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September 9, 2008  8:18 AM

NYT: Tucci fired Greene in front of her husband, offered her seat to him

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Wow. Looks like all that speculation about bad blood between Joe Tucci and Diane Greene wasn’t just true — it was worse than people thought.

The New York Times today has an explosive story with the ugly details of July 7, when Tucci, the EMC CEO and VMware chairman, fired Greene, VMware’s CEO and co-founder.

Citing anonymous sources, the paper says that Tucci called Greene into a room, along with her husband, VMware co-founder and chief scientist Mendel Rosenblum. First, Tucci fired Greene — right there, in front of Rosenblum. Then, adding insult to injury, he turned to Rosenblum and offered him his wife’s seat on VMware’s board!

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September 9, 2008  7:29 AM

Dell gets it right

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

After slamming Dell last week for ignoring partners in its news announcements, it’s only fair to point this out: Dell gives its channel partners prominent mention in today’s press release about the new PowerEdge T100 server.

The second sentence of the release says: “Starting at $449 and available from Dell and its more than 40,000 channel partners, the T100 is an ideal first server for businesses looking to build a networked server environment to enhance productivity, flexibility and security – a top-of-mind issue among SMBs globally.”

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September 8, 2008  2:16 PM

Will Juniper acquire its way into WLAN?

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

The Financial Times (FT) website reported rumors today that Juniper Networks is interested in acquiring either Meru Networks or Aruba Networks — both WLAN providers.

FT attributes the rumors to sources close to the company, but also quotes two analysts that support the speculation.

A WLAN acquisition for Juniper wouldn’t be shocking. At this point, Juniper needs to secure its place in the WLAN market if it intends to take on Cisco. Cisco controls a dominant share of that market sector, which it bought its way into through the acquisition of Airespace in 2006. Juniper is in the process of reorganizing its executive team and strategy, and has made no bones about its goal of stealing a dominant share of the enterprise networking market from Cisco. Continued »


September 5, 2008  3:24 PM

Microsoft’s virtualization party

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Microsoft wants customers and partners to know that it’s really, really REALLY ready to virtualize. So it’s hosting its “Get Virtual Now” event Monday.

It’s invited a few dozen of its best-friend vendors (if that’s not an oxymoron) to Bellevue for its big day.  Among the Platinum sponsors the usual suspects are well represented. Intel? Check. Dell? Hewlett-Packard? IBM? Hitachi Data Systems. Check, check, check and check. That makes sense. The server guys will claim their boxes are Hyper-V ready or Hyper-V capable or Hyper-V elite. Whatever the label is, it means little except in marketing terms.  (“Hey HP, what’s technologically different between this server today and your server last week? Nothing?” And so it goes.)

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September 5, 2008  2:56 PM

Survey sez: Make my IT work better with my business goals

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

The most interesting result from the Society for Information Management (SIM) latest survey isn’t so much the fact that IT professionals want technology infrastructure to align better with their business goals, it was the dramatic increase in importance that the survey respondents placed on “IT strategic planning.”

SIM, which is prepping for its annual conference in November, released some of the results of its annual survey as a teaser for the meeting. The top IT Management Concern, as designated by the 300 respondents, was “IT and business alignment,” as it has been for the past five out of six years. The second most critical priority was “Build business skills in IT,” up from third place last year. One of the most interesting results for me, however, was the fact that “IT strategic planning” jumped into third place from an eighth place showing last year.

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September 5, 2008  2:31 PM

Surprise, surprise: Dell ignores partners yet again

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

It’s official: Dell’s practice of ignoring channel partners in its news announcements is a trend.

For the third time since May, Dell made no mention of its resellers during a major* news announcement. And as any journalist will tell you, if something happens three times, that’s a trend.

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September 4, 2008  4:09 PM

Will IBM acquire Nortel?

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

In case the speculation of a Microsoft-Nortel acquisition wasn’t enough to keep partners talking, now there are rumors that IBM could snap up the networking company, according to Mark Evans at the All About Nortel blog.

Those rumors (and Evans stresses that they are rumors) aren’t exactly shocking. For one, as Evans points out, Nortel is trading at under $6 now. That makes me think two things: 1. If I were Nortel, I might spin these rumors just to raise my share value. 2. (The more likely one) If I were IBM, I would be thinking two words: fire sale. OK, maybe I would be thinking a full phrase: Fire sale on a once-solid company that still has incredible potential. Continued »


September 4, 2008  2:36 PM

Forrester: Vendors say their channel partners are just average

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter C.

C stands for “channel partner.” On a report card, it also stands for “average.”

And that’s appropriate, according to a new Forrester Research survey of 20 IT vendor channel execs. Because in this survey, these execs gave their channel partners fairly average marks.

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September 3, 2008  5:45 PM

Cisco’s elusive acquisition strategy

rivkalittle Rivka Little Profile: rivkalittle

These days, Cisco’s name in the news is generally accompanied by major acquisition speculation (read EMC or VMware). But anyone looking for something more concrete may have an easier time finding affordable gas.

Wednesday morning Cisco senior vice president and corporate controller Jonathan Chadwick spoke at the Citibank Citi Technology Conference where analysts were on the hunt for potential acquisition tidbits.

In perfect Cisco executive form, Chadwick dropped just enough info to keep folks questioning … and nothing more. Continued »


September 3, 2008  1:46 PM

Google Chrome’s tremendous upside potential

Bcournoyer Brendan Cournoyer Profile: Bcournoyer

Google Chrome isn’t anything special as a Web browser — at least not yet.

Sure, Chrome is fast and clean-looking. But it really doesn’t have any “Cool! I wish I’d thought of that!” features that dramatically improve the browsing experience. So what’s all the fuss about?

One word: potential. Continued »


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