Also in the channel this week: how Tech Data is ready to hold channel’s hand for IoT
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YouGov deploys Pure Storage via VAR Softcat
Pure Storage has been selected by surveys firm YouGov to help increase the speed and completion rate of its surveys.
The internet-based market research firm chose Pure because it allows data from more than 20 million survey responses each year to be stored and retrieved at much faster speeds.
In the process of completing an online survey, milliseconds can make a big difference when it comes to those surveyed moving from one page to another. After swapping from hard disk to Pure’s flash storage technology, YouGov saw an improvement of 200ms per click.
Intel posts reduced profit with ongoing PC decline
Intel has posted a mixed set of quarterly results, as shareholders took fright as the company struggled with the ongoing PC decline, slowing data centre demand, and a painful headcount reduction.
For the second quarter, Intel posted a net profit down 51 percent to $1.3 billion (£986m) from $2.7 billion (£2bn) in the same year ago quarter. Intel was hit here by a one-time charge of $1.41 billion (£1.07bn) due to its cost-cutting drive.
Revenues meanwhile rose 3 percent to $13.5 billion (£10.2bn) from £13.2 billion (£10bn) a year earlier.
Capita wins IT services deal to support NI enterprise youth
Capita Managed IT Solutions will provide IT services and advice to Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.
The one year agreement will see Capita provide advice on IT infrastructure and support requirements, and technical support services for the charity’s offices in Belfast.
As part of the deal, Capita will also provide mentoring and volunteering support for young people and make recommendations on how technology can be integrated into the delivery of business education programmes in the classroom.
Tech Data ready to hold channel’s hand for IoT
Tech Data has unveiled an Internet of Things (IoT) business practice to help the channel take advantage of IoT sales opportunities.
The Smart IoT Solutions by Tech Data practice is designed to aggregate IoT solutions and provide a simplified route to the rapidly expanding IoT market for resellers. The practice will be led by company veteran Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT Solutions, Europe.
“If you were to ask 100 people in the IT channel what IoT means to them you would get almost 100 different answers – and most would be correct,” said Paradell. “As IoT continues to expand and surround us in our lives, much remains to be understood about the market.”