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August 15, 2008  10:04 AM

Domino is dead

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, IBM, Microsoft, News, Reseller blogs, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

So, once again, Domino is dead. That's the gist of Ron Herardian's article in -- get this -- This may be trolling but there's a lot of truth in what Herardian, a longtime contact and a...

August 11, 2008  8:09 AM

Cisco’s next move: online collaboration?

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Cisco, Collaboration software, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS), Tech Blogs

The most recent round of rumors about Cisco buying EMC came about because Cisco CEO John Chambers said his company needs to expand into new tech markets. Now the question is, what will those markets...

August 5, 2008  11:52 PM

Cisco will go acquisition hunting in FY ’09 — but not necessarily for EMC

Posted by: rivkalittle
Authors, Cisco, EMC, IBM, Microsoft, VMware

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers said Tuesday that regardless of “challenging macroeconomic times,” the company would make major acquisitions in the coming year -- though he didn’t indicate that one of those purchases would be EMC. Chambers made the comments during a fourth quarter earnings...

July 30, 2008  5:26 PM

Zimbra wants to out-Outlook Outlook

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, collaboration software, Email -- Exchange, IBM, Microsoft, News, Open-source, Outlook, Software as a service (SaaS), Vendor partner business issues

 You have to hand it to Zimbra.The company, now part of Yahoo and seemingly unfazed by all that entails, is nothing if not aggressive. With Zimbra Desktopit's now taking on the grand poobah of e-mail...

July 17, 2008  6:19 PM

HP’s mini-data center in a box: No partner play yet

Posted by: rivkalittle
Authors, Channel partner programs, Data storage management, Direct reseller channel conflict, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, IT channel products and technologies, Networking technology, News, Reseller channel business development, Server virtualization, Servers and desktop hardware, Software as a service (SaaS), Sun

HP has introduced a data center in a box. Or a pod. Well actually a shipping container.

The mini data center, called Performance Optimized Data Center or POD, is a 40-foot shipping container that houses more than 3,500 computer nodes, or 12,000 large-hard drives, and delivers the...

July 1, 2008  3:31 PM

HP-EDS deal moves closer to approval; outcome still unclear for the channel

Posted by: rivkalittle
Authors, Channel partner programs, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, News, Reseller blogs, Reseller channel business development, Vendor partner business issues

Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) $13.9 billion bid to buy Electronic Data Systems (EDS) made it through U.S. antitrust review, the companies reported Monday. The deal still hinges on approval by European regulators and a vote by EDS shareholders, who will meet July 31. It remains unclear how the deal will...

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 6, 2008  2:03 PM

MySQL road show stresses enterprise cred

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, Enterprise applications, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, News, Open-source, Oracle, Sun

MySQL execs took to the road this week, talking up the database's increasing relevance to big businesses.

The message at a Boston event Tuesday night, was that Sun Microsystems' buyout of...

June 3, 2008  11:16 AM

Some takeaways from Bill Gates’ finale

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, IBM, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Bill Gates just finished what Microsoft has billed as his last public speech as a company full timer. Gates is stepping down from day-to-day involvement as of July 1. At TechEd 2008 part one (for developers) Gates hit on some familiar themes and presided over demos of

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