The VAR Guy - VAR, MSP and Solutions Provider News http://thevarguy.com/rss.xml en Report: Apple TV Priced Under $200, Available in October http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/report-apple-tv-priced-under-200-available-october <div class="node-body article-body">Apple will price its fourth generation Web TV set top box at between $149 and $199 and start selling it in October. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/report-apple-tv-priced-under-200-available-october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/report-apple-tv-priced-under-200-available-october#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:18:00 +0000 81921 at http://thevarguy.com Samsung Sweetens Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ Promotion With $200 in Credits http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/samsung-sweetens-note-5-galaxy-s6-edge-promotion-200-credits <div class="node-body article-body">Samsung has sweetened a 30-day test drive offer for its new Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ with $200 in credits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/samsung-sweetens-note-5-galaxy-s6-edge-promotion-200-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/samsung-sweetens-note-5-galaxy-s6-edge-promotion-200-credits#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:04:00 +0000 81911 at http://thevarguy.com Amazon Lays off Fire Smartphone Engineers in Consumer Product Pullback http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/amazon-lays-fire-smartphone-engineers-consumer-product-pullback <div class="node-body article-body">Amazon reportedly has laid off dozens of engineers who worked on the online retail giant’s poorly-received Fire smartphone.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/amazon-lays-fire-smartphone-engineers-consumer-product-pullback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/amazon-lays-fire-smartphone-engineers-consumer-product-pullback#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:48:00 +0000 81901 at http://thevarguy.com Intel Exec on Big Data: “No One Actually Knows What to Do With It” http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/083015/intel-exec-big-data-no-one-actually-knows-what-do-it <div class="node-body article-body">No one really knows what to do with big data, an Intel executive told investors.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/083015/intel-exec-big-data-no-one-actually-knows-what-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/083015/intel-exec-big-data-no-one-actually-knows-what-do-it#comments Big Data Technology Solutions and Information Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:22:00 +0000 81891 at http://thevarguy.com Dell Opens New Unit for Smaller Hyperscale Customers http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/dell-opens-new-unit-smaller-hyperscale-customers <div class="node-body article-body">Dell has opened a new business unit targeting smaller hyperscale customers deploying large but not massive numbers of x86 servers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/dell-opens-new-unit-smaller-hyperscale-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/083015/dell-opens-new-unit-smaller-hyperscale-customers#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:05:00 +0000 81881 at http://thevarguy.com Meet VMware's New Channel Chief http://thevarguy.com/fastchat/August2015/meet-vmwares-new-channel-chief <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In this FastChat, VMware&#39;s new channel chief Ross Brown discusses a transition in the channel from a transactional to a consultative approach.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/fastchat/August2015/meet-vmwares-new-channel-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/fastchat/August2015/meet-vmwares-new-channel-chief#comments FastChat Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:00:00 +0000 81761 at http://thevarguy.com 7 Biggest Stories of the Week, Aug. 24-28 http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/7-biggest-stories-week-aug-24-28 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Happy Friday, this last week of August. And although the end of summer is staring us straight in the face, we&#39;ll enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather. But before we grab our sunglasses and slather on the sunscreen, here are The VAR Guy&#39;s seven biggest stories for the week ending Aug. 28.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/7-biggest-stories-week-aug-24-28" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/7-biggest-stories-week-aug-24-28#comments My World Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:00:00 +0000 81851 at http://thevarguy.com 5 Stories We Didn't Get to Cover, Week Ending Aug. 28 http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/5-stories-we-didnt-get-cover-week-ending-aug-28 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With all the exciting news happening this week, there were some stories that The VAR Guy simply didn&#39;t have time to write. Here are some of the stories we would have covered if there were more days in the week (and if we had more hands to type with).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/5-stories-we-didnt-get-cover-week-ending-aug-28" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/5-stories-we-didnt-get-cover-week-ending-aug-28#comments My World Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000 81741 at http://thevarguy.com IDC: PCs, Tablets 2015 Outlook Bleak, Wearables Soar http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082815/idc-pcs-tablets-2015-outlook-bleak-wearables-soa <div class="node-body article-body">Researcher IDC released its latest figures on the 2015 growth rates of PCs, tablets and wearables, and other than the latter category the figures aren’t encouraging.