Enterprise Hardware

  • 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 ...

  • April 15, 2010 15 Apr'10

    Asian PC vendors up pressure on US rivals as global sales soar

    Global sales of PCs bounced back in the first quarter but it was vendors from the Far East that took most advantage of the growth conditions.

  • April 14, 2010 14 Apr'10

    HP appoints new managing directors in all regions

    Hewlett-Packard has shuffled its enterprise exec team and replaced the managing directors for its EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific/Japan operations. Software and solutions head honcho Thomas Hogan has been bumped up to executive VP of sales, ...

  • April 14, 2010 14 Apr'10

    Promethean creates new role for industry veteran Wynn

    Interactive learning technology provider Promethean has tapped industry veteran Jim Wynn to join its senior exec team as Chief Education Officer.

  • April 14, 2010 14 Apr'10

    Intel sales and profits up in Q1, talks up industry recovery

    Intel has claimed that the industry is on the mend and the corporate market is again showing signs of life after posting an improved set of financials.

  • April 14, 2010 14 Apr'10

    Lenovo postpones debut of Skylight smartbook

    Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook until July to ensure the Linux-based device operates smoothly and has online content available.

  • April 12, 2010 12 Apr'10

    Gateway signs first reseller contracts

    A channel is not built overnight but Gateway has still taken longer than expected to get its house in order and sign up the first tranche of reseller partners.

  • April 12, 2010 12 Apr'10

    HP grabs VP to boost managed print services sales

    Hewlett-Packard has moved to shore up its enterprise printing and services business across EMEA by recruiting veteran Marko Tarkiainen.

  • April 12, 2010 12 Apr'10

    HP completes 3Com acquisition

    Hewlett-Packard completed its acquisition of 3Com on Monday for $7.90 per share in cash, valuing the network infrastructure vendor at $2.7bn (£1.75bn).

  • April 12, 2010 12 Apr'10

    Consumer PC sales to power 2010 IT spend

    Computing hardware will see a strong rebound this year as global IT spending rises 5.3%, with consumer spend on mobile PC devices a strong factor, said Gartner analysts today.

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    SCC wins Sprint ii Gov framework

    SCC has beaten off rivals to renew a four year pan-public sector framework agreement with Buying Solutions. Previously HMRC were the contracting authority for Sprint ii but it has been passed across to Buying Solutions, the public sector's largest ...

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    HP set to build EPOS range and specialist channel

    HP will build its desktop portfolio as part of an assault on the Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) retail market and is profiling the channel for specialists. According to Paul Hunter, channel sales director for HP's personal systems group - who ...

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    Buoyant first quarter builds channel optimism

    Opinion is divided over whether or not the recession is over, but the outlook for 2010 is positive overall, writes Steve Moyes.

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    Managing assets in a virtual world

    IT managers need complete visibility of physical and virtual assets for control over costs and licensing, writes Matt Fisher, director of FrontRange Solutions With organisations increasingly investing in virtualisation, asset management is no ...

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    HP UK PSG boss quits after four months in charge

    Hewlett-Packard is again on the hunt for someone to lead its PC business in the UK after it emerged current incumbent Gordon Ballantyne has quit to join Australian Telco Telstra.

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    Leading light in MicroScope formation passes away

    Guy Kewney, one of the key figures involved with establishing MicroScope magazine, and a major figure in the technology journalism world has sadly passed away.

  • April 07, 2010 07 Apr'10

    Wi-fi problems highlighted after iPad launch

    With the iPad launch in the UK just weeks away the arrival of the product in the US has been undermined by technical problems with Wi-Fi signals. There is a mounting consensus among those that spend their time watching.

  • April 01, 2010 01 Apr'10

    Comtek gets Labour MP backing for scrapping VAT on IT repair

    IT repair specialist Comtek is leading the campaign to get the government to scrap VAT on fixing technology products and has unveiled backing from a Labour MP for its efforts.

  • April 01, 2010 01 Apr'10

    Marketing can be child's play says Laptops Direct

    Laptops Direct has hit upon a creative way to cut labour costs during the recession and market its products more effectively by employing babies to create a family atmosphere and boost sales in its retail outlets.

