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VMware extends vSphere Enterprise Edition availability

VMware has cancelled its 'end of availability' date for vSphere Enterprise Edition in response to customer complaints.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Oct. 12-Oct. 16, 2009.

VMware extends access to vSphere Enterprise Edition

VMware Inc. has reversed course and will not discontinue vSphere 4 Enterprise Edition, which it was set to stop selling Dec. 15.

The company quietly informed its channel partners a few weeks ago and removed the Enterprise Edition's end-of-life notice in pricing literature, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com.

Enterprise was to be phased out for Enterprise Plus, which has Host Profiles, the distributed virtual switch and all of Enterprise's features -- but also carries a higher price tag. A VMware spokesperson said the company made the change to give customers more time to budget for vSphere upgrades.

Oracle pushes VAR specializations

At Oracle OpenWorld 2009, Oracle urged its VARs and integrators to specialize in vertical markets and specific technologies.

Oracle Corp.'s co-presidents Charles Phillips and Safra Catz emphasized that partners can solve customers' problems and boost their own profitability by developing their industry- and technology-specific skills, according to SearchITChannel.com.

The company is pushing product lifecycle management, identity management and content management as the top priorities for partners, with the idea that these areas carry higher margins than other commonly deployed products.

Oracle also announced plans to replace its Oracle Partner Network Certified Advantage Partner, Certified Partner and Partner levels with Platinum, Gold and Silver tiers.

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