CRN Channel News

  • ShadowRAM: April 26, 2004
    Mark Cuban is a promotional genius. No sooner had "The Donald" said, "You're hired," to Bill Rancic on NBC than Cuban was offering runner-up apprentice Kwame Jackson a gig managing a portfolio or two.
  • Dear CA Boardperson
    I'm sure few of us out here in the world of the channel were actually surprised last week by Sanjay Kumar's decision to resign his chairman and CEO posts at Computer Associates International. But I, for one, will really miss his candid leadership and outspoken support for partners.
  • Xerox, KDS Focus On Flat-Panel Displays
    Flat-panel displays are selling well these days, as prices have dropped significantly. And in the same way that 19-inch CRTs took the market by storm several years ago, the 19-inch flat-panel display is today's sweet spot in display sales. Nineteen-inch flat panels are large by any standard and have very fine native resolutions. They also sell for less than $1,000, yet still offer an opportunity for profit. Here the CRN Test Center looks at three strong flat-panel candidates, coincidentally all made by the same manufacturer, Proview Technology, Garden Grove, Calif.
  • Feeling A Bit Power Hungry
    Although power-over-Ethernet is not a new technology, there are some new PoE devices on the market that open new, novel opportunities. For example, there are PoE-enabled wireless access points. With a typical access point, both utility power and network access are required, but with a PoE access point, only a CAT4 or CAT5 cable running to a PoE switch is needed.
  • FileMaker Raises The Bar For Databases
    With the release of FileMaker Pro 7, Santa Clara, Calif.-based FileMaker has raised the bar for relational databases. The enhancements made to the FileMaker product line help elevate the product to a serious database development environment from a desktop database solution.
  • But payments to settle litigation slash profits to $1.3B for quarter

    Microsoft 3Q Sales Grow
    Microsoft posted a 17 percent increase in revenue to $9.2 billion amid an IT spending turnaround last quarter and attempts by the company to settle its litigation woes globally.
  • IBM's Channel Charge
    IBM is a company that is firing on all channel cylinders right now. That's the big story in our 14th annual CRN Channel Champions Survey in this issue.
  • Briefs: Hindsight And Foresight, April 26, 2004
    CITRIX TAKES WRAPS OFF METAFRAME ACCESS SUITECitrix Systems on Tuesday will unveil its next-generation MetaFrame Access Suite, code-named Hudson, at a briefing in New York. The suite features updated versions of the MetaFrame presentation server, secure access manager (SAM), password manager and conferencing server, as well as a unified management platform.
  • Vendor is packaging BrightStor, eTrust, Unicenter for system builders

    CA Set To Unveil Bundle
    Computer Associates International is pushing forward with an aggressive channel blitz set for CAworld next month, including an expanded system builder initiative.
  • VARs React To Kumar's Move

    Shake-Up At CA
    Solution providers are concerned that the departure last week of Sanjay Kumar as chairman and CEO of Computer Associates International could stall the company's channel momentum.
  • Sterling Acquires TR2
    Sterling Commerce said Thursday it has acquired privately held TR2, a developer of data-cleansing and synchronization software, for an undisclosed sum.
  • Amazon Posts Record Profits gave the E-commerce sector another shot in the arm on Thursday, reporting record profits and strong year-over-year revenue growth for the first quarter.
  • Microsoft Posts Increase For Q3
    Microsoft posted a 17-percent increase in revenue in the third quarter of 2004 for a total of $9.18 billion, compared with last year's tally of $7.84 billion. Profits reached $1.3 billion, significantly less than the $2.74 billion recorded in Q4 2003, however this is due primarily to the recent $2.5 billion in legal payouts Microsoft made to both Sun Microsystems and the European Union.
  • The Downfall of CA
    There is much to be learned from the sad news this week of Sanjay Kumar leaving the helm of Computer Associates. First is that the corruption saga of the collective American business model continues, and that we still haven't found all the bad apples among us. Clearly, CA was playing fast and loose with its accounting over the years, and top management, including its CFO, knew about it and continued to hide the fact from its employees and shareholders.
  • Cron's Channel Background Seen As Big Plus For Solution Providers

    CA Board Member Cron Accepts Interim CEO Position
    Ken Cron, a former president of CMP Media and the original publisher of CRN, has accepted the post of interim CEO at software vendor Computer Associates International, sources said.
  • CEO samenuk calls restructuring most aggressive transformation in its history

    Network Associates Sells Sniffer, Changes Name To McAfee
    Network Associates late Thursday said it is selling its unprofitable Sniffer network management and analysis product line as part of a sudden restructuring and is changing its name to McAfee.
  • Pays Legal Bills To Sun, EU and Names New Licensing And Pricing Chief

    Update: Microsoft Posts 17 Percent Sales Growth Amidst IT Spending Recovery
    In spite of a $2.5 billion hit due to its legal settlements with Sun and a European Commission fine, Microsoft posted a strong third quarter amidst a budding recovery in the IT sector, generating a 17 percent growth in revenues to $9.2 billion.