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October 10, 2008  9:32 AM

Amazon tiers S3 prices, provides volume discount



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Information technology services, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

Amazon Web Services LLC is "tiering" the pricing on its hosted storage system. Amazon Simple Storage Service (or S3) in the U.S. had charged 15 cents per gigabyte of stored data. That rate will hold for the first 50 terabytes but now as you...

October 10, 2008  6:18 AM

What will the financial services crisis mean for the IT offshore outsourcing movement?



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, Reseller channel business development

Earlier this week, a rather interesting news item crossed my desk: Seems India-based IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will buy the business process outsourcing arm of Citigroup for $505 million. The transaction is supposed to close in the fourth quarter. Just curious, does anyone...


October 8, 2008  1:15 PM

Brocade pulls off the impossible: Financing



Posted by: rivkalittle
Cisco, News, Rivka Little

Brocade snagged $1.2 billion in funding for its $3 billion acquisition of Foundry Networks Tuesday, a day when the Dow Jones fell more than 500 points and technology companies were slammed. The financing, which came from Banc of America Securities, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, HSBC Bank USA and...


October 8, 2008  10:11 AM

Prospering in the recession: Preparation



Posted by: StorageSwiss
George Crump, Reseller channel business development

That's right, I'm going to talk about prospering, not just surviving. You know you have been in IT solutions too long when the current economic situation is not your first rodeo. This is the third or fourth time I've seen a downturn hit our economy in general and our industry in specific. And it...


October 6, 2008  4:40 PM

Vendors: Invest more in channel sales and less in operations, study says



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Information technology services, Reseller channel business development, Rivka Little, Supplier relationship management, VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues

If you’ve ever felt like the last thing you need from a vendor is yet another channel web portal, and what you’d really rather have is a darn good lead, you’re probably not alone. A new report is attempting to make your point.


October 6, 2008  11:12 AM

Microsoft plots SQL Server 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News

Microsoft's database folks say that SQL Server 2010 (yes, that's the shocking name of the next release) will make it out in the 36-month window the company has prescribed for database releases.  It's promised for the first half of Calendar Year 2010. SQL Server 2008 shipped last August. "We...


October 5, 2008  8:07 PM

Cisco fights channel partner over deal registration in court



Posted by: rivkalittle
Channel partner programs, Cisco, News, Reseller channel business development, Rivka Little, Vendor partner business issues, VoIP over IP (VoIP)

Cisco is in Superior Court of Orange County, Calif. this week facing off against a former channel partner that claims the networking giant violated a deal registration agreement and poached a $3...


October 3, 2008  11:30 AM

An SMB CEO’s view on where innovation equals technology



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Authors, Heather Clancy, IBM, Information technology services, IT buyer market research, Leading technology vendors, SMB

Historically speaking, IBM understands better than almost any other high-tech company I’ve come across how corporate innovation can be facilitated by (or hampered by) technology investments. It certainly has plenty of research to illustrate this, including its most recent “Enterprise of the...


October 3, 2008  10:20 AM

Aggregating manufacturers: Very bad for the channel



Posted by: StorageSwiss
Direct reseller channel conflict, George Crump, Supplier relationship management

I'm taking a quick deviation from the economy today for some thoughts on what I call the aggregators. These are manufacturers that for one reason or another have stopped or slowed down on innovation and are using their position in the market to acquire companies. This is not good for the...


October 2, 2008  12:43 PM

Dell: HP playing catch-up with LeftHand acquisition



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Dell, Hewlett-Packard

There's an Oreo commercial that's been out for a few weeks now, where Venus and Serena Williams hold a press conference to announce they're joining some cookie-eating league. Then the camera pans over to Peyton and Eli...


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