Enterprise Hardware

  • January 31, 2012 31 Jan'12

    Thai floods hurt Toshiba and influence sober outlook

    Toshiba has become the latest vendor to reveal that the flooding of manufacturing plants in Thailand have impacted results after it reported third quarter numbers and gave a sober forecast of the next trading period.

  • January 31, 2012 31 Jan'12

    iPad lifts Apple to PC client pinnacle, says Canalys

    Apple has soared past HP to become worldwide client PC vendor leader for the final quarter of 2011, according to the latest sector figures from Canalys.

  • January 31, 2012 31 Jan'12

    Browett quits Dixons for bite of the Apple

    John Browett has this morning announced he is to step down from his role as CEO of Dixons Retail to take up the position of senior vice president of retail at Apple from 20 April.

  • January 30, 2012 30 Jan'12

    Slow European demand for printers hits Canon

    Poor economic conditions in Europe and the US were blamed by Canon for a slide in demand for some of its printer products and following its financial results the vendor has shaken up its boardroom.

  • January 30, 2012 30 Jan'12

    Softcat gets education server, storage contract

    Softcat has been named among a select group of service providers to provide server and data storage equipment to further education institutions by the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC).

  • January 30, 2012 30 Jan'12

    End-users at odds with channel over BYOD pitch

    Two pieces of research from managed services providers Avanade and Damovo have suggested that certain aspects of the BYOD pitch may be considered largely irrelevant by end-users.

  • January 27, 2012 27 Jan'12

    Redstone cuts ribbon on new demo datacentre

    Resurgent network integrator Redstone has lifted the veil on a new datacentre at Vtesse Cirrus' Hertfordshire facility to support its drive into the cloud and improve the quality of service it offers to end users.

  • January 27, 2012 27 Jan'12

    Changes to WEEE would save industry millions

    The channel and vendors could save millions of pounds if the electrical recycling laws were changed to improve the collection and charging procedures.

  • January 27, 2012 27 Jan'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 January 2012

    Getronics sold off in KPN shake-up Systems integrator Getronics International has been sold by its Dutch owners, KPN, as the telco retrenches in its domestic market.

  • January 26, 2012 26 Jan'12

    Logitech warns weak demand and Euro woes will hit numbers

    Eurozone problems and weak demand are hitting Logitech in the pocket with the peripherals specialist warning that its full year numbers will have to be revised downwards again.

  • January 26, 2012 26 Jan'12

    HP extends pay for rewards as tough times continue

    Hewlett-Packard has vowed to continue offering financial support for resellers in the face of an ongoing touch economy extending its pay for rewards scheme into the second quarter.

  • January 25, 2012 25 Jan'12

    Strong iPad and iPhone sales lift Apple to record numbers

    Strong sales of iPads and iPhones helped deliver the numbers for Apple as the vendor unveiled its highest quarterly revenue in its history.

  • January 25, 2012 25 Jan'12

    Acer to beef up commercial business strategy

    Computing hardware specialist Acer is to roll out a new partner programme in the next few months with the express intent of beefing up its commercial business and targeting more enterprise customers.

  • January 24, 2012 24 Jan'12

    Acer claims channel inventory down to a month

    Acer claims to have put the inventory issues that plagued it during 2011 well and truly in the past, with the firm's new UK managing director Neil Marshall saying that it now held just a month's stock.

  • January 23, 2012 23 Jan'12

    Resellers get fresh route to users with

    Resellers and vendors will have a chance to put their services and products in a virtual shop window with a website that is designed to provide users with a search engine for IT that feels like well-known online insurance services.

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    Internet traffic key to glowing Intel future

    Industry heavyweight Intel has filed its yearend figures, with full-year sales of $54bn (£34.8bn) and fourth quarter revenue of $13.9bn. Post tax profit at the firm was up by 13% to $3.4bn.

