CRN Channel News


  • Former HP solution provider steps into distribution role


    Avnet Hall-Mark Names New Head Of HP Unit
    On the eve of its first Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Partner Summit, Avnet Hall-Mark has appointed a new general manager for its HP Business Unit.
  • Distributor offers its top VARs enhanced financing and credit incentives


    Tech Data Ups TechSelect’s Benefits
    Tech Data is warming up to Uncle Sam these days, and the company hopes its TechSelect VARs feel the same way.
  • New HotPoint Wireless Mesh Router to ship in January


    Firetide Kicks Off Partner Program At WiFi Planet
    Firetide, a startup wireless mesh networking vendor, unveiled its HotFusion Partner Program and plans to ship its new HotPoint Wireless Mesh Router 1000S during WiFi Planet in San Jose, Calif.
  • Cisco, Intel To Push Wireless Mesh Standard
    Engineers from Cisco Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. are trying to kick off an effort to standardize mesh networks, one of the hottest new segments in wireless. The move comes as a handful of startups are hitting the market with proprietary mesh networking technologies embedded in their homegrown ASICs and software.
  • ATI Launches Channel Program For System Builders
    ATI Technologies has launched a new channel program for solution providers, as it works to raise the profile of graphics capabilities as a differentiating component for custom-system builders.
  • IBM’s Revamped Vertical Focus Could Benefit Solution Providers, ISVs
    Reflecting a shift in how customers buy software in a tenuous economy, IBM's Software Group will refocus its sales force and marketing efforts away from its five brands and toward a dozen vertical industries. IBM expects the changes will help its midmarket partners more easily and quickly automate business processes unique to different industries.
  • Canon To Enter TV Market With Displays
    Japanese camera and copy-machine maker Canon Inc. plans to enter the TV business as soon as next year by manufacturing thin displays in a new joint venture with Toshiba Corp., a Japanese electronics company, the latest in a wave of entries into the blossoming market.
  • Microsoft Speech Server Moves To Next Phase
    Microsoft has moved its Windows Speech Server into the second, and final stage of beta testing, adding additional features to the newest member of its server software family in preparation for a launch next year.
  • Intel Resellers To Offer MCI Services
    Intel and MCI are launching strategic alliance that lets the chipmaker's 40,000 resellers offer MCI's voice, data and Internet services, the companies said Wednesday.
  • Powerware Wants Your Business
    Powerware president Mark A. Ascolese wants to make sure VARs know his company is channel-friendly. On the one-year anniversary of its Power Alliance Program, Ascolese visited the offices of VARBusiness to discuss the provider of power quality and backup power management solutions' plans for the future and its reliance on systems integrators to help it meet its goals.
  • Sun Won't Join IBM-Led Java Tools Group
    Sun Microsystems and IBM continue to battle over Java as Sun Wednesday officially declined to join the IBM-led Eclipse.org open-source tools effort, a Sun executive said.
  • Opens up ClearType, File Allocation Table (FAT) technologies on royalty


    Microsoft Expands Intellectual Property Licensing Program
    Under pressure from regulators and advances in the open-source movement, Microsoft has decided to open up more of its intellectual property for licensing.
  • Tech Industry Works to Stem New Rules for Security
    America's largest technology companies are working to persuade the Department of Homeland Security against consideration of costly new computer-security rules, arguing that companies already are taking aggressive steps to defend against hackers.
  • Vernier Debuts Five New Partners At Wi-Fi Planet
    Vernier Networks unveiled five new channel partners during Wi-Fi Planet this week in San Jose, Calif., in hopes of growing its business in North America through the expertise of solution providers.

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