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October 7, 2010  3:57 PM

Thank heaven (or the cloud) for IT budget growth

Posted by: NicoleH
cloud computing, IT budgets, Nicole Harding,, SearchSystemsChannel


Finally, a ray of sunshine for solution providers suffering from lackluster corporate IT budgets. For the first time in three years, companies are reporting an increased budget for technology expenses in 2011, according to a Corporate Executive Board survey that’s set for publication at the end of October.

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October 6, 2010  7:35 PM

Neutron Jack slams HP board

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Jack Welch, Leo Apotheker, Marc Andreessen, Mark Hurd, Ray Lane

HP’s board can’t catch a break these days. Now it’s  Jack Welch getting in on the action, terming the  Hewlett-Packard board “dysfunctional” for the way it handled Mark Hurd’s ouster and for not turning to internal candidates for the top . Continued »

October 5, 2010  7:19 PM

Symantec VAR builds ISV business

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, compliance, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technolgies, Jonathan Dambrot, Prevalent Networks, Symantec

Prevalent Networks, a leading Symantec VAR, is building its own ISV software business and kicked it off recently with the launch of its Prevalent Policy Portal.

The portal represents a nice piece of (buzzword alert!) “synergy”  between Prevalent and the Symantec’s Control Compliance Suite.

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September 30, 2010  9:51 PM

HP names Apotheker CEO, brings Lane on

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Ray Lane, SAP

SAP veteran Leo Apotheker is HP’s new CEO. Perhaps more interesting, is that Ray Lane, a venture capitalist and a former president of Oracle was named to HP’sboard.  Oracle, famously, hired Mark Hurd after HP forced his exit, sparking litigation and considerable bad feelings.

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September 30, 2010  5:39 PM

HP PartnerOne adds more products to deal reg, tries to ease channel conflict

Posted by: badarrow
3Com, Barbara Darrow, CDW, converged infrastructure, deal registration, Hewlett-Packard, HP, ISS servers, IT channel products and technologies, IT channel technology and services, PartnerOne, TippingPoint

Hewlett-Packard continues to finetune its PartnerOne program, putting more of its acquired products under deal registration for its channel partners.

Starting November 1, more of the company’s ISS servers — including one- and two-way servers from the 300 Series on up — will now be eligible for deal registration as will TippingPoint network security products, said Mike Galane, senior director of marketing for HP’s solution provider organization (SPO). The 3Com networking hardware products portfolio was added to deal registration earlier this summer.

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September 30, 2010  4:05 PM

Opportunities abound in data center power management

Posted by: NicoleH
data center, energy efficiency, green data center, Nicole Harding,,


A few months back, I wrote an article about the rising demand for IT energy consulting services. VARs agreed that going green is more than a passing fad in the IT industry; the driving factor for customers purchasing energy-efficient technologies is simply saving money in the data center. And recent findings from Gartner say that spending on power consumption is expected to continue to pose a problem.

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September 29, 2010  6:10 PM

Oracle sets sights on chips

Posted by: badarrow
AMD, Barbara Darrow, chips, Intel, IT channel products and technologies, Microprocessors, Oracle, SPARC, Sun Microsystems

So, Oracle’s in the market for chip companies. And AMD quickly leapt to the top of the list of prospective targets.

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September 29, 2010  5:06 PM

How does doing good affect your business?

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Big Apple Chapter, Ingram Micro VentureTech Network, IT channel products and services, VTN

A few months ago, I wrote in my personal blog about a technology facelift donated to a New York women’s shelter by the Big Apple Chapter of the Ingram Micro VentureTech Network. Well, the chapter is at it again.

This time, as part of its “Big Apple Cares” initiative, the group of IT solution providers is donating and installing more than $30,000 work of IT infrastructure and services at the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. The donation is also supported by the Big Apple Chapter’s technology partners: Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. Here are some of the things that the chapter did for the foundation:

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September 27, 2010  8:38 PM

Cleantech rounds out solution provider’s vertical foci

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Autodesk, cleantech, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, KETIV Technologies

Ever since I got into writing extensively about green IT and clean technology, many of my connections from the world of the technology solution provider channel have questioned whether or not either is a money-making opportunity.

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September 24, 2010  3:22 PM

Hottest topics out of Oracle OpenWorld

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exalogic, IT channel products and technologies, Java, JavaOne, Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld 2010, Safra Catz, Sun, Sun Microsystems

There was a lot to ponder at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 aside from the obvious news items: A new Exalogic super-duper Web server that is also–depending on your point of view–a cloud in a box or the return of a DEC VAX. Also Fusion Apps which, pardon the skepticism, have been on their way now for a long, looooong time.  There was an intriguing deal with Amazon Web Services under which AWS will use Oracle VM in a portion of its cloud reserved for running Oracle enterprise applications.

All well and good and worthy of discussion. But here are the real questions coming out of the show.

1: Can the appeal of Oracle’s technology overcome customer FUD?

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