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  • December 06, 2012 06 Dec'12

    Magirus, Avnet TS first to claim VSPEX assembly badge in EMEA

    Magirus, and by extension its new owner Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS), has become the first European distie to bag the EMC VSPEX Assembly Services Capability badge

  • December 05, 2012 05 Dec'12

    Avaya spruces up channel programme with distie incentives, web training

    Avaya has used its PartnerConnect event in the Midlands to launch a new on-boarding scheme designed to slash the time it takes for new resellers to start booking revenues

  • December 03, 2012 03 Dec'12

    Weakened Westcon forces Datatec downgrade

    Datatec has issued a downbeat trading update after a much weaker performance in recent weeks than expected at comms, network and security distie Westcon

  • November 30, 2012 30 Nov'12

    Vodafone accelerates integration of CWW

    Vodafone has announced plans to bring forward some of its efforts to integrate Cable & Wireless Worldwide making changes that kick in from the start of next year

  • November 28, 2012 28 Nov'12

    Fujitsu private sector head Long heading to Kcom in January

    Fujitsu’s UK Private Sector division head Stephen Long will take up the role of managing director of KCOM in January, relieving temporary boss and CFO Paul Simpson of command

  • November 26, 2012 26 Nov'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 23 November 2012

    Our regular look back at the most read stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the past seven days

  • November 23, 2012 23 Nov'12

    Claranet buys Star to build £120m MSP

    Internet service provider turned managed services specialist Claranet has forked out £55m to acquire managed technology services outfit Star with the intent of building a £120m MSP business in Europe

  • November 22, 2012 22 Nov'12

    HP lab latest addition to Azlan partner arsenal

    C2000 enterprise unit Azlan is to set up a dedicated HP lab around its infrastructure solutions to give partners a dedicated training, building, testing and design resource

  • November 21, 2012 21 Nov'12

    Virgin Media Biz to add 10 new channel heads by Xmas

    Virgin Media Business (VMB) has said it will grow its channel team by about 25% by the end of the year as it seeks to capitalise on healthy year-on-year growth within its reseller-focused business

  • November 20, 2012 20 Nov'12

    Comstor to offer Cisco, NetApp ExpressPod to SME market

    Westcon Group’s Cisco specialist unit, Comstor, has added Cisco and NetApp’s latest cloud platform, ExpressPod, to its channel line-up to help partners break into the SME cloud market

  • November 19, 2012 19 Nov'12

    Cisco makes cloud moves with Meraki buy

    Cisco has splashed out $1.2bn to acquire cloud networking start-up Meraki as it looks to expand the hosted support it can deliver to the market

  • November 16, 2012 16 Nov'12

    Dell profits collapse as PC spend dries up

    Dell’s net profits have almost halved after another dismal quarter in the PC sector, slumping 47% to $475m (£300m) on sales of $13.7bn, down 11% on the year-ago quarter

  • November 14, 2012 14 Nov'12

    Cisco CEO: Europe not yet at rock bottom

    Cisco CEO John Chambers has told analysts that the European market has a way to go before it begins to turn around, after regional revenues in the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal 2013 declined by 10%

  • November 13, 2012 13 Nov'12

    Langkjaer new Brocade EMEA channel chief

    Brocade has named its DACH OEM boss Thomas Langkjaer as its new EMEA channel sales director

  • November 05, 2012 05 Nov'12

    Brocade adds Vyatta to software networking offer

    Brocade has forked out an undisclosed sum to acquire US-based network software expert Vyatta

  • October 31, 2012 31 Oct'12

    Emulex launches new channel promotions

    Converged networking vendor Emulex is launching a number of channel promotions to bolster sales of its datacentre and cloud infrastructure performance-boosting kit

  • October 30, 2012 30 Oct'12

    Riverbed swoops on OPNET in billion dollar deal

    IT performance company Riverbed Technology has bought OPNET Technologies in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion in equity and $921 million in enterprise value

  • October 30, 2012 30 Oct'12

    Nexus reverses into MSP Enables in £4.25m deal

    Specialist managed services provider Nexus Management Plc is to reverse into virtualisation, network and support services specialist Enables for a consideration of £4.25m

  • October 29, 2012 29 Oct'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 26 October 2012

    Our regular look back at the most popular ICT channel news stories from the past week

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Acquisition, development costs hit Colt Group profits

    Colt Group has booked a 3.2% decline in its EBITDA after its acquisitions of MarketPrizm and ThinkGrid and associated product development costs

