MicroScope's top stories, week ending 4 March 2011

Oracle server sales hammered again in Q4 Oracle took a severe pounding in the server stakes in the last quarter of 2010, with EMEA shipments down 49% and revenues down 42%.

Oracle server sales hammered again in Q4

Oracle took a severe pounding in the server stakes in the last quarter of 2010, with EMEA shipments down 49% and revenues down 42%. However, having lost position to NEC in Q3, the vendor did manage to claw its way back into Gartner's list of top five server vendors.

Oracle made sales of $217m and accounted for 5.1% of the market, putting it in fifth place behind Fujitsu, Dell, IBM and HP. Big Blue and HP made sales of $1.3bn, up 19.2%, and $1.5bn, up 8.5%, respectively.

HP names new EMEA ESSN head

HP has appointed former EMC man Frédéric Dussart to the role of EMEA senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN)

C2000 enters Dragon's Den in bid to acquire Data Select

The word on the street is that Computer 2000 is leading negotiations with mobile phone and airtime distributor Data Select that could lead to an acquisition.

Jobs springs a surprise by turning up at iPad 2 launch

It was no surprise that Apple launched iPad 2 this week but the presence of Steve Jobs to present the product did raise more than a few eyebrows.

Cisco to partners: no competition in the cloud

In a packed opener to its annual Partner Summit, Cisco's bosses have told its partners that it will not compete with them in the cloud as it launched a new cloud partner programme.

Xerox snaps up Canon's largest UK dealer

Hybrid PFR model right for current climate, says HP

Lumison splashes £22m on first acquisition

Shift F7 MD Ognall exits the business

HP overhauls rebate model to lure services partners on board

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