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Penton and Avnet Launch "It's an IoT World" University Digital Education Center

Penton and Avnet (AVT) a leading global technology distributor, today launched <"It's an IoT World" University, a first-of-its-kind digital education center that offers real-world learning solutions covering the spectrum of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Heard Around the Web: Microsoft Ignite 2015 Day 2

The second day of Microsoft Ignite 2015 was as chock full of news as the first day, and although The VAR Guy couldn't be there in person, he's certainly there in spirit. With that in mind, we've pulled together some of the best blogs, tweets and posts from Day 2 of the event to share.

Heard Around the Web: Microsoft Ignite 2015, Day 1

Here's a roundup of the day one events at Microsoft Ignite 2015, as reported by those in attendance.

The Channel’s SD-WAN Opportunity: Comcast's Craig Schlagbaum
There is no question that SD-WAN is poised to disrupt the networking market. For the IT channel, this impending change creates huge services revenue opportunities.
Who Is The VAR Guy? 2
Penton Technology -- a division of Penton -- gets asked the question all the time: Who Is The VAR Guy? Frankly, we don't know for sure. But the following tidbits of information offer some clues about our anonymous channel insider.
CompTIA ChannelCon 2014: What's on Attendees' Minds

CompTIA ChannelCon 2014 is currently underway in Phoenix, with more than 800 solution providers attending the three-day event for oodles of educational sessions, resarch downloads and vendor meet-and-greets.

EMC Redefine Possible Showcases New Flash Arrays, Storage Solutions

Storage virtualization juggernaut EMC (EMC) held its Redefine Possible event in London July 8, where the company revealed several new products and updates to its existing XtremIO platform. In keeping with classic British sci-fi fashion, the Doctor Who-themed event featured numerous TARDIS-like police booths and references to England’s most popular doctor as well as a healthy does of storage virtualization news and announcements.

The VAR Guy Field Trip: CDW Distribution Center

Every once in a while, The VAR Guy gets a chance to breathe in some fresh air and take a trip that doesn't involve a partner conference. Recently, our intrepid blogger had the opportunity to tour the CDW distribution center in Vernon Hills, Illinois, and get a behind-the-scenes a look.

Virtual Bridges Hires IBM-Softlayer Veteran for VDI Channel Push 1

Virtual Bridges has hired IBM Softlayer veteran Drew Jenkins to drive the virtualization company’s channel partner program. So why did Jenkins jump to the VDI (virtual desktop integration) company? The VAR Guy found the answers.

TechData TechSelect: General Session Live Blog

The VAR Guy is at Tech Data’s (TECD) TechSelect Spring event in Orlando, Florida, where the distributor is bringing together its TechSelect members to share best practices and growth strategies, as well as hear the latest and greatest from vendor partners including Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Brocade (BRCD), to name just a few.

EMC World 2014: A Software-Defined Future

The VAR Guy is once again roaming the halls at EMC World 2014, where the third platform and the channel have so far taken center stage. What did Day Two hold in store? Read on and find out.

EMC World 2014: The 'Third Platform' Prevails

EMC World 2014 kicked off May 5 in beautiful Las Vegas, and The VAR Guy was on hand to offer up the lowdown on all of the day’s most important developments, sessions and info. So without further ado, here are some of the day’s most interesting events.

The VAR Guy: Identity Revealed? (Not Quite) 3
Who really is The VAR Guy? New clues emerge. But each time you think you know who done it, the clues change...
Live Blog: CompTIA Annual Member Meeting 2014
The VAR Guy surfaces at CompTIA Annual Member Meeting (AMM) 2014. Here's a live blog recap for VARs, MSPs and CSPs working in and around the CompTIA organization.
Monetizing the Internet of Things: Will Cisco, IBM or Oracle Partners Win?
Can the Internet of Things -- which Cisco calls The Internet of Everything -- generate profit and revenue growth for channel partners and service providers? Cisco Partner Summit 2014 offered some hype -- and clues.

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