• ShadowRAM: April 30, 2007
    This week in ShadowRAM: Microsoft infuriates blogosphere and sends warning to Vista beta users, SAP-Oracle friction heats up at Sapphire, CA looks to clear its name and relaxing on the ranch with Craig Barrett.
  • Distributors Fine-Tune Financing Programs
    Distributors are mobilizing to get the word out about new credit and leasing programs, including incentives and higher credit limits to spark the interest of their VAR customers.
  • Copier, Printer Solution Providers Join Forces
    PrinTrax, a veteran player in the copier market, and Sigmanet, an established IT solution provider, have teamed up after deciding that copier-printer convergence is outpacing the business model to support it.
  • CDW Prices HP Products Below Cost, VARs Say
    Several Hewlett-Packard solution providers charge that in recent weeks, CDW has gone after some of their accounts by pricing HP products below the cost they can acquire the same products from distributors. VARs say CDW's HP rebate money gives it an unfair advantage on pricing.
  • Sun Offers Steep Discounts On Systems, Storage, Solaris And Services
    Sun is having an online fire sale to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The Santa Clara, Calif. company announced on Monday it would offer customers in the U.S. and U.K. steep discounts on systems, storage and services , more than 50 percent in most cases. The sale on servers lasts until May 9 while discounts on software and service extend to the end of June. The prices are in effect for online purchases from Sun's web site, the company said.
  • Lexmark To Post Earnings Amid Tough OEM Market
    Lexmark is set to announce its first-quarter earnings Tuesday, amid an OEM business that has shown marked deterioration over the past last year and signs its non-branded part of the business is still under pressure.
  • The Changing Role of Distribution
    Synnex and Ingram Micro have initiatives in place to pass work from winning bids to solution providers. The question is, are these distributors entering their customers' territory?
  • Lenovo To Cut 1,400 Jobs
    PC giant Lenovo on Thursday said it's cutting 1,400 jobs worldwide, including 20 percent of the workforce at its worldwide headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
  • Linux UPS Without Tears
    Attaching an uninterruptible power supply to a Linux-based system can unruffle even experienced system builders. Network Utility Tool, better known as NUT, can help—and keep those eyes dry.
  • Konica Minolta Gains Traction In The Channel
    Four years after Konica and Minolta merged, dropped much of their noncommercial lineup and began targeting commercial solution providers, the company is set to expand its channel efforts to help ramp up market share.
  • RFID Gains Steam In The Channel
    RFID solutions are hitting their stride in the channel, now that solution providers have figured out they can't just sell the technology for technology's sake.
  • Printing/Imaging
    Though the average deal size in the printing/imaging arena is nothing to brag about, the ongoing services proposition makes this segment well worth it, the 2007 CRN Profitability Study finds.