Friday, 27 August 2010

Ich bin ein Berliner!

Well maybe not, but the flow of Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the office has certainly helped the team keep going during a rainy and very busy week at Winchester House.

Over the past nine years MCC International has had the privilege of accompanying the crème de la crème of IT journalists from across Europe to the cities of Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Madrid and The Hague for the annual ISSE (Information Security Solutions Europe) conference. From 5th – 7th October 2010 ISSE returns to Germany's captial city and once again the team at MCC International is working hard with Revolution Events and eema to promote what promises to be the best ISSE ever.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Extreme Networks Continues To Command #2 Worldwide Position For Data Centre Switches

Extreme Networks today announced that it has continued to grow its share in the global data centre Ethernet market. Extreme Networks’ growth during Q2, according to The Dell’Oro Group, was highlighted by impressive gains with its fixed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), purpose built “Top of Rack” switching solutions, as reported in The Dell’Oro Group’s most recent market share update.

Extreme Networks commanded the #2 revenue position for data centre Top-of-Rack switches according to the quarterly market share report, behind only Cisco, driven by its industry leading Summit® X650, Summit X450 and Summit X480 switches. In the “Top of Rack” switch port shipment category, Extreme Networks increased its port shipments by 194% compared to the same quarter one year ago. This demonstrates continued momentum for the Company in the dynamic and demanding data centre Ethernet market.

ISSE / GI-SICHERHEIT 2010 To Deliver Exclusive Insight Into New National Identity Card Scheme In Germany

5th – 7th October 2010; Venue: Maritim Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Information Security Solutions Europe (ISSE), Europe’s largest independent IT security and identity conference, will include a focus on the work of the German government, as it prepares to roll out a new identity card to citizens from 1st November 2010. The annual conference is owned by the independent European e-identity & security association – EEMA and will take place between 5th and 7th October 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

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Extreme Networks' Direct Attach Data Centre Architecture Delivers High Performance

Extreme Networks today announced that it is expanding support for its Direct Attach™ virtualised data centre network architecture for VMware environments. Working with its data centre ecosystem partner Exar, Extreme Networks will demonstrate the benefits of virtual machine switching moved back into the network.

The joint data centre solution for VMware features Exar’s X3100 10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (10GbE NIC) and Extreme Networks’ Summit® X650. The joint solution expands on Extreme Networks’ introduction of Direct Attach with its data centre product portfolio at Las Vegas Interop. The Direct Attach data centre architecture, a Best of Interop finalist, features Extreme Networks’ implementation of virtual machine switching performed in the network rather than in servers. With this innovative approach, Direct Attach reduces network switching tiers by eliminating the virtual switch tier, and thus reduces cost, end–to-end latency, and security issues in the virtualised network while simplifying management.

Winfrasoft offers LARs 20% margin on Microsoft volume licensing price match

Large Account Resellers Receive Higher Margins while Customers Benefit from ’Apliantised’ Remote Access Solution

Winfrasoft, a UK company specialising in enterprise IT infrastructure and security solutions, today announces a new incentive scheme, offering Large Account Resellers (LARs) price-matching on Volume Licensing for sales of the remote access solution, Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010. The new incentive enables LARs to achieve improved margins of up to 20%.

Winfrasoft price-matching for Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 is available for LARs now. For more information about the Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) please visit:

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Out with the old in with the new

On Thursday 23rd September, the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Winchester Cathedral, just a short walk along the river Itchen from MCC International’s office at Winchester House.
However, whilst Fiona Bruce and her team of experts uncover the history of old family heirlooms and unearth unexpected treasures that have been gathering dust on the mantelpiece for years, we are getting very excited about a one day event that will help to create the innovations and inventions of the future.

MCC International is proud to be a sponsor of Solent Synergy, a not-for-profit organisation, which supports local innovative companies, provides access to information and strengthens links between businesses, investors and the academic community across the Solent region.

Working together with Solent Synergy and the design agency, CHIEF, MCC International is helping to promote Collaborate2Innovate 2010, a one-day event that will take place on Tuesday 2nd November in Portsmouth. This conference and exhibition will offer businesses, entrepreneurs and technology specialists the opportunity to forge strategic partnerships with other like-minded companies

For more information about the event please visit:

You have got to be in it to win it!

Have you come across a competition in a newspaper or magazine and thought to yourself ‘how many people really enter these things?’ Well, you might be surprised to learn that the answer is in often many thousands.

Running a competition and giveaway programme as part of a new product launch or promotional offer can be a great way to secure valuable page space in target media (whether in print, online or even TV and radio) for a much smaller cost than the display advertising equivalent. Furthermore, it can also be possible to purchase, or in some instances receive free of charge, a list of entrants (including email addresses) of those who have opted-in to receiving third party information.

MCC International recently managed a campaign across the gadget magazines and woman’s lifestyle publications on behalf of one of its software clients and the response has been phenomenal.

