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Top IT channel stories for November 2009

Check out the top news stories for November, including headlines from the Oracle-Sun deal, HP and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

November wasn't a slow month for tech news. Oracle's now-epic bid to buy Sun Microsystems continued to fascinate as European regulators delayed approval. And unified hardware opportunities around new offerings from HP and Cisco caught readers' attention. Below are the five most-read news stories for November, 2009.

1: Oracle-Sun Microsystems deal delay takes toll
The seemingly interminable Oracle-Sun Microsystems buyout process is hurting Sun partners more and more as it drags out. Many Sun VARs grudgingly accepted Oracle Corp. as a better caretaker of Sun technology than IBM would have been. But, as European regulators drag their feet, customers are delaying hardware purchases and even opting for other options.

2: HP vs. Cisco data center hardware battle heats up
Hardware behemoths Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard amped up their data center battle with new converged hardware last month. And the two camps are recruiting channel players from within their rival's ranks.

3: VARs, distributors assess cloud computing roles
Justin Crotty, vice president of services for distributor Ingram Micro Inc., told VentureTech Network members that despite confusion around the cloud computing concept, there are five simple ways to recognize when a cloud computing model makes sense. And there are definitely ways for VARs and distributors to provide value -- and make money -- in that brave new world.

4: Microsoft Dynamics ERP moves toward Azure cloud
Microsoft is gingerly putting some ancillary ERP services into its Azure cloud. A "sites" service will let customers create and manage their own websites so they can handle tasks like "request for quote" from an ERP application. Another service will help VARs build e-commerce perks, like shopping carts, into Microsoft Dynamics ERP applications.

5: Cisco opens up unified computing to distribution
Demand for unified computing is rising -- at least if distribution coverage is any indication. Cisco authorized both Westcon Group Inc.'s Cisco-focused Comstor Worldwide Unit and Tech Data to distribute its consolidated data center server.

Check out the most-read IT channel news stories for October, 2009.

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