The most popular Channel Marker blog posts for August revolved around Hewlett-Packard and fear about how CEO Mark Hurd's exit would affect HP VARs. HP's epic bidding war with Dell for 3Par was another hot topic. Here are the most-read Channel Marker posts for August 2010.
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1: Hurd out at HP
Former HP CEO Mark Hurd's exit from the company because of a relationship with a marketing consultant rocked HP VARs' world in August. Both Hurd's leadership and willingness to meet one-on-one regarding any problems were important assets to VARs.
2: It's on: HP outbids Dell for 3Par
In the wake of Mark Hurd's departure, HP responded to Dell's initial $18-per-share salvo in the 3Par bidding war with a $24-per-share offer. Barbara Darrow thinks all the fuss over 3Par exemplifies server vendors' need for data center hardware business, using storage and networking platforms.
3: Oracle-Sun hits just keep on coming
Oracle's decision to change the way it updates the newest code from OpenSolaris and promising to release it with Solaris 11 next year is the latest piece of evidence that Oracle has little interest in Sun's open source products. Many Sun shops remain upset by Oracle's changes to Sun's support policies, and Sun partners will see some of their worst expectations met when Oracle takes more of the Sun hardware renewal business direct.
4: Intel forks over $7B for McAfee, but why?
Intel's $7.68 billion acquisition of McAfee left many channel players with more questions than answers about the deal. One VAR thought this acquisition might lead to more deals, starting with Symantec. VARs also wondered if Intel ownership of McAfee would alienate other McAfee vendor partners.
5: HP v. Hurd reverbs continue
Surprise! At least some HP shareholders were not pleased that HP gave outgoing CEO Mark Hurd a reported $40 million in parting gifts and are taking the matter to court. Bonus irritation: Larry Ellison's unsolicited comments regarding the case and the HP board's decision to oust Hurd.
Check out the top Channel Marker blogs for July 2010.