VARs remain queasy about public cloud computing and also obsessed with which vendors will stick around after more buyouts and consolidation.
2: Oracle OpenWorld: This year's top five questions
Everyone flying into San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld wanted to know what's happening with Sun hardware as Oracle's acquisition of the company winds its way to closure. Also top of mind: What's up with Fusion apps?
3: Benioff to take stage at Oracle OpenWorld
Folks were intrigued to learn a week before Oracle OpenWorld that Salesforce.com Marc Benioff was going to speak at the event alongside Michael Dell. Since Oracle is buying Sun Microsystems, the formerly close ties between it and Dell are somewhat looser so it's interesting that Salesforce.com, which runs on Oracle infrastructure but competes with Oracle applications, is navigating these particular shoals.
4: HP, Microsoft channel moves irk VARs
Hewlett-Packard VARs were unpleased to learn that HP was making them foot the bill for new compliance training that many of them have no need for. And Microsoft irritated ERP partners by forbidding the use of credit cards in purchasing new software licenses.
5: Huge HP changes on deck
Rumors surfaced in early October that HP was going to merge its cash-cow, but suddenly frail-seeming printer business with its PC group. That still hasn't happened, but other scuttlebutt, namely a change to Adrian Jones status did come to fruition soon after this item posted. Jones, formerly HP's worldwide channel guy started running the company's enterprise storage and servers business in Asia-Pacific and Japan as of Nov. 1.
Check out the most-read Channel Marker blogs for September 2009.