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    IBM charts steady course in 2011

    IBM has reported steady fourth quarter numbers today, with net profit for the three months to 31 December 2011 was up 4% to $5.5bn (£3.5bn) year-on-year, while total sales for the quarter increased 2% to $29.5bn.

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    Sirs leaves RM MD post after three months

    Rob Sirs, group managing director of education IT specialist RM has stepped down for personal reasons after just three months in the role. Sirs stepped into the post in October after former boss Terry Sweeney handed in his resignation in the wake of...

  • January 20, 2012 20 Jan'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 January 2012

    Channel boss in Mail on Sunday sting Transputec boss Rickie Sehgal spoke of his embarrassment after falling victim to a Mail on Sunday sting in which an undercover reporter posed as a businessman seeking access to senior Conservative party ...

  • January 19, 2012 19 Jan'12

    Customer indecision spells failure for IT projects

    IT projects are continuing to fail in large numbers because the customer changes the brief after the work starts leaving resellers and consultants scrambling to meet changing requirements.

  • January 19, 2012 19 Jan'12

    Kodak files for bankruptcy and plans restructure

    Eastman Kodak, the firm is associated with cameras and printers, has filed for bankruptcy revealing the extent to which its financial difficulties have forced it to the step of entering into Chapter 11.

  • January 19, 2012 19 Jan'12

    Comet's woes deepen as Kesa heads for the exit

    With the final disposal of the struggling Comet retail chain now less than a month away, owner Kesa Electricals has admitted that given the chain's Christmas performance it is now likely that the net debt in the business will exceed the agreed net ...

  • January 18, 2012 18 Jan'12

    Context sees slight rise in Q4 UK PC shipments

    The European figures look as grim as ever, but even though the PC market took its now customary tumble in the last quarter of 2011, new distribution figures from analyst firm Context have revealed that the UK actually saw a slight uptick, growing ...

  • January 18, 2012 18 Jan'12

    Dixons' Christmas not complete disaster

    Despite presiding over yet another drop in both underlying and like-for-like sales during the 12 weeks to 7 January, Dixons Retail chief John Browett has been given a resounding thumbs up by shareholders.

  • January 13, 2012 13 Jan'12

    Insight gets Brother education gig

    Print specialist Brother has selected Insight as a commodity print partner to sell and support its products in the further and higher education market under the National Educational Printer Agreement (NEPA).

  • January 13, 2012 13 Jan'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 13 January 2012

    BT Engage IT adds Palo Alto to portfolio BT Engage IT sealed a partnership with firewall specialist Palo Alto to provide security options alongside its network and data packages.

  • January 12, 2012 12 Jan'12

    Schools braced for cuts and pupils face frustration

    The extent of the cutbacks in schools has been laid bare by research from Stone indicating that 83% expect shavings off the IT budget and a significant number believe this will impact the learning capabilities of children.

  • January 12, 2012 12 Jan'12

    Low consumer demand hits PC shipments

    Global PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter with mature markets continuing to show weakness and an inability to shake off the effects of the ongoing mixed economic conditions in both Europe and the US.

  • January 11, 2012 11 Jan'12

    Big Blue encourages resellers to get social

    IBM is providing more support to resellers looking to take advantage of social media platforms as interest in those communication platforms continues to grow.

  • January 11, 2012 11 Jan'12

    Stone offers schools Rent-a-PC scheme

    Education supplier Stone has announced a PC rental scheme aimed at schools struggling with budgets but facing the need to invest in the latest technology.

  • January 10, 2012 10 Jan'12

    Emulex shrugs off impact of Thai floods

    Emulex CEO Jim McCluney has shrugged off the impact of the Thai flood disaster on the firm's supply chain and moved to reassure partners and customers that everything is ticking over as it should be.

  • January 10, 2012 10 Jan'12

    Apple shows faith in Cook with multi-million stock award

    Stepping into Steve Jobs' shoes to become CEO of Apple is never going to be an easy task but Tim Cook might feel more confident with the board showing faith awarding him a one-time stock award worth millions.

