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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 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, 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's advisory board-- was just inducted into the

July 1, 2010  5:51 PM

Cisco changes channel leadership

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel chief, Cisco Systems, Edison Peres, IT channel products and technologies, Keith Goodwin, Wendy Barr

There must be something in the air. Within weeks of Microsoft tapping new channel leadership, another tech giant,

June 29, 2010  7:00 PM

Oracle to VARs: Specialize

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, OPN, Oracle, Oracle Partner Network, Sun

So, if you're an Oracle VAR (or a Sun VAR wanting to become an Oracle VAR) here's what you gotta do: Specialize. Continued »

June 24, 2010  7:44 PM

Allison Watson leaves partner role at Microsoft

Posted by: badarrow
Allison Watson, Barbara Darrow, Ian Roskill, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft partners, MPN

Two Microsoft corporate VPs are swapping places. Allison Watson, who has been the worldwide partner chief at Microsoft for eight years, is moving into a new marketing  role at the software giant. Watson will be...

June 18, 2010  7:27 PM

Oracle nixes HP Solaris contract

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, HP, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Solaris, Sun

You had to see this one coming. The Register reports that Oracle has deep-sixed Hewlett-Packard's ability to sell/support Solaris running on X-64-based HP hardware. Given that  Oracle has said it will only...

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