Hewlett Packard’s big partner confab kicks off in earnest in an hour or so with a keynote by Stephen DiFranco, Lynn Pendergrass, Randy Seidl, Stephen DeWitt. But here are some takeaways from morning meetings.
1: Most HP execs so far have been coy about if and how the Oracle-Sun data center hardware push will affect the market. HP has, however, just hired a Sun vet, John Cammarelli, to head HP Canada.
Overall, HP still seems very focused on Cisco for now. Continued »
If you think no one cares about IBM OS/2, the mostly defunct operating system, publish a story on it and wait for the email.
OS/2, for all its faults and foibles, still generates a ton of interest.
Among new features flowing into Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online are tools to help hook it up with the company’s new Dynamics GP 2010 and Microsoft’s nascent Azure cloud; support for new languages; and a discount for Dynamics GP customers to get CRM Online at $19 per user per month.
Microsoft is chipping away at SQL Azure, trying to bring it to full parity with on-premises with the company’s on-premises SQL Server 2008 R2.
“We have the principal of symmetry to guide us. We’re moving quickly to move all SQL Server features into SQL Azure,” Ted Kummert, senior vice president of Microsoft’s business platform division told reporters on a conference call Wednesday announcing the near-availability of SQL Server 2008 R2. Continued »
Word out of Mountain View is that Symantec is cutting jobs — quite a few jobs — at the start of its new fiscal year.
Some groups — midmarket sales for example — will see a 20% reduction, sources say. Stay tuned for more details.
This follows apparent cuts last month in the company’s Veritas file system development team.
Update: Beth Pariseau over at SearchStorage.com has more on other Symantec downsizing .
Tech heavyweights Amazon, Intel, Google, and Microsoft were among six companies that got “excellent” reputation quotients or “RQ” scores, according to the newly released 2009 Harris Interactive Poll. Continued »
CompTIA has taken a cue from charities and non-profits and from the managed services industry by coming up with a subscription-based pricing model for VARs, so that they can pay by the month instead coughing up the $250 annual fee all at once.
Under the new program, solution providers can sign up for a recurring $20 per month credit card charge (which will also save them $10 on the year). The idea is to entice more smaller organizations that might want access to CompTIA research and education.
Nope, you weren’t imagining it. Cisco continues to have problems fulfilling orders for some of its more popular networking gear.
Cisco resellers and customers report long lag times for Cisco’s Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) firewalls and other non-glam but necessary gear.
Kinda makes you wonder if Cisco’s taken its eye its bread-and-butter networking gear to chase the pie-in-the-sky of Unified Computing Systems.
Oracle and Sun VARs hoping for relief from direct-sales anxiety didn’t come out of last night’s Oracle earnings call with much in the way of reassurance.
Oracle execs did not back down from a planned direct sales push both in hardware and software. Continued »