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EMC Botherer Pure Storage Grabs $225 Million Funding

Pure Storage’s valuation has risen to over $3 billion after the flash storage upstart reportedly completed another bumper fundraising round.

VMware Shares Slump Despite Soaring Sales

A sales spike at VMware Inc. in Q1 was not enough to satisfy investors as the vendor’s share price slumped.

CompTIA Wants To Close IT Gender Gap

Women account for just a quarter of information technology jobs. It’s stifling the industry’s ability to grow and flourish. CompTIA wants to change that.

Despite NSA Fears, Microsoft, Others Bet on U.S. Data Centers

Ongoing concerns about privacy and security — and a resulting softness in the market for domestic data center services — isn’t keeping Microsoft and a host of other tech giants from making big bets in the nation’s heartland.

3 Steps to Successful VoP Programs

To help maximize partner relationships and ensure partners remain loyal, vendors are implementing voice of partner (VoP) programs.

Kaspersky Names Doggett North America Chief

Kaspersky Lab has announced changes at the top of its North American organization, with former B2B sales chief Chris Doggett taking over at the top in the new position of managing director.

Birch Communications M&A Strategy Pays Off

Birch Communications turned the acquisition and turnaround of distressed solution providers and regional telecom resellers into an art form that grew the company. Now, it’s taking on a healthy company, CBeyond, and rising to national prominence.

Greenpeace Report: Falling In With the Wrong Cloud?

Greenpeace has been accused of missing the bigger picture after it mauled the eco-credentials of some of the leading cloud computing brands.

Microsoft Tweaks Nokia Deal Ahead of Friday Close

Microsoft Corp. has fine-tuned its Nokia acquisition, made last September, as it prepares to seal the deal at the end of the week.

Technology Buying Cycle: What Goes Around Isn’t Coming Around

Newly acquired IT companies are struggling to maintain momentum as the technology buying cycle becomes more fluid and dynamic, according to Gartner.