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January 7, 2009  12:21 PM

Tod Nielsen tapped as VMware COO

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

VMware snagged Tod Nielsen,  former CEO of Borland, as its new COO.

For a 43 year old, Tod’s been around the block more than a few times. Some remember him as the sacrificial lamb Microsoft sent out to deal with–and try to woo–the notoriously cranky dBase, FoxPro and Paradox database fans when Microsoft decided to enter the PC database fray. Say one thing for Tod, he kept a smile on his face in some pretty tough situations.

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January 7, 2009  9:57 AM

Tech Data extends data center virtualization play

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Hmmmm. First, virtualization management software, now a play in storage virtualization.

Distributor Tech Data has signed up DataCore Software, which provides a series of enterprise applications that can be used to manage and provision storage devices attached to a SAN. So, instead of requiring a one-to-one relationship between servers and different storage devices, virtual disks can be created that serve multiple masters. Tech Data says the DataCore products address the following areas:

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January 5, 2009  1:21 PM

VMware beta features could bring Zune-like embarrassment

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

VMware isn’t making any new fans with its habit of putting beta features into the final versions of its products.

As you may recall, back in May, virtualization expert Andrew Kutz took VMware to task for hyping Storage VMotion and Virtual Machine High Availability — while at the same time saying they were experimental features that should not be used in production. Now Kutz’s fellow blogger on the Virtualization Pro blog, Eric Siebert, is doing the same.

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January 5, 2009  9:12 AM

Steve Jobs discloses hormonal imbalance

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

In a remarkable missive, Apple this morning issued a statement on the health of its CEO Steve Jobs. The statement reiterates the board’s support for the executive and a separate letter from Jobs said his marked weight loss over the past year is due to a hormone imbalance.

Jobs said he wrote the letter to dispel rumors coming out of his decision not to keynote the annual Macworld Expo tomorrow. That “set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed,” he wrote.

Jobs said he was spending the season with his family instead of prepping the big speech.

“I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow,” he wrote.


December 31, 2008  12:20 PM

Some “year-begin” thoughts: Discipline and daydreams are not mutually exclusive

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

I’m sure that many of you, like me, are trying to figure out WHICH of the 10 or so New Year’s resolutions would not only be the most useful for you to pursue but are actually within the realm of possibility to pull off. You don’t EVEN want to know what’s going on inside my head right now, but might I suggest two mantras we should all choose to live by as we look ahead. (Who really wants to look back at 2008, let’s be done with this year already!)

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December 31, 2008  10:36 AM

Dell’s New Year’s Eve surprise

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Dell Inc. launched a major reorg on December 31. The move “globalizes” operations around three major customer segments — large enterprise, public sector, and small and medium businesses (SMBs). The press release posted quietly on Wednesday morning, making the Dell just the latest tech vendor to attempt to bury major news that could be construed as negative, before a holiday. Or so it seems. (The consumer segment was already handled globally.)

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December 26, 2008  4:11 PM

Who, exactly, is feeling the IT spending slowdown?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Either every solution provider I know is brilliant or lying, or every IT decision maker is fudging their answers when they take IT spending polls. That’s because even though all the data suggests that companies aren’t buying tech or won’t buy tech or are too scared to buy tech, at least some of the solution providers I speak with anecdotally tell me they had a bang-up fourth quarter.

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December 26, 2008  2:03 PM

IT services warning: Rough sailing ahead

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

If they’re not already kaput, the days of open-ended IT consulting engagements soon will be.

Unisys, a big IT consultancy and integrator and also a tech vendor, kicked off the holiday season on a bleak note. Last week Unisys said it would cut 1,300 jobs, or 4.3% of its employees; would consolidate plants; and stop contributing to employees’ 401(k) programs.  The matching contributions, it said, cost the company $50 million annually.

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December 23, 2008  10:56 PM

Nortel for sale … maybe

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

Nortel is mulling over bids worth nearly $1 billion for its Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) unit.

Nortel placed the MEN unit — one of the healthiest divisions in the company — on the block in September to slash costs and earn some cash, but now the company is taking its time deciding on a bidder, The Globe and Mail of Canada reported this week. Continued »


December 23, 2008  12:49 PM

Whose cloud is it anyway?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Raise your hand if you’ve heard enough about the proverbial cloud yet.

Understood. The hypefest has been enormous. And the payoff? Not there yet. Continued »


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