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December 16, 2011  9:00 PM

Cisco managed service supports small-business VARs



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Cisco, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Managed Service, Network Management

Cisco has created a managed service for its channel partners focused on small-business accounts. The service, called OnPlus, provides technology solution providers with an appliance and cloud-delivered managed service toolset...

December 9, 2011  3:28 PM

Bang-up quarter for storage software



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IDC, IT channel products and services, storage software

Market research firm International Data Corp. reports that storage software sales surged by almost 10 percent in the third quarter. The growth came as businesses rush to find better ways to manage their storage devices in the wave of data center virtualization, but it signals a good investment area...


December 2, 2011  8:31 PM

Gartner: IBM is tops in third-quarter server revenue share



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Gartner, HP, IBM, IT channel products and services, Oracle, server

Worldwide revenue for servers increased by 5.2 percent year over year while shipments grew by 7.2 percent, according to the latest forecast figures from market research firm Gartner. Total revenue for the quarter was approximately $12.9 billion on a worldwide basis, Gartner reported. That...


November 28, 2011  3:27 PM

Famous New Jersey bakery taps MSP for IT transformation



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Exigent Technologies, IT channel products and services

When your small, family-owned business has been around for more than 100 years AND it has been successful up to this point, it's kind of a big deal for you to change the way you do things. Don't you think? But Carlo's Bakery, a Hoboken bakery that has received national attention thanks to some...


November 21, 2011  3:58 PM

Amazon and the channel: Friend, foe or all of the above?



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Amazon, Apple, cloud infrastructure, Heather Clancy, IaaS, iPad, IT channel products and services, Kindle Fire

I am only somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have a desk drawer full of mobile gadgets that I probably don't use as much as I should, including BOTH an Amazon Kindle (an older one) and a first generation Apple iPad. It is rare that I carry both of those devices on a trip, but I still do carry one...


November 14, 2011  5:14 PM

Hard drive woes deepen, IDC adjusts forecast



Posted by: Heather Clancy
hard drive, hard drive shortage, hard-disk drive, Heather Clancy, IDC, IT channel products and services, PC, PC shipments, shortage, supply chain, Thailand

I was chatting up a solution provider last Friday about one of the stories I'm writing for this month, and we got to talking about the still-widening ripple effects from the hard drive assembly and component facilities flooded last month in Thailand. As


November 10, 2011  7:41 PM

Gartner: Security services boom anticipated



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Managed services providers, security services

Market research firm Gartner is predicting that spending for security services will mushroom not just this year, but between now and 2015. Of particular interest to managed service providers should be the fact that the managed portion of the security services pie is slated to almost double...


October 24, 2011  8:02 PM

Easing management is target of latest Citrix, VMware releases



Posted by: Heather Clancy
Citrix, IT channel products and services, SMB, Virtualization, VMware

Citrix and VMware are both focusing on updates and technology developments that help make their virtualization platforms easier to configure, deploy and manage. During its VMworld Europe conference last week,


October 11, 2011  8:11 PM

Ingram Micro extends deal with green-tech rating organization



Posted by: Heather Clancy
e-waste, EPEAT, green, green technology, Heather Clancy, Ingram Micro, IT channel products and services

Full disclosure: I write about green technology issues on a daily basis, so my decision to write for SearchITChannel about how IT solution providers are becoming involved...

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October 6, 2011  2:08 AM

Tech Data strikes deal with BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion



Posted by: Heather Clancy
BlackBerry, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, RIM, Tech Data

The BlackBerry mobile device may have gotten its start in the enterprise world, but Research in Motion is determined to help small and midsize businesses perceive its technology as indispensable. The Canadian company signed a deal this week with distributor Tech Data to better support IT...


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