MicroScope top stories, week ending 13 December 2013

Last week saw more evidence of tough times in the server market and, ambitions by Trustmarque and Outsourcery to grow

Last week saw more evidence of tough times in the server market, ambitions by Trustmarque and Outsourcery to grow and a warning from HMRC that those that defraud the tax man will be chased down even after the prison gates have closed behind them.

EMEA server market continues to decline in Q3
The server market continues to decline across EMEA with price remaining an issue for both customers and vendors as buyers look for deals and manufacturers try to compete with each other. The latest EMEA Server Tracker figures from IDC covering the third quarter showed a market worth $2.8bn, down by 3% year-on-year, with shipments of 535,767 units representing a 4.9% decline.

Backup Technologies offers lifeline to Symantec Backup Exec.cloud channel
Backup and disaster recovery services provider Backup Technologies (BTL) – which was acquired by cloud firm iomart earlier this year – has come to the aid of Symantec partners and customers affected by the closure of its Backup Exec.cloud service. Symantec binned the service at the end of November 2013, admitting that Backup Exec.cloud had not been designed to handle features such as synch and share, or mobile access, which the SME customers to whom the service was offered were increasingly demanding.

Trustmarque bolsters Scottish presence with Opin buy
Trustmarque Solutions has strengthened its position North of the border after acquiring Glasgow-based IT consultancy and services Opin Systems in a share purchase deal. The deal adds more Scottish feet on the ground for Trustmarque, which already has an office in Edinburgh, as well as sites in York and London, and got the support of Dunedin, which had backed the £43m MBO back in June.

HMRC orders computer chip fraudster to pay £3.3m
One of the leaders of a gang of fraudsters that used computer chips as part of one of the most complex missing trader scams that HM Revenue and Customs has ever seen has been landed with a bill for £3.3m. Peter Pomfrett is already more than half way through an eight year jail term that was handed out in 2008, but has now been told to pay up the millions that he owed as part of a £37.5m scam in a year, or face another seven years inside.

Outsourcery bags £4.2m to support public sector ambitions
Cloud infrastructure and UC provider Outsourcery has reinforced its public sector commitment after a new placement of 3.75 million Ordinary Shares raised £4.2m before expenses. The channel player plans to use its new wad of cash to fund the deployment of a CESG IL3-compliant platform, based on its own O-Cloud infrastructure, to help it access new opportunities in public sector deployments.

Read more on Finance and Credit