MicroScope's top stories, week ending 12 October

MicroScope's top stories week ending 12 October

The week just gone was a fairly busy one on the channel calendar with the focus dwelling on Barcelona midweek with the Canalys Channel Forum event and VMworld happening in the Spanish City.

Those events generated a couple of the stories getting the clicks last week but there was also continuing interest in the movers and shakers of the channel with Amanda Jobbins joining Sage and Phoenix's boss David Courtley choosing to exit the business.

AVG rolls out CloudCare to support security MSPs
AVG has taken the wraps off a managed service cloud offering that should provide its reseller partners selling into the small business sector with a method of protecting customers on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The vendor's CloudCare platform has been tested by resellers and managed service providers in the run up to launch and got the thumbs up from those at the coal face and is now being made available to other partners in the UK, Ireland and the US.

Sage hires former Cisco marketing executive Jobbins
Sage has recruited former Cisco marketing officer Amanda Jobbins to take responsibility for the software vendor's global brand.

Jobbins will take up the post on 5 November with a job that involves not just keeping an eye on the brand but also strategic product marketing, pricing strategy, corporate communications and global alliances relationships.

VMworld Europe: Colts adds backup disaster recovery services to vCloud
Cloud and network provider Colt Technology Services has added backup and disaster recovery services to its vCloud services platform in response to channel and customer demand.

CloudSpeaking to MicroScope ahead of the launch at the VMworld Europe 2012 show in Barcelona, Colt European partner director Gary Moore said that the additional services wrap would help Colt’s partners add extra services to their offering.

Wireless a 'recession proof' channel opportunity
Wireless networks will become the primary form of web infrastructure in the next couple of years as bandwidth improves and more workplaces react to the demands of staff for more flexibility.

The growth in wireless technology sales has been described as being 'recession proof' by Tom Wilburn, vice president global mobility sales at Cisco and his views on the current explosion in the market were echoed by Canalys president and CEO Steve Brazier.

Phoenix IT boss Courtley resigns
Phoenix IT Group CEO David Courtley has resigned after just 15 months in charge, the company revealed.

In a brief statement issued to the City the IT services provider confirmed Courtley had left to pursue other business interests. However, it insisted that his departure had nothing to do with the discovery of a £14m black hole in its accounts, which sent Phoenix’s stock into a spiral last month.

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