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November 16, 2009  5:03 AM

Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure’s on

Posted by: badarrow
Amazon, AWS, Azure, Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, PDC 2009, Professional Developers Conference, Ray Ozzie

In the past, Microsoft has used its Professional Developers Conference to talk pie in the sky. Promises made one year for the next typically dribbled out months, even years late and functionally short. Longhorn anyone? That can't happen anymore.  With PDC...

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November 12, 2009  6:26 AM

Study analyzes TCO metrics for cloud vs. on-premise solutions

Posted by: Heather Clancy
cloud computing, IT buyer market research, IT products and channel, TCO, total cost of ownership

I've heard anecdotally that the biggest difference between the cloud computing craze and other hype cycles that came before it is that in the case of cloud technologies, real customers are asking real questions. Not so for other emerging technology areas, when solution providers had to foist their...

November 3, 2009  8:25 PM

Google and Microsoft trading places in mail

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, BPOS, Google, Google Apps, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft

So, Google wins a big, prestigious $7.2 billion email account --for 30,000 Los Angeles municipal workers . Google Apps Premier is displacing Novell Groupwise there.  But Google beat out the...

October 21, 2009  4:15 PM

Top five IT channel lessons for the quarter

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, channel advisory board, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, public cloud, Sun

VARs remain extremely cautious on public cloud computing and are obsessed with which vendor giants will remain standing after more expected M&A activity. Those are but two highlights of this quarter's Advisory Board call. But there...

September 2, 2009  12:37 PM

Two developers make the most out of the VMware ecosystem

Posted by: Heather Clancy
Add new tag, Akkori, channel program, DataCore, Virtual infrastructure, Virtualization, VMware, VMworld

I'm not at VMworld this week, but it seems like everyone else is, including Microsoft. So it's not surprising to me that some of the channel news that I've come across in the past couple of weeks is very much tied to activity at the conference. This post is about two of the vendors seeking to...

July 30, 2009  5:31 PM

Still waiting for the Microsoft vision

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, cloud computing, Google, IT Channel, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Ray Ozzie

A former colleague, who has worked the tech beat for more than 20 years, had some interesting thoughts the other night on the new-look Microsoft under chief software architect Ray Ozzie. His rant...

July 22, 2009  1:49 PM

Top five channel hot spots

Posted by: badarrow
atom-based servers, Barbara Darrow, Cisco, cloud computing, IT channel products and technologies, Twitter, Windows 7

There's nothing like a channel advisory board call to recharge the batteries. Here are the top five takeaways from's quarterly call earlier this week: First: It's probably a no-brainer, but solution providers expect a big hardware refresh to accompany the Windows 7...

July 13, 2009  12:05 PM

Report: Microsoft tries to sell Razorfish

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, online advertising, Razorfish

  Microsoft is reportedly trying to sell off Razorfish, the digital ad service to a large consortium of advertising agencies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is trying to offload Razorfish--but with...

July 8, 2009  3:56 PM

Where’d Azure workflow go?

Posted by: badarrow
.Net 4.0, Azure, Barbara Darrow, Cloud Services, IT channel products and technologies, Microsoft, Microsoft Gold partner, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

A week before the expected roll out of the Microsoft Azure cloud services price and sales model, Microsoft has pulled back a key component service. A developer who had been working with Azure...

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June 17, 2009  8:36 PM

Microsoft: Google Apps’ Outlook sync breaks Outlook

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Google, Google Apps, Outlook

You could see this coming down the pike. Last week, Google announced Outlook synchronization for Google Apps--a very important addition for business email users. This week, Microsoft takes to it's...

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