Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

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.

Microsoft Name Game a Lesson in Leading With Your Brand

In this new services era, business clients associate the value of a service with the company that provides it. Microsoft seems to get that message. Partners must as well.

End of Windows XP Aiding PC Sales

Windows XP is doing what Windows 8 couldn’t: Spur a rival in PC sales. Two analyst reports indicate adoption of new desktop and notebook computers is slowing the decline in PC sales.

Post-XP Disposal: It’s a Dirty Job and Partners Should Do It

In the wake of Windows XP upgrades, clients will be looking to solution providers to ensure their old computers are safely, securely and legally disposed of.

Surprise! Chromebook Demand Rising Fast

A new report by ABI Research not only confirms growing demand for Google Chromebooks, but a sales pace that puts the Web-based devices on track to take a significant share of the market from Microsoft and Apple.

Office for iPad a Potential Bonanza for Partners

Much attention is being placed on how Microsoft’s new Office for iPad could make it harder for Windows to gain a foothold in tablets. The greater potential is that the new app could make it easier for solution providers to sell the cloud-based Office 365 and drag complementary product sales.

Amazon Reacts to Google, Slashes Cloud Prices

Amazon Web Services, the market leader for hosted infrastructure, didn’t waste time responding to Google’s price drop, by slashing the base price for its cloud services by 51 percent. The price war is heating up and sending the wrong message to the market.

Google Cuts Cloud Fees, Escalates Pricing War

Google announced a 30 percent price-cut for infrastructure and platform services, presenting a challenge to rivals Amazon and Microsoft. This is another escalation in the cloud pricing war as big providers race to capture market share. If it keeps going, it will present challenges to cloud companies and their reseller partners.

CDW Scores With Charles Barkley Videos

Direct market reseller CDW drafts NBA legend Charles Barkley and an all-star cast of IT vendors to produce the humorous “The 7th Man” video series to demonstrate the power of IT investments in optimizing business operations.

Cisco Reverses Strategy to Enter Cloud Fray

Cisco Systems announced it’s investing $1 billion to develop cloud hosting capabilities to compete with Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and others in the increasingly competitive infrastructure-as-a-service market.