Staying abreast of the latest IT channel news and blogs is no easy feat for a busy VAR. So, we've consolidated all of the top news into one convenient place that you can peruse at your own pace. Catch up on the latest endeavors from the biggest vendors, get the scoop on important partner program changes and find out which technologies your business should focus on.
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•Top Channel Marker blogs
The most-read stories from February included more than just the Oracle-Sun hoopla. In this economy, getting the latest VAR marketing tips is essential for generating new and repeat business.
Top IT channel news stories for January 2010
Being ignorant of the upcoming trends for 2010 could mean missing out on a potential business project, and that's why this story ranked as the most popular for the month. Implications of the Oracle-Sun deal also held a top spot, along with the latest updates from Microsoft's Active Directory Domain Services.
Top IT channel news stories for December 2009
Find out why many of your peers believe that Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform can still hold its own in the market, despite its late entry. Other stories of note include scorned partners that rebuke Google's enterprise push and Mac Snow Leopard's uphill battle against Windows 7.
Top IT channel news for November 2009
Besides knowing about the latest Oracle-Sun deal grudges, solutions providers wanted to read more about how they fit into the cloud computing craze. And if increased demand for distribution represents a coming change, Cisco's Unified Computing System is sending out strong signals.
Top IT channel news for October 2009
Following in the footsteps of Apple, Microsoft's online store has added a few desktop, laptop and netbook models to its repertoire. Readers found it crucial to know how this change would impact their business and what they could expect from the software giant in the future. News on how Oracle is adapting to the addition of Sun's hardware portfolio and the latest on Cisco's Developer Network also made top stories.
Top IT channel news for September 2009
Dell's acquisition of Perot Systems caused quite a stir among channel partners and was the most in-demand story for the month. Other key topics that solutions providers were interested in included how Citrix VARs are faring in the Microsoft versus VMware battle and why VARs are getting the cold shoulder from the IT stimulus package.
Top IT channel news for August 2009
Cisco did more than rely on its partners to push its unified communications initiatives. The company also ended support on much of its networking hardware. This story stole the top spot, followed by news of Exchange Server 2007 issues and the rising of Google Wave.
Top IT channel news for July 2009
Changes to Microsoft's partner program structure could not escape unnoticed, and our readers found it crucial to learn about the repercussions. Other attention grabbers included Microsoft's release of Linux driver code and Cisco's Strategic Partner Organization.
Top IT channel news for June 2009
As rumors surfaced that Oracle would shut down Virtual Iron product development, the channel jumped to attention. News on server virtualization security and Ingram Micro's IMStimulus program also topped the list.
Top IT channel news for May 2009
Top IT channel news for April 2009
Microsoft has used every opportunity to promote Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but the company also emphasized the importance of implementing the two products simultaneously. Our readers wanted to know just what was so great about Microsoft's latest software developments. They also wanted to know the details on IBM's SmartCube appliance, which bundles Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise with Linux.
Looks like Google Android could be a hit after all, as reports surfaced that some Dell and HP netbooks might choose the operating system over Microsoft Windows. Other top stories came from Siemens' unified communications push and managing virtualization deployments for customers.
The Microsoft versus VMware debate will never die, especially when it comes to comparing hypervisors. This blog took the number one spot, followed by entries on Cisco and HP's latest spat and Oracle's cloud computing rant.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for January 2010
Looks like HP and Cisco have taken off the kitten gloves. Both vendors are holding their partner events on the same days. Also check out blogs on the biggest (and worst) news of the decade and the finalization of the Oracle-Sun deal.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for December 2009
If the top blogs for the end of 2009 are any indication of what's to come for 2010, Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) should have a good year. Although the company targeted bigger enterprises, UCS is holding its own in midmarket companies. Other prevalent blog topics included the descent of Canonical's CEO Mark Shuttleworth and hot channel trends for 2010.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for November 2009
Oracle had to court the European Commission (EC) for quite some time before it consented to the Oracle-Sun deal, and our blog readers couldn't wait to drink in the juicy details. Hewlett-Packard also made its presence known with news on its latest "School cloud" and 3Com purchase.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for October 2009
Our readers were so eager to know the top five IT channel lessons for the quarter that this blog entry outweighed news from Oracle OpenWorld. The latest from Hewlett-Packard also reigned supreme as the company forced its VARs to pay out of pocket for "unnecessary" training.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for September 2009
Dell's acquisition of Perot Systems didn't come easy with interference from HP. Read more on this top blog post and get the scoop on Microsoft's much publicized Office Web Apps.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for August 2009
Reports that Red Hat was another notch to be crossed on Oracle's acquisition belt set tongues wagging. But so did news on Microsoft's Analyst Relations for the Channel program and NetSuite's "Cash for Clunkers" program.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for July 2009
Thanks to SAP's new LinkedIn initiatives, certain SAP VARs and ISV partners can now get discounted access to LinkedIn's recruiting service. This blog entry took the number one spot, followed by news of Mohamad Ali's transfer from IBM to Avaya and dissension from Microsoft partners over Windows 7.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for June 2009
Microsoft managed to grab two spots on the most-read blogs list with news on Windows 7 and complaints about Google Apps' Outlook sync. Upcoming demand for Cisco gear and IBM's plead for partners to be more social also captivated readers.
Top IT Channel Marker blogs for May 2009
Microsoft's Bill Veghte might as well have told TechEd attendees to forget Vista after his remarks on Windows 7 implementation. This blog was the most-read for the month, but other hot news included how to be a value-added partner and SAP's deferral of maintenance fees.