Enterprise Hardware

  • August 16, 2012 16 Aug'12

    Melbourne gives iomart Manchester base

    Cloud hosting specialist iomart Group has acquired Manchester-based hosting firm Melbourne Server Hosting, giving it a physical presence in north-west England for the first time.

  • August 16, 2012 16 Aug'12

    Protect and attack delivers for Lenovo

    Lenovo's strategy of growing market share has delivered to the bottom line in its third fiscal quarter as pre-tax profits and revenue increased.

  • August 15, 2012 15 Aug'12

    Channel portfolio performs for Better Capital

    Investment company Better Capital PCC has said that in spite of economic weakness its IT businesses are making “solid and significant improvements” in profitability and cash generation.

  • August 15, 2012 15 Aug'12

    Apple dominating tablet market

    Apple is dominating the tablet world with a global share that none of its rivals are anywhere close to matching or threatening over the rest of this year

  • August 10, 2012 10 Aug'12

    Dixons polishes off PIXmania

    Dixons Retail has bought out PIXmania founders Steve and Jean-Emile Rosenblum for €10m (£8m) in cash, taking its stake in the online retailer to 99%.

  • August 09, 2012 09 Aug'12

    Education bounces back as higher ed starts spending

    The education sector could once again be fertile ground for resellers as it produced growth for the first time in a couple of years

  • August 09, 2012 09 Aug'12

    Channel faces more PC price cuts this autumn

    Unless confidence in the PC market begins to recover in the next few weeks, the channel will be forced to make significant price cuts.

  • August 09, 2012 09 Aug'12

    Weak Europe hurts Avnet

    Weak economic conditions across EMEA hit Avnet in the second half of the distributor's fiscal year

  • August 08, 2012 08 Aug'12

    Rackspace profits from hosted demand

    Growing demand for hosted cloud services has pushed quarterly revenues at sector bellwether Rackspace up 29% year-on-year to $319m (£203.7m), while net profit of $25m was up 49%.

  • August 08, 2012 08 Aug'12

    Amazon and Apple dominate online searches

    Amazon and Apple dominate the searches made by consumers looking for tech goods to buy according to research from a digital marketing agency

  • August 07, 2012 07 Aug'12

    Best Buy founder bids $9bn for retailer

    The original founder of the US retailer Best Buy has made an unsolicited offer to buy the company

  • August 06, 2012 06 Aug'12

    Sony partners get notebook incentives

    Sony is to offer partners the chance to win one of three office ‘makeover’ packages as part of an incentive to push sales of recently-refreshed VAIO notebook and ultrabook lines.

  • August 06, 2012 06 Aug'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 3 August 2012

    Our regular look back at the biggest stories on from the last seven days.

  • August 03, 2012 03 Aug'12

    Sharp set to swing the axe on 5,000 staff

    Sharp has announced plans to axe staff for the first time in 60 years after announcing major losses for its first quarter

  • August 03, 2012 03 Aug'12

    Microsoft tablet strategy dead on arrival, warns Canalys

    Microsoft has got its tablet strategy badly wrong and must act soon to repair its relationships with the PC vendor community, say Canalys analysts.

  • August 02, 2012 02 Aug'12

    Tin's in at Insight

    Insight’s EMEA business has turned in a massive 31% increase in hardware sales, pushing the unit to Q2 sales of $459.7m, up 14% year-on-year.

  • August 02, 2012 02 Aug'12

    HP celebrates Itanium server victory

    HP could be in line for hefty reparations after a US judge ruled in its favour in its feud with Oracle.

