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August 22, 2009  11:47 PM

Sun-Oracle deal moves closer to fruition

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It would have been great to go to Avnet Technology Solutions’ annual Sun confab last week, especially given what’s going on with Oracle’s $7.4 acquisition bid for Sun. 

According to  ITbusiness, Avnet’s Sun partners are as worried about Oracle’s plans for Sun hardware as the rest of the Sun partner ecosystem. An Oracle VP did the best he could early in the week to calm those fears but couldn’t say much because the U.S. Justice Department still hadn’t approved the acquisition. That happened on Thursday. Now European regulators, who also must approve the deal,  have until September 3 to either sign off on it or launch a deeper look into it. Oracle partners said the Europeans are particularly concerned about MySQL’s future under Oracle.

In the meantime, IBM and HP will keep pitching Sun customers hard. What’ s not so clear is if those customers are responding. Preliminary data from a SearchDataCenter.com survey show that among data center customers who name Sun as their primary server provider, 85% said an Oracle buyout will not affect their purchasing plans

August 20, 2009  9:48 AM

Symantec ties new extended financing to SMB skills

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

High-tech vendors have been pretty creative this year about establishing new financing options for partners that have been hit hard by the credit crunch. Now, Symantec has started up a new short-term program that is intended for partners that have made the effort to earn its SMB Specialization status. Continued »


August 20, 2009  3:23 AM

VARs laud Microsoft ARC pilot

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Vendor partner programs are very big on training VARs on the latest-and-greatest vendor technologies–where they fall short is in helping partners with their overall business strategy. A Microsoft pilot program that aims to fill that gap is winning kudos from partners. Continued »


August 19, 2009  8:34 AM

Even if you don’t think much of Web 2.0, it’s good to know the security ramifications

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

This has been a very social summer. While many (it will soon be just “some,” I hope) VARs still pooh-pooh the notion that social media or social networks will mean all that much to their business, there is one very tangible way that technology solution providers can participate in the dialogue right away: by figuring out what this means for their clients’ security posture. Continued »


August 18, 2009  4:18 PM

It’s raining Microsoft previews

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft posted a raft of software previews today, including the CTPs or community technology previews  for SQL Server Azure Database bits and SQL Server StreamInsight. The latter will be a component of SQL Server 2008 R2, due in the first half of 2010. The CTP for the overall database posted last week. Continued »


August 13, 2009  3:19 PM

More on Office 2010 timeline

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

It looks like Office 2010 is on track for its first-half of 2010 delivery. According to documents shared with some TAP participants, milestones are slated for the end of each month from November through April. That leads one tapster to project a May launch.


August 13, 2009  2:20 PM

What’s the dealio behind Exchange 2007 snafu?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

So why didn’t Microsoft prioritize Exchange Server 2007 to run on Windows Server 2008 R2? Is it the inherent  PowerShell incompatibilities? A conspiracy? What??? Here are some thoughts.

 


August 10, 2009  4:45 PM

Microsoft fires up CTP generator with latest SQL Server

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

The CTP of SQL Server  2008 R2 is now available

Community Technical Previews have become an inevitable, incremental step in the Microsoft trudge towards availability.  VARs can download the CTP and check out new support for up to 256 cores, and geospatial visualization capabilities in Report Builder 3.0.

It was not explicitly stated that the latest-and-greatest SQL Server will run both on Windows Server 2008 R2, due this fall and the current Windows Server 2003 release. One can’t assume anything given the latest Exchange Server 2007 kerfuffle.  In mid July, Microsoft let it slip in the middle of a blog post, that the current Exchange Server 2007 email will not run on future versions of Windows Server 2008, including the upcoming R2. Continued »


August 5, 2009  2:59 AM

Rivals eye Sun partners, customers

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

To say that competitors are circling Sun Microsystems’ customers and partners like vultures is probably overstating the case. But not by much.

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July 30, 2009  5:31 PM

Still waiting for the Microsoft vision

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie.

His rant went something along the lines of: “Geez, [expletive deleted] where’s this vision we hear so much about? What’s the next big thing? All we’ve seen is me-too stuff about the cloud. What’s beyond the cloud? What’s next?”

There was a gut instinct to defend Ozzie, home-town and Lotus Notes hero. After all, it’s hard to blaze a trail into the future while protecting a huge installed base of products, customers and partners. 

But then again, the rant rings true.

In tech everyone gets caught up in the latest thing–to such an extent that they may ignore or miss something truly exciting. Obviously, Microsoft can’t avoid the cloud, but is its Google fixation blinding it to other opportunities?

Microsoft has always played catchup to early innovators–to Apple, to Lotus, to WordPerfect, to NetScape, to Apple again, now to Google. As a current colleague said in Microsoft’s defense: “At least they’re playing catchup now on cool, cloud stuff.”

But when it was chasing NetScape Navigator, that was cool stuff. Ditto the Mac OS. Ditto iPhone.

Is that good enough for this self-proclaimed innovator?

What do you think? Send email to: Barbara Darrow.


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