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Amazon Raises Questions on Cloud Growth

Amazon Web Services saw the number of users increase by 90 percent over the last year, as price cutting attracts customers by the thousands. While the strategy hurts rivals, it’s raises questions over what price companies should pay for their share of the cloud.

Chromebook Sales Continue to Surge

Google’s Chromebook platform continues to skyrocket in sales. While still insignificant in raw market share, the Web-based notebook computer is showing signs that it could severely disrupt Microsoft’s desktop dominance.

Network Hardware Resale Rebrands as Curvature, Takes on Vendor Persona

Now under the moniker Curvature, the former leader in refurbished hardware equipment is launching a line of servers, expanding reselling relationships and delivering more services that will make it a mashup of a reseller and vendor.

Apple, IBM Partner to Tackle Mobile Enterprise

IBM and Apple have formed a strategic partnership to make iPhones and iPad more valuable enterprise tools, and build a new, growth-oriented act for both companies.

Microsoft Discounts Surface Pro 3 for WPC

At the annual Worldwide Partner Conference this week in Washington, D.C., Microsoft is offering partners $229 discount on Surface Pro 3 packages. Essentially, Microsoft is incenting partners to buy a product they cannot resell.

Amazon Takes Aim at File-Sharing Services

Amazon Web Services is launching Zocalo, a secure file-sharing service designed for businesses. The new initiative takes aim at services such as Box and Dropbox, as well as opens a new front in the cloud battle with Microsoft and Google.

E-Rate Reforms Could Create Channel Boom

Technology leaders are encouraging the FCC to modernize E-Rate, the federal program that provides billions of dollars to school systems for technology projects. Reforms would certainly create an influx of spending that will directly benefit the channel.

CA Sells Arcserve Data Protection Unit

CA Technologies is selling its Arcserve data protection unit to Marlin Equity Partners. The deal is part of a plan to divest of ‘non-core’ assets, and focus on cloud management and enablement technologies.