Charlene OHanlon

Senior Executive Editor,
The VAR Guy and Talkin' Cloud
7 Biggest Stories of the Week, Nov. 17-21
Ahead of the Thanksgiving week madness, we've got the seven biggest stories for the week ending Nov. 21.
Extreme Bolsters SDN Play with Partnerships, Products

Expanding on its software-defined networking (SDN) strategy announced earlier this year, Extreme Networks (EXTR) has built an ecosystem of technology vendors and developed two more pieces of its SDN hardware stable.

Alcatel-Lucent: A Turnaround Story Worth Noting

Most companies on life support are so far gone that it’s easier to flip the switch and let the company slip away peacefully into that good night. (Nortel Networks is one company that comes to mind.) Others are literally too tough to die and fight their way back to relative health. BlackBerry (BBR) is a great example of that.

5 Biggest Stories of the Week, Nov. 3-7

The end of yet another week has arrived, and we're ready for the weekend. But before we do, we wanted to offer up the top five stories on The VAR Guy for the week ending Nov. 7.

State of Partnering Survey: Make Your Voice Heard

What’s the state of your vendor relationships? How is cloud computing impacting your business model? Is your customer base spending more or less on hardware?

Tim Cook Comes Out, The World Keeps Spinning

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in an article in BusinessWeek that he is gay. I’m sure it was a decision that he grappled with before writing the article, whether to mix business and personal, and it was an announcement he said he felt compelled to make to acknowledge the sacrifices others in the LGBT community have made and the struggles that many still endure.

5 Biggest Stories for the Week, Oct. 27-31

Too busy to get to all the news this week? Don't worry—we've got ya covered. Here are the top 5 news stories on The VAR Guy for the week ending Oct. 31. Happy Halloween!

Windows Server 2003: What Are Your Migration Plans?

Unless you're a Mac person or you've been living in some sort of IT paradise where nothing ever breaks or is discontinued, you know Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support is coming July 14, 2015. After that date, Microsoft will not provide security patches, and any remaining Windows Server 2003 systems on your network will be at risk.

AT&T Partner Exchange: What Makes a Good Convergence Partner?

Selling both IT and telecom services takes a special kind of partner, one who can speak MPLS as fluently as SDN. It’s also a partner who understands the infrastructure is as much the connectivity as it is the hardware.

AT&T Partner Exchange: It’s All About the APIs

AT&T (T) is hosting its inaugural Partner Exchange conference this week in Dallas, where the discussion has centered on the application programming interfaces (APIs) that are changing the game in customer account management.

AT&T Partner Exchange: Where Telecom Meets IT

Back in the early 1990s, those of us who were in the telecom resale industry saw the future in IP, bringing together telecommunications and traditional IT networking, and realized the end was nigh for traditional telecom. It may have been slower in coming than we thought, but 20-or-so years later our realization has come true.

Aruba Kicks SME Channel Push into High Gear

Wireless networking vendor Aruba Networks (ARUN) has set its sights on a notoriously difficult market to penetrate, yet one with a high degree of profitability—the small to medium enterprise (SME) space.

Citrix Focusing Channel on ‘High-Growth Account Area’

Citrix (CTXS)  is hoping to get more love in the midmarket by focusing its channel partners on the market poised for the most growth.

It’s Here: 2014 Talkin’ Cloud 100 List of Top CSPs

Want to know just how big the cloud services market is? Want to know how much it has changed in the last 12 months? You can find these answers and much, much more about the cloud services space over on our sister site Talkin’ Cloud, where we’ve just published the 2014 edition of the Talkin’ Cloud 100.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo: Top 5 Takeaways

Gartner Symposium is, without a doubt, information overload. But in a good way: Just looking at the schedule can make your head spin. That said, it’s a goldmine of things to ponder as I make my trek home—not just about the technology facing us today but what we have to look forward to.

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