  • August 01, 2012 01 Aug'12

    Outdated views mean opportunities in videoconferencing

    Video conferencing systems used by most firms are out of date and delivering much less quality than more up-to-date technology can offer

  • August 01, 2012 01 Aug'12

    Consumer spending dip hurts Systemax

    Business spending held up but a drop in consumer interest hit Systemax in its second quarter

  • July 31, 2012 31 Jul'12

    Arrow looks to trim $20m as Q2 disappoints

    Arrow Electronics is planning to make cuts as it tries to get the business back on track after a mixed performance in its fiscal second quarter

  • July 31, 2012 31 Jul'12

    Viewsonic brings in ex-Lenovo staffer to head Europe

    Viewsonic has hired a former Lenovo executive to run its European operations and grow its monitor and projector sales

  • July 31, 2012 31 Jul'12

    TDMaverick extends credit on commercial displays

    Audio visual distributor TDMaverick is extending credit terms for resellers that sell commercial displays between now and the end of the year

  • July 30, 2012 30 Jul'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 July 2012

    The stories that got the readers clicking for the last week

  • July 30, 2012 30 Jul'12

    Apple and Samsung take patent fight to California

    The patent dispute between Samsung and Apple will be put before a jury in a Californian court as the two vendor try to resolve the question of copyright infringement

  • July 27, 2012 27 Jul'12

    UK delivers for Ingram Micro

    The UK has been highlighted as only one of two countries in Europe that have managed to deliver double-digit growth for Ingram Micro in the distributor's second quarter

  • July 27, 2012 27 Jul'12

    Smart phones boost profits at Samsung

    Samsung has reported a decent set of numbers for its second quarter thanks to strong sales of its Galaxy smart phone and tablet products

  • July 26, 2012 26 Jul'12

    Promethean boss walks as losses mount

    Promethean's chief executive has decided now is the time to leave as the whiteboard specialist announced a drop in revenues and significant losses for the first half

  • July 25, 2012 25 Jul'12

    Apple quarterly results disappoint Wall Street

    Apple's results showed growth but not quite as much as analysts had been expecting and as a result they are being widely seen as being disappointing

  • July 23, 2012 23 Jul'12

    Weak Eurozone performance hits Xerox

    A weak performance in Europe underlined the second quarter numbers at document and print specialist Xerox

  • July 20, 2012 20 Jul'12

    Tablet adoption set to soar

    Ofcom's insights into the attitudes of the public towards technology have revealed a growing passion for tablets

  • July 20, 2012 20 Jul'12

    Fujitsu boosts channel team with new appointment

    Fujitsu has hired a former HDS executive to develop reseller relationships and help drive its channel growth

  • July 20, 2012 20 Jul'12

    European PC shipments beat expectations in Q2

    The latest PC tracker figures for EMEA from IDC indicate that the market grew faster than forecasts and tablets continue to be products favoured by users

  • July 19, 2012 19 Jul'12

    Imago to launch video-com recruitment agency

    Video conferencing channel specialist Imago has decided to launch its own recruitment agency to find staff with the right skills to drive the sector forward

  • July 17, 2012 17 Jul'12

    Ingram takes on Sony staffer to grow AV business

    Ingram Micro has appointed a Sony executive to head up its audio visual division and grow revenues from that side of the business

  • July 16, 2012 16 Jul'12

    Xerox dealers merge to create managed services giant

    Xerox dealers Xeretec, North East Reprographics and Solution X merge to create group with managed print services focus

  • July 16, 2012 16 Jul'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 July 2012

    The top stories from MicroScope for the week ending 13 July 2012

  • July 12, 2012 12 Jul'12

    Size of Euro PC mountain worries Gartner

    A risk-averse approach to channel PC sales during the second quarter means inventory is stacking up, analysts say.

  • July 12, 2012 12 Jul'12

    Fujitsu doubles channel PC rebates

    Fujitsu is to double the rebates partners are able to claim on its Lifebook notebook and Esprimo desktop lines under its Client Pay4Performance promotion.

