CRN Channel News


  • Nortel VAR introduces hotel to the world of convergence


    VoIP Checks Into The Sheraton
    If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Frank Sinatra surely wasn't thinking of IP telephony when he sang those well-known lyrics, but it's certainly what Starwood Hotels and Resorts had in mind when it chose its flagship Sheraton location in midtown Manhattan to deploy its first VoIP solution. Boasting 1,750 rooms and 665 rooms, respectively, in two adjacent skyscrapers separated by 7th Avenue, officials at White Plains, N.Y.-based Starwood figured if it could get IP telephony to work there, it would be easier to implement at any of its other 766 hotels worldwide.
  • New economic data indicates increased business, consumer confidence


    IT Spending Growth Rolls On
    The economy is now hitting on all cylinders, according to several economic reports released this week. For the channel, that means the good times should continue, since businesses' increased confidence in economic conditions typically leads more companies to loosen the purse strings for technology spending.
  • Technology Spending Seen On The Rise Again
    IT spending is not only recovering, it is building a base that will power it to even higher levels in the coming months, according to a survey of more than 130,000 IT decision makers conducted by the Wendover Corp.
  • Distributor cites slower European sales growth


    Ingram Micro Lowers 2Q Estimates
    Ingram Micro's stock fell 28 percent on Friday after the distributor said it doesn't expect to meet Wall Street analysts' sales and earnings estimates for its second quarter.
  • Avnet Revenue Up Sharply, Asian Sales Soar
    Strong growth in Avnet's electronic components business, particularly in Asia, buoyed the company's fiscal third-quarter sales by 17 percent and helped send earnings skyrocketing 1,700 percent over the prior-year period, the distributor reported Thursday.
  • Google Plans Auction-Style IPO
    It finally happened. Search engine leader Google on Thursday filed to go public, hoping to raise $2.7 billion in its long-anticipated public offering.
  • TechWatch: Toolbars, Mail Scanners, Whitebooks
    Welcome to the arms-race edition of TechWatch, where vendors try to stay ahead of annoying pop-up ads, spam and building a better notebook. As always, send your tips to dstrom@cmp.com.
  • Nortel’s VoIP Push
    Sheraton's supplier, Nortel, is looking to its solution providers to help push VoIP over the long term. In a bid to better equip its partner base, Nortel is in the process of rolling out its Partner Advantage Program. With 80 partners signed up so far, the new program consists of three tiers: Elite Advantage for its 20 largest partners, Premium Advantage, which will max out at about 75 partners, and Advantage for the rest of its resellers.
  • U.S. Charges Four Under New Anti-Spam Law
    Federal authorities say they managed to pierce the murky underworld of Internet spam e-mails, filing the first criminal charges under the government's new "can spam" legislation.
  • A Look At a Very Smart Home
    It takes a former IBMer to design his own home systems like an IBM mainframe. But, although the concept may initially seem 22nd century, once you give it a bit of thought, designing a home system the way you'd design Big Iron might not so far-fetched.
  • Symantec Continues Its Roll
    Symantec once again reported strong results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended April 2, 2004, strengthening its lead over the pack in the highly competitive security space.

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