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HP beefs up printing services push; other news

HP boosts printing services; Oracle updates open source databases; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for Sept. 15, 2009

HP boosts printing services

HP is trying to juice its all-important printing business with new efforts to engage its channel in managed print services and a new Managed Enterprise Solutions business unit. HP will also work more with rival printer maker Canon to offer managed print customers a wider array of printers and multifunction devices, HP executives said on Monday.

To help VARs and managed services providers get into managed print services, HP also will work with partners, including Synnex, to deliver print-related managed services, company executives said on Monday.

For all of HP CEO Mark Hurd's talk about integration services in the wake of HP's buyout of IT service giant EDS, printing remains a key business. Low-tech printer ink remains a cash cow, for example, but is struggling. For its last quarter ending July 31, HP's printing supply-related sales fell 13% year-over-year.

Oracle updates open source databases

Oracle Corp. this week updated two members of its Berkeley DB family, adding support for Microsoft Windows programming environments.

Berkeley DB 4.8 and Berkeley DB XML 2.5 databases now both support C# and .NET programming environments. Both versions of the database already support open source scripting languages such as Ruby On Rails, Python, Pearl, as well as Java and C++.

Oracle bought Sleepycat, the developer of Berkeley DB, three years ago.

WLANs of opportunity for VARs

There's been a lot of consolidation in the wireless LAN (WLAN) security market, but VARs can still build strong businesses around it if they focus on security monitoring and hosted offerings.

Many enterprises banned wireless networks because of issues around the early Wired Equivalent Protection (WEP) encryption standard, but newer standards offer stronger encryption plus key management, according to That makes WLANs more palatable for business use.

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