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March, 2009


March 31, 2009  2:48 PM

Security is security is security



Posted by: Heather Clancy
1NService, PSA Security Network

We in the high-tech industry (and media) love the word convergence. You've heard seemingly forever about the convergence of voice and data networks. More recently, the buzz has shifted over to how the physical infrastructure concerns of companies are merging with their technology infrastructure...

March 30, 2009  8:17 PM

Storage efficiency: Go beyond cost savings



Posted by: StorageSwiss
Data storage management, George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies

You’re feeling it full force -- the impact of the economic downturn -- and so are your customers. For the last two quarters, conversations have turned from “How do I expand?” to “How do I contract and cut costs?” Resellers, in the race to find projects and products that can help their...


March 27, 2009  5:02 PM

The silence of the tweets



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, tweet, Twitter

Twitter is down today. As it was last week. This is only mentionable because there are a lot of people at TechTarget (and everywhere) who are tweet addicts (tweetaholics?). They tweet therefore they are, i guess. Anyway, it's relevant because there...


March 25, 2009  8:33 PM

McNealy on IBM rumors



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Open-source, Scott McNealy, Sun

What is Scott McNealy's take on the much-reported IBM/Sun combo under discussion? According to Alex Barrett, pretty much what you'd expect.  As in:

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March 25, 2009  6:29 PM

The value of focus



Posted by: StorageSwiss
George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Reseller channel business development

Spreading your technical knowledge too thin is a very common mistake that resellers (and manufacturers) make. A great example is the issue of what VMware storage protocol to use. There are three choices: iSCSI, Fibre Channel or NFS. Many solutions support all three.

But whether you...


March 24, 2009  12:37 PM

Verio pumps up internal support for channel partners



Posted by: Heather Clancy
hosting, leader referral, Verio

Verio is the latest tech vendor to rustle up some extra resources for partners struggling in this unpredictable economic climate. At its partner conference earlier this month (yes, it still held one), the hosting and managed services company (which is owned by...


March 24, 2009  1:38 AM

Possible Sun deal opens can o’ worms for IBM



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, mainframe, Microsoft, Orac, Platform Solutions, Sun, T3 Technologies

Here's a reminder that Microsoft isn't the only tech vendor known for its hardball tactics. When it comes to monopolistic practices in the computer business, many say IBM wrote the book.


March 19, 2009  7:45 PM

Sun-IBM as Tupac-Notorious BIG



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Sun

Storage Soup has the best take on the much-talked about IBM-Sun takeout story.  IBM as Biggie Smalls? Brilliant. As for VARs, most seem to divide along party lines. IBM VARs love it, Sun VARs, not so much. 


March 18, 2009  3:26 PM

Disk archiving: How do you know it’s not the next ILM?



Posted by: StorageSwiss
Data storage management, George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies

Disk-based archiving is a popular topic today, one that you might be bringing up with customers or maybe they’re even asking you about it. As we detailed in our article on archiving basics,...


March 17, 2009  12:21 PM

Eaton powers up VAR program



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Eaton, Power

I write quite a bit about how servers and storage are adapting to improve the energy efficiency of data centers, but one piece of the equation that sort of gets short shrift in terms of coverage (what else is new!) is the uninterruptible power supply or the power distribution unit. Honestly, that's...


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