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  • <I>CRN</I> Interview: Scott Charney, Microsoft

    Scott Charney, Microsoft's new chief security strategist, recently spoke with CRN West Coast Bureau Chief Marcia Savage about the company's security efforts. Charney formerly led PricewaterhouseCooper's Cybercrime Prevention and Response Practice. Before PwC, Charney was chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and prosecuted major computer-crime cases. He joined Microsoft in April.

  • Zander Steps Down

    Sun Microsystems solution providers said they were stunned by the sudden resignation of Sun President and COO Ed Zander last week, but some hope that recent executive changes at the vendor will spark a turnaround.

  • IBM Certification Program On Tap

    IBM has teamed with Ingram Micro on a program to train and certify solution providers in wireless and security technologies. The program is being offered exclusively to Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network members for two weeks before being rolled out to other solution providers.

  • SMB Battleground

    Direct marketers are building services capabilities, a trend that could alter the business model for the entire SMB channel, said channel executives and analysts.

  • Wireless Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting wireless networks is often a complex task that entails a lot of trial and error. But Network Instruments aims to ease some of those chores with Observer 8.1.

  • Apptix 'Demerger' Good News For VARs

    Although ASP-turned-enabler TeleComputing is exiting the U.S. market, at least in name, the entity it's leaving behind may ultimately provide better opportunities for Microsoft-certified VARs.

  • HP Flies Under Hard Deck?

    Maybe we're just being too picky. But then again, rules are rules. VARBusiness recently got a copy of "HP Business Solutions," a 24-page brochure advertising HP products both big and small. The catalog lists an 800 sales number and, to its credit, clearly mentions resellers as an option. But, being inquisitive, we called the number anyway to see how well resellers are represented. We got a taped message telling us to press "1" to buy direct or "2" to find a reseller.

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