  • July 11, 2012 11 Jul'12

    Maverick extends Promethean cash-back offer

    A deal to tempt schools to upgrade their interactive whiteboards from Promethean has been extended until the end of the year

  • July 09, 2012 09 Jul'12

    RM turnaround picking up speed

    Education specialist RM delivers results that indicate getting rid of operations and trimming headcount has stopped the losses

  • July 08, 2012 08 Jul'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 July 2012

    Our weekly round-up of the top 10 most read stories here on

  • July 06, 2012 06 Jul'12

    European PC market continues to struggle

    European PC market continues to struggle as fragile economic conditions take their toll according to the latest market research from Context

  • July 02, 2012 02 Jul'12

    BrightPoint mobility business worth $840m to Ingram Micro

    Ingram Micro has made good on plans to bulk up through acquiring other distribution businesses after forking out $840m (£536m) to buy wireless device solutions and services specialist BrightPoint.

  • 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.

  • July 02, 2012 02 Jul'12

    C2000 keeps focus on public sector

    Computer 2000 continues its push on the public sector arming resellers with tendering skills as it targets the education market

  • July 02, 2012 02 Jul'12

    Avnet makes cuts in the North

    Avnet Technology Solutions is set to close its Leeds office as it consolidates its Northern operations and has announced that Paul Cook is stepping down from his general sales role.

  • June 29, 2012 29 Jun'12

    Chiltern IT appointed by Kyocera

    Spare parts distributor Chiltern IT has been appointed by Kyocera Document Solutions as part of the vendor's efforts to improve the speed printer and MFP parts get to resellers

  • June 29, 2012 29 Jun'12

    RIM battered as BlackBerry strategy crumbles

    Research In Motion's smartphone strategy lies in tatters today after the firm conceded its BlackBerry 10 operating system will be delayed to at least the first quarter of calendar 2013.

  • June 28, 2012 28 Jun'12

    Google takes wraps off Nexus 7 and targets Fire

    Google launches its own tablet Nexus 7 made by Asus which will be priced at a level to compete head on with Amazon's Kindle Fire

  • June 28, 2012 28 Jun'12

    Maude will tell IT suppliers savings have to be permanent

    Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude will tell the top 20 ICT suppliers to the government that costs must continue to be controlled and contracts need to be more flexible.

  • June 27, 2012 27 Jun'12

    Oracle victorious in grey trading legal battle

    The Supreme Court has ruled that Oracle has the right to be first to market Sun server hardware in the European Economic Area before third-party remarketers, overturning a previous judgment in favour of UK-based importer M-Tech.

  • June 27, 2012 27 Jun'12

    Google expected to join the tablet party

    Google is tipped to be launching its own Nexus 7 Android tablet at its developer conference in California

  • 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 25, 2012 25 Jun'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 June 2012

    Our regular look back at the top 10 most read stories on from the past week.

  • June 22, 2012 22 Jun'12

    Businesses struggling to keep up with BYOD trend

    More firms are encountering staff taking advantage of BYOD but not many have formulated a policy or have plans to use budget to help staff buy kit.

  • June 21, 2012 21 Jun'12

    Toshiba talks up longevity in new channel growth push

    Toshiba has revealed it is planning to launch a refreshed reseller programme later in the summer, as it looks to make b2b growth of around 20%, a figure it claims it has already achieved comfortably in the first two months of the current financial ...

  • June 19, 2012 19 Jun'12

    Microsoft enters tablet fray with Surface

    Microsoft is launching its own tablet PC in October called Surface which will use the Windows 8 operating system.

  • 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

    Motorola Solutions devours Psion in £129m deal

    Former personal organiser guru Psion has been swallowed up by Motorola Solutions for £129m, or around 88p per share by way of a recommended cash offer, effectively bringing to an end a 32 year industry pedigree.

  • June 19, 2012 19 Jun'12

    Channel names handed gongs in Queen's list

    Forget Gary Barlow and Kate Winslet, the real stars of the Queen's Birthday Honours were closer to home indicating that if you do good works then there are still rewards there for people connected with the computer and telco industry.

