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DDN offers help to 'stranded' Seagate ClusterStor customers

DDN says it will provide support to stranded ClusterStor customers following Seagate’s product line shutdown - only they are not stranded. Seagate announced it was closing its ClusterStor product line last week, with Cray buying the HPC array product business and taking on the support obligations. DDN co-founder and CEO Alex …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space. "Expansys is now focused on its partner and B2B business hence the website is closed to consumers. If you are a …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2017
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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

Pic A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side. The electoral gaffe by John Brooker, MD of Storm Technologies, was widely reported in the days after the general election on …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2017
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Microsoft distie Entatech goes TITSUP

The loss of contracts with strategic vendors and the subsequent decline in sales forced components distributor Entatech to call in administrative receivers, The Reg can confirm. Insolvency practitioners Chris Pole and Mark Orton from KPMG were appointed on 8 May, and now face the task of "exploring" what seem like limited …
Paul Kunert, 09 May 2017
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Franken-firm DXC Technology is born today, the fun begins...

Franken-firm DXC Technology, the corporate mash-up between CSC and HPE Enterprise Services that was brought to life today, has urged staff to turn up to work in fancy dress, or at least corporate colours, to celebrate the launch. Memos - seen by us - were sent to staff of the new company at the end of last week, listing all of …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2017
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Sources: Misco sold to Hilco Capital, care home for the distressed

Exclusive Systemax has offloaded almost all of its Misco-branded European reseller operations to Hilco Capital, a buyer of distressed firms that will add the failing tech supplier to a basket that already contains HMV and Staples, multiple sources have told The Reg. An agreement was reached on Friday that comprises entities trading as …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2017
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Alternative vet Quartermaine exits Daisy, Daisy...

Brit IT services giant Daisy Group has waved goodbye to former Alternative Networks CEO Mark Quartermaine – just months after it bought the comms and tech integrator, an internal document has confirmed. The absorption of Alternative, bought for £165m in December, was detailed in a memo this week by Daisy CEO Neil Muller, who …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2017
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Safe, staffers? We'll let you know

Staff at Safe Computing - Britain’s nearest equivalent to Workday - are feeling anything but secure about their livelihoods after reading a proposal by their new owner to axe some jobs. Safe, which writes HR, payroll, staffing, financial and background screening software and employed just shy of 200 people across offices in …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2017
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FCA straps on rubber gloves, eyes Redcentric's accounting mess

The Financial Conduct Authority is to probe the accounting screw-up at Redcentric that was made public last autumn when the firm admitted to overstating assets and understating net debts by millions of pounds. The London Stock Exchange-listed MSP said it made multi-year number crunching errors that saw net assets exaggerated …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2017
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Capita swallows £50m blow after writing down historic contracts

Everyone's favourite cuddly outsourcing corp Capita is writing off a cool £50m worth of assets related to certain deals with customers after a "comprehensive review across its major contracts" base. The listed firm today told the London Stock Exchange that top brass had decided to "impair, at the year end 2016, a number of …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2017

BlackBerry wraps up India

Tying up loose ends, BlackBerry has found a licensee to sell BlackBerry-branded devices in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It now has deals in place covering the planet, the largest by far being with Chinese giant TCL. Publicly listed Optiemus Infracom will sell the devices in the Indian region. The company is a …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2017

ENTA founder Tsai gets banhammer as company director for 13 years

Thirteen is certainly unlucky for Jason Tsai, one-time owner of distie Changtel Solutions UK – formerly ENTA Technologies (ETL) – as that's the number of years he's been barred from being a company director. The “disqualification” was due to Tsai’s participation in a VAT carousel – also commonly known as missing trader intra- …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2017
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Unite: CSC UK set for 'jobs massacre' as 1,101 heads put on chopping block