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Laptops Direct takes grave approach to sponsorship

    Huddersfield-based etailer Laptops Direct has pounced upon a dead canny marketing scheme to build traction with UK customers in these uncertain economic times by offering to sponsor funerals that use its logo.

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Sweating assets threatens to leave SMEs at risk of data loss

    The prospect of SMEs sweating assets to save money could expose them to potential data problems if they cut back on supporting legacy systems.

  • March 31, 2010 31 Mar'10

    Stone Group pips Viglen to University of Nottingham deal

    UK system builder Stone Group is gunning for Viglen in the higher education arena after unseating its rival from the University of Nottingham (UoN) to pen a four year deal to supply hardware and services worth £13m.

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Gateway takes on AMD Opteron to boost drive for server share

    From a standstill position Gateway wants to snatch 4% of the server market by the end of this year and has enlisted AMD to help.

  • March 29, 2010 29 Mar'10

    Capita acquires Ramesys for £15m

    Capita Group has acquired educational specialist Ramesys in a £15m cash purchase sealing a deal first mooted at the start of the month.

  • March 26, 2010 26 Mar'10

    Square Group acquires Computer Warehouse brand

    Apple dealer Square Group has acquired the brand name and certain other assets from Computer Warehouse (CW).

  • March 26, 2010 26 Mar'10

    Micro P set to widen PC bundles beyond Home Access scheme

    Micro P has defended its sales accreditation on the Home Access (HA) initiative by saying that it wants to open up the programme to hundreds of reseller partners and target schools outside of the scheme with its own mobile PC bundle.

  • March 26, 2010 26 Mar'10

    HP IPG boss vows to end laser printer drought

    The UK head of HP's printer division expects the LaserJet drought to be all-but-over by the summer, almost a year after it first emerged. At the same time, the printer linchpin is working on a blueprint to improve forecasting so that it does not ...

  • March 25, 2010 25 Mar'10

    Financial crisis hits HPC shipments

    The extent of the collapse in High Performance Computing has been laid bare after IDC numbers revealed global shipments fell 40% last year as revenues slid 11.6% to $8.6bn. Systems worth more than $500,000 grew 25% to $3.4bn while the top bracket ...

  • March 25, 2010 25 Mar'10

    Reduced IT spending in schools would undermine pupils

    The IT investment in schools needs to be maintained and increased if the next generation of school children are not to suffer. That warning was given by those at the frontline of teaching and rolling out IT in schools in a survey carried out by Net ...

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    Apple dealer Academia buys into commercial audio video space

    Academia is looking to use the acquisition of Computer Warehouse's professional audio and video units to extend beyond its education heartland into commercial markets.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    HP LaserJet shortages continue to plague market

    Hewlett-Packard's channel partners have crossed their fingers that biting laser MFP, printers and supplies shortages may ease in the next couple of months.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    IDC forecasts server market to limp along in 2010

    Server shipments in the UK are forecast to grow marginally in 2010 with the General Election a destabilising factor for an economy that is out of intensive care but has yet to fully recover.

  • March 24, 2010 24 Mar'10

    HP workers at the DWP to strike for four days

    HP workers at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the MoD and General Motors will be on strike for four more days in two 48 hour stoppages.

  • March 23, 2010 23 Mar'10

    Dell appoints Bell Microproducts to sell laptops and netbooks

    In a surprise development, Bell Microproducts has joined forces with Dell in Latin America to distribute its mobile PCs to retailers and SMEs.

  • March 23, 2010 23 Mar'10

    Canalys warns traditional server players of cloud threat

    The boss of channel analyst Canalys has warned that cloud based services supported by huge data centres will negatively impact the dynamics of the server market.

  • March 23, 2010 23 Mar'10

    Computer Warehouse broken up by liquidators

    The insolvency practitioner (IP) that was appointed yesterday to liquidate Apple reseller Computer Warehouse has confirmed that education supplier Academia has bought its professional audio and visual unit.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    Direct PC sales continue to drop in UK market

    Analyst numbers have shown that once again the general sales trend in the UK PC market has shifted in favour of the channel. According to IDC, 18% of all PC shipments in 2009 were direct, down from 24% a year earlier.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    Kelway names new interim sales director

    Kelway has named Nigel Webb as interim group sales director but plans to appoint him full time, presumably if he meets the management's expectations.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    Arrow ECS walks away from unprofitable reseller accounts

    Arrow ECS is walking away from some low margin, high credit risk business and altering service levels to plough more resources into a smaller number of resellers that commit to a higher share of wallet.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    DSGi to ramp up UK megastore deployment

    DSG International has updated the market on the ongoing restructuring of its troubled UK business and thrown down the gauntlet to the nascent Best Buy Carphone Warehouse JV by committing to open 25 large-format megastores by Christmas 2010.