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082815/idc-pcs-tablets-2015-outlook-bleak-wearables-soa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082815/idc-pcs-tablets-2015-outlook-bleak-wearables-soa#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:33:00 +0000 81861 at http://thevarguy.com Heard Around the Web: OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015 http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/082815/heard-around-web-openstack-silicon-valley-2015 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OpenStack enthusiasts gathered this week in Mountain View, California for OpenStack Silicon Valley, where attendees discussed some of the top issues and news in the open source community. The VAR Guy couldn't be there in person, but as always we curated some of the best pictures, tweets, videos and articles from industry insiders to give you a bird's eye view of the event.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/082815/heard-around-web-openstack-silicon-valley-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/082815/heard-around-web-openstack-silicon-valley-2015#comments Information Technology Events and Conferences Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000 81731 at http://thevarguy.com Friday Funny, Aug. 28 http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/friday-funny-aug-28 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Had a rough week? Don&#39;t despair: The weekend&#39;s close. Here&#39;s a little levity to help brighten your day, courtesy of our friends at Revitas.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/friday-funny-aug-28" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082815/friday-funny-aug-28#comments My World Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 81841 at http://thevarguy.com Sales Hunters Are Great, But They Aren’t the Only Way to Find Leads http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/sales-hunters-are-great-they-aren-t-only-way-find-leads <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In my last couple of posts for The VAR Guy, I&rsquo;ve espoused the benefits of hiring sales hunters, discussed two distinct types of hunters (Entrepreneurial vs. Enterprise), and revealed the characteristics that I think make this type of rep successful. Very simply, I&rsquo;m a big fan of sales hunters (I&rsquo;m one and love it!), particularly as it relates to lead generation in a B2B sales environment.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/sales-hunters-are-great-they-aren-t-only-way-find-leads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/sales-hunters-are-great-they-aren-t-only-way-find-leads#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Silver Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:30:00 +0000 81831 at http://thevarguy.com Solution Providers: Get Ready To Support Wearables http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/solution-providers-get-ready-support-wearables <div class="node-body article-body"><p>What at first seemed like a fashion statement for those who must own the latest technology or have disposable income is turning into big business. That&rsquo;s right, wearable devices are being embraced by consumers and if we&rsquo;ve learned anything from the mobile revolution it is that the consumerization of IT is real.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/solution-providers-get-ready-support-wearables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082815/solution-providers-get-ready-support-wearables#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:30:00 +0000 81801 at http://thevarguy.com Tracking the Convergence of Containers and Virtual Machines http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082815/tracking-convergence-containers-and-virtual-machines <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the world of containers the open source Kubernetes orchestration framework created by Google (GOOG) has emerged as the dominant framework for managing containers such as Docker and Rocket. Now Google is gearing up to extend the reach of Kubernetes to virtual machines.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082815/tracking-convergence-containers-and-virtual-machines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082815/tracking-convergence-containers-and-virtual-machines#comments Virtualization Applications and Technologies Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81821 at http://thevarguy.com Meet the Chiefs: Bob Cellucci, bpm'online http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082815/meet-chiefs-bob-cellucci-bpmonline <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>This week in Meet the Chiefs we chatted with Bob Cellucci, director of Partner Development at bpm&#39;online, a cloud-based software automation vendor.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082815/meet-chiefs-bob-cellucci-bpmonline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082815/meet-chiefs-bob-cellucci-bpmonline#comments Information Technology Channel Leadership News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81721 at http://thevarguy.com Apple Confirms Sept. 9 New iPhone Event with Media Invites, Siri Tease http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/apple-confirms-sept-9-new-iphone-event-media-inv <div class="node-body article-body">Apple officially scheduled its next big thing, sending out invites today to a media event on September 9 in San Francisco.