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There is no argument that cloud computing has permeated all industries, changing the way businesses back up, store, access, secure and retrieve data. But as with any technology transformation, with this evolution also comes confusion. And where there is confusion, there is opportunity for managed service providers to supply the answers.
Right about now most solution providers should be taking notice of the fact that storage once again is being attached directly to servers. After several decades where network attached storage (NAS) server and storage area networks (SANs) dominated the landscape, a definite shift toward attaching primary storage directly to servers is now underway.
Chinese PC giant Lenovo, fresh off completing its $2.1 billion acquisition of IBM’s (IBM) former x86 server business, now has jumped all the hurdles to finalize its $2.91 billion buyout of Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit.
The chatter about an upcoming Microsoft (MSFT) wearable started in the summer, with rumors buzzing that it wasn’t a smartwatch but rather a smart band. As it turns out, Microsoft’s wearable is a fitness band, and a pretty nifty one at that, available in the United States as of Oct. 29 for $199 in the vendor’s stores and online.Content Classification: Curated
Remember Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 8.0.1 ill-timed debacle a month ago, when the vendor couldn’t get right an update to the new version of its mobile operating system, leaving some 40,000 of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users saddled with a disabled smartphone?Content Classification: Curated
A lot of people back up their data to the cloud. But how do you back up the cloud itself? Convirture, the company that until now has specialized in cloud and virtualization management solutions, hopes to answer this question with a new backup and disaster recovery solution for the OpenStack open source cloud operating system running on the KVM hypverisor.
Dynatrace is the latest company to receive VMware (VMW) Ready-vCloud Air status for its application performance management (APM) solutions, the company announced this week. Dynatrace (formerly Compuware APM) also entered into a new partnership with VMware as a member of the access tier of the vCloud Air ISV program, making it the first modern APM solution available on the VMware Solution Exchange for vCloud Air users, according to the company.
Cybersecurity provider Lacoon Mobile Security has joined the MobileIron Technology Alliance Partner ecosystem. Lancoon’s partnership with MobileIron will allow the company to add an extra layer of protection to its Lacoon Mobile Threat Management Platform via the MobileIron enterprise mobility management software, according to the press release.
While Sundar Pichai’s star at Google (GOOG) rises, Andy Rubin’s is falling, as the former Android founder and guru is leaving the company to launch an incubator for hardware product startups.Content Classification: Curated
IBM (IBM) said it will help customers mine information from Twitter’s (TWTR) social network as another tool to make business decisions in what both companies are calling a “landmark partnership.”Content Classification: Curated
David Petts is the senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and resident channel chief at ShoreTel, a company known for its VoIP, PBX and mobile solutions. Prior to joining ShoreTel in 2012, Petts served in various sales leadership roles during his seven-year tenure with Nokia, and has also held executive management roles with Hewlett Packard (HP) and Compaq in the United States and United Kingdom.
Happy Halloween! Fangs for joining us for our Halloween edition of Distribution Watch, a terrifying segment where each segment is haunted by the ghosts of distributors’ present (just kidding). In this horrifying piece, we’ve got terror-iffic news from the guys and ghouls at Tech Data (TECD), Synnex (SNX) and Avnet (AVT).Content Classification: Curated
Mirantis, the "pure-play" OpenStack vendor, is gearing up for the release of version 6.0 of its open source cloud computing platform, which will be based on OpenStack Juno and include the latest Hadoop big data and network functions virtualization features, the company said in details of the new release.Content Classification: Aggregated
Happy Thursday, and thanks for joining us for Channel Partner Program Roundup! In honor of Halloween, we’ve got a particularly ghoulish lineup of spooky partner news this week, including updates from OWC, AppRiver and Lua. Grab your candy corn and costumes, and let’s begin.Content Classification: Curated
When content marketing and social media first became relevant sales and marketing channels in the mid-2000s, it was relatively easy to stand out. By publishing a few well-written blog posts, engaging with prospects and customers on social channels, and sending out a monthly email newsletter, you were considered a forward-thinking thought leader.
But today, everyone in the market is doing these things.
Microsoft (MSFT) has laid off another 3,000 workers worldwide in what the vendor said was the last stage of an 18,000 workforce reduction it initiated in July when it cut some 13,000 staffers from its payroll.Content Classification: Curated
Microsoft (MSFT) reportedly has built and is testing a version of its Windows Server operating system to run on ARM-based systems, a Bloomberg report said.
RSA, storage giant EMC’s (EMC) security unit, has promoted Amit Yoran, its products senior vice president, to president and tasked him with delivering a unified customer experience across the division’s products and services and its marketing and sales initiatives.