  • March 19, 2010 19 Mar'10

    Promethean outlines post listing potential in letter to resellers

    Interactive whiteboard specialist (IWB) Promethean has written to its channel partners following its flotation announcement to outline what the move will mean for the business.

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    Selway Moore creditors likely to be out of pocket

    The prospects for trade creditors of defunct reseller Selway Moore to recover their money looks limited as the available assets for sale appear meagre. The Reading-based HP Gold partner went into administration on 10 March with BDO LLP handing the ...

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    OGC ramps up public sector IT auctions

    The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is promoting even wider adoption of online auctions in the public sector to drive commodity hardware prices closer to the bone.

  • March 16, 2010 16 Mar'10

    Dell sues five LCD vendors for alleged price fixing

    Dell is suing five Far Eastern LCD panel makers for allegedly colluding to set prices at an artificially high level. The PC giant has filed a law suit with the district court in San Francisco against Japanese brands Sharp, Hitachi, Toshiba, Seiko ...

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    Selway Moore calls in the administrator

    Selway Moore has become the first major reseller casualty of 2010 after cash flow issues left management with no option but to shut up shop. The Reading-based HP Gold partner has called in administrator BDO LLP and the remaining staff have been made...

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    HP tries to reach out to smaller resellers

    Hewlett-Packard has admitted its new channel structure may not suit smaller resellers and it is looking for a solution to make itself easier to deal with.

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    Gartner says 60% of virtualised servers are a security risk

    A report has found almost two in three virtualisation projects result in a less secure server environment due to poor planning and implementation skills in the channel.

  • March 12, 2010 12 Mar'10

    UK server sales rise on back of finance sector refresh

    The finance sector which led the UK IT market and the wider economy into a downward spiral is showing some signs of life by leading a mini refresh in server sales.

  • March 12, 2010 12 Mar'10

    Capita tipped to acquire Ramesys

    Capita is leading the race to acquire education specialist Ramesys as it is more able to swallow Building Schools for the Future (BSF) liabilities that may arise downstream, allowing current parent Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) to make a clean ...

  • March 12, 2010 12 Mar'10

    Promethean set for £400m listing

    It has been a while since a player in the channel has opted for a stock market listing but in a further sign that the market is returning to a pre-recessionary position Promethean has set its sights on flotation.

  • March 10, 2010 10 Mar'10

    Samsung makes self-portraits easy with ST550's dual screen

    The world of digital cameras is one full of invention with image quality improving and the technology to help the user take a better picture also coming on in leaps and bounds. So it is perhaps not that surprising someone has come up with a camera ...

  • March 10, 2010 10 Mar'10

    IBM clamps down on grey marketing

    IBM has warned partners involved in grey market selling that controls it recently introduced will help it identify and prosecute them.

  • March 09, 2010 09 Mar'10

    Systemax ends tough 2009 on a high

    Systemax reckons the acquisition of WStore boosted B2B operations to record levels in Q4 but despite this the unit's sales declined for the year.

  • March 09, 2010 09 Mar'10

    Industry veterans Offin and Osborne join Samsung print teams

    Samsung has brought on board channel veteran Nick Offin to manage UK printer reseller partners and HP old timer Geoff Osborne to oversee public sector accounts.

  • March 09, 2010 09 Mar'10

    Web based sales manage to weather the snow

    Those channel players with an e-commerce arm should have managed to avoid the full impact of last months bad weather as shoppers avoided snow problems by turning to the web.

  • March 08, 2010 08 Mar'10

    Fujistu shares hit by former exec's resignation dispute

    By Warwick Ashford Shares of Japanese IT services firm Fujitsu fell more than 2% in 8 March trading after the firm said it had dismissed adviser Kuniaki Nozoe following a dispute about his resignation as president last year. The tussle threatens ...

