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February 1, 2010  9:46 PM

For IT deals, cheap credit ain’t cheap enough

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

For VARs in this seemingly endless recession, you’d think easy, low-interest credit would be a big deal. But what counts now is free.   Continued »

January 28, 2010  4:13 PM

Oracle will host JavaOne, but where?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

That Oracle will continue to host JavaOne, the huge conference built around that popular language, came as a relief to thousands of Java proponents.

Oracle execs said JavaOne will be “co-located” with the huge Oracle OpenWorld show in San Francisco next September.

The next question is: How and where? Continued »


January 27, 2010  3:39 PM

Oracle-Sun pushes for vertical integration

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Today is an interesting day in tech. Oracle and Apple CEOs will each be doing their best to tout the virtues of integrated hardware and software. Continued »


January 26, 2010  8:23 PM

Yes, more evidence that things are looking brighter

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

You’ve probably seen some of the reports from the big market research companies calling for some reversal of the IT spending slump in the months to come. There are also two other reports out that are a bit closer to home: the CompTIA IT Industry Business Confidence Index and the CDW IT Monitor (which I’ve actually been holding onto for a few weeks now). Continued »


January 22, 2010  1:21 AM

Fujitsu’s top channel exec sounds solutions theme

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

When I last chatted with Fujitu’s chief channel executive, aka Matt McManus, vice president of sales and marketing, he was in the process of amping up his team’s channel commitment and helping his newly minted partners develop leads with the most chance of closing. Continued »


January 21, 2010  1:49 PM

EC to Oracle-Sun deal: It’s a go (finally)

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The European Commission finally gave the Oracle buyout of Sun Microsystems a thumb’s up.

Regulators had held up the purchase over worries that Oracle ownership of the popular (Sun-owned)  MySQL database would hurt competition. But, after investigating, the commission found “that although MySQL and Oracle compete in certain parts of the database market, they are not close competitors in others, such as the high-end segment.”

And, it found that PostgreSQL–another open-source database–is a credible alternative to MySQL.

Oracle got a jump on the news Wednesday night, blasting out an invitation to a Jan. 27 event at which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison will outline hardware and software futures.

According to the invitation:

 Only Oracle + Sun will be able to:

 

  • Offer a broad range of products, including servers, storage, networking, and software
  • Integrate all customer components—servers, operating system, storage, database, middleware, and applications—for unmatched performance, reliability, and security
  • Simplify IT management and reduce system deployment and integration costs
  • Continue to drive innovation in SPARC, Solaris, the Java platform, and many other technologies

 

 Now, Sun and Oracle VARs  and IT shops can sort out for real how the $7.4 billion buyout will affect their businesses.

 

Some Sun hardware VARs have been very concerned about Oracle ownership of Sun’s Sparc franchise and have shifted at least some resources to other hardware lines.  Oracle resellers are concerned that Sun hardware partners will enter the already tough market for selling Oracle software licenses and are not happy about that.

 

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January 13, 2010  1:47 PM

McAfee’s Facebook coup: An exclusive deal to provide security

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

So, here’s a pretty sweet new deal for security software developer McAfee: The company has inked an EXCLUSIVE deal, that’s right, EXCLUSIVE to become Facebook’s provider of consumer security software.

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January 13, 2010  1:21 PM

FusionStorm establishes charitable foundation. What’s YOUR New Year’s resolution?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Actually came across this item before Christmas, when I was research IT solution providers’ use of social media. Managed services provider and systems integrator FusionStorm has established a foundation to support research and awareness about climate change and other “complex issues that face our planet.”

Continued »


January 12, 2010  1:50 PM

Microsoft Word, Office snafu grows

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

So, remember when Microsoft said it could pull the copies of Word 2007 and Office 2007 that ran afoul of a legal ruling  and replace them with non-offending versions in  time for a January 11 deadline? Yeah, well, that didn’t turn out to be true.  

 MIcrosoft’s online store and MSDN pulled the offending versions of Office and Word, but didn’t have much up to replace them, according to several reports.

An appeals court judge last month affirmed a lower court finding that Microsoft Word 2007 (and by extension Office 2007) used an XML editor that infringed on the patents of Toronto-based i4i.  At that time Microsoft said it would comply by removing the affected products as ordered by January 11. It also said it had already worked a fix for the problem and would substitute versions of Word and Office with that fix.

Last Friday, Microsoft said it would (re) appeal the lower court ruling.

 

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January 11, 2010  6:56 PM

HP, Cisco partner events face off

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Talk about counter programming. Hewlett-Packard slated its partner conference directly opposite  Cisco’s previously planned partner summit.

Here’s the VAR Guy’s take on this move–which will put joint Cisco and HP VARs–and there are plenty of those –in a tizzy in a few months. Continued »


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