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October, 2009


October 31, 2009  1:57 PM

Oracle addresses Glassfish, other Sun software futures

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle execs up to and including Larry Ellison have been vocal about their plan to continue, even boost, support for Java and Solaris. This week the company started talking up plans for some of Sun's more niche software products, albeit in a very general way. Check out the updated

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October 30, 2009  9:21 PM

Results of Symantec SMB disaster recovery survey suggest upside for channel

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The good news is that you have a lot of prospects in small-business disaster recovery solutions, according to a recent survey by Symantec. The bad news is that most of your prospective customers don't understand just unprepared they are, so your sales cycle isn't likely to be easy.

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October 29, 2009  5:50 PM

Economic woes linger, but it’s time to plan for growth

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

OK, so not every economic indicator we're seeing right now is positive, although the revelation today that GDP grew 3.5 percent in the third quarter (instead of the 3.2 percent predicted) is definitely cause for at least a "Woo-Hoo!" (

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October 28, 2009  6:56 PM

Azure gets eclipsed

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft continues its push to make its proposed Azure cloud plat form palatable to developers beyond the Windows realm and an embrace of Eclipse is bound to do that.  Toward that end, Microsoft signed two proxies--Tasktop Technologies and Soyatec-- to help make the Eclipse software...


October 27, 2009  5:23 AM

Ingram Micro VTN gets social

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Ingram Micro today jumped into the social networking pool with a set of tools to help VentureTech Network (VTN) partners collaborate and communicate better with each other and with the distributor itself. Both Twitter.com/VTNcommunity and Facebook.com/venturetechnetwork were unveiled Monday....


October 26, 2009  11:45 PM

Turns out it is NOT all or nothing when it comes to managed services

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Spending a couple days this week at the Fall Invitational conference for the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network where as you might imagine there is a lot of talk and posturing about the role of cloud computing and "IT as a service" in the high-tech industry's future.

One interesting...


October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's SearchITChannel.com Advisory Board call. But there...


October 20, 2009  9:19 PM

Sun to cut 3K jobs

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Guess Larry Ellison wasn't kidding  about Sun Microsystems bleeding red ink while European regulators weigh Oracle's buyout plan. In an SEC filing, Sun said it will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide over the next year. That's about 10% of its urrent headcount. More on the

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October 19, 2009  9:18 PM

SCO ousts Darl McBride

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The SCO Group has eliminated the CEO post from its leadership roster and that means Darl McBride is out. This, according to its latest SEC filing.

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October 18, 2009  8:16 PM

The cost of Oracle platinum

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle partners are still chewing over  the Oracle Partner Network's new partner tiering and specialization program.

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