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March 29, 2011  9:20 PM

MSPAlliance dreams up service provider certification

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

One of the toughest tasks for any technology solution provider is building trust with would-be customers. The job gets even tougher when you are asking a business to entrust certain pieces of their IT infrastructure to the so-called “cloud.” Can the service provider REALLY guarantee service levels? What about security? What are the risks? That’s why the MSPAlliance has developed a new certification for cloud and managed service providers that could help in building customer credibility. Continued »

March 29, 2011  2:44 PM

HP APC: Leo’s here, how’d he do?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

LAS VEGAS–Hewlett-Packard VARs have had their knickers in a twist since the unceremonious departure of HP CEO Mark Hurd in August and the subsequent hiring of Leo Apotheker as CEO a few months later. Continued »


March 28, 2011  4:09 AM

HP partner wish list

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

LAS VEGAS–As the Hewlett-Packard Americas Partner Conference convenes here Monday,  HP VARs and integrators have a lot of questions for the new management. Here, based on a totally unscientific survey, is what they want to hear from HP.

1: What’s the HP cloud plan? Be specific about deliverables and time tables. HP CEO Leo Apotheker recently made some broad-brush announcements about HP’s plan to build cloud infrastructure and to host a cloud-based app store. But where’s the beef? Continued »


March 25, 2011  3:25 PM

Oracle software biz soars but hardware remains a mystery

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Both Oracle co-presidents were upbeat on yesterday’s third quarter earnings call–flaunting 37% revenue growth to $8.8 billion compared to the year-ago figures.

Sales of new software licenses rose a healthy 29% to $2.2 billion compared to the comparable-quarter last year.  (Here’s a transcript of the earnings call.)

But the real story on Oracle hardware, on the other hand, remains a mystery. Oracle claimed $1 billion in hardware sales for the quarter but there is no year-ago comparison since Oracle completed its Sun buyout in the midst of its third quarter last year. Continued »


March 24, 2011  6:54 PM

OnForce founder launches new labor resources venture, Work Market

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Jeffrey Leventhal, founder of OnForce, the self-described marketplace for orchestrating computer repair services, has surfaced as the founder of what he is calling a “labor resource platform” called Work Market. The new company is his fifth. Continued »


March 23, 2011  7:58 PM

Oracle, HP spatting again

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Okay, someone’s gonna have to separate these two.

Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are at it again and this act is starting to wear thin. Continued »


March 17, 2011  5:10 PM

Solution provider proves that sometimes, it’s OK to be red-faced

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Yesterday, while I was poking around on Facebook researching potential stories ideas from my newsfeed, a rather random item popped up from managed service provide Evolve Technologies: Actually, it was a random photo that popped up on the Fairfax, Va.-based company’s Facebook page, one of the company’s CEO, David Sobel, wearing one of those red noses that you’d normally see some clown wearing at the circus. Continued »


March 16, 2011  8:11 PM

Adrian Jones surfaces at Oracle

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It’s not really announced yet but Adrian Jones, once the channel chief at Hewlett-Packard, is now at Oracle Corp. Continued »


March 14, 2011  9:42 PM

HP to host app store for enterprises

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Today’s HP Summit has been heavy on buzzwords and light on details, but there is now some verification that Hewlett-Packard plans to build a “cloud-based” (what else?) store for enterprise applications.

HP, which already launched Infrastructure-as-a-Service for enterprise customers will offer public cloud infrastructure in the future, said Leo Apotheker, HP CEO on Monday afternoon. Continued »


March 14, 2011  1:17 PM

All eyes on HP

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker will take the stage later today in San Francisco to outline his (so-far unclear) vision for the IT giant. 

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