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August 26, 2010  8:36 PM

HP counters Dell’s counter for 3Par

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This is getting tiresome.

HP just bid  $27 per share counter offer for 3Par. This $1.8 billion offer counters Dell’s $24.50 counteroffer to HP’s earlier counteroffer to Dell’s original $18 offer to buy 3Par and its data storage expertise.

Little did we know early this month that 3Par was such a big deal.

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August 26, 2010  1:27 PM

Most burning questions for Oracle

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

There are so many questions about what Oracle is doing with its new Sun franchise, it’s hard to suss out the top few, but here’s a try.

 

1: What’s really going on with Sparc? While John Fowler promised continued innovation around the Sparc architecture, there is still precious little in the way of details. It’s probably because Oracle and Fujitsu, which is responsible for the production of Sparc64 chips used in Oracle’s M series servers, are still talking things out. Continued »


August 26, 2010  1:02 PM

Take that HP! Dell ups the ante on 3Par

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Today it’s Dell offering mo’ money for 3Par.

Dell sweetened its previous $18 per share bid to $24.50 and helpfully posted to its Web site that 3Par has accepted that offer.

Earlier this week, HP tried to preempt Dell’s original offer with its own $18 per share cash bid.

What isn’t immediately clear is if this bidding war has played out. 3Par’s investor relations page has no posting as to the latest offer. Cisco is reportedly making a big announcement next week–maybe it’ll throw its hat into the 3Par fray. Kidding. Kinda.

 

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August 23, 2010  9:37 PM

HP promises to bring 3Par goods to the channel

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

One of Hewlett-Packard’s stated goals for its proposed $1.6 billion buyout of 3Par is to broaden and deepen distribution of 3Par’s storage technologies.

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August 23, 2010  2:09 PM

New templates for running your MSP business better

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

If you’re looking for some help in bringing discipline to your managed services business, CompTIA and the MSP Partners organization have created four new templates that cover various aspects of running a practice.

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August 23, 2010  12:30 PM

It’s on! HP outbids Dell for 3Par

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This morning, Hewlett-Packard launched a $24 per share cash bid for 3Par and its data storage expertise. The offer touches off a bidding war against Dell, which offered $18 per share for 3Par last week. Continued »


August 19, 2010  8:58 PM

HP recruits tech reporter to fix corp comms

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

This is a little inside baseball but it still bears noting.

Hewlett-Packard, fresh off its latest CEO scandal, has brought in a reporter–a very good reporter–to lead corporate communications. HP said today that Connie Guglielmo of Bloomberg News is coming aboard.

David Shane, who had been HP’s top flack resigned at the end of July, purportedly to start his own company. Mark Hurd’s much-more-public resignation happened the following week.

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August 19, 2010  1:55 PM

Intel forks over $7.7B on McAfee, but why?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

So the big get bigger.

Intel will buy McAfee and its security portfolio for $7.68 billion. The rationale, according to a statement by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, is that there is insufficient security for the booming number of non-PC endpoints–phones, TVs, other consumer electronics attached to the Internet. Continued »


August 18, 2010  4:51 PM

Oracle/Sun hits just keep on coming

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The aftermath of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems is proving to be a full-employment act for bloggers and journalists.

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August 16, 2010  10:02 PM

Freebies if you buy former VAR’s business tome

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Don’t normally do the promo thing, but figured some of the solution providers who read ChannelMarker on a semi-regular basis might be interested in this information. If you buy a business book on August 17 written by one of your own — Charles Nault, the founder of network integrator Atrion Networking — you’ll be able to get a whole bunch of additional business management materials. Free. You like free, right?

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