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BYOD for our staff? 'Career limiting' move, says Dell exec

Dell is fully behind the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, just not for its own employees. UK boss Tim Griffin said Dell has a raft of options for customers looking to accommodate staff who haul their own gear into the office but internally only offers its people BYOD on smartphones. "Our BYOD is really around the mobile, as …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2013
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IT chiefs choose Choose-YOD over full fat BYOD for now

Insight EMEA boss Stuart Fenton says BYOD is failing to set the world alight: but a half-fat version is gaining some traction within enterprises. Talking at the annual Insight Technology Show 2013, attended by some 2,000 representatives at 1,500 customers, Fenton told The Channel that "Choose YOD" is whipping up some interest …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2013
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Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

When you are as bombarded by BYOD good-news stories as El Reg is these days, the central marketing message that emerges is it's all about "freedom of choice." Not for long, it seems, if the Gartner's analysts are correct: they forecast that half of all companies will enforce "choice" as a condition of employment. The biggest …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2013

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

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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BYOD trend could kill off role of CIO – SCC

The traditional role of the CIO is under threat as the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon crosses into the mainstream. But the channel is set to feel the impact too, or so says reseller-cum-integrator SCC, whose CTO today delivered a keynote on 'Architecting Choice' to the CIO Connect Conference in London, identifying BYOD …
Paul Kunert, 02 Oct 2012
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BYOD cheers up staff, boosts productivity - and IT bosses hate it

Costs, security headaches and battles to get different technologies working with each other are stalling Bring-Your-Own-Device schemes in UK offices, according to new figures. In an Insight poll of 232 IT managers in Blighty, 79 per cent said they aren't implementing strategies to allow employees to buy their own kit for both …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2012

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

McAfee enlists 2e2 for BYOD security blitz

2e2, the big UK reseller, won a tasty cloud gig this week, to supply McAfee Enterprise Mobility Manager (EMM) as a hosted service to telcos and managed service providers. 2e2's hosted resellers will in turn offer the McAfee mobile device management software to their own customers, large and small. Sales prospects are telcos …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012

Dell slurps BYOD protector firm

Dell is buying BYOD and end-point data protection specialist Credant Technologies for an undisclosed sum, but we make a stab at calculating it below. Privately held Credant was founded in 2001 in Addison, near Dallas, Texas - not too far away from Dell near Austin, and has offices elsewhere in the USA, the UK, and Sydney, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2012
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BYOD is a ticking time bomb for B2B resellers

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend among organisations will mean a £2bn sales boon for UK service providers within five years but will "significantly disrupt" the B2B hardware channel, says the analyst firm TechMarketView. Senior management within firms and younger employees, particularly those under 30, expect to use their …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2012
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Network security spending lifted by DoS attacks and BYOD

Organisations' efforts to safeguard against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and to manage the rise in BYOD fuelled Q4 market expansion, said Canalys. Sales across EMEA grew 9 per cent year-on-year and nearly 13 per cent on the previous quarter to $674m, the beancounter confirmed. Networking linchpin Cisco led the …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 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, but …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Jun 2012
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Druva adds BYOD crenellations to its data fortress

Druva's inSynch product has been revved to add tablets and smartphones to its existing laptop data protection scheme and bring them all into a uniform enterprise data protection and security scheme. Both Android and IOS tablets and smartphones are supported with a single user profile covering a user's bring your own device (BYOD …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2012
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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 Kock, HP's joint head of …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014
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DEATH of the desktop: Virtual systems could KILL OFF the biz PC

The business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing. Her are just a few reasons to predict the death of the business desktop : EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array, twinned with VMware View or Citrix Xen Desktop and backend VNX arrays, can support 7,000 or more virtual desktops All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Sync 'n' share startups hawk safer BYOD file-sharing

Dropbox file synchronisation and sharing is very popular but insecure. That's the cry from start-ups pushing their sync 'n' share products to business users. With the proliferation of smart, internet-connected devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones and desktops – all built by different suppliers, there is a need to share files …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012

Don't lose control of those fast-breeding endpoints

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

Logicalis swallows Jersey-based iConsult

Logicalis Group has devoured Jersey-based hosted-services minnow iConsult for an undisclosed sum. The integrator, part of Datatec Group, took over the Channel Islands business of fallen 2e2 earlier this year, which operates from Guernsey. Now this latest buy gives it a base in Jersey. Jens Montanana, chief exec at Datatec, said …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2013

Meg Whitman asks HPers to drag their asses into the office

Under-fire HP bosses have told staff who work from home that they're needed in the office, following the hardware giant's booting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Although managers stopped short of demanding a full ban on telecommuting, staff were advised that they were needed in the office to help reverse HP's fortunes. …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Oct 2013

They've taken my storage hostage ... now what?

