Charlene OHanlon

Senior Executive Editor,
The VAR Guy

Charlene O’Hanlon, senior executive editor and director of Content for The VAR Guy, is a veteran technology journalist and editor and channel expert. She has served as editorial director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, editor and publisher at ACM and managing editor at CMP Media, and has written for numerous channel publications including CRN and eWEEK/Channel Insider, among others.

Aruba Partner Conference: Orr, Whitman Take the Stage

As the dust settles around the news that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), Aruba President and CEO Dominic Orr used his trademark sense of humor to compare the acquisition to the “Happy Meal” experience.

Aruba Partner Conference: Cloud Controllers for the Branch Office

Aruba Networks (ARUN) is capitalizing of the popularity of cloud services by making it easier for companies to manage their branch office use of cloud without managing multiple devices.

Aruba Partner Conference: What Changes with HP Deal?

As I write this I am on a JetBlue flight from New York en route to Las Vegas for the Aruba Networks (ARUN) Atmosphere partner conference. Of course, 10 minutes before I boarded my flight, I received a press alert that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) had, indeed, announced its intention to acquire Aruba.

7 Biggest Stories of the Week: Feb. 23-27

Hey, hey, it's Friday! If you're as ready for the weekend as I am, then I know what kind of week you've had. But before you punch the clock, take a look at the seven biggest stories for the week ending Feb. 27.

HP Buying Aruba: Truth to the Rumors?

My world was rocked a bit earlier today when I read Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was rumored to be in talks to purchase wireless networking provider Aruba Networks (ARUN).  Both are solid companies (HP will be on better ground once it splits into two companies) and the combination would create a networking powerhouse. But is the rumor true?

Last Chance! Get Your Top 50 Channel Influencers Nominations In

The end is nigh to get your nominations in for The VAR Guy's inaugural Top 50 Channel Influencers list. Deadline is Feb. 28, so don't delay!

To recap, The VAR Guy has kicked off its inaugural Top 50 Channel Influencers survey, recognizing those in the channel who are truly making a difference. But we need your input. The survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and the rules are simple:

7 Biggest Stories of the Week: Feb. 17-20

Is it me, or do the short weeks seem longer and the long weeks seem shorter? While you ponder that, take a look at the seven biggest stories for the week ending Feb. 20.

Time is Running Out! Cast Your Vote for the Top 50 Channel Influencers

Time is running out to cast your vote for the Top 50 Channel Influencers! Voting ends Feb. 28.

Changing Channels: In the Tech Industry, It’s All About Location, Location, Location. Or Is It?

In this Changing Channels column I focus on the proliferation of the tech industry in the United States.

Winters are the worst season for me. As a transplanted Tucsonan living in New York, I have a difficult time dealing with the cold weather. I constantly question why I’m living in a place where I can’t feel my face this time of year. And the answer always is, “It’s where the jobs are.”

7 Biggest Stories of the Week, Feb. 9-13

It's Friday the 13th, kicking off a trifecta of special days and a three-day weekend (thanks, Mr. Presidents). But before we watch "Friday the 13th" as we address our valentines and stuff our face with chocolate, here are the seven biggest stories for the week ending—you guessed it—Feb. 13.

IBM PartnerWorld: CEO Rometty Addresses Transformation

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took to the stage during day two of IBM’s PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, thanking channel partners for their support during what she called “a time of transformation” for the company.

IBM PartnerWorld: IBM’s Hot Tub Time Machine

Sitting in the general session of day one of IBM’s (IBM) PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, I was struck with an overwhelming sense of déjà vu—or, as baseball great Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” IBM was speaking to its few hundred channel partners, who were assembled from more than 89 countries, about the opportunities associated with the cloud, emphasizing the myriad ways partners could use the cloud to their advantage.

IBM PartnerWorld: IBM Revamps Channel Organization

Perhaps not unexpectedly, IBM (IBM) at its PartnerWorld Leadership Conference announced sweeping changes to its channel organization, bringing together the various channel touchpoints under a “One Channel Team” umbrella, in an effort to consolidate and streamline the way Big Blue and its partners interact.

Security: Palo Alto Networks Sharpens Channel Focus

The security space doesn’t have a loneliness problem. Channel partners know this. So when it comes to choosing a vendor partner, many times that decision is based on the relationship those vendors can offer. Palo Alto Networks (PAN) understands this, and has spent the better part of a year and a half honing its channel program to be a better partner, emphasizing quality over quantity.

IBM PartnerWorld: 3 Things I’ll Be Asking 2

IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2015, IBM’s (IBM) annual confab for its partners, is being held this week in Las Vegas. And while weather so far has delayed me from getting there early enough to enjoy a sunny afternoon, I do plan to be there for the event.

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