Enterprise Hardware

  • July 05, 2010 05 Jul'10

    Cisco adds the Cius to list of tablet options

    Cisco is joining the tablet revolution but with a twist as it aims its product squarely at business users rather than the consumer. The vendor will join the ranks of Apple, Dell and HP in the wave of tablet offerings but will pitch its Caius ...

  • July 02, 2010 02 Jul'10

    Dell buys Scalent to bolster enterprise business

    Dell has been busy on the acquisition front again moving into pick up data centre software player Scalent for an undisclosed amount.

  • July 02, 2010 02 Jul'10

    MicroScope top stories, week ending 2 July

    Equanet restructure leads to exit of senior staff. As part of the ongoing transformation programme to align the business more closely to its customers.

  • July 01, 2010 01 Jul'10

    Emerson Electric victorious in Chloride bidding battle

    Emerson appears to have won its two year battle to buy UK UPS vendor Chloride after rival bidder ABB today decided not to up its offer.

  • July 01, 2010 01 Jul'10

    Gartner cuts IT spending forecast after Euro slide

    Gartner has downgraded its forecast for global IT spending due the slide of the Euro against the US dollar and public sector austerity measures.

  • June 29, 2010 29 Jun'10

    IBM veteran Hirst to retire next month

    IBM EMEA chairman Larry Hirst CBE is to stand down next month after more than three decades with the company. In his current role he represented Big Blue to authorities including the European Commission, NAT and EDA covering areas such as business ...

  • June 29, 2010 29 Jun'10

    UK channel recovery driven by notebooks says Context

    Recovery in the UK PC and low-end server markets fell sequentially in May but was up on last year as shipments and revenues generated through distribution saw double digit growth.

  • June 29, 2010 29 Jun'10

    Aging desktops make it time to play the virtualisation card

    Desktop virtualisation is starting to penetrate the corporate market as users are faced with the decision to upgrade their aging estate.

  • June 28, 2010 28 Jun'10

    2e2 consults support staff over Indian outsourcing deal

    2e2 is consulting with staff on its support desk about potentially outsourcing their functions to Indian firm Patni. The process, which according to reports, will impact around 150 jobs in the UK is due to be completed on 25 July, said 2e2 group ...

  • June 25, 2010 25 Jun'10

    Equanet restructure leads to exit of senior staff

    DSGi and Equanet have put a small number of senior staff on notice of redundancy as part of a restructure.

  • June 25, 2010 25 Jun'10

    Oracle profits up 25% as Sun emerges from the gloom

    Sun Microsystems has recorded a profit - albeit an operating profit - during the fourth quarter, its first set of financials recorded under Oracle ownership.

  • June 24, 2010 24 Jun'10

    No turnaround at DSGi Business in fiscal 2010

    DSG International showed real progress in financial results filed this morning but the turnaround in its PC World and B2B reseller division has yet to materialise as sales continued to slide.

  • June 23, 2010 23 Jun'10

    Comet parent swings back into profit

    Kesa Electricals has warned that the market will tighten for the rest of the year despite returning to profit at group level with Darty France and Comet offsetting steep losses in developing operations.

  • June 23, 2010 23 Jun'10

    Clarity on BSF future expected by autumn

    RM is expecting clarity on the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme by the autumn as uncertainty continues to hang over the initiative.

  • June 23, 2010 23 Jun'10

    iPad sales hit 3m in just 80 days

    Things continue to tick along nicely for Apple as the vendor marks hitting the 3m sales mark on the iPad in under three months. The tablet had already shipped a couple of million in its first 60 days but has seen the sales continue to grow on the ...

  • June 21, 2010 21 Jun'10

    2e2 sets out plan to integrate Morse

    2e2 management has hinted that once the major work to integrate Morse is completed in the desired six to nine month timeframe, they will be in an appropriate state to have conversations with potential buyers of the expanded group.

  • June 21, 2010 21 Jun'10

    Viglen sales rise but profits slide

    Viglen's top brass managed to steer the UK system builder to higher sales in fiscal 2009 but were unable to prevent a steep drop in profits. The Hertfordshire-based firm saw sales rise 9.2% to £53.3m for the twelve months to 30 September as ...

  • June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    Public sector gravy train to hit the buffers

    The public sector oiled the wheels of commerce for many resellers during the recession but those that are too reliant on the sector face choppier times ahead, according to analysts Canalys.

  • June 18, 2010 18 Jun'10

    UK channel outshines European rivals

    The UK channel outshone many of its European counterparts in April in spite of the disruptive volcanic ash cloud and the looming prospect of the General Election.

