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November 24, 2010  2:56 PM

Court: SAP owes Oracle $1.3B

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The verdict is in and SAP owes Oracle $1.3 billion for copyright infringement.

Oracle had sought up to $3 billion while SAP, which admitted wrongdoing, said the true damages amount should lie between $28 million and $41 million. Continued »

November 23, 2010  7:27 PM

Distie Avnet supports development of ‘mobile-ready’ data centers

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

I stashed this news release from a few weeks back because I wanted to muse on it for a while. But here’s the basic development: value-added distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has established a practice called MobilityPath to help technology solution providers support emerging solutions in mobility, such as tablets and smartphones, as well as unified communications. Continued »


November 18, 2010  3:55 AM

Apple shops cry foul as Steve Jobs Xs out XServer

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Ironic. Even as Apple brings on integrator heavyweights to push its technology into more business accounts, Apple is discontinuing its XServe server. Sales will end January 31, 2011. Support will continue. For awhile.

While XServe was no market share leader, it has a devoted cadre of users in ad agencies, video production shops and education accounts.

The Xserve discontinuation, disclosed on an Apple support forum, provoked some lively discussion.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly told a complaining XServe user by email, that “hardly anyone” bought XServes.

Many Apple watchers think that Apple has given up on attacking business accounts from the server room, instead hoping to ride “edge” devices like its popular iPhones and iPads into corporate boardrooms.

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 17, 2010  7:59 PM

Why empowering your employees could transform your business

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

How many of you out there can vividly remember the times that you wished some customer service person would just get off the script and do something, usually something very simple, to address your problem? That’s the simple question. Here’s the hard one: How many of you solution provider types out there trust your own technical teams and customer service service sorts enough to empower them with the ability to do the same on behalf of YOUR customers?

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November 16, 2010  12:58 PM

EMC to buy Isilon: Another storage maker bites the dust

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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.

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