CRN Channel News

  • Tech Data Opens Websphere Center For Testing
    By setting up a new WebSphere Integration Center (WIC) at Tech Data's Clearwater, Fla., campus, the distributor hopes to assist IBM executives in adding clarity to the vendor's overall on-demand strategy.
  • Benq Projectors Meet Multimedia Needs
    As businesses of all sizes invest in multimedia conference rooms and home theaters become an increasingly popular feature in many new homes, high-quality projectors are an important item for a solution provider's portfolio. With that in mind, CRN Test Center engineers reviewed two robust projectors from BenQ.
  • Sony DRU-510A DVD Recorder
    Common CD-RW drives have really plummeted in price over the past year or so, and now DVD recorders have started down the same path. Earlier generations of DVD recorders were limited in media compatibility and carried a high cost.
  • Target: Intuit

    Microsoft Weighs New Play For Low-End Accounting
    Microsoft is hoping Magellan can take it where Microsoft Profit and bCentral Finance Manager could not. The destination? Small business accounting, a market dominated by Intuit's QuickBooks.
  • IDC Is Bullish On IT Spending, Standards Adoption
    IT spending will make a big jump, leading high-tech vendors will see standards-based products as the center of their future and foreign outsourcing of IT services will continue to grow are just some of the 2004 predictions made Thursday by market researcher IDC.
  • Former HP solution provider steps into distribution role

    Avnet Hall-Mark Names New Head Of HP Unit
    On the eve of its first Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Partner Summit, Avnet Hall-Mark has appointed a new general manager for its HP Business Unit.
  • Distributor offers its top VARs enhanced financing and credit incentives

    Tech Data Ups TechSelect’s Benefits
    Tech Data is warming up to Uncle Sam these days, and the company hopes its TechSelect VARs feel the same way.
  • New HotPoint Wireless Mesh Router to ship in January

    Firetide Kicks Off Partner Program At WiFi Planet
    Firetide, a startup wireless mesh networking vendor, unveiled its HotFusion Partner Program and plans to ship its new HotPoint Wireless Mesh Router 1000S during WiFi Planet in San Jose, Calif.
  • Cisco, Intel To Push Wireless Mesh Standard
    Engineers from Cisco Systems Inc. and Intel Corp. are trying to kick off an effort to standardize mesh networks, one of the hottest new segments in wireless. The move comes as a handful of startups are hitting the market with proprietary mesh networking technologies embedded in their homegrown ASICs and software.
  • ATI Launches Channel Program For System Builders
    ATI Technologies has launched a new channel program for solution providers, as it works to raise the profile of graphics capabilities as a differentiating component for custom-system builders.
  • IBM’s Revamped Vertical Focus Could Benefit Solution Providers, ISVs
    Reflecting a shift in how customers buy software in a tenuous economy, IBM's Software Group will refocus its sales force and marketing efforts away from its five brands and toward a dozen vertical industries. IBM expects the changes will help its midmarket partners more easily and quickly automate business processes unique to different industries.
  • Canon To Enter TV Market With Displays
    Japanese camera and copy-machine maker Canon Inc. plans to enter the TV business as soon as next year by manufacturing thin displays in a new joint venture with Toshiba Corp., a Japanese electronics company, the latest in a wave of entries into the blossoming market.
  • Microsoft Speech Server Moves To Next Phase
    Microsoft has moved its Windows Speech Server into the second, and final stage of beta testing, adding additional features to the newest member of its server software family in preparation for a launch next year.
  • Intel Resellers To Offer MCI Services
    Intel and MCI are launching strategic alliance that lets the chipmaker's 40,000 resellers offer MCI's voice, data and Internet services, the companies said Wednesday.
  • Powerware Wants Your Business
    Powerware president Mark A. Ascolese wants to make sure VARs know his company is channel-friendly. On the one-year anniversary of its Power Alliance Program, Ascolese visited the offices of VARBusiness to discuss the provider of power quality and backup power management solutions' plans for the future and its reliance on systems integrators to help it meet its goals.
  • Sun Won't Join IBM-Led Java Tools Group
    Sun Microsystems and IBM continue to battle over Java as Sun Wednesday officially declined to join the IBM-led open-source tools effort, a Sun executive said.