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    Oracle system overhaul causes Sun box pricing calamity

    Oracle's decision to go live with an untested system that calculates Sun hardware freight charges has been criticised by resellers who have complained about discrepancies in shipping costs.

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Morse shares to be suspended as 2e2 deal nears completion

    The trading of Morse shares will be suspended on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) tomorrow as it takes a step closer to finalising its acquisition by 2e2.

  • June 16, 2010 16 Jun'10

    Best Buy boss "neither pleased nor satisifed" by Q1 numbers

    The combination of higher than expected operational costs and inconsistent consumer demand meant Best Buy's fiscal Q1 profits fell short of expectations. The largest retailer in the US pushed up sales 7% to $10.8bn as the bottom line increased ...

  • June 14, 2010 14 Jun'10

    eBuyer investigates staff accused of bagging sales sweeteners

    Three buyers at online reseller eBuyer have been suspended on suspicion of taking backhanders from suppliers. The whistle was blown by a member of staff who discovered that the buyers were receiving fixed payments based on the percentage of orders ...

  • June 14, 2010 14 Jun'10

    Dell creates $100m reserve for SEC charges

    Dell has taken a charge of $100m on its recently filed fiscal Q1 profits to establish a reserve for the potential settlement of a five-year Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Novell, Fujitsu team up for flexible clouds

    Novell and Fujitsu have announced the formation of a new vendor alliance designed to deliver flexible cloud solutions that are scaled to business needs.

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    CEOs don't care about IT, says Forrester

    Of the top 100 CEOs, only a very small number referenced IT in their annual report letters, George Colony, chief executive at Forrester Research, has told Forrester's IT Forum EMEA 2010. He said, "CEOs do not really care about IT. If you ...

  • June 09, 2010 09 Jun'10

    Former HP boss closer to taking major political position

    Those in the channel with political ambitions might fancy copying the example of the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who is closing in on her ambition to join the ranks of US Senators.

  • June 08, 2010 08 Jun'10

    Midwich raises tricolor after closing SIDEV acquisition

    Midwich has made its first acquisition in mainland Europe after buying certain assets and the trade of small, troubled French AV distributor SIDEV.

  • June 07, 2010 07 Jun'10

    Jobs expected to unveil faster iPhone at developer event

    With the campaign to promote the iPad into its first couple of weeks in the UK the focus is set to shift back onto Apple's iPhone as the CEO Steve Jobs unveils its latest product later this evening.

  • June 07, 2010 07 Jun'10

    Kavanagh fires up HP Networking engines

    Following the acquisition and integration of 3Com, specialist data centre integrator and Hewlett-Packard Gold partner Kavanagh is diving headlong into the networking space and taking on the HP Networking portfolio to better provide an end-to-end ...

  • June 04, 2010 04 Jun'10

    IT vendors hit top of supply chain charts

    Technology firms dominate the ranks of those businesses that have developed strong supply chains underlining the strength the channel plays in supporting vendor routes to market.

  • June 04, 2010 04 Jun'10

    Ballmer tells Jobs it's about what comes next

    Microsoft's CEO has hit back at suggestions made by rival Apple boss Steve Jobs that the PC is in terminal decline. Earlier this week Jobs said that the PC was in decline, also an attack on Microsoft which has software on a great deal of them.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    SMC slots Northamber into distie line-up

    LAN hardware and connectivity specialist SMC Networks has added Northamber to its distribution squad in the UK, augmenting the existing front row of Channel Dynamics and Micro-P.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    Context figures confirm Q1 PC market growth

    First quarter PC shipment figures from analyst house Context have served to reinforce the gathering sense of economic recovery, with the UK market performing solidly in the first three months of the year and shipments across EMEA bouncing back to ...

  • June 02, 2010 02 Jun'10

    Server sales start to return to pre-recession levels across EMEA

    The European server market has started to recover from the doldrums of last year delivering double digit growth for the first quarter but still has some way to go on the revenue front to shake off the label of 'remaining weak'.

  • June 02, 2010 02 Jun'10

    Western Digital snatches hard drive crown from Seagate

    Western Digital has leapfrogged its arch rival Seagate for the first time ever to take the top spot in the hard disk drive market, according to number crunchers at iSuppli.

  • June 01, 2010 01 Jun'10

    9,000 out as HP seeks $1bn in savings

    Hewlett-Packard is to cull 9,000 positions within its worldwide Enterprise Services organisation as part of a $1bn (£682m) investment plan.

