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June 26, 2008  10:46 AM

Database market share war resumes



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Oracle

It's that time of year for the database market share squabble. IDC has released its numbers--at least to the vendors--and two of the three big database players are claiming victory. From the snippets the vendors themselves release, it's hard to draw conclusions. It's like the

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June 25, 2008  12:37 PM

The cost of doing business with Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Oracle

Being an Oracle partner can be a pricey business. For example: If you're a select Oracle partner who wants face time with Oracle reps at the vendor's yearly sales kickoff, you can pay either $6K, $10K or $25K for the privilege. For that amount you get to be an Exhibitor Partner at the big Las...


June 25, 2008  8:25 AM

Ubuntu goes mobile



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Linux, News, Open-source

Canonical on Tuesday posted its Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition to its website. This is a developers' release based on the desktop edition of the...


June 23, 2008  11:24 AM

Microsoft partner conference checklist



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Reseller channel business development, SMB, Software as a service (SaaS), Virtualization

This year's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will be in Houston. In July. One word: Ugh. And, interestingly, insiders say preliminary numbers show that more than half (60%) of...


June 23, 2008  9:53 AM

Symantec stresses endpoint management up-sell opportunities



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Network and application security, News, Systems and systems management

We first reported on Symantec Endpoint Management Suite 1.0 last week, when I found that Symantec had prematurely posted product details on its website. But today marks the suite's official launch,...


June 19, 2008  11:29 PM

MySQL switches version control



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, News, Open-source, Sun

MySQL is switching version control ships, leaving BitKeeper for Bazaar, an open-source version control system. "Both the main MySQL server code and the code for many ancillary...


June 17, 2008  5:13 PM

Big price hikes from Oracle



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, News, Oracle

The Cadillac of databases has become the Mercedes. Ok, that might not be the right analogy, so let's just say that Oracle has hiked prices across its software portfolio. Significantly. An example: Per CPU pricing on the big Oracle 11g Enterprise Edition database is now $47,500 vs. $40,000 before....


June 12, 2008  4:30 PM

The impending cloud



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

For many VARs, cloud-based computing is a worrisome prospect. The notion of functions served up direct to users from a vendor-owned-and-operated cloud poses a huge disintermediation threat to...


June 11, 2008  2:28 PM

WiMax’ rocky road



Posted by: rivkalittle
Cisco, Enterprise applications, Google, Intel, Mobile networking technology, Networking technology, News

WiMax is having a rough life -- and this week epitomizes that. The wireless protocol for broadband access -- known in long form as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access -- started off the week on a high note. On Monday, six tech heavy hitters, including Cisco Systems, Samsung...


June 10, 2008  4:02 PM

Next from Dan Bricklin: A wiki-spreadsheet combo



Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, Enterprise applications, IT channel products and technologies, News

Spreadsheet pioneer Dan Bricklin is at it again. The father of VisiCalc is now working to bring the spreadsheet's productivity to workgroups. Bricklin, in his trademark flannel shirt (it's nearly 100 degrees out!) said hello...


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