An attractive prize bundle of a laptop, digital camera, MP3 player, USB stick and some software provided to be to very enticing indeed for many readers and Stuff magazine alone generated more than 8,000 email entries. Meanwhile, Take A Break magazine has caused the desks at Winchester House to be swamped with almost 4,000 postcards, arriving in all shapes and sizes and ranging from old birthday cards, cut out cereal packets, to a home made teddy bear! And the competition still has a few days left to run.

I has certainly made for an interesting, varied and full mail bag every morning.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

ramsac Sponsors Guildford Heat Basketball Team For 2010/11 Season

IT consultancy continues it commitment to local sporting and business excellence

Leading IT solutions consultancy ramsac today announces that it will continue its sponsorship of the Guildford Heat Basketball Club for the 2010/11 season, which commences on 25th September 2010. This is the second successive year that ramsac has proudly sponsored Guildford’s professional basketball team, who play at the highest level in the British Basketball League (BBL) Championship.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Organisations Recognise Value of International Data Quality but Fail to Protect it

New Capscan survey of the data quality management habits of organisations reveal there has been little progress in realising the business value of data quality in two years

A new report and survey commissioned by Capscan, a leading supplier of international address management solutions and data quality services, has today revealed that there has been little progress on the most important aspects of International Data Quality Management (IDQM) within organisations across the world and businesses still fail to realise the true strategic value of data. Following Capscan’s first study into IDQM in 2008, the new report identified that although organisations perceived the quality of their International contact data to be sufficient, few have the necessary processes, tools or strategic will to protect its integrity.

The full report is available from, or

dhc Delivers ramsac Early Return on Investment with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

dhc Delivers ramsac Early Return on Investment with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
IT outsourcing specialist saves equivalent to one full-time employee salary following initial implementation

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions, today reports that it is delivering a significant return on investment for ramsac, through the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM. The leading IT solutions consultancy based in Godalming, Surrey, estimates that efficiency and cost savings achieved through the automation of previously time and labour intensive administrative tasks, is saving the company the equivalent of one full-time employee salary.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

How to get the very best from product reviews

Does your new product make the grade?
Today, many thousands of teenagers throughout the UK are anxiously opening the envelopes containing their A-Level results. They have put in the effort over the past two years and are now finding out if all their hard work has paid off.
For many organisations they share the same anticipation when they prepare to launch a new product on the market. Before it reaches the 'shelves' a huge investment in research and development will have been made and a simliarly large sum will often be set aside for promotion.
A series of great independent reviews in the media can give the launch campaign the kick start it needs, but where do you start? And, how do you ensure the product get the best review possible?

MCC International has put together 'A PR agency guide to managing a successful product review in the UK media'. To download the guide please visit:

Kaspersky Lab and Axigen Partner to Deliver Premium Email Security

Kaspersky Lab and Axigen, the professional messaging solution vendor, announce today they have signed a technology agreement to integrate Kaspersky Lab’s award-winning anti-malware engine into the Axigen messaging platform.

The soon to be released bundled Axigen-Kaspersky product aims to provide businesses of all sizes and Service Providers with a higher level of security over email communications. It addresses the increase in volume and sophistication of virus and spam attacks by embedding Kaspersky Lab’s advanced malware detection technologies, which are constantly refined to stay ahead of the latest messaging borne threats, to improve mail infrastructure usage and increase user and IT staff productivity.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 for Windows Workstations win VB100 awards for protection

Kaspersky Lab announces that Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 has received a prestigious VB100 award from the authoritative British magazine Virus Bulletin. Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows Workstations, also successfully passed the test and received a VB100 certificate.

Full details of the comparative tests in which Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 achieved one of the best results for malware detection and won its first VB100 award were published in Virus Bulletin's August 2010 edition. The tests, which saw 54 popular antivirus products put through their paces, were conducted on a Windows Vista Business Edition SP2 platform.

Monday, 16 August 2010

DASCOM GB’s Industrial Dot Matrix Printer Range Relaunched To Support Intelligent Graphics Processor (IGP®) Data Streams

IGP® compatibility adds to capabilities and flexibility of ultra-tough industrial printers

DASCOM GB, developer, manufacturer and provider of enterprise printing solutions, today announced the availability of six new industrial dot matrix printers that include Intelligent Graphics Processor (IGP) support. The new versions of the Tally T2150, T2250, 2265+, T2280+, T2365 MC and T2380 machines provide even better print quality, barcode readability and graphical capabilities. Ethernet interfaces and monitoring of print jobs using Print Job Language (PJL) are also available on all the new models.

“The IGP data stream is an industry standard in the logistics and production environment for forms, graphics and barcodes. Adding support for IGP means that DASCOM GB can provide ultra-reliable and ultra-fast printing for any industrial environment,” explained DASCOM GB’s Managing Director, Robin Edwardes. “We’ve just made the toughest printers on the market much more capable and flexible.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The IceWarp and Kaspersky Lab Alliance Will Provide Best in Industry Security to Powerful Unified Communications Solution

Kaspersky Lab and IceWarp, a leading provider of unified communications solutions (including email, contact management, event and resource management, SMS, IM, and VoIP) have announced their technological partnership. As a result of this partnership, IceWarp’s flagship product, IceWarp Unified Communications Server 10, now features Kaspersky Lab antivirus technology as a fully integrated add on, replacing the existing integrated antivirus solution offered with the system. This enhancement provides their customers with incredible security along with increased performance and reliability over the existing integrated solution.

