The VAR Guy - VAR, MSP and Solutions Provider News http://thevarguy.com/rss.xml en 7 Biggest Stories of the Week, Jan. 26-30 http://thevarguy.com/my-world/013015/7-biggest-stories-week-jan-26-30 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>What a week it&#39;s been! Here are the seven biggest stories for the week ending Jan. 30.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/my-world/013015/7-biggest-stories-week-jan-26-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/my-world/013015/7-biggest-stories-week-jan-26-30#comments My World Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 66371 at http://thevarguy.com Blue Coat Adds New Channel Chief, Sales SVP http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/013015/blue-coat-adds-new-channel-chief-sales-svp <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Enterprise security provider Blue Coat Systems is upping the ante on its partner program with the appointment of Kurt Mills as global channel chief and Steve Tchejeyan as senior vice president for Americas, Sales and Field Operations.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/013015/blue-coat-adds-new-channel-chief-sales-svp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-leadership-news/013015/blue-coat-adds-new-channel-chief-sales-svp#comments Information Technology Channel Leadership News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:30:00 +0000 66381 at http://thevarguy.com <p>Kurt Mills, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales and Operations, Blue Coat.</p> ChannelCast Newsmaker Updates Podcast: Interview with Alliance@IBM's Lee Conrad http://thevarguy.com/http%3A/%252Fthevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/channelcast-newsmaker-updates-podcast-interview-allianceibms-lee- <div class="node-body audio-body">IBM's latest round of employee layoffs have begun, with thousands affected worldwide. In this ChannelCast podcast, Lee Conrad of Alliance@IBM talks to The VAR Guy's Charlene O'Hanlon and puts the layoffs in perspective and discusses their impact on IBM and its employees and customers.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/http%3A/%252Fthevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/channelcast-newsmaker-updates-podcast-interview-allianceibms-lee-" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="http://thevarguy.com/site-files/thevarguy.com/files/imagecache/med_crop/uploads/2015/01/microphonebw.jpg" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="field-audio-file"> <span>Audio File:&nbsp;</span> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-audio-mpeg" alt="audio/mpeg icon" src="http://thevarguy.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/audio-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://thevarguy.com/site-files/thevarguy.com/files/podcast/audio/Lee Conrad Final.mp3" type="audio/mpeg; length=8531104">Lee Conrad Final.mp3</a></div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/http%3A/%252Fthevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/channelcast-newsmaker-updates-podcast-interview-allianceibms-lee-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/http%3A/%252Fthevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/channelcast-newsmaker-updates-podcast-interview-allianceibms-lee-#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:21:00 +0000 66361 at http://thevarguy.com Mark Your Calendars: Channel Visionaries Event http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/mark-your-calendars-channel-visionaries-event <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Looking for fresh insights to help you meet your strategic goals for 2015? Here&#39;s one event you&#39;ll want to consider: Channel Visionaries 2015, slated for April 7-8 at the Fairmont Newport Beach in Orange County, California.</p> <p>Keynote speakers at this year&#39;s event include:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/mark-your-calendars-channel-visionaries-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-events-and-conferences/mark-your-calendars-channel-visionaries-event#comments Information Technology Events and Conferences Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:10:00 +0000 66351 at http://thevarguy.com Meet the Chiefs: Dave O'Callaghan, VMware http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/013015/meet-chiefs-dave-ocallaghan-vmware <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In this edition of Meet the Chiefs, we sat down with Dave O&#39;Callaghan, senior vice president of VMware&#39;s Global Partner Organization to learn more about the man behind the virtualization company&#39;s channel business.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/013015/meet-chiefs-dave-ocallaghan-vmware" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/var-guy/013015/meet-chiefs-dave-ocallaghan-vmware#comments The VAR Guy Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:30:00 +0000 66291 at http://thevarguy.com <p>Dave O&#39;Callaghan, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization at VMware</p> Distribution Watch: Westcon, Tech Data, Arrow Electronics http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/013015/distribution-watch-westcon-tech-data-arrow-electronics <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Happy Friday, Distribution Watchers! This week we&rsquo;ve got some groovy updates from Westcon, Tech Data (TECD) and Arrow Electronics (ARW). Without further ado, let&rsquo;s dive in.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/013015/distribution-watch-westcon-tech-data-arrow-electronics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/distribution-watch/013015/distribution-watch-westcon-tech-data-arrow-electronics#comments Distribution Watch Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 66331 at http://thevarguy.com Logitech Unveils Portable Videoconferencing Solution for Enterprise http://thevarguy.com/small-business-smb-software-technology-solutions/013015/logitech-unveils-portable-videoconferencing-solutio <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Logitech (LOGI) is rolling out a new portable enterprise videoconferencing solution for small and midsized rooms that will allow users to take their device with them wherever they go.