• Apple Releases iPhone OS 2.0 Beta
    Just weeks after shipping, the iPhone's second-generation software is getting a makeover with improved GPS functionality and background push capabilities.
  • Avaya Looks To Channel For SMB, Services
    Avaya's new SMB vice president talks about the challenges the channel faces serving the SMB and how the "new Avaya" is helping partners jump those hurdles with its renewed focus on indirect sales.
  • Schools Turn To VARs For Surveillance, Security Solutions
    If you read a week's worth of college campus crime reports from past generations, would turn up: Kids from a rival school snuck on campus and spray-painted the football field. A fight broke out at a watering hole on the strip. And a couple of freshmen went to the hospital after chugging too many grain punches during rush week.
  • Back In Time To The 1980s: This Is An Emergency Alert
    In this era of students incessantly text messaging on the latest handheld devices, it's not often that a solution provider seeks to advance the cause of campus safety by tapping into a relatively 1980s-era standard of communications. But that's exactly what Jackson, Miss.-based Global Security Systems is doing with its Alert FM solution.
  • A Cisco-Exclusive VAR takes the networking giant to court over alleged breach of contract--

    One And Done?
    Cisco Systems Inc.'s channel partner loyalty is being questioned in a lawsuit in which a long-term Cisco Silver-level solution provider is suing Cisco for allegedly breaching the terms of its deal-registration program. The lawsuit, which has far-reaching implications for VARs that deal exclusively with one vendor, is set to go to court on Sept. 22.
  • Response Point Upgraded
    Microsoft Corp. used its Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston this month to release its first big upgrade to Response Point, its small-business VoIP system software.
  • Switchvox AA300 Targets SMBs
    Digium Inc., the maker of open-source VoIP gear based on Asterisk, released a new IP PBX, the latest in its portfolio to stem from the acquisition of Switchvox 10 months ago.
  • 6 Emerging VoIP Vendors
    Solution providers interested in a refreshing take on VoIP from young, up-and-coming companies need look no further. The 2008 CRN Emerging Vendor list includes six VoIP vendors on the rise.
  • Beware Behemoths
    As someone who just can't help but root for the little guy, when a solution provider files suit against a vendor—especially a giant in the IT world—I am wired to root for the VAR.