Channel Zone News Roundup--Week of March 29

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A daily roundup of product news, promotions, mergers, events and announcements from technology integrators, IT consultants, resellers, distributors and retailers.

Thursday, April 1

Hostway Joins Elite Group to Offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CHICAGO-- Hostway Corp., a provider of Web hosting and other managed services, became one of the first Web-hosting companies to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its Linux dedicated server customers. Among the benefits customers will enjoy with Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a more stable, reliable platform for enterprise-level data that has emerged from Red Hat's expanded testing and development cycle. Because it can handle a higher number of processes than other versions of Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux increases enterprise productivity and efficiency, while more robust security features address customers' concerns about the integrity of mission-critical data. Additionally, users get direct access to the Red Hat Network for support and the most up-to-date patches, updates and upgrades to ensure their systems' effective operation.

Captaris Combines Workflow Capabilities With Enterprise Fax and E-document Delivery
BELLEVUE, WA. -- Captaris Inc. announced an Early Partner Launch Program for its forthcoming RightFax Workflow Wizard. The program creates an opportunity for select partners to deploy the new RightFax Workflow Wizard -- a Captaris technology combining the recently acquired Teamplate workflow solution with its Captaris RightFax enterprise fax and e-document delivery product. The new solution offers enhanced collaboration, updating, exchanging and management of data and documents. The RightFax Workflow Wizard enhances and extends existing RightFax capabilities by allowing information to be passed into a business process workflow for routing, approval, or further action. Information workers can build and deploy workflows that extend the reach of inbound and outbound information and activate processes. Channel Partners Informa Software and Satori Inc. are currently in the process of deploying the new solution with early launch customers.

American Escrow Association Announces Career Portal Powered By Escrowboard.com
NOVATO, CA -- OnStaff's Internet Division, Escrowboard.com, announced a strategic partnership with the American Escrow Association (AEA), creating an AEA career portal. The independently powered jobsite for job seekers and employers is a first for any escrow association in the United States. The AEA will use the technology and membership of Escrowboard.com to power its career network. The new job board will allow AEA job seekers to search extensive job postings, build and post resumes with Escrowboard.com's technology. Employers may post jobs through the network, giving them access to Escrowboard.com's extensive pool of resumes and 1.25 million job seekers.

BellSouth RealPages.com Goes Wireless
ATLANTA -- RealPages.com from BellSouth, the largest online yellow pages provider in the Southeast, expanded its distribution network to include Web-enabled mobile phones and other mobile devices. Through an agreement with go2 Directory Systems, RealPages.com will provide advertiser listings for most major wireless carriers in the U.S., including Cingular Wireless. BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless. go2 Directory Systems owns and operates go2, a mobile Yellow Page directory and local information service in the U.S.

Adaptec Storage Array Delivers Automatic Backup, Recovery for Corporate Data
MILPITAS, CA -- Adaptec Inc. introduced an application-specific storage array that automatically backs up corporate PC and laptop information unprotected by standard server backups and gives users an easy way to restore lost files. The Adaptec File Saver ESA1500 is a high-availability, fault tolerant network-attached storage RAID appliance that provides realtime backup of PC and laptop data and allows users to restore lost files themselves. The 1 terabyte storage array can be scaled to 4 terabytes of storage capacity by adding appliances. Adaptec File Saver delivers advanced RAID 5 data protection, and optional Adaptec RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent Nodes) technology provides appliance-level redundancy for best-in-class fault tolerance. Suggested retail pricing for the Adaptec File Saver ESA1500 is $6,299. It is available now through Adaptec's worldwide reseller and distribution channels.

Convergys Wins Gold MVP Quality Award
CINCINNATTI -- Convergys Corp. the global provider of integrated billing, employee care, and customer care services, earned a Gold MVP Quality Award for excellence in delivering inbound and outbound, business-to-business, and business-to-consumer integrated customer care service. This is the fifth consecutive year that Customer Inter@ction Solutions magazine presented the Gold MVP Quality Award to Convergys. All 2003 MVP Quality Award applicants were asked to describe a specific teleservices program and explain the overall policies and procedures -- including human resources, technologies, customer services, ergonomics, and public image - used to establish, sustain, and measure the program's quality. A panel of judges evaluated entrants in 15 areas.

VIA, Neoware Partner to Develop Thin Client Appliances
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA and TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- VIA Technologies Inc., a developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Neoware Systems Inc.,
a supplier of software, services and appliances for the thin client market, announced a partnership to develop future generations of thin client appliances based on VIA's embedded solutions. The collaboration extends to the research and development of new PC-alternative platforms that address the security, manageability, reliability and cost issues inherent in standard personal computer designs. The two companies will focus on driving future innovation solutions for enterprise customers.

Wednesday, March 31

nCircle Signs Seven Resellers for its Vulnerability Management Solutions
SAN FRANCISCO -- nCircle, a provider of enterprise-class vulnerability management solutions, signed seven resellers to its new strategic partner program. The company is developing indirect channel partnerships to drive growth in 2004 by working with security-focused VARs and systems integrators across North America. The new partners are Corsa Network Technologies Inc., InfoPeople Security Solutions Inc., Masterlink, National Business Group (NBG), Principal Security Group LLC, Quest, and RedBull Technologies Inc. nCircle's channel program offers gold and platinum tiers. The platinum level focuses on larger resellers and systems integrators selling into and supporting Global 2000 customers, while the gold level meets the needs of smaller VARs and solution providers.


