TechTarget News - Week of Jul 14, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 12 July 2013

Polish Oracle reseller lands in UK, Dell's Kathy Schneider on the move, and Microsoft details channel cloud strategy at WPC 2013, in our regular look back at the top IT channel stories from the past week

Alvea enhances cloud storage options

Channel cloud platform specialists Alvea Services has lifted the lid of a range of enhancements to its attached storage options

Young’s signs Wi-Fi deal with BT

A deal between BT and the Young and Co.’s Brewery is set to bring free Wi-Fi to its customers by the end of the year

CIO interview: Mark Ridley,

His track record as director of technology at shows that Mark Ridley is not afraid to take unconventional decisions

EMC backup changes planned around convergence, ViPR

EMC backup executives detail plans to merge Avamar and NetWorker backup applications and fit Data Domain into its software-defined storage platform.

Telecoms M&A ‘flourishes’ in UK

Despite mergers, acquisitions and Equity Capital Market transactions falling in the first half of 2013, the telecoms market sees figures soar

UK leads the way for Computacenter

The UK has been the one positive territory for Computacenter in the first half as an update provides a picture of falling revenues in Germany and France

FAST warns against illegal software on Chinese imports

The Federation Against Software Theft has warned that buying hardware cheaply from China could land users in hot water when it comes to software licensing

Sennheiser expands ASM Technologies relationship

Audio hardware specialist Sennheiser expands its partnership with self-styled agile distie ASM Technologies to get better access into system integrators and resellers

G-Cloud key to government SME spending target

G-Cloud is key to channeling 25% of central government spending through SMEs by 2015, says Mark Smitham, principal cyber security advisor

Scotrail fleet to get free Wi-Fi

Travellers across Scotland will be getting free Wi-Fi on their railways thanks to a deal between the train operator and Nomad Digital

Yahoo wins legal fight on Prism documents

Yahoo has won the fight to have papers from a key 2008 court case declassified and published in a bid for greater transparency about the US Prism internet surveillance programme

Tech firms target piracy profiting websites

Tech firms including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft join an initiative targeting websites that profit from piracy by cutting off advert revenue

G-Cloud key to government SME spending target

G-Cloud is key to channeling 25% of central government spending through SMEs by 2015, says Mark Smitham, principal cyber security advisor

Hybrid cloud model here for the long-term

The boss of hybrid cloud specialist Zynstra has argued that a mixture of hosted and on-premise is a way customers will be consuming cloud for years to come

GCHQ’s use of Prism not illegal, MPs find

Allegations that GCHQ circumvented UK law by using the US Prism programme are unfounded, says intelligence and security committee

Dell shareholder vote could be delayed

With the outcome of the shareholder vote tomorrow over the future of Dell too close to call the prospect of a delay has emerged as a possibility

Banks hold the key to mobile payments

Smartphone users would be more likely to engage with mobile commerce if their bank provided the service

BT accused of ‘bullying tactics’ over BDUK

BT accused of bullying local authorities while negotiating broadband roll-out schemes, threatening to put them ‘to the bottom of the list’

Smart mobile strategies curb wasteful IT spending

Mobile spending is expected to increase substantially in the coming years, but organizations need mobile strategies to prevent unnecessary costs.

PC market woes catch up with Intel

The ongoing problems in the PC market have hit Intel's division selling into that space

Lay-off costs hurt IBM profits in Q2

Second quarter profit at IBM took a hit on the back of ‘workforce rebalancing charges’

Weak Asia causes SAP software licence sales to drop

For the first time in three years SAP has reported a drop in software licence sales with a weak performance in Asia being blamed

Trustmarque completes £19.5m refinancing

Major refinancing initiative delivered by HSBC Leveraged Finance comes just weeks after Trustmarque’s private equity-backed £43m MBO

Extreme, Lenovo in pact to offer data center products

Extreme Networks and Lenovo strike a reseller agreement to offer a bundled package of network switches and enterprise servers to enterprises.

BMC kicks off summer of cloud

BMC Software has decided this will be a summer of cloud as it looks to trumpet its activities in the market

Dell delays shareholder vote

Dell has postponed the shareholder vote over Michael Dell's plans to take the firm private

Novell iPrint latest to answer mobile print challenge

Establishing mobile print in large organizations is still a challenge, but it's becoming easier thanks to several vendors filling the void.

Surface price cuts and PC slowdown hits Microsoft

A $900m charge to cover Surface price cuts and inventory issues as well as a decline in the Windows division took the shine off Microsoft's Q4 numbers

Microsoft takes $900m hit on Surface RT

Microsoft has reported net income of $4.97bn on revenues of $19.9bn for the quarter ending 30 June 2013

Facebook to acquire UK startup Monoidics

Facebook is to acquire UK startup Monoidics, which makes code verification and analysis tools and specialises in detecting coding errors

Acronis warns against BYOD denial

Acronis has urged resellers to help a significant number of customers who are in denial about the need to react to the BYOD trend