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November 20, 2009  2:48 PM

Why managed print services are worth a deeper look

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

This is the time of year when journalists go nuts doing look-ahead or look-back interviews, and I am no exception. One of the subjects upon which I feel I owe myself a better education is managed services related to printer technology, because I feel it’s one of those iceberg subjects. In other word, what you see on the surface is only a small piece of the total opportunity related to these technologies and services. Continued »

November 18, 2009  1:17 AM

Cloud Computing 101: New HP offering for schools offers lesson in innovative cloud solutions

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Hewlett-Packard had a mega-briefing this week about thin client and client virtualization technology that I will be reporting on in greater depth, but one of the “products” that the company’s partners should consider studying most closely is something called HP SchoolCloud. Continued »

November 16, 2009  5:03 AM

Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure’s on

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

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 2009 kicking off this week, Microsoft  has precious little time to make good on Azure promises. It’s playing catchup with uber-nemesis Google and — perhaps more importantly — to Amazon which has real-world cloud services out and functioning now for real, paying customers. Continued »

November 13, 2009  7:42 PM

Tech Data dedicates resources to healthcare, Symantec technologies

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

IT channel products distributor Tech Data has established an new industry solutions unit for the healthcare sector. It also has focused technical resources on a center populated with Symantec products. Continued »

November 12, 2009  6:26 AM

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

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

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 ideas upon prospects. Continued »

November 12, 2009  6:19 AM

IT professionals seek job security from security certs

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Want a job? Get a security certification.

A new study of more than 1,500 IT workers by CompTIA finds that approximately 37 percent are planning to earn some sort of security technology certification over the next five years. About 18 percent of them will go in for an “ethical hacking” certification (I didn’t even know they had official certs for that!) while about 13 percent will focus on security forensics. Continued »

November 11, 2009  9:58 PM

HP to buy 3Com: Make it stop!

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Dear lord. Hewlett-Packard says it’s buying 3Com for $2.7 billion. The rationale is that 3Com’s networking hardware would augment the HP ProCurve lineup.  Really? Isn’t there considerable overlap?

 HP must be really, really serious about beating Cisco.

Marius Haas, senior VP of HP ProCurve Networking, and Ron Sege,  prez and COO of 3Com,  will preside over this evening’s inevitable teleconference.

I guess this paves the way or someone, anyone, (Oracle? Anyone?) to snap up Brocade Networks. Juniper Networks anyone? Bueller?

November 10, 2009  12:53 PM

EC to Oracle: Not so fast!

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Well, European regulators are definitely not loving the Oracle-Sun deal. And yesterday the European Commission objected to it formally, stating that Oracle ownership of MySQL as well as its own database franchise hurts competition in the database market.

The EC’s antitrust body opened the inquiry into Oracle’s proposed buyout of Sun in March and had till January to issue its findings.

Oracle posted a response to the EC’s objection late Monday:

“The transaction does not threaten to reduce competition in the slightest, including in the database market. 

The Commission’s Statement of Objections reveals a profound misunderstanding of both database competition and open source dynamics. It is well understood by those knowledgeable about open source software that because MySQL is open source, it cannot be controlled by anyone.  That is the whole point of open source. 

The database market is intensely competitive with at least eight strong players, including IBM, Microsoft, Sybase and three distinct open source vendors.  Oracle and MySQL are very different database products.  There is no basis in European law for objecting to a merger of two among eight firms selling differentiated products.  Mergers like this occur regularly and have not been prohibited by United States or European regulators in decades”


Sun issued a similar statement that added that  any final decision by the commission is subject to appeal appeal to the European Court of First Instance.

Oracle has shown no desire to spin off MySQL, a move that would placate the Europeans.

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November 10, 2009  12:26 AM

Tata beefs up onshore resources

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Here’s a bit of a switch. Instead of taking jobs out of the United States, Indian IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services has hired more than 225 people over the past quarter or so at its North America Domestic Delivery Center, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The total number of jobs in the location is now more than 300.

The focus of the staff will be on development work for industries including banking and financial services, life science and healthcare, and manufacturing and retail.

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November 9, 2009  3:54 PM

More Novell cuts, follow Microsoft cuts

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

If the recession is, in fact,  winding down, employment truly is a trailing indicator, with tech companies continuing to cut headcount.

Last week, both Novell and Microsoft cut jobs. Novell sliced 3% — or about 100 to 130 —  of its 3,900 employees, according to published reports. And it suspended company-paid 401K contributions, according to its 8K filing. Continued »

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