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Will Bitcoin Become the New Channel Currency?

Dell is the largest IT vendor accepting Bitcoin as payment for goods and services, and is increasing the volume of sales using the virtual currency. Could Bitcoin become the new currency of the channel? There’s some logic behind it, as well as pitfalls.

IBM x86 Server Sale Cleared, Now the Real Fun for Lenovo

The U.S. government signed off on the IBM sale of its x86 server unit to Lenovo last week. Now, the real fun begins as Lenovo absorbs thousands of employees and customers, and competitors try to capitalize on the transition.

Symantec Benefits from PC Boom, Cost Cutting

Symantec is still looking for a new chief and fending off calls to break up the company. Yet, it did manage to post a 50 percent increase in profits in the last quarter, thanks in large part to a new sales strategy, cost cutting and a resurgence in PC sales.

Panda Security Goes All Channel, Again

Spanish security vendor Panda Security is once again making a commitment to growing its U.S. and global market share through the channel. This isn’t a new pledge and the only real difference is new leadership.

SAP Taking More Business Apps to the Cloud

SAP is embarking on a new strategy in which it will push more of its business software and analytics software to cloud-based delivery models. The plan reflects how the market is looking increasingly complex software as a service.

GFI MAX Milestone Raises Questions on RMM Models

Managed services tools vendor GFI MAX says it surpassed 10,000 users of its remote monitoring and management platform. The growth is significant, but more important is the why: The vendor is charting a course of providing a holistic platform, raising questions whether open systems still have value.

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.