CRN Channel News

  • Alcatel, Nortel Heat Up WLAN Market
    Alcatel Monday entered the enterprise wireless networking arena with a new portfolio of access points, switches, appliances and voice handsets.
  • On-Demand Takes Center Stage At PartnerWorld
    Painting the clearest picture to date of his company's sweeping on-demand initiative, IBM chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano kicked off the annual PartnerWorld conference in Las Vegas with an economically optimistic speech that asked partners to embrace the IBM pillars of open standards, technical innovation and business-process transformation and outsourcing.
  • Study: Blogging Ain't All That
    The phenomenon of self-publishing on the Internet was supposed to bring the power of the people to the world. To some extent it has, according to a new survey, but only from a surprisingly small percentage of Web users.
  • Best Issues Upgrade To MAS 90, MAS 200
    Best Software said it will soon issue an upgrade to its MAS 90 and MAS 200 accounting and business management systems. Both ERP systems for the SMB market include the same new features and improvements. Release 4 will be available next week.
  • Server Market Posts Growth
    The worldwide server market posted growth for the third consecutive quarter at the end of 2003, with Linux use continuing to accelerate, market-research firm IDC says.
  • Tech Data Configures Cisco Technology
    Tech Data has struck a deal with Cisco Systems to become the first distributor to offer the vendor's auto-configuration technology, in a move aimed at reducing back-end costs for solution providers.
  • Sueltz signs with as president of tech marketing unit

    Sun Loses Services Chief
    Sun Microsystems services chief Patricia Sueltz took almost everyone by surprise last week when she decided to leave one set of uncertainties facing Sun for the unfamiliar issues of
  • The Transformers
    Whether you're an IBM partner or competitor, it always helps to get a look at its playbook.
  • <I>CRN</I> Interview: Martin Taylor, Microsoft
    As general manager for platform strategies at Microsoft, Martin Taylor leads the company's charge to contain open-source technology. In an interview with CRN Editor In Chief Michael Vizard, Taylor discusses the lessons Microsoft is learning from rising customer interest in open source. Here is an excerpt:
  • Sam's Channel IQ
    One of the amazing things about IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano is his extremely high channel IQ.
  • ShadowRAM: March 1, 2004
    On the policy side, this year's presidential election campaign may bring out untold differences between President Bush and the Democratic front-runner, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts. But here's one area where they agree: Buy Intel.
  • Briefs: Hindsight And Foresight, March 1, 2004
    MICROSOFT BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PARTNERS MERGE, GET FUNDINGThe moving and shaking in the Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) channel continued last week as two MBS partners, EYT and In2Gr8, merged and announced $20 million in first-round funding.
  • CompUSA Orders SoftwareToGo
    Asoftware point-of-sale upstart and a custom-system manufacturer have joined forces to roll out a nationwide, custom application-on-demand service for retailer CompUSA that could lay the groundwork for sales into other markets. The solution allows CompUSA customers to download and purchase software titles from more than 200 publishers via in-store kiosks.
    Last summer's blackout proved the value of having properly configured UPSes in place. Not only did UPSes prevent the certain loss of lots of data, they also allowed critical work to get done while local electrical grids were down. In fact, the power provided by UPSes, in conjunction with the judicious shutting down of non-essential hardware, allowed CRN's production and editorial staff to finish the following week's issue on the night of the blackout. No deadlines were missed.
  • Mobile PCs On Move To Outsell Desktops
    As the market turns increasingly toward mobile PCs, builders of white-box desktop PCs are undecided about the impact this shift will have on their businesses.
  • HP Responds To Enterprise Partners' Complaints
    A group of disgruntled Hewlett-Packard enterprise partners pulled the plug last week on their bid to establish an independent VAR council after HP agreed to revamp its own enterprise VAR council.