  • October 24, 2012 24 Oct'12

    Juniper Networks profit wiped out after restructuring

    Juniper Networks has seen its quarterly net profits for the three months to the end of September 2012 all but wiped out after a massive restructuring bill

  • October 22, 2012 22 Oct'12

    ZTE in call for reseller, distributor partners

    Chinese telecoms, networking and mobility specialist ZTE Corporation announced its arrival in the UK channel at London’s IP Expo 2012 event last week, sounding a rallying cry for new VAR and distributor partners

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    Wireless a 'recession proof' channel opportunity

    Wireless networks are set to become the primary form of infrastructure and have been described by Cisco as a recession proof market

  • October 10, 2012 10 Oct'12

    Reading base first phase of Huawei UK investment

    Huawei may be facing renewed attacks on several fronts over its links to the Chinese state but its investment in the UK market is continuing apace, with the announcement of a major new head office development in the Thames Valley

  • October 04, 2012 04 Oct'12

    Mayflex adds infrastructure sales boss

    Infrastructure, cabling and security distie Mayflex has appointed former NG Bailey sales manager Jeff Wakeling to head up its field-based infrastructure sales specialists

  • September 26, 2012 26 Sep'12

    Networking VC funding set for positive rebound

    Analyst house Ovum has indicated that after a few years in the doldrums the interest from venture capitalists in traditional networking firms is on the rise

  • September 24, 2012 24 Sep'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 21 September 2012

    Our regular look back at the most read stories from the past week on MicroScope.co.uk

  • September 18, 2012 18 Sep'12

    Du Toit reunites with former boss at Azzurri

    Managed communications services provider Azzurri has named channel veteran David Du Toit as its new operations director to soup up the firm’s internal processes and boost service quality and value to end-users

  • September 17, 2012 17 Sep'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 14 September 2012

    Our regular rundown of the most read stories of the past week on MicroScope.co.uk

  • September 14, 2012 14 Sep'12

    Xirrus named as first Wick Hill Wi-Fi partner

    Value added distie Wick Hill has named Xirrus as its first ever wireless networking partner as it looks to capitalise on BYOD growth and its subsequent impact on the networking industry

  • September 13, 2012 13 Sep'12

    Channel Telecom, Abtec sign on to support Virgin channel ambitions

    Virgin Media Business (VMB) has signed two new Strategic Alliance Business Partners in the shape of Channel Telecom and Abtec Network Systems to target smaller resellers and dealer partners

  • September 13, 2012 13 Sep'12

    PacketLight to bulk up Zycko house brand ProLabs

    Networking VAD Zycko is to add wave division multiplexing and optical transport network products from PacketLight Networks to its line card in a move designed to enhance the reach of its in-house accessories and infrastructure brand ProLabs

  • September 12, 2012 12 Sep'12

    G3 businesses merge to form new network force

    G3 Telecommunications and its sister firm G3 Network Services have merged to form a new entity, G3 Comms Group, in a nod to in a nod to growing demands from customers for more complete solutions

  • September 11, 2012 11 Sep'12

    Partner cull to put Blue Coat programme back on track

    Blue Coat has revealed that a number of resellers will be at risk of being thrown off its partner programme as it toughens up its channel policies to push for further growth

  • September 11, 2012 11 Sep'12

    Reseller LDD takes leap into telecoms world

    HP, Cisco and VMware partner LDD Group has launched a new wholesale telecoms division as it seeks to diversify its offering into end-to-end solutions provision.

  • September 11, 2012 11 Sep'12

    Huawei set to pump £1.2bn into UK economy

    Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of expansive Chinese networking kit builder Huawei, is set to announce the creation of 700 new jobs in the UK

  • September 11, 2012 11 Sep'12

    Six Degrees signs up to Interxion carrier community

    Acquisitive cloud services and UC provider Six Degrees division Datahop has signed up to offer network services via carrier-neutral datacentre provider Interxion’s new London facility.

  • September 05, 2012 05 Sep'12

    Tech Data pounces on SDG in £219m deal

    Tech Data has swallowed up SCH’s distribution business, SDG, in a deal valued at around £219m to augment its enterprise distribution unit, Azlan and strengthen its wider broadline capabilities.

  • September 03, 2012 03 Sep'12

    Six Degrees buys Avaya partner Aurora

    Avaya reseller Aurora Networks Ltd is the latest firm to be picked up by buy-and-build cloud services provider Six Degrees Group, strengthening its unified communications business.

  • August 30, 2012 30 Aug'12

    Education specialist joins Lanway

    IT solutions and comms specialist Lanway have appointed Julie Anderson as account manager extending their education expertise.