  • January 09, 2012 09 Jan'12

    VIP Computers unveils ambitions in retail market

    Components and peripherals distributor VIP Computers has unveiled intentions to go after the retail market appointing a head of a team dedicated to gaining share in that space. The distributor has recruited former channel manager at Acer Alicia ...

  • January 09, 2012 09 Jan'12

    Lanci in Lenovo love-in

    A worldwide reorganisation at Chinese PC vendor Lenovo will see Gianfranco Lanci, former CEO at Acer, crossing the straits of Taiwan to become head of Lenovo's newly-created EMEA operation.

  • January 06, 2012 06 Jan'12

    Bourguet gets PSG UK channel nod

    HP PSG consumer sales team lead Pascal Bourguet is set to become UK PSG channel sales director after an extensive search for Trevor Evans' replacement.

  • January 06, 2012 06 Jan'12

    Tablets grow but netbooks wane over festive period

    This winter was seen by many as a success for tablets and the latest numbers of sales coming through distribution show that sales of the popular products swelled PC unit sales by 6% in the run up to Christmas.

  • January 06, 2012 06 Jan'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 6 January 2012

    Microsoft starts legal proceedings against counterfeiting Comet Earlier in the week Microsoft started legal proceedings against retail giant Comet, accusing the chain store of bootlegging over 94,000 copies of Windows Vista and XP.

  • January 05, 2012 05 Jan'12

    Thai floods and weak economy hit IT spending forecasts

    The ongoing impact of the Thailand floods, coupled with faltering economic conditions across Europe have been highlighted as two of the reasons Gartner has downgraded its forecasts for worldwide IT spending this year.

  • January 04, 2012 04 Jan'12

    Gartner paints bleak picture for prospects in finance sector

    Those resellers selling into the banking sector could find their customers not only spending less but potentially disappearing altogether if gloomy analyst predictions are on the money.

  • January 03, 2012 03 Jan'12

    Hurd back in spotlight after Fisher letter emerges

    The reasons Mark Hurd was ousted from his position as CEO of Hewlett-Packard back in the summer of 2012 became a bit clearer over the New Year break with a letter that contained some serious allegations of misconduct becoming public.

  • January 03, 2012 03 Jan'12

    Apple's designer Ive awarded knighthood

    The New Year's Honour list had a touch of technology about it with Apple's senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive being awarded a knighthood.

  • December 23, 2011 23 Dec'11

    News review of the year Q4

    Cisco was slamming its rival HP as the fallout from its CEO changes continued, the Thailand floods caused havoc in the hard disk drive market and December started with some distribution veterans returning to the fold and getting promoted.

  • December 22, 2011 22 Dec'11

    News review of the year Q3

    A quarter including the cloud, the BSA cracking down on licensed software and some sobering thoughts about the state of the economy from some of the major players in distribution.

  • December 21, 2011 21 Dec'11

    News review of the year Q2

    The second quarter saw the consequences of the Japanese quake continue to impact the industry and MicroScope get new owners. Elsewhere in the channel there were signs that the public sector cuts were starting to bite.

  • December 20, 2011 20 Dec'11

    News review of the year Q1

    What will people say when they look back over 2011? It's been a tough year economically as the world continues to try to recover from the global crisis of 2008 triggered by the banks.

  • December 16, 2011 16 Dec'11

    Fall-out from Thai floods set to run into first quarter

    As manufacturer inventories run dry and prices start to climb further the impact of the Thailand floods on the hard disc drive market is likely to make it a difficult period from the start of next year.

  • December 16, 2011 16 Dec'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 December 2011

    Unlicensed software costs grandstand seating firm £11K A grandstand seating company has been forced to settle and shell out£11,000 after being caught using unlicensed software by the Business Software Alliance.

  • December 12, 2011 12 Dec'11

    HDD shortages hit Intel forecasts

    Intel has cut its Q4 forecasts because of the ongoing shortages of hard disc drives (HDD) caused by the Thai floods warning investors it will miss the numbers it had previously been aiming for.

