CRN Channel News

  • QandA: IBM’s Systems Group Head Sizes Up The Competition
    The ultimate responsibility for setting and executing IBM's hardware strategy rests with Bill Zeitler, senior vice president at IBM and head of the company's Systems Group. Zeitler outlined his 2004 partner priorities--which include gaining storage market share, reinvigorating demand for PowerPC systems and creating a broader channel ecosystem for IBM hardware--in an interview with VARBusiness Editorial Director Robert DeMarzo and CRN Editor In Chief Michael Vizard.
  • With Longhorn release date unclear, interim versions of Windows are likely.

    Microsoft Plans Follow-On To Windows Server 2003
    Microsoft will likely release another server version of Windows before the next-generation Longhorn operating system that's been the focus of the company's development efforts and marketing discussions for months.
  • Files legal response to DOJ's antitrust suit

    Oracle Fights Government's PeopleSoft Suit
    Oracle is standing by its current, and final, offer of $9.4 billion for PeopleSoft Inc. and is setting up its defenses for what could be a legal battle with the government.
  • IOGEAR MiniMouse 800 w/ Flash Memory
    IOGEAR's new Memory Mini Mouse 800 houses 32Mbytes of flash memory as convenient portable storage for documents and presentations. When used simply as a mouse on the road, the unit provides an alternative to the more cumbersome touchpads, TrackStiks and track balls found on laptops.
  • Migration Musings
    The good news is that many vendors with whom I speak regularly are spouting off again quite vociferously about the building traction for emerging technologies such as wireless networks and IP convergence. Many vendors, notably Cisco Systems, are even aligning their channel incentive programs to support their marketing mumbo-jumbo. To that, I say, "Bravo!"
  • Channel Renaissance
    Change is always scary, but if we survive it, we're usually made stronger by it.
  • ShadowRAM: March 8, 2004
    IBM's relationship with the channel seems to be on the upswing, so to speak. After IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano addressed PartnerWorld attendees in Las Vegas last week, he headed to the links for a round of golf with channel executives. Among those replacing divots were Avnet's Rick Hamada and Arrow's Joe Burke. There was no word on the scores or if Palmisano takes mulligans, but reports from the course said one channel executive really stepped up his game. "Burke had one good hole," our spy tells us.
  • IBM, Nokia: Two Smooth Communicators
    IBM and Nokia recently announced a partnership to deliver mobile sales-force automation solutions to the pharmaceutical, insurance and government markets, to coincide with the unveiling of the Nokia 9500 Communicator.
  • Microsoft rolls out new integration server, talks up tight links

    BizTalk Server Ballyhoo
    Microsoft is banking that a renewed Windows Server Systems blitz will make up for its lack of an e-business suite.
  • Sun partners say business was recovering

    VARs: GE Access Called In Notes
    Two Sun Microsystems solution providers claim that distributor GE Access recently called in their notes.