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/small-business-smb-software-technology-solutions/013015/logitech-unveils-portable-videoconferencing-solutio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/small-business-smb-software-technology-solutions/013015/logitech-unveils-portable-videoconferencing-solutio#comments Small Business SMB Software Technology Solutions Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 66271 at http://thevarguy.com A Tale of Two Tech Giants: Apple, IBM Heading in Opposite Directions http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/013015/tale-two-tech-giants-apple-ibm-heading-opposite-dire <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A few months back after IBM (IBM) reported its third fiscal quarter result I wrote the battle being waged between IBM and Apple since the 1980s was over and that Apple won. This last week has proven not only did Apple (AAPL) make all the right moves at the right times to edge out its longtime rival, it left IBM in the dust.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/013015/tale-two-tech-giants-apple-ibm-heading-opposite-dire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/computer-technology-hardware-solutions-and-news/013015/tale-two-tech-giants-apple-ibm-heading-opposite-dire#comments Computer Technology Hardware Solutions and News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:53:00 +0000 66321 at http://thevarguy.com Faking It Won’t Increase Email Responses http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/faking-it-won-t-increase-email-responses <div class="node-body article-body"><p>You know I&rsquo;m passionate about email prospecting. It&rsquo;s one of my favorite prospecting methods, and highly effective when done correctly. Lately, though, I&rsquo;ve been turned off by a trend I&rsquo;m seeing from sellers in email prospecting: Pretending they&rsquo;ve already contacted their prospects.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/faking-it-won-t-increase-email-responses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/faking-it-won-t-increase-email-responses#comments Business Acceleration Infocenter Business Technology Solution Sales Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:30:00 +0000 66311 at http://thevarguy.com thinkstock.com Effective Backup Methods You May Never Have Considered http://thevarguy.com/blog/effective-backup-methods-you-may-never-have-considered <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The most exciting thing about IT (at least for me) is how differently people approach projects they work on and problems they encounter. IT is not so different from writing, really. We’ve all got our own voice and our own style, and we’ve all got budgets and timeframes we’re forced to work within.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/var-guy-blog">The VAR Guy Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/blog/effective-backup-methods-you-may-never-have-considered" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/blog/effective-backup-methods-you-may-never-have-considered#comments Guest Posts backup and recovery Cloud Backup and Recovery disaster recovery virtualization The VAR Guy Blog Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66301 at http://thevarguy.com Pure Storage Releases VMware Storage Replication Adapter, Plug-in http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/013015/pure-storage-releases-vmware-storage-replication-adapter-plug <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Pure Storage is rolling out a free Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager as well as an updated vSphere Web Client Plug-in. The solid-state array vendor said its new solutions will allow VMware administrators to enhance their storage and virtualization management, in addition to providing disaster recovery protection and scalability for their virtual environments.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/013015/pure-storage-releases-vmware-storage-replication-adapter-plug" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/013015/pure-storage-releases-vmware-storage-replication-adapter-plug#comments Hybrid Cloud InfoCenter Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66281 at http://thevarguy.com Explaining the Big Data Productivity Gap http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/013015/explaining-big-data-productivity-gap <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Big data is one of the hottest topics. Yet almost no organizations are effectively leveraging Hadoop and other big data technologies in their infrastructure, according to a report out this month from Capgemini Consulting. Why, you ask? Here are some answers to the gap between big data&#39;s potential and its actual productivity.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/013015/explaining-big-data-productivity-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/big-data-technology-solutions-and-information/013015/explaining-big-data-productivity-gap#comments Big Data Technology Solutions and Information Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66261 at http://thevarguy.com Changing the Graphics Equation http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/changing-graphics-equation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Even when sales of PCs were their most anemic levels, workstations were still hot. As the price differential between a high-end PC and workstation narrowed, many organizations simply opted to pay a premium to get access to significantly higher graphics performance.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/changing-graphics-equation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/changing-graphics-equation#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:00:00 +0000 66391 at http://thevarguy.com thinkstock.com Apple Deliveries: Watch in April, 12 More Enterprise Mobility Apps by March http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/apple-deliveries-watch-april-12-more-enterprise-mobility-apps-mar <div class="node-body article-body">Apple will deliver its much-anticipated smart Watch in April and another 12 business apps from its enterprise mobility deal with IBM in March.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/apple-deliveries-watch-april-12-more-enterprise-mobility-apps-mar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/apple-deliveries-watch-april-12-more-enterprise-mobility-apps-mar#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 66251 at http://thevarguy.com Channel Partner Program Roundup: Carousel, Masergy, Sungard http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/012915/channel-partner-program-roundup-carousel-industries-masergy-sungard <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Happy Thursday everyone, and thanks for stopping by Channel Partner Program Roundup. We hope you all made it through &ldquo;Snowmageddon&rdquo; safe and sound, especially for all our friends on the East Coast. This week, we&rsquo;ve got updates from Carousel Industries, Masergy and Sungard Availability Services.