  • June 15, 2012 15 Jun'12

    Old Apple kit still demanding a premium

    Sotheby's auction of a working Apple 1 expected to raise $180,000 in an auction in New York

  • June 14, 2012 14 Jun'12

    Carphone Warehouse plans to broaden tech product range

    Carphone Warehouse has revealed plans to extend its non-cellular product line selling more IT technology to users.

  • June 14, 2012 14 Jun'12

    Dell to channel: resistance is futile

    Michael Dell has said that Dell's portfolio has grown so broad that there is now "not a question" of whether or not resellers are going to have a relationship with it but "a question of when and how".

  • June 12, 2012 12 Jun'12

    Ricoh turns to Midwich to handle projector line

    Ricoh has signed up Midwich on an exclusive basis to carry its projector range, including its latest short throw product.

  • June 11, 2012 11 Jun'12

    Europarts deal to boost EET UK exposure

    Danish components distie EET has acquired French competitor Europarts for an undisclosed sum as it seeks to build out a wider pan-EMEA business outside its Nordic home.

  • June 11, 2012 11 Jun'12

    Fagan rejoins C2000 after being handed Maverick role

    Computer 2000 has recruited an old staffer to head up its audio visual TDMaverick business bringing Simon Fagan back on board. Fagan has been spending the last three-and-a-half years as European general manager for the desktop printing and supplies ...

  • June 08, 2012 08 Jun'12

    IDC sees virtualisation uptake hurting EMEA server sales

    After booking another quarter of sequential declines in the EMEA server market, analyst house IDC is ploughing a similar furrow to its rivals Gartner, saying that there could be more trouble ahead.

  • June 08, 2012 08 Jun'12

    Five minute interview: Saul Matthews, Micron

    MicroScope puts its famed Five Minute Interview questions to Saul Matthews from Micron, which has just signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro. Tell us what you do for a living.

  • June 07, 2012 07 Jun'12

    Ingram gets Crucial and Lexar brands

    Micron's Crucial and Lexar memory and storage brands are being added to Ingram Micro's line-up in a bid to increase the firm's exposure to the UK channel.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    Dell ups Premier Partner sales targets

    Dell Premier Partners will be expected to do $1.5m (£967,964) worth of business with the vendor if they want to remain at the highest PartnerDirect level beyond 31 January 2013.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 1 June 2012

    Restructuring costs wipe out Phoenix profits Full year pre-tax profit at IT services provider Phoenix IT Group has plunged 85% after the firm booked non-recurring costs of £14.9m relating to its ongoing re-organisation programme and £...

  • May 31, 2012 31 May'12

    Hard times ahead for EMEA server vendors, says Gartner

    The signs of recovery seen in the EMEA server market two years ago seem to have largely dissipated, according to Gartner's latest market stats.

  • May 30, 2012 30 May'12

    RIM boss talks of further strategic review as revenue drops

    Blackberry maker RIM has kicked off a comprehensive review of its partnerships and joint ventures as it looks to claw back its position in the smart phone market.

  • May 30, 2012 30 May'12

    Lenovo vows to put $1bn of new business in EMEA channel

    Lenovo EMEA products and channels vice president Vincent Fauquenot has been banging the drum on behalf of the PC hardware vendor's reseller base.

  • May 30, 2012 30 May'12

    Medion could have bright future in UK, says Lenovo

    One year on from its acquisition of German national PC champion Medion, expansive Lenovo has suggested that the brand - which it bought with the express intention of bulking up its consumer-facing business as it seeks to become the largest global PC...

  • May 29, 2012 29 May'12

    Casio hires former Maverick staffer to drive channel sales

    Casio has appointed a former Maverick staffer Oli Davies to drive its channel sales of its projectors across Southern England.

  • 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

    BYOD kills off Cisco Cius enterprise tablet

    Cisco has quietly discontinued development of its Cius enterprise tablet offering, announcing on its website that it would "no longer invest in the Cisco Cius tablet form factor" or make any further enhancements to the endpoint device.

