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VMware partners get ready to rumble; other news

VMware kicks off Partner Exchange; SAP CEO resigns after less than a year; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for Feb. 8, 2010

VMware kicks off Partner Exchange

VMware said it has drawn more than 2,500 partners to its third annual Partner Exchange event in Las Vegas kicking off today. The server virtualization leader now claims 25,000 partners -- ISVs, systems integrators and VARs -- worldwide, up from 21,000 last year, according to Ben Matheson, senior director of global partner marketing for VMware Inc. As more hardware vendors, including VMware partners Cisco and Hewlett-Packard push more of their own hardware into data centers, VMware is trying to position itself as the glue to make all that high-power iron work together and Matheson said partners are the way to make sure implementations go smoothly.

At the same time, VMware faces a big threat from vendor-specific virtualization, most notably Microsoft Hyper-V R2 and Oracle VM.

SAP CEO resigns after less than a year

SAP AG lost its CEO last night, as Leo Apotheker resigned.

Apotheker had been sole CEO for less than a year. Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott will share CEO responsibilities, the company said in a statement Sunday. McDermott is now in charge of SAP's field organization and Hagemann Snabe leads product development.

SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner will advise the new leadership team on product technology and development, SAP said.

Oracle buys AmberPoint

Oracle is buying AmberPoint, continuing its relentless acquisition march with the purchase of AmberPoint to beef up its SOA portfolio. AmberPoint's SOA management software, which helps businesses diagnose and fix application performance issues, will become part of Oracle Fusion Middleware. Oracle is about to launch a road trip touting its products as the foundation of cloud services.

NetSuite says 'What recession?'

NetSuite reported $43 million in gross revenue in the last quarter of 2009, with $166 million in revenue for the year. NetSuite Inc. offers ERP and CRM services in a SaaS model.

This means that the company grew 9% last year, during the worst U.S. recession in memory and despite posting a net loss of $6.5 million in Q4. NetSuite has now tripled its revenue since 2006, according to

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