The VAR Guy - VAR, MSP and Solutions Provider News http://thevarguy.com/rss.xml en IBM Launches Four Cloud Data Centers in US http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-launches-four-cloud-data-centers-us <div class="field-byline"> Yevgeniy Sverdlik | Data Center Knowledge </div> <div class="node-body article-body">IBM is continuing to expand its global network of cloud data centers, the latest addition being four data centers in the US.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-launches-four-cloud-data-centers-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-launches-four-cloud-data-centers-us#comments Cloud Computing Services Distributor News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:51:00 +0000 104861 at http://thevarguy.com Useless or Creepy Tech Is Bad for Innovation http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/useless-or-creepy-tech-bad-innovation <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Innovation gurus, too, are increasingly proposing gadgets offering solutions to problems that are sometimes imaginary, often unimportant and in some cases are features, rather than bugs, of human existence. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/useless-or-creepy-tech-bad-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/useless-or-creepy-tech-bad-innovation#comments Cloud Computing Services and Business Solutions Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:49:00 +0000 104841 at http://thevarguy.com Zero One: Digital Transformation Begins with Employees http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-begins-employees <div class="node-body article-body">Too many companies falsely claim their employees prioritize the customer experience.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-begins-employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-begins-employees#comments The VAR Guy Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:07:00 +0000 104811 at http://thevarguy.com Thinkstock Demonstrating That You Fulfill the SLA http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/demonstrating-you-fulfill-sla <div class="field-byline"> Skip Chilcott, Global Head of Product Marketing at IR </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When it comes to delivering the service level that is outlined in service level agreements (SLA) and meeting performance expectations, service providers do a great job. However, some providers often run into the challenge of keeping proper documentation reflecting that fact. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/demonstrating-you-fulfill-sla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/demonstrating-you-fulfill-sla#comments The VAR Guy Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +0000 104831 at http://thevarguy.com ThinkStock ThinkStock Google Cloud Has 'Good Shot' at Topping AWS by 2022, SVP Greene Says http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/google-cloud-has-good-shot-topping-aws-2022-svp-greene-say <div class="node-body article-body">The head of Google Cloud suggested the tech giant is poised to leapfrog competitors AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud - all of which currently have larger market shares.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/google-cloud-has-good-shot-topping-aws-2022-svp-greene-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/google-cloud-has-good-shot-topping-aws-2022-svp-greene-say#comments Cloud Computing Services Distributor News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:07:00 +0000 104801 at http://thevarguy.com Steve Jennings/Getty Images Soros’ Quantum Buys Struggling Violin Memory http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/soros-quantum-buys-struggling-violin-memory <div class="field-byline"> Karen Riccio | Data Center Knowledge </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After several tumultuous years, all-flash array (AFA) pioneer Violin Memory is finally moving on to another chapter of its business, and this one doesn’t involve bankruptcy.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/soros-quantum-buys-struggling-violin-memory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/soros-quantum-buys-struggling-violin-memory#comments Information Technology Merger and Acquistion News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:49:00 +0000 104791 at http://thevarguy.com GE Keeps Its Checkbook Handy After All-in Bet on 3-D Printing http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/ge-keeps-its-checkbook-handy-after-all-bet-3-d-pri-0 <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The manufacturing giant is weighing additional purchases to expand the fast-growing business, said David Joyce, GE’s vice chair in charge of 3-D printing. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/ge-keeps-its-checkbook-handy-after-all-bet-3-d-pri-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/ge-keeps-its-checkbook-handy-after-all-bet-3-d-pri-0#comments Computer Technology Hardware Solutions and News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:51:00 +0000 104731 at http://thevarguy.com IBM Says CEO Pay Is $33 Million. Others Say It Is Far Higher. http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-says-ceo-pay-33-million-others-say-it-far-higher <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This disparity -- between what companies say they pay and what CEOs actually get -- reflects the imprecise art of valuing stock options, which involves a complex, and at times opaque, numbers game.