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Steady as she goes at Softcat, Q3 trading in line with forecasts

London Stock Exchange-listed reselling machine Softcat has issued a steady as she goes update to the market though it was stat light and made no further mention of economic storm clouds gsathering. The Marlow-based biz that floated late last year, warned at the half-way stage of fiscal ’16 ended January of “risks posed to …
Paul Kunert, 24 May 2016
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R&D white coats at HP Inc will make corporate ID into wearable tech

The consumerisation of wearables has got HP Inc’s chief techie thinking about ways to reach out and touch everyone on the planet. The obvious way to do it? Sex up the corporate name badge, of course. Shane Wall, CTO at the PC and printer monster told us the company is eyeing up the top spot in commercial wearables – though …
Paul Kunert, 29 Mar 2016
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Veritas-free Symantec: what is glittery and easier to slip into?

Efforts to jump start revenue growth at Symantec started today with a revamped channel programme that threatens to shower third party sellers with more cash, coughed more frequently. The Symantec Secure One follows sales declines of enterprise security in three of the past four quarters at the corporation, and comes as it lops …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2015
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Storage silo unification from file sharer ownCloud

Interview We came across what seemed like just another file sync and sharer, and sighed. Yet checking ownCloud's product out showed there was a lot more to it than that, which made us curious. So we asked Markus Rex, its CEO and co-founder, some questions to find out more. His answers certainly filled in the background and scope of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015
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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

Opinion A funny thing happened while I was reinstalling Windows 8 over Windows 10 yesterday morning. There in front of me, halfway through the installation process, were two full, clear pages of privacy toggles. Every toggle was set to not send private information to Microsoft, or anyone else. In addition, Windows 8 created a local …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Aug 2015

Isilon brains trust flock to data-tastic upstart Qumulo

Storage startup Qumulo, founded by ex-Isilon execs, wants to get rid of the digital dumpsters it says are littering the file storage landscape by building a scale-out filesystem suitable for the flash age. It believes future storage will be software, using low-cost commodity hardware, functioning as an intelligent collaborator …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2015
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Behold our swollen sales digits, crow Microsoft enterprise partners

The financials for a bunch of Microsoft’s top table enterprise licensing channel partners are in, and though none of them are getting rich quickly, there’s seems room enough in straight reselling to make a living. York-based Software Box (SBL) toasted its 25 years of life by bringing home £128.1m in sales for the 12 months ended …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2015
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Manage the risks and seize the opportunities of BYOD

Many companies understand the obvious aspects of BYOD (bring your own device) and mobile device management (MDM). Employees work on the devices that they like and use and share data seamlessly, whether that data is personal or business. Mobile devices nowadays can do so much more than texting and sending emails. They can provide …
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BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

Most vendors and analysts agree: you can’t avoid BYOD (bring your own device). But despite all the excitement about letting people use whatever smartphones, tablets, convertibles or latest thingamajig they want at work, many businesses are still wary of the BYOD trend. Some organisations, by necessity, just cannot adopt BYOD …
Stuart Burns, 06 Nov 2014
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Fujitsu Services ordered to reveal size of pay scale for ALL TECHIES

An arbitration court has sided with the Unite union and ordered Fujitsu Services to go open kimono about employee's pay structure, in a bid to aid collective bargaining during the annual pay review. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) — an independent dispute resolution body with statuary powers — received a complaint from …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2014
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Ingram UK basks in rosy glow of ... successful cost-cutting

Throwing costs overboard, smaller interest repayments and walking away from lower-margin business beautified Ingram Micro UK’s bottom line in calendar ’13, as its latest Companies House filing reveals. The Milton Keynes-based biz reported turnover of £968.5m, up 2.15 per cent, or 1.4 per cent when inter-group trade (£36.7m) was …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2014
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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

Analysis Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone We attended a Microsoft conference in London earlier this month, along with 200 senior execs, to find out more about Windows Phone 8.1, the company’s big play to get customers to buy into its enterprise mobility story. At the same time we were treated to the UK debut of the Nokia Lumia 630, the …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014

Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

The storage landscape is changing. The storage products and skills needed for a small firm have so far been very different from those needed in large enterprises. Yet we now have some storage vendors delivering enterprise-class products aimed at workgroups, while some enterprise buyers choose mid-range products to save money. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

Storagebod “Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London. This started up another train of thought: in this new world of software-defined storage, how should the …
StorageBod, 02 May 2014
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HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it

Corporations are close to handing staff credit notes to buy or choose their own technology in a trend that will bust classic IT departments and supply chains, HP's top boss for Europe reckons. BYOD has morphed into Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) but the impact will still be just as dramatic, said Herbert Köck, HP's joint head …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014
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Crayon pleads with channel: Help us build our UK biz

SAM specialist and global Microsoft licensing solutions partner (LSP) Crayon is looking to cosy up to a small bunch of resellers and SIs via a sales referral model. The Nordic-owned consultancy and licensing transactional engine set up shop in Blighty after devouring locally based Fast Ltd a year ago. The 45-strong UK operation …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Storagebod I’ve been fairly used to the idea that my PC at home is substantially better than my work one; this has certainly been the case for me for more than a decade. I’m a geek and I spend more than most on my personal technology environment. However, it is no longer just my home PC. I’ve got better software tools and back-end systems …
StorageBod, 11 Mar 2014
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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

IT contractors are being treated to whopping great annual pay rises of up to 13 per cent, a survey has revealed. While the rest of the world makes do with rock bottom wages, tech bods working in the financial services sector are finding their pay packets shoot skywards due to heavy demand for their skills, according to the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Feb 2014
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DropBox puts locks on doors, hopes biz bods will buy the house

DropBox is tightening up its service for businesses rather than risk getting kicked out by security-conscious CIOs. The collaboration service, hyped by Silicon Valley, will start offering secure and remotely managed connections between people's personal and business DropBox accounts on PC and mobile from next month. Its DropBox …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Nov 2013

iTunes-for-corporates private app stores put firms at risk – survey

Businesses risk flunking software licence audits and overpaying for their apps by rolling out their own take on Apple’s iTunes app stores for business. That’s the warning from an IDC and Flexera Software poll that found 63 per cent of companies are planning their own enterprise app stores. Stores will be used by staff to …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2013

Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints

Sysadmin blog So you want to know about security? Well you have come to the right place. I have been here for a while and I can tell you that outside these gates it’s full of cowboys, sharks and pirates, none of whom will hesitate to take what is yours and call it their own. The above is is a quote from a brochure I wrote in an attempt to …
Aaron Milne, 22 Oct 2013
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Vohkus hauls in former Kelway officer as COO

Kelway's former chief bean counter Craig Compton has bagged a seat on the board and keys to the COO's office at south coast-based reseller Vohkus. Compton left Kelway in the summer of 2011 after three and a half year stint during which the company hoovered up targets including Panacea, Repton and ISC Networks. The abacus …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013
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Alfresco's IPO is bad news for tech stock junkies

Analysis UK open-source software biz Alfresco took a big decision in January when it named its first new chief executive in eight years, replacing the British John Powell with the American Doug Dennerline. Powell, who had been CEO since the founding of Alfresco, captained the British company from small fish to 1,300-customer whale, …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013
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What heat wave? Pay still frozen over for 70 per cent at Capita ITS

Over a quarter of Capita's IT Services division were given pay rises in the April review this year, the firm has said, but the rest of them will have to wait until business is better. ITS managing director Peter Hands and ops director Steve Rick said in a conference call on Friday that the pay rises they had managed to squeeze …
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Universities teach us a thing or two about BYOD

Our Regcast of 13 June, BYOD Beyond the Noise, focused on the infrastructure you build to accommodate the consumerisation of IT. Trevor Kelly and Andy Cooper, our studio guests from HP, pointed out that universities are one group of institutions that know how to do BYOD (bring your own device) well. In the past 10 years …
Tim Phillips, 09 Jul 2013
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Comparex posts single-digit margin returns for fiscal '13

Slogging it out in the licensing sales game is a tough business. Scale is a requisite to compensate for thinning margins, and vendors are constantly chopping away at back-end fees. Microsoft large account reseller (LAR) Comparex typifies the challenge facing software resellers, and the net margin strain can be seen in their …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jun 2013

