Top IT Channel Marker blogs for November 2009

The Oracle-Sun deal, Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference and cloud computing are just a few topics that dominated our most-read blogs.

Cloud computing and related opportunities and challenges, plus big-time tech M&A activity drew the most readers in November. Here are the five most-read Channel Marker blog posts for November.

1: EC to Oracle: Not so fast

VARs remain intrigued by Oracle's long-running quest to acquire Sun Microsystems. The European Commission regulators are not enamored, however, and called for further review of the $7.4 billion deal.

2: Microsoft PDC 09: The pressure's on

Microsoft has a lot to deliver on in its Professional Developers Conference later in November. In the past, the vendor has overpromised and then under delivered on tech promises made at this show, but this year, fast-moving cloud competitors give the company little wiggle room.

3: Cloud computing 101: New HP offering for schools offers lesson in innovative cloud solutions

Hewlett-Packard's nascent "SchoolCloud," shows how far-sighted VARs might use the cloud to find new applications and reach out to new customers, writes Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy.

4: HP to buy 3com. Make it stop!

The M&A frenzy continued as Hewlett-Packard launched a $2.7 billion buyout of 3Com. It must be really, really serious about out-Ciscoing Cisco.

5: Vblock done, Cisco to launch new unified collaboration products

Now that its big Vblock love fest with best buds EMC and VMware is out in the open, Cisco turned its attention to its other obsession: collaboration.

Check out the most read Channel Marker blogs for October 2009.

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