CRN Channel News

  • Accenture Joins Blockbuster For Online DVD Service
    Five years after Netflix cornered the online DVD rental market, this summer the in-store rental giant launched its Blockbuster Online subscription service, combining online and in-store DVD rentals.
  • HP Takes Blade Technology Into Utility Computing
    Looking to boost its presence in the increasingly hot area of utility computing, Hewlett-Packard on Monday dove into its trove of blade-server technologies and spun out a set of software and services offerings aimed at the low end of the market.
  • Mind the Windows Gap
    Microsoft recently scaled back the next-generation operating system, dropping plans to include within Longhorn its new WinFS file system. That was done so that Microsoft will be able to ship Longhorn in 2006. But WinFS was the original raison d'etre for Longhorn. By jettisoning WinFS, Microsoft seems to have let a lot of the air out of the anticipation surrounding Longhorn.
  • Expectations decline, but still ahead of previous year

    Solution Providers Rein In IT Spending Optimism
    The wave of solution provider optimism for near-term IT spending significantly ebbed in August but still remained better than year-earlier expectations for small, midsize and large enterprises, according to the latest CRN Monthly Solution Provider Survey.
  • HP Now Offers Leasing Rebates
    Hewlett-Packard is creating a program to steer solution providers toward HP Financial Services for leasing opportunities.
  • Strong Medicine For A Sickly Channel
    Mark Dancer is vice president and principal of Pembroke Consulting, which works with manufacturers, distributors and technology companies on their channel and business strategies.
  • Tech Refresh Time For Small Business
    Small businesses are committed to increasing spending on wireless, supply chain management and CRM, among other technologies, according to CRN research.
  • Case In Point: Bryan Cafaro
    T.J. Tarateta found Bryan Cafaro through a mutual friend. That’s how most small-business IT implementation stories start.
  • Product Pick: DataPilot
    While untethered voice communications has its benefits, many cell phone users are faced with the arduous task of maintaining call directories, which in many cases are stored in an e-mail application or contact tracking database, forcing users to manually duplicate those entries on their cell phones.
  • Up Close and Personal
    Tip O’Neill, the late, great Speaker of the House, famously said, “All politics is local.” The analog for small companies is that all IT implementation is personal.
  • Midtier Hotels In The Mix
    Solution providers looking to offer wireless broadband services to midtier hotels are finding that a bit of foresight and a growing number of partnerships are bolstering their opportunities.