Here are the most-read Channel Marker blog posts for April 2010.1: Symantec starts FY 2011 with layoffs In early April, word surfaced that security kingpin
2: Top takeaways from Hewlett-Packard APC 2010HP partners flocked to Las Vegas to hear all about HP's converged data center hardware pitch at the HP Americas Partner Conference (APC) -- at least the VARs that hadn't opted to attend the simultaneous Cisco partner summit in San Francisco. (Apparently, if you're smart enough to be a Cisco VAR and an HP VAR at the same time, you can also suspend the laws of physics and attend two events 700 miles apart.) But I digress. From HP CEO Mark Hurd on down, it was clear that Cisco was a top concern, although Hurd barely mentioned the data center rival by name.
3: OS/2: Mostly gone, but not forgottenIBM OS/2 -- the object-oriented, multitasking, Workplace Shelled operating system that lost market leadership to Microsoft Windows -- is defunct, but definitely not forgotten. Many aficionados still rue the day that IBM pulled the plug on the OS, ceding the world to Windows. Talk that IBM might resuscitate OS/2 by layering OS/2 services atop Linux got an awful lot of attention last month.
4: Microsoft plugs away on SQL AzureMicrosoft execs reiterated that they want cloud-based SQL Azure to have feature parity with on-premises SQL Server and outlined how the former will catch up to the latter. This cloud-versus-on-premises parity issue dogs Microsoft across its product lines. The company makes its dough on old-fashioned PC- and server-resident applications and so it must protect that business while also fending off cloud-based rivals like Google and Salesforce.com that do not have to worry about legacy on-premises software business.
5: Cisco's pipeline remains pluggedAs it touts its high-falutin' unified computing system, Cisco Systems might pay more attention to its bread-and-butter hardware business. That's because VARs can't get the Cisco firewalls they need from the networking giant. As of early April, VARs reported months-long delays getting orders filled on some popular Cisco networking products including Adaptive Security Appliance firewalls and other non-glam but essential products. Check out the most-read Channel Marker blogs for March 2010.