Charlene OHanlon

Senior Executive Editor,
The VAR Guy and Talkin' Cloud
IdeaXchange: So Much Expertise in One Place

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.

Juniper’s Erickson: Different Consumption Models Changing IT 2

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.

Extreme Networks Partner Conference: Day 1 Live Blog 1

Extreme Networks (EXTR) kicked off its North America Partner Conference today in Summerlin, Nevada, where the temperature is expected to hit 110 degrees today. More than 220 former Enterasys and Extreme partners have gathered to see what the new company's plans are for its channel.

Extreme Networks Partner Conference: Partner-First Live Blog

During Extreme Networks’ North America Partner Conference, VP of Global Channels Theresa Caragol discussed the company's initiatives as it works to create a partner-first ecosystem. Here’s what she had to say in a live blog (again, excuse abbreviated and incomplete sentences):

Extreme Networks Conference: Two Companies Now One

Extreme Networks (EXTR) is hosting its first channel partner conference since its acquisition of Enterasys Networks was finalized. The company promises what Ed Sullivan would call “a really big show,” bringing together more than 220 channel partners from both companies for two days of, quite literally, togetherness.

Post-Acquisition, Extreme Builds More Inclusive Channel Program

Seven months after acquiring Enterasys Networks, networking vendor Extreme Networks (EXTR) is taking the wraps off a revised channel partner program that incorporates “the best of both [companies’] channel programs,” said Theresa Caragol, vice president of Global Channels.

Wearing the ‘Geek’ Badge of Honor

July 13 was Embrace Your Geekness Day. I was given a heads up last week by the self-proclaimed geeks at SingleHop, which apparently has gone all out in celebration of the event, even going so far as to crown a head geek. And when I was asked by the company to write a blog post about the joys of being a geek, I promptly responded, “Sure!”

How ‘Continuum’ Tempered My Enthusiasm for Wearables 7

I am a self-professed sci-fi geek and gadget freak. On their own, each is a nifty hobby and, let’s face it, time-suck (but in a good way) that I enjoy immensely. Recently, however, the two have crossed paths in a way that has left a sour taste in my mouth, in the form of the TV show, “Continuum.”

Has Extreme Networks Gotten SDN Right?

Extreme Networks (EXTR) has pulled the covers off its version of software-defined networking (SDN), that technology everyone’s talking about but few can have an intelligent conversation about what it actually is. And at first glance, it looks as though Extreme has gotten the gist of SDN in both technology and spirit.

Key to the Next-Generation Network: Partnerships

Aruba Networks (ARUN) and Juniper Networks (JNPR) last week announced a partnership that would enable the partners of both companies to offer wired and wireless solutions for converged networks. This is a good deal for Juniper partners and Aruba partners alike. Here’s why.

Channel Partner Program Roundup: MEA | NEA, CMR, Samsung

If it’s Thursday then it’s time for the Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly look-see at happenings in the channel. This week we’ve rounded up news from MEA | NEA, Computer Market Research (CMR) and Samsung Electronics America, so you know what to do—I know this isn’t your first rodeo.

Kaspersky Chiefs: Channel Must Focus on Value Proposition

The security space has gotten its share of press lately, thanks to data breaches ranging from Target’s massive security breach to the Heartbleed Bug vulnerability found in OpenSSL. That means customers are looking even closer at their security measures, and looking harder at whether their solution providers are doing enough to keep them safe.

Channel Partner Program Roundup: GCI, Peak 10, OneNeck

Well, happy Thursday, amigos, and welcome to the Channel Partner Program Roundup, our weekly collection of things you need to know in the channel. This week we’ve got news from Global Convergence Inc. (GCI), Peak 10 and OneNeck IT Solutions, so saddle up, grab your sombrero and let’s ride.

Lenovo Accelerate 2014: Business is Good, Let’s Make it Better

Lenovo kicked off its 2014 Accelerate partner conference in Orlando, Florida, with a one-two punch of positive growth numbers and channel growth statistics, showing just how far the PC and more vendor has come in the last 12 months.

Lenovo Takes Wraps Off New Tablet, Workstation Offerings

Lenovo is adding to its growing product line of things beyond PCs with the introduction of the ThinkPad 10 business tablet and the ThinkStation P300 entry-level workstation—both of which are positioned as prime offerings for the channel, according to the company.

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