SMB/Midmarket Opportunities

  • ISVs Aim To Cure Licensing Woes
    All kinds of nightmares can lurk in lines of code: errors, bugs, security holes and intellectual-property violations. As more and more code is released under a profusion of open-source licenses, licensing compliance is a growing challenge for companies that mix proprietary and open-source code—knowingly or not.
  • Can Office 2007 Prevail In A Web 2.0 World?
    Microsoft will market the hell out of its new Office 2007 lineup, but the company faces hurdles persuading existing MS Office partisans they need the upgrade and also the Web 2.0-stoked perception that no one needs huge applications anymore.
  • Vista: Look Before You Leap
    Before jumping on the Windows Vista bandwagon, businesses might want to take a closer look at the platform and ask themselves this question: Is there a compelling reason to upgrade?
  • Stegner Leaving Ingram Micro
    Bob Stegner, vice president of worldwide market development at Ingram Micro, plans to leave the distributor early next year.
  • Avnet To Team SAS With VARs
    Avnet Technology Solutions has signed a deal with SAS to bring the vendor's business intelligence applications to solution providers.
  • Review: Reconnex's iGuard 2600S Plugs Data Leaks
    Protecting intellectual property, keeping data private, fending off corporate espionage, meeting compliance requirements and monitoring network traffic are all enough to make a network administrator's head spin.
  • Making A Case For Asterisk
    Solution Provider Switchvox set out to build an Asterisk telephony solution that wouldn't drive small-business clients mad.
  • The E-Mail Push
    With Motorola's purchase of Good Technology, one would expect the wireless e-mail wars to heat up. Good Technology's software has been known as a viable alternative to Research In Motion's BlackBerry Enterprise server, and with the power of Motorola behind Good, the merged companies hope to be able to offer both hardware and software that challenge RIM's market share.
  • NetApp Brings Replication, Fibre Channel To SMB Appliance
    Network Appliance this week is enhancing its StoreVault S500 SAN/NAS appliance with new data replication technology that VARs can take to midsize-business customers. The company also is adding Fibre Channel capability to the S500.
  • Schneider To Keep APC Brand; APC To Hike VAR Compensation
    As it works to close its acquisition of American Power Conversion, Schneider Electric has committed to keeping the APC brand. Meanwhile, APC plans to boost its partner compensation and ship preconfigured InfraStruXure power, cooling and management solutions for SMBs.
  • Cisco Intros Its First Pay-as-you-grow SAN Switch
    Cisco is looking to stake its claim in the small and midsize business SAN space with Monday's introduction of a new Fibre Channel SAN switch. With the launch, Cisco is stepping up its competition with arch-rival Brocade Communications Systems and technology partner and possible acquisition target QLogic.
  • IBM To Pump $1 Billion In Credit Into The Channel
    IBM plans to funnel $1 billion in additional credit into the channel and offer credit lines of up to $500,000, turnaround times of less than 30 minutes from completing the application to placing orders, and up to 90 days to pay the loan.
  • Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO, IBM
    Palmisano's software and services strategy appears to be kicking in, as evidenced by third-quarter results. Now he just needs to clue his field sales force in on the importance of playing nice with partners.
  • Nortel Call Center Leads The Way
    Nortel Networks has taken the latest step in its broad strategy to bolster its SMB channel efforts with a new call center built specifically to uncover sales leads for solution providers.
  • AMD, Dell And VARs
    One hallmark of any good channel program is fairness to all classes of partners from the smallest to the biggest. VARs are businesspeople. They understand that vendors have to do what's right for the business. But they also know when partnerships are just plain inequitable. That's the feeling of more than a few Advanced Micro Devices partners who are upset regarding a severe shortage of AMD Athlon 64 2X processors.
  • Virtual Cabinetry
    The portability, ease of use and accessibility of document management solutions are attracting many resellers targeting the SMB marketplace. Not only do these offerings reduce the obvious paper clutter issues, but they provide affordable security and storage capabilities previously unrealized by small businesses.