Cloud opportunities for partners

March 16, 2011
Asus Eee Pad Slider
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Alun Taylor writes about the Asus Eee Pad Slider device.

“Folded flat, the slider looks like any other tablet – even if, at 17.7mm thick, it’s a wee bit more portly than the 13.4mm iPad and almost double the iPad 2’s 8.8mm front-to-back dimension. But hold the front and lever the back up, and Slider expands to reveal a full Qwerty keyboard. That’s a trick that makes the 17.7mm thickness more of an achievement. At just under 900g, the Slider weighs a little more than an iPad too, but the extra 170-odd grams is hardly a killer. And, let’s not forget, the slider has a larger screen, a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 IPS LCD capacitive panel, to be exact.”

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As CIOs Accelerate Cloud Investments, Solutions Providers Will Profit
Maurice Saluan highlights cloud opportunities for partners.

“For IT service providers, this movement toward cloud computing in corporations and government agencies translates to tremendous new opportunities and offers further evidence the cloud is changing things. Gartner has projected that cloud spending will reach $149 billion worldwide in 2014, an increase of more than 150 percent from about $58 billion in 2009. Ignoring the cloud, therefore, is looking more and more like a bad idea that could mean giving up significant revenue potential. In a study also conducted last fall, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) found that almost two-thirds of end users planned to increase their cloud computing investments by more than five per cent in the ensuing 12 months. More than half of those end users want IT channel companies to deliver the services.”

R.I.P. Microsoft Zune, 2006-2011
Devin Coldewey shares details about Microsoft’s Zune media player.

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has finally decided to put an official end to its Zune media player line. ‘A person familiar with the decision’ has informed them that Microsoft will not be putting out any new hardware in the line, and will be henceforward focusing on integrating Zune functionality with the Windows Phone 7 platform. Not exactly unexpected; the Zune hardware hasn’t changed since mid-2009′s release of the Zune HD, although it has received several significant software upgrades. The writing has been on the wall for a long time, but whether Microsoft would double down (again) or cut their losses was far from clear.”

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