The latest in in-depth cloud computing reporting, particularly the impact cloud continues to have on the channel.
The worst of times have turned into the best of times for software as a service (SaaS) stocks. After a horrid performance in 2008, SaaS stocks rallied nearly 30 percent during the first half of 2009, according to Nine Lives Media Inc.’s SaaS 20 Stock Index. Here’s a look at the SaaS leaders to date…
On the upside, big SaaS 20 Stock Index winners for the first half of 2009 included:
At first glance, Canonical is an operating system company — built around Ubuntu Linux. But take a closer look at Canonical’s moves during the first half of 2009, and you’ll find the company has increasingly bet its revenue stream on cloud, online and consulting/support services. Here’s some perspective. Am I suggesting that Canonical is abandoning […]
The old Computer Associates International Inc. is long dead. Long live CA Inc., which continues to evolve its channel, SaaS and management strategy. To wit, Toni Clayton-Hine — the co-founder of Everything Channel’s IPED (Institute for Partner Education) — has joined CA as VP of worldwide marketing. Clayton-Hine’s move to CA has generated considerable buzz across the channel in recent days.
Canonical has launched Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, an effort to help customers build and support private clouds. The announcement, leveraging Ubuntu Server Edition, caught The VAR Guy’s attention for two key reasons.
First, cloud computing seems to be Canonical’s best chance to accelerate Ubuntu Server Edition deployments. Second, The VAR Guy wonders if Canonical will find a way to pull partners — integrators, managed service providers and VARs — into this private enterprise cloud strategy.
Enterprise Resource Planning. To most customers, those three words mean “complexity.” But there are signs ERP deployments are finally starting to benefit from the SaaS (software as a service) craze. Just this week, we’ve spotted major SaaS developments involving NetSuite, Oracle and SAP.
After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has essentially killed Response Point — the company’s former VoIP system for small businesses. According to a Microsoft Town Hall meeting today with VARs, the product is in maintenance mode with no future releases planned. Sorry for the following comparison, but Response Point has become Microsoft’s modern day OS/2. Here’s why.
Red Hat has launched a cloud partner and certification program, and Amazon is the first to join. The VAR Guy is hardly surprised. This is a sign of things to come from Red Hat — and another indication of Amazon Web Services’ growing influence over next-generation solutions providers. What’s in store for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss open source partners? Here’s the scoop, from The VAR Guy.
If you’re striving to better understand hosted security solutions — recurring revenue models, sales strategies and technology considerations — then join me on July 15. That’s when our sister site will host The VAR Guy: Live webcast. Here’s some quick information about the webcast. During this webcast we’ll discuss: 1. Business: Revenue models and potential […]
Will there be a day when a managed service provider offers every service from the cloud? Before you answer that question consider some recent trends.
Already a few MSPs have got onto the Google/Zoho bandwagon to provide SaaS-based email and messaging tools replacing traditional packaged software from Microsoft.
Now, add the numerous hosted Ex
Rewind to June 16. That’s when Channel Chief Judson Althoff promised Oracle would get serious about social networks for partners. Now fast forward to July 7, when Althoff and Oracle President Charles Phillips will attempt to prove the social media point — during the Oracle Virtual Partner Kickoff event. Here’s the scoop.
If you have questions about Dell’s Ubuntu Linux strategy, please email me your thoughts (joe [at] ninelivesmediainc.com) or post a comment below. I am meeting Dell’s Ubuntu team members in a few days. Here are five questions I hope to address. Plus, I welcome your questions to help shape the interview.
Do IT Smarter, a master managed service provider (Master MSP), is adding CompuVault‘s online data backup services to its suite of offerings. The relationship is the latest in a series of storage-centric moves across the Master MSP landscape. Here’s a look at recent activity.