Microsoft, Nokia and others are following Apple’s lead in launching application stores for their mobile platforms. Suddenly, solution providers and app developers have a whole new channel to present their wares.
George Kafkarkou, the head of CA’s Internet Security Business Unit, believes he can displace large chunks of his larger rivals share of the antivirus and data loss prevention market with a new channel apparatus and strategy.
Even while forecasting a drop in sales of 20 percent for Q1, technology distributor Tech Data’s president tells Channel Insider that many pundits are hoping that Q1 represents the bottom of the recession. Still the outlook beyond Q1 remains murky.
Skype 4.0, ooVoo, Tokbox and Mebeam aim to make video conferencing simple, but are any of them good enough for business use? Solution Providers will find that limitations abound, creating up-sell opportunities.
FortiOS 4.0 provides more tightly integrated security functionality and intelligence, and gives solution providers and users more options for inspecting and controlling network security. Fortinet believes the new platform gives it a competitive advantage over Juniper and Check Point.
For the first 35 days of the product launch, CDW will have exclusive rights to sell the network scanning product, which now includes a voice memo feature. Kodak says the agreement will speed sales and seed the market for midmarket resellers.
Gartner is now forecasting a PC unit sales drop of 11.9 percent in 2009, nearly three times worse than the worst drop in history back in 2001. Netbooks seem to be the only bright spot as even standard PC notebooks look anemic for the year.
The Microsoft-backed systems integrator is plunging into the mobile apps market, pioneering a model of selecting, integrating and supporting mobile business applications for smartphones. Is this the next great channel opportunity?
Technology companies laid off 33,000 workers in February, two-thirds less than the number displaced in January. The slowing pace of layoffs may signal optimisms for an upward turn in economic activity.
Think you can’t benefit from President Obama’s US Stimulus Spending Bill because your customers are leasing technology and computer equipment rather than buying it? Think again. IBM Global Financing’s JumpStart lease rates are designed to pass along the benefits to lease customers and their VARs.
Although the concept of a “hosted file server” is anything but new, eGnyte manages to take the storage cloud one step further by bringing it closer and inventing a new way for solution providers to think about hosted storage, services and the cloud.
Designed for v-curious (virtualization-curious) users, the new configurations link VMware’s ESX and/or ESXi hypervisors with Iomega’s 1TB and 2TB storage boxes for the first time. VMware made the announcement at its VMWorld Europe 2009 expo and conference in Cannes.
Finjan’s Vital Security Web Gateway appliances have nearly everything an enterprise would expect in a security appliance. What sets Finjan apart is superior management capabilities that prove excellent for on-premise or managed services deployment.
A study commissioned by Siemens finds that communication and collaboration problems are virtually the same among SMB organisations as they are in enterprise environments. But those problems are more expensive to SMBs, as inefficiencies cost them as much as £352,000 annually.