Cloud Platforms

  • July 06, 2012 06 Jul'12

    Citrix joins Cloud Industry Forum

    Citrix has signed up to the Cloud Industry Forum, joining the likes of Microsoft and VMware.

  • July 04, 2012 04 Jul'12

    Arrow ECS takes wraps off ArrowSphere

    Distributor becomes the latest to unveil cloud strategy with an aggregation and brokerage platform ArrowSphere launching to UK resellers from next week and then across Europe

  • July 04, 2012 04 Jul'12

    Cloud spending set to rise as users seek savings

    TechTarget research into customer buying intentions reveals that almost three quarters of customers are planning to roll out a cloud investment in the next two years seeking efficiency gains and cost savings

  • July 03, 2012 03 Jul'12

    Cloud key to unlocking SME growth

    With SME growth in the UK threatening to stall technology in the shape of the cloud could be the answer to increasing the pace of recovery

  • July 03, 2012 03 Jul'12

    Embotics V-Commander VARs in services push

    Virtualisation and automated cloud management specialist Embotics has rolled out a new programme to help its partner community build a services business around its flagship V-Commander product.

  • July 02, 2012 02 Jul'12

    Avnet polishes off Magirus

    Five years after it bought its enterprise IT distribution business, Avnet has returned to the table to acquire the remainder of datacentre solutions distributor Magirus.

  • June 29, 2012 29 Jun'12

    The cloud pitch should be slow and steady

    Resellers selling cloud services should not rush customers and should consider starting with a service like backup as a springboard to further applications

  • June 27, 2012 27 Jun'12

    Private cloud spending set for impressive growth

    IDC has released figures showing that private cloud technology will grow at an annual compound growth rate of 23% across Western Europe in the next four years

  • June 26, 2012 26 Jun'12

    Comstor plants flag in Cisco, NetApp FlexPod environment

    Cisco-specialist Comstor has revealed it is to sell Cisco and NetApp's FlexPod datacentre architecture in EMEA after being handed distribution rights to the converged networking, server and storage solution.

  • June 26, 2012 26 Jun'12

    Resellers to give Daisy partner programme the once-over

    Daisy Group partners have been invited to kick the tyres of the firm's indirect partner programme at its 'Evolve' relaunch event to be held this week in the Midlands.

  • June 26, 2012 26 Jun'12

    Cisco and Citrix partners to get joint programme

    Cisco and Citrix have lifted the lid on a new channel venture designed to address demand for reseller skills around enterprise mobility and desktop virtualisation services.

  • June 22, 2012 22 Jun'12

    Microsoft rolls out small business competency

    Microsoft has added a small business competency to encourage partners to sell cloud services and applications to small businesses.

  • June 21, 2012 21 Jun'12

    Magirus gets prescription for new VSPEX

    Magirus is to offer EMC's midmarket-focused VSPEX cloud infrastructure product alongside its own SME vBundle offering after extending its partnership with the firm, and will be launching two new channel-enablement programmes to help boost sales of ...

  • June 19, 2012 19 Jun'12

    Oracle software sales rise and cloud shows growth

    Oracle releases fourth quarter numbers early to show the business is growing in the software and cloud areas

  • June 19, 2012 19 Jun'12

    Alvea adds DNS functionality to cloud portfolio

    The Alvea cloud platform continues to expand its services for resellers with a DNS managed service being added to the list of functions it can provide the channel.

  • June 19, 2012 19 Jun'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 15 June 2012

    The most read stories on from the last seven days.

  • June 13, 2012 13 Jun'12

    Daisy launches CloudSelect offering at Cloud World Forum

    Daisy Group has become the latest services player to plunge headlong into the increasingly crowded pool of cloud providers, launching its CloudSelect offering at the fourth annual Cloud Computing World Forum in London.

  • June 12, 2012 12 Jun'12

    Caretower picks Rise for cloud services transition

    Security VAR Care tower has signed up cloud infrastructure services provider and FastHosts sub Rise to build it a hosted services platform as it evolves into a true managed services provider.

  • June 12, 2012 12 Jun'12

    Fujitsu hires cloud channel boss for midmarket push

    Fujitsu has lit the blue touch paper under its channel cloud proposition, announcing a specific cloud accreditation for midmarket and vertically-focused partners, and appointing former Intact Software UK channel boss Paul Dobbs as its new Global ...

  • June 11, 2012 11 Jun'12

    CIF calls for best practice amid growing din of cloud pitches

    The popularity of the cloud is attracting plenty of fresh entrants to the market but leaving customers struggling to find clarity in the din of pitches being sounded out by suppliers.

