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Barbara Darrow


July 13, 2011  5:33 PM

Microsoft WPC confidential



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Bing, Cisco, Google, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer, Steven Sinofsky

LOS ANGELES--Here are some threads floating around Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference that you won't see hear in any keynote. 1: If Steve Ballmer's out, who's in? Don't get me wrong. This partner crowd is not Wall Street -- there are no torches and pitchforks. But they...

July 11, 2011  9:25 PM

More HP moves: DeWitt, DiFranco get new gigs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Stephen DeWitt, Stephen DiFranco, Todd Bradley

There's more moving and shaking at Hewlett-Packard. Today the company named Stephen Dewitt, formerly head of the Personal Systems Group to SVP and GM of HP's closely-watched WebOS global business. Stephen DiFranco, is stepping into Dewitt's slot at PSG. DiFranco will continue to lead HP's...


July 4, 2011  9:34 PM

Microsoft, ‘the F word’ and top ten questions for WPC



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Dynamics, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

By Pat Ouellette and Barbara Darrow, ITChannel Staff VARs heading into the  Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference next week have a lot of questions for the software giant. They want clarification of its cloud message and they need...


June 30, 2011  2:26 PM

Oracle stacks the Exadata deck with Exastack, VAR rebates



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exadata, Exalogic, Exastack, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Judson Althoff, Oracle, Sun hardware

For big software companies these days, it's about stacks. The latest is Oracle Exastack. This is Oracle's effort to get third-party software vendors to optimize their applications to run on Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic data center...


June 27, 2011  1:07 PM

Is Microsoft’s cloud scorched earth for partners?



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Channel, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft cloud, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

If you want to know Microsoft's position vis-a-vis partners in the cloud, check out this money line buried in a new Microsoft-sponsored Harvard Business Review-produced white...

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June 24, 2011  5:09 PM

Hardware continues to flummox Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, HP, IBM, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd, Oracle, Safra Catz, Sun Microsystems

Oh, Oracle, Oracle, Oracle. You're nothing if not predictable. On yesterday's Oracle fourth quarter  earnings call, there was the usual happy talk about fat margins and great execution. The...


June 20, 2011  8:30 PM

The cloud vs. converged hardware



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, converged hardware, Exalogic, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Salesforce.com

As Oracle, Cisco  and Hewlett-Packard try to convince the world that every data center needs Oracle or Cisco or HP's own unique brand of converged hardware--that mythical IT beast that somehow combines the best of every breed plus absolute adherence to industry standards--there seems to be a...


June 16, 2011  2:45 PM

Oracle-HP slap fight continues



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Itanium, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle

It would be sad if it weren't so entertaining: The HP-versus-Oracle spat ratcheted up again this week with Hewlett-Packard suing Oracle. Again.


June 14, 2011  1:29 PM

HP shakeup: Livermore kicked upstairs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dave Donatelli, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Todd Bradley

Ann Livermore, the respected Hewlett-Packard veteran once considered a prime CEO candidate, is relinquishing day-to-day responsibilities and will take a seat on the HP board. Here's HP's official statement .


June 9, 2011  2:18 AM

Oracle hardware: It is a mystery



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com

It's really not news that Oracle sales people go into a discounting frenzy at the close of the fiscal year. And, that discounting has netted Oracle some Exadata deals in its...


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