CRN Channel News

  • Update: PeopleSoft Willing To Talk With Oracle
    The PeopleSoft director who has been leading the defense of the software company's antitakeover measures said Tuesday the company's board is willing to talk about a deal with rival Oracle.
  • HP Targets ISVs To Grow SMB Partner Business
    While HP rolled out a blitz of products and channel programs targeted at SMB customers, the company acknowledged it has much work ahead of it to build on its year-old Smart Office initiative.
  • HP Seeks To Smarten Its SMB Strategy
    Hewlett-Packard Tuesday unleashed broad initiatives to beef up its assault on the SMB market, but solution providers say mixed messages and channel conflict plague the vendor's efforts.
  • CXO Co-founder Sees Need To Automate Outsourcing
    As more and more solution providers move to add outsourcing and related managed services offerings to their business models, effectively managing those services is becoming an increasingly more difficult challenge.
  • Sun Explores Negative Margins to Win Business
    Sun Microsystems is exploring a margin-negative model for hardware in order to win more business and solution providers should be preparing for that scenario, said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun president and COO.
  • Microsoft's Ballmer Rules Out PeopleSoft Bid
    Microsoft's chief executive said the software giant will not bid for troubled PeopleSoft , which Oracle is widely expected to acquire, the Financial Times newspaper reports.
  • GreenPages Names New CEO
    GreenPages Monday named Ron Dupler, the former CEO of rival Amherst Technologies, as its new president and CEO.
  • New ThinkPad Includes Fingerprint Reader
    Becoming the first company to wed notebook computing with biometric security, IBM has unveiled a ThinkPad T42 with an integrated fingerprint reader. Starting at $1,699 and shipping later this month, the laptop also features a password manager program that enables users to keep track of their secure accounts more easily.
  • Tribute To A Leader
    For GreenPages, a 12-year-old solution provider that sits on a picturesque ocean inlet in Kittery, Maine, this week marks the dawn of a new era.
  • Staying Cool With BTX
    BTX is cool, or at least cooler, and distributors should begin stocking motherboards and cases for the new form factor beginning in the fourth quarter, according to the CRN Test Center.
  • Betting On eBay
    ustin Nolte says the big bet he made selling custom systems on eBay has paid off beyond his wildest dreams.
  • Flexibility A Key Driver
    Paul Su, president of San Jose, Calif.-based AOpen, a leading supplier of components of custom-system builders and solution providers, recently spoke with CRN Senior Editor Joseph F. Kovar about the state of the custom-system market.
  • Verari Extends Its Blade Operations
    Even though Verari Systems is still receiving venture capital funding, it's one of the true veterans of the blade-server space. The system builder has been shipping blade systems for more than three years.
  • Solution providers lead vendors in finding opportunities

    Channel Left To Its Own Devices In RFID Movement
    Interest is high and business opportunities may be ripe for the picking, but when it comes to figuring out how to apply RFID to midmarket customers, solution providers are largely on their own.