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Uila Adds End-User Monitoring

A year after unveiling its first software release, Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup Uila Inc. on Tuesday connected the application-aware infrastructure performance monitoring dots by bringing end users into the process.

Designed for datacenters running mission-critical applications, Uila (pronounced wee-la) relies on small virtual machines on physical hosts to listen to network traffic and send metadata to a controller on-premises or in the cloud. With intelligence allowing it to auto-discover more than 4,000 applications, the company's tool aims to create a performance dashboard for the entire stack, including application response times for compute, storage and the network. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 04, 2017 at 3:04 PM0 comments

Internet Milestone: Android Overtakes Windows

When it comes to overall Internet access across all device types worldwide, Microsoft's long reign as the dominant operating system has come to an end, according to researchers at StatCounter.

The independent Web analytics company, which tracks OS usage, on Monday reported that Android overtook Windows in March for the first time as the world's most popular operating system. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 03, 2017 at 9:53 AM0 comments

Dell Stuffs a Quad-Core into Entry-Level Wyse Thin Client

Dell refreshed its Wyse thin client line on Tuesday with a new device that sports the first quad-core processor in one of its entry-level devices for virtual workspace environments.

The Wyse 3040 has a lot of the specs you'd expect in a refreshed line -- lower weight at just over half a pound, about a quarter less power usage than previous models and a smaller overall size. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM0 comments

Survey: Trusted Advisers Still Have a Role in the Cloud

A refrain among channel advocates musing about IT's future in the cloud is that even for customers interested in assembling best-of-breed collections of cloud services, they still want a trusted adviser to put it all together for them.

The other way of looking at it is that customers want a single throat to choke when things don't work. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 27, 2017 at 11:01 AM0 comments

Cloud Distributor Pax8 Streamlines Operations

Cloud-focused distributor Pax8 on Monday unveiled new processes, organizational enhancements, roles and a key executive all aimed at streamlining its operations.

The 5-year-old Denver-based company offers a curated line card of cloud offerings to its 1,100 partners. Products offered from Pax8 come from BAE Systems, BitTitan, CloudJumper, DataMAPt, Double-Take, IBM MaaS360, Infrascale, Microsoft, ProfitBricks, Symantec and Veritas. Office 365 is one of the distributor's anchor products, and a new relationship announced last month with BitTitan centering on the MigrationWiz technology and MSPComplete deepened Pax8's focus on Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs). More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 27, 2017 at 9:26 AM0 comments

LinkedIn Integration Continues with Hoffman Named to Microsoft Board

While the technical integration of Microsoft and LinkedIn awaits significant movement, the cultural integration took another step forward with the naming of LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman to the board of Microsoft this week.

A member of the "PayPal Mafia" alongside Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, the 49-year-old Hoffman brings a Silicon Valley insider's perspective to the Microsoft boardroom. He is currently a partner with Greylock Partners, and his other board positions include Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream, Wrapp and Kiva.org. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 15, 2017 at 12:19 PM0 comments

Survey: Managing Office 365 Can Nearly Double the TCO for Smaller Organizations

A new survey by one of Microsoft's largest cloud solution providers (CSPs) takes a crack at quantifying the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Office 365 for organizations of different sizes.

In a report posted Monday, Champion Solutions Group of Boca Raton, Fla., detailed the results of a survey of 101 Office 365 administrators from organizations ranging in size from 1-50 users to more than 500 users. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 13, 2017 at 11:39 AM0 comments

WikiLeaks Details Parts of CIA Playbook Against Windows

The massive WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday of alleged U.S. Central Intelligence Agency documents purports to reveal elements of the CIA's tactics and tools for exploiting Windows-based computers.

The flashiest revelations in the 8,761 documents, dubbed "Vault 7" by WikiLeaks, had to do with non-Windows operating systems: platform exploits against Apple's iOS that could theoretically make application-level encryption and secure communications tools like Signal and WhatsApp moot on iPhones, a catalog of two dozen Android zero-day exploits, and details of how the agency could turn Samsung smart TVs into listening devices. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 08, 2017 at 11:40 AM0 comments

Microsoft's Reported HPE Order Cut a Sign of Tectonic Changes in Server Sales

Intrepid reporters at Bloomberg look like they've solved a big mystery of the last week: Which giant HPE client cut server orders so dramatically that President and CEO Meg Whitman was compelled to bring up the setback in an investor call?

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported that the client was Microsoft, one of the biggest server buyers on the market as it continues its global buildout of Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 and other public cloud infrastructure and services. Microsoft and HPE did not offer on-the-record comments to the report. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on March 02, 2017 at 12:17 PM0 comments

Detachables Still a Little Hype-y, But Gaining in the PC Market

Detachables may be slightly heavy on hype at the moment, according to a PC market researcher, but there's no denying that the sector that's drawing in a steady stream of new entries, such as one from HP over the weekend, has potential.

"Regardless of what marketers are saying, detachable tablets are simply not putting pressure on notebooks yet," said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani in a statement about the market research firm's latest PC market projections. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 27, 2017 at 1:33 PM0 comments

Tech Data-Avnet Close Blockbuster Distribution Acquisition

Tech Data Corp.'s acquisition of the Technology Business Solutions business of Avnet Inc. is complete, the distributor said on Monday.

The cost to Tech Data is $2.6 billion, which was the amount that Tech Data said it expected to pay when the companies originally announced the deal in September. Funding included $1 billion from Tech Data's recent public debt offering, $1 billion from bank term loans, $400 million from drawings under other credit facilities and cash on hand and nearly 2.8 million shares of Tech Data stock. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM0 comments

Microsoft To Shut Out P-Seller Partners from Corporate Network

Microsoft's exclusive P-Seller partner community in the United States on Monday received 28 days' notice that they would be shut out of the Microsoft corporate network and moved to a new area of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) portal, leading some partners to fear that many of the resources they regularly use to sell Microsoft solutions and escalate customer issues will be unavailable.

Partner Sellers, or P-Sellers, are among Microsoft's closest partners, and they help Microsoft drive significant revenue through co-selling engagements. In the United States, the invitation-only program includes 1,139 individuals from 289 managed partner organizations. Those individuals carry the P-SSP (Partner Solution Sales Professional) or P-TSP (Partner Technology Solutions Professional) designations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 22, 2017 at 9:32 AM0 comments