Video Networking

  • Health-Care VAR On the Mend
    Was Cerner, the health-care IT VAR, looking a little sickly recently? Certainly Wall Street thought so when the stock sank more than 40 percent last month, after the company said first-quarter earnings would fall significantly below analysts' estimates.
  • Daly Computers Reaps Services Rewards
    At Daly Computers, projected revenue growth over last year's $45 million in sales is about as flat as J.Lo's opera singing. So why is CEO Ryan Yu so happy?
  • Wireless For Free
    Michael Oh had an idea. The president of Tech Superpowers, a Boston-based solution provider, was touring Europe last year and noticed the growing number of Internet cafes that populated many urban centers. Oh was intrigued by the phenomenon and wondered whether his company could replicate it at home, but with one small twist: Instead of building broadband-connected desktops, Tech Superpowers aimed to bring wireless to the masses.
  • VARs Leverage Tech Data’s Enterprise Solutions Center To Win Customers
    Last August, Tech Data unveiled its new Enterprise Solutions Center (ESC), a development lab and data center housed within the distributor's headquarters in Clearwater, Fla. The ESC covers roughly 1,800 square feet and barely registers inside Tech Data's sprawling complex, but the small room is packed to the brim with the latest technology and hot products in networking, storage, security, wireless and server-based computing.
  • Utility-Based Computing Will Challenge IT Solution Providers’ Traditional Roles
    Customers' buying patterns are in flux. By 2006, a notable portion of the marketplace will shift buying preferences from acquisition to subscription via IT utility-based computing offerings, according to Gartner forecasts. In fact, utility and subscription computing could represent more than 30 percent of the IT-management services market in just three years. So, what does that mean for solution providers? This is not just another wave of innovation, but a dynamic market shift that will disintermediate traditional channel companies. In the face of this transformation, three options arise:
  • Big Brands With Big Bucks Have Big Plans
    Has there ever been a time in recent memory when so many large foreign companies were jockeying for a piece of the business IT market? Some serious heavyweights are making huge investments in R&D and channel marketing
  • Free Hot Zones Aid Ailing Downtowns
    When officials of Winston-Salem, N.C., were seeking ways to draw people to the six-block downtown area known as Restaurant Row, they spruced up the landscaping, invested in jazzy walkways, and installed free wireless Internet access. Other cities are trying the same tactic.
  • SMBs Divided On War’s Impact On Economy
    Did you know that most small to midsize businesses rely on technology to differentiate themselves? And that SMB executives were more likely than their enterprise counterparts to increase IT investments in 2002, according to VARBusiness research? Overall, their opinions gauge the current U.S. economic and IT climate,and their insights should not be overlooked.
  • Content-Processing: Rebuilding CPUs For Speed
    As today's applications grow ever-more demanding and complex, network performance and CPU muscle are being taxed to the max. That's no surprise. Consider something like antivirus software; while absolutely vital to today's corporate enterprise, it's a huge gobbler of CPU cycles as it scours traffic and vigilantly opens, decodes and closes every e-mail attachment to scan for trouble. Or think about the CPU punch needed to painstakingly process and parse the onslaught of XML messages that are now crisscrossing the enterprise and supply-chain boundaries.
  • Automating Java Apps
    Since the days of banging out endless lines of code from the DOS prompt, ISVs,especially those in the midmarket,have sought ways to make the application-development life cycle less laborious.