• AMD Opteron Gets Lift From Distributors

    Advanced Micro Devices and Celestica last week got a double boost in their efforts to bring Opteron-based, barebones servers to the channel when distributors Avnet and MA Labs said they plan to carry the systems.

  • Small VARs Feel Left Out

    Vendors that are revamping their channel programs might want to listen more closely to small solution providers, which hold strong opinions about where those programs are lacking.

  • SCO Argues Its Case

    The SCO Group told partners last week that its lawsuit against IBM and its 2004 product initiatives are not designed to destroy Linux but to preserve partners' Unix business.

  • WipeDrive Can Take The Data Away

    White-box builders selling refurbished computers that previously held information such as credit-card numbers, banking data and financial and medical records should invest in WhiteCanyon's WipeDrive 3.0. The software is specifically designed to erase any and all data previously stored on a hard drive.

  • Home Networking Market Presents Pricing Issues

    The home network presents a new revenue opportunity for small-business solution providers. But those entering that market must solve the pricing equation. While businesses are used to paying hourly fees and for service contracts, consumers,already hunting for rock-bottom product prices,find such costs hard to swallow.

  • Talkswitch Upgrade Is Free, Feature-Rich

    Centrepoint Technologies' release of new firmware for its TalkSwitch 48-NLS brings nine new features to an already feature-rich PBX. And there's better news: It's available for free.

  • ProactivePortal Performs With Impressive Results

    BackWeb's highly scalable, feature-rich ProactivePortal Server is an ideal choice for midmarket companies that rely heavily on large sales forces. CRN Test Center engineers tested ProactivePortal on CRN's Web servers for two months and were impressed with its synchronization features, high throughput and ease of use.

  • Crossbeam Appliance Aimed At Midmarket

    Solution providers looking to push high-end security capabilities down to the midmarket should consider Crossbeam Systems' C30, which is simple to deploy and offers excellent continuing revenue flow, such as its ability to manage multiport intrusion-detection systems (IDSes). The C30 blurs the line of distinction between a server appliance and a switch and offers solution providers tremendous opportunity for post-sale support.