Here are the five most-read SearchITChannel.com news stories for May 2010.
1. Hyper-V vs. VMware: VARs guide customer choiceServer virtualization remains red hot and the
2. Oracle hardware support plans sting VARsWill the Oracle-buying-Sun angst never end? Doesn't' look like it. Oracle imposed stringent -- and pricier -- new support policies on all Sun hardware. Sun VARs that made a good living selling Sun hardware and the lucrative maintenance and renewals on that hardware worry about Oracle and its direct-sales focus. Face it, Oracle Corp.'s long-standing practice is to sell software maintenance and renewals direct, and most Sun VARs realize it's only a matter of time before it applies that practice to hardware as well. 3. More VARs selling managed services as vendor strife spreads VARs that offer a rich array of managed services have a better chance of riding out the continuing tough economy than those that don't. The smartest among them know they must promote their own brand and services over and above those of their vendor partners. The fact that many hardware and software vendors continue to ramp up their direct sales efforts (and take renewals and maintenance direct as well) makes it even more important for VARs to manage and support customers' data centers and LANs remotely.
4. Apple dips toe back into channel; other newsThe consumer electronics giant continues to fascinate. Apple teased VARs with a new Web page touting channel opportunities. People with long memories will recall that Apple once fielded a vibrant and effective channel -- especially in the education market -- which it subsequently decimated. Still, the halo effect around the iPod, iPhone and now iPad is strong. 5. Top five channel stories for April The compilation of the top five SearchITChannel.com stories from April made the list of the top five stories in May. How meta is that? In April, readers were intrigued by Cisco's and HP's continuing push of converged data center hardware and layoffs at Symantec.
Check out the most-read SearchITChannel.com news stories for April 2010.