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Canonical, promoter of Ubuntu Linux, has plenty of momentum on the desktop. But as Canonical gears up for a server push, one key Ubuntu partner plans to sit on the sidelines. Indeed, Dell has no plans to ship Ubuntu on its servers, according to a Dell source who spoke with The VAR Guy today.
First, a little history lesson. Dell in mid-2007 began pre-loading Ubuntu on selected desktops and notebooks. (Yes, The VAR Guy now has one.)
When the Cisco Partner Summit kicked off earlier this week, The VAR Guy expected the networking giant to spend a good portion of the event talking about Unified Communications ISVs. That didn’t quite happen, but Cisco is finally making some statements to engage software developers. First, let’s review the market landscape: Cisco and Microsoft both […]
The VAR Guy was guilty of hyping Windows-based Ultra-Portables from startups like OQO a year ago, but he has drastically changed his thinking about the Ultra-Portable computer market. He thinks current market dynamics greatly favor Linux over Windows in the Ultra-Portable industry. Here’s why. First, some thoughts about product positioning. The OQO pitches itself as […]
My email inbox today had a Webinar invite from Dell. The company on April 22 plans to educate corporate customers about Everdream, a remote administration and asset management tool for PCs and mobile systems. Now for the challenge: When Dell acquired Everdream and Silverback in 2007, some managed service providers worried that the PC giant […]
At first glance, you might think the headline to this blog entry is an oxymoron. In reality, Microsoft certainly does have an open source chief (Sam Ramji). And in some cases, Microsoft is downright happy to support open source. Skeptical? Allow The VAR Guy to explain.
LPI Level Platforms Inc. says it has enhanced and simplified its partner program to help managed service providers (MSPs) go to market more quickly and effectively. In some ways, I think Level Platforms’ announcement represents an inflection point for the managed services industry. The early mover stage is over, with many solutions providers succeeding (check […]
The move from managed service provider to software as a service (SaaS) can seem intimidating, but the barriers to market entry continue to fall. Each week, yet another company introduces a SaaS framework that you can plug your managed services business into.
Microsoft is spending considerable time this week talking up Forefront “Stirling,” a suite of integrated security products for desktop, server and network management. Although Stirling won’t arrive until the first half of 2009, I wonder if it will evolve to become a managed security service platform.
A few weeks ago I noted that Salesforce.com plans to make a major announcement on April 14. I wasn’t sure what the news was, but there are growing indications that it includes Salesforce.com gaining closer hooks to Google Apps. If true, this could be a defining moment for the software as a service industry.
The VAR Guy is pretty bullish on Ubuntu Linux, the operating system that is quickly leaping from PCs onto servers and mobile Internet devices. But he’s also starting to wonder if Google Android — rather than Ubuntu — will be the open source platform of choice for mobile Internet devices (MIDs). Intel and Canonical (Ubuntu’s […]
How do you attract managed service providers and disrupt a traditional software market dominated by CA, BMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM-Tivoli? For Nimsoft, the answer to that riddle involves organic growth coupled with acquisitions. Indeed, Nimsoft today has acquired Indicative Software in a bid to accelerate its momentum as an alternative to “Big 4” IT performance […]
As Cisco Systems kicks off its big Partner Summit in Hawaii, The VAR Guy wonders: Is this the week we finally see and hear dozens of application providers line up behind Cisco’s unified communications strategy? On the one hand, Cisco is the company to beat in unified communications. And Cisco has done a reasonably good […]