Sickly outsourcing titan CSC UK is strapping another 1,101 staff to the employment catapult to be hurled out of the organisation between March and September, according to Unite the union. In a newsletter to members - seen by us - the union claimed it was “time to fight” the pending “massacre” of jobs “across most areas of the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2017
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Computacenter: No mention of Brexit but UK sales went nowhere in 2016

The gods of channel sales growth did not smile on Computacenter in 2016 as the UK filed standstill top line numbers and progress in European ops was unpicked by unfavourable forex rates. Unaudited results for the financial year were released today, showing group revenues that were flat on the prior year, indicating they were …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jan 2017
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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

Santa's sack was bulging over Chrimbo, but it wasn't due to PC-shaped presents – computer sales slipped again in the final quarter of 2016, capping off five consecutive years of market shrinkage. According to data from Gartner, shipments to distributors and retailers fell 3.7 per cent year-on-year to 72.6 million units. The …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2017
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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Come February, Redmond will be ending pay-as-you-go Azure access for new customers on the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement, as it turns to channel partners to win small customers who are floating away. Existing customers currently purchasing Azure on a pay-as-you-go basis through the MPSA will be allowed to continue …

SCC veterans set to leave the building after two decades

Nigh on 20-year SCC veteran Andy Wright is hanging up his company overalls to take a commercial director role and board seat at reseller XMA, sister company to distributor Westcoast. SCC CEO James Rigby confirmed to El Reg that Wright, who was also his firm’s commercial director, will leave at the beginning of March. “He’s …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2017

Hey Brit Transport Police, your tech supplier has changed ownership

MTI Europe, a tech supplier to the British Transport Police, has swapped one private equity owner for another with Endless LLP slurping the Surrey-based business for an undisclosed fee. The seller of cloudy infrastructures, storage and security services is one of EMC's largest trade customers in the UK. It also has operations …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jan 2017
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HPE exec quits for online security startup

The veep chosen by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s to run its sales channels in the UK and Ireland has quit to take up a post an at online security services startup. Lee Hughes was given control of the channel, service provider and SME teams at the start of the year, replacing Johnny Ansell, who moved to head up the Azure and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Dec 2016
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Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov

Despite all the mini fires burning at beleaguered Capita, the much maligned outsourcing giant remained the UK's biggest public sector tech services supplier in 2016 as revenues swelled to £1.9bn. An annual report by analyst TechMarketView found the firm that everyone loves to hate increased top line sales 5 per cent year-on- …
Kat Hall, 22 Dec 2016
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MSP Redcentric: Our financial errors are WORSE than we thought

The extent of the financial mismanagement at London-listed managed services outfit Redcentric were outlined today, and they are way worse than the company signalled when the mistakes were first found. The business admitted last month that it has it had made multi-year accounting errors that meant it overstated net assets by at …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2016
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Job cuts, falling sales and now a mega pension deficit at RM

Staff at cost cutting education tech supplier RM discovered today the deficit in the company pension pot has widened substantially. In a trading update, the Oxfordshire-based business confirmed that financial results for the year ended 30 November are in line with forecasts - analysts expected sales to shrink by £8m year-on- …
Paul Kunert, 13 Dec 2016
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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

Christmas is a time to remember those less fortunate, and classic British underdog Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards may have had this in mind when he was guest speaker at IBM’s festive knees-up for tech resellers last week. The famous loser, which hasn't grown sales for almost four years, invited Edwards to regale the channel folk at …
Paul Kunert, 12 Dec 2016
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Are you listening, Mr Trump? World's largest tech distie is now owned by the Chinese

The world's largest tech distributor is now privately owned by the Chinese: shipping titan Tianjin Tianhai has coughed a whopping $6bn to take over US-based Ingram Micro. The transaction, made public in February, was held up earlier in the year after the Shanghai Stock Exchange sought answers over financial implications for …
Paul Kunert, 07 Dec 2016
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SimpliVity does meet-in-the-channel type deal with Huawei

