CRN Channel News

  • 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.
  • Move To HIP program Feb. 1 expected to go off without a hitch

    HP Distributors Unruffled
    Hewlett-Packard's enterprise distributors expect a smooth transition to the enhanced HP Integrated Partner program set to launch Feb. 1, despite lingering pricing uncertainties and a planned restructuring of the vendor's channel organization.
  • EMC-VMware Buy Causes Stir
    EMC's acquisition of VMware last week sent shock waves through multiple channels of partners who make their living in the virtualization and storage businesses.
  • ISV partner will add modeling to tool

    Compuware Busy In BEA Workshop
    BEA Systems is recruiting ISV partners to enhance WebLogic Workshop in ways that broaden the tool's capabilities beyond the visual design of J2EE-based Web services and applications.
  • Some see new opportunities, others wary of overlap with Remedy

    Partners Get Ready For BMC's New 'Magic' Act
    BMC Software pulled a rabbit out of its IT hat last week when it announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Magic Solutions from Network Associates for approximately $47 million in cash.
  • Blackout A Powerful Argument For UPSes
    If the power supply traditionally has been treated like the redheaded stepchild of the IT network, one would think it would get better consideration following the August blackout that darkened the Northeast.
  • Plans to tap partners for specific accounts

    Getting Leverage: Symbol, IBM Unite
    Symbol Technologies and IBM are collaborating on new wireless handheld and scanning solutions targeted at vertical markets such as retail, travel and the public sector.
  • Citrix Acquires Expertcity
    In its largest acquisition to date, Citrix Systems Thursday inked a definitive agreement to acquire Expertcity, a provider of Web-based desktop access and help-desk services, for $225 million in cash and stock.