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Retailers toast welcome return of Back2School notebook biz

The Back2School sales fest that deserted the retail notebook industry a year ago has returned with a bang… sort of. According to distie sales numbers crunched by Context, shipments across Western European wholesalers jumped 12.5 per cent in the first two months of Q3 and were up 17.5 per cent in the UK. The sales are flattered …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014

Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

The good citizens of Britain are still giving Windows 8 and 8.1 fondleslabs a wide berth, official figures from disties has confirmed. More than 596k slate tabs were shipped out to UK resellers and retailers in Q2, up 27.8 per cent year-on-year with the vast majority of them (nearly 406k) were running on Google’s Android …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2014
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Gods of tech distribution smile on Blighty in Q1

Distributors in almost half of the countries across Western Europe failed to register sales growth during Q1 but those with ops in Blighty were not among them. Sales out data from Context reveals UK market revenues climbed 12.4 per cent in the three months to €2.5bn, making it the largest sector in the region for the past four …
Paul Kunert, 06 May 2014

Brit enterprises still wolfing down PCs post-XP support death

Tech disties feasted on a relative PC sales banquet in Q2 as businesses and to a lesser extent consumers made a belated dash to rid themselves of systems running on Windows XP. Abacus stroker Context collated the sale-out figures from wholesalers and found more than 844k desktops, notebook and PC workstations were adopted by UK …
Paul Kunert, 15 Jul 2014
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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

Chromebooks aren't pouring cash into the coffers of European IT distributors – but, nonetheless, more Google-powered lappies are finding their way into the arms of cost-conscious schools and consumers. Some 45,000 Chromies each found a home across Western Europe in the first quarter of 2014, and 61.5 per cent of those purchases …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Tab for Xmas, Mr Consumer? Yes please. And Mr Busin... NOPE

The slab revolution in UK consumer land continued over Chrimbo but many biz customers are still struggling to justify wider deployments and most of those that did steered well clear of Windows 8. Disties shipped a total of 1.5 million tabs in Q4, a hike of 53.1 per cent on a year ago. Some 16.4 per cent of these went via biz …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014

Salesforce and Microsoft to unleash integrations ... next year

SaaS superpower Salesforce has revealed the details of its cloudy collaboration with Microsoft, and the main detail is that the fruits of the relationship won't be delivered until deep into 2015. Redmond's corporate veep for Windows marketing Tony Prophe appeared alongside Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff at the latter company's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014
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SDN? More like $$$DN: Sales to soar from $1bn today to $8bn by 2018

Analyst outfit IDC has gazed into its crystal balls and decided software-defined networking (SDN) will bring US$8bn through the door in 2018, a fund-manager-gratifying increase over the $960m it will account for in 2014. The market-watcher says the $8bn will come as businesses buy more converged infrastructure, shift their …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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'Everywhere I look ... it's bad': HP claims email shows Autonomy CFO panic, pre-buyout

In the latest court filing in HP's rancorous legal squabble with former Autonomy execs, the tech giant has revealed what it describes as a damning email from ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain, prompting a spokesperson for the latter to again accuse HP of "smear tactics." HP is seeking to settle a lawsuit brought by its own …
Neil McAllister, 06 Sep 2014
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UK channel firms rabbit-punch recession in Q4: Sales are HUGE

Blighty is again the largest tech sales territory in the European channels* after distributors reported a near double-digit growth spurt in Q4, fuelled by mobility, software and er... desktops. Numbers are in from Context, which tracks all major wholesalers' sales-out data - the kit that customers are actually buying - showing …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014
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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

An updated Windows 8 from Microsoft will NOT be the "miracle cure" for traditional PC makers in need of a sales and profits injection. And that's according to IT biz analysts Context. This is the second technology distribution channel watcher in a week to warn that Redmond's touch-friendly operating system tweak, namely version …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013
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IoT: Industry snakeoil or one-way ticket to fame and riches?