  • August 28, 2012 28 Aug'12

    Quartermaine new UK boss for Juniper

    Juniper Networks has named Mark Quartermaine as its new area vice president of the UK and Ireland, with a brief to get his teeth into its service provider and enterprise business.

  • August 28, 2012 28 Aug'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 24 August 2012

    Our weekly round-up of the most popular digital content here on MicroScope.co.uk.

  • August 23, 2012 23 Aug'12

    HP plunges to $8.9bn loss

    Hewlett-Packard has posted an enormous $8.9bn (£5.6bn) loss in the third quarter of its fiscal 2012.

  • August 22, 2012 22 Aug'12

    Cisco approves Cluster Learning for VAR training

    Cisco has approved 27 of Cluster Learning’s sales courses for its Enabling Architecture Sales Excellence (EASE) promotion, offering Cisco funded training to partners for their sales teams.

  • August 22, 2012 22 Aug'12

    Dell taps HP’s Haas as PC revenues fade fast

    In a clear signal of its future intentions Dell has hired ex-HP Networking boss Marius Haas to run its enterprise unit, as its PC business struggles.

  • August 21, 2012 21 Aug'12

    e92plus launches FatPipe, Viewfinity to UK channel

    Enterprise security VAD e92plus is to give US vendors FatPipe and Viewfinity their first exposure to the UK channel.

  • August 20, 2012 20 Aug'12

    Level 3 boosts UK datacentre capacity

    Comms services provider Level 3 is adding to its UK enterprise datacentre capacity to support international business requirements.

  • August 17, 2012 17 Aug'12

    Avaya financial boss out as losses mount

    Avaya has replaced its CFO Anthony Massetti, with JDS Uniphase financial bod and one-time Cisco man Dave Vellequette in the latest of a series of leadership changes at the communications firm.

  • August 17, 2012 17 Aug'12

    Brocade boss bails on a high

    Longstanding Brocade CEO Michael Klayko has decided to call it a day after the networking and storage firm posted across the board rises in sales and operating and net profit.

  • August 16, 2012 16 Aug'12

    Little prospect of European recovery, warns Cisco

    Cisco CEO John Chambers has warned that he sees little prospect of a realistic European economic recovery in the next few quarters.

  • August 16, 2012 16 Aug'12

    Emulex kicks off channel summer promotions

    Emulex has kicked off summer promotions for its resellers in UK and across Europe as it looks to drive sales of its 10GB ethernet and 8GB fibre products

  • August 14, 2012 14 Aug'12

    Admiral bosses jump ship in SilverBug merger

    Admiral IT and two of its sister firms are to merge with outsourcer SilverBug to create a new managed services player.

  • August 07, 2012 07 Aug'12

    Dohmen to run Comstor Cisco business

    Westcon has snaffled former Cisco bigwig Andreas Dohmen to fill the role of EMEA executive vice president at Comstor.

  • August 06, 2012 06 Aug'12

    MDNX on the rise with Griffin acquisition

    With the purchase of Griffin Internet, network integrator MDNX says it hopes to start to challenge some leading networking players.

  • August 06, 2012 06 Aug'12

    Gloomy summer could aid channel retails specialists

    The latest insight into the state of the high street reveals that those that are managing to do well have slick supply chain infrastructure

  • July 30, 2012 30 Jul'12

    Mayflex flexes converged IP muscles

    Networking distie Mayflex has launched a new channel support proposition designed to exploit growth in the converged IP market.

  • July 24, 2012 24 Jul'12

    Cisco swings the axe in austerity programme

    Cisco is adding to the ten thousand plus jobs that went last year making further staffing reductions as part of ongoing austerity efforts

  • July 23, 2012 23 Jul'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 July 2012

    The top stories from MicroScope's for the week ending 20 July 2012

  • July 20, 2012 20 Jul'12

    Olympic disruption fears start to mount

    With just a week to go there are real fears that traffic infrastructure, both physical and virtual, will not be able to cope with the demand placed on it in the Olympics

  • July 18, 2012 18 Jul'12

    Datatec riding economic storm

    Datatec has indicated that despite ongoing global economic problems it is sticking to forecasts and Westcon and Logicalis are delivering growth

  • July 10, 2012 10 Jul'12

    ZyXEL hands execs key channel roles

    Networking firm ZyXEL has promoted from within to enhance its channel proposition.

