• February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Yet another skills shortage, why can't we try something different?

    I'm starting to get heartily sick of stories about skills shortages, usually around the latest technological trend. There's one on the MicroScope website today (22 February) about cloud computing which suggests the supply of consultants and ...  Continue Reading

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Azzurri gets Royal seal of approval

    Networking services provider Azzurri will be putting in a call to its stationer after being awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen for provision of communications services. Cisco and Avaya partner Azzurri - which more usually finds itself wrangling ...  Continue Reading

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Demand for cloud experts outstrips supply

    Salesforce.com ecosystem recruitment agency Resource in Demand has warned that cloud computingresellers are facing a battle to fill a glut of vacancies in the sector. Job openings for cloud experts among partners and ISVs are thought to have risen ...  Continue Reading

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Northamber accounts are back in the black

    Northamber has returned to profit in first half of fiscal 2011 according to an interim management statement (IMS) but Chairman David Phillips voiced a cautious outlook that speaks of the parlous state of the UK economy. The distributor made an ...  Continue Reading

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    New campaign asks techies to come out the wiring closet

    Techies lose a year of their lives, on average, trying to untangle their networks, according to a study by IT Footprint. The time is wasted on soul destroying brain dead activities such as retracing connections to switches, tracing cables, ...  Continue Reading

  • February 22, 2011 22 Feb'11

    Changes afoot in the new Pensions Bill

    The Government has now published the Pensions Bill 2011 which includes, amongst things, provisions to implement automatic enrolment (along the lines of the recommendations of the recent DWP review). Other key measures include: Aligning the ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    PARS Technology falls into administration

    PARS Technology has gone into administration but the boss of the beleaguered firm is seeking investors to buy it back. As revealed earlier this month, the Milton Keynes-based system builder was weighing up its future options after running into ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Twitter turns off business users! Pope in Catholic shocker!

    UC Expo's new researchshowing that business users are turned offunified comms becausethere are too many social media options out therecomes as little surprise to Network Noise. Social media is aconfusing world for new users, and as technology ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    SCH buys print services minnow TSG

    SCH has acquired small Essex-based Technical Support Group to extend its managed print services base. The deal with the office equipment and repairs specialist will add maintenance and warranty services for brands including Ricoh, Samsung, Lexmark,...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Social media options a turn off for UC buyers

    Ahead of the annual UC Expo trade show in March, research conducted bythe event's organisershas revealed that the number of potential communication methods available to business users is making it harder for firms to speak with a truly unified voice...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Would you let your employer access your Facebook account?

    There were two interesting Facebook related stories over the weekend. The first involved a Spanish Dominican nun who was asked to leave the order, after 35 years, for supposedly spending too much time on Facebook. The second involved the Maryland ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Cisco, VMware and EMC coalition redesigns channel blueprint

    The Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) company has returned to drawing board to design a reseller friendly go-to-market strategy that also involves distributors. The coalition was formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware in the summer of 2009 to punt ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Storage top Q1 performer for Brocade

    Storage sales continued to account for the bulk of Brocade's business in its recent fiscal Q1, in spite ofits efforts to expand into the networking arena. According to CEO Michael Klayko, steadygrowth in the firm's Ethernetfabric and converged ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Huawei's network 'gift' is a poisoned chalice

    So, China is giving us the 'generous' gift of irritating loudmouths jabbering away on their mobile phones on the tube. That's if comms firm Huawei gets its way. The operation, to bring mobile network coverage to the London Underground, is being ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    ComputerLinks adds storage to its cloud services line-up

    ComputerLinks has added a storage service to its Alvea could platform offering for resellers building on the security and backup features it already provides in the hosted environment. Ever since the distributor launched the Alvea platform last year...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    RES Software appoints Arrow ECS

    Desktop virtualisation specialist RES Software has appointed Arrow ECS as its second distributor in the UK with a brief to grow the number of resellers that handle its products. The vendor works with Arrow in the US and made the decision to add it ...  Continue Reading

  • February 21, 2011 21 Feb'11

    Pregnancy and work

    The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published a leafletsummarising the rights and mutual obligations of pregnant employees and their employers in relation to babies which are due on or after 3 April 2011. Remember that to make ...  Continue Reading

  • February 19, 2011 19 Feb'11

    Content is king? Not with this mumbling monarch.

    In the first of a regular series of guest columns, digital media guru Elle O'Elle of Zeitgeist 2.0 gives her lowdown on Colin Firth's stuttering performance in The King's Speech Is it me or is the King's Speech massively over-rated? The story ...  Continue Reading

  • February 19, 2011 19 Feb'11

    Libya: Internet was "probably switched off by The Great Satan" claims spokesman

    We thought the explanation for Egypt's Internet shutdown was creative. "A cleaner must have switched it off". It's back on again in Egypt now, according to Arbor Networks. But, as rumours emerge that Tripoli will erupt, and ...  Continue Reading

  • February 18, 2011 18 Feb'11

    NetApp array shortages predicted to continue

    Components shortages will continue to disrupt supply of NetApp's revamped lines of storage arrays for at least the rest of this quarter, according to CEO Thomas Georgens. High demand for the FAS3200 caught NetApp unawares in fiscal Q3 as it failed ...  Continue Reading