MicroScope's top stories, week ending 7 January 2011

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the week ending 7 January 2011

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days:

Symantec secures former Morse director Nutt

Channel veteran Mark Nutt has returned to the vendor fold after joining security firm Symantec to drive sales and strategy across the EMEA region.

Nutt joined Morse in 2001 as a divisional head having worked at HP for 13 years. During the subsequent decade he held various directorships, but resigned in late 2010 as Morse was integrated into 2e2.

Dell keeps acquisition spree going with SecureWorks buy

Dell has kicked off the new year by announcing plans to buy SecureWorks. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but the response on the markets seemed favourable with Dell's share price rising in pre-market trading.

The Texas-based PC giant spent $876m buying Compellent Technologies in December and is looking to follow that up with a purchase that will bolster its security credentials.

Cloud tipped as main growth area

Cloud is being tipped as one of the major growth areas this year as vendors try to place their bets of where the growth in the channel will be coming from.

With 2011 likely to remain a tough trading environment the prospects of sales around cloud will be welcomed by resellers looking for a way of driving their businesses forward this year.

Kelway finalises acquisition of ISC Computers

Just before Christmas Kelway finally confirmed the acquisition of ISC Computers in a deal it claimed will push revenues over the £300m barrier and expand the workforce to 700.

The takeover of Cambridgeshire-based ISC - Kelway's fifth acquisition to date - is by far its biggest, adding more than £50m in revenues and 280 employees.

HP grabs five-year BP deal

HP has penned a $400m (£260m) five-year data centre outsourcing contract with BP.

The oil giant started 2010 by dramatically rationalising hardware and software suppliers with Computacenter and Compuware the major beneficiaries, and is ending 2011 by tendering another mega-deal.

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