I write quite a bit about how servers and storage are adapting to improve the energy efficiency of data centers, but one piece of the equation that sort of gets short shrift in terms of coverage (what else is new!) is the uninterruptible power supply or the power distribution unit. Honestly, that’s because these products sort of sit in the gray area of responsibilities between the facilities team and the IT department. Everyone sort of assumes you need them, but they don’t really take time to understand what a good or bad UPS can do.
As customer demand for server virtualization continues to grow, so does competition among vendors and resellers.
Despite all the industry hype about server virtualization, a lot of businesses are just now familiarizing themselves with the technology and available products. The most successful vendors and resellers will be those that can demonstrate the benefits of server virtualization and show how it meets specific business goals.
Nortel partners — once religiously loyal and convinced that the company would emerge from Chapter 11 a smaller, nimbler enterprise data and voice machine — are now throwing their hands up in the air.
I get a lot of press releases every day, and most go straight into the deleted items folder. There are only two ways to avoid this fate: send me a press release with some really big news, or send me a press release that’s so ridonkulous that I have to blog about it.
A press release I received Monday fell squarely into the latter category. It came from a PR firm I’ve never heard of, and it offered three money-making tips for “people that are internet savvy and in-between jobs.”
Right now, your customers are looking primarily for one thing, to save money. One of the ways to do that is to get old data off of expensive primary storage and onto a disk-based archive like the kind offered by Permabit, Caringo or Nexsan. The question is, How do you get the data to the archive?
Contrary to what the general public thinks, most journalists I know really DON’T like reporting bad news all the time. So my recent conversation with Matt McManus, vice president of channel sales for Fujitsu Computer Systems, was a breath of fresh air. Continued »
EDS today called itself the world’s largest Microsoft CRM hosting partner. With 180 data centers supporting untold numbers (really, they’re untold) of hosted Microsoft CRM customers. Overall, EDS says it oversees 3.3 million Windows desktops and 100,000 Windows servers. Continued »
“Trusted adviser” is a status that all reseller salespeople should try to achieve with their customers, but sometimes being the trusted adviser means you have to confront customers on decisions they’ve made that may adversely affect their business. Sometimes as a trusted adviser you need to poke some holes in the plan.
Now that Microsoft’s made its hosted online services broadly available, it’s time for VARs to take stock of what this new software delivery vehicle means to them.
Google, Salesforce.com, other vendors have driven this Sofware as a Service train for some time, but Microsoft, unlike those SaaS powers, built its business with partners so those partners can no longer ignore the shift, even if they are so inclined. The smart ones will figure out how to parlay the delivery model for their own gain. The others risk a lot by letting it pass them by. Continued »
So far the only bites have come from Dan Medakovic, vice president of the Canadian chapter of the International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners. He’s posted two music videos urging partners to attend this year’s WPC in New Orleans, including the obligatory “House of the Rising Sun” parody:
There is a place called New Orleans
And we’re all going there
This July, get on a plane and fly
Don’t miss it if you care