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    Earthquake in Taiwan may cause LCD shortages

    Availability of large sized LCD panels could be constrained after an earthquake in Taiwan forced the suspension of production at a major business park.

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    iPad set to arrive in UK late April

    One of the most anticipated hardware launches of the year, Apple's iPad, is arriving in the UK next month after the vendor revealed its launch strategy.

  • March 05, 2010 05 Mar'10

    MicroScope top stories week ending 5 March

    Fujitsu strike called off after ACAS proposals accepted Ex-Detica chief Black on look- out for IP surveillance firms HP tells partners to seek alternatives to c-class blades.

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    Dell and HP look to resellers for slice of £6bn CITHS framework

    Dell and Hewlett-Packard are relying on reseller partners that made it onto the £6bn public sector Commodity IT Hardware and Software (CITHS) procurement framework to promote their brands.

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    EMEA printer and MFP market not forecast to grow in 2010

    The predictions that 2009 was going to be a bad 12 months for printer and MFP shipments proved to be correct as sales across EMEA fell by almost a fifth.

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    Ramesys tipped to be sold by investor backers

    Lloyds TSB Group and its venture cap arm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) are about to offload Ramesys but it is unlikely they will recoup their massive £40m plus investment.

  • March 04, 2010 04 Mar'10

    Gartner raises UK PC sales forecast

    The rebounding UK PC market has caused Gartner to up its forecasts for 2010 as the corporate refresh and continued consumer spending buoys sales.

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    HP sets sights on Sun resellers

    Hewlett-Packard is setting out to exploit the uncertainty that has been caused by the Oracle acquisition of Sun by targeting resellers of its rival.

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    Viewsonic wants better ROI from channel marketing funds

    A 'try before you buy' promotion launched by Viewsonic could herald a dramatic shift in the way it dishes out marketing funds to resellers and distributors.

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    HP tells BladeSystem c-Class buyers to seek alternatives to Cisco blade switches

    Hewlett-Packard has advised resellers and customers with immediate project requirements to seek alternatives to its c-Class blade system based on Cisco switches as component shortages have brought supply to a standstill.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    NHS IT programme losing political support in run up to election

    The large scale NHS IT project kicked off by Blair's government more than a decade ago is facing the prospect of losing political backing under a change of government.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    HP "disappointed" to be cut from Buying Solutions framework

    HP has expressed disappointment that an appeal to get its Direct sales arm back onto Buying Solutions £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement has failed.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    Buying Solutions suppliers unveiled

    Buying Solutions has unveiled the suppliers that made it onto the forthcoming £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement but high profile names including Dell, HP, Centerprise and XMA were noticeable by their absence.

  • March 02, 2010 02 Mar'10

    UK channel leads recovery across Europe says Context

    The UK channel is leading the European IT market out of recession according to Context figures as rising product sales in January finally ended eleven consecutive months of declines.

  • March 01, 2010 01 Mar'10

    Oracle reassures Sun partners over direct sales concerns

    Sun Microsystem's partners have been given assurances that new owners Oracle will not cut them out of the largest customer accounts and sell to those clients directly.

  • February 26, 2010 26 Feb'10

    Fujitsu strike called off

    The long running dispute between Fujitsu and unionised staff over pay, job cuts and pensions has finally been resolved by ACAS.

  • February 25, 2010 25 Feb'10

    Global server market on the way back up

    The long awaited server refresh that emerged in the fourth quarter lifted the global market out of the gloom, with perkier x86 shipments more than offsetting weakness in demand for RISC and Itanium.

  • February 24, 2010 24 Feb'10

    European printer market dips again reveals Context

    Far from moving into a recovery position the printer market across Europe actually shrank last month, according to data by analyst Context. The number of laser and inkjet devices soldby distributors operating in the region fell 6% in January ...

  • February 24, 2010 24 Feb'10

    Oracle takes flak over Sun channel disruption

    The euphoria among Sun Microsystem's reseller base following its acquisition by Oracle has turned to frustration with delayed lead times and poor communication from the vendor causing some concern.

  • February 23, 2010 23 Feb'10

    Tougher penalties for missing targets part of WEEE debate

    The European Commission is discussing proposed changes to the WEEE Directive with the potential to make producers responsible for funding waste collection one area being debated.

