MicroScope's top stories, week ending 28 September 2012

Our regular look back at the most popular news stories from the past seven days on MicroScope.co.uk

Lanway star signing for Burnley FC

Managed services and comms provider Lanway has renewed its support for its local team, Championship side Burnley FC with a new outsourcing deal expected to shave 25% from the club’s costs.

Following a successful three month trial Lanway has now revealed it will be taking on responsibility for managing the Clarets’ entire IT infrastructure, including 24-7 monitoring and hardware provision. It has been providing some services to the club since 2001.

NewsHowever staff will not necessarily be copping any freebies, as the reseller has also committed to providing extra out of hours support on match days, when demand on the club’s ticketing site and wireless network come under extra strain.

Gartner sounds warning over Windows 8

With just weeks to go before one of the biggest software launches of the year Gartner has warned that Windows 8 might not be the solution for a large number of users.

The analyst house has warned that the next instalment of the Windows OS might be a good choice for those users that are looking to adopt tablets widely across the business but could be a risk for everyone else.

The advice from Gartner is for most people to stick with what they currently use before assessing if a move to Windows 8 is going to deliver benefits.

Fujitsu, Arrow ECS to offer virtualised backup bundles

Fujitsu has teamed up with Arrow ECS to launch a line of solutions designed to help resellers address end-user virtualised backup scenarios.

The new Virtual Machine Protection (VMP) appliance is a combination of Fujitsu’s Primergy servers, Eternus storage systems and Symantec’s NetBackup software.

Certero raids SAM rivals for business development talent

Software asset management (SAM) specialist Certero has appointed two new business development directors from rivals Licence Dashboard and LANDesk to manage drive new sales across the UK.

Joining the Warrington-based firm are former Licence Dashboard business development manager Simon Vessey, who will manage its business development campaigns in the north, while former LANDesk account manager Penny Horne will oversee the same process in the south.

Avnet sets up Red Hat support centre

Avnet technology Solutions has taken the wraps off a support centre for Red Hat to try to increase solution sales.

The distributor's centre will provide assistance to Red Hat partners as well as looking to help those IBM, HP and Symantec resellers looking to build an open source solution.

Ingram launches UK Ipanema partnership

Ingram Micro will today use its Cloud and Managed Service Boot Camp in Manchester to unveil a new partnership with application performance solutions developer Ipanema Technologies, which will see it offer the firm’s AppsWork service to the EMEA channel.

Canon increases managed print options with MFD range

Canon has introduced its latest multifunction devices (MFD) with some eMaintenance features that are designed to give resellers more of a chance to provide remote managed print services.

Symantec enhances SME reseller specification

Symantec has made enhancements to its small business reseller specialisation stepping up the support it offers partners that qualify for the programme.

Phoenix calls for closer scrutiny of cloud SLAs

With cloud adoption on the rise the threat of cowboys spoiling the market for those offering solid propositions is a real danger.

Equanet finds BYOD still sparks security fears

Security fears are continuing to hold some firms back from allowing their staff to bring their own devices into the workplace.

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