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April 16, 2009  2:04 PM

Shiny, happy VARs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, government stimulus, Tech Data, TechEDG

ARLINGTON, VA.--If there's a potential bright spot for IT VARs now, it's the soon-to-be-flush government sector. Nothing puts the spring in a VAR's step like the prospect of big bags o'...

April 7, 2009  6:23 PM

McAfee slaps brand on Secure Computing products



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, McAfee, Secure Computing, security software

McAfee is putting its mark on Secure Computing's products.  And by that I mean ALL over them. So, say goodbye to IronMail and hello to McAfee Email Gateway. So long Webwasher; hey to McAfee Web Gateway.


April 6, 2009  1:14 AM

Conglomeration conga



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, M&A, Oracle, Sun, Virtual Iron

 

Whether Sun and IBM ever actually do tie the knot, the M&A craziness will continue....


March 30, 2009  8:17 PM

Storage efficiency: Go beyond cost savings



Posted by: StorageSwiss
Data storage management, George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies

You’re feeling it full force -- the impact of the economic downturn -- and so are your customers. For the last two quarters, conversations have turned from “How do I expand?” to “How do I contract and cut costs?” Resellers, in the race to find projects and products that can help their...


March 27, 2009  5:02 PM

The silence of the tweets



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, tweet, Twitter

Twitter is down today. As it was last week. This is only mentionable because there are a lot of people at TechTarget (and everywhere) who are tweet addicts (tweetaholics?). They tweet therefore they are, i guess. Anyway, it's relevant because there...


March 25, 2009  8:33 PM

McNealy on IBM rumors



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Open-source, Scott McNealy, Sun

What is Scott McNealy's take on the much-reported IBM/Sun combo under discussion? According to Alex Barrett, pretty much what you'd expect.  As in:

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March 25, 2009  6:29 PM

The value of focus



Posted by: StorageSwiss
George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Reseller channel business development

Spreading your technical knowledge too thin is a very common mistake that resellers (and manufacturers) make. A great example is the issue of what VMware storage protocol to use. There are three choices: iSCSI, Fibre Channel or NFS. Many solutions support all three.

But whether you...


March 24, 2009  1:38 AM

Possible Sun deal opens can o’ worms for IBM



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, mainframe, Microsoft, Orac, Platform Solutions, Sun, T3 Technologies

Here's a reminder that Microsoft isn't the only tech vendor known for its hardball tactics. When it comes to monopolistic practices in the computer business, many say IBM wrote the book.


March 19, 2009  7:45 PM

Sun-IBM as Tupac-Notorious BIG



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, Sun

Storage Soup has the best take on the much-talked about IBM-Sun takeout story.  IBM as Biggie Smalls? Brilliant. As for VARs, most seem to divide along party lines. IBM VARs love it, Sun VARs, not so much. 


March 18, 2009  3:26 PM

Disk archiving: How do you know it’s not the next ILM?



Posted by: StorageSwiss
Data storage management, George Crump, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies

Disk-based archiving is a popular topic today, one that you might be bringing up with customers or maybe they’re even asking you about it. As we detailed in our article on archiving basics,...


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