Network Infrastructure Solutions and Services

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Cisco vulnerability leaves networks wide open, says DiData

    A single security hole identified by Cisco nearly two years ago is thought to be the cause of a massive jump in the number of network devices carrying at least one known vulnerability, according to Dimension Data's annual Network Barometer Report, ...

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Ethernet switch market takes a breather in Q1

    The Ethernet switching market has got off to a sluggish start in 2011, according to the latest Enterprise Networks Tracker report from market-watchers at IDC, with sales down 9.1 per cent year-on-year and 12.5 per cent over Q4 2010, to just above ...

  • May 24, 2011 24 May'11

    Cloud concerns moving beyond security, says Colt report

    Network services provider Colt has published the results of its annual CIO survey, revealing that concerns around cloud implementations are shifting beyond security to more generalised worries about risk and management.

  • May 24, 2011 24 May'11

    Nimans to offer partners O2 white-label options

    Comms distributor Nimans claims to have taken the "next logical step" in the development of its converged communications portfolio after signing a new contract with mobile network operator O2.

  • May 23, 2011 23 May'11

    Warburton takes wraps off CloudPresence

    Keith Warburton has returned to the channel, just weeks after parting company with the Technology Channels Association, at the helm of an industry group designed to give those selling video conferencing a greater voice.

  • May 23, 2011 23 May'11

    Avnet launches Avaya switch training scheme

    Avnet Technology Solutions is to launch a new programme to provide practical hands-on training on Avaya's Ethernet switching lines.

  • May 23, 2011 23 May'11

    M&A whizzkid Haas leaves HP Networking

    Marius Haas, senior vice president and worldwide general manager of HP Networking and the driving force behind Hewlett-Packard's acquisitions of EDS and 3Com is among a swathe of executives on the way out as CEO Leo Apotheker shakes up the firm.

  • May 19, 2011 19 May'11

    TalkTalk making progress on restructuring programme

    In its first set of annual results since it demerged from the Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk has posted revenues of £1.76bn, up 4.6 per cent on fiscal 2010, and statutory pre-tax profit of £57m, over four times higher than last year.

  • May 19, 2011 19 May'11

    Virgin Media Business launches co-location datacentre service

    Virgin Media Business has launched a co-location service in partnership with datacentre operator ICM to offer regional datacentres around the UK. The datacentres will be in Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Farnborough, London, Manchester, Rumford and ...

  • May 18, 2011 18 May'11

    Avaya talks up Nortel features of latest IP Office release

    Avaya has made interoperability with heritage Nortel equipment, and the integration of its enterprise channel partners, a key element of the latest version 7.0 of its SMB IP Office suite, which was released yesterday.

  • May 17, 2011 17 May'11

    Daisy dealers to confront mobility dragons

    O2, Orange and Vodafone distributor Daisy Distribution is planning to thrust its partners into the limelight ate Dragons' Den style deal clinic later this month.

  • May 16, 2011 16 May'11

    D-Link targets specialist video channels with Norbain distie deal

    IP video and CCTV distributor Norbain has signed an agreement to sell D-Link's IP camera and security line-up as well as its wireless networking, routing and switching portfolio.

  • May 16, 2011 16 May'11

    intY pushes partners towards midmarket Lync deals

    Cloud and SaaS specialist and Microsoft technology partner intY has launched a cloud-based unified comms service built around Microsoft Lync, with the intention of highlighting potential midmarket deals to its VAR community.

  • May 12, 2011 12 May'11

    BT ups dividends as profits spike 97%

    BT has increased its full-year dividend by 7% and reported market-beating fourth-quarter results, saying it expects to continue to grow profit and free cash flow, writes Warwick Ashford Profit for the quarter was up 97% to £495m compared with ...

  • May 12, 2011 12 May'11

    Intrinsic hires following Dataplex buy, plans further acquisitions

    Unified comms and cloud reseller Intrinsic Technology has revealed plans to hire up to 30 new heads by the end of the year to support its growth targets and back the recent acquisition of VMware partner Dataplex.

  • May 12, 2011 12 May'11

    Azlan adds AdvaTel Avaya booster package

    Azlan has signed a distribution agreement with Avaya DevConnect partner AdvaTel to supply its InTouch UC add-on for Avaya IP Office.