  • May 25, 2012 25 May'12

    UPS the remedy as South East suffers high rates of blackouts

    Resellers pitching uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) should find a receptive customer base in the South East as the area suffers more blackouts than anywhere else in the UK.

  • May 24, 2012 24 May'12

    HP slashes staff, restructures as profits plunge 31%

    HP has announced plans to ditch 27,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce, and will embark on a radical restructuring programme in a bid to cut costs of between $3bn to $3.5bn (£1.9bn to £2.2bn) over the next two years.

  • May 23, 2012 23 May'12

    Lenovo growth outpaces PC market again

    Lenovo has proven once again that it seems to have hit on a secret formula for growing PC sales, after powering to record full-year numbers and booking quarterly sales growth of 54%, making it the fastest growing 'top four' PC vendor for the 10th ...

  • May 23, 2012 23 May'12

    Michael Dell pins Windows 8 hopes on consumer upgrades

    Michael Dell has spoken of his hopes for the upcoming launch of Microsoft Windows 8, saying that although enterprise buyers were still in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 and would tend to hold off, there were early signs of a massive refresh ...

  • May 22, 2012 22 May'12

    Maverick signs Barco deal, welcomes back old colleague

    Audio-visual solutions distie Maverick has signed a European distribution agreement with Barco, designer of visualisation solutions and developer of Click Share the ‘one-click' presentation and collaboration solution, writes Linda Endersby.

  • May 18, 2012 18 May'12

    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". The PC builder claimed this ongoing quest for operational efficiency required it to "rationalise resources and ...

  • May 18, 2012 18 May'12

    HP on verge of massive job cuts, say reports

    Between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs could be on the line at HP, according to reports, as the IT giant preps deep cuts that expected to be made public in its earnings statement next week.

  • May 17, 2012 17 May'12

    Trams signs up to Windows interoperability body

    Apple partner Trams has signed up to become a UK member of the Enterprise Device Alliance, a US-based body that represents companies committed to deploying, integrating and managing Apple hardware in Microsoft Windows environments.

  • May 16, 2012 16 May'12

    Datatec despairs of UK economy

    Datatec, the South Africa-based group behind Westcon and logically, has reported a solid end to its fiscal 2012 which closed on 29 February, but once again has bemoaned a challenging economic environment in the UK, revealing that the bulk of its ...

  • May 14, 2012 14 May'12

    Column: Innovation can be a tall order for a PC vendor

    There was an interesting (if throwaway) comment by Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal last week when he was reflecting on how the PC industry would fare in 2012, writes Billy MacInnes.

  • May 14, 2012 14 May'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 11 May 2012

    Cisco bosses round on Huawei Cisco's top brass have again shown they have Huawei on their minds, talking extensively about the competition and in particular their response to the growth of their Chinese rival on a conference call marking the end of ...

  • May 10, 2012 10 May'12

    Becalmed PC market awaits wind of Windows 8, says Gartner

    A sense of calm seems to have descended on the embattled PC market in western Europe, according to Gartner's latest market stats, as buyers take a "wait and see" approach to their purchasing patterns ahead of the arrival of Windows 8-based PCs and ...

  • May 09, 2012 09 May'12

    In-depth: Many servers need better balancing

    Leigh Bradford looks at why the growth in the server market is fuelling the drive for load balancing among small and medium-sized enterprises - and why this is good news for those operating in the channel.

  • May 08, 2012 08 May'12

    Network specialist NHR calls for new approach to end-of-life kit

    Network maintenance and refurbished Cisco kit specialist Network Hardware Resale (NHR) has called for the channel to consider new approaches to dealing with end-of-life and pre-owned kit.

  • 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 08, 2012 08 May'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 4 May 2012

    Microsoft volume licensing changes will cause price hikes Microsoft has revealed the impact of the changes its volume licensing programme will have on prices, with UK partners facing the prospect of double-digit rises.