  • December 09, 2011 09 Dec'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 09 December 2011

    It could have been very easy this week to forget that there was a world outside of Brussels as Europe's leaders converged on the City to try and save the Euro.

  • December 08, 2011 08 Dec'11

    Klein returns to distie channel in Maverick role

    Former Ingram Micro, Steljes and Computer 2000 boss Julian Klein is returning to the channel after a lengthy absence to take up the post of European development director at Tech Data-owned audio-visual distie Maverick.

  • December 07, 2011 07 Dec'11

    Ad hoc IT deployment holding back SME growth

    The ad hoc deployment of technology is coming back to haunt customers that now find the challenge of integrating IT systems is the biggest barrier to growth.

  • December 06, 2011 06 Dec'11

    Fujitsu TS ploughs more cash into channel

    Fujitsu TS boss Michael Keegan has pledged to ramp up the firm's investment in its Channel Acceleration Programme in the coming months, to capitalise on a solid sales performance in recent months, and some lingering uncertainty over the future of ...

  • December 06, 2011 06 Dec'11

    Target fills gap left by Business Link shutdown

    Target Components is to set up its own reseller business advisory practice to fill the gap left by the government's closure of the regional Business Link service, which was axed as part of the public sector spending cuts.

  • December 05, 2011 05 Dec'11

    Fire kindled under Apple

    Barely a fortnight since it was launched, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet looks to be proving a viable contender to the iron grip of sector big boy Apple, according to number-crunchers at IHS iSuppli.

  • December 05, 2011 05 Dec'11

    Cost of Thailand floods runs into the millions for WD

    The financial impact of the Thailand floods on Western Digital have run into the millions for its last financial quarter. WD was one of the hardest hit by the floods which swamped factories and component manufacturing facilities and it expects ...

  • December 02, 2011 02 Dec'11

    Questions raised over Comet deal

    The Comet sell-off looks like it could be running into trouble with private equity group lined up to take on the struggling retailer having problems of its pawn raising the capital needed to seal the deal.

  • December 02, 2011 02 Dec'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 02 December 2011

    A week when cloud predictions again came to the fore and thanks to the Chancellor George Osborne and his Autumn Statement thoughts also turned to the state of the economy.

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    MicroScope's review of the month: November 2011

    The channel news agenda in November was dominated by a few key trends, with the Thai floods, tumult in the retail sector and the ever-present threat of channel-related crime all grabbing the attention of visitors to

  • November 30, 2011 30 Nov'11

    Monitor firm Eizo leaves Avnet to go it alone

    Specialist-monitor vendor Eizo is to call time on a 20-year relationship with Avnet in the New Year to set up its own distribution operation, and is on the hunt for new partners to expand its channel proposition.

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Public sector urged to change attitude to IT to deliver change

    Talk of capping salaries and keeping an eye on public sector costs in the Autumn Statement have provoked calls from the channel for more use of technology to save money and smaller suppliers to deliver efficiencies.

  • November 29, 2011 29 Nov'11

    Server sales down slightly across EMEA

    Sales of servers in EMEA underwent a slight downturn during the third quarter, according to the latest market figures from Gartner, but the 0.5% dip was easily absorbed by stronger worldwide growth of 5.2%.B Western Europe was the worst performing ...

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Major names back changes to computer education

    Microsoft and Google are two of the big names that have joined the call to improve the teaching of computer skills in schools to try and increase the number of children that can write code.

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Tough economic conditions hit Phoenix bottom line

    The tough economic climate and longer sale cycles have taken their toll on the bottom line at Phoenix IT Group with its half year results showing a drop in revenue and pre-tax profits.

  • November 25, 2011 25 Nov'11

    Apple facing increased tablet competition

    The customer hunger for tablets continues to grow but market leader Apple faces more challenges to its tablet crown in the fourth quarter with rivals, including the latest entrant Amazon, looking to take a larger slice of a growing market.