  • May 12, 2011 12 May'11

    Cisco boss retrenches, slashes growth forecast

    John Chambers has ditched Cisco's annual growth forecast of 12 to 17 percent and pledged to take out $1bn in costs during fiscal 2012 after a torrid third quarter that saw the networking kingpin take a sledgehammer to its troubled consumer business.

  • May 11, 2011 11 May'11

    Meru picks Zycko to target further WLAN growth

    Virtualised 802.11n wireless vendor Meru Networks is to team up with Gloucestershire-based VAD Zycko in an attempt to better address midmarket and enterprise wireless markets.

  • May 11, 2011 11 May'11

    CDG signs UK distribution contract with Egenera

    Infrastructure software management vendor Egenera has appointed application availability specialist distributor CDG to sell its PAN Manager data centre management software package in the UK and Ireland.

  • May 10, 2011 10 May'11

    Microsoft adds Skype to comms portfolio in $8.5bn deal

    Microsoft and Skype have confirmed days of industry speculation after announcing that Redmond is to buy private-equity backed VoIP specialist Skype for $8.5bn (£5.2bn).

  • May 09, 2011 09 May'11

    NetSumo to beef up Brocade service provider support

    Network and storage vendor Brocade has signed an agreement to provide advice, installation and 24/7 support services to ISP, hosting and ecommerce businesses through networking support specialist NetSumo.

  • May 06, 2011 06 May'11

    VNS gives a view on virtualisation

    Scott Allen, vice president of marketing at Visual Network Systems, gives some tips on cloud virtualisation. Can you outline the main management and optimisation issues that currently face companies using cloud services and virtualisation?

  • May 04, 2011 04 May'11

    Colt buys into financial services sector

    Business comms and networking provider Colt Group has bought a majority stake in low latency market data and trading infrastructure services outfit MarketPrizm.

  • May 04, 2011 04 May'11

    ShoreTel merges tech partner, developer programmes

    Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is to merge its Technology Partner and Developer Network programmes into one combined programme.

  • May 03, 2011 03 May'11

    ScanSource sees slowdown in large deals

    Networking and comms distributor ScanSource has noted a slowdown in large deals as quarterly revenues for the period ended 31 March came in slightly below expectations. "All of our geographies experienced stronger demand compared to last year, ...

  • May 03, 2011 03 May'11

    Mitel promotes Bevington to new role, re-jigs R&D ops

    Mitel CEO Rich McBee has set in motion a series of changes to the unified comms vendor's strategy, including a refocus of its R&D strategy on the mid-market, a realignment of its sales and channel model in the USA, and changes to its management ...

  • April 28, 2011 28 Apr'11

    Ingram bulks up RIM lines with UC kit

    Ingram Micro has added the BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS) UC suite to its RIM line-card The distributor added RIM's mobility lines to its portfolio back in December as part of a push to beef up its comms distribution nous.

  • April 28, 2011 28 Apr'11

    Fortinet acquires VoIP vendor TalkSwitch

    UTM and network security vendor Fortinet has acquired VoIP PBX specialist TalkSwitch to expand its reach into the multi-service business gateway market through the addition of IP telephony devices to its portfolio.

  • April 27, 2011 27 Apr'11

    HP trade-in scheme to exploit Cisco refresh cycle

    HP Networking has announced an EMEA trade-in programme on end-of-life Cisco Catalyst and Nexus switching gear, WLAN controllers and routers.

  • April 27, 2011 27 Apr'11

    ShoreTel moves to plug supply chain gap

    Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is moving to plug an emerging gap in the supply chain relating to its IP phone equipment as a result of the Japanese earthquake.

  • April 27, 2011 27 Apr'11

    Nokia cans 4,000 jobs, dumps Symbian on Accenture

    Troubled mobility vendor Nokia is to cut 4,000 workers, mostly in Denmark, Finland and the UK, and will transfer its Symbian software activities - including 3,000 employees - to outsourcing hotshot Accenture.