Is the Internet of Everything (IoE) just another tech buzz word in an industry known for marketing bluster? It is doomed to go the way of Service Oriented Architectures and Web 2.0? If you think so, maybe you should take a peek around you. Cisco boss John Chambers said earlier this year it would have five to 10 times the impact …
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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

The European Commission officially announced today that it is looking into the possibility that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland in 1991 and 2007. The Commish is examining whether deals done with the Irish tax authorities constitute state aid. Apple’s European arm is incorporated in Ireland and, like most …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2014
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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

Data generated by devices in the "internet of things" age should be "regarded and treated as personal data", data protection authorities from across the globe have agreed. The watchdogs said it is "more likely than not" that such data can be attributed to individuals. "Internet of things’ sensor data is high in quantity, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Oct 2014
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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Phones 4u fell into administration late on Sunday, after carrier EE cut its ties with the UK retailer. The company said in a statement that's EE's "unexpected" decision not to renew its contract with Phones 4u meant the High Street business would be without any mobile network partners. EE's withdrawal from that deal, which runs …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014

EqualLogic founder Paula Long on privacy, storage sprawl and her new startup

After selling EqualLogic, the company she founded, to Dell in 2007, Paula Long wanted to get back in the storage business with what she considered a game-changing idea: data-aware storage. DataGravity was founded to bring this technology to market, and won the "best of show" award at VMworld 2014 in the new technology category …
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HP the only PC maker to bleed distie sales in Blighty

Distributors in Blighty reported PC growth across all of the major vendor lines in Q2 with just one exception - HP posted a double-digit decline. The numbers came from channel researchers Context, which runs a quarterly European PC research tracker collating sales-out data from wholesalers on the gear that resellers (and hence …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jul 2013

EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

The EU's advisory panel on privacy and data protection has warned Google to comply with Europe's laws in an unusually strongly worded statement. The Article 29 Working Party vowed to investigate if Google refused to abide by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling – Google Spain v Gonzalez et al – that decreed Google was not …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2014
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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

Declassified documents from America's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) shows that even the NSA didn't know the limits of what it was supposed to collect, and overstepped its authorisations for years. The documents were released to the Electronic Privacy Information Centre in response to an FOI request, and record …
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Citrix, Google kick XP's still-twitching corpse

Citrix and Google have announced a cut-price deal to pipe legacy apps into Chromebooks. The pair chose April 8th, Windows XP death day, to announce the deal. There's not a whole lot that's truly new in the announcement, which explains how the XenApp HTML 5 viewer can now pipe legacy Windows apps in to Chromebooks and that …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014

Win 8 PC sales plunge as retailers, disties shave orders by HALF A MILLION in Q3

UK retailers and wholesalers were so busy waiting for Microsoft to release the Windows 8.1 upgrade that they apparently forgot to keep ordering PCs in Q3. Or is it - perhaps more likely - that these companies bought PCs more cautiously, based on inventory pile-ups that have occurred since the consumer market crashed three years …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2013
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RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst

RIM's once little-loved BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has outsold the latest iPad in Blighty's IT distribution channel, according to an analyst. More than 802,000 touchscreen tablets were sold in November and December compared to nearly 118,000 units in the same period of 2011 - and Apple accounted for just a quarter of this latest …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2013
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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

The European Commission is set to accuse Apple of profiting from unlawful state aid from Ireland thanks to the sweet tax deals the firm has enjoyed for the last 20 years, a newspaper has reported. Sources whispered to The Financial Times reported (behind its paywall) that the EC’s antitrust authority will this week reveal some …
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Ultrabooks to finally out-ship notebooks after 20% price slash

Ultrabooks are forecast to overtake notebook shipments by mid 2012 after swingeing price cuts appear to be finally reeling in some UK punters, particularly in the enterprise. This is according to channel box-counter Context, armed with distributor sales-out stats that show a six fold rise in 13.3 inch utrabooks - 80 per cent of …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012

