The holidays were barely over when VARs started to fret anew over Oracle's impending acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The blockbuster deal was delayed for months pending European regulatory review, but that was slated to end early in the year. Related Oracle stories ranked high in January, outstripped only by Heather Clancy's prescient roundup of the top IT services trend for the new year.Here are the top five IT Channel news stories for January.
1. Top IT Services trends for 2010Desktop virtualization might finally realize its market potential this calendar year, ranking among the top IT services trends for 2010. Other hot spots to watch, according to contributor Heather Clancy, are disaster recovery implementations in small businesses and a boatload of ancillary service opportunities sparked by Windows 7 upgrades. 2. Oracle-Sun deal done, channel shakeout expected Once European regulators finally signed off on Oracle's buyout of Sun Microsystems, it was clear that the storied SPARC/Solaris/Java power would live on in some form. But Sun VARs were nervous about how hospitable Oracle would be. 3. Oracle-Sun combo sparks VAR anxiety In late January, Oracle execs outlined their plans for Sun Microsystems' product priorities and sales strategies. That news provoked anxiety among Sun VARs and integrators. For one thing, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said the company would take Sun's top 4,000 accounts direct, sparking a backlash from Sun's faithful partners.
4. New Active Directory Domain Services hurt partner productsMicrosoft's decision to put a new Active Directory "Recycle Bin" into Windows Server 2008 R2 might be good news for users, but it was most certainly bad news for ISV partners like Quest Software and ScriptLogic.
5. Multi-tenancy alliance could enable virtual data centersAnother vendor alliance driven by Cisco Systems and VMware surfaced late in the month. This one brought in NetApp to team up on a design architecture that promises to help field a secure, reliable multi-tenancy foundation for virtual data centers.
Check out the most-read IT channel stories for December 2009