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July 11, 2011  10:19 PM

Power to converge: IT networks + building networks



Posted by: Heather Clancy
APC, building networks, Cisco, Cisco Live, Convergence, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, network integrators, networks, Schneider Electric

I'm in the process of wrapping up a story for SearchITChannel.com about the burgeoning market for solutions and services in data center infrastructure management, or as some are starting to call it, DCIM. (Yay, another acronym!) Look for that...

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 11, 2011  8:37 PM

Microsoft WPC 2011 by the numbers



Posted by: badarrow
Colin Steele, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

By Colin Steele LOS ANGELES -- Here's a numerical look at some of the factoids tossed around at today's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynote: 12,000: Partners in attendance 640,000: Microsoft partner organizations around the world 15 million: Employees working for those...


July 6, 2011  4:55 PM

Gartner revises 2011 IT spending prediction upward



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Gartner, Heather Clancy, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and services, IT spending, IT spending forecast

As promised, a bit of an update about anticipated IT spending trends through the rest of this year. Market researcher Gartner said late last week that it is predicting growth of 7.1 percent worldwide for IT spending in 2011, which is a faster pace than the


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  8:50 PM

IDC forecast suggests IT spending growth will outpace economy



Posted by: Heather Clancy
economy, enterprise software, Forrester Research, Gartner, Heather Clancy, IDC, IT channel products and services, IT spending, software

Stagnant economy got you down? The good news it that market researcher IDC is predicting IT spending growth this year will grow much faster than the economy at large, as measured by U.S. gross domestic product.


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  10:01 PM

Time to brush up on mobile development skills



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, tablet

As Hewlett-Packard preps its would-be Apple iPad killer -- the HP TouchPad -- for release on July 1, a new research report from


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