  • February 22, 2010 22 Feb'10

    HP talks up Quick Page managed print service

    HP has highlighted managed print services (MPS) as a significant opportunity for channel partners as it gears up to hand over 80% of direct accounts to partners and to recruit more resellers to sell its Quick Page packaged service to smaller ...

  • February 19, 2010 19 Feb'10

    Fujitsu suspends compulsory redundancies

    Fujitsu has suspended planned redundancies and strike action is being held off while members of the union Unite mull over the proposed remedies to the pay, pension and redundancies dispute. Union Unite is balloting its members at Fujitsu, with the ...

  • February 19, 2010 19 Feb'10

    Dell Q4 profits fall despite sale rise

    Dell's fourth quarter profits were dampened by increased price competition in the consumer market and component price rises which have spilled into fiscal 2011.

  • February 19, 2010 19 Feb'10

    Kelway looking to house new sales director

    Kelway is hitting the streets to find a new sales director to replace Alan Thompson who is leaving at the end of next month to start up a charity for the homeless.

  • February 18, 2010 18 Feb'10

    HP to invest in direct and channel sales as market improves

    Hewlett-Packard is hiring again and plans to beef up its direct sales team to target more enterprise customers. The good news - for some resellers at least - is that the Palo Alto tech giant will also invest more in channel partners that hone in ...

  • February 17, 2010 17 Feb'10

    UK PC market steps out of recession

    The UK PC market has finally moved into growth following an annus horriblis, Gartner shipment numbers have revealed. Sales went up 3.3% in the fourth quarter to 3.8 million units but the spike was not strong enough to prevent a yearly decline of 3% ...

  • February 17, 2010 17 Feb'10

    Gateway UK on hunt for new boss

    Gateway is seeking a replacement for outgoing UK boss Philip Ashkar, who is leaving the Acer subsidiary but will remain within the group.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    Results from HP and Dell expected to benefit from hardware

    It has been a while since the idea of hardware got pulses racing but with widespread expectations this year of PC spending rising more eyes than usual will be focusing on results over the next two days from Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    Council IT managers "disappointed" at Government ICT plans

    Council IT managers say they are disappointed with the Government's ICT strategy because its emphasis is on cutting technology costs, not using IT to achieve organisational savings and improve services to the public.

  • February 15, 2010 15 Feb'10

    Promethean eyes flotation

    Interactive whiteboard specialist Promethean has announced plans to go ahead with an IPO emphasising its belief there is still plenty of life in the IWB market. In a submission made to the London Stock Exchange Promethean outlined its ambition to ...

  • February 12, 2010 12 Feb'10

    LG terminates Northamber distribution contract

    LG has given Northamber its marching orders as part of a channel rationalisation exercise and is continuing to review its line-up.

  • February 12, 2010 12 Feb'10

    Distie veteran Cary to join IBM volume channel team

    IBM has confirmed that distribution veteran Jared Cary is to beef up its channel team next month as volume sales leader. After 22 years at IBM partner Northamber, Cary left last summer on a six month sabbatical but decided to cross the fence to join...

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    Dell acquires systems management player KACE

    In a move designed to bolster its ability to offer system management to those users looking for help meeting compliance and security demands Dell has moved to acquire KACE.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    HP facing appeal to stay on Buying Solutions framework

    Hewlett-Packard has failed to reach the Intention To Award (ITA) stage on any of the three lots included in the £6bn Commodity IT Hardware and Software framework agreement but has ten days to appeal against Buying Solutions' decision.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    Insight sees profits and sales fall in 2009 but notes Q4 upturn

    Insight Enterprises managed to push up its sales and profits in a storming fourth quarter but was unable to claw back ground lost earlier in 2009 as both its top and bottom lines fell for the year.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    Buying Solutions extends IT framework to avoid supply chain disruption

    Buying Solutions is factoring in potential delays to the 1 March launch of its new three-year Commodity IT Hardware and Software (CITHS) public sector procurement framework after extending supplier's current contracts.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    Morse in the mood for acquisitions

    Such is the turnaround at Morse over the last eighteen months that the integrator is now positioning itself as an acquirer rather than an acquisition target.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    HP and 3Com set for merger approval

    Hewlett-Packard appears to be coasting towards EU approval for its $2.7bn (£1.7bn) acquisition of networking infrastructure specialist 3Com.