Frightening fondleslabs branded Hannibal Lecter of UK PC market

The classic PC industry in Blighty is down but not yet out for the count, according to the latest IT distribution channel data. Prelim numbers from Context SalesWatch shows 960,000 notebooks, desktops, x86 servers and workstations were sold in Q1 2013, a decline of 4.8 per cent on a year ago. Market revenues fell 3.4 per cent to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2013

Samsung appoints first-ever British head of UK ops

Samsung Electronics has upgraded UK and Ireland MD Andy Griffiths to the presidential suite above - the first time the Korean chaebol has put a native in charge of a major country subsidiary. The previous man in the hotseat, SP Kim, who doubled up as president of European operations, has now moved to run two global business …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014

Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

Microsoft has warned of a new security flaw in all versions of its Internet Explorer web browser for Windows PCs. A patch has yet to be released for the crocked code. Vulnerability CVE-2014-1776, to give the problem its formal name, allows miscreants to hijack at-risk Windows computers. It's all due to “the way Internet Explorer …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2014

Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

Thought the UK PC market was like a dead mule? Wrong. There's life yet in those age old desktop and notebook nags, according to distributor shipment data. Numbers from venerable analyst Context, the gentle purveyor of sales-out figures - the stuff that users are actually buying - showed Q3 was not bad, not bad at all. The total …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable. "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business," chief exec John Chen told Reuters in an interview*. The Canadian phone biz reported poor sales again in its fourth quarter …

Arcserve on split-up with CA Technologies: 'We’re a startup now. We’re really hungry'

Arcserve execs are insisting that the business's recent spinout from software giant CA to Marlin should help it compete better in the market. While CA may have decided to invest the money from the sell-off of arcserve elsewhere, the data protection biz says its product has a bright future, as VP worldwide sales Chris Ross was at …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
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Mad Leo exit finally clears way for Blighty to love HP again

HP has finally halted the downward sales trend in distribution that dogged its UK operation for much of 2012. Figures from Context show that HP accounted for 22 per cent of the £1.8bn worth of tech shipped by distributors in Q1 2012, a share that steadily declined to 16 per cent by Q4. But Jeremy Davies, CEO at the Brit-based …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2013

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

Mike Lynch, former chief of HP-owned Autonomy, tossed an explosive shareholder letter onto the internet today – just hours before HP's annual investors' meeting in Santa Clara, California. The scathing missive alleges Hewlett-Packard has been "misleading" its shareholders about the reasons behind the computer giant's $8.8bn …
Jack Clark, 19 Mar 2014
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Hey, EMC. You and I are seriously falling out over this marketing crap

Word has reached me that EMC's marketing dept may not be reacting quite so well to my previous post; yet if truth be known, I actually toned down what I really wanted to write because I wanted to ensure that people who I like and have time for didn’t catch too much flak. Although I speak only for myself, I know that I am not the …
StorageBod, 05 Sep 2013

Mega UK reseller Kelway bags investment banker for matchmaking service

Kelway has appointed global investment banker William Blair to seek a way forward for the business, which in all likelihood appears to involve hauling in a new private equity backer. As The Channel previously noted, Kelway has swelled to a £500m sales biz, which appears to restrict potential trade buyers in UK reseller land to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014

Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

Only the fondleslab can save the flatlining PC market this year, as sales of traditional platforms continue to flatline – and nothing on the horizon suggests a buying frenzy is likely in the second half of the year. At least this is the view of top channel bean-counter Context, which tracks distributor output. The analyst …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2012

Veteran vendors are shaping up for a bitter fight to the DEATH

Distributors and resellers are witnessing some pretty turbulent times in the UK and Ireland which could reshape the industry for years to come. HP has always been a leader but today it’s being attacked from all sides. A battle across the pond between the Silicon Valley stalwart and the likes of Dell, Cisco and Lenovo will have …
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Apple iPad sales drop by DOUBLE DIGITS in Europe

Apple fondleslab sales tumbled after the buying frenzy around its third generation iPad died down, Context numbers reveal. Stats from the bean-counter, which tracks distributor shipments, show that the total number of iPads flogged dropped 22 per cent in April across Western Europe compared to the previous month. Broken down, …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jun 2012

OK - who just bought a biz PC? Oh wait, none of you did

A revival in fortunes for desktop makers evaporated this summer as shipments across Western Europe collapsed. In each country across the region, sales out through distributors declined in July and August compared to the same months a year earlier. The latest stats show Finland reported the steepest decline, down nearly 23 per …
Paul Kunert, 02 Oct 2012

OK, hands up: Who hasn't sold an iPad to a big biz?

