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June, 2011


June 30, 2011  2:26 PM

Oracle stacks the Exadata deck with Exastack, VAR rebates



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exadata, Exalogic, Exastack, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Judson Althoff, Oracle, Sun hardware

For big software companies these days, it's about stacks. The latest is Oracle Exastack. This is Oracle's effort to get third-party software vendors to optimize their applications to run on Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic data center...

June 27, 2011  8:50 PM

IDC forecast suggests IT spending growth will outpace economy



Posted by: Heather Clancy
economy, enterprise software, Forrester Research, Gartner, Heather Clancy, IDC, IT channel products and services, IT spending, software

Stagnant economy got you down? The good news it that market researcher IDC is predicting IT spending growth this year will grow much faster than the economy at large, as measured by U.S. gross domestic product.


June 27, 2011  1:07 PM

Is Microsoft’s cloud scorched earth for partners?



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Channel, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft cloud, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

If you want to know Microsoft's position vis-a-vis partners in the cloud, check out this money line buried in a new Microsoft-sponsored Harvard Business Review-produced white...

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June 24, 2011  5:09 PM

Hardware continues to flummox Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, HP, IBM, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Safra Catz, Sun Microsystems

Oh, Oracle, Oracle, Oracle. You're nothing if not predictable. On yesterday's Oracle fourth quarter  earnings call, there was the usual happy talk about fat margins and great execution. The...


June 20, 2011  10:01 PM

Time to brush up on mobile development skills



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, tablet

As Hewlett-Packard preps its would-be Apple iPad killer -- the HP TouchPad -- for release on July 1, a new research report from


June 20, 2011  8:30 PM

The cloud vs. converged hardware



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, converged hardware, Exalogic, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Salesforce.com

As Oracle, Cisco  and Hewlett-Packard try to convince the world that every data center needs Oracle or Cisco or HP's own unique brand of converged hardware--that mythical IT beast that somehow combines the best of every breed plus absolute adherence to industry standards--there seems to be a...


June 16, 2011  2:45 PM

Oracle-HP slap fight continues



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Itanium, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle

It would be sad if it weren't so entertaining: The HP-versus-Oracle spat ratcheted up again this week with Hewlett-Packard suing Oracle. Again.


June 14, 2011  1:29 PM

HP shakeup: Livermore kicked upstairs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dave Donatelli, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Todd Bradley

Ann Livermore, the respected Hewlett-Packard veteran once considered a prime CEO candidate, is relinquishing day-to-day responsibilities and will take a seat on the HP board. Here's HP's official statement .


June 13, 2011  7:08 PM

IT channel merger activity continues apace



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Agilysys, ePlus, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, M&A, merger, mergers and acquisitions

Since I wrote my article last month about the spike in channel mergers and acquisitions, two more big deals have come to my attention -- one aimed at expanding the service footprint of the acquiring...


June 9, 2011  2:18 AM

Oracle hardware: It is a mystery



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com

It's really not news that Oracle sales people go into a discounting frenzy at the close of the fiscal year. And, that discounting has netted Oracle some Exadata deals in its...


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