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/012915/channel-partner-program-roundup-carousel-industries-masergy-sungard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/channel-roundup/012915/channel-partner-program-roundup-carousel-industries-masergy-sungard#comments Channel Roundup Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 66241 at http://thevarguy.com OneCloud Partner Program To Provide Benefits for MSPs, Resellers http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-channel-partner-program/012915/onecloud-partner-program-provide-benefits-msps-resellers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Hybrid cloud service provider OneCloud Software has launched the OneCloud Partner Program to help managed service providers and resellers gain incentives for selling its OneCloud Recovery solution.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-channel-partner-program/012915/onecloud-partner-program-provide-benefits-msps-resellers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-channel-partner-program/012915/onecloud-partner-program-provide-benefits-msps-resellers#comments Cloud Computing Channel Partner Program Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:30:00 +0000 66191 at http://thevarguy.com IBM Layoff Fallout: Softlayer Boss Crosby Quits http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/ibm-layoff-fallout-softlayer-boss-crosby-quits <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Obscured, perhaps in the uproar surrounding IBM’s (IBM) latest round of layoffs and a rumored full-scale corporate reorganization, was an employee post on the Alliance@IBM forum saying Lance Crosby, Softlayer founder and chief executive and general manager of IBM’s cloud business, had resigned.</p></div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/ibm-layoff-fallout-softlayer-boss-crosby-quits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012915/ibm-layoff-fallout-softlayer-boss-crosby-quits#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 66231 at http://thevarguy.com Weighing Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Partner Agreements http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012915/weighing-exclusive-vs-non-exclusive-partner-agreements <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you want an instant heated and strong opinion then just ask a vendor executive whether his or her company would award exclusivity to a reseller. Mostly they would answer with a flat, "No way," or, "Not a hope." The response is not a rational one.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012915/weighing-exclusive-vs-non-exclusive-partner-agreements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012915/weighing-exclusive-vs-non-exclusive-partner-agreements#comments Information Technology Channel Partner Programs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:18:00 +0000 66221 at http://thevarguy.com thinkstock.com Canonical Survey Highlights Private Cloud Popularity http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012916/canonical-survey-highlights- <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Private and hybrid clouds are increasing in popularity as security and data privacy concerns limit continued adoption of public clouds. That&#39;s the headline conclusion from Canonical&#39;s sixth Ubuntu Server and Cloud Survey, the results of which it released today. Read on for details.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012916/canonical-survey-highlights-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012916/canonical-survey-highlights-#comments Cloud Computing Services and Business Solutions Open Source Application Software Companies Ubuntu Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 66201 at http://thevarguy.com thinkstock.com CliQr Adds Docker Containerized App Support to Hybrid Cloud http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012915/cliqr-adds-docker-containerized-app-support-hybrid-c <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Docker, the open source containerization system, has gone into production on another major cloud. This week, hybrid cloud hosting vendor CliQr announced support for Docker containers on its CloudCenter platform with both command-line and graphical control interfaces.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012915/cliqr-adds-docker-containerized-app-support-hybrid-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/cloud-computing-services-and-business-solutions/012915/cliqr-adds-docker-containerized-app-support-hybrid-c#comments Cloud Computing Services and Business Solutions Open Source Application Software Companies Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66211 at http://thevarguy.com Steranka: Avaya Focusing on Partner Enablement, Growth http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/steranka-avaya-will-focus-partner-enablement-growth <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Avaya will focus on expanding its midmarket offerings as part of its new channel strategy, according to Richard Steranka, vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales. That includes driving outcomes through new partner incentives and by working to improve the ease of doing business with the company as it delves deeper into the cloud services market, he said.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/steranka-avaya-will-focus-partner-enablement-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/steranka-avaya-will-focus-partner-enablement-growth#comments Information Technology Channel Partner Programs Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:00:00 +0000 66181 at http://thevarguy.com Symantec Resurrects Veritas Brand for Newly Separated IM Business http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/symantec-resurrects-veritas-brand-newly-separated-im-business <div class="node-body article-body">Symantec (SYMC) said its spun-off information management business will take on the Veritas name, sporting a new logo but relying on the original company’s brand recognition, history and reputation to help establish its own new identity.