05/01/2009

May 2009 - Shaping a New Identity

Microsoft Partners reinvent themselves and change the Microsoft ecosystem amid the recession. Plus: Microsoft Dynamics, hosted Exchange, targeting the midmarket.


In-Depth

Shaping a New Identity

By Scott Bekker

How the recession is forcing partners to reinvent themselves and is changing the structure of the Microsoft ecosystem.


Tech-Ed Preview: Building Out the Ecosystem

By Lee Pender

ISVs provide the critical tools and applications that complete Microsoft solutions. Microsoft Tech-Ed is traditionally where many of those vendors announce their next products.


Putting the Right Brand on Hosted Messaging

By Scott Bekker

With a new Ready to Go Campaign, Microsoft aims to help hosters and VARs sell full-featured e-mail services to small businesses. It's an appealing opportunity, but trust remains an issue.


News

Channel: Novell Reaches Out to Channel

By Lee Pender

The maker of SuSE Linux is recruiting new channel members for multiple product lines and wants a partner involved in every deal the company makes.


Hardware: Dell Makes Two High-End Laptop Plays

By Scott Bekker

Computer maker introduces design-driven Adamo and heavy-duty Latitude E6400 XFR.


WPC 2009: Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Made New

By Scott Bekker

Redmond tweaks flagship partner show for a down economy.


Small Business: Microsoft Redefines 'Entry Level' for Windows Server

By Scott Bekker

Redmond releases OEM-only version called Windows Server 2008 Foundation for customers with fewer than 15 users.


Postscript: BearingPoint Breaking Up

By Scott Bekker

Company to sell off its business to competitors.


Lab Experiment: Hypervisors

By Rick Vanover

Is there really a performance difference between hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft and Citrix? We put them under a microscope and stress-tested them for days to find out the answer.


Channel: Apptix Looks to Channel for Growth

By Scott Bekker

Hosting company launches partner program to sell hosted Exchange, SharePoint and other products.