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September, 2007

September 27, 2007  9:31 PM

Avnet acquires Acal plc’s IT solutions division

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Cisco, Data storage management, Reseller channel business development, Supplier relationship management, Systems and systems management

Avnet Inc. today announced that it will acquire the IT solutions division of Acal plc., a strategic move that pushes Avnet’s distribution channels further into Europe and shores up its storage offerings to customers in the European Union. 

September 27, 2007  11:58 AM

Microsoft Brings Dynamics Into One Support Fold

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, SMB

Continuing its enterprise business applications push, Microsoft has pulled its Dynamics ERP solutions into its overall Premier Support program.

That means if a VAR’s customer already...

September 25, 2007  8:46 AM

Microsoft releases Windows Server Virtualization preview

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Microsoft, News, Server virtualization, Virtualization

Microsoft partners eager to start working with Windows Server Virtualization (WSV) now have their chance. The

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September 24, 2007  9:58 PM

MSPAlliance launches first vendor accreditation program

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Intel, Managed services providers, VAR training, certification

As the MSPAlliance kicked off its fall managed services conference in San Jose, Calif., the organization announced the launch of its vendor accreditation program (VAP) for the managed services industry. Designed by MSPs as a benchmark for vendors who sell to the MSP community,...

September 24, 2007  4:27 PM

Security: Without information, it’s nothing

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Network and application security

I saw a provocative presentation earlier this month by Dennis Hoffman, a senior vice president for RSA, the security division of EMC. Hoffman really brings a no-nonsense, solution-centric mindset to the whole security conversation, refreshing in someone who represents a product vendor and...

September 24, 2007  3:42 PM

Facebook face off: Microsoft takes on Google again

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday afternoon that Microsoft wants a piece of the Facebook franchise. (For those without a Journal subscription here’s a

September 21, 2007  1:59 PM

VMware exec. clears the air on ESX Server 3i

Posted by: Brein Matturro
Data storage management, Server virtualization, Virtualization

A VMware executive has clarified that the company intends to embed only the ESX Server 3i thin hypervisor into server hardware from Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and other hardware vendors. Brian Byun, VMware’s vice president of global partners and solutions, said he wants to...

September 21, 2007  9:59 AM

Microsoft incentives target Oracle faithful

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Microsoft, Oracle


Reusing a dog-eared page from its playbook, Microsoft this week said it will offer Oracle database users discounts to move to SQL Server.

As of Wednesday,...

September 19, 2007  3:02 PM

IBM takes (yet another) swing at Office

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Microsoft, Open-source, SMB

Time warp anyone?

When news outlets reported this week that IBM/Lotus unveiled...

September 18, 2007  3:04 PM

IBM offers open source desktop applications

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Google, IBM, Microsoft, News, Open-source

Another open source desktop applications suite, backed by a major vendor, is out today. IBM launched Lotus Symphony, a free, downloadable software package for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations using the Open Document Format. The announcement comes...

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