Also: News on government contracts and a channel campaign to improve the UK’s broadband
Welcome to Cross Channel, a weekly round up of the most pertinent stories from our sister site ChannelBiz, where you can find out all the latest developments, views and strategies from the world of the channel.
Two fifths of companies think flash storage is too expensive
Flash storage gets cheaper all the time but it’s still too dear for 40 percent of senior IT decision markets, according to NetApp. This is despite nine tenths admitting there was a need for flash within their business. The problem? The financial decision makers don’t understand the benefits.
Almost two thirds of EMEA firms shun Windows 10
Windows 10 is one year old and its first major update is on the way, but it has just 39 percent adoption among IT professionals, according to Spiceworks. The return of the start menu and the free upgrade offer has been a keen driver and nearly half are satisfied with the OS. However, two thirds are most satisfied with Windows 7.
Channel urged to back ‘Fix Britain’s Internet’ campaign
TalkTalk has been the most vocal supporter of a new broadband campaign established in the wake of regulator Ofcom’s decision not to separate Openreach, but now the channel has been urged to get involved. XLN, which provides connectivity to 250,000 small businesses in the UK has now signed up
Comtact wins place on Jisc education security framework
Jisc, which manages the Janet high speed education and research network, has named Comtact on the framework for cyber security web filtering and monotirong. The network covers all higher education institutions and specialist coilleges within the UK and the framework deal will last for two years, potentially serving millions of users.
Apogee wins place on national education print framework
Apogee has been awarded supplier status to the National Education Printer Agreement (NEPA) government framework. The deal is for the provision of print equipment and managed print services, initially for two years but with two potential extensions taking the agreement up to 2020. Apogee will provide solutions under several lots including Managed Print Services, Professional Print, One Stop Shop and Non-Managed Hardware.