“The threat that viruses and other malicious content pose to business is ever present and growing, and the fact is that email is their primary delivery method. “ explained Ladislav Goc, IceWarp’s Director of International Business Development, “Kaspersky Lab’s long track record of reliability and expertise in this area is practically unmatched. We know our customer’s systems are safe and secure.”

First SMS Trojan Detected for Smartphones running Android

Kaspersky Lab announces that the first malicious program classified as a Trojan-SMS has been detected for smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system. Named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, it has already infected a number of mobile devices.

The new malicious program penetrates smartphones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application. Users are prompted to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. Once installed on the phone, the Trojan uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.

Extreme Networks Welcomes Sourcefire As New Member Of Its Go Purple Partner Program

Extreme Networks, a global leader in high performance networking, and Sourcefire, the creators of Snort® and a leader in intelligent cyber-security solutions, today announced that the companies are working together through Extreme Networks’ Go Purple™ Partner Program to provide dynamic, automated and secure network infrastructure.

Detecting threats and vulnerabilities has proven a challenge to global businesses that need to protect their assets, employees and revenues from being compromised by a variety of network threats. To this end, Sourcefire delivers industry-leading intrusion prevention solutions that can integrate with Extreme Networks® ExtremeXOS®-based BlackDiamond® and Summit® switching families. The combination of switching and intrusion detection results in a highly effective, real-time security awareness and response to threats and vulnerabilities.

NanoKTN Facilitates Partnership between Bio Nano Consulting and The School of Pharmacy, University of London

Service level agreement increases industry exposure to academic experts to boost innovation in nanotechnology and biotechnology

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce the signing of a service level agreement (SLA) between two of its members, introduced by the NanoKTN at its Nano4Life event in February 2009. The SLA between industry-academia partnership specialist Bio Nano Consulting (BNC) and The School of Pharmacy, University of London, enables BNC to provide its clients with access to an increased pool of academic experts skilled in the fields of pharmaceutics, pharmacology and drug discovery.

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Monday, 9 August 2010

Innovative Businesses In The Solent Region Invited To Enter Collaborate2Innovate 2010’s Business Panel Challenge

Entrants to receive free access to expert financial and legal advice and the chance to pitch to investors

Collaborate2Innovate, the leading free event dedicated to building profitable partnerships between organisations in the Solent region, is today inviting local, innovative businesses to enter the Business Panel Challenge competition, for the opportunity to pitch to a panel and audience of investors and senior business leaders at the conference and exhibition on 2nd November 2010, Building 1000, Lakeside North Harbour, Portsmouth.

For more information, interviews or images, contact

Thursday, 5 August 2010

NanoKTN Helps Academia And Industry To Secure European Funding For Biomaterials In Medicine And Healthcare

Runcorn – 12th August 2010

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce its NanoMiTE Focus Group, in partnership with the Chemistry Innovation and Materials KTNs, is organising an event to help industry and academia secure European funding for biomaterials in medicine and healthcare.

If you require any further info and an interview with a representative from the NanoKTN, please contact

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Extreme Networks Appoints Oscar Rodriguez as CEO

Industry Veteran Brings Long History of Technology Sales and Marketing Leadership

Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) today announced that Oscar Rodriguez has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Rodriguez will join Extreme Networks after more than 20 years in sales, marketing and leadership roles with some of the world's premier voice, video, data and related telecommunications companies.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Thomas Telford Engineers For The Future With dhc

ICE trading arm implements accounting system for improved control

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions today announces that Thomas Telford Ltd, the commercial arm of The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), is now using Access Dimensions financial management and accounting software with dhc iConnekt Expenses and Purchase Order Processing. The implementation will improve system control and functionality for the organisation.

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Green IT Expo 2010: Sustainable Computing is Still Making a Positive Impact on the Bottom Line

Third annual conference & exhibition to take place 9th November 2010 at the QEII Conference Centre, London

Revolution Events, one of the UK’s leading organisers of innovative business events, in association with BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, Carbon Smart, Carbon Trust, Climate Savers, The Daily Telegraph, Forrester, Frost & Sullivan, Ovum, Microsoft and VMware, today launches Green IT Expo 2010, the UK’s first free-to-attend showcase of sustainable computing practices and IT solutions. Taking place on 9th November at the QEII Conference Centre, the conference and exhibition will provide for the third year running a complete one-stop-shop for senior IT and business decision-makers, highlighting environmentally-friendly technologies, green innovations & best practice and socially responsible suppliers.

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NanoKTN and Institute of Nanotechnology Launch International NanoMicroClub to Encourage Global Investment in UK SMEs

INMC to take selected UK nanotechnology SMEs to first of three major worldwide events

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, and the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN), a professional membership organisation for the nanotechnology industry, has announced its collaboration that with the support of Technology Strategy Board funding, will encourage and support UK nanotechnology SMEs in international business development.

For further information on this release or the NanoKTN, please contact