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August 25, 2011  8:48 PM

3 cloud strategy lessons from solution provider Logicalis



Posted by: Heather Clancy
cloud computing, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, logical is

What self-respecting IT services provider ISN’T trying to position itself as an expert in cloud computing? After all, pretty much everyone has their own definition of what it means. What’s that old saying? There is margin in mystery? Continued »

August 25, 2011  12:24 PM

Steve Jobs’ legacy



Posted by: badarrow
Apple, Bill Gates, IT channel products and services, Steve Jobs

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Here’s the thing about Steve Jobs. All that stuff about the charisma, the “reality distortion field,” all the crap that PC-oriented journalists caught up in the Microsoft-Intel duopoly derided as fan-boy BS, it was very real.  Check out this video from MacWorld Boston (remember that???) in 1997, especially the piped-in appearance by Bill Gates about 30 minutes in. (An amazing amount of hissing for an industry event. And let’s not get into the boobirds.)

Stunning. To plagiarize myself, what has always struck me about Apple compared to Microsoft is that Apple, at least under Jobs, always left its customers jazzed but wanting more. Microsoft, on the other hand (and this coming from a long-time Windows user) seems to leave its users exhausted and wanting less.

That’s a big fundamental difference.

Let us know what you think about this post; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com,

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August 24, 2011  1:40 PM

HP to make good on TouchPad refunds



Posted by: badarrow
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Hewlett-Packard will, in fact, offer full refunds to  VARs for any TouchPad tablets they have in inventory. it will also “price protect” customers who bought the TouchPad at full price. But it’s not advertising that fact. Continued »


August 23, 2011  7:20 PM

TouchPad banners still hanging at HP headquarters



Posted by: PatOuellette
Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technolgies, Pat Ouellette, TouchPad

This just in from a SearchITChannel.com spy. Yes, that’s a gigantic TouchPad banner hanging off HP headquarters as of Tuesday morning. Kind of eerie, ain’t it?

Last week, most stores were well-stocked with HP TouchPads. But now that HP nuked its tablet business, TouchPads are selling like hot cakes at $99 each. Our eye witness saw 35 to 40 people (no badges so not HP employees) lined up at HP before 9 a.m. for the hot-selling-but-dead product.

VARs said HP’s cost for the high-end TouchPad, which listed for $499, was $380. VARs could make 4% of list, or $20 from each sale> Small problem: Precious few sold at $499. But now VARs say customers are begging them for the $99 deals. Not likely, said one. “I expect to ship them back to Ingram [Micro] for a full refund.”

Is interest in the HP’s moribund TouchPad the ultimate irony, or is it a great – if unprofitable – guerilla marketing campaign from HP?

Let us know what you think about the story; email Pat Ouellette, Associate Editor, at pouellette@techtarget.com , or follow us on twitter.


August 22, 2011  4:28 PM

HP reverbs continue to roil partners, Wall Street



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle, PSG, TouchPad, WebOS

Hewlett-Packard PR would really, really like to talk to reporters about its VMworld news next week. But I’m guessing there aren’t many takers given recent HP bombshells.

Last week, CEO Leo  Apotheker told the world that HP was killing the new, heavily-hyped TouchPads, might sell off/spin off its huge PC division, and was exploring options for WebOS.

Oh, and it would buy little-known Autonomy for $10.3 billion.

One HP partner reached on Friday needed to be talked off the ledge.

Continued »


August 19, 2011  5:29 PM

Dell encourages solution providers to think ‘chiller-less’



Posted by: Heather Clancy
chiller, data center, Dell, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, IT infrastructure, server

Dell is encouraging solutions that represent its server technologies to pick up the rallying cry for its new “chiller-less” data center design philosophy. Continued »


August 18, 2011  7:37 PM

HP to dump WebOS TouchPads, phones



Posted by: badarrow
Autonomy, Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, PCs, PSG, ThinkPads

In a shocking move, Hewlett-Packard will deep-six its nascent WebOS TouchPad and phone efforts. You know, all the “hot” new products it touted at its annual Americas Partner Conference  That was five months ago. Continued »


August 18, 2011  5:42 PM

HP without PCs? Not so unthinkable



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, PCs

Hewlett-Packard is on the verge of spinning off its PC business, if reports out of Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal are accurate. Continued »


August 8, 2011  5:32 PM

Despite consolidation, innovation spikes in security software



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Gartner, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, market research, security software

Anyone who reads my posts here with any kind of regularity knows that I am kind of a numbers geek, which is to say that I love the nuances of all the statistics that are published by the usual suspects on the market research side of life. It doesn’t mean I believe all of them, but I feel most of them bear exposure. (Or, bare exposure, if you prefer.) Continued »


August 4, 2011  3:07 PM

iPhone 5 boom, VAR wars and other takeaways from GreenPages Summit



Posted by: badarrow
Android, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, converged infrastructure, GreenPages, HP, iPad, iPhone, iPhone5, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Unsurprisingly, cloud was top of mind at this week’s GreenPages Solutions Summit 2011.

About a hundred or so GreenPages customers–IT professionals from organizations ranging from area hospitals to Liberty Mutual Insurance and Stratus Computer — came to hear GreenPages’ cloud pitch, specifically the VAR’s planned “data bus” that would help them move data from on-premises data centers to hybrid and/or public clouds. But that was the official news. Here’s the real scuttlebutt. Continued »


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