The components market could face shortages after the worst floods to hit Thailand for decades knocked out facilities producing storage products.
Market watcher iSuppli has downgraded its Q4 production forecast in light of the disaster but the impact on the channel could last well into the first quarter of next year.
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Consolidation and changing market dynamics have shaken up the PC vendor pecking order, with Lenovo overtaking both Acer and Dell to claim the second place spot globally.
Nortel's appeal against a ruling that held it liable for a £2.1bn hole in its UK pension scheme has been thrown out in an apparent victory for thousands of ex-Nortel workers.
Venture capitalist Jon Moulton, who rescued network integrator Calyx last year, distanced himself from the scandal surrounding ousted defence secretary Liam Fox and his associate.
Distribution will continue to play a critical role in a cloud market delivering services and support to resellers on behalf of vendors, according to IBM.