Looking Back and Moving Forward3:03 PM EST Fri. Sep. 13, 2002
Paying our respects: This week's CRN cover story takes a look at how last year's terror attacks affected New York's solution provider community, and how those solution providers pitched in to help get other businesses get back on their feet. VARBusiness' Robert DeMarzo follows up on his emotional column from that terrible day with his perspective on 9/11 from one year later. And in other coverage, we discuss how 9/11 changed the landscape for security and disaster recovery strategies.
Fresh from InfoWorld, Michael Vizard has joined CRN as its editor in chief. In an early morning meeting with the CRN staff Monday, he introduced himself and talked about his publishing priorities. I'm happy to report he's got CRN's online development right up there, along with more to come from our neighbors in the CRN Test Center. Michael's first column went online last week, and he'll soon be joining the crew on our ChannelWeb Columnists page as well.
Microsoft .Net Moves
Microsoft pushed hard on the .Net front this week. Paula Rooney and Barbara Darrow preview the new .Net tools, servers, and services the company will be rolling out this fall. Microsoft is also easing some .Net server licensing restrictions; updating their .Net Passport service; and showing off the "most powerful Windows server" ever built. (Don't laugh, Unix folks. It's a 64-bit, 32-way beast.)
Don't Mess With Cisco
There's an old Rodney Dangerfield joke that goes, "My wife cut me down to sex twice a month--but I can't complain. I know two guys she cut off completely." Cisco partners may feel the same way. The networking giant is cracking down on partners selling products they're not authorized to offer; but that's better treatment than Dell is getting--Cisco is deauthorizing them completely.
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Sun is continuing its efforts to broaden its customer base. Next week the company will unveil the Linux-based Sun One Desktop, along with additional security upgrades.
Apple, of course, is pushing it's own desktop Unix. Beginning in January, the company will no longer offer a dual-boot option on new Macintoshes. Most Mac System 9 apps run just fine in OS X, but some hardware incompatibilities, (like those with my password-protected Zip disks!) and other gotchas have kept many users running System 9, even with OS X pre-installed on their Macs. But now that Jaguar (OS X 10.2) is out, Apple aims to change that one way or another.
Chips so fast, they're early: Intel moves up the release data of their next generation Xeon processors.
Don't buy more. Save more. It may seem like an odd message from solution providers to customers, but VARBusiness' Rich Cirillo talks to several leading solution providers that have adopted that new pitch in today's bleak IT spending environment. It works.