CRN Channel News


  • Microsoft Recommends Throttling Back SUS For SP2
    Microsoft offers advice for enterprises relying on Software Update Services to prevent network slowdowns and server bottlenecks as they update thousands of PCs to Windows XP Service Pack 2.
  • Google Shares Surge in Market Debut
    Shares of Google Inc. surged nearly 22 percent in their market debut Thursday, the culmination of a unique and bumpy initial stock offering for the 6-year-old dot-com dreamed up in a college dorm room.
  • Google Shares Expected To Trade Shortly
    Shares of Google Inc. were expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Thursday, the culmination of a unique and highly public initial stock offering for the 6-year-old dot-com dreamed up in a garage.
  • Sun's Picture A Little Cloudy
    Citigroup Smith Barney is advising investors to be cautious when looking at Sun Microsystems, which is tinkering with its business and product strategies.
  • Google's Hot IPO Cools As Share Price Gets Cut
    In a sign that Google's initial public offering will not be as hot or big as expected, the Internet search giant slashed its estimated per-share price range and reduced the number of shares to be sold by insiders.
  • <i>CRN</i> Monthly Technology Spending Outlook, August 2004
    Solution providers' near-term sales expectations in the small- and midsize-business market fell in July compared with June, continuing a decline from record-high levels in May. Yet overall channel sales expectations remain strong by historical standards, especially in the notebook category. The overall spending expectations index dipped to 92 in July, below June's mark of 106 as well as the May 2000 baseline index of 100. By comparison, the index stood at 63 in July 2003.
  • Sun And Microsoft Channel Chiefs Presented Top ARC Awards
    Gary Grimes, Sun Microsystems' outgoing vice president of U.S. partner management and sales, was presented with the 2004 VARBusiness Lifetime Achievement Award, while Microsoft's Allison Watson, vice president of worldwide partner sales and marketing group, was named Channel Executive of the Year Tuesday night at the gala 2004 VARBusiness Annual Report Card (ARC) awards dinner in Chicago.
  • Ingram Micro Lays Out Changes To Customer Model
    The choice is yours. That was the message from Brian Wiser, vice president of marketing at Ingram Micro, regarding the distributor's new Choice Advantage program during Monday's World Premiere event at XChange '04. Arguably the biggest change to Ingram Micro's customer model in the company's history, Choice Advantage presents three customer levels to solution providers with varying degrees of pricing benefits and support services, depending on the option a reseller chooses.
  • Trust Is Key As Vendors Tap Into the Midmarket
    Amid audience concerns that vendors could take back midmarket business from them, Robert C. DeMarzo, editorial director of VARBusiness, on Tuesday led a panel of top technology vendors who reassured solution providers that they needed the channel to penetrate the segment, would not take business away from them and, in fact, were seeking paths to increase VAR profitability.
  • Intel Points Its Partners Toward SMBs
    Intel projects solid growth ahead for both servers and desktop systems in the SMB segment, offering resellers a major opportunity to replace an aging installed base and satisfy emerging demand for new applications. That was the semiconductor giant's message at its presentation Tuesday at VARBusiness' XChange conference in Chicago.
  • Murai: Ingram Exec Departures Won't Affect VARs
    With four executives gone in the past four months, Ingram Micro has many channel observers wondering if something is afoot at the company. Kevin Murai, co-president of the Santa Ana, Calif.-based distributor, says no.
  • The Evolution of the Channel, 1994-2004
    What a difference 10 years makes. At this week's XChange event in Chicago, Monty Cornell, group research director of CMP Channel Group research, showed just how far the channel has evolved and morphed since 1994.