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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella took the stage during day two of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo and planted the Microsoft flag in productivity and platforms —the two areas in which his company brings uniqueness, he said.
Gartner is known for many things, but perhaps the two most popular are its Magic Quadrants and its Top 10 lists. Granted, the lists aren’t as light-hearted (or sometimes cutting) as David Letterman’s Top 10, but they are a much better business barometer than, say, “Top 10 Things That Sound Cool When Said by Snoop Dogg” (which is awesome, by the way).
We’ve written much about software-defined networking (SDN) and its partner in crime, network functions virtualization (NFV). It’s the future of networking, a way of bring the cloud to the network (and, in the case of NFV, bringing the network to the cloud). But according to Gartner research director Akshay Sharma, that future is now.
This week Orlando will be overrun with tech visionaries, vendors, users and others attending Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, a four-day lovefest devoted to all things enterprise technology. The VAR Guy will be in the thick of it, for sure, getting the lowdown on what’s hot, what’s not and what’s simmering and about to boil over.
Pertino, which has taken the network to the cloud in a network-as-a-service model, is now taking its technology to the channel. The company has launched its BlueSky Partner Program for cloud-centric IT consultants, resellers, distributors, service providers and marketplaces, to offer what Todd Krautkremer, Pertino CMO, calls a “disruptive” model for networking in today’s cloud-centric age.
Data storage vendor Seagate Technology (STX) is moving well beyond its roots in the consumer drive space into enterprise computing, Big Data and even cloud services and support.
It’s a huge leap for the company best known for its external hard drives that have no doubt saved the bacon of many a laptop user (including myself), but Scott Horn, vice president of Marketing at Seagate, said it’s a natural—and necessary—evolution for the company.
Sometimes less is more, especially when you’re on the hunt for useful information. The fewer places you need to look, the better. And when you’ve found one place that offers a virtual gold mine of useful information, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Traditional solution provider/vendor relationships aren’t going to cut it in this brave new world of IT—that’s according to Doug Ericskson, vice president of Worldwide Partner Programs and Development.