• The Slow Drive To 802.11n
    The new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n, is trickling into the enterprise, but the midmarket likely won't see much benefit from it in the short term.
  • Alternative Vendors: VoIP
    In a market as strong as VoIP, it's no wonder solution providers have so many options. While solution providers identify Cisco as the leading VoIP vendor, they say a bevy of rivals are on deck as strong, viable alternatives.
  • Bake-Off: Small Business VoIP Contenders
    The increasing availability of VoIP products specifically targeting small businesses means it's easier than ever for solution providers to design a solution that fits customers' needs. Our Test Center pits five rivals head-to-head for the small-business IP telephony crown.
  • What's The Alternative?
    Solution providers partnering with hungry alternative vendors are delivering improved Return On Investment (ROI) for their customers and higher margins for themselves by opening their eyes and looking beyond the market leaders. Here's a rundown of the leaders -- and the alternatives -- across more than a dozen technology categories.
  • ProCurve At The Next Level
    ProCurve Networking by Hewlett-Packard Co., the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer giant's networking unit, is shipping a software update that allows its switches to be managed and deployed at the edge of networks running IPv6, the new IP addressing scheme.
  • VARs Can No Longer Wait On IPv6
    Like ProCurve Networking by Hewlett-Packard Co., other vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., Nortel Networks, Toronto, and Extreme Networks, Santa Clara, Calif., have added IPv6 support to their portfolios of networking gear.
  • The Future Of Videoconferencing
    To hear executives from videoconferencing vendors tell it, sci-fi-esque offerings could move from concept to reality in the next few years.
  • You Get The Message
    With the introduction of a single point of communication and unified messaging, Microsoft Office Communication Server, along with Exchange integration, is revolutionizing the communication space. Office Communication Server is able to achieve a high level of transparency as to a person's presence at work and method of accessibility by maintaining a single identity that drives all avenues of communication.
  • Recurring Relationships
    How do you become a member of the billion-dollar club? According to Joel Schleicher, knowing your customers' needs—and meeting them—is a pretty big piece of the puzzle.
  • Can Juniper Make You Switch?
    Is a Hurricane ready to blow through the channel? With Juniper Networks poised to launch its first-ever enterprise Ethernet switch line, code-named Hurricane, VARs pondering whether to get on board face some big hurdles.
  • Everybody Get Inline
    Connecting a system to the Internet is a risky proposition, even with the latest patches and security updates. Intrusion-detection systems have proved their worth from a network security monitoring perspective, but there is no substitute for a good inline mechanism to enforce policy.