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/apple-confirms-sept-9-new-iphone-event-media-inv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/apple-confirms-sept-9-new-iphone-event-media-inv#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:49:00 +0000 81811 at http://thevarguy.com Lenovo Folds Mobile Group into Motorola Brand, Names Osterloh Boss http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/lenovo-folds-mobile-group-motorola-brand-names-o <div class="node-body article-body">Lenovo will fold its existing mobile business under the Motorola umbrella as part of a restructuring to emphasize the better-known brand.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/lenovo-folds-mobile-group-motorola-brand-names-o" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/lenovo-folds-mobile-group-motorola-brand-names-o#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:52:00 +0000 81791 at http://thevarguy.com Microsoft: 75 Million Windows 10 Downloads and Counting http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082715/microsoft-75-million-windows-10-downloads-and-counting <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft said in Windows 10’s first month of downloads the vendor hit the 75 million mark in worldwide installations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082715/microsoft-75-million-windows-10-downloads-and-counting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082715/microsoft-75-million-windows-10-downloads-and-counting#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:23:00 +0000 81781 at http://thevarguy.com Report: Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro Features Force Touch, Stylus http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/report-apple-129-inch-ipad-pro-features-force-to <div class="node-body article-body">Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to feature Force Touch technology and a new stylus.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/report-apple-129-inch-ipad-pro-features-force-to" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/report-apple-129-inch-ipad-pro-features-force-to#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:03:00 +0000 81771 at http://thevarguy.com Smartphone Growth Slower Than Expected in 2015 as China Ebbs http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/smartphone-growth-slower-expected-2015-china-ebb <div class="node-body article-body">Smartphone shipments will grow only 10.4 percent this year to 1.44 billion units, stunted by a China slowdown.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/smartphone-growth-slower-expected-2015-china-ebb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/082715/smartphone-growth-slower-expected-2015-china-ebb#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:44:00 +0000 81751 at http://thevarguy.com Primary Data’s DataSphere Platform Helps Consolidate Storage http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082715/primary-data-s-datasphere-platform-helps-consolidate-st <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Software-defined storage provider Primary Data is looking to solve the various issues associated with siloed data with the launch of its DataSphere virtualization platform, a storage-agnostic solution that allows users to access and move data between any of their server, local, shared or cloud storage tiers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082715/primary-data-s-datasphere-platform-helps-consolidate-st" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/082715/primary-data-s-datasphere-platform-helps-consolidate-st#comments Virtualization Applications and Technologies Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:30:00 +0000 81671 at http://thevarguy.com <p>Lance Smith, CEO of Primary Data</p> VMware Promotes Ray O’Farrell to CTO, Chief Development Officer http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082715/vmware-promotes-ray-o-farrell-cto-chief-development-o <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Following its recent leadership vacuum, VMware (VMW) has appointed Ray O&rsquo;Farrell as chief technology officer and chief development officer, responsible for managing the virtualization company&rsquo;s R&amp;D business units and leading its CTO team. The appointment is effective immediately.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082715/vmware-promotes-ray-o-farrell-cto-chief-development-o" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/082715/vmware-promotes-ray-o-farrell-cto-chief-development-o#comments Information Technology Channel Leadership News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000 81711 at http://thevarguy.com ChannelTech VideoCast: The Stock Market and the Channel http://thevarguy.com/my-world/channeltech-videocast-stock-market-and-channel <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In this week&#39;s ChannelTech VideoCast, hosts Charlene O&#39;Hanlon and Diane Krakora of PartnerPath discuss the impact of the China and U.S. stock markets on the solution provider community and an update on what the channel should be called.