CIsco may have pitched its Unified Computing System (UCS) to the biggest of enterprises but smaller companies–typically mid-market players just dipping their toes into server virtualization –are the ones that are actually buying the converged hardware. Continued »
Pretty much everyone I know in the channel agrees that cloud services will play SOME role for at least part of their customers’ computing needs. The good news for IT solution providers is that there is still plenty of work for them to do in terms of integration and management services. The bad news, as more and more companies are discovering, is that the management challenges associated with monitoring and optimizing and tuning cloud infrastructure in conjunction with internal IT infrastructure are not trivial. Continued »
Slowly but surely, pioneers of the cloud infrastructure world are figuring out that a direct sales won’t cover all the basis and they’re adding rather specialized partner programs to start recruiting VARs and IT solution providers who are capable of integrating cloud technology with legacy architectures. Continued »
This is the time of year when journalists go nuts doing look-ahead or look-back interviews, and I am no exception. One of the subjects upon which I feel I owe myself a better education is managed services related to printer technology, because I feel it’s one of those iceberg subjects. In other word, what you see on the surface is only a small piece of the total opportunity related to these technologies and services. Continued »
Hewlett-Packard had a mega-briefing this week about thin client and client virtualization technology that I will be reporting on in greater depth, but one of the “products” that the company’s partners should consider studying most closely is something called HP SchoolCloud. Continued »
In the past, Microsoft has used its Professional Developers Conference to talk pie in the sky. Promises made one year for the next typically dribbled out months, even years late and functionally short. Longhorn anyone?
That can’t happen anymore. With PDC 2009 kicking off this week, Microsoft has precious little time to make good on Azure promises. It’s playing catchup with uber-nemesis Google and — perhaps more importantly — to Amazon which has real-world cloud services out and functioning now for real, paying customers. Continued »
IT channel products distributor Tech Data has established an new industry solutions unit for the healthcare sector. It also has focused technical resources on a center populated with Symantec products. Continued »
I’ve heard anecdotally that the biggest difference between the cloud computing craze and other hype cycles that came before it is that in the case of cloud technologies, real customers are asking real questions. Not so for other emerging technology areas, when solution providers had to foist their ideas upon prospects. Continued »
Want a job? Get a security certification.
A new study of more than 1,500 IT workers by CompTIA finds that approximately 37 percent are planning to earn some sort of security technology certification over the next five years. About 18 percent of them will go in for an “ethical hacking” certification (I didn’t even know they had official certs for that!) while about 13 percent will focus on security forensics. Continued »
Dear lord. Hewlett-Packard says it’s buying 3Com for $2.7 billion. The rationale is that 3Com’s networking hardware would augment the HP ProCurve lineup. Really? Isn’t there considerable overlap?
HP must be really, really serious about beating Cisco.
Marius Haas, senior VP of HP ProCurve Networking, and Ron Sege, prez and COO of 3Com, will preside over this evening’s inevitable teleconference.
I guess this paves the way or someone, anyone, (Oracle? Anyone?) to snap up Brocade Networks. Juniper Networks anyone? Bueller?