  • April 26, 2011 26 Apr'11

    Polycom exploits video demand to deliver Q1 earnings spike

    Unified comms vendor Poly com has again capitalised on demand for video and tele presence solutions after posting record sales and profits for the first quarter of its fiscal 2011.

  • April 21, 2011 21 Apr'11

    Three jailed for BT cable theft

    Three men have been convicted in an East London court after stealing BT cable tagged with a newliquid marker from forensic technology outfit SmartWater. This is the first conviction that BT has secured using the technology, which is already widely ...

  • April 21, 2011 21 Apr'11

    Daisy Wholesale shows off new director line-up

    Daisy Wholesale, the reseller-facing arm of expansive business comms firm Daisy Group, has named new sales, operations and finance directors.

  • April 20, 2011 20 Apr'11

    Virgin Media Business lauds public sector wins

    Virgin Media Business managing director Mark Heraghty is talking up the strength of the public sector's appetite for cost effective solutions after first quarter unit sales rose 13.7% to £159m.

  • April 20, 2011 20 Apr'11

    Japan quake to impact Juniper Q2 earnings

    Juniper Networks has forecast some potential disruptionQ2 following the recent devastating events in Japan.

  • April 19, 2011 19 Apr'11

    Barracuda makes lemonade after partner data breach

    Network security and data protection specialist Barracuda Networks has moved to put a recent data breach behind it and put the lessons it has learned into practice.

  • April 18, 2011 18 Apr'11

    Corero sets out Top Layer channel ambitions

    Ahead of this week's Infosec show, buy-and-build security outfit Corero, the new owner of IPS and DDOS solutions vendor Top Layer, has been setting out its ambitions in the channel after signing distie VADition for the UK market.

  • April 18, 2011 18 Apr'11

    Huawei lifts the veil to alleviate western fears

    Secretive Chinese comms and networking kit specialist Huawei, which last week unveiled plans to recruit 500 new staff in the UK, has decided to adopt a "market-oriented" corporate governance structure and has also taken step of opening up its board ...

  • April 14, 2011 14 Apr'11

    Daisy Wholesale puts lid on acquisitions

    Its parent Daisy Group may still have the bit between its teeth, but the firm's channel-facing comms solutions arm, Daisy Wholesale, says it is not planning any further buys as it concentrates on the integration of recent acquisition O-bit Telecom.

  • April 14, 2011 14 Apr'11

    Huawei to double UK headcount by 2014

    Chinese communications firm Huawei is to hire up to 500 staff in the UK over the next three years, effectively doubling its current headcount.

  • April 13, 2011 13 Apr'11

    Blue Coat sales boss to shake-up marketing strategy

    Incoming Blue Coat EMEA sales vice president Marc Andrews has pledged to unleash a shake-up on the vendor's regional go-to-market strategy, saying there were some areas where the company had spread itself "too thinly".

  • April 13, 2011 13 Apr'11

    Comstor SecureLogix deal to address voice security market

    Comstor, the Cisco-specialist arm of network and security distie Westcon, has added voice and unified communications security vendor SecureLogix to its global line card in a bid to establish a presence in the growing voice security market.

  • April 13, 2011 13 Apr'11

    TalkTalk executes Executel buy

    TalkTalk has splashed out on the acquisition of Tyneside-based Brocade, HP and Microsoft Gold reseller Executel.

  • April 12, 2011 12 Apr'11

    Cisco cans 550 workers in massive consumer overhaul

    Troubled networking kingpin Cisco has announced a radical overhaul of its struggling consumer business, which will see it cut about 550 jobs and bin its Flip video camera lines.

  • April 11, 2011 11 Apr'11

    Cisco formally launches new architecture specialisations

    Following on from announcements made at its recent Partner Summit, Cisco today formally launched new specialisations around network-based architectures and architecture-based training intended to help partners evolve their business models.

  • April 08, 2011 08 Apr'11

    Proact IT Group acquires majority stake in B2Net for £12m

    Swedish reseller Proact IT Group AB has bought its way into the UK market after forking out £12m for a 75% stake in services-based storage reseller B2Net.

  • April 08, 2011 08 Apr'11

    ICM and Servo merger costs parent Phoenix

    Phoenix IT Group has confirmed the merger of its ICM Business Continuity and Servo operating units will cost the best part of £3.5m in restructuring charges.

