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  8:30 PM

The cloud vs. converged hardware



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, converged hardware, Exalogic, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Salesforce.com

As Oracle, Cisco  and Hewlett-Packard try to convince the world that every data center needs Oracle or Cisco or HP's own unique brand of converged hardware--that mythical IT beast that somehow combines the best of every breed plus absolute adherence to industry standards--there seems to be a...


June 16, 2011  2:45 PM

Oracle-HP slap fight continues



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Itanium, Larry Ellison, Leo Apotheker, Mark Hurd, Oracle

It would be sad if it weren't so entertaining: The HP-versus-Oracle spat ratcheted up again this week with Hewlett-Packard suing Oracle. Again.


June 14, 2011  1:29 PM

HP shakeup: Livermore kicked upstairs



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dave Donatelli, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Leo Apotheker, Todd Bradley

Ann Livermore, the respected Hewlett-Packard veteran once considered a prime CEO candidate, is relinquishing day-to-day responsibilities and will take a seat on the HP board. Here's HP's official statement .


June 9, 2011  2:18 AM

Oracle hardware: It is a mystery



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com

It's really not news that Oracle sales people go into a discounting frenzy at the close of the fiscal year. And, that discounting has netted Oracle some Exadata deals in its...


May 31, 2011  7:17 PM

VCE boosts distribution



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, EMC, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, the VCE Company, Vblock, VMware

Our good buddies at The Virtual Computing Environment Co., last week added four distributors -- Arrow, Avnet, Ingram Micro and Magirus--to its channel roster. that means a VCE VAR selling Vblocks can source all the...


May 26, 2011  3:28 PM

Tech CEOs on the hot seat



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, John Chambers, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer

There are some prominent executive fannies on some very hot seats right now. And calls for change at the top of high-tech giants are getting hard to ignore. So ... which high-tech CEO should go first? A table full of VARs discussed this topic at a recent conference and the very non-scientific...


May 19, 2011  5:36 PM

HP CEO forecast cuts kick up ruckus



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

Many Hewlett-Packard VARs are not enamored of the company’s new CEO and have been vocal—if not attributable—in their view that he is not “the” guy to run HP. Most of those VARs were fans of the previous CEO, Mark Hurd. Depending on your point of view, Hurd managed the company—or Wall...


May 17, 2011  6:30 PM

Super Show of Technology Expo XXXVI — Top five takeaways



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Camera Corner Connecting Point, Hewlett-Packard, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, vendor lock-in

GREEN BAY, WI. -- Rick Chernick sure knows how to throw a good expo. Chernick, the CEO of Camera Corner / Connecting Point, brought several hundred of his best friends--customers AND vendors--here to hear about the latest and greatest in...


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