  • June 11, 2012 11 Jun'12

    New appointment to oversee Six Degrees acquisitions

    Six Degrees has appointed former Packet Exchange COO Mike Ing to the newly-created role of group business operations director with a brief to oversee the integration of its recent acquisitions, among other things.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    PEER1 gets NetBenefit

    Web-hosting specialist PEER 1 Hosting, has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares in the capital of Net Benefit (UK) Limited, for £25m in cash, writes Linda Endersby.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    Column: Honestly, you treat this cloud like a hotel!

    Having been wrongly convicted as a spammer, I'm a bit nervous about the whole issue of automated business. (My email IP address is still on Trend Micro's blacklist, but service provider Strato says it's not their fault.

  • June 01, 2012 01 Jun'12

    Nutanix commences Euro channel blitz with SDG signing

    'SAN-free' datacentre specialist Nutanix has fetched up on European shores, announcing its first UK partners in the shape of distie SDG and solutions provider Kelway, as well as appointing former EMC andVMware operatives Alan Campbell as EMEA sales ...

  • May 31, 2012 31 May'12

    Ellison will take to Twitter to reveal cloud suite

    Oracle watchers will have to start following Larry Ellison's twitter stream to get an insight into what direction the vendor is going in as the CEO of the software giant plans to use his account to reveal its cloud strategy.

  • May 30, 2012 30 May'12

    ThinkGrid launches 'commitment-free' silver option

    ThinkGrid is widening its channel programme introducing more support for those resellers that are struggling to find the resources to get themselves trained to sell cloud technology.

  • May 29, 2012 29 May'12

    Flexibility the motivation for SME cloud adoption

    Cloud computing with its promises of greater flexibility and cost savings is becoming increasingly attractive to SMEs with a significant number planning to start using the technology in the near future.

  • May 28, 2012 28 May'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 May 2012

    Dell confirms UK jobs on the line Dell has said that it will look to make a series of limited job cuts in the UK as it bids to operate "as effectively as possible".

  • May 25, 2012 25 May'12

    Column: Your forecast is cloud, with massive outbreaks of crime

    The crime scene is the fastest growing sector of IT and it's never been easier to start a spamming service. Better still, nobody does anything about it.

  • May 23, 2012 23 May'12

    SAP bolsters cloud capabilities with Ariba acquisition

    SAP has moved to bolster its cloud credentials with the purchase of Ariba for £2.73bn in a deal that has been seen as an attempt to improve its position in the market by buying talent with knowledge of the hosted world.

  • May 22, 2012 22 May'12

    Intrinsic appoints new CEO as market heads for the cloud

    Insider Jarvis has been appointed CEO at networking reseller Intrinsic Technology as its market shifts to the cloud offering new opportunities for growth, writes Linda Endersby.

  • May 22, 2012 22 May'12

    Partners top the agenda on day one of EMC World 2012

    Following last month's launch of its midmarket cloud infrastructure product VSPEX, EMC used the first day of its EMC World 2012 conference in Las Vegas to launch two new cloud practices within its Velocity Solution Provider Programme, and unveil a ...

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    Cloud Distribution hires northern sales boss

    Cloud Distribution has appointed Tracey Hannan from telecom company KCOM to head up its sales operations in the North, writes Linda Endersby. Tracey will draw on her 15 years' experience in the industry to help lead, drive and manage sales as Cloud ...

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    CIF to promote Code of Practice at World Forum

    The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is to put the case forward for a Code of Practice at this year's Cloud Computing World Forum The Forum feels that providers need to be clear in their cloud offerings to build trust with customers, who in turn need to ...

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    Six Degrees to beef up network with latest acquisition

    A week after buying two cloud hosting firms, acquisitive managed services provider Six Degrees has splashed out on datacentre interconnection specialist Data hop to lay key foundation for its network growth plans.

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 May 2012

    Kelway Service Works cloud platform gets market debut Kelway has been showing off its new vCloud-powered cloud services platform, Service Works, which it hopes will cut through some of the fear and doubt surrounding the cloud.

  • May 18, 2012 18 May'12

    More clarity needed around G-Cloud, urges VMware

    Cloud services providers need to do a lot more to address concerns of lack of clarity and poor communication surrounding the government's G-Cloud initiative, if a new survey of public sector buyers by VMware is to be believed.

  • May 15, 2012 15 May'12

    Xsigo Connections Partner programme launched

    Xsigo Systems has announced a new partner programme to recognise and support its growing network of global resellers as a companion initiative to its recent global expansion, writes Linda Endersby.