  • April 07, 2011 07 Apr'11

    Netgear signs ex-Juniper channel boss in midmarket push

    Former Juniper partner boss Jonathan Hallatt has joined Net gear as VAR sales director with a brief to increase its exposure to larger-scale installations and a view to challenging some of its larger rivals.

  • April 06, 2011 06 Apr'11

    Chambers: Cisco has 'disappointed' the market

    In a brutally frank memo to the Cisco workforce, CEO John Chambers has said the company has "disappointed our investors" and "confused our employees".

  • April 05, 2011 05 Apr'11

    ScanSource adds ShoreTel installation support

    ScanSource is to offer ShoreTel installation and maintenance services across the UC vendor's portfolio as an addition to its Professional Services programme in the UK.

  • April 05, 2011 05 Apr'11

    Micro-P hires ex-Nimans man for telecoms push

    Micro Peripherals has named Phil Adams, former Nimans sales director, to the post of head of communications, a newly-created role that forms part of the distributor's convergence strategy.

  • April 04, 2011 04 Apr'11

    Google drops $900m on Nortel patent bid

    Google has forked out $900m (£557.6m) in a stalking horse bid to acquire the patent portfolio of defunct networking vendor Nortel.

  • April 04, 2011 04 Apr'11

    UC buyers shy away from single vendor installations

    Companies buying into the unified communications market are overwhelmingly picking a multi-vendor best-of-breed approach to their networks, according to research carried out by Mitel to mark the launch of its new 'Freedom' architecture.

  • April 04, 2011 04 Apr'11

    Daisy makes two new data, managed services buys

    Daisy Group has forked out £15.4m to acquire the trading assets of Telinet Ltd and certain parts of Ipitomi Ltd from parent company Niu Solutions Holding Ltd.

  • April 01, 2011 01 Apr'11

    Android to dominate fast growing smartphone space, says IDC

    Worldwide smartphone sales are forecast to jump by 50% this year as consumers and businesses trade in their feature phones, according to IDC.

  • March 31, 2011 31 Mar'11

    Integralis moves back into the black

    Integralis has moved back into the black helped by a strong performance from the UK market as it starts to put the annus horribilus of fiscal 2009 well behind it.

  • March 31, 2011 31 Mar'11

    Daisy raids Outsourcery for mobile services unit

    Daisy Group has acquired the Vodafone mobile services unit of managed comms and cloud services provider Outsourcery for £12m.

  • March 30, 2011 30 Mar'11

    Former Mitel director appointed as Brocade UK boss

    Brocade has finally filled the gap at the top of its UK management structure with Mitel's former enterprise sales director Marcus Jewell. The UK country manager role was left vacant from October when Paul Phillips exited the data centre networking ...

  • March 30, 2011 30 Mar'11

    ScanSource to carry Motorola wireless gear

    ScanSource has expanded its decade-long relationship with Motorola with the addition of Motorola Solutions wireless networking kit to its UK line card, which it says will broaden its unified communications offering.

  • March 29, 2011 29 Mar'11

    Comstor dips toe in refurbished waters

    Cisco distie Comstor has launched a new programme designed to grab a chunk of the risky, yet potentially lucrative, market for remanufactured or refurbished network infrastructure kit.

  • March 28, 2011 28 Mar'11

    Network procurement shake-up could shield front-line from cuts

    Research commissioned on behalf of Cisco has revealed that a clear majority of public sector ICT budget holders reckon that changing network procurement practice could save up to 6.4% of the government's annual £16.5bn annual ICT spend, ...

  • March 28, 2011 28 Mar'11

    NetScout buys BT spin-off Psytechnics

    Voice and video service management outfit and BT spin-off Psytechnics has been bought by network management vendor NetScout Systems for an undisclosed sum as it ramps up its focus on the unified communications sector.

  • March 24, 2011 24 Mar'11

    Polycom buys video management firm Accordent

    Video communications vendor Polycom has forked out $50m in cash to buy California-headquartered video content management and delivery specialist Accordant.

