CRN Channel News

  • Maxtor OneTouch 250-Gbyte External Hard Drive
    No matter what type of business a company is in, the quality and availability of its data backup system is virtually as important as the data it protects. Without a solid backup solution, there's no telling what could happen if disaster strikes.
  • Hewlett-Packard TC2120
    For solution providers looking for a robust file server with a rich feature set and low cost to sell to small businesses, the HP TC2120 is the answer.
  • Xerox Phaser 6250
    For this year's printer of the year, the Test Center was looking for an SMB-friendly printer that was easy on the wallet while not making any compromises on features or performance. It also had to be small in size.
  • Hewlett-Packard NX7000
    Notebook computers are available in so many new and interesting shapes and sizes, it's getting harder to choose the best one. In picking the CRN Test Center notebook of the year, engineers wanted something a little different yet representative of the numerous advances in notebook technology in 2003. It had to be portable yet have a big screen. It had to be relatively lightweight yet be loaded with features. Also, a Centrino unit was preferable because of its high efficiency and long battery life.
  • Teros-100 Gateway
    2003 will go down in history as the year of the worm. We saw the Slammer, Sobig and Blaster worms, among others, spread throughout the Internet like wildfire, easily bypassing most security systems and causing widespread loss wherever they went. If the barrage of attacks in 2003 is a portent of what's to come in 2004, every solution provider has a responsibility to provide strong security to their customers.
  • Best Software MAS 90
    Best Software's MAS 90 came out on top of other vendors in the category for its ease of use and wealth of features by excelling in many areas that other ERP vendors find difficult to handle. Out of the box, MAS 90 arrives with more than 25 modules that cover everything from accounts payable to time slips. MAS 90 also includes modules for sales/purchase order, general ledger, material requirements panning (MRP), office link and work order.
  • Samsung 192MP
    In order for a monitor to be display of the year, the CRN Test Center felt it first had to be a flat-panel display at least 19 inches in size because anything smaller simply wouldn't be impressive at all. Then it had to have VGA and DVI inputs, S-Video and composite video inputs and built-in speakers. It was also decided that a built-in TV tuner couldn't hurt.
  • Microsoft Live Communication Server
    This year, two new products from Microsoft are for the first time offering enterprise collaboration capability and extending the Microsoft Office suite well beyond the desktop. This great leap forward propelled Live Communications Server and Windows SharePoint Services to the lead among knowledge management and collaboration products.
  • BEA Systems Weblogic Workshop
    BEA Systems' Weblogic Workshop is by far the most innovative development tool reviewed by CRN Test Center engineers this year. Workshop has the quickest learning curve of any Java development tool on the market and is the only one tested this year that makes development of composite applications an easy task.
  • Signs point to growing business confidence

    New Economic Data Reassuring
    A new batch of economic data shows that the housing market remains red-hot, industrial production is surging, inflation remains subdued, and first-time claims for unemployment insurance have dropped. All that points to a positive turn in the economy and the channel.
  • Wireless vendors step up recruitment efforts

    Vernier, Firetide Callout For VARs
    Vernier Networks, a WLAN infrastructure vendor, and Firetide, a startup wireless mesh-networking vendor, are both boosting efforts to recruit solution providers looking to tap into a hot wireless market.
  • Cause For Optimism
    I would much rather expend my energy accentuating the positive than stating the negative, and I'm happy to say that the upcoming new year affords me a great opportunity to do so.
  • Intel Offering A Test-Drive Of Itanium 2
    Intel, hoping to capitalize on what executives believe is a surge toward 64-bit processing, is rolling out a test-drive program for its Itanium 2 processor platform, the company said.
  • Looking Ahead To The New Year: Big Changes

    As The Economy Improves, High-Tech Will See More Challenges In 2004
    While the economy is improving and next year we are likely to see four consecutive quarters of growth in gross domestic product, it's probable we also are going to see more turmoil in high-tech during 2004 than we have in the past two years.
  • PalmOne Treo Gets Java Support
    PalmOne has extended Java support to the Treo 600 Smartphone line, which the company added with its acquisition of Handspring this past fall.