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Partner News Podcast: Microsoft partner program, EMC and Dell storage competition

This week we check in on the Microsoft channel and talk about Dell's push in the storage market. There's also a discussion on vendor acquisitions creating uncertainty for partners.

In this edition of the Partner News Podcast, the staff of checks in on life in the Microsoft partner program, as the issue of too many partners is causing some concern. Associate features editor Elaine Hom, senior news editor Barbara Darrow and news writer Colin Steele also talk about renewed competition between EMC and Dell in the storage market, thanks to Dell's acquisition of EqualLogic, plus SAP's new attempt to drive more channel business. Senior news writer Rivka Little then joins in for a discussion on vendor acquisitions and the uncertainty they create.

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