MicroScope's top stories, week ending 17 February 2012

No relief for hard disk prices in 2012, says IHS In spite of a ramp up of hard disk drive (HDD) production in recent weeks.

No relief for hard disk prices in 2012, says IHS

In spite of a ramp up of hard disk drive (HDD) production in recent weeks, the supply chain will remain constrained and prices will remain high for at least two more quarters, according to market analysts IHS.

HDD producers Western Digital and Toshiba, which were both particularly badly hit by last autumn's floods in Thailand, have boosted production in other countries, analysts said, while other Thailand-based components suppliers have now largely resumed production.

Lexmark embraces print solutions model

Lexmark is ditching its three year old ValuePrint channel programme and replacing it with a solutions-focused set-up dubbed Business Solutions Dealer, which it claims will be have a tighter fit with its "high-value approach".

Security resellers missing low-hanging fruit

Security resellers might be missing the low-hanging fruit around licence renewals because they don't have the necessary tools to keep an eye on customer purchasing cycles, according to SonicWALL.

Dutch distie fetches up in Milton Keynes

Dutch distributor Xeptor has opened its first UK office in Milton Keynes as part of a major international growth drive, saying it had "grown to a point in the UK where the time [was] right to make new investments."

Fujitsu embarks on VDI VAR recruitment drive

Fujitsu is ramping up its exposure to the virtualised desktop (VDI) market and is on the prowl for specialist virtualisation partners to make its dreams come true.

Kemp plans for UK expansion after VC backing

Lenovo sets out channel targets for 2012

Early March tipped as launch date for iPad 3

Logicalis added to Janet cloud and datacentre framework

Croydon council handed £100,000 fine by ICO

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