Intel says it's ready to test its cloud single-sign-on service, hosting it on Salesforce.com's cloud-application platform. The Intel offering, developed with its security arm McAfee, is expected to be commercially available in April, and will offer two-factor authentication.
Security vendor McAfee's new worldwide channel leader, Gavin Struthers, says he wants to revamp partner sales requirements to expand recertification opportunities for resellers. The vendor plans to offer a continuing-education option in which partners can take 10 courses on several subjects. "We're broadening it out and making it a richer experience for learning," Struthers said.
McAfee says it's retooling its deal-registration program and that the revamped channel focus will spur greater product and services deals. Alex Thurber, senior vice president of worldwide channels, said the move represents the biggest investment the vendor has made in the channel.
Intel has introduced a channel program to bring together the company's embedded and computing technologies and its enterprise and consumer offerings under the umbrella of a single, three-tiered reseller model.
Oracle enjoyed a 20% first-quarter profit, and its sales estimate of $8.4 billion will beat industry expectations. CEO Larry Ellison says his strategy in acquiring Sun to bundle Oracle database software with Sun hardware is paying off. The vendor will debut two high-end systems at its annual conference next week.