will be Mine, I'm Going to Enjoy Killing You Last...  Continue Reading

  • February 04, 2011 04 Feb'11

    Don't get too personal

    The Information Commissioner's Office has published a code of practice and checklist - for small businesses - on how to collect and use personal information. It covers good practice when collecting information, using the information, privacy options...  Continue Reading

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    When will cool HP story go cold?

    Did you see the big news that Leo Apothekar, CEO of HP, wants the company to be cool like Apple? Depending on which web site you rely on for your IT news, some of you might have seen it yesterday (3 February). Others might have seen it on 2 ...  Continue Reading

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    Avnet CEO: We still have an appetite to acquire

    Avnet is likely to get acquisitive later in the year, once Bell Microproducts and its other more recent conquests are fully digested, as management bandwidth and not financial limitations are shaping its buy and build strategy. In calendar 2010, ...  Continue Reading

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    PARS Technology talking to buyers and investors

    UK system builder PARS Technology is weighing its options and hopes to wrap up a sale of the business or find an external investor within a week. The Milton Keynes-based PC maker made roughly one third of its 31-strong workforce redundant in ...  Continue Reading

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    Distributors define role in the cloud economy

    The traditional role of IT distributors will be just as relevant in the new cloud-computing era as it has been for the past three decades, according to established players in the market - though some admit challenges lie ahead. Battle plans are ...  Continue Reading

  • February 03, 2011 03 Feb'11

    Murphy reassures partners they have a future with HP

    Ahead of joining HP as vice president of sales, Steve Murphy has moved to assure reseller partners that they feature heavily in his plans.  Continue Reading