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/symantec-resurrects-veritas-brand-newly-separated-im-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/symantec-resurrects-veritas-brand-newly-separated-im-business#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 66171 at http://thevarguy.com IBM Layoffs 2015: Employees Say Firings Have Begun http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/ibm-layoffs-2015-employees-say-firings-have-begun <div class="node-body article-body">IBM employees in Australia are reporting the vendor already has begun handing out pink slips to all levels of workers, ranging from project leads to managers and account reps.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/ibm-layoffs-2015-employees-say-firings-have-begun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/ibm-layoffs-2015-employees-say-firings-have-begun#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000 66161 at http://thevarguy.com thinkstock.com Avaya, VMware Collaborate on Hybrid Cloud Services http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/012815/avaya-vmware-collaborate-hybrid-cloud-services <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Avaya is partnering with VMware (VMW) on the release of a new enterprise hybrid cloud service that leverages the vCloud Air platform. Avaya's Hybrid Engagement as a Service platform is designed to enable users to bridge private and public clouds to deliver a flexible approach to implementing enterprise communications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/012815/avaya-vmware-collaborate-hybrid-cloud-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/hybrid-cloud-infocenter/012815/avaya-vmware-collaborate-hybrid-cloud-services#comments Hybrid Cloud InfoCenter Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:20:00 +0000 66151 at http://thevarguy.com <p>Joe Manuele, vice president, SI/SP, Alliances and Cloud at Avaya</p> 'Snowmageddon' Highlights Importance of Mobile Adoption http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/snowmageddon-highlights-importance-mobile-adoption <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The northeast got clobbered this week with what many weather forecasters and meteorologists called &ldquo;Snowmageddon&rdquo;. While some areas such as New York City actually skirted much of the storm, the surrounding area from Long Island to Boston got massive snow fall accompanied by near hurricane force winds.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/snowmageddon-highlights-importance-mobile-adoption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/snowmageddon-highlights-importance-mobile-adoption#comments Business Acceleration Infocenter Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:33:00 +0000 66141 at http://thevarguy.com Apple Q4 Profit Soars to $18 Billion, All-Time High http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/apple-q4-soars-18-billion-profit-highest-corporate-quarterly-earn <div class="node-body article-body">Apple posted a soaring Q4, including $18 billion in profit, the highest corporate quarterly earnings ever recorded. </div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/apple-q4-soars-18-billion-profit-highest-corporate-quarterly-earn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/apple-q4-soars-18-billion-profit-highest-corporate-quarterly-earn#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66131 at http://thevarguy.com Microsoft Warns of Gloom Ahead Amid Mixed FQ2, China Worries http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/microsoft-warns-gloom-ahead-amid-mixed-fq2-china-worries <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft posted $26.5 billion in sales and earnings per share of 71 cents for its FQ2 2015, an 8 percent climb in revenue but a 9 percent slide in earnings, barely beating analysts’ sales expectations.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/microsoft-warns-gloom-ahead-amid-mixed-fq2-china-worries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-technology-solution-sales/012815/microsoft-warns-gloom-ahead-amid-mixed-fq2-china-worries#comments Business Technology Solution Sales Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66121 at http://thevarguy.com CompTIA: IT Industry to Grow in 2015 http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/comptia-it-industry-grow-2015 <div class="node-body article-body"><p>All signs point to 2015 being a year for significant growth in the IT industry, according to a new survey from CompTIA. The latest study predicts the New Year promises to bring improved IT sales buoyed by growing faith in the global economy.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/comptia-it-industry-grow-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/business-acceleration-infocenter/012815/comptia-it-industry-grow-2015#comments Business Acceleration Infocenter Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66111 at http://thevarguy.com Avnet Intros Maintenance ServicesNow Program http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/avnet-maintenance-servicesnow-program-solution-provi <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Avnet (AVT) solution providers and suppliers will be able to keep tabs on their customers&rsquo; maintenance services contracts with the launch of the Maintenance ServicesNow program from Avnet Technology Solutions.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/avnet-maintenance-servicesnow-program-solution-provi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/information-technology-channel-partner-programs/012815/avnet-maintenance-servicesnow-program-solution-provi#comments Information Technology Channel Partner Programs Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66101 at http://thevarguy.com Dell Unveils New High-End Ubuntu Linux Laptop http://thevarguy.com/ubuntu/012815/dell-unveils-new-high-end-ubuntu-linux-laptop <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you&#39;re a developer and like Ubuntu Linux, your coffee may taste sweeter this morning. Dell has unveiled a new Precision M3800 laptop preloaded with the open source operating system and tailored for programmers and high-end applications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://thevarguy.com/ubuntu/012815/dell-unveils-new-high-end-ubuntu-linux-laptop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://thevarguy.com/ubuntu/012815/dell-unveils-new-high-end-ubuntu-linux-laptop#comments Open Source Application Software Companies Ubuntu Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000 66091 at http://thevarguy.com