CRN Channel News


  • School District Tech Spending: Don’t Leave Him Behind
    The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act passed into law by President George W. Bush two years ago is putting new, urgent pressure on the computing resources of the nation's schools--and presenting solution providers and developers with a treasure trove of opportunity.
  • Zone Labs and SonicWall help VARs secure government customers’ wireless devices


    Two Solutions For the Road
    As laptops proliferate on government campuses, and as more remote offices rely on the Internet, there's a growing need for securing these roaming devices. Savvy VARs now can help their government clients rise to this challenge with new products from software technology company Zone Labs and Internet security solution provider SonicWall that address the problem head-on.
  • Small Partners, Big Business
    In government, large businesses are increasingly forging relationships with small businesses to be successful. This is especially true in today's environment where contract consolidation is the trend. For example, the General Services Administration has announced its intention to merge six technology Government Wide Acquisition Contracts into one contract. Called Alliant, this 15-year contract will have a ceiling of $150 billion and be awarded to only 20 prime contractors.
  • Maryland Chooses Robert Kitchen As CIO
    Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. last month named Ellis L. Kitchen CIO for the state of Maryland. Kitchen will set statewide standards for information systems and deploy standard technology that improves government services for Maryland's citizens, a press release stated.
  • Koontz Takes Over Telecom Unit
    Charles F. Koontz joined SAIC last month to oversee the newly formed Telecom Services Business Unit, the company announced in a press release.
  • Chip maker to open logistics site in L.A.; execs expect faster pipeline


    Intel Channel Chief: Server, Notebook Sales Strong, Will Be Stronger In '04
    One of Intel's top channel executives says notebook sales through the custom-builder channel are showing double-digit growth this year, while the migration to 64-bit computing could spark brisk server sales for the channel in 2004.
  • New Alliances Take Many Forms, But All Are Changing Channel Landscape
    Microsoft, Symantec, Cisco Systems, Veritas Software and Intel are among the major vendors forging opportunistic alliances to support the solution-selling behavior of their channel partners. Perhaps even more crucial: They are facilitating partnering among the ranks of their solution providers.
  • Vendors Get Back On Track
    XEROX: Left for dead two years ago in the wake of accounting scandals, Xerox, led by Chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy, has become leaner, meaner and more reliant on channel partners by shipping a growing number of its Phaser printer products and multifunction devices through general distribution.
  • AirMagnet, Funk Software prepared to unwrap new wares


    Wireless Security Products Target WLAN Management
    Wireless security products hitting the market over the next couple of weeks include more centralized features aimed at simplifying the installation and management of WLANs.
  • Walking The Talk
    The year 2004 is likely to go down in channel history books as the one in which major vendors finally got it. Evidenced by a bevy of skunk-works experiments across the industry, vendor channel executives are shifting direction, no longer able to ignore the fact that to capture new markets they must reward solution providers and distributors for their ability to represent end-to-end solutions and business applications.
  • Display business to move to Colorado Springs; plug pulled on front projector biz


    Philips To Reorganize U.S. Business Unit
    Philips Consumer Electronics of North America will launch a significant reorganization of its business products group, in a move to focus more attention on its branded monitor business, the company said in a statement.
  • 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.

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