At the Dell Enterprise Spring 2012 event yesterday, CEO Michael Dell himself took the stage to announce that thanks to his company's 12 acquisitions over the last year, the tech titan is now a a complete IT solutions provider. To that end, Dell announced a line of new enterprise data center infrastructure solutions -- headlined by the unveiling of the 12th generation (G12) Dell PowerEdge servers. Here's the scoop.
I'm back in my secret lair here in San Francisco after my trip to Las Vegas for the Juniper NetworksGlobal Partner Conference, and while I was laid low for a day thanks to an unfortunately timed bug, I wanted to share some slightly belated final thoughts drawn from my time on the conference floor, conversations I had with Juniper executives, and just some stray observations.
I'm at the first-ever Juniper Networks Global Partner Conference here at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where the networking company is laying out its channel strategies for the next year. The biggest announcement: the rebranding of the company's partner play to the Juniper Partner Advantage program, a so-called "pivoting" of its channel strategy aimed at helping VARs stay relevant in a changing market.
Juniper's Partner Advantage program has three pillars:
One of the most intriguing things about this week's Juniper Networks inaugural Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas is that the focus was largely taken off the technology side of things (not to say that it was absent), with much of the discussion given over to the new marketing strategies that the changing IT marketplace requires.
Intel, my hosts here at the SC '11 conference in Seattle, used the first day of the event to make a pair of announcements that shows the chip giant is always looking to the future. First, Intel released the first details of Knights Corner, a 50-plus core chip that can deliver a consistent 1 teraflop of double-precision floating-point precision.
As The VAR Guy himself is starting to see, this time of year gets really busy for your friendly neighborhood blog team when it comes to industry conferences and events. So it's really no surprise that in the span of two weeks, I attended both the Salesforce.com Dreamforce '11 (details on Talkin' Cloud) and Intel Developer Forum 2011 events.
The second day of the Intel Developer Forum 2011 was given over entirely to a deep dive on the Ultrabook strategy, with Intel VP and GM of the PC Client Group Mooly Eden taking the stage to give attendees a closer look at concepts teased the day before.
What else can I say but, "whew!" Your humble correspondent has been beaten into the ground by the whirlwind that was Intel Developer Forum 2011 Day 1, which turned out to be a nonstop tour of announcements, pronouncements and, inevitably, hype.
The VAR Guy is hearing through the grapevine that Enrique Rodriguez, the former Microsoft executive in charge of Cisco's Videoscape TV-based teleconferencing solution, has departed the company. What's more, his departure comes alongside news that Cisco has combined its service provider and enterprise video business.
So far, the endless drama around Google's smartphone patent legal battles hasn't had much of a channel impact, so The VAR Guy has shied away from rolling coverage of each new development. But when Google posts an official blog entry claiming "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents," it's time to take notice. Here's the overview.
Microsoft has put a lot of time, money and effort into promoting the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system. But getting enterprises to move from the workhorse Windows XP platform is an uphill battle -- which is probably why Microsoft's Windows business posted a slight loss in Q4. Enter Laplink, one of Microsoft's first ISV partners, with a special offer to migrate endpoints from XP to Windows 7 in-place quickly for less than a dollar per machine. Here's the scoop: