Video Networking


  • Systems and Components Briefs
    BenQ Fattens Up Flat-Panel FamilyBenQ, formerly Acer Communications and Multimedia, has added a new monitor to its LCD lineup. The $999 Professional Series FP882 flat-panel monitor features a wide viewable angle, an 18.1-inch screen and 160 viewing angles (both horizontal and vertical). Bolstered by high contrast for photorealistic images with increased crispness and vividness, the FP882 accepts both analog and DVI. Another feature of the FP882 is BenQ's iKey, which automatically calibrates the input signal and adjusts the monitor for the optimum display image by scanning frequency, H-position, V-position and color temperature whenever the display mode is changed.
  • Courting the Channel
    Have you noticed a stampede of vendors embracing partners? Those of us who advise manufacturers how best to leverage allies sure have. I'm guessing partners reading this have, too.
  • Shocking Channel Experiments
    Although there are innumerable reasons to loathe the feeble economy, it may have one silver lining that could benefit you. Simply put, things have gotten so bad in the IT sector that virtually all vendors and distributors are willing to try something different with channel strategies. More often than not, that something different is designed with you in mind.
  • Hosting Hopes: How the ASP Model is Making a Comeback
    While the term ASP fell out of favor in 2001, the industry still pulled in $11.1 billion last year, according to IDC. Even more surprising, the Framingham, Mass.-based analyst firm predicts that number will nearly double in five years.
  • WorldCom Considering 16,000 Layoffs
    WorldCom Inc. plans another round of job cuts--possibly as many as 16,000, or about 20 percent of its global work force, a company official familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
  • Betting on Small Business: Oracle and NetLedger
    Oracle and small and midsize business solutions,the two are about as similar as selling direct and selling through the channel. Oracle has long championed itself as the world's largest enterprise-software company, and has never shown much interest in setting its sights on small and midsize businesses. And, with Oracle's high-end and high-priced e-business applications and middleware, SMBs never really had much of a need for Oracle. That's about to change. Like a hungry bear, Oracle is moving downstream hoping to catch more,albeit smaller,fish. But for a software vendor used to catching the fattest salmon in the river, finding the smaller fish may not be easy.
  • Qualcomm Rolls Out BREW 2.0
    Qualcomm Tuesday unveiled the second version of its BREW development platform for mobile phones, adding security features as well as HTML, SMS and location-based capabilities.
  • IBM Tivoli Pushes Business Impact Management
    IBM's Tivoli Software at its Planet Tivoli user conference here Tuesday introduced upgrades to its network management products that add more automation and increase integration with applications from other software vendors.

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