The UK channel is tapping into enterprise demand for fondleslabs - well, iPads - with business-to-business sales going through the roof, figures from market watcher Context show. Approximately 136,000 tabs were shipped in Blighty by distributors in Q2, up from just 26,000 a year earlier, and of these 63.5 per cent were sold to …
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2012

UK tech channel in RUDE health as bankruptcies dip in Q1

It's time to crack open the bubbly: corporate fatalities in the UK channel have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter, official stats from credit rating firm Graydon UK reveal. Some 61 companies bit the dust in the first three months of the year versus 64 for the same period of 2013, indicating that the UK IT industry has …
Paul Kunert, 04 Apr 2014
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HP UK channel man Bourguet to be crowned consumer veep

HP UK's local channel PC and printer bigwig Pascal Bourguet is set to move into a senior position in the firm's EMEA retail biz. Bourguet rocked up at HP in 2001 as a retail manager and went onto look after major accounts including CarreFour and Dixons in Europe, as well as overseeing consumer PC sales in Blighty. He was made …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013
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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

RSA has hit back at allegations stemming from Edward Snowden's latest whistleblowing – specifically, the claim that it secretly took US$10m from the NSA in exchange for using the deliberately knackered Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator (Dual EC DRBG) in its encryption products. The EMC-owned security outfit …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2013

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts to put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

ZyXEL router attack: HUNDREDS of Brit biz bods knocked offline

Hackers have launched an internet attack which has hobbled the internet connections of at least 100 British businesses. An unknown group or individual thought to be based in the People's Republic used a SYN flood attack to attack the 600 and 660 models of router from Taiwanese firm ZyXEL. Sources at ZyXEL and the ISP MDNX …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jan 2014
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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

No doubt many of The Reg’s readers are tired of the term “the Internet of Things”. It is both a nebulous term and a vague idea. What it attempts to encapsulate is the masses of networks of automated machines that didn’t traditionally have connectivity, working to manage the environment around them, supposedly for the benefit of …
Tom Brewster, 23 Jun 2014

HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

HP knew about Autonomy's hardware and reseller sales long before a whistleblower pointed them out and the company wrote down its acquisition by $8.8bn, the Financial Times has claimed (paywall), citing emails and Deloitte audit reports. HP has accused Autonomy of "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure …
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Thought biz would NEVER go for pricey flash storage? Think again

The benefits of flash memory-based solid state drives (SSDs) have long been trumpeted. Better performance, lighter, quieter, lower power consumption and altogether greener than their hard disk drive (HDD) cousins, the only real barrier up until recently was price. One or two years ago SSDs could cost 10 times as much as an HDD. …

Symantec snaps up PasswordBank, touts SSO logins to biz

Symantec has bought enterprise-focused authentication software start-up PasswordBank in a move aimed at beefing up its enterprise security software roster. PasswordBank provides identity-as-a-service through enterprise and cloud-based single sign on services, as well as a line of multi-factor authentication-as-a-service …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013

Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

In 1805, William Pitt the Younger, on hearing of Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, is reported to have said: "Roll up that map (of Europe) – it will not be wanted these 10 years". Well I have attended two meetings which suggest that the European Union has already rolled up its Data Protection Map of Europe so it …

Buying EMC? Better get a quote from a channel partner

EMC execs aim to crush any lingering conflict in the technology business channel* by preventing internal reps from quoting configuration and prices to all bar the largest customers that it sells to directly. The storage giant cemented its love-in with resellers, service providers and integrators with a rules of engagement …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jan 2014

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Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

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Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen

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