CRN Channel News

  • OS geared for SPARC, Intel, AMD platforms

    Solaris 10 Targets Utility Computing
    When Sun Microsystems shines the spotlight on its first systems based on UltraSPARC IV and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron this week, it's also slated to show off the new software engine optimized for the server processors, Solaris 10.
  • Didata Adds Symbol Line To Its Solutions
    Dimension Data (Didata) and Symbol Technologies have formed a partnership that incorporates Symbol's mobile products into a new line of enterprise mobile solutions recently launched by Didata.
  • Easing Into Service
    If you're a solution provider, your long-term success is tied directly to your ability to derive profit from services revenue. Falling product prices continue to have an adverse effect on margins, and solution providers increasingly must rely on services to make up for lost profit on product sales.
  • CDW Adds Two Vendors To License Tracker
    CDW added Computer Associates International and Network Associates to its Software License Tracker tool, which lets end users manage their license inventory, executives said.
  • ShadowRAM: February 9, 2004
    The word trickling down from Wall Street last week was that notebook shipments from manufacturers in Asia to bigger vendors were way below expectations for January. Rumor has it that some vendors slowed their orders to let channel inventory thin out.
  • IT Spending Recovery On Track
    The U.S. Commerce Department's preliminary estimate of economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2003 fell short of expectations, rattling global financing markets. For the channel, however, the data is cause for reassurance, not concern.
  • Eclipse Foundation officially breaks from IBM at EclipseCon

    Independence Day
    The Eclipse Foundation last week celebrated its independence from IBM and introduced the next version of its open-source application development framework at the first EclipseCon show.
  • Samsung Addressing Resellers' Concerns
    Samsung Electronics' Digital Information Technology Division and its new Reseller Advisory Council have begun discussions about the peripheral vendor's channel programs, and both sides say the effort is definitely a step in the right direction.
  • Are You Wide Enough?
    Anyone who reads this column with any kind of frequency knows I'm a sucker for cool technology, especially in the communications space. It's the reason I swear by my Treo combo phone-PDA, although it's killing me that my service provider hasn't yet supported the latest edition.
  • HP Agent Program Raises Questions
    Solution providers remain cautious about Hewlett-Packard's revamped agent program because of concerns over how deals are priced and fears that the vendor may convert agent accounts to 100 percent direct.
  • New HP Desktop Boasts Style, Affordability And Space-Saving Design
    Business users traditionally don't need anything more in a desktop PC than speedy processing, a good-size hard drive and sufficient memory. However, users have long been limited to boring-looking business desktops and white-box systems that do little to brighten up their environment or spirits. But today, things are different, with many desktops designed specifically with style in mind, yet costing little more than standard models.
  • More drives selling out of the channel than into it

    Western Digital CEO: Channel Inventory Balancing Out
    Western Digital's CEO said channel inventory of hard drives is burning off this quarter, with major drive manufacturers selling less product into the channel than out.