  • June 01, 2010 01 Jun'10

    HP looks to resellers to grow share of mid-market

    Hewlett-Packard is vowing to open up more of the mid-market customers to the channel as it rolls out products and programmes specifically aimed at that market.

  • June 01, 2010 01 Jun'10

    iPad set to have an impact on the business market

    The potential impact of the iPad and other tablet devices in the enterprise could be significant as employees start to introduce the technology into the workplace.

  • May 27, 2010 27 May'10

    Morse shareholders give 2e2 takeover thumbs up

    Morse shareholders have voted in favour of 2e2's proposed acquisition at a General and Court Meeting held earlier today.

  • May 27, 2010 27 May'10

    SCHd closes Interchange office and relocates staff

    SCH Distribution has insisted that the closure of its Interchange office in Bracknell and the subsequent re-location of 30 staff will not result in redundancies however sales director Amanda Jones has decided to leave.

  • May 27, 2010 27 May'10

    IDC ups UK PC sales forecast after consumer desktop rebound

    IDC has upped its sales forecasts for the UK PC market on the back of better than expected demand for consumer desktops and notebooks. This rather pours cold water on the significance of the corporate client refresh which some manufacturers are ...

  • May 26, 2010 26 May'10

    IBM kicked off the global server summit by HP

    Hewlett-Packard has leapfrogged IBM to take complete control of the global server market after customers delayed buying Big Blue kit in anticipation of forthcoming product updates. In Gartner's final Q1 numbers, HP grew server revenues 15.9% to ...

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Ash cloud hits European PC sales

    The volcanic ash cloud cast a shadow over the European PC market in April but has left pent-up demand which should start to feed through to sales this month.

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    Consumer PC prices bow to currency and component pressures

    Consumer notebook prices are rising this month by as much as 13% as vendors seek to counter the weakness of the pound and rising component costs.

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Dell finally unveils Certified partner marketing plans

    Dell is finally getting round to marketing reseller partners, albeit only those in the top echelon, more than two years after formalising its engagement with the channel.

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    Resellers seek answers over BECTA framework uncertainty

    Resellers are scrambling about for information on the forthcoming ICT Services education framework due to kick off in August, in light of the Government's decision to close procurement organiser BECTA.

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    BECTA hits out at imminent closure

    BECTA has responded aggressively to the government's plans to kill it off as it cuts £2bn in IT, suppliers and property-related spending. This forms part of the £6bn total spending cuts announced this morning by the Coalition government ...

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    BECTA likely to be scrapped as part of government cuts

    The education IT buying organisation BECTA is too likely to be scrapped as part of the government's plans to claw back £6bn from the deficit.

  • May 21, 2010 21 May'10

    HP UK names Hunter as PSG big daddy

    Hewlett-Packard is handing the reins of its PC operation in the UK to the unit's current director of category management Paul Hunter from next month.

  • May 21, 2010 21 May'10

    Dell warns of component tighness as corporate refresh begins

    The industry has finally entered the early stages of the long awaited corporate refresh cycle according to Dell, but it's not just PCs that are being upgraded.

  • May 19, 2010 19 May'10

    Hardware sales drive revenues in Q2 for Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard highlighted the speed with which different parts of the industry are exiting recession delivering Q2 results showing healthy sales in the hardware side of its business but almost flat services revenues.

  • May 17, 2010 17 May'10

    Kyocera channel boss Shepherd to move to Acer

    Kyocera Mita channel boss Alicia Shepherd is to up sticks and join Acer as distribution sales manager from mid-June.

  • May 17, 2010 17 May'10

    RM delivers strong H1 and looks beyond UK for future growth

    Despite the fear of cuts in education budgets RM has reported an increase in half year profits and indicated it expects the market to remain healthy in H2.

  • May 14, 2010 14 May'10

    Sun resellers not told about new rebate structure

    Oracle has left Sun Microsystems' resellers in the dark over what their new rebate structure will look like despite ending the current channel programme this month.

  • May 14, 2010 14 May'10

    Profile: John Coyne, president and CEO of Western Digital

    One of the biggest myths in the IT industry is that the storage marketplace lacks excitement and is a dusty sector concentrating on selling tin that provides ever greater capacities.

  • May 14, 2010 14 May'10

    Product not services hog Q1 limelight at Computacenter

    Computacenter is flirting with the idea that the economic recovery may be more sustained after seeing renewed vigor in its UK product business during Q1 more than compensate for a slower start in its services operation.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    Esteem cuddles up to Oracle with reseller acquisition

    Sun Microsystems partner Esteem Systems is taking the first tentative steps to expand into the Oracle software arena by acquiring small integrator Midas IT Solutions.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    Sales slide continues at DSGi reseller business

    Life's only certainties are death and taxes but it would seem that the perennial sales decline in DSGi's reseller operations should also join that list.

