TechTarget News - Week of Sep 29, 2013

Europe fails to invest in downtimes

Enterasys CEO Chris Crowell says economic downturns are the best times to invest, but with more activity in the US than Europe

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 27 September 2013

Outsourcery fills Microsoft cloud gap, Ingram hires new president, COO, Avnet pitches desktop virtualisation programme at channel. Catch up on last week's biggest stories

ComputerLinks signs with iScan Online

ComputerLinks continues to bolster its portfolio to help resellers secure customers worried about mobility and BYOD issues

SME cloud buyers looking for local expertise

SME cloud buyers can buy services anywhere but prefer to deal with local resellers that understand their connectivity issues

EE hit by weekend of outages

Mobile operator EE confirms issues on its network but keeps quiet about the causes

Government turns to reserves to fight cyber war

The government has revealed it will start recruiting next month for a cyber security unit to fend off nation-state attacks

Gridstore changes target to storage for Hyper-V

Gridstore Inc. prepares to release new nodes that handle block storage and are optimized for storage for Hyper-V hypervisors.

iomart splashes out on Backup Technologies

Cloud specialist iomart has bolstered its portfolio after acquiring hosted backup and disaster recovery player Backup Technologies

Ingram Micro buys hardware recycling outfit CloudBlue

Ingram Micro buys into reverse logistics business with acquisition of US-based asset disposition, data destruction and e-waste recycling firm CloudBlue Technologies

HP PartnerOne gets new specialisations, rebates, certifications

Another overhaul over at HP sees its PartnerOne programme repositioned to make it easier and more predictable for partners in areas such as cloud, software and PPS to increase their profitability

Google makes new search commitments to the EU

The head of the competition commission believes Google’s new proposals around its search sites will answer any anti-trust concerns of its rivals

Waiting for real Office for iOS? Don't bother

End users don't need Microsoft Office for iOS because there are plenty of third-party, Office-like productivity suites to use instead.

Indian mid-market increase IT spending this year

Despite austerity and cost cutting, Indian mid-market businesses will increase investment in IT to improve customer satisfaction and upgrade hardware and software to support business growth

Tesco profits drop despite multichannel shopping

Tesco's pre-tax profits fell 24% to £1.39bn over the first half of its financial year despite adopting multichannel shopping technology

MicroScope's top stories, September 2013

Gartner warns cloud not a guarantee of wealth, Citrix aquires in UK and Amazon extends IaaS lead. Catch up on the biggest stories affecting the channel from September 2013

Getronics backers buy NEC Enterprise Solutions UK biz

Getronics’ German backers Aurelius buy NEC Enterprise Solutions direct sales and services business in the UK and other European countries to augment its enterprise comms business

Cloud reseller start-ups gaining attention

The growing number of small resellers that have emerged focused solely on the cloud are being taken seriously by Box

IT failure hits NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

IT system failure leads to hundreds of postponed NHS appointments and staff unable to access clinical and admin systems

Tandberg releases LTO-6 HH external tape drive

Tandberg Data announced availability of its new LTO-6 HH (Half Height) external drive, aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses for backup.

Belfast Health Trust virtualises its way to the cloud

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is implementing virtualisation technology across the trust, with hopes to become a cloud provider in the near future

SCC revenues up despite impact of SDG sale

Underlying full year business at solutions provider SCC has proved resilient in the wake of the sale of its distribution arm, SDG, to Azlan

Lenovo readies server and storage push

Lenovo's plans to extend its product line beyond PCs will continue with the launch later this quarter of servers into the UK market

Micro-P bolsters computing division

Micro-P has brought on board a couple of new recruits as it looks to bolster its computing division

FBI shuts down Silk Road online drug market

The FBI has shut down the Silk Road online drug market and arrested kingpin Ross Ulbricht, previously known only as Dread Pirate Roberts

BlackBerry admits to poor take-up of BES 10

BlackBerry has admitted that sales of its core product for business users – BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 - have failed to live up to expectations

CIOs are underselling IT to business

Study reveals that business leaders do not understand what the IT department does, while CIOs are selling themselves short

Oracle UK channel boss: partners must address legacy estates

Oracle’s new UK channel VP Will O’Brien has nailed his colours to the mast, urging resellers to expand their expertise and push the Oracle solution stack into legacy customers

Lack of skills causing channel concerns

A potential lack of skilled digital thinkers has been highlighted at the Canalys Channel Forum as an issue the industry needs to tackle