IT channel news in brief for August 2, 2010
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VMware opens up volume discount program
VMware's new Volume Purchasing Program opens up discount information to the VMware user base through a user-facing portal. In the past, volume discounts were made ad hoc and at the discretion of the VMware partner or distributor. The newly public discount rates are 4% for a purchase from $25,000 to $59,000 and 6% for deals ranging from $60,000 to $99,000. On deals worth more than $175,000, the discount is 12%.
Eli Lilly gives up on moving more biz to AWS
Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has given up plans to move more of its computing to Amazon Web Services, according to SearchCloudComputing.com.
Sources said Eli Lilly wanted to boost its use of Amazon's cloud computing services beyond small research projects to larger high-performance computing workloads and non-sensitive corporate data but that the talks hung up on issues of liability and indemnification.
Oracle makes nice on Solaris support
Dell and Hewlett-Packard will certify their X86 servers for Oracle VM. Oh, and they will also certify (and be able to resell) Solaris on Dell and HP X86 servers. This is extremely interesting to Sun hardware partners anxious about Oracle's support stance on Solaris running on non-Sun (non-Oracle) hardware.
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