There's an encrypting ransomware Trojan making the rounds called Cryptolocker. I will save the details on my battle with this beastie for later*, but suffice it to say that if this encrypts your stuff you are done. There is no getting your data back unless you have backups or pay the ransom. Let's set aside the ultra-well …
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013

Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

Microsoft's touchy Surface tablet and the wider family of the Windows 8 and 8.1 OEM "ecosystem" are 18 months behind where it "wants them to be", but they will soon start to put the clamps on the iPad, a Microsoft UK director is claiming. There are now plenty of touch-enabled slabbies in the UK supply chain, something that …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2013

Dell's fellow from Big Blue heads up blue sky division

A now-private Dell appears to have set up a Research Division headed by IBM import Jai Menon. Menon, a former IBM fellow, joined Dell in October 2012, becoming the chief technology officer at Round Rock. Now several reports, here and here for example, say he has been given the role of big boss of the R & D Division inside Dell …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014

PC market facing worst-ever slump in 2013

Analyst house IDC has revealed its latest predictions of the PC industry, and the results aren't pretty: shipments of desktop systems are expected to fall by 7.8 per cent this year, the biggest decline in the platform's history. Laptops aren't immune, either. IDC predicts that tablets will outsell laptops this year, and that by …
Iain Thomson, 28 May 2013

CLOUD TO SUCK UP ALL YOUR CASH: Govts around world slash IT spending

Governments around the world have made plans to cut their IT spending, according to a study, although apparently they're still really keen on the "cloud" and have also shown some interest in "Big Data". A survey conducted by research firm Gartner has found that global governments will spend a total of $449.5bn on IT in 2013, a 0 …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2013

I've just seen 10% of the PC biz disappear into the cloud

The days of the desktop computer look to be numbered. According to IDC, worldwide shipments of desktop systems fell 10 per cent in 2013, the biggest decline in the platform's history. IDC also predicts that for the first time tablets will outsell laptops and in fact the entire PC market by 2015. To borrow IDC’s terminology, …
Philippe Fossé, 24 Jan 2014
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IT box'n'services floggers to learn coding as biz want apps

Companies in the IT hardware and services channel are having to bone up on programming or outsource development as big biz takes a growing interest in mobile versions of enterprise software. At the Canalys Channel Forum, the analyst said, thanks to the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), services customers want are …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jan 2013
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How to survive the end-of-quarter SLOGFEST

Most of us working in the channel are no strangers to pressure. For better or worse it’s part and parcel of the job and when it all goes your way, there’s no better feeling in the world. On the other side, I’m sure we could all do without the late hours and the niggling stresses that go along with it. Nowhere is this more …
James Munroe, 17 Jan 2014

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
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Don't count out Overland Storage: Borged mixed tape biz = PROFIT at last

We expected declining revenues and another loss and Overland didn’t disappoint. First fiscal 2014 quarter revenues of $10.6m were down 9 per cent on the annual compare and 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, its new acquisition means it pulls a lot of resources out of the tape biz and into the more …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2013
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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

Microsoft is quietly confident it can avoid a repeat of the pantsing it took last Christmas with a triple consumer hit of Windows 8.1, Surface 2 and Xbox One. Terry Myerson, installed chief of all things Windows operating system at Microsoft in a massive Microsoft re-org during the summer, told Wall St yesterday there’s growing …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Dec 2013
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BMC on the private equity block

“Please don't call us a middleware company” BMC is reportedly close to being acquired in a $US6.5bn deal arranged by Bain Capital and Golden Gate Capital Corp. Financial press have tracked the deal for almost a month, but things now seem to be getting close to the moment at which prestigious pens reach paper, as Reuters roused …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2013
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Former HP direct sales bloke Logan jumps ship to Misco

Headhunters are out in the channel recruiting bods into Misco's fledgling enterprise team - and ex-HP bigwig Richard Logan is the first to join. The Systemax-owned reseller has grand plans to knock its largest EMEA rivals off their perch within five years, and is restructuring to achieve this. Logan, previously sales director …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012

Microsoft: Someone gave us shot in the ARM by swallowing Surface tabs

Microsoft has produced the name of a corporate customer in a fresh attempt to convince us Windows 8 is being adopted by businesses. Unfortunately, and in a sign of just how desperate things have really become, that customer is ARM - one of Microsoft's co-conspirators on Windows RT and Surface RT. The threadbare "news" comes …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2013

RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

RIM has seen its once dominant market position in corporate mobile plummet from a great height in the last couple of years. The Canadian giant has suffered a huge fall in stock price and, more importantly, penetration - currently around eight per cent market share - with continual declines, quarter upon quarter. So there is a …
Andy Goddard, 10 Dec 2012
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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

Much of Microsoft's marketing push for Windows 8 has focused on consumers, but Redmond took time at its annual TechEd conference in New Orleans to explain that its forthcoming Windows 8.1 update will include lots of new enhancements for enterprises, as well. For the first time, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 8.1 will indeed …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2013

RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

Education tech supplier RM didn't even test the appetite among rivals or privateer equity firms to buy its flattering PC biz before murdering it because the business was only just keeping its head above water. The long-standing system builder this week quit the business to concentrate on higher margin software and services. …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

Sales of personal computers – fat workstations, clunky desktops and laptops not running Android or iOS – took a bigger dive as 2012 wound down than the box counters at IDC had expected. People are not necessarily shifting from PCs to smartphones and tablets, but these new devices continue to lengthen the time between PC upgrades …
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What's that Dell? You're out? HDS punts pay-per-use cloud storage

Hitachi Data Services will begin offering pay-per-use cloud storage services to its customers and for use by service providers to build their own services as part of its Cloud Service Provider programme. This move by HDS comes as Dell withdraws from public cloud services and after its cancellation of its DX6000 object storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013
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Barclays Bank buys 8,500 Apple iPads in one go

Barclays Bank has bought no less than 8,500 Apple slabs of fondling loveliness in one go, The Channel can reveal. The buy, made with dealer Insight UK, is believed to be one of the largest roll outs of the iPad or indeed any tablet in the UK finance sector, and signals the growing acceptance of the tab tech in corporate land. A …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2012
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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

Global shipments of fondleslabs are predicted to nearly double to 119 million in 2012 but Apple's dominance is unlikely to be challenged, Gartner box counters claim. This represents a whopping 98 per cent leap on the 60 million tabs sold worldwide last year, the analyst revealed. But Google and its band of hardware partners do …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2012
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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

Microsoft today demonstrated Windows 8.1 for the first time in public and showed off at least 60 compatible devices - including Haswell-powered gadgets. Windows vice-president Antoine Leblond took the Computex crowd through a whistlestop tour of all the major new functionality in the OS formerly known as Windows Blue. Key among …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jun 2013
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

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

Dell greases Euro storage partners' palms with $10m

Dell is putting $10m discount dollars on the table for Western Europe channel partners who close enterprise business by the end of the year. Partners will get their cash via an additional discount of 5% on all "qualifying" orders between now and New Year’s Eve. The enterprise orders that count are Dell PowerEdge, Compellent, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012

Big Data’s booming. So why hasn't the channel caught on yet?

There’s a funny thing happening in the channel at the moment. Big Data solutions are absolutely booming, driven by a perfect storm of mobile computing, 4G connectivity, vast quantities of user generated content, cheaper storage, 10GbE networking, and next gen data management technologies like Hadoop. Yet despite flogging loads …

BlackBerry: It's the end-to-endness, stupid

Going private still looks the most likely next step for BlackBerry, with Prem Watsa, the largest shareholder in the company, resigning from its board this week, apparently to put together a deal. Watsa still holds almost 10 per cent of BlackBerry stock. Yet even if BlackBerry goes private, its options remain brutal. Nobody …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2013
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VMware sharpens axe for PCs: Horizon boxset brings Windows to iPads

After eighteen months of hints, VMware has unveiled the final version of its “Horizon Suite” end-user computing stack. VMware has wanted more of a desktop presence for years, shelling out for Zimbra in 2010 in the hope enterprises liked the idea of webified email and calendars operating within their own data centres. Zimbra's …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2013
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IDC: Sluggish China to pinch global IT spending this year

The IT market is tightening its belt again, say the prognosticators at IDC. A slowdown in spending in China has made them go back and re-examine their forecasts for spending on hardware, software, telecom, and services for the coming year and out to 2017. While this is nothing like the massive cuts seen during the Great …

Fujitsu guru: Win 8 will triumph. And we'll have brain plugs in 2027

Fujitsu's CTO made a series of fantastical projections on Tuesday, including ditching Google Goggles for direct brain implants and the end-to-end success of Windows 8 in the enterprise. Joseph Reger, in a session dubbed “What’s on the CTO’s Mind” at Fujitsu's user forum in Munich, said that while Microsoft had initially pitched …
Joe Fay, 07 Nov 2012
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Channel bites Apple's hand off for any old iPads in Q1

Apple sales via independent distributors across Western Europe soared 42 per cent in Q1, figures from channel analyst Context reveal. The sales-out numbers detailed by the beancounter's Vendor Performance Monitor (VPM) shows that the majority of growth was generated by the previous generation of iPads, up 180 per cent. This is …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2012

HP: PC industry has forgotten how to innovate

HP told a meeting of dealers and distributors today that the PC industry has itself to blame for a lack of growth over the last five years due to a paucity of innovation. Eric Cador, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA for HP, took to the stage at the Canalys Channels Forum in Barcelona to lift the sheets on the …
Joe Fay, 09 Oct 2012

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