  • May 12, 2010 12 May'10

    Samsung splits with senior UK managers

    Samsung has been hit with a number of senior UK resignations with display boss Dom Webb and mobile phone head Mark Mitchinson leaving the company, along with distribution manager Steve Hope.

  • May 12, 2010 12 May'10

    IT cuts to be deeper under Tory-Lib coalition

    The channel is waiting with bated breath for the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition to outline spending cuts in IT, which are expected to be far greater than under any deal that involved Labour.

  • May 11, 2010 11 May'10

    ASUS sets sales director Brown a golden target

    Netbook pioneer ASUS has handed new UK sales director Phil Brown the task of transforming the operation into a top three player by 2011. As reported by MicroScope, Brown left Samsung in February after leading its meteoric rise in the notebook market...

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    IBM turns its back on PartnerWorld 2010

    Resellers have branded IBM's decision to cancel PartnerWorld for the second consecutive year as a missed trick. The annual event was called off in 2009 due to the economic crisis but with the recession lifting, the way was clear for it to be put ...

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    UK server sales return to double digit growth in Q1

    Server sales in the UK rebounded during the first quarter as big business and Government replacement cycles came online.

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    Hard drive business bounces back after recession

    The hard drive business has exited the recession quickly with demand holding up in both consumer and commercial markets. Speaking at an event in Barcelona the president and CEO of Western Digital John Coyne said that it had seen demand get back to ...

  • May 07, 2010 07 May'10

    Angry Palm shareholders attempt legal action against HP

    A group of disgruntled shareholders has taken legal action in the US in an attempt to block the $1.2bn acquisition of smartphone developer Palm by Hewlett-Packard, claiming the deal as it stands does not value Palm highly enough and stands to ...

  • May 06, 2010 06 May'10

    Adventi Group shuts up shop as tech support arm is sold

    Adventi Group has ceased trading after its administrator PWC offloaded the technical support arm to rival Scottish reseller Castle Computer Services but was unable to find a buyer for the remaining reselling business.

  • May 06, 2010 06 May'10

    Insight boss hails UK role in recovery

    The UK is leading the recovery across EMEA for Insight Enterprises with chief executive Ken Lamneck claiming the market has finally stabilised.

  • May 05, 2010 05 May'10

    Arrow Electronics component arm hits the mark in solid Q1

    Arrow Electronics' component business was the profit and revenue driver in a solid set of first quarter financials but a decline in server sales hindered growth in its infrastructure division. For the period ended 3 April, profits grew 225% to $87m...

  • May 05, 2010 05 May'10

    IBM picks up cloud services expertise

    IBM has extended its cloud services capabilities after picking up Californian cloud integration software and services specialist Cast Iron Systems for an undisclosed sum.

  • May 04, 2010 04 May'10

    Emerson still wants to make Chloride part of its 'cradle to grave' service

    Once bitten, twice shy. Not a bit of it. Not for Emerson Network Power anyway.

  • April 30, 2010 30 Apr'10

    Business sales marching up the hill

    GfK's month-on-month market comparison shows climb out of decline. Carl West explains the figures with most year-on-year sales comparisons not truly indicating a return to the more buoyant levels of 2008, it is useful to see how a month-on-month ...

  • April 30, 2010 30 Apr'10

    Lexmark laser shortages zap SME channel promotions

    Lexmark expects shortages of its laser hardware to continue to prevent it from running SME channel promotions until some point in the second half of the year.

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    HP pledges major investment in Palm

    Hewlett-Packard has pledged to make significant investment in the R&D and sales operation of its latest acquisition, Palm, and hopes to exploit its commercial channel to tout the consumer-oriented Palm portfolio in the business world.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    HP buys Palm for $1.2bn

    Hot on the heels of its acquisition of 3Com, HP has paid $1.2bn or $5.70 per share for struggling smartphone vendor Palm.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Selway Moore went down owing channel millions

    The collapse of Reading-based HP reseller Selway Moore has left a string of creditors with debts of £2.7m in its wake.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    HP distie rebate cuts may lead to server price rise

    Resellers are facing a potential price rise on HP servers and storage from next week as distributors try to claw back some cuts made to back-end margin.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Campbell takes major stake at Kavanagh and seeks better times

    Kavanagh managing director Rob Campbell has taken a controlling stake in the business as he seeks to put the recession behind it and return to profitability.

