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Barbara Darrow


August 16, 2010  12:14 AM

HP v. Hurd reverbs continue



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, Oracle, pretexting, shareholder suit

If HP's beleaguered board thought the unpleasant Mark Hurd headlines would evaporate soon, it has another think coming. Continued »

August 13, 2010  2:10 PM

Uh-oh. Oracle sues Google over Java use



Posted by: badarrow
Android, Barbara Darrow, copyright infringement, Eric Schmidt, Google, iPhone, IT channel products and technologies, Java, Larry Ellison, lawsuit, Oracle

This one raises lots of eyebrows: Oracle just sued Google over Android's use of Java.

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August 6, 2010  9:32 PM

Hurd out at HP



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd is out as CEO of HP. That little stunner dropped after close of business today when Hewlett-Packard disclosed an internal investigation into a relationship between Hurd and an...


July 15, 2010  8:27 PM

Clearing up the Gold mess at Microsoft



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Gold, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft partners, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Silver

Still have questions about the Microsoft Gold, Advanced, no Gold competencies? Here's an explanation of the...

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July 14, 2010  12:27 PM

Microsoft makes bite-sized services available to partners



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Microsoft Services

Microsoft has tweaked its "Services Ready" deliverables to make the more flexible and affordable for VARs and integrators.


July 13, 2010  6:18 PM

Microsoft partners will once again go for the gold



Posted by: badarrow
Advanced, Barbara Darrow, competencies, Gold, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

So remember all that stuff about Microsoft ditching the "Gold" partner designation because it didn't mean anything? Well, never mind.


July 12, 2010  2:39 PM

Microsoft positions Azure as the cloud for all



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Azure appliance, Barbara Darrow, converged data center, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer

A couple of positioning statements from Monday's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference keynotes. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was careful to claim that virtualization does NOT equal cloud computing. That's what I would say too if I were trying to displace the VMware juggernaut. 


July 11, 2010  11:33 PM

Top five questions for Microsoft at WWPC



Posted by: badarrow
Add new tag, Apple, Azure, Barbara Darrow, Bob Muglia, BPOS, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partners, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer

As the kickoff for Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 approaches, here are some questions Microsoft partners would love Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia et al. #1: Why should partners go for the Microsoft Partner Network's "advanced" badge? The zillion dollar question this...


July 9, 2010  3:30 PM

Microsoft partners expect cloud deluge at WWPC



Posted by: badarrow
Azure, Barbara Darrow, BPOS, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer

There'll be a lot of cloud talk at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in D.C. next week. What Microsoft lost in being late to the party--compared to Salesforce.com, Amazon, Google--it will try to...


July 6, 2010  6:15 PM

Badass VAR earns martial arts honor



Posted by: badarrow
Alvaka Networks, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Kevin McDonald, VAR

If you see Kevin McDonald on the street, or on a customer call, behave yourself. As proof that tech nerds can also kick butt, McDonald--who is executive VP for Alvaka Networks and member of SearchITChannel.com's advisory board-- was just inducted into the


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