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Sony taps Google Chrome; Tech Data builds out; other news

Tech Data adds West Coast integration center; Sony makes Google Chrome default browser for Vaio; other news.

IT channel news in brief for Sept. 2, 2009

Sony makes Google Chrome default browser for Vaio

Google scored a big browser coup with Sony Electronics opting to make Google Chrome the default browser on its Vaio PCs over Internet Explorer or other players. Vaio is a popular name in consumer PCs and had long been shipped only with IE, but starting last spring it came with both IE and Chrome. Now Chrome is it, according to several news reports.

Tech Data adds West Coast integration center

Tech Data this week opened a new 25,000 square foot integration center at its logistics facility in Fontana, Calif. The Clearwater, Fla.-based distributor already has a similar center in Swedesboro, N.M., and several other logistics centers across the country.

The company said having its TDIntegration facilities on both coasts lets it work more efficiently to deliver custom solutions nationwide.

TDIntegration personnel can configure equipment, from basic desktops to complex multi-server rack systems. Other services include configuration support for all hardware and networking products handled by Tech Data Corp.; software imaging; change management; customer WAN connectivity; and project management for long deployments.

VMware adds self-provisioning, APIs to vCloud

At VMworld 2009, VMware Inc. said its new vCloud Express cloud brokerage service will take on other players in the public cloud. The service adds self provisioning of virtual machines through the vCloud portal to third-party hosting partners. The company also used VMworld 2009 to release the vCloud application programming interface (API).

VMware CEO Paul Maritz used his keynote to push the company's overall vSphere-inflected cloud vision to some 15,000 attendees, not all of whom were biting. Several attendees said the words were nice, but they need real proof of why they need the cloud computing model and that it is secure and reliable.

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