Brexit will bring unsafe products

Consumer group Which? has warned that if the UK ever leaves the EU it could end up importing dangerous electrical goods which no one else in the world was dumb enough to buy.

The watchdog barked that Brexit could be a rise in the number of unsafe goods entering the British market due to delays in sharing information with the rest of Europe.

Microsoft helps coppers take down software fraudsters

Software king of the world, Microsoft, has been helping Inspector Knacker of the Birmingham Yard finger the collars of some software fraudsters.

A Birmingham man and a woman and a bloke from Swindon have been detained by police and released pending further investigation. A 65 year old woman was questioned, while another suspect is still being hunted.

Vertiv increases channel support

Power outfit Vertiv has spruced up its incentives and support for EMEA channel partners.

The company said that there were opportunities out there for those resellers that specialise in digitisation and edge computing.

The new Partner Programme comes with a new incentive plan, overhauled partner portal and a more channel-friendly portfolio, it claimed.

Cetus Solutions moves head office

Cetus Solutions is moving its head office after experiencing recent “phenomenal” growth.

The VAR’s has been based in Salford Quays for 12 years, but its move later this month will see it move into better digs at Cobra Court in Trafford Park.

Cetus Solutions specialises in digital workspace, cloud and security solutions and counts Microsoft, Citrix, Dell, VMware and NetApp among its partners.

NiceLabel goes global

NiceLabel has launched its global partner programme.

The outfit, which makes label design software and label management systems,  says it has designed the on-demand label printing programme to help channel partners meet customer demand for the digital transformation.

Sharp bucks printer trend

Bean counters at IDC have added up some numbers and divided them by their collective shoe size and worked out that Sharp has achieved the highest growth rate of any office equipment supplier in the last 12 months.

IDC said Sharp flogged 16 percent more multifunction printers sold in 2018 compared to 2017’s results.

What’s significant about Sharp’s performance is not only shipments but also a value growth of nine percent, which places it in the top four manufacturers for that particular metric measured in IDC’s Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, Q4 2018 study.

Peter Plested, from Sharp, said: “Sharp continues to grow thanks to our focus on designing smart, secure devices with easy-to-use intelligent features, that let people save time on the tasks they perform the most. Last year we refreshed our A3 range and launched new A4 devices with the same operation across the whole line; we see the sales results as a further endorsement of this refresh.”

However, the rest of the report didn’t show such a positive overall faring for the printer market. The sector decreased 4.8 percent year over year to approximately 26.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, and it was HP that stopped the results slipping further into the red, with a 3.6 percent increase in shipments. The company posted a 1.9 percent increase in shipments over the entire year.

All other leading manufacturers posted a significant decline – with the biggest losses for Epson – its shipments were down 15.2 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2017. The majority of growth was experienced in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) and US markets, rather than any European territories.

Avaya deepens Google partnership for AI and cloud

Avaya is deepening its integration with Google Cloud to use the AI and cloud capabilities of both companies.

The outfit is embedding Google Cloud’s machine learning technology within Avaya conversation services powering the contact centre, enabling easy integration of digital AI capabilities for consistent and intelligent customer experience.

Hardware as a service could be the next big thing

Research from Spiceworks suggests that Hardware as a Service could be a big thing soon as some significant vendors have already signed up.

HP has been the most vocal about its belief that Desktop as a Service is going to be the future and research from Spiceworks has charted a rise in the popularity of the approach from customers.

Google Cloud growing

Google Cloud appears to be growing fast and while AWS is still king, it is growing slower than the search engine outfit.

Beancounters at Canalys said that Google Cloud was the fastest growing cloud infrastructure provider in 2018, besting market leaders Amazon and Microsoft.

Microsoft adds Azure availability Zones

Microsoft campusMicrosoft has added ‘Availability Zones’ to its ‘UK South’ region datacentres in a bid to attract public sector customers.

Microsoft claims that “tens of thousands” of UK organisations already use Microsoft cloud services delivered from the UK following the launch of local capabilities in 2016 – a move cheered by partners.

HPE and Nutanix team up on cloud

HPE and Nutanix announced a global partnership to deliver an integrated hybrid cloud as a Service (aaS) solution to the market.

This offering will use Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software including its built-in, free AHV hypervisor, delivered through HPE GreenLake to provide customers with an HPE-managed hybrid cloud that, it’s claimed, dramatically lowers total cost of ownership and accelerates time to value.

Bullguard offers VPN

Darling of the UK PC-builder industry Bullguard ,has spruced up its cybersecurity product line by adding a VPN product.

Designed to be easily used across multiple devices, BullGuard VPN features a simplified user interface and quick connect functionality, enabling consumers to fly under the radar and surf the internet in stealth mode while retaining complete anonymity via military-grade encryption. It is available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS operating systems.