  • May 15, 2012 15 May'12

    Six Degrees throws down gauntlet to cloud rivals

    Cloud services provider Six Degrees has set its sights onaggressive growth over the course of the year and said its ambition is to be"talked about in the same breath as the Rackspaces and Iomarts of this world by year end," according to ...

  • May 15, 2012 15 May'12

    Column: In the kingdom of the blind, the one API man is king

    Is data the IT infrastructure's version of flab? Are great useless 'big' data files, a sort of information cholesterol, clogging the arteries of the network and blocking up the I/O interfaces?

  • May 14, 2012 14 May'12

    Kelway ServiceWorks cloud platform gets market debut

    Solutions and services specialist Kelway has been showing off its new vCloud-powered cloud services platform, ServiceWorks, which it hopes will cut through some of the fear and doubt surrounding the cloud to give customers a more insightful and ...

  • May 14, 2012 14 May'12

    Cloud Risk Forum launches new framework

    The Marsh-led group, the Cloud Risk Forum say that adoption of cloud computing could be hampered by organisations failing to understand the associated risks, writes Linda Endersby.

  • May 11, 2012 11 May'12

    HP and Avnet team up to ease cloud deployment process

    HP and Avnet have given partners a sneak peek at a server, software and services bundle called Cloud-in-a-Box, a new solution designed to ease the software development and testing process for end-users.

  • May 09, 2012 09 May'12

    VMware pushes partners towards new SME business

    VMware's new UK channel boss Ed Dolman has called for partners of the virtualisation vendor to ramp up their focus on the SME market, vowing to provide increased support levels and offering up to 10% additional rebate on sales into net new customers.

  • May 09, 2012 09 May'12

    Cloud Distribution to expand Vyatta UK presence

    Cloud Distribution has announced a new partnership with Vyatta, vendor of software-based networking for virtual and cloud environments.

  • May 08, 2012 08 May'12

    In-depth: Dress servers up for sales success

    To succeed in an evolving server market, resellers must package up hardware and services to sell a complete solution.

  • May 04, 2012 04 May'12

    In-depth: What does the server market hold in store for 2012?

    2011 was a brisk year for server revenues, but the floods in Thailand and other issues brought final quarter figures down - so what lies in store for the market this year, asks Billy MacInnes The global server market looks like a pretty good place ...

  • May 03, 2012 03 May'12

    CA partners reveal cloud has reached the masses

    Spending on cloud computing has risen for the fourth year in a row according to CA Technologies resellers as more customers start to embrace hosted technology.

  • May 02, 2012 02 May'12

    Manufacturing sector starts to head into the cloud

    The manufacturing sector across Western Europe is opening up to the cloud with initial doubts about using hosted technology appearing to dissipate.

  • May 01, 2012 01 May'12

    Cloud purchase pays off for ShoreTel, but net profit still elusive

    ShoreTel's 1 February acquisition of cloud communications vendor M5 Networks looks to be paying off, the firm has revealed.

  • April 27, 2012 27 Apr'12

    NetSuite revenue climbs but losses stay static

    NetSuite saw revenues rise but it failed to trim its losses with the numbers for its first quarter mirroring what happened at this point last year.

  • April 26, 2012 26 Apr'12

    Cloud and mobility demand drive Citrix revenues

    Demand for cloud, mobility and desktop virtualisation products and services helped drive revenue at Citrix putting the BYOD champion in a position to talk about growth.

  • April 25, 2012 25 Apr'12

    Cloud business delivering stellar growth for SAP

    Some in the channel continue to believe that cloud is hype but those working at SAP can thank demand for services in that area for boosting the bottom line.

  • April 23, 2012 23 Apr'12

    Magirus ramps up cloud support for resellers

    Magirus has become the latest distributor to take the wraps off a cloud support programme to help resellers make the transition to selling hosted technology.

  • April 23, 2012 23 Apr'12

    Adobe launches Creative Cloud to widen reach

    Adobe could widen its market share in the creative market after launching a cloud based subscription service to use its software that retails for in excess of £1,000.

  • April 20, 2012 20 Apr'12

    OpenStack not yet a mature competitor, says VMware CEO

    VMware CEO Paul Maritz has dismissed Rackspace's OpenStack cloud computing project as "relatively immature" and not yet a competitive threat to the vSphere environment, saying that VMware's greater, nearer-term challenge will come from Microsoft.

  • April 20, 2012 20 Apr'12

    C2000 outlines cloud programme to resellers

    Computer 2000 has set out to get more resellers involved with the cloud after establishing a programme to help arm partners with the skills and knowledge needed to sell hosted solutions.

