• July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    ANS first off blocks with Cisco cloud badge

    Manchester-based Cisco partner ANS Group has become the first European partner to receive Cisco's cloud infrastructure certification. The competency forms part of Cisco's Cloud Builder and Provider programme, formally announced earlier this year at ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Integralis solves office location pickle with Gherkin

    Security services provider Integralis is hoping swanky new London premises at 30 St Mary Axe - also known as the Gherkin - will up its standing among potential clients aftercutting the ribbon onits new City pad in the RIBA Stirling prize-winning ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Microsoft unveils cloud, virtualisation incentives

    Microsoft is improving the incentives it offers partners to encourage more to sell cloud and virtualistion. Using its worldwide partner conference as the platform to announce the changes the vendor unveiled enhanced incentives for those selling ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Why one News of the World writer is worth a hundred digital marketing creeps

    The death of the News of the World is another nail in the coffin of journalism. Say what you like about tabloid journalists, at least their readers were humans. Not the Google search algorithms that digital marketing creeps are so desperate to cater...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Ineffective Acer loses out in EMEA PC battle

    Acer has dropped down the PC shipment league table in the second quarter with its low price, high volume business model branded "no longer effective" by industry watchers Gartner. So far this year, the troubled vendor has canned its CEO ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Nimans looks for data infrastructure growth

    Nimans is expanding its data infrastructure division and moving to sell AV components for the first time as it looks for fresh areas of growth. The distributor is starting to sell its own infrastructure products, including cat cables, cabinets and ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    Yell launches local emarketplace

    Resellers might well have used the Yellow Pages in the past to advertise their wares to the local business community but under plans unveiled by Yell dealers could be offered more interactive services. Yell has revealed a four year strategic plan ...  Continue Reading

  • July 14, 2011 14 Jul'11

    World Trade Register - is it a con?

    Here's a question for you. What would you do if you received an unsolicited email stating that "in order to have your company inserted into the World Trade Register's 2011/2012 directory, please print, complete and return the enclosed to the ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Micro-P racks up the charity karma

    Directors and employees at DCC-owned distie Micro-P have been taking a break from the cut-throat world of distribution to raise money for children's charities. Besides completing the Three Peaks Challenge and participating in a 50 mile Pennine ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    SAP heads back to court to fight Oracle settlement

    SAP is hoping it can challenge the $1.3bn it was ordered to pay Oracle last year at the end of a case over wrongly downloading files. The two vendors took their dispute over SAP's TomorrowNow subsidiary downloading Oracle files to court which ended...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Unite threatens Fujitsu with strike action

    Unite has again locked horns with services giant Fujitsu balloting its members over strike action following the redundancy of a union rep from the Crewe plant. The ballot of the 800 members at its Manchester site follows the departure of Alan ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Hybrid cloud model set to be the norm

    Microsoft has told partners that a hybrid cloud model, with customers taking a mixture of hosted and on-premise solutions, is going to be a reality for years to come as the market makes its transition to the brave new world. The vendor has been ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    NitroSecurity eyes ArcSight channel with enhanced VAR scheme

    Security and event management (SIEM) specialist NitroSecurity is to target partners disillusioned with last year's acquisition of competitor ArcSight by HP as it unveils a series of partner programme enhancements in EMEA. NitroSecurity was ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Westcon bulks up Euro security practice

    Westcon has said its partners can now better serve multinational businesses after acquiring its first ever presence in Switzerland in the shape of Germany-headquartered security VAD entrada Kommunikations. Entrada distributes kit from Trend Micro, ...  Continue Reading

  • July 13, 2011 13 Jul'11

    Consumer legislation to be reformed - for the better?

    Under proposals set out in a new consultation, Empowering and Protecting Consumers, ministers want to see a simplified system of consumer protection with public funding concentrated on two bodies that consumers already turn to for advice - Trading ...  Continue Reading

  • July 12, 2011 12 Jul'11

    Getting familiar with the H word

    A few years ago the word 'hybrid' always caused anger and grimaces in the channel as distributors took it as a slight on their business portfolio. Back then the H word referred to a distributor that also owned a reseller but these days you are more...  Continue Reading

  • July 12, 2011 12 Jul'11

    Daisy boss Matthew Riley to judge current crop of Apprentice nitwits

    We can now reveal that thereal reason behind Daisy Group's decision to scale back its acquisition strategy has been uncovered; CEO Matthew Riley is looking to a career in showbiz. In fact, Matthew has been tapped by none other than our dear old ...  Continue Reading

  • July 12, 2011 12 Jul'11

    Zycko managing director spearheads MBO

    Networking and comms distributor Zycko has been sold off to a management buyout spearheaded by the group's managing director as the founder of the company Rory Sweet moves on. The deal, which was struck for an undisclosed sum, not only involves the ...  Continue Reading

  • July 12, 2011 12 Jul'11

    Mimecast to offer free Exchange, Office 365 migration services

    Email management specialist Mimecast has used Microsoft's World Partner Conference to announce a free package of Exchange 2010 and Office 365 migration services with the intention of preventing email downtime and data loss during the process. The ...  Continue Reading

  • July 12, 2011 12 Jul'11

    Microsoft calls on channel to carry on with Windows 7 push

    Microsoft has urged resellers to keep the momentum going around Windows 7 pointing out it is the foundation for an upgrade path to future operating systems. The call for further sales of Windows 7 was made by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, who ...  Continue Reading

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