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October 23, 2008  6:23 PM

Ripped from the headlines: Avatar abuse



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IBM, News

By Elaine Hom, Associate Features Editor Imagine going to jail for a murder you didn't commit. Sounds like The Shawshank Redemption, doesn't it? I’ll bet it’s all too familiar for the...

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October 23, 2008  10:34 AM

RSA names partners of the year



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Network and application security, News

RSA recently recognized its top partners at its SecurWorld Partner Conference. Here were the winners: North America Channel Partner of the Year: Forsythe Solutions Group, Skokie, Ill. DMR Channel Partner of the Year:

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October 23, 2008  10:12 AM

Symantec tries to mend its ’stubbed toe’



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Network and application security, News, Symantec

I'm a Symantec user. At home, I run Norton 360. My work laptop has Symantec AntiVirus. They both work very well. But oh my God, are they memory hogs. Pac-ManWhenever either computer is running slowly --...


October 22, 2008  2:08 PM

Bad economy good for VMware? And Microsoft?



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, IT buyer market research, Microsoft, News, Server virtualization, Tech Blogs, VMware

VMware posted strong financial results yesterday, despite the weak economy and increased competition from Microsoft. The virtualization market leader took in $472 million in its third quarter -- a 32% increase over last year and more than Wall Street expected. Ashlee Vance of The New York...


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 16, 2008  12:41 PM

Symantec may not replace Julie Parrish



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Colin Steele, News, Symantec

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- COO Enrique Salem said just now that Symantec may restructure its worldwide channel group and not replace outgoing vice president Julie Parrish. He made the comment here at...


October 16, 2008  9:32 AM

Symantec launches training, SaaS programs



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, News, Software as a service (SaaS), Symantec, VAR training, certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Symantec kicked off Partner Engage 2008 today by announcing two new partner programs: Symantec University for Partners and the

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October 16, 2008  8:41 AM

Laurus Technologies: Symantec’s rookie of the year



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, News, Symantec, VAR training, certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Laurus Technologies, an Itasca, Ill.-based solution provider, won the rookie partner of the year award this morning at Symantec Partner Engage 2008. Laurus started leading with Symantec products last year and saw its...


October 14, 2008  8:46 AM

The official Windows 7 name: Windows 7



Posted by: Bcournoyer
Colin Steele, Microsoft, News

Microsoft is going retro with its operating system naming conventions. The company announced yesterday that Windows Vista's successor will be called Windows 7. Windows 7 has...


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


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