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IT pros unsure of PacketMotion's role

Experts are still curious to see whether VMware Inc.'s PacketMotion appeals to larger or SMB business; Partners will now be able to offer HP-branded managed print services.

Who’s buying into PacketMotion?
Although IT pros think that PacketMotion will fit VMware’s vShield nicely, some foresee that the interest in VMware’s newest purchase will only be from larger companies with compliance needs.

PacketMotion’s product line includes PacketSentry, which will appeal to customers looking to strengthen their network security, and the VirtualProbe access management tool will help bolster customers’ virtual security. VMware said it will integrate PacketMotion into vShield’s security tools.

Experts think small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers are more likely to buy PacketMotion because of customer willingness to implement hybrid clouds, according to

HP targets SMBs with new MPS program
With the acquisition of Printelligent in May already in its back pocket, Hewlett-Packard Co. reported that it will offer the first HP-branded managed print services (MPS) program for partners.

In the past, partners had to go through suppliers such as Synnex or Supplies Network, but HP said at its Imaging and Printing conference in Shanghai, China, last week that partners can now subcontract MPS through HP, according to

Having partner-friendly Printelligent in its product mix is a big part of HP’s new, scalable end-to-end MPS offering, and HP said it will now offer more MPS training and support for small to medium-sized businesses.

Oracle is not alone on poor heterogeneous stack support
By openly stating that it does not support issues with multivendor stacks unless those issues originate with Oracle products, Oracle Corp. is nothing if not honest.

This policy frustrates customers, because most run their virtual environments on intertwined vendor hardware and software stacks. Despite the controversial policy, some say that Oracle is hardly the only guilty party; it just happens to be the most up front about its rules.

VARs can use new Windows Intune release to boost sales
Following July’s beta release of Windows Intune to 10,000 users, Microsoft will make the new version of the tool generally available on Oct. 17.

Intune now has improved desktop management capabilities and offers information, such as inventory data and security policies, which had been available through Systems Center Configuration Manager. It gives VARs a new product that helps decrease their customers’ day to day workloads.

Analysts say that, unlike the previous version, a big perk is being able to distribute applications instead of application patches.

Intune is $11 per month, per PC and is available to customers upgrading to Windows 7 Enterprise, according to

HP creates enterprise security division
Hewlett-Packard’s new Enterprise Security Products group includes the HP Fortify, ArcSight and TippingPoint product lines.

With the new division, HP will encourage partners to look at the products with a broad view and potentially add to their security portfolio. HP is expected to offer more details and updates at the ArcSight Protect 2011 conference this week.

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