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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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November 9, 2010  4:59 AM

Next up for Oracle: Private eyes

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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.

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November 4, 2010  5:07 PM

Brocade Communications raises the bar by erasing one

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow


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.”

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November 3, 2010  4:52 PM

Microsoft insiders question top leadership

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 »

November 2, 2010  2:00 PM

Still hungry, Oracle buys ATG

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle is buying ATG, a maker of e-commerce software, for about $1 billion in cash or $6.00 per share. Continued »

November 1, 2010  5:02 PM

SAP, scared of Oracle, makes goo-goo eyes at HP

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The strange interpretive dance by Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and SAP has put everyone’s spidey sense in overdrive. Court proceedings on Oracle’s lawsuit vs. SAP kick off today in Oakland.

SOOOO very interesting that SAP has been gushing over Leo Apotheker’s leadership skills,  especially since SAP showed him the door last year. Both HP and SAP have defended Apotheker against Oracle’s charges that he was complicit in industrial espionage. Oracle maintains that while Apotheker was CEO of SAP, he knew about TomorrowNow’s practice of downloading Oracle information using customer accounts and let it continue for months. Continued »

October 29, 2010  2:17 PM

Microsoft makes Azure more palatable

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow


Microsoft execs, including server and tools chief Bob Muglia, have long maintained that the Azure price model was sound and clear as a bell. This despite developers and other would-be Azure-ites moaning about its complexity and complaining that Azure was too pricey compared to Amazon Web Services.

Well, those developers weren’t crazy after all.  Yesterday at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced new  Azure Extra Small Instances for five cents per hour. Now in beta, this bite-sized computing morsel doesn’t promise fast I/O and is limited to 20 gigabytes of storage per instance. The next smallest nugget of computing is the Azure Small Instance at 12 cents per hour for up to 225GB storage per instance. Clearly there was pressure for cheaper Azure. Continued »

October 28, 2010  3:55 PM

If you’re an MSP, are you a green MSP?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Here’s a question for all you managed service providers (MSPs) out there: How green is your data center? Continued »

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