Windows 10 refresh and mobility adoption will promote increased mid-market PC renewals
The death of the PC is a long way off according to IDC, which is predicting that demand for commercial PCs (desktops, notebooks, workstations, tablets and detachables), will remain healthy into 2019 and expects the mid-market in particular to ramp-up.
There is a growing preference toward smaller form factor desktops and combined, small and ultra-small form factors are expected to make up just below 70% of the total commercial desktop market by the end of 2019.
Windows 10 refresh and mobility adoption will be the key drivers. Ultramobile, thin, and light solutions will continue to be the best-sellers as the mobile workforce expands.
Overall growth is expected to be slightly dampened by the CPU component shortage in the coming two quarters, as supply constraints will inhibit to some extent the volumes required to address the demand. This will create a backlog that is ultimately expected to be fulfilled toward the second half of 2019.
The consumer outlook remains negative though and overall IDC is expecting shipments of PCs in Western Europe to total 76.3 million in 2018 – a 3.3% year-on-year decline and is predicting a further 3.0% fall in 2019 to 74.0 million shipments).
Western Europe Traditional PC + Tablet Forecast by Product
2018Q3 Forecast for 2018 to 2022 (Shipments in Thousands)
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, August 26, 2018. *Forecast data
Note: Tablets are portable, battery-powered computing devices inclusive of both slate and detachable form factors. Tablets may use LCD or OLED displays (epaper-based ereaders are not included). Tablets are both slate and detachable keyboard form factor devices with colour displays equal to or larger than 7.0in and smaller than 16.0in.
Marriot breach shows importance of good security for all businesses
While the Marriot data breach was simply colossal with an astonishing 500 million customers possibly being affected, it’s worth remembering that it’s not just big businesses that can be hit by hackers and ransomware. SMBs need good protection too.
A study by the Ponemon Institute recorded a rise of 61 percent year-on-year in attacks on smaller businesses and with GDPR now in force, it’s vitally important for all businesses to make sure they are right on top of data protection. Certainly, any firm that holds personal or financial records of customers or employees needs to have their house in order on security.
The cost of such a breach can be phenomenal. As well as the loss of the data itself and the damage that could be done in terms of financial theft and identity fraud, they cause severe disruption and have a big impact on the reputation of the business as well.
In the Marriot case, the numbers are simply shocking. According to various reports, the hackers may have been able to access the name, address, and passport number of more than 300 million people and the payment card details of an unspecified number of guests may also have been accessed.
The New Year will be the perfect time to encourage customers to update their security solutions and as a Synaxon member, you can get a brilliant deal on the whole F-Secure range of solutions. We can offer the very best margins on the full range, so this is a great way to add value to customers and add value to your bottom line.
IoT and faster broadband will drive massive rise in IP traffic says Cisco
In its annual Visual Networking Index report, Cisco predicts that IoT uptake will drive the volume of IP traffic upwards over the next three years and the total will reach 4.8 zettabytes* in 2022 – more than three times the 3.4 billion generated in 2017.
It also predicts that software-defined network will start to generate more traffic with SD-WAN volumes growing at 37% on average every year until 2022, by which time it will reach 5.3 exabytes per month (the equivalent of around a billion DVDs) and be generating 29% of business IP WAN traffic – up from just 9% last year.
Part of what’s driving all this is increased broadband speed. According to Cisco, the average broadband speed globally will increase from 39.0 Mbps in 2017 to 75.4 Mbps in 2022. With fibre now following out across more UK cities and towns, there are opportunities to upgrade customers to faster speeds and subsequently introduce them to the options for managed and cloud services, IoT, AI and analytics that are now emerging everywhere. If you’d like to find out more about how you can exploit the potential, get in touch with your Synaxon account manager.
*For the record, and to put this in perspective, it’s worth remembering that…
- 1000 gigabytes (GB) = 1 terabyte (TB)
- 1000 TB = 1 petabyte (PB)
- 1000 PB = 1 exabyte (EB)
- 1000 EB = 1 Zettabyte
MSP market seeing heightened M&A activity
The growth potential in the UK managed services market has been underlined by two recent acquisitions. Nottinghamshire-based Timico has acquired London-based 25sevenIT, while in Manchester the company formerly known as King of Servers has bought Think4IT and rebranded as Evaris.
In both cases, the acquisitions are partly motivated by the growth potential of managed services, which are now seen as an essential part of the armoury of every progressive reseller business. With successful MSPs now being targeted by bigger fish, it’s clear that leading strategic thinkers see this market as having a major potential for future growth.
If you have just started out on your journey into managed services, becoming a SynMSP member of Synaxon UK will help you to build and develop your business. Find out more by contacting one of the team – call 0300 304 7844 or email email@example.com.