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-says-ceo-pay-33-million-others-say-it-far-higher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-says-ceo-pay-33-million-others-say-it-far-higher#comments Cloud Computing Services Distributor News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:44:00 +0000 104701 at http://thevarguy.com Explosive Data Growth Drives Demand for HaaS: What Does That Mean for You? http://thevarguy.com/blog/explosive-data-growth-drives-demand-haas-what-does-mean-you <div class="node-body blog-body">The exponential growth of enterprise data is well documented. The digital revolution isn’t over—in fact, if we think of it in terms of the sheer amounts of data that’ll be produced in the coming years, that revolution has only just begun.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/blog/explosive-data-growth-drives-demand-haas-what-does-mean-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/blog/explosive-data-growth-drives-demand-haas-what-does-mean-you#comments Guest Posts Carbonite data storage HaaS hardware as a service SMB The VAR Guy Blog Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:25:00 +0000 104691 at http://thevarguy.com Open Source Licenses: How They're Similar, How They're Different http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/open-source-licenses-how-theyre-similar-how-theyre-differ <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>People talk of open source software as if all open source programs were made the same. In fact, there are several dozen different kinds of open source software licenses (some would prefer to call them free software licenses). If you want to understand the open source landscape today, you need to know what the major software licenses are and how they differ.</p> </div> http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/open-source-licenses-how-theyre-similar-how-theyre-differ#comments Open Source Application Software Companies Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:23:00 +0000 104311 at http://thevarguy.com Microsoft's Docker Strategy: The Future of Windows Containers http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/microsofts-docker-strategy-future-windows-containers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In case you haven&#39;t noticed yet, Microsoft is placing a big bet on Docker containers. How does Microsoft see Docker fitting into the Windows world? Here&#39;s an overview of Microsoft and Docker&#39;s past, present and future.</p> <h3>A Brief History of Docker and Microsoft</h3> <p>When Docker containers were born in 2013, they were very much a Linux-only technology. At the time, Docker depended on LXC, a container framework for the Linux kernel, to run.</p></div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/microsofts-docker-strategy-future-windows-containers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/microsofts-docker-strategy-future-windows-containers#comments Open Source Application Software Companies Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:51:00 +0000 104361 at http://thevarguy.com Western Digital Makes Case for Taking Over Toshiba Chip Unit http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/western-digital-makes-case-taking-over-toshiba-chi <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Western Digital Corp. is making a forceful case for its bid to take control of Toshiba Corp.’s memory-chip business amid a fierce bidding war.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/western-digital-makes-case-taking-over-toshiba-chi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/western-digital-makes-case-taking-over-toshiba-chi#comments Information Technology Merger and Acquistion News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:25:00 +0000 104681 at http://thevarguy.com IaaS Consolidation Won't Curb Oracle Cloud Plans, VP Says http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/iaas-consolidation-wont-curb-oracle-cloud-plans-vp-s <div class="node-body article-body">In an interview with Talkin' Cloud, Oracle VP of development Deepak Patil talks cloud consolidation, developer demand, and recent acquisitions.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/iaas-consolidation-wont-curb-oracle-cloud-plans-vp-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/iaas-consolidation-wont-curb-oracle-cloud-plans-vp-s#comments Cloud Computing Services and Business Solutions Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:59:00 +0000 104671 at http://thevarguy.com Security Central: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could be Cybersecurity Key, Microsoft Takes On Shadow Brokers http://thevarguy.com/network-security-and-data-protection-software-solutions/security-central-artificial-intelligence-ai- <div class="node-body article-body">When you imagine the future - 20-30 years from now - what do you see? Flying cars? Hover boards? Robots taking over the world (thanks, Matrix...)? If you've seen a sci-fi film set decades in the future, chances are you've seen the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in some form - whether they start out as helpful, household machines that eventually turn against you, or extremely human-like companions that... yep... eventually turn against you.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/network-security-and-data-protection-software-solutions/security-central-artificial-intelligence-ai-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/network-security-and-data-protection-software-solutions/security-central-artificial-intelligence-ai-#comments Network Security and Data Protection Software Solutions Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:15:00 +0000 104661 at http://thevarguy.com ThinkStock Time to give marketing more respect? Good Idea http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/time-give-marketing-more-respect-good-idea <div class="field-deck"> The buyer's journey has changed—and so should your marketing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re still treating marketing as an afterthought, you’re likely courting trouble. A fresh marketing strategy is just as crucial to a reseller’s business as is a strong sales and engineering plan.