Speaking in Tech: Explicit vid reveals hot tech stars in LIVE STRIP SHOW

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's the first anniversary of El Reg's weekly enterprise podcast and hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela have an incredible all-star lineup this week - plus an EXPLICIT VID of a topless EMC veep. Their special guests this week are Chad Sakac, senior VP Global …
Team Register, 01 May 2013
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

Comment What exactly is end-user computing (EUC)? There are so many different definitions that even vendors can’t agree on a single version of the truth. These range from VDI technology to file sharing across multiple devices to platforms that let you access cloud-based apps. What is clear is that just like cloud computing, …
Tim Ayling, 29 Apr 2013
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Still pitching to CIOs? You're living in the PAST

Within the next year, almost half of the cloud deals negotiated by value-added resellers will not have an IT team representative present when the technology decision is made, according to the latest predictions from top IT biz analysts Gartner and Forrester. The consumerisation of IT - where biz bods introduce cutting edge tech …
James Akrigg, 15 Apr 2013
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CIOs: Are you your CEO's business partner or their gimp?

Secret CIO The title CIO is often suggested, mostly as satire, to stand for Career Is Over, usually by bitter people who applied for the job but didn’t get it. The joke isn't true but nor is it totally without foundation, because the days of the career CIO seem to be coming to an end. These days CIO is often a position taken by someone on …
Warren Burns, 14 Apr 2013
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XMA back on its feet after 2011 public sector knockdown

XMA staged a top line recovery in calendar 2012 as it reduced its reliance on the public sector by drumming up more business with commercial customers. The Nottingham-based reseller upped revenues by 5.1 per cent in the year - to £122m from £116m in 2011 - but this was still short of the £140m turnover it racked up back in 2010 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Apr 2013
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Capita's top brass bags 20% rise - as IT bods shiver in wage freeze

Capita's top bosses' annual compensation packages rose by a fifth last year - at the same time the UK outsourcing giant's IT Services (ITS) workers had their wages frozen and bonuses scrapped. Hard-pressed ITS staffers, who are thrashing out a pay deal for 2013, were furious when they learned of the windfall enjoyed by execs at …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013
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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

Product Round-up Does a computer need to look sexy? You might say that the looks of such a pragmatic gadget don’t matter. After all, most of us have, at one time or another, had to make do with bland, beige boxes almost exactly like everyone else’s bland, beige box, and it didn't hinder us from getting the job done, or made play any the less …
Tony Smith, 09 Apr 2013
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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

For IT architects, one of the most important non-functional requirements to determine is the availability needs of a system’s users. It’s often expensive and risky adding availability features to an already deployed solution, so getting it right first time is important. In current times however, we’re being asked to regularly …
Gavin Payne, 02 Apr 2013
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Fusion-io gobbles Brit Linux SCSI gurus ID7

Fusion-io flogs software to turn a server fitted with its PCIe flash cards into a shared storage appliance. It turns out that the software is based on UK developer ID7's code and Fusion-io has just bought the company. ID7 was set up in 2006 and produces SCST, an open-source Linux component used by many storage vendors. It is a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Microsoft cuts to core on BizTalk Server price hike

Some Microsoft customers running the latest version of BizTalk Server can expect a massive hike in their bill under a licensing change being ushered in on 1 April. Redmond is scrapping its per-processor license for BizTalk Server 2013 and will instead begin charging users according to the number of cores running on their …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2013

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device - or Bring Your Own Disaster?

Live Chat In most discussions of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and consumerisation the experts' mistrust of users is evident. Typically, IT departments are not keen on people bringing their own devices into work with the expectation that apps, services and support will just magically work. But some organisations have decided to trust the …
David Gordon, 12 Mar 2013
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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

Companies are paying £61 a month for every device their workers bring into the office, but less than half of IT departments have any say in mobile strategy these days. The numbers come from biz Wi-Fi flogger iPass, which discovered that only 48 per cent of IT departments are still in control of the spending on mobile devices, …
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2013
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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

