09/01/2010

Boxing Up The Cloud

With the Windows Azure Platform Appliance, Microsoft, Dell, HP and Fujitsu aim to define a new category for datacenter computing.


In-Depth

Dynamics CRM Facelift Brings Confidence to the Channel

By Jeffrey Schwartz

Partners like Jeffrey Goldstein are eager for features in Microsoft's forthcoming release that will give them better traction against Salesforce.com.


Microsoft's Cloud in a Box

By Jeffrey Schwartz

The Windows Azure Platform Appliance is coming this fall. While you can't buy one of these limited-production releases, it could portend the future of private clouds.


Windows Intune Hits a Flat Pitch

By Scott Bekker

Some MSPs are intrigued by the new Microsoft cloud-based Windows Intune, but the product's early positioning and the company's commitment to the managed services model are questioned.


Channel Call

4 Steps to Better Cloud Sales

By Keith Lubner

Simply put, if you create a cool product and want to deliver it via the cloud, you need to create your own channel.


Channel Watch

Gathering Clouds: Microsoft Has a Lot up There, What's Next?

By Scott Bekker

In our three main features this month, we're looking at three different ways Microsoft is bringing its traditional products to the cloud.


Directions

Watch Out for the Mammals

By Paul DeGroot

Success in the small business space has always been Microsoft's to lose.


Partner View

Once Upon a Channel

By Howard M. Cohen

In August 1981, IBM introduced its first "personal computer" and, explaining that nobody but IBM could sell IBM, decided that the few selected companies that would be furnishing these small units to consumers and small businesses would be "resellers" instead of "sellers."


News

Microsoft Financing Back on the Fast Track

By Scott Bekker

Program expands to rely on a broader base of banks worldwide.


IT Spending Growth?

With fingers crossed, IDC calls for 6 percent bump in IT spending for all of 2010.


What Is Microsoft Thinking?

By Scott Bekker

CFO Peter Klein makes the case for Microsoft's financial upside in cloud computing at the Microsoft Financial Analyst meeting.


Researcher: More Contracts Signed in Q2

By Scott Bekker

As the economy continues to bump along, throwing off signals both that it might be headed up or down, a major component of the channel is reflecting the same confusing lack of clear trends.


Google and Verizon Push Tiered Broadband Services

By Kurt Mackie

Proposal excludes wireless bandwidth and calls for weak FCC regulation. Critics allege the approach would create "private fast lanes" for "big players" and a "winding dirt road" for "the little guy."


11 Things to Know About ... Hewlett-Packard Company

By Scott Bekker

Every now and again, something truly shocking happens in the IT industry. Like what went down at HP just recently.


Come to SQL: SQL Server Migration Assistant Updated

By Kurt Mackie

Microsoft offers new SQL Server migration tools for MySQL and updated tools for Access, Oracle and Sybase.