CRN Channel News

  • Avnet Revenue Up Sharply, Asian Sales Soar
    Strong growth in Avnet's electronic components business, particularly in Asia, buoyed the company's fiscal third-quarter sales by 17 percent and helped send earnings skyrocketing 1,700 percent over the prior-year period, the distributor reported Thursday.
  • Google Plans Auction-Style IPO
    It finally happened. Search engine leader Google on Thursday filed to go public, hoping to raise $2.7 billion in its long-anticipated public offering.
  • TechWatch: Toolbars, Mail Scanners, Whitebooks
    Welcome to the arms-race edition of TechWatch, where vendors try to stay ahead of annoying pop-up ads, spam and building a better notebook. As always, send your tips to
  • Nortel’s VoIP Push
    Sheraton's supplier, Nortel, is looking to its solution providers to help push VoIP over the long term. In a bid to better equip its partner base, Nortel is in the process of rolling out its Partner Advantage Program. With 80 partners signed up so far, the new program consists of three tiers: Elite Advantage for its 20 largest partners, Premium Advantage, which will max out at about 75 partners, and Advantage for the rest of its resellers.
  • U.S. Charges Four Under New Anti-Spam Law
    Federal authorities say they managed to pierce the murky underworld of Internet spam e-mails, filing the first criminal charges under the government's new "can spam" legislation.
  • A Look At a Very Smart Home
    It takes a former IBMer to design his own home systems like an IBM mainframe. But, although the concept may initially seem 22nd century, once you give it a bit of thought, designing a home system the way you'd design Big Iron might not so far-fetched.
  • Symantec Continues Its Roll
    Symantec once again reported strong results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended April 2, 2004, strengthening its lead over the pack in the highly competitive security space.
  • Seelinger Tapped To Run Symantec’s Global Channels
    Allyson Seelinger, Symantec's vice president of North American channels and VARBusiness' 2002 Channel Executive of the Year, has been promoted to vice president, global channel sales and strategy. In her new role, Seelinger will be responsible for developing and executing the company's global channel strategy, and leading its worldwide partner organization.
  • Ballmer Memo Touts Microsoft’s Work To Improve Software Management
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Wednesday sent a letter to customers that trumpets the company's Dynamic Systems Initiative and management software lineup, including the planned Systems Center 2005, and points out its work with ISV partners to enable management of mixed systems and applications in the data center.
  • HP Boosts Power Of RISC Workstation
    Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday rolled out a RISC-based Unix workstation that it claims delivers twice the computing power for the same price as current systems.