  • March 23, 2011 23 Mar'11

    Meru Networks joins Azlan team

    The enterprise and networking division of C2000, Azlan, has added WLAN vendor Meru Networks to its line-up to address the growing demand for virtualised WLAN infrastructure fuelled by the explosion in mobile devices.

  • March 22, 2011 22 Mar'11

    Cisco, Netgear top wireless networking table

    Cisco has retained its position as the largest global wireless networking (WLAN) equipment producer in the last three months of 2010, according to new figures from US-based analyst house In-Stat.

  • March 22, 2011 22 Mar'11

    Ofcom sets 4G auction date for 2012

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom will auction off two spectrum bands for 4G mobile services early next year in a move that will ease provision of mobile internet services to both business and consumer users.

  • March 21, 2011 21 Mar'11

    Dimension Data UK boss van Horssen to step down

    Dimension Data UK boss Ton van Horssen is to step down by mutual consent at the end of the month - the closure of its fiscal first half 2011 - amid some suggestions that sales are below expectations.

  • March 21, 2011 21 Mar'11

    Polycom adds new UK sales VP

    Unified comms and video specialist Polycom has appointed former NCR managing director Elton Birden as area sales vice president for the UK and Ireland.

  • March 21, 2011 21 Mar'11

    Cisco delays March security patch after Japan disaster

    Following the 11 March earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Japan, Cisco has taken the step of abandoning scheduled plans to publish its IOS Security Advisories, scheduled for 23 March.

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    Hosted comms market lacks coherent distribution model

    The revenue share of hosted communications services will soon be nipping at the heels of the on-premise model when it comes to enterprise comms deployments, according to new research from analysts at Frost and Sullivan, but lacks a coherent channel ...

  • March 16, 2011 16 Mar'11

    Gamma hails comms channel resurgence

    B2B comms provider Gamma Telecom has pointed to growing levels of channel confidence after posting record financial results for 2010. Underlying revenues at the Newbury-based firm were up 5.6% year-on-year to £126.2m, excluding the impact of ...

  • March 16, 2011 16 Mar'11

    BT names new Openreach head

    BT has named its group director of strategy and regulatory affairs, Olivia Garfield, to chief executive at its critical ‘last mile' Open reach division. Garfield replaces Steve Robertson, who has held the post since Open reach's launch six years ago...

  • March 15, 2011 15 Mar'11

    Ingram Micro gets slice of ZyXEL distribution pie

    SME broadband networking vendor ZyXEL has signed an agreement with Ingram Micro to offer its full range of products, including UTM firewalls, switching and routing, wireless LAN and storage kit.

  • March 15, 2011 15 Mar'11

    SME optimism high ahead of Olympics, says Cisco

    Cisco has published research suggesting that the SME sector will be the driver of economic recovery in the UK, and talked up the importance of the 2012 Olympics in "kick-starting" the UK economy.

  • March 11, 2011 11 Mar'11

    Blackberry wilts as Apple blooms for enterprise users

    The popularity of Research in Motion's Blackberry smartphones declined in the fourth quarter of 2010 as enterprise employees chose Apple products as their preferred devices, according to a survey by iPass, writes Jenny Williams. The enterprise ...

  • March 11, 2011 11 Mar'11

    Maintel sales up on Redstone customer acquisition

    Comms services outfit Maintel has reported a 13% increase in its 2010 group sales to £22m following the acquisition of £2m worth of business from Redstone Converged Solutions and the signing of a three-year contract to service Westcon's ...

  • March 10, 2011 10 Mar'11

    Super-fast broadband critical to recovery, says CIF

    The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has added its voice to calls for the government to take a more proactive line over super-fast broadband roll-out in the UK, saying that the economic recovery will be impeded if things do not move quicker.

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    Comstor adds partner security development initiative

    Cisco distribution house Comstor has launched a new programme built around network security development called FirstLook.

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    Azlan confirms departure of boss Ian French

    Azlan has confirmed that boss Ian French is stepping down to concentrate on his consultancy business Siceo and the Gap aid charity he chairs but will continue to provide advisory services to the Basingstoke-based distributor.

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    Firms not ready to open network to staff-owned devices

    The consumerisation of IT is an issue users are aware of but many remain in denial over the extent to which employees are connecting to the corporate network with mobile devices.

