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November 16, 2010  12:58 PM

EMC to buy Isilon: Another storage maker bites the dust



Posted by: badarrow
3Par, Barbara Darrow, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Isilon, IT channel products and technologies, Storage

The big get bigger as storage kingpin EMC agreed to buy Isilon for about $2.25 billion (or $33.85 per share)  in cash. The news was announced early Tuesday.

Isilon specializes in what it calls scale-out network attached storage (NAS.)

Ever since Hewlett-Packard outdueled Dell to buy 3Par earlier this fall,  speculation has swirled that othersmaller storage vendors, including Seattle-based Isilon, were in play.

For VARs that often seek out smaller, nimbler vendors vs. technology giants that can be direct-sales focused, this is not necessarily good news.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com, or follow us on twitter.

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November 12, 2010  5:31 PM

Solution provider turns state representative



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Data Technique, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, politics, Terry Calloway

Now, this is a case of an entrepreneur taking matters into his own hands.

Frustrated by the local economy in Kansas, Data Technique founder and CEO Terry Calloway ran earlier this month for the house of representatives in his home state, and won. It was a close race — a gap of just 155 votes for his seat in the third district of Kansas in Pittsburg, Kan. — but now Calloway is getting ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work in Topeka, Kan. Full disclosure: I know about what Terry is doing because I have consulted by Data Technique this year with some of its messaging around cloud computing solutions. Continued »


November 11, 2010  1:18 PM

What’s up with Novell?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Novell, VMware

Things at Novell have been quiet lately. Maybe too quiet.

There’s an all-hands meeting there this morning and insider talk once again swirls about a possible sale. Whether that would be to private equity investors–who would take the company private–or to another vendor–VMware? IBM? HP? Someone else?–is an open question. Last spring Novell spurned a buyout offer from a Elliott Partners and said it would explore other options.

One Novell/SUSE VAR said it’s always possible that Oracle could buy, “but if that happens, I’ll shoot myself,” he noted.

Maybe we’ll hear soon. Or maybe not.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com, or follow us on twitter.

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November 10, 2010  10:14 PM

Where in the world is Leo Apotheker?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, SAP

Well, we know where the HP CEO ain’t

He ain’t in the Oakland courtroom where Oracle CEO Larry Ellison would love to see him.

He’s not at Hewlett-Packard HQ, where Oracle’s tried to serve him with a subpoena.

But lookee here! Leo’s in Japan! At least according to Reuters. If Oracle’s private eyes had bothered to read the Japanese press, they could have saved themselves some wear and tear.

Meanwhile, questions keep swirling about what, exactly HP’s clown car of a board was thinking when it brought Apotheker, ousted from SAP, aboard as top dog.

This Oracle vs. SAP/HP imboglio is, to steal a phrase from a Vanity Fair article summarizing the street fight between Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and the Sulzberger-led New York Times, like the Corleones picking on the Royal Tenenbaums.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com, or follow us on twitter.

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November 10, 2010  2:54 PM

Nexsan draws VARs with solid Assureon line, programs



Posted by: badarrow
Assureon, Barbara Darrow, data archiving, EMC, IT channel products and technologies, Nexsan, Storage, Sun storage

Every once in awhile you talk to a VAR who’s really excited about a vendor, its products and its partner program. I know, shocker, right!?

Lately Nexsan’s hit the radar screen in this respect.  Nexsan is seeing phenomenal success recruiting new VARs (including  Sun storage partners) for its Assureon archiving appliances. Perhaps more important, it seems to be keeping existing VARs happy and profitable. Continued »


November 9, 2010  9:39 PM

Survey: Time to get with energy-reduction program



Posted by: Heather Clancy
CDW, consolidation, data center, energy efficiency, Green IT, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and technologies, survey

Hey all you naysayers who have scoffed at my green IT coverage over the past three years and suggested that I was somehow off my rocker, try on this research. CDW has released its 2010 Energy Efficient IT report, and it suggested that fully three-quarters of IT professionals are now working on a plan to reduce the energy consumption with their operations — from the desktop to the data center.

Continued »


November 9, 2010  4:59 AM

Next up for Oracle: Private eyes



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, Larry Ellison, Oracle, SAP

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison warned Hewlett-Packard to keep its new CEO away from its Palo Alto headquarters if it didn’t want him subpoenaed. Now Ellison’s apparently following up with a  full-fledged man hunt for the CEO-on-the-lam, Leo Apotheker.

Reuters reports that Oracle has hired private investigators to find the elusive Leo.  HP and its lawfirm have refused to accept Oracle’s subpoena for Apotheker, according to the story. Apotheker ‘s official start date at HP was November 1.

Oracle is suing SAP, where Apotheker had been CEO, over theft of trade secrets.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director at bdarrow@techtarget.com, or follow us on twitter.

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November 4, 2010  5:07 PM

Brocade Communications raises the bar by erasing one



Posted by: badarrow
APN, Barbara Darrow, Brocade Communications, Brocade partners, Channel partner programs, Cisco, HP, IT channel products and technologies

An awful lot of vendors send out an awful lot of press releases touting new partner program perks–new ways that they, the vendors, will help you, the partners, do bigger, better deals.

The trouble is a lot of those press releases are 90% puffery. As in very little meat. (The next time I see a big two- or three-letter company tout its efforts to bring partners into the cloud, there will be trouble.) Continued »


November 4, 2010  3:34 AM

Oracle: HP’s playing hide the Apotheker



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, lawsuit, Leo Apotheker, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

 

Tonight’s statement from Oracle corporate PR vis-a-vis the SAP lawsuit:

“Hewlett Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr. Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP’s illegal conduct. Mr. Apotheker started work for HP on Monday, but it now appears that the HP Board of Directors has decided to keep him away from HP’s headquarters and outside the court’s jurisdiction. We will continue to try to serve him.”

Continued »


November 3, 2010  4:52 PM

Microsoft insiders question top leadership



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Bill Gates, IT channel products and technologies, J Allard, Mark Hurd, Microsoft, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer

Given the number of high-profile executives leaving Microsoft in recent months, there are some inside (and out) of the company that wonder if Steve Ballmer is the problem, rather than the solution, for Microsoft. Continued »


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