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June 20, 2011  8:30 PM

The cloud vs. converged hardware



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, converged hardware, Exalogic, Hewlett-Packard, HP, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Salesforce.com

As Oracle, Cisco  and Hewlett-Packard try to convince the world that every data center needs Oracle or Cisco or HP's own unique brand of converged hardware--that mythical IT beast that somehow combines the best of every breed plus absolute adherence to industry standards--there seems to be a...

June 9, 2011  2:18 AM

Oracle hardware: It is a mystery



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Dell, Exadata, Exalogic, IT channel products and services, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com

It's really not news that Oracle sales people go into a discounting frenzy at the close of the fiscal year. And, that discounting has netted Oracle some Exadata deals in its...


February 23, 2011  2:35 PM

Research: CRM spending boost will outstrip those for productivity suite, ERP apps



Posted by: Heather Clancy
CRM, Gartner, Heather Clancy, IT channel products and services, Microsoft, Salesforce.com

Just how important is it for businesses to fix customer service and overall customer relations now that the economy is showing signs of improvement? Important enough for the CRM (aka customer relationship management) category to emerge as the top focus of spending increases in a new survey about...


September 22, 2010  6:55 PM

Benioff returns Ellison fire, but peacefully



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Exalogic, IT channel products, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld 2010, Salesforce.com

Marc Benioff said he came in peace but managed to counter comments from former-boss Larry Ellison pretty forcefully this morning. He did his best to cut Oracle's upcoming Exalogic "cloud in a box" down to size.


September 22, 2010  4:54 AM

Oracle and Amazon team up for their own reasons



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Larry Ellison, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Salesforce.com

Oracle needs to prove it "gets" the cloud. Amazon needs to show that its Web services are ready for the enterprise. Hence the deal under which Amazon will cordon off part of its vaunted cloud...

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March 5, 2010  4:28 PM

Oracle gets into helping Haiti



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Haiti, IT channel products and technologies, Oracle, Salesforce.com

Oracle wants to raise $1 million for Haiti relief at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The "Hit for Haiti" event will feature tennis greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Navratilova, Steffie Graf, Lindsay Davenport, Martina...


February 5, 2010  4:27 PM

Bracing for the Oracle ‘we get the cloud’ onslaught



Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and services, NetSuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Sun

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has made much hay proclaiming that the term "cloud computing" is over-used, mis-used and misconstrued. He has a point. Kind of. So get ready for Oracle to go on the cloud offensive in coming weeks, with a series of "road shows" or cloud computing forums (fora?) kicking...


October 12, 2009  12:35 AM

Cameos by Blue Angels, Marc Benioff highlight OOW



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Marc Benioff, Oracle, Oracle OpenWorld, Salesforce.com

A late night cab trip from SFO to Union Square was lightened up a bit with the big Michael Dell billboard on the 101. It went something like this: Dell enjoys the best of both worlds: See Salesforce.com @ Oracle OpenWorld.


October 6, 2009  5:01 PM

Benioff to take stage at Oracle OpenWorld



Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, IT channel products and technologies, Marc Benioff, Michael Dell, Oracle, Oracle Open World, Salesforce.com, Scott McNealy

This is interesting: Salesforce.com CEO (and former Oracle guy) Marc Benioff will speak at Oracle OpenWorld next Tuesday alongside Michael Dell. For those who haven't followed the labyrinthine tales of the Oracle-Salesforce.com rapport, believe it, this is interesting.  Salesforce.com says...


March 4, 2009  4:39 AM

It’s time for VARs to figure out the software services thing



Posted by: badarrow
Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Salesforce.com, Software as a service (SaaS)

 

Now that Microsoft's made its


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