Merging technology with autocracy?
I recall a great Storage company named Storagetek. Storagetek were fantastic to deal with, they offered the VARs deal registration, pre-sales support, discounts and helped them close deals profitably. Sadly Storagetek were aquired by Sun Microsystems and all those great benefits were eventually watered down and melted into Sun's toxic pool of autocracy. The Storagetek staff fled the pool and the Storagetek partners watched their long term relationship with what was by far one the most channel friendly Storage vendors stagnate.
NetApp are a great organisation with products that work well, I fear that the greed of Oracle will ruin the flourishing and profitable relationship that the channel is currently enjoying with NetApp and their Distributors. Let's hope that Oracle don't alter the modus operandi too much and make the NetApp / channel relationship a difficult one...
Will Oracle's proposed aquisition of NetApp deprive the channel storage resellers of another great partnership?