  • November 25, 2011 25 Nov'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 25 November 2011

    A week when Hewlett-Packard had its first post-Leo results, Dixons was also busy filing its numbers and the question of how to sell cloud in distribution was exercising some debate in the channel.

  • November 24, 2011 24 Nov'11

    Iomart buy-and-build bandwagon heads to Scotland

    Hosting and cloud services provider iomart Group has forked out £2.48m to acquire fellow Glasgow-based infrastructure provider EQSN, and signalled its ambition to continue growing through acquisitions that "add depth and value" to its ...

  • November 24, 2011 24 Nov'11

    Caution remains as Dixons losses deepen

    The retail sector has taken a hammering in recent months with Best Buy opting to close its stores, Kesa selling Comet for £2 and Dixons seeing its losses year-on-year continue to mount.

  • November 24, 2011 24 Nov'11

    WD given EU green light to buy Hitachi HDD business

    Western Digital has been given the green light by the European Commission to complete its purchase of Hitachi's hard disk drive business.

  • November 23, 2011 23 Nov'11

    HP server business cleans up after Thai floods, says Whitman

    Increasingly constrained supplies of hard disk drives as a result of the Thai flooding disaster heading into 2012 will play into HP's hands, according to CEO Meg Whitman.

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    Government claims SME supplier success

    The government has claimed that the volume of IT contracts being won by SME suppliers has seen a dramatic increase during the course of 2011.

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    BYOD may not yet be priority issue for UK CIOs

    A new report on business transformation from managed services provider Calyx has revealed that collaboration and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) business strategies have not yet gained anything like the traction that has been touted.

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    Apotheker hangover persists as HP profit plunges

    HP may have acted quickly to dispense with the services of CEO Leo Apotheker following a series of blunders over its PC business, but it is still suffering the effects of having indulged his strategic whims as fourth quarter GAAP net profit plunged ...

  • November 22, 2011 22 Nov'11

    Channel can step in to ease mainframe brain drain

    Resellers with mainframe skills should find themselves in increasing demand as the in-house resources customers lean up start to come under pressure.

  • November 21, 2011 21 Nov'11

    Pockets of opportunity deliver for Tech Data

    Tech Data has warned its next fiscal quarter is going to provide flat to low digit growth causing it to concentrate its firepower on pockets of activity where it can gain sales.

  • November 18, 2011 18 Nov'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 18 November 2011

    ASDA challenges rivals with aggressive laptop pricing Asda has raised the stakes in the run-up to Christmas by cutting the price of some of the laptops it stocks to levels well below its rivals.

  • November 17, 2011 17 Nov'11

    Semiconductor ASPs drop as suppliers adjust to weak economy

    As predicted earlier in the year, semiconductor vendors have begun to take action to bring production back into line with weak economic sentiment, at the cost of their own sales.

  • November 16, 2011 16 Nov'11

    Apple signals digital media ambitions with Disney boss board appointment

    Those wondering where post Steve Jobs Apple might be heading might get some idea from some board appointments the vendor has made which indicate digital media is where things are going.

  • November 16, 2011 16 Nov'11

    HDD shortages hit Dell outlook

    The impact of the Thailand floods on the supplies of hard disc drives is going to cause problems for Dell, which warned that it is going to continue feeling the consequences of shortages.

  • November 15, 2011 15 Nov'11

    Fujitsu TS adds security to public sector tablet package

    Fujitsu TS is continuing its apparent mission to defy the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend after signing a new alliance with security firm is Becrypt.

  • November 14, 2011 14 Nov'11

    Kyocera Mita approved as higher education print supplier

    Kyocera Mita has been approved as a supplier of printers, software and managed services by the National Educational Printer Agreement (NEPA) framework giving the vendor the chance to sell to Universities and colleges over the next four years.

  • November 14, 2011 14 Nov'11

    UK PC market fluctuations "bottom out" in Q3, says Gartner

    Although the UKPC market took another predictable battering during Q3, there may be little cause for optimism, according to Gartner, with research director Ranjit Atwal taking a cautiously positive view as the analyst firm released its third quarter...