  • April 19, 2012 19 Apr'12

    Redstone to save a further £900k in cost-trimming exercise

    Cloud and network integrator Redstone has said it will look to make further cost savings of around £900,000 per annum in response to unpredictable economic conditions.

  • April 18, 2012 18 Apr'12

    DeutscheBank cloud expert to join Intergence

    Intergence, the Cambridge based IT optimisation consultancy has appointed ex Deutsche Bank cloud specialist Alistair McLaurin as a principal consultant, writes Linda Endersby.

  • April 13, 2012 13 Apr'12

    Cloud network services key to new Cisco SME offerings

    Cisco has expanded its cloud-based partner managed services offering, OnPlus, adding support for wireless network management tools, as part of a major refresh of its SME network solutions offering.

  • April 12, 2012 12 Apr'12

    EMC charts course for midmarket with Vspex

    EMC has set a course for the midmarket after unveiling a cloud infrastructure range that is designed specifically for customers that might have shied away from its enterprise offering.

  • April 02, 2012 02 Apr'12

    CA signs up Ingram to carry hybrid cloud backup product

    Ingram Micro has added to its cloud services portfolio after being signed as the exclusive partner for CA's hosted data protection and disaster recovery service.

  • March 30, 2012 30 Mar'12

    Dell takes wraps off Cloud specialisation

    Dell has taken the wraps off a cloud specialisation for channel partners bringing it into line with its main rivals, which have already taken similar steps.

  • March 29, 2012 29 Mar'12

    No cloud slowdown seen by Microsoft

    Just a day after Citrix shared channel research indicating that a transition to the cloud was years away a contradictory picture of the market has been revealed by Microsoft.

  • March 28, 2012 28 Mar'12

    Cloud transition coming more slowly than expected

    A lack of skills is one of the reasons why cloud projects are being held up and the move to a hosted delivery of services and applications is taking much longer than many expected.

  • March 23, 2012 23 Mar'12

    Dell drops open source clouds into UK channel

    Dell has announced its open source cloud solution is to be made available through hosting providers and cloud resellers in the UK.

  • March 19, 2012 19 Mar'12

    Security remains major cloud barrier

    Security continues to be the biggest hurdle preventing users from adopting cloud technology with worries about data remaining the top of the worry list.

  • March 08, 2012 08 Mar'12

    Changing consumer priorities to shape PC market through 2013

    The next two years will bring fundamental changes to the underlying dynamics of the PC industry as buyers look to get more out of their purchases, according to Gartner. The analyst firm today released statistics suggesting that worldwide PC ...

  • March 01, 2012 01 Mar'12

    Rise indicates growing interest from resellers in the cloud

    Resellers are moving to embrace the cloud if the experiences of Rise are a barometer of channel interest in selling hosted applications and services.

  • February 27, 2012 27 Feb'12

    ComputerLinks bolsters cloud portfolio with Aerohive signing

    Computerlinks continues to strengthen its cloud services portfolio after signing up with branch-on-demand specialist Aerohive.

  • February 27, 2012 27 Feb'12

    VMware throws weight behind Cloud Industry Forum

    Cloud sector heavyweight VMware has given its backing to the Cloud Industry Forum, becoming the latest provider to join the industry body. It adds its market clout, with over 300,000 customers and 25,000 resellers, to a list of names that already ...

  • February 24, 2012 24 Feb'12

    Rackspace bemoans cloud talent shortage

    Hosted services provider Rackspace is to embark on a new recruitment drive and is in talks with a number of universities to establish cloud computing as an element of the IT curriculum.

  • February 22, 2012 22 Feb'12

    UK ranks seventh on cloud ready chart

    The growth of government backed cloud schemes, such as the one unveiled at the start of this week, could run into trouble because of differing data regulations.

  • February 21, 2012 21 Feb'12

    Cloud spending polarising between will and will nots

    The cloud market appears to be polarising with those that have not made or planned for an investment in the technology likely to sit out the shift towards flexible delivery of data and applications.

  • February 20, 2012 20 Feb'12

    Channel players named to G-Cloud supplier framework

    A host of industry players learned at the weekend that they have been selected to provide cloud services to the public sector under Westminster's long-awaited G-Cloud framework. Among the companies that have been successful are some big channel ...

  • February 20, 2012 20 Feb'12

    Mid-market the cloud sweetspot

    The mid-market is the sweet spot for resellers pitching the cloud as smaller and larger firms both take their time adopting the technology.

  • February 17, 2012 17 Feb'12

    Government to name G-Cloud suppliers

    The government is to name the suppliers awarded a place on its G-Cloud framework on Sunday 19 February, with the associated CloudStore catalogue of services to go live in the next week. The £60m G-Cloud framework comprises includes ...