  • July 10, 2012 10 Jul'12

    XOR hires Breen to drive growth

    XOR Professional Services has hired former Azlan executive Joe Breen to drive its partner sales and help it meet ambitious growth targets

  • July 06, 2012 06 Jul'12

    NGD to fill South Wales datacentre with hosted VARs

    Datacentre operator Next Generation Data (NGD) has hired former Mitel and VegaStream man Steve Davis to spearhead recruitment of channel cloud service providers and hosting specialists.

  • July 05, 2012 05 Jul'12

    ZyXEL finance scheme targets SME channel sales

    ZyXEL has launched a new financing scheme to target channel deals worth between £5,000 and £200,000.

  • July 04, 2012 04 Jul'12

    Smith steps back as Redstone losses narrow

    Redstone chairman Ian Smith has stepped back from the role he took on in 2010 as the IT and networking integrator consolidates its recovery.

  • 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 01, 2012 01 Jul'12

    MicroScope's Top Stories, week ending 29 June 2012

    Our weekly run-down of the most viewed stories on MicroScope.co.uk

  • June 26, 2012 26 Jun'12

    Comstor plants flag in Cisco, NetApp FlexPod environment

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

  • June 21, 2012 21 Jun'12

    Cisco worldwide channel chief Keith Goodwin to retire

    Cisco Worldwide Partner Organisation senior vice president Keith Goodwin is to retire at the end of the financial year after 13 years at the firm, seven of them spent running the channel.

  • June 21, 2012 21 Jun'12

    ATEC first video surveillance firm to claim HP Gold badge

    Video surveillance specialist ATEC Security has become the first UK partner to gain the HP Gold Registered Networking Specialist badge in a move it claims recognises the increasing importance of IP surveillance solutions.

  • June 15, 2012 15 Jun'12

    ANS among first to nab elite Cisco NetApp FlexPod badge

    Networking and cloud integrator ANS has become one of the first Cisco and NetApp partners in the UK, alongside DiData and Logicalis, to be named to the vendors' joint FlexPod Premium Partner Framework.

  • 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 11, 2012 11 Jun'12

    MicroScope's top stories, week ending 8 June 2012

    Android may falter if Microsoft, Apple strategies pay off.

  • June 08, 2012 08 Jun'12

    Comstor takes next step up Cisco training ladder

    Specialist network distie Comstor has taken another step along the road to becoming a true Cisco master after being designated a Cisco Authorised Business Acceleration Learning Partner (BALP).

  • June 08, 2012 08 Jun'12

    Kurmi sizes up UK UC channels

    Unified comms software vendor Kurmi Softwareis to begin selling its UC provisioning and management tools into the UK and will be looking to target partners of key networking vendors such as Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent and Mitel.

  • June 07, 2012 07 Jun'12

    Android may falter if Microsoft, Apple strategies pay off

    Analyst house IDC has suggested that the Android smartphone and tablet operating system's market share is on the verge of peaking this year, and will begin to decline.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    ShoreTel orders up Pattie to run distribution

    ShoreTel's EMEA operation is beginning to resemble an Avaya reunion after the unified comms vendor named a trio of ex-Avaya execs to its regional leadership team.

  • June 06, 2012 06 Jun'12

    PEER1 gets NetBenefit

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

  • June 01, 2012 01 Jun'12

    Nutanix commences Euro channel blitz with SDG signing

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

  • June 01, 2012 01 Jun'12

    Gradwell looks to channel to support growth ambitions

    VoIP specialist Gradwell has outlined ambitions to grow its business significantly over the next four years looking for more activity from its channel partners. The growth plans come just months after the Bath-based firm gained £1.15m in ...

  • 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

    IP Integration buys managed services provider Micropoint

    Unified comms dealer IP Integration has announced the acquisition of MSP Micro point for an undisclosed sum, as it aims to become a £30m business by the midpoint of the decade.

  • 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 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

    Bradford Networks finds seat on Zycko bench

    Network security and compliance specialist Bradford Networks has been signed up by Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko to beef up its network management and BYOD offering.

  • 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

    KCOM profits swell despite group sales decline

    Unaudited annual pre-tax profit at KCOM Group has grown by more than 55% to £51.1m as a result of increased EBITDA and reductions in both exceptional costs and the overall cost of borrowing.

  • May 22, 2012 22 May'12

    Comstor announces new Cisco UCS config tool

    Cisco specialist distie Comstor is further building its partner support for the Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series Servers, writes Linda Endersby. Comstor UCS Selector is an online configuration tool helping resellers build new revenue streams based on...

  • May 22, 2012 22 May'12

    Intrinsic appoints new CEO as market heads for the cloud

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

  • May 21, 2012 21 May'12

    Six Degrees to beef up network with latest acquisition

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

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