The battle for server virtualization supremacy may be an old hat, but it still draws lots of readers, at least according to the top Channel Marker blog posts for February. Posts on Cisco-HP tensions and Oracle's cloud plans also attracted attention. Here are the five most-read Channel Marker posts for February.
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1: Is Microsoft vs. VMware so last year?
The Microsoft vs. VMware virtualization battle is overblown and largely irrelevant to many IT shops. But there are still good reasons for the debate, writes Channel Marker blogger Nicole Harding.
2: Cisco dumps HP as a partner
Cisco and HP just can't get along. The latest in the nasty data center hardware battle is that Cisco is dumping HP from its partner program.
3: Bracing for the Oracle 'we get the cloud' onslaught
Larry Ellison has been yukking it up with his shtick that the term cloud computing has been abused, overused and misconstrued for too long. The Oracle CEO has a point. Sort of.
4: Everyone wants to gain revenue, but what about retaining revenue?
Sure, new business is bright and shiny. But what about tried-and-true customers? How much money do you leave on the table when the support and maintenance on products you sell expire? Channel Marker blogger Heather Clancy says retaining revenue should be a bigger focus for VARs.
5: Parrish to partners: Ignore cloud computing at your peril
Julie Parrish, NetApps's vice president of worldwide channel sales, says it's a really bad idea for IT solution providers to turn a blind eye to cloud computing. And here's why.
Check out the most-read Channel Marker blogs for January 2010.