  • February 15, 2012 15 Feb'12

    Atos launches Canopy and gets strategic over cloud with EMC

    Atos has stepped up its cloud commitment unveiling a separate company Canopy to serve that market as well as sealing a strategic alliance with EMC and VMware.

  • February 14, 2012 14 Feb'12

    Cloud superiority on HP agenda at Las Vegas VAR show

    HP is to help its partners grab a chunk of the cloud market, announcing the upcoming launch of its HP PartnerONE cloud specialisation and collaboration programme, and the extension of ServiceONE offerings to help VARs improve their sales reach and ...

  • February 08, 2012 08 Feb'12

    Desktop management vendors poised to challenge PC market

    Desktop management and VDI strategies are proving a hot topic for the industry in the opening months of the year, with multiple solutions jostling for position as the migration to Windows 7 gathers pace and the PC market flounders.

  • February 07, 2012 07 Feb'12

    VMware vCloud partners get new deployment tools

    VMware's vCloud certified partners are to get access to a new integration tool - vCloud Integration Manager - designed to help them automate delivery and operation of vCloud Director-based environments.

  • February 07, 2012 07 Feb'12

    F-Secure launches Content Anywhere cloud service

    Security specialist F-Secure has taken the wraps off its content cloud strategy talking up the opportunities it offers partners that act as hosted service operators.

  • February 06, 2012 06 Feb'12

    InTechnology disputes Gartner datacentre advice

    Hosted services provider InTechnology has disputed claims made by Gartner last year that it is cheaper for end-users to build their own datacentres rather than outsource them.

  • February 03, 2012 03 Feb'12

    Ingram pledges to keep cloud momentum going

    Just days before it holds cloud education seminars for resellers Ingram Micro has vowed to keep putting muscle behind its efforts to educate partners about the hosted world.

  • February 03, 2012 03 Feb'12

    NetSuite posts best ever sales quarter, next target profitability

    NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson has taken a confident line after the cloud-based financial software and ERP specialist posted net losses of $6.4m (£4m) and $32m for both the fourth quarter and full-year.

  • February 02, 2012 02 Feb'12

    Rise takes cloud message to the US

    Cloud services specialist Rise has pitched up in the US looking to help managed service providers on that side of the pond and aiming to widen its market reach.

  • February 01, 2012 01 Feb'12

    Charting the Channel Transformation Alliance

    Distribution started to define its role in the cloud last year with some key developments. Microscope covered these stories as they broke.

  • February 01, 2012 01 Feb'12

    PaaS market set to take off as enterprise interest grows

    Resellers able to offer platform as a service (PaaS) advice to customers look well placed to take advantage of growth in that market over the next couple of years.

  • January 26, 2012 26 Jan'12

    ThinkGrid seals cloud relationship with Ingram Micro

    Cloud specialist ThinkGrid has sealed a deal with Ingram Micro enabling the distributor to offer its platform and hosted services to resellers as both look to widen and strengthen their reach and support in the channel.

  • January 24, 2012 24 Jan'12

    Embotics picks Magirus for EMEA cloud credentials

    Virtualisation and private cloud vendor Embotics has taken its first steps into the world of European distribution and teamed up with Magirus after deciding that the distributor's virtualised datacentre expertise was a good fit for its own ...

  • January 23, 2012 23 Jan'12

    Legal side of cloud gets Forum's attention

    The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has set up a separate sub group to concentrate on the growing number of legal issues surrounding the delivery of hosted applications and services.

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    InTechnology green datacentre opens in Berkshire

    Cloud services provider, InTechnology has opened its new energy-efficient data centre in Reading in a bid to beef up its hosting provision outside the M25, writes Linda Endersby.

  • January 11, 2012 11 Jan'12

    Dell cloud badge may lack partner revenue target

    Dell has revealed more details of its upcoming cloud partner certification, hinting that it may not attach reseller revenue requirements to the badge.

  • January 10, 2012 10 Jan'12

    ComputerLinks reveals reseller drive towards the cloud

    Resellers are moving to the cloud and showing that the customer base is far wider than just the SME heartlands with public sector and finance verticals both proving to be good hunting grounds for dealers.

  • January 09, 2012 09 Jan'12

    HP looking for partners to get Agile in the cloud

    Hewlett-Packard is expecting resellers will take advantage of its moves into the cloud by either signing up to deliver their own infrastructure services in conjunction with the vendor or by partnering with another dealer in the ecosystem.

  • January 06, 2012 06 Jan'12

    Research: Users set to expand virtualisation investments

    Virtualisation has been a hot technology for the last few years and it continues to provide opportunities for resellers.