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February, 2009

February 27, 2009  8:27 PM

CDW tracking poll suggests unified communications as bright spot

Posted by: Heather Clancy
CDW, IT channel products and technologies, Unified communications

First off, I have to say that I've been covering computer telephony aka IP telephony aka unified communications for MORE THAN 10 years now. Only recently, however, have these solutions become a truly realistic option for the small and midsize businesses that feed most VARs' sales pipeline.

February 24, 2009  8:24 PM

Selecting a CDP strategy

Posted by: StorageSwiss
Data storage management, George Crump, IT Channel

In a recent article on, Curtis Preston provides a thorough explanation of continuous data protection (CDP) for end users and how it differs from near-CDP. So what does this technology...

February 24, 2009  7:47 PM

IDC white paper identifies places VARs might help customers trim support costs

Posted by: Heather Clancy
CompTIA, IDC, IT Support

An interesting e-mail landed in my inbox this morning that I first deleted as irrelevant (to me personally). Then, it occurred to me that this is just the sort of link that could help a VAR fine-tune his or her sales pitch.

The resource in question came from

February 24, 2009  4:14 PM

Parallels CEO predicts Xen’s death

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Citrix Systems, Colin Steele, Microsoft, Server virtualization, VMware

Before last week, some Citrix partners -- and even some high-up Citrix execs -- felt...

February 24, 2009  1:54 PM

Lessons of the great Gfail saga

Posted by: badarrow
Domin, Email -- Exchange, Gmail, Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Outlook, Zimbra

It's been just a few hours, but it's safe to say that the February 24 Gmail outage will go down in history as the day that proves that people...

February 23, 2009  6:28 PM

Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server: Know your options

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Enterprise applications, Microsoft, SharePoint

Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server brings pitfalls around every turn. One of the biggest decisions that can determine your ultimate success or failure in implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is how you...

February 19, 2009  6:12 PM

What do you do after Vista?

Posted by: badarrow
IT Channel, Jim Allchin, Microsoft, Vista

What do you do after launching Windows Vista after many long years of development and several crumbled pillars? Apparently you record an album--er a CD. Somehow

February 18, 2009  6:56 PM

Sorting out Microsoft Online Services licensing

Posted by: Bcournoyer
cloud computing, Microsoft, Microsoft partners

Microsoft spent the better part of last year pushing its Microsoft Online Services to partners, who worried about

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February 18, 2009  6:10 PM

SAP-Infor saga shows ups, downs of vendor exclusivity

Posted by: badarrow
Business One, ERP, exclusivity, Infor, IT Channel, Oracle, partner loyalty



It's always good to watch the shifting allegiances of VARs and their vendor...

February 18, 2009  4:32 PM

Your organization should be blogging

Posted by: StorageSwiss
Channel business development, George Crump, IT Channel, Reseller blogs

I am constantly amazed at how many of your customers get the bulk of their IT news from blogs. That’s right, blogs. In fairness, they tend to take the source into consideration when evaluating the quality of the information; corporate blogs may be less trustworthy than an independent source,...

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