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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.
Live Blog: Cisco Launches Enterprise Mobility App Platform
Cisco's new Enterprise Mobility Services Platform plus 802.11ac WiFi push seeks to empower partners and service providers with an enterprise app strategy.
Cisco CEO: Internet of Everything Has Reached Tipping Point 2
At Cisco Partner Summit 2014, will CEO John Chambers have a Cisco CEO successor in the audience amid cloud and Internet of Everything chatter? Hmmm... Here's a live blog from Chambers' keynote.
Oracle Channel Chief Rich Geraffo Talks Strategy
Oracle Channel Chief Rich Geraffo talks cloud services, Engineered Systems and partner strategies with The VAR Guy.
Live Blog: HP CEO Meg Whitman Addresses Partners
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman addresses HP Global Partner Conference 2014 (HP GPC 2014), describing mobile, big data, cloud and security strategies for partners. Here's The VAR Guy's Live Blog recap.
Samsung Preps Vertical Market Channel, Business Software Push
Samsung is pushing beyond Android-based Galaxy tablets and smartphones to develop software for schools, financial services, health care, retail and hospitality, The VAR Guy has learned. Actually: All the facts are public. But nobody else has snapped the puzzle pieces together to share the bigger picture...
Samsung Chromebook 2, HD Screen and Partner Program: Triple Play? 1
Samsung is showing off its Chromebook 2, a 13.3 inch model with a full-HD screen. The Chromebook 2 will retail for $400 when it ships in April. Plus, more channel moves are coming.
What Comes After Traditional Server Virtualization?
Buzz about Docker -- the container technology -- is growing. But can it leapfrog traditional virtualization technologies like Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere? Hmmm...
Microsoft: Repeating IBM's OS/2 Mistakes With Windows, Android? 4
If Microsoft promotes dual-boot smart phones with Windows and Android, will customers come running? Or is this similar to IBM's failed OS/2-Windows dual boot strategy from the 1990s?
Google Apps: 700 Cloud Partners Rally in San Francisco
Google is rallying 700 Google Apps channel partners and cloud resellers this week in San Francisco. Among the big news at the conference: 10,000 cloud brokerages now back Google Apps.
Google Apps SMB Channel Pioneer Exits Company 2
Google Apps channel and cloud pioneer Jeff Ragusa exits the search engine giant. Here's what Ragusa did right during his time building one of the world's most successful SMB cloud partner programs.
HP Strengthens SMB, Just Right IT Channel Partner Push
HP has expanded its Just Right IT channel partner program push to include ProLiant servers running Exchange, VMware, Hyper-V and/or SAP HANA (ServerIT) plus new financing and cloud offerings (called ServeIT). Here's The VAR Guy's spin.
Cisco Partners: UCS Today, ACI and SDN Tomorrow?
Is Cisco's Unified Compute System a stepping stone to Application-centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Software-defined Networking (SDN)? John Growdon offers partner insights.
Why Red Hat's Roger Egan Joined Docker
Docker's open source container strategy may allow partners to move customer applications between on-premises and cloud servers. But where are the channel partners? Roger Egan is recruiting them now.
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