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Novell is generating buzz this week with the December 18 launch of OpenSUSE 11.1. But The VAR Guy is looking at Novell from a slightly different perspective. The far bigger news involves senior VP Roger Levy (pictured) — who may bring order to Novell’s product lines. Here’s the scoop, from The VAR Guy.
First, the basic facts. Earlier this week Novell announced that:
Siemens has unveiled a virtualized contact center platform for managed service providers. The system, called OpenScape Contact Center, allows MSPs to host the software for multiple tenants. It’s slated to debut in February 2009. I’ve got to be honest: I read the Siemens press release three times. It does a great job of describing the […]
The Economist published an article recently about netbooks, the small and cheap laptops that may well prove central to bridging the gap between geeky Linux users and the masses. While it doesn’t say anything very original, the recommendations it makes–and the audience of professionals that’s likely to read them–are noteworthy in their own right. The […]
During the Avnet Analyst Day in New York, Avnet Technology Solutions described its fastest growing business opportunities for VARs. But the more intriguing discussion occurred over lunch. That’s when John Paget, president of Avnet Technology Solutions, answered questions about possible hosting partnerships involving Cisco Systems Inc. Unified Communications and Microsoft Office Communications Server.
When it comes to Linux, most U.S. headlines involve Canonical, Novell or Red Hat. But another Linux distribution — from Mandriva S.A. of Paris, France — is making a name for itself in the global IT channel. Consider this: More than 2,000 IT partners have lined up to back Mandriva, up from about 1,200 in 2007, The VAR Guy has learned. Here’s the scoop.
While speaking recently with one of my bosses, I was told I will receive a new business laptop in 2009. Now, for the problem: It will be running Windows Vista or Windows XP. Hooray for new gear. Boo for Luddite attitudes. I’m never one to rankle feathers. But in this case I honestly asked “I’m […]
If you’re an open source software company building an IT channel partner program, The VAR Guy wants to hear from you. Participate in the Open Source 50 survey, and your company could be ranked among the top open source businesses working with VARs, solutions providers, integrators and managed service providers. Deadline for participation is December […]
The VAR Guy was intrigued today when he read Mark Evans’ blog entry rehashing of Nortel Networks’ 1998 acquisition of Bay Networks. Evans wonders if Nortel would have been smarter to acquire someone else. The VAR Guy has a completely different view on the deal. Here’s the scoop.
I’m hearing a familiar trend in the managed services market: MSPs seem to be embracing more and more open source tools. The latest example involves Zenoss, a commercial open source company that specializes in applications, systems and network monitoring.
I hinted earlier this month that ADTRAN, which competes with Cisco Systems on some fronts, would be making aggressive moves into the managed services market. An official release about the managed services strategy surfaced today, with ADTRAN announcing n-Command MSP, a remote monitoring and management tool for VARs.
According to an ADTRAN press release, the tool allows managed service providers to:
Before you finish your holiday shopping, consider the following option: If you’re in the market for a low-end PC, put aside about $300 for the ZaReason Breeze, a small desktop computer that runs Ubuntu Linux. Based on our testing, we see some clear market segments where the Breeze is an ideal option for today’s consumers and small businesses.