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/time-give-marketing-more-respect-good-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/time-give-marketing-more-respect-good-idea#comments The VAR Guy Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000 104641 at http://thevarguy.com Thinkstock Putting Technology to Work for the Environment http://thevarguy.com/blog/putting-technology-work-environment <div class="node-body blog-body">It was once conventional wisdom that business and technology were in opposition to the environment and natural world, and that environmental activism was about opposition to economic development. This has changed. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/blog/putting-technology-work-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/blog/putting-technology-work-environment#comments Guest Posts carbon footprint circular economy Oracle Oracle Volunteers smart thermostats socially responsible business sustainability The VAR Guy Blog Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:09:00 +0000 104651 at http://thevarguy.com The Web Is Packed with High-Risk URLs http://thevarguy.com/blog/web-packed-high-risk-urls <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s increasingly difficult for MSPs to safeguard their clients and users against website threats—the speed of exploitation means that a website or web page that is benign one minute may be malicious the next. Thwarting these threats requires endpoint security solutions that can acquire the latest reputation data for URLs.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/blog/web-packed-high-risk-urls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/blog/web-packed-high-risk-urls#comments Guest Posts cybercriminal high-risk URL malicious URL WebRoot The VAR Guy Blog Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:56:00 +0000 104631 at http://thevarguy.com Zero One: Digital Transformation Growing Pains http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-growing-pains <div class="node-body article-body">Upending old ways will cause some people to push back, Pitney Bowes learned.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-growing-pains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/zero-one-digital-transformation-growing-pains#comments The VAR Guy Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:59:00 +0000 104621 at http://thevarguy.com Thinkstock The Past, Present and Future of Canonical and Ubuntu Linux http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/past-present-and-future-canonical-and-ubuntu-linux <div class="node-body article-body"><p>From a rethinking of mobile strategy to a change in the CEO office, big changes are afoot at <a href="http://canonical.com">Canonical</a>, the company behind <a href="http://ubuntu.com">Ubuntu Linux</a>. Here&#39;s what they could mean for the future of the open source company and the software it produces.</p> <p>As regular readers of The VAR Guy (which at one time had an entire sister site devoted to Ubuntu) know, Canonical is a relatively major company in the open source space.</p></div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/past-present-and-future-canonical-and-ubuntu-linux" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/past-present-and-future-canonical-and-ubuntu-linux#comments Open Source Application Software Companies Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:10:00 +0000 104551 at http://thevarguy.com IBM Sales Miss Shows Return to Growth Not Without Roadblocks http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-sales-miss-shows-return-growth-not-without-roadblocks <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The results announced Tuesday marked a 20th consecutive quarterly revenue decline. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-sales-miss-shows-return-growth-not-without-roadblocks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/ibm-sales-miss-shows-return-growth-not-without-roadblocks#comments Cloud Computing Services Distributor News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:38:00 +0000 104611 at http://thevarguy.com The Life of an Apple Supplier Is Getting Even Tougher http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/life-apple-supplier-getting-even-tougher <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To secure cheaper prices, Apple likes to have at least two suppliers for any given component. But last year alone, one in five U.S. chipmakers were acquired, according to Susquehanna Financial Group. </div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/life-apple-supplier-getting-even-tougher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/life-apple-supplier-getting-even-tougher#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:28:00 +0000 104601 at http://thevarguy.com MSP Whisperers: Service Leadership’s Paul Dippell Talks Margins http://thevarguy.com/managed-services-providers-and-software-solutions/msp-whisperers-service-leadership-s-paul-dippell-t <div class="field-byline"> Aldrin Brown | MSPmentor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The IT consulting firm he launched in 2001 is the advisory favored by some of the industry’s largest MSPs – many with annual revenues of $30 million or more.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/managed-services-providers-and-software-solutions/msp-whisperers-service-leadership-s-paul-dippell-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/managed-services-providers-and-software-solutions/msp-whisperers-service-leadership-s-paul-dippell-t#comments Managed Services Providers and Software Solutions Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:24:00 +0000 104591 at http://thevarguy.com Courtesy of Service Leadership Inc. BlackBerry Jumps as $814.9 Million Qualcomm Refund Bolsters Cash http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/blackberry-jumps-8149-million-qualcomm-refund-bo <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The announcement sent BlackBerry shares up as much as 19 percent in New York, the most intraday since January 2015.