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    Cost of Nortel integration dogs Ciena

    Optical networking vendor Ciena saw its sequential loss narrow slightly during the first quarter of its fiscal 2011, but the ongoing costs associated with the acquisition and subsequent integration of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) business ...

  • March 08, 2011 08 Mar'11

    March of Androids fails to knock Nokia

    The explosive growth of the Android smartphone operating system in the western European market put a dent in Nokia's sales in the last quarter of 2010, but has not yet knocked the old guard from its perch at the top of the tree.

  • March 08, 2011 08 Mar'11

    Proximity adds sales director to boost Avaya team

    Nortel-Avaya partner has named ex-Datapulse man Stuart Legg to the role of sales and marketing director replacing Jane Emerson, who has left for Avaya and ShoreTel partner Nuage.

  • March 07, 2011 07 Mar'11

    Emulex pushes partners towards 10 gig Ethernet market

    Emulex has become the latest storage vendor to move down the networking path with the launch of a new partner scheme designed to foster a transition to 10Gb/s Ethernet (GbE) and network convergence.

  • March 07, 2011 07 Mar'11

    Nortel loses $2.3bn in fourth quarter

    One-time networking powerhouse Nortel Networks has sunk to yet another multi-billion dollar loss, after being hit with a $2.2bn (£1.34bn) accounting charge in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2010.

  • March 07, 2011 07 Mar'11

    TalkTalk Business targets large network deals following rebrand

    Management at business connectivity specialist TalkTalk Business has moved to reassure the channel that taking on the name of its ISP parent - that is frequently under fire from consumer groups - will not harm their businesses, and could help them ...

  • March 04, 2011 04 Mar'11

    Onyx warns of London net dependence

    Business continuity and disaster recovery outfit Onyx Group has warned of the dependence of the UK's internet traffic on a small number of routes through London as it opens a new Teesside data centre.

  • March 03, 2011 03 Mar'11

    Cisco adds WebEx to channel price list

    Having already launched a new cloud-centric partner programme and a series of changes to its partner accreditations at its 2011 Partner Summit in New Orleans, Cisco has announced the addition of WebEx technology to its SMB channel price list, nearly...

  • March 02, 2011 02 Mar'11

    Daisy lays bare distribution ambitions

    Newly-formed telecoms distributor Daisy Distribution has set out its ambitions in the sector and moved to put clear water between its own business and that of its parent's other units, Daisy Communications, Wholesale and Servassure.

  • March 02, 2011 02 Mar'11

    Restructuring costs drive Mitel to third quarter loss

    Unified communications vendor Mitel has posted a GAAP net loss of $4m, compared to net income of $33.2m this time last year, after being hit by restructuring costs of $7.4m. Non-GAAP income was $8.6m.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Cisco to partners: no competition in the cloud

    In a now customary packed opener to its annual Partner Summit, Cisco's bosses have told an audience of over 2,000 channel partners that the vendor will not compete with them in the cloud as it launched a new cloud partner programme.

  • February 28, 2011 28 Feb'11

    Azlan offers Avaya installation freebie

    Azlan is to provide free installation on Avaya IP Office installations for resellers adding three-year warranty cover at the time of purchase.

  • February 25, 2011 25 Feb'11

    Voice sales tap runs dry for Colt

    Business comms provider Colt Group has recorded a 2.4% drop in full-year sales as voice revenues dried up and data sales remained flat. Colt blamed the slowdown, which is also being seen by its rivals, on competitive pressures and reductions in ...

  • February 25, 2011 25 Feb'11

    Opaque costs put off unified comms investment

    More than nine out of 10 communications managers want a unified communications infrastructure, but most worry about being able to identify and manage the cost of the individual services provided, according to comms service provider consultancy MDS, ...

  • February 24, 2011 24 Feb'11

    Redstone cuts 83 jobs as restructuring winds down

    IT and network integrator Redstone is to cut a further 83 members of staff as it re-aligns its cost base to reflect the restructuring of its three business units, Redstone Converged Solutions, Redstone Managed Solutions and Fujin Systems, into one ...