The VAR Guy saw this coming: For months, he has called on Apple to partner with Cisco Systems to ensure the iPhone worked with Cisco-based networks. Now comes word that Duke University (a major Cisco customer) is experiencing network problems — allegedly due to iPhone-related problems. Kudos to Network World for covering Duke’s iPhone challenges. […]
Sometimes The VAR Guy amazes even himself. Over the weekend, he was drafting a blog entry naming four companies that need to go private. His list included 3Com. (He’ll tell you about the other three companies at a later date.) Now comes word that private equity firms have approached 3Com about a buyout. There are […]
More speculation from The VAR Guy, a blogger over at TechIQ magazine. He noticed that Hewlett-Packard’s top Linux executive is scheduled to keynote the Ubuntu LIVE conference July 23 in Portland. Makes you wonder: Will HP use the stage to announc PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed?
The VAR Guy is reaching into his sofa, grabbing all available quarters and heading to LinuxWorld San Francisco on August 7. No, not to blog about open source. Instead, he’ll attend the Vyatta Open Arcade Classic — a charity event featuring open source leaders playing Asteroids, Pac-Man, Defender, Donkey Kong and Centipede. Lookout, folks. The […]
The VAR Guy isn’t ready to panic. Nor is he suggesting that the iPhone is prone to crashes. But a savvy software tester has managed to document at least 68 bugs with the new Apple smart phone. Hmmm. So how does that compare with other software? This is hardly a scientific comparison. But it’s still […]
The VAR Guy is packing his bags and plans to attend Ubuntu LIVE July 22 in Portland, Oregon. While prepping for the event, he spotted four key developments in the Linux market — including a possible surprise announcement from Hewlett-Packard Co. Here’s the rundown. 4. Sun Microsystems Cares about Desktop Linux: Sure, Ubuntu has a […]
I finally took the time to connect my Hewlett-Packard PSC 2355 printer to my Dell Ubuntu PC. Finding the driver on the Web, installing it and activating the printer took only a few minutes. But the process is still much easier in the world of Windows XP. Here’s why.
Apple’s iPhone may be a consumer device, but the smart phone is catching on with some hosted application providers. A case in point: Some employees at Skyytek Corp. (a VAR) are using iPhones to access NetSuite’s hosted applications. So far, Skyytek sounds very impressed. Full disclosure: Skyytek is a NetSuite partner, so the company has […]
TelePresence is expensive (at the high-end, $300,000 per deployment) and bandwidth intensive. But if you get your customers to see it in action, TelePresence often sells itself, The VAR Guy hears. That’s why Cisco has deployed more than 100 TelePresence systems across the networking giant’s corporate offices, according to one trusted tipster. The VAR Guy […]
Most tech research reports are far too bullish. But in the case of a recent report on Unified Communications, The VAR Guy thinks the market is growing even faster than the experts claim. Infonetics estimates that year-over-year sales of Unified Communications solutions grew 21 percent to $363 million worldwide. A tip of the hat to […]
Microsoft is busy articulating its server, software and managed services strategies at the company’s big partner conference this week in Denver. Here are five Microsoft moves worth noting, and their potential impact on VARs. 1. Server Initiatives: Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 are taking center stage at the event. To […]
Imagine if your boss told the world you’re lazy … a slacker … someone who doesn’t work as hard as your industry peers. That’s the situation unfolding at Compuware, where CEO Peter Karmanos apparently slammed his sales staff during a call with Wall Street analysts. Compuware, the IT services provider, disclosed that 1Q revenue will […]