This week's Partner News Podcast focuses on reports of Oracle channel conflict in the wake of the departures of the company's top channel executives. The staff of SearchITChannel.com -- associate features editor Elaine Hom, senior news editor Barbara Darrow and news writer Colin Steele -- also discusses Google's enterprise plans and a VMware original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal with Dell.
Oracle has new channel chiefs in place, but partners are seeing increased channel conflict in the field.
Google may compete with Microsoft Exchange and IBM's Lotus Domino Server, but hosted services are still the future.
By giving away the ESX 3i hypervisor through an OEM deal, Dell may compete with VMware partners but also create new services opportunities.