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/blackberry-jumps-8149-million-qualcomm-refund-bo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/blackberry-jumps-8149-million-qualcomm-refund-bo#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:24:00 +0000 104581 at http://thevarguy.com MSPs: Choosing the Right Endpoint for Your Customers http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/msps-choosing-right-endpoint-your-customers <div class="field-byline"> Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO of Adar, Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides a great deal of flexibility for managed service providers (MSPs), up to and including the endpoints you select for your customers’ end users. There are a number of different options when it comes to VDI endpoints, and choosing the right option can greatly impact your level of success with VDI.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/msps-choosing-right-endpoint-your-customers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/virtualization-applications-and-technologies/msps-choosing-right-endpoint-your-customers#comments Virtualization Applications and Technologies Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:15:00 +0000 104571 at http://thevarguy.com ThinkStock H-1B Applications Drop as U.S. Employers Anticipate Reforms http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications-training-and-education/h-1b-applications-drop-us-employers-ant <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Employers applied for about 16 percent fewer H-1B visas for highly skilled workers this year than in 2016, possibly reflecting concern that the Trump administration is taking a more restrictive approach to the program.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications-training-and-education/h-1b-applications-drop-us-employers-ant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications-training-and-education/h-1b-applications-drop-us-employers-ant#comments Information Technology Certifications, Training and Education Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:55:00 +0000 104561 at http://thevarguy.com 7 Lessons for Mobile Mastery http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/7-lessons-mobile-mastery <div class="node-body gallery-body">Mobile has become the touchpoint with customers and battleground with competitors – are you winning?</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/7-lessons-mobile-mastery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/7-lessons-mobile-mastery#comments The VAR Guy Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:23:00 +0000 104541 at http://thevarguy.com Toshiba Said to Put Chip Sale Process Temporarily on Hold http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/toshiba-said-put-chip-sale-process-temporarily-hol <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Toshiba temporarily canceled all meetings and decisions related to the sale of its memory chip business.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/toshiba-said-put-chip-sale-process-temporarily-hol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-merger-and-acquistion-news/toshiba-said-put-chip-sale-process-temporarily-hol#comments Information Technology Merger and Acquistion News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:05:00 +0000 104531 at http://thevarguy.com The Doyle Report: Avant Steps Forward in Cloud Services Distribution http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/doyle-report-avant-steps-forward-cloud-services-distributi <div class="field-deck"> Energetic distributor updates key sales tool and adds Comcast to its portfolio of offerings </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Perspectives on Avant from Co-founder and President Andrew Lydecker</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/doyle-report-avant-steps-forward-cloud-services-distributi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-distributor-news/doyle-report-avant-steps-forward-cloud-services-distributi#comments Cloud Computing Services Distributor News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000 104521 at http://thevarguy.com T-Mobile, Comcast, Dish Big Winners in FCC Airwaves Auction http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/t-mobile-comcast-dish-big-winners-fcc-airwaves-a <div class="field-byline"> Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The auction began last year and fetched $19.8 billion in bids for airwaves voluntarily surrendered by TV stations so the frequencies can be repurposed for surging wireless data traffic.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/t-mobile-comcast-dish-big-winners-fcc-airwaves-a" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-smartphone-and-tablet-technology-solutions/t-mobile-comcast-dish-big-winners-fcc-airwaves-a#comments Business Smartphone and Tablet Technology Solutions Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000 104511 at http://thevarguy.com IT Certifications: How Valuable Are They? http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications/it-certifications-how-valuable-are-they <div class="field-byline"> Karen Riccio | Data Center Knowledge </div> <div class="node-body article-body">IT certifications and continuing education, like university degrees, go a long way toward proving professionals have the skills they claim.</div> <p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications/it-certifications-how-valuable-are-they" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-certifications/it-certifications-how-valuable-are-they#comments Information Technology Certifications Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:30:00 +0000 104501 at http://thevarguy.com