Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says his company plans to take the fight to established cloud infrastructure players, while also playing up its higher-end cloud platform and apps.
2013 saw developers of cloud storage and flash storage technologies push to the edge only to spark rounds of consolidations as those markets started showing some level of maturity.
Security consultants and other experts tell CRN that their clients sometimes forget that compliance doesn't equal security.
From cloud partner programs to acquisitions, it's been a big year for managed services. Here's a look back at the top-10 biggest MSP stories of 2013.
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- Sophos CEO Slams Fortinet In Response To Employee Poaching Lawsuit
Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman calls Fortinet's lawsuit "baseless" and claims the company wants to compete in the courtroom instead of the security market.
- Alcatel Sells Off LGS Subsidiary, Weighs Others As Cost-Cutting Continues
Alcatel-Lucent is selling off subsidiary LGS Innovations as part of The Shift Plan, an aggressive restructuring and cost-cutting initiative introduced by CEO Michael Combes this year.
- BlackBerry Reports Huge Q3 Loss, But Partners See Glimmer Of Hope
BlackBerry posts a loss of $4.4 billion for its third quarter, but partners say heightened interest in secure messaging could help turn things around.
- Federal Interactions: Employee And Hiring Requirements
By law, federal contractors and first-tier subcontractors must promise to extend affirmative action programs and equal employment opportunity to minorities and women, veterans, and people with disabilities.
- Microserver Chip Maker Calxeda Abruptly Shutters
Chip pioneer Calxeda closes abruptly after the financing rug was pulled out from under the firm.
- UXC Eclipse Acquires Tectura To Widen Global Microsoft Dynamics Reach
Australian UXC Eclipse has acquired Tectura to strengthen its Microsoft Dynamics global reseller foothold and vertical reach.
- STG Buys Global Resources' Technical Recruiting Division, Expands North American Footprint
With a channel-focused delivery of data center services, Signature Technology Group's newest acquisition is Global Resources' Technical Recruiting division.
- MCPc Summit Set To Shine Spotlight On Game-Changing Solutions
Fast growing SP500 powerhouse MCPc is set to shine the spotlight on game-changing solutions at its kickoff event Jan. 5-9 in Cleveland.
- D-Day Looms For Dell's Early Retirement Program
As Dell looks to tighten its belt, channel partners hope to pick up the slack.
- Review: HP Z620 Workstation
HP's easy-to-service Z620 Workstation made CRN's Products of the Year list for the second year in a row.
- Massive Target Breach Puts Spotlight On PCI Complexity
Target acknowledges it is investigating the theft of at least 40 million credit and debit card numbers at its brick-and-mortar stores. The thieves struck during the start of the busy holiday shopping season.
- Oracle's Profit Dips Slightly In Q2, But Execs Say Engineered Systems Gaining Steam
Oracle's beleaguered hardware business is looking up after CEO Larry Ellison and his lieutenants tell Wall Street investors that Exadata sales are on the rise.
- Microsoft CEO Ballmer Says Surface Was A Response To Apple iPad, OEMs' Lackluster Tablets
As Steve Ballmer prepares to step down as Microsoft CEO, he's acknowledging what many channel partners already thought: That Surface tablets were a response to lackluster OEM hardware.
- Unitrends Buys PHD Virtual To Expand SMB Disaster Recovery, Take On Veeam
With its acquisition of PHD Virtual, Unitrends can expand its reach into the backup and disaster recovery part of customers' virtualized environments while better competing against market leader Veeam.
- Apple's New Mac Pro Targets Deep-Pocketed Boutique Shops
Apple's stylish Mac Pro's Achilles' heel is storage and its steep price tag, but interest is high, say partners in the new high-end workstations.
- ShoreTel Partners: New Partner Program, Training Initiatives Show 'It's Not Business As Usual'
ShoreTel is rolling out a redesigned partner program and a new series of training workshops that, so far, have gained solution providers' approval in a big way.
- Taking A Step Back: Downgrading From Windows 8.1 To Windows 7
Why settle for 'Windows 7 Lite' when you can have the real thing? Check out these steps for Downgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7.
- Industry Partnership DistribuCare Unites Three Telemedicine Technologies
DistribuCare links together health integration from Carousel Industries, case-load management software from NuPhysicia and enterprise videoconferencing capabilities from Polycom.
- Mobile Devices Will Pose The Biggest Risk In 2014, Survey Says
About three-quarters of 676 IT professionals in a recent Ponemon Institute survey cite the security of mobile devices as their biggest concern, up from just 9 percent in 2010.
- Cisco Targets Service Providers With New Cloud DaaS Program
Cisco Tuesday took the wraps off its new desktop-as-a-service offering, but solution providers told CRN it looks more like a reference architecture than a full solution.
- HP Channel Charge: Partners To Get Same Training As HP Sales Reps
HP is kicking its channel sales offensive into high gear by providing its partners the same sales training as its direct sales reps.
- Arbor Bolts On Threat Intelligence, Antimalware To DDoS Appliances
Arbor Networks believes channel partners will embrace its cloud strategy that relies on a hybrid approach, implementing an appliance at the customer location. Executives say the aim is to bolt on new threat detection and antimalware capabilities.