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October 28, 2009  6:56 PM

Azure gets eclipsed



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, Eclipse, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, software developers

Microsoft continues its push to make its proposed Azure cloud plat form palatable to developers beyond the Windows realm and an embrace of Eclipse is bound to do that.  Toward that end, Microsoft signed two proxies--Tasktop Technologies and Soyatec-- to help make the Eclipse software...

October 27, 2009  5:23 AM

Ingram Micro VTN gets social



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Facebook, Ingram Micro, IT channel products and technologies, social networking, Twitter, VentureTech Network, VTN

Ingram Micro today jumped into the social networking pool with a set of tools to help VentureTech Network (VTN) partners collaborate and communicate better with each other and with the distributor itself. Both Twitter.com/VTNcommunity and Facebook.com/venturetechnetwork were unveiled Monday....


October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel advisory board, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, public cloud, Sun

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's SearchITChannel.com Advisory Board call. But there...


October 20, 2009  9:19 PM

Sun to cut 3K jobs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, layoffs, Oracle, Sun

Guess Larry Ellison wasn't kidding  about Sun Microsystems bleeding red ink while European regulators weigh Oracle's buyout plan. In an SEC filing, Sun said it will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide over the next year. That's about 10% of its urrent headcount. More on the


October 19, 2009  9:18 PM

SCO ousts Darl McBride



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Darl McBride, IT channel products and technologies, Linux, The Santa Cruz Group, Unix

The SCO Group has eliminated the CEO post from its leadership roster and that means Darl McBride is out. This, according to its latest SEC filing.


October 18, 2009  8:16 PM

The cost of Oracle platinum



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle partners

Oracle partners are still chewing over  the Oracle Partner Network's new partner tiering and specialization program.


October 14, 2009  11:43 PM

OOW highlights: The governator and Ellison’s $10M challenge



Posted by: badarrow
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Darrow, Fusion, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Larry Ellison's milking his latest anti-IBM jihad for all it's worth. Now he's challenged anyone to make IBM hardware run Oracle database as fast as it runs on Oracle's Exadata database machine. If they can do it, they can take $10 million of Larry's (or Oracle's) money. He welcomed IBM itself...


October 13, 2009  4:01 PM

HP to add storage to converged server/switch



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, converged hardware, Dave Donatelli, EMC, HP, IT channel products and technologies

Inquiring minds really want to know when HP will add storage to its converged hardware offering. The answer appears to be as soon after Jan. 2, 2010 as possible.


October 12, 2009  12:35 AM

Cameos by Blue Angels, Marc Benioff highlight OOW



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Salesforce.com

A late night cab trip from SFO to Union Square was lightened up a bit with the big Michael Dell billboard on the 101. It went something like this: Dell enjoys the best of both worlds: See Salesforce.com @ Oracle OpenWorld.


October 11, 2009  8:05 PM

Sun partners burnt at Oracle OpenWorld



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun partners

Oracle OpenWorld 2009 did  not open well for Sun partners who are already reaching for anti-anxiety meds as the Sun Microsystems acquisition finalizes.


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