In the week Apple finally released an iPad with a storage capacity greater than 64GB - double that; 128GB to be precise - Seagate made its Wireless Plus available. Of course, if Apple’s Flash mark-up wasn’t so colossal, or it had had the wit to either built a Micro SD port into its tablets or allow USB mass storage devices to …
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2013

Ball-gazer on 2013: More like Crystal Maze for channel biz

Well, it’s that time of the year again: time to engage in some belated amateur crystal ball gazing to pick out the channel trends of the next 12 months. In all honesty, I think 2012 went better than any of us could have hoped, given the continued macro-economic slump throughout Europe. Considering the less-than-glorious forecast …
Tim Ayling, 01 Feb 2013

Invasion of the Killer Slablets: How BYOD can be good for channel

With a new wave of low-cost tablets hitting the shelves of retailers globally last Christmas – some starting at as little as £100 – consumers of all ages and professions rushed out to grab their very own before the "sold out" sign appeared. But as tablet prices decrease, the potential business impact of the consumerisation of IT …
Kevin Bland, 22 Jan 2013
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BYOD: A bigger headache for IT bosses than Windows Metro?

Nothing elicits passionate debate quite like the suggestion that consumer technology is dictating workplace IT - with the exception of arguments over the Windows 8 Metro desktop, perhaps. The debate on the consumerisation of IT is packed with business, legal and human resources headaches. Individual prejudices and experience …
Trevor Pott, 27 Nov 2012

BYOD for our own staff? That would be 'embarrassing' – HP exec

Exclusive HP will not offer a BYOD programme internally, presumably because it can't take the ignominy of employees potentially turning up with shiny Apple kit: or devices from any other vendor for that matter. The US tech monster, which continues to stagger, has a raft of "BYOD solutions", including security and storage solutions, but …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2012
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Distie consolidation: Someone everyone's gonna get hurt

When you look at the latest spate of acquisitions by broadline distributors, it's hard not to visualise an alcoholic who, concerned that he's facing a period of drought and associated health issues, decides the best way to deal with them is to have another drink. The pace of acquisitions by major distributors like Arrow, Tech …
Eddie Pacey, 19 Oct 2012
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Ballmer aims chair at Apple after Windows package miss

Steve Ballmer is eyeing up an Apple-style future for Microsoft of device manufacture and support, just as he’s been personally dinged for underperforming in one of the company’s cash cows: Windows. Microsoft’s chief executive has evangelised devices as the future opportunity for Redmond in his annual letter to shareholders, …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2012
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CIOs urged to take BYOD pleas with pinch of salt

When it comes to implementing mobile technologies inside and outside of the company, plan, plan and then plan some more, but don’t listen too hard to your customers or users, a panel of top IT leaders has advised. Speaking at the CIO Executive Summit 2012 in Hong Kong this week, CIOs from a variety of industries explained that …
Phil Muncaster, 07 Sep 2012
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BYOD turns sysadmins into heroes

Bring Your Own Device programmes can help to keep staff happy and turn IT bods into "heroes" but the hard RoI from spikes in productivity is unproven, according to Intel’s IT manager for China. Liam Keating told media at Chipzilla’s Cloud Summit event in Bangkok this week that Intel has around 29,000 employee handsets to manage …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Aug 2012
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Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

Blocks and Files The cloud is going to impact disk drive manufacturers' bottom line, big time. Think about it: if Dropbox, iCloud and SkyDrive succeed, people won't need disk drives on their PCs. Are you listening Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital? The biggest ever threat to their consumer computer disk drive business is cloud-based file 'n …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2012
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Microsoft Surface slate: Acer, resellers predict a riot

Microsoft has scored two own goals by getting into the hardware game with Surface, the software giant's design for a laptop that thinks it's a tablet: long-standing PC manufacturers are alienated, and there is growing disquiet in the channel over Redmond's decision to sell the lap slab direct. The Pegatron-built Surface slate …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2012
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BYOD: The great small biz security headache

After surveying more than 1600 IT professionals late last year, the analyst firm Freeform Dynamics concluded that the consumerisation of IT is a real thing, and it is not just down to those pesky young people and their shiny iPads. Company founder Dale Vile says the trend is driven not just by the so-called digital natives, …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jun 2012