SMB/Midmarket Opportunities

  • Briefs: December 11, 2006
    SurfControl has drawn a suitor. The security vendor last week said it has been approached by an unnamed firm in a move that "may or may not result in an offer for the company." SurfControl said its board is considering its response to the overture, as well as "other strategic options," and will update shareholders when appropriate. SurfControl officials couldn't be reached for comment.
  • VARs Might Not Like This Trip Down Memory Lane
    A hardware crunch is hovering like a cloud over the PC space, as Microsoft's forthcoming Vista operating system is demanding historic levels of memory— and memory pricing increases may be looming on the horizon.
  • Review: LSI SAS Card Geared For High Performance
    System builders should take advantage of LSI Logic's new SAS3041X-R serial attached SCSI (SAS) card to build high-performance PC systems. The SAS3041X-R connects to a PCI or PCI-X host bus adapter, so older configurations also can take advantage of SAS drives.
  • LSI, HP Unveil SAS Arrays For SMBs
    LSI Logic and Hewlett-Packard are bringing serial-attached SCSI (SAS) to small businesses with new storage arrays introduced this week.
  • VARs Ready To Run With Vista But See Some Obstacles
    Microsoft Windows Vista offers usability, security, management, performance and mobility enhancements that will deliver a strong ROI for businesses out of the gate, yet VARs will face some challenges as they try to encourage customers to migrate to Vista.
  • 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.