Six Channel Partner Blogs The VAR Guy Didn’t Write: July 22
The VAR Guy spent most of this week analyzing earnings reports from a range of high-tech companies. Now, it’s almost time for our resident blogger to unplug for the weekend. But before he says goodbye (for now…), here are six channel partner blogs that The VAR Guy didn’t have time to write for the week ending July 22, 2011.
7. Good News, Bad News: The Global Technology Distribution Council says PC sales through U.S. distribution accelerated during Q2 — up 14 index points from Q1 2011 and 19 points from Q2 last year. So far, so good. However, the GTDC PC Index for Europe slipped to 92, down 7 index points from Q2 2010, with overall unit volume flat, offset by a decrease in average prices, including notebooks, the largest segment in the category, the council said.
6. Safety Patrol: Symantec is raising its voice in the blogosphere, where North America Channel Chief Randy Cochran says partners deployed 24 customers on Symantec Endpoint Security 12 (SEP 12) within 24 hours of the new software suite’s launch. In separate chatter, recent McAfee recruit Lang Tibbils — a Cisco veteran — describes his first week as leader of worldwide channels marketing at McAfee.
5. China’s Reality Distortion Field: Steve Jobs is famous for his reality distortion field. Now, China retailers are offering their own reality distortion field. Apparently, a few folks in China have opened Apple Stores that, um, aren’t really Apple Stores. Instead, they’re fake Apple Stores. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Steve Jobs certainly isn’t smiling.
4. Where’s Hyper-V?: When Microsoft announced Q4 financial results yesterday, the software giant spoke a lot about Windows sales, business applications sales, and continued momentum for System Center. But a transcript of the earnings call didn’t contain a single mention of Hyper-V, the company’s virtualization platform. Meanwhile, VMware delivered another round of strong quarterly results. Put the Microsoft and VMware financial announcements together, and it seems clear that VMware continues to dominate the virtualization market.
3. Refreshing Conversation: Juniper North America Channel Chief Frank Vitagliano seems set to attend CompTIA Breakaway (Aug. 1-4, Washington, D.C.). The VAR Guy would welcome a Lavazza with Vitagliano. But considering the D.C. heat in August, let’s go with the iced variety.
2. Still Invited to the Party?: The VAR Guy has received 15 invites to join the Google+ social media project. So far, The VAR Guy hasn’t jumped into the beta. But that may change this weekend…
1. Check the Headline: This remains a top-six list. There is no number one — never has been, never will be.
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