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October 28, 2008  8:53 AM

Microsoft fills in some cloudware bits with Azure



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

As expected, Microsoft started to talk up some details of its cloud computing strategy Monday at its Professional Developers Conference.

Amidst all the cloud talk, there were a few deliverables...

October 28, 2008  7:51 AM

NetApp cancels user conference because of travel cuts



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Data storage management, News

The failing economy has claimed a victim in the world of tech conferences. NetApp has canceled NetApp Accelerate 2009 -- what was to have been the company's first annual user conference -- because...


October 24, 2008  10:17 AM

PDC priority: Proving Microsoft’s mojo



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

Has Microsoft lost its mojo? There's something different in the air. Microsoft is doing its best to drum up an uproar around next week's Professional Developers Conference (PDC). The company's code-name generator is in overdrive -- nothing new there. But it's become painfully obvious that the...


October 18, 2008  7:15 PM

Could hosted services spur tension between distributor and partner?



Posted by: rivkalittle
Application development, Channel partner programs, Direct reseller channel conflict, Enterprise applications, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, Managed services providers, News, Reseller channel business development, Rivka Little, Software as a service (SaaS), VAR training, certification, Vendor partner business issues

San Diego -- Ingram Micro CEO Greg Spierkel faced a funny question from partners at the VentureTech Network (VTN) conference here Thursday morning: “What do we do that drives you crazy?” Spierkel’s answer? “Buying from my competitors.”


October 13, 2008  12:03 PM

Man bites dog; VAR loves vendor



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel partner programs, Data storage management, Direct reseller channel conflict, Information technology services, IT channel products and technologies, News, Vendor partner business issues

When a VAR gives an unsolicited testimonial for a technology vendor, it's unusual enough to warrant attention. While researching a storage-related story a month or so ago, I called this VAR who answered the questions posed and then started talking about how much he loved working with


October 10, 2008  9:32 AM

Amazon tiers S3 prices, provides volume discount



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, Information technology services, Microsoft, News, Software as a service (SaaS)

Amazon Web Services LLC is "tiering" the pricing on its hosted storage system. Amazon Simple Storage Service (or S3) in the U.S. had charged 15 cents per gigabyte of stored data. That rate will hold for the first 50 terabytes but now as you...


October 6, 2008  11:12 AM

Microsoft plots SQL Server 2010



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, IT channel products and technologies, Leading technology vendors, Microsoft, News

Microsoft's database folks say that SQL Server 2010 (yes, that's the shocking name of the next release) will make it out in the 36-month window the company has prescribed for database releases.  It's promised for the first half of Calendar Year 2010. SQL Server 2008 shipped last August. "We...


September 30, 2008  12:06 PM

Brought to you by Microsoft: More bad ads



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

How is it possible that a company as successful as Microsoft can continue to put out such really, really bad ads? Continued »


September 29, 2008  12:21 PM

Not buying it



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, IT buyer market research, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle

Several times over the past few weeks,  Oracle execs have stressed that the company is not unduly exposed to the various earthquakes afflicting financial institutions worldwide. That's hard to...


September 25, 2008  10:45 PM

Oracle takes on storage partners



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Data storage management, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Networking technology, Oracle

Forrester Research's Andrew Reichman has a good take on Larry Ellison's latest competitive foray. During his Oracle OpenWorld Keynote, Ellison did, in fact, position the HP Oracle Database Machine (or Exadata) as...


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