CRN Networking News


  • California CIO To VARs: We Need Your Help
    California state CIO J. Clark Kelso told VARs attending CMP's 2007 GovernmentVAR State and Local Roadshow that a wave of retirements expected to hit the state over the next five years means a boom awaits solution providers that can help California upgrade and maintain its IT infrastructure.
  • Polycom Takes On Cisco In Telepresence
    Polycom is rolling out a new high-definition videoconferencing system that aims to provide life-like video calls that can take the place of face-to-face meetings.
  • Gates Pitches VoIP To VARs
    Channel partners are gearing up for the flood of new business opportunities expected to flow their way as Microsoft launches its long-awaited unified communications portfolio.
  • Nero 8 Does It Again
    The Nero 8 burning software is simpler to use than ever. A new project launcher provides complete access to all the tools, but that's only the beginning—Nero is now Web-savvy. With one click, users can upload videos onto some of the largest social networking sites on the Web like YouTube and MySpace. They can also upload music as well as other media files.
  • VoIP providers know it's not enough to move voice communications to an IP data network. For customers to achieve greater mobility and productivity, solution providers need to deliver voice-integrated applications.


    Avaya Dials VoIP Up A Notch
    Avaya hosted Channel Test Center engineers for a demonstration of its Intelligent Communications VoIP approach. Along with traditional IP telephony hardware, the vendor offers customers software applications that use the voice component to make business processes more effective and reliable. Accepting the many reasons why a customer would not deploy a 100 percent Avaya system, Avaya partners with other vendors and solution providers to make integration of unlike systems easier.
  • Make Way for Microsoft
    For all of the solution providers who've said they're taking a wait-and-see approach to Microsoft's impending unified communications blitz, the wait is almost over. Microsoft has been laying the groundwork for its march into the voice market for some time now, throwing out tantalizing tidbits along the way, including a wide-ranging partnership with Nortel Networks in July 2006 to develop integrated VoIP products as well as the release of the public beta of its Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 in March.
  • From tight pockets in October to the spending frenzy in August, another federal fiscal year has come and gone. Here's what we learned.


    Where Did The Money Go?
    From tight pockets in October to the spending frenzy in August, another federal fiscal year has come and gone. Here's what we learned.
  • Listen Up! FMC Is Near
    The advent of Wireless-N technology could be the kick in the pants to spur the market for VoIP solutions that tie together Wi-Fi and cellular calling.
  • Cisco First Choice For VoIP
    There is little doubt in solution providers' minds that when it comes to VoIP, Cisco Systems is the partner of choice.
  • Digium shakes things up in unified communications arena with Switchvox buy


    Open-Source Power Play
    Microsoft isn't the only company making a power play in the unified communications space. And, as usual, it finds itself facing an open-source foe.
  • Too Exposed?
    As government contractors continue to accrue overwhelming amounts of business, they need to consider a variety of unique risks and challenges they may face, including complicated national security issues. Insurers writing this business find it is a high-maintenance, hands-on prospect that demands a great deal of expertise on the parts of underwriters, loss-control experts, agents and brokers.

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