  • April 26, 2010 26 Apr'10

    2e2 buys Morse

    2e2 has picked up the assets of rival integrator Morse in a deal valued at £69.8m, or 51p per share, as predicted by MicroScope last Friday. Morse's directors unanimously recommended the deal to the firm's shareholders this morning.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Extending the life of IT equipment

    Raising the retirement age of high-tech hardware makes economical and environmental sense, writes Paul Timms, operations director at Maindec.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Carlow steps back from day to day operations at Kelway

    The channel will become a slightly less colourful place after it emerged that former Repton managing director Greg Carlow is stepping back from day-to-day operations at Kelway, although he will continue to act as a consultant.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Watch which way the wind blows

    The channel is hoping the uncertainty generated by the general election will be short-lived and is planning for every eventuality.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Morse and 2e2 expected to tie the knot

    Morse has confirmed it is locked in negotiations with a suitor understood to be 2e2 that could lead to an offer of 51 pence per share being tabled.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    IT Dealer gives resellers stock checking tool with iPhone app

    Resellers are being handed the ability to check stock availability through their iPhones handing them the sort of flexibility that could prove to be vital when closing a deal.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    HP turns Columbo to investigate grey selling resellers

    Hewlett-Packard has confirmed it is investigating several resellers for grey marketing and will take a grim view of anyone found guilty.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Dell says sorry for magma mountain delays

    Dell has apologised for the lead time delays in certain consumer notebook shipments caused by the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Ricoh revises financial year expectations upwards

    Ricoh has revised its financial forecast for its financial year upwards as a result of stronger than expected sales. The printer specialist has added 10m Yen onto its net sales forecast, a 0.5% increase, on the estimates it put out in January.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Sales soar and profits double at Midwich

    Midwich has navigated the worst recession in the history of the IT industry to record top and bottom line growth. But the distributor has sounded a warning about the potential impact of pending public sector spending cuts on the channel this year ...

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Capturing opportunities in education

    Ian Curtis, head of UK and Ireland for interactive learning technology provider Promethean, looks at how resellers can ensure they are best placed to capitalise on demand for educational technology.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Seagate CEO anticipates demand remaining high through 2010

    In a further sign that economic conditions are improving Seagate has indicated that it expects demand to keep close to matching what it can supply throughout the rest of the year.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Channel crosses fingers that volcanic disruptions over

    Distributors will be hoping for a swift return to normality after airports re-opened late last night allowing stranded Brits to return to work and air freighted high ticket items to make it through from the Far East.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Apple blows past quarterly sales records

    Yet again, Apple has powered to another record quarter for sales and profits, posting net profit of $3.07bn (£1.99bn) on sales of $13.49bn during the three months to 27 March. These figures represent year-on-year growth of 89.7% and 48.6% ...

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    UK PC market back in the black but recovery lags Europe

    The UK PC market returned to growth, according to first quarter preliminary results published by IDC today but the recovery continued to lag behind the continent.

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    Tesco steps up fight in electrical retail market

    The imminent opening of US retail giant Best Buy's first retail stores in the UK has sparked a reaction from Tesco.

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    IBM services growth rates down as profits climb

    The services boon that IBM has clung to during the recession looked a little weatherworn in first quarter numbers rolled out last night, as unfavourable currency translations impacted revenue growth rates.

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    MicroScope top stories, week ending 16 April

    SCC wins Sprint ii government framework SCC beat off its rivals to renew a four-year pan-public sector framework agreement with Buying Solutions.

  • April 19, 2010 19 Apr'10

    HMRC disagreement killed off struggling Scotsys

    Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs pulled the plug on Scotsys after disagreeing with a payment plan the reseller put forward to cover tax bills, sources have claimed.

  • April 16, 2010 16 Apr'10

    AMD Q1 sales and profits rise, warns of GPU constraint ahead

    Supply constraints on AMD's 40nm graphics processors will continue this year, the firm has confirmed, though availability will ease.

  • April 16, 2010 16 Apr'10

    How will Avnet integrate Bell Micro?

    Despite being little more than a quarter of the way through the year, it is safe to say that Bell Microproducts has enjoyed an eventful 2010 so far.

  • April 15, 2010 15 Apr'10

    Scotsys calls in the administrators

    Scotsys has become the second Apple reseller to go down in the last month after it called in administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The Lanark shire-based firm, which also resold HP and Microsoft, was founded in 2002 but saw its financial ...