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November 16, 2009  5:03 AM

Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure’s on



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, AWS, Azure, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, PDC 2009, Professional Developers Conference, Ray Ozzie

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...

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November 13, 2009  7:42 PM

Tech Data dedicates resources to healthcare, Symantec technologies



Posted by: Heather Clancy
distribution, healthcare, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and technologies, Symantec, Tech Data

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.


November 11, 2009  9:58 PM

HP to buy 3Com: Make it stop!



Posted by: badarrow
3Com, Barbara Darrow, Brocade, Cisco, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Juniper, Oracle

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...


November 10, 2009  12:53 PM

EC to Oracle: Not so fast!



Posted by: badarrow
antitrust, Barbara Darrow, European Commission, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

Well, European regulators are definitely not loving the Oracle-Sun deal. And yesterday the European Commission objected to it formally, stating that Oracle ownership of MySQL as well as...


November 10, 2009  12:26 AM

Tata beefs up onshore resources



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and technologies, IT services tata

Here's a bit of a switch. Instead of taking jobs out of the United States, Indian IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services has hired more than 225 people over the past quarter or so at its North America Domestic Delivery Center, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The total number of jobs in...


November 9, 2009  3:54 PM

More Novell cuts, follow Microsoft cuts



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, layoffs, Microsoft, Novell

If the recession is, in fact,  winding down, employment truly is a trailing indicator, with tech companies continuing to cut headcount. Last week, both Novell and Microsoft cut jobs. Novell sliced 3% -- or about 100 to 130 --  of its...

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November 4, 2009  9:42 PM

With Cisco-EMC pairing, what’s up with VMware?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, data center, EMC, HP, IT channel products and technologies, VMware

The HP vs. Cisco/EMC/VMware hype fight this week re-emphasized that Cisco and EMC (and its subsidiary VMware) are joined at the hip in their aggressive grab for data center share.  Recurring...


November 3, 2009  8:25 PM

Google and Microsoft trading places in mail



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, Google Apps, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft

So, Google wins a big, prestigious $7.2 billion email account --for 30,000 Los Angeles municipal workers . Google Apps Premier is displacing Novell Groupwise there.  But Google beat out the...


November 3, 2009  5:22 PM

Vblock done, Cisco to launch new unified collaboration attack



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, converged infrastructure, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, unified collaboration, Unified communications

Cisco and its best friends forever EMC and VMware finally came clean about their Vblock plans on Tuesday. Now watch for Cisco next week to shift gears--a tad--and unveil a slew of unified collaboration gear from...


October 31, 2009  1:57 PM

Oracle addresses Glassfish, other Sun software futures



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Glassfish, IT channel products and technologies, Java, Netbeans, Oracle, Solaris, Sun software, WebLogic Server

Oracle execs up to and including Larry Ellison have been vocal about their plan to continue, even boost, support for Java and Solaris. This week the company started talking up plans for some of Sun's more niche software products, albeit in a very general way. Check out the updated


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