TechTarget News - Week of Sep 22, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 20 September 2013

HP UK boss Wilson heads Down Under, Advanced rides to rescue of 2e2 public sector customer, and Outsourcery strikes Ingram Micro deal. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from the past week

BlackBerry cuts 4,500 jobs after $1bn loss

BlackBerry is to cut 40% of its workforce after revealing a likely loss of nearly $1bn in its latest financial quarter

Outsourcery reacts to channel demand with O-Cloud

Cloud specialist Outsourcery has launched its own small business offering to provide resellers with something to pitch to SMEs

Visa completes network upgrade

Visa Europe has completed the upgrade to its communications network, which will underpin its payments services and corporate connectivity.

Apple boasts of 9m iPhone sales

Apple has revealed it shifted 9m of its latest iPhone products over the weekend

Will project Baadal stimulate India’s MSME engine?

The Indian government wants to help its massive community of small businesses become more competitive in the age of the internet through a cloud computing resource, known as Baadal.

Tesco enters the tablet fray

Tesco has become the latest to throw its hat into the tablet ring with the launch of its Hudl

DECC names IT suppliers for smart meter project

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the IT suppliers that will provide the technology to underpin smart meters

Amazon S3 API for cloud storage leads pack, for now

Vendors continue to add support for Amazon's S3 API, but will alternative APIs knock it down from its current status of the de facto standard?

BlackBerry ponders going private with $4.7bn offer

A consortium named Fairfax Financial Holdings offers $4.7bn for the struggling mobile manufacturer but allows it to keep searching for other buyers before the deal is done

Strong iPhone sales bolster Apple Q4 hopes

Having sold 9m iPhones in just three days Apple has indicated that it expects its Q4 revenues to come in at the top-end of expectations

National census set to go digital

The paper-based national census is set to end, as the Office for National Statistics looks to replace its 10-yearly survey with a digital alternative

Red Hat reaches channel milestone

Linux specialist Red Hat saw more revenue come from partners in its fiscal Q2 than anytime previously

Labour leader pledges more support for SMEs

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has used his speech at the party conference to talk of the need to do more to support SMEs

C-level executives cry out for data scientists

Board level executives are putting pressure on their IT organisations to find data scientists, according to Teradata research

70% of IT professionals using cloud at work

Almost three-quarters of IT professionals use cloud-based applications at work with security and backup in the cloud becoming more common

Comstor signed up by X-IO

Comstor has inked a deal with X-IO to extend storage to those resellers selling data centre and cloud solutions

Virtual data loss continues to be a problem

Users appear to think they are safe in a virtual environment but figures from Kroll Ontrack reveal problems with data loss

IBM cloud VP talks SoftLayer and OpenStack

Find out what IBM's plans are to integrate OpenStack into SoftLayer, along with the rest of the roadmap plans for the IaaS service it bought in June.

MPs slam Google for failing to protect IP

Google has been heavily criticised in a Select Committee report that claims the search engine giant is not doing enough to protect intellectual property

Express Metrix looks for strategic SAM partners

Software Asset Management specialist Express Metrix is looking to make the conversation partners have with customers around software more strategic

NaviSite formalises channel programme

Cloud specialist NaviSite has formalised its channel partner programme to support greater levels of indirect business

Node4 takes wraps off refreshed portal

Data centre specialist Node4 has revealed it is refreshing its partner activities from next month

Government approves BYOD for public sector staff

The government has issued security approval for public sector organisations to offer bring your own device (BYOD) schemes for employees

Intrinsic names former AppSense boss to CEO role

AppSense CEO Darron Antill is to join MSP Intrinsic as chief executive to help pave the way for the next stage of the firm’s growth strategy

Dixons sells loss making Pixmania

Dixons has offloaded its struggling Pixmania ecommerce operation to a German buyer

Ballmer urges Microsoft to keep innovating

In his last speech to employees at a company wide meeting at Microsoft Steve Ballmer said the firm would continue to think big

Google facing European sanctions over data protection

Google is facing possible European sanctions over its privacy policy after French data protection regulators said the search firm has not complied with its requests