Michael Vizard 1

Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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IBM Acquires Cleversafe for Object Storage

In a sign that object storage is going mainstream inside both traditional enterprise data centers as well as the cloud, IBM (IBM) announced it is acquiring Cleversafe for an undisclosed amount.

Lowering the Barrier to Entry for IoT Solutions

While the Internet of Things (IoT) clearly represents a multi-trillion dollar opportunity, the cost of entry into the building and delivering IoT solutions in many cases is surprisingly modest.

Dell to Bring Social Selling to the Channel

For most of the past year Dell has been training a select group of its salespeople on how to better take advantage of various social media outlets such as LinkedIn and Twitter to better engage customers. Now Dell is gearing up to expose a select group of its channel partners to the same training.

HP Makes Better Case for Workstations

HP's latest brag-worthy workstations offer better margins for the solution provider and an opportunity to sell a richer portfolio of graphics applications.

Getting a Better IoT Handle on Hitachi

Hitachi is looking to bring its business intelligence and data integration software capabilities to bear under the auspices of a Social Innovation Business Unit.

Channel Partner Helps Apple Push into PoS

Whether it’s at a concert venue or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there are a lot transactions being processed these days outside of traditional retail outlets. In fact, for that reason there is a lot usage of Square, a device that attaches to a smartphone or tablet to enable a remote credit card transaction.

Dell Enlists Cloudera and Syncsort to Drive Hadoop Adoption

One of the rarer opportunities in the channel is a truly “greenfield” application that pulls along a massive amount of IT infrastructure. For that reason the channel as a whole should be looking to drive more adoption of big data analytics applications. In fact, with that goal in mind, Dell has been steadily building out a reference architecture for Hadoop that runs on top of its PowerEdge servers.

Living in a VMware Universe

Coming off the VMworld 2015 conference this month it’s fairly apparent that VMware (VMW) is still firmly in control of the traditional enterprise data center. Despite nascent threats to supremacy in the form of OpenStack and Docker containers for the foreseeable future VMware appears to be firmly rooted at the center of the virtual IT universe.

IBM Acquires StrongLoop to Drive Node.js Usage

Signaling a major shift in how IBM (IBM) plans to go about both building and integrating applications, IBM today announced it has acquired StrongLoop, a provider of application development framework based on Node.js that makes use of JavaScript running on both the client and server to execute code.

Bringing Data Replication to Hadoop

One of the more challenging things about Hadoop from a solution provider perspective is figuring out how to make money on an open source platform that goes beyond merely selling the cluster that the big data framework is running on.

Chris OrsquoConner general manager of the IoT business unit at IBM

IBM Partners with ARM to Drive IoT Solutions

Looking to make it simpler to build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, IBM (IBM) and ARM (ARMH) today revealed a broad-ranging alliance designed to make it simple to integrate IoT endpoints and gateways with back-end analytics software from IBM.

Curtis Hutcheson vice president and general manager for Dell Security Solutions

Back to the SonicWALL Future at Dell

After a tumultuous nine months during which Dell attempted to integrate its SonicWALL business unit with the rest of its operations, the most channel-centric of all of the company’s business units has regained some of its autonomy.

Cumulus Networks Makes a VMware Connection

In what may prove to be a major boon in terms of driving the adoption of open networking products based on Linux, Cumulus Networks this week announced at the VMworld 2015 conference that both Dell and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) will be bundling its open networking software along with software from VMware.

Cassandra Starts to Fulfill Enterprise Database Prophecy

Visit most any Fortune 2000 company these days that spends a lot of money on relational database software and chances are you’ll find a proof-of-concept project in which the internal IT organization is, at the very least, experimenting with some form of a so-called NoSQL database to run an online transaction processing (OLTP) application.

Tracking the Convergence of Containers and Virtual Machines

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.

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