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HP honors top partners; VMforce targets Java developers

HP presents first Partner in Excellence Awards; Salesforce.com, VMware build VMforce Java development farm; other news.

IT channel news in brief for April 29, 2010

HP honors top partners

Top Hewlett-Packard partners were honored Wednesday night as HP wound up its Americas Partner Conference in Las Vegas. Winners of the company's first Partner in Excellence Awards included Denali Advanced Integration; Digitek Computer Products Inc.; High Performance Technologies Inc.; MCPc Inc., SHI International Corp.; Softchoice Corp.; Synnex Corp.; World Wide Technology Inc.

Salesforce.com, VMware build VMforce Java development farm

As expected, the two tech giants are pooling resources to offer a Java-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. VMforce, backed by virtualization giant VMware Inc. and SaaS/PaaS specialist Salesforce.com, aims to draw from among the six million Java developers and two million SpringSource developers to develop their wares on Salesforce.com's Force.com platform. Force.com had previously forced developers to use a proprietary language from Salesforce.com.

For HP, it's all blades, all the time

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s updated high-end Superdome will be sold in a blade configuration as opposed to the current tower design. HP says Itanium-based Superdome blades will plug into a blade chassis, allowing common infrastructure to fit into standard server racks. The new Superdome 2, due in the second half of 2010, will come in an 18U c7000 enclosure and can accommodate eight two-socket blades, or what amounts to 64 Itanium processing cores.

Microsoft updates CRM strategy

The next release of Microsoft's on-premises CRM Dynamics, aka "CRM 5" at Microsoft, will be released around the end of the year, company executives said at its convergence show in Atlanta this week.

With that update, Microsoft intends to speed up its release cycle so that the on-premises version will more closely match the release schedule of its Software as a Service (SaaS) application CRM Online.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is now in its fifth release and is updated about twice a year. CRM accelerators, like the portal accelerators for Partner Relationship Management, Event Management and eService issued in the latest release, are also released as separate extensions to Microsoft CRM.

Microsoft execs also said future CRM development will target four key areas: The cloud, "the consumerization of IT," social CRM and CRM analytics.

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