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/channeltech-videocast-stock-market-and-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/channeltech-videocast-stock-market-and-channel#comments My World Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000 81701 at http://thevarguy.com Distribution Watch: Tech Data, Jenne Inc., Arrow Electronics http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/082715/distribution-watch-tech-data-jenne-inc-arrow-electronics <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Thanks for stopping by Distribution Watch, faithful readers! This week we&rsquo;ve got the latest updates from Tech Data (TECD), Jenne, Inc., and Arrow Electronics (ARW).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/082715/distribution-watch-tech-data-jenne-inc-arrow-electronics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/082715/distribution-watch-tech-data-jenne-inc-arrow-electronics#comments Distribution Watch Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000 81681 at http://thevarguy.com IBM Launches New Features for Spectrum Storage Solutions http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/082715/ibm-launches-new-features-spectrum-storage-solutions <div class="node-body article-body"><p>IBM (IBM) is bringing new features to several of its Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Accelerate software offerings, including additional backup options and the ability to deploy block storage without additional hardware.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/082715/ibm-launches-new-features-spectrum-storage-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/082715/ibm-launches-new-features-spectrum-storage-solutions#comments The VAR Guy Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81691 at http://thevarguy.com Channel Program Roundup: Continuum, Tribridge, One Source Networks http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/082715/channel-partner-program-roundup-continuum-tribridge-one-source-networks <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Howdy, Pardners, and welcome back to the roundup. This week we wrangled up the latest developments from our pals at Continuum, Tribridge and One Source Networks (OSN) for your perusal. Let&rsquo;s jump right in.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/082715/channel-partner-program-roundup-continuum-tribridge-one-source-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/082715/channel-partner-program-roundup-continuum-tribridge-one-source-networks#comments Channel Roundup Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81661 at http://thevarguy.com VMware Adds Extreme Networks to NSX Partner Ecosystem http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/082715/vmware-adds-extreme-networks-nsx-partner-ecosystem-0 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Extreme Networks (EXTR) is the latest company to join the VMware NSX partner ecosystem, enabling customers to use its network switches on the NSX network virtualization platform.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/082715/vmware-adds-extreme-networks-nsx-partner-ecosystem-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/082715/vmware-adds-extreme-networks-nsx-partner-ecosystem-0#comments Hybrid Cloud InfoCenter Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81651 at http://thevarguy.com <p>Eric Broockman, chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at Extreme Networks</p> It's Here: The 2015 Talkin' Cloud 100 http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082615/its-here-2015-talkin-cloud-100 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Want to know the top companies in cloud services today? Look no further ... The VAR Guy&#39;s sister site Talkin&#39; Cloud has compiled just such a list (as it has for the past five years) ranking of the information industry&rsquo;s most noteworthy cloud service providers, brokerages, aggregators, managed service providers and VARs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082615/its-here-2015-talkin-cloud-100" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/082615/its-here-2015-talkin-cloud-100#comments My World Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 81631 at http://thevarguy.com Cyberthreats: Worse Than Anyone Thinks http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082615/cyberthreats-worse-anyone-thinks <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The potential for a cyberattack is top of mind for not just IT professionals and CIOs but also among the general population. Experts&mdash;from government agencies to technology experts&mdash;have been warning that this year will see the worst cyber breaches in history.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082615/cyberthreats-worse-anyone-thinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/082615/cyberthreats-worse-anyone-thinks#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 81621 at http://thevarguy.com Everyone in the Channel Loyalty Pool http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/082615/everyone-channel-loyalty-pool <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One of the issues that bedevil vendors, solution providers and their sales representatives alike is how to manage SPIFFs. For the most part only larger vendors have the channel resources needed to manage a SPIFF program, which are generally used to provide incentives to partners that sell resell certain products and service by a specific date.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/082615/everyone-channel-loyalty-pool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/082615/everyone-channel-loyalty-pool#comments Information Technology Channel Partner Programs Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 81611 at http://thevarguy.com