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October 27, 2009  5:23 AM

Ingram Micro VTN gets social

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Facebook, Ingram Micro, IT channel products and technologies, social networking, Twitter, VentureTech Network, VTN

Ingram Micro today jumped into the social networking pool with a set of tools to help VentureTech Network (VTN) partners collaborate and communicate better with each other and with the distributor itself. Both and were unveiled Monday....

October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel advisory board, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, public cloud, Sun

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's Advisory Board call. But there...

October 20, 2009  9:19 PM

Sun to cut 3K jobs

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, layoffs, Oracle, Sun

Guess Larry Ellison wasn't kidding  about Sun Microsystems bleeding red ink while European regulators weigh Oracle's buyout plan. In an SEC filing, Sun said it will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide over the next year. That's about 10% of its urrent headcount. More on the

October 19, 2009  9:18 PM

SCO ousts Darl McBride

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Darl McBride, IT channel products and technologies, Linux, The Santa Cruz Group, Unix

The SCO Group has eliminated the CEO post from its leadership roster and that means Darl McBride is out. This, according to its latest SEC filing.

October 18, 2009  8:16 PM

The cost of Oracle platinum

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle partners

Oracle partners are still chewing over  the Oracle Partner Network's new partner tiering and specialization program.

October 14, 2009  11:43 PM

OOW highlights: The governator and Ellison’s $10M challenge

Posted by: badarrow
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Darrow, Fusion, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Larry Ellison's milking his latest anti-IBM jihad for all it's worth. Now he's challenged anyone to make IBM hardware run Oracle database as fast as it runs on Oracle's Exadata database machine. If they can do it, they can take $10 million of Larry's (or Oracle's) money. He welcomed IBM itself...

October 13, 2009  4:01 PM

HP to add storage to converged server/switch

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, converged hardware, Dave Donatelli, EMC, HP, IT channel products and technologies

Inquiring minds really want to know when HP will add storage to its converged hardware offering. The answer appears to be as soon after Jan. 2, 2010 as possible.

October 12, 2009  12:35 AM

Cameos by Blue Angels, Marc Benioff highlight OOW

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld,

A late night cab trip from SFO to Union Square was lightened up a bit with the big Michael Dell billboard on the 101. It went something like this: Dell enjoys the best of both worlds: See @ Oracle OpenWorld.

October 11, 2009  8:05 PM

Sun partners burnt at Oracle OpenWorld

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Sun, Sun Microsystems, Sun partners

Oracle OpenWorld 2009 did  not open well for Sun partners who are already reaching for anti-anxiety meds as the Sun Microsystems acquisition finalizes.

October 11, 2009  3:46 PM

Top five questions for Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Posted by: badarrow
AIA, Barbara Darrow, Exadata, Fusion, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Scot McNealy, Sun, Sun Microsystems

This'll be easy. As Oracle keeps trying to close its Sun Microsystems acquisition, the top Oracle OpenWorld queries are locked up this year. But partners and solution providers still have other nagging issues they want addressed at the show. So, here goes: 1: What will Oracle do with...

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