  • November 11, 2011 11 Nov'11

    Tablets start to deliver significant revenue for distributors

    Tablets are starting to deliver for distribution with the hardware now the third largest revenue earner for that tier of the channel across Europe.

  • November 11, 2011 11 Nov'11

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 11 November

    Another busy week with Kesa selling Comet for £2, John Chambers talking tough at Cisco and more legal costs heading the way of the BSA.

  • November 10, 2011 10 Nov'11

    Asda challenges rivals with aggressive laptop pricing

    Asda has raised the stakes in the run-up to Christmas by cutting the price of some of the laptops it stocks to levels well below its rivals. The supermarket chain has taken Amazon prices as its benchmark and shaved £60 off the price of a ...

  • November 09, 2011 09 Nov'11

    Kesa ends Comet saga selling retail chain for £2

    Comet might be known for its bargains come the Christmas sales but it came up with an offer venture capital found difficult to refuse with its parent selling it for £2.

  • November 07, 2011 07 Nov'11

    VIP picks up CMS Computers to bolster PC assembly position

    PC and components distributor VIP Computers has acquired Liverpool-based computer assembler CMS Computers to grow its share of the UK market as well as extending the support resources it can offer customers.

  • November 07, 2011 07 Nov'11

    Best Buy to kill off UK 'Big Box' stores

    Over 1,000 jobs in the electronics and IT retail sector are under threat after Car phone Warehouse and its US partner Best Buy pulled the plug on their UK retail joint venture, with the shutters coming down for good at its 'big box' retail stores ...

  • November 04, 2011 04 Nov'11

    Seagate warns of several quarters of disruption after floods

    Seagate has updated its channel with the latest situation in Thailand warning of supply issues for several quarters and revealing its intention to make a significant donation to help the organisations trying to help flood victims.

  • November 04, 2011 04 Nov'11

    MicroScope's top stories week ending 4 November

    A week of mega-mergers in the reseller channel, ongoing problems caused by the Thailand floods and a further insight into what it felt like to be a donor for the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

  • November 03, 2011 03 Nov'11

    HDD shortages and price rises to hit distribution

    The fallout from the Thailand floods is going to be price rises and shortages for months to come with the costs passed on through the supply chain by OEMs likely to rise by 5%.

  • November 02, 2011 02 Nov'11

    SMEs warned of dangers of sticking with legacy technology

    Vendors often get carried away with the marketing of the latest greatest product but the reality is that users, particularly SMEs, are still miles behind in the adoption of the latest technology and it threatens to undermine their ability to compete.

  • November 02, 2011 02 Nov'11

    There's still life in the PC according to buoyant Lenovo

    Lenovo has continued to build on a positive last couple of months, where it managed to secure second place in the global PC market, setting out its belief that there is plenty of life left in the market.

  • November 01, 2011 01 Nov'11

    Hard disk market set for slump after Thai flood carnage

    The hard disk drive (HDD) market is on course to suffer its worst downturn since the financial crisis of 2008, with fourth quarter shipments set to drop nearly 28% on a quarterly basis, according to analyst house IHS iSuppli.

  • November 01, 2011 01 Nov'11

    Moulton 'mugged' in Fox scandal

    Channel investor Jon Moulton has spoken out over donations solicited from him by disgraced ex-cabinet minister Liam Fox, saying he was angry that a comparatively small sum of money had been wasted so publicly.

  • November 01, 2011 01 Nov'11

    Kelway signs 10-year datacentre leasing deal

    Services provider Kelway is to extend its hosting capabilities after signing a 10-year Turn-Key Datacentre lease with datacentre provider Digital Realty.

  • November 01, 2011 01 Nov'11

    Widget boss heads to C2000 consumer business

    Widget managing director Jo-Anne Foreman is heading to Computer 2000 as director of its TD Consumer Electronics division after a three year stint at the helm of the consumer distributor.