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September 3, 2009  1:51 PM

European regulators poop on Oracle’s party



Posted by: badarrow
barbara d, Database, IT channel products and technologies, MySQL, Oracle, Sun Microsystems

As many expected, the European Commission isn't smitten with Oracle's planned buyout of Sun. And the regulars want to take a closer, deeper look at the $7.4 billion deal which already won approval by the much less picky U.S. regulators.

September 2, 2009  4:27 PM

Not ‘getting’ the channel



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

Why is it that very smart, MIT-educated technologists cannot answer a simple question when it comes to the VARs and systems integrators that often implement the products they build? It never ceases to amaze. Earlier this week, a very smart Oracle technologist was asked what about the new


September 2, 2009  1:26 PM

eBay to dump Skype



Posted by: badarrow
barbara d, ebay, IT channel products and technologies, Skype, VARs

It's been real but...eBay is ready to end its ill-fated marriage with VoIP pioneer Skype. The 2005 buyout--for just under $3 billion--is viewed as a disaster in terms of tech M&As with eBay writing off $900 million two years later. Almost on par with  Time-Warner's buyout of AOL. Here's a...


August 25, 2009  12:56 AM

Next for Oracle: Red Hat?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BEA Systems, IT channel products and technologies, JBoss, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Red Hat

Everytime you think Oracle has had its fill of M&A, Larry Ellison whips out the corporate checkbook and buys something new. So why not Red Hat? Continued »


August 24, 2009  1:11 AM

NetSuite gives new meaning to ‘cash for clunkers’ program



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Channel, high-tech channel, incentive, IT Channel, NetSuite, SaaS

Never one to miss a good marketing opportunity, NetSuite has stolen a page from the U.S. federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" incentive initiative. Only NetSuite's target is out-of-date hardware and software that businesses may be running on site.


August 22, 2009  11:47 PM

Sun-Oracle deal moves closer to fruition



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

It would have been great to go to Avnet...

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August 20, 2009  3:23 AM

VARs laud Microsoft ARC pilot



Posted by: badarrow
analyst relations, ARC program, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, partner program

Vendor partner programs are very big on training VARs on the latest-and-greatest vendor technologies--where they fall short is in helping partners with their overall business strategy. A...


August 18, 2009  4:18 PM

It’s raining Microsoft previews



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, CTPs, Exchange Server 2010, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, SQL Azure database, SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft posted a raft of software previews today, including the CTPs or community technology previews  for SQL Server Azure Database bits and SQL Server StreamInsight. The latter will be a component of SQL Server 2008 R2,...


August 13, 2009  3:19 PM

More on Office 2010 timeline



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Office 2010

It looks like Office 2010 is on track for its first-half of 2010 delivery. According to documents shared with some TAP participants, milestones are slated for the end of each month from November through...


August 13, 2009  2:20 PM

What’s the dealio behind Exchange 2007 snafu?



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Windows Server 2008 R2

So why didn't Microsoft prioritize Exchange Server 2007 to run on Windows Server 2008 R2? Is it the inherent  PowerShell incompatibilities? A conspiracy? What??? Here are some...

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