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software supplier SimpliVity has certified Huawei hardware for its OmniStack software. OmniStack with Huawei FusionServer is an all-flash implementation of OmniStack. Qiu Long, President of Huawei IT Server Product Line, provided a ready-made quote: "Huawei servers running …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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AWS hops aboard Internet of Things bandwagon

Amazon has jumped aboard the Internet of Things bandwagon, offering to certify its APN Partners as "Amazon IoT Competency Partners", it announced at its AWS re:Invent conference. "To become an AWS IoT Competency Partner, you must meet a number of requirements, such as providing use case-specific public customer references, and …
Gareth Corfield, 30 Nov 2016
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Shields wins out in battle of UK channel overlords at Dell EMC

Dell EMC has finally confirmed Sarah Shields as president elect of its UK and Ireland channel. Shields ran the local channel for Dell before it gobbled EMC and was vying for post at the expanded organisation with Kevin Sparks, her counterpart at the storage firm - his next role is as yet unconfirmed. She officially takes …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016
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Dell EMC UK and Ireland commercial boss quits

Dell EMC today told the workforce that UK exec Tim Griffin is standing down to pursue pastures new – the second senior exec to exit the business in as many months. Griffin rocked up at Dell in October 2003 as APJ sales and marketing director for services. He held numerous posts until he was made the UK and Ireland CEO and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016
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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

Can you fire someone for not telling you they have a criminal record and did time for dealing drugs? Australian system integrator Data#3 has just been told the answer to that question is “no”, under some circumstances. As a report (PDF) on this case explains, in late December 2014, Data#3 hired a chap known only as “Mr. AW” as …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Jingle bells, RM tells, some staff to go away... via Skype

RM Education sprinkled some festive cheer among its staffers by confirming in a Skype call with them that redundancies are in the offing. In a statement sent to El Reg, RM managing director Toby Black, confirmed "with sincere regret" that 70 people are to lose their jobs across the business, including 35 from the head office …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2016

HP Inc CEO Dion: Whey-hey, we're on the pull

HP Inc has delivered its first full year of financial results, and they aren't looking good. Profits fell 63 per cent, revenue was down 6 per cent, and its earnings per share were down over a quarter. It had been a difficult year, CEO Dion Weisler acknowledged during Tuesday's earnings call, but the company is now planning to …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2016
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Alternative Networks joins Daisy chain gang: Hungry rival snaps it up for £165m

Telecoms business Daisy is poised to gobble Alternative Networks for £165m - the latest deal in its seemingly insatiable appetite for acquisitions. IT and telecoms biz Alternative employs 600 people and reported a turnover increase of 9 per cent to £146.8m for the full-year 2015. However, Philip Carse, analyst at Megabuyte, …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

Barnet council's controversial £322m 10-year outsourcing deal is plagued by a number "performance issues" particularly within IT - but has also yielded "significant savings" since 2013, according to a report. The borough's chiefs have reviewed the Customer and Support Group (CSG) contract handed to Capita and concluded it has …
Kat Hall, 21 Nov 2016
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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

VMware will become the latest American software company to bump up UK prices for customers by double digit percentage points from the start of next year, not that Virtzilla wanted to be drawn on the plans. Instead, Softcat - a reseller dripping in VMware sales silverware - confirmed that from 1 January next year the cost of …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2016

Managed services biz hires 'forensic' beanies to review dodgy accounting

A bean counter and legal eagle are to pick over the financial blundering at managed service provider Redcentric, the London Stock Exchange-listed business has confirmed. The CFO quit last week following the discovery of fiscal errors that would result in sweeping write-downs of historic profits, with the cost of correcting …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2016
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The only thing worse than working at CSC? An Xmas redundo programme at CSC

Trigger-happy CSC is aiming the redundancy gun at another batch of hapless employees just in time for Chrimbo – a fate perhaps only slightly worse than actually working at the integrator over the festive season. Hard-pressed staff were this week made aware of a third round of job cuts for 2016 – earlier rounds came in May and …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2016

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