Kashya, Cisco Demo New Technology at Storage Expo
CHICAGO -- Kashya, a San Jose, Calif. provider of business continuity solutions, is developing software for the Cisco MDS 9000 product family that allows appliance-based storage applications to levereage the scalability and multiprotocol services available on the Cisco storage area networking (SAN) switch portfolio. The Cisco MDS 9000 Data Tap Service provides a protocol-based interface between the Cisco MDS 9000 SAN switches and third-party storage appliances, allowing them to access servers and storage devices on a SAN without having to be directly in the path of the data. The benefits of deploying the Cisco MDS 9000 in combination with these storage appliances is useful in high-traffic SANs with high levels of input-output (I/O) transactions between servers and their storage targets.


Systems Alliance Signs Partnership Agreement with Cognos
SPARKS, MD -- Systems Alliance Inc. struck a deal with Cognos to provide products and services to its clients to accelerate organizational performance. The joint solution aims to make it easier and more affordable for decision makers to transform rich data into knowledge to enhance productivity, monitor key performance indicators, and improve decision-making.


TI Brings Voice to DSL
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments introduced two DSL residential gateway reference designs that add Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and wireless home networking functionality. The new designs make it possible to integrate TI's 802.11b/g platform and voice functions into a single system that provides consumers with cost-effective VoIP and WLAN for their homes.


Oracle Introduces Sensor-Based Services for Fast RFID Deployment
CHICAGO -- Database vendor Oracle launched Oracle Sensor-Based Services, a set of capabilities to capture, manage, analyze, and respond to data from sensors, such as RFID. The product allows companies to quickly integrate sensor-based information into their enterprise systems, automate and optimize business processes, reduce risk and improve return on investment. Among the services is a Compliance Assistance Package that helps companies comply with recent mandates from Wal-Mart, Dept. of Defense, Metro, Target, and others.


Philip Morris Selects Verity K2 Enterprise Software
SUNNYVALE, CA -- Verity Inc., a provider of enterprise software enabling organizations to maximize the return on their intellectual capital investment, said Philip Morris International (PMI), an operating unit of Altria Group Inc., chose Verity K2 Enterprise search and retrieval software for use in multiple languages. PMI, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the world's leading tobacco company outside of the United States. Tuesday, March 30

Arizona Technology Council Launches Enhanced Web Site
TEMPE, AZ. -- The Arizona Technology Council launched an enhanced Web site at www.aztechcouncil.org that incorporates enhanced content and redesigned usability. Assisting in the development and design of the site was Essemble IT Solutions, a Scottsdale team of e-business specialists offering technology and marketing solutions for small to mid-sized companies and organizations. The site's goal is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona's technology community.

Tektronix Delivers Waveform Monitor for Avid Nonlinear Editing Solutions
BEAVERTON, OR -- Tektronix Inc. has released WFMNLE, a software waveform monitor plug-in for the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Avid XPress Pro, Media Composer, and Symphony nonlinear editing (NLE) and finishing systems. The new plug-in enables editors to verify signal and picture quality. To download the free 60-day demo download of WFMNLE click here.

EmergeCore Signs Japanese Distributor for "IT In a Box"
BOISE, ID -- DTC (Digital Technologies Corporation) will distribute EmergeCore Networks' IT-100 storage solution in Japan. The IT-100 is designed for SMB and branch office markets. It combines 20 GB of storage express setup, multiple domains, Web server, FTP server, file server, alarms, proxy server, NAT, 4 Port Switch, Web site Builder, eCommerce, Router, domain users, DNS server, E-mail server, DHCP server, statistics, firewall, wireless access point, backup/restore and VPN services in a single $1,395 device., the IT-100 eliminates the need for costly IT support.

Weather Channel Selects Coremetrics for On-Demand Web Site Analysis
BURLINGAME, CA -- The Weather Channel Interactive selected Coremetrics, a provider of hosted Web analytics solutions, to provide on-demand Web site analysis for its weather.com Web site. The Weather Channel Interactive will use Coremetrics' profile-centric data to target online ads more effectively, increase site registration conversion ratios, and improve site usability.

Monday, March 29

Alpha Software Sets Worldwide Partner Conference
BURLINGTON, MA -- Database software vendor Alpha Software (www.alphasoftware.com) will hold its annual worldwide gathering (www.pacetraining.com/alpha2004) of partners, third-party application developers, and corporate users from May 14 - 16 at the Renaissance Bedford Conference Center in Bedford, Mass. More than 500 attendees are expected to attend sessions relating to Alpha Five version 5 and the forthcoming version 6 database development platforms. A special Consultants Business Workshop will include session Marketing Your Custom Database Services, Consulting Opportunities with the QuickBooks User Market, Intellectual Property Rights, How Not to Get Sued, Licensing, and Business Project Analysis & Design. Company executives are expected to showcase the new version 6 product, which features a built-in Web server.

p2pLog Launches Instant Message Archiving Partner Program
SALEM, NH -- p2pLog Software, (www.p2plog.net) a provider of instant messaging (IM) archiving and compliance solutions, launched a premium partner program to expand the reach of its instant message archiving and retrieval solutions. The program brings together consultants, solution providers, system integrators, managed security service providers and technology vendors to deliver vertical market IM archiving solutions. Four charter members include, Allatar, SysArch Llc., Dragonfly Networks and Smarsh Financial Technology Solutions.

Sangoma Launches "Ask The Expert"
TORONTO -- Sangoma Technologies Corp. (www.sangoma.com) a provider of connectivity products for WANs and Internet infrastructure, launched a question and answer service designed to share its expertise with the technical community. "Ask The Sangoma Expert" (www.sangoma.com/expert/ate-main.htm) allows IT professionals and students to ask questions at all levels whether they are related to the use of Sangoma's own WAN products or WAN Routing for Linux/BSD/Windows, X.25, ATM, Frame Relay, SS7 or others. Once questions are answered by e-mail, it will be posted to a pubic knowledge base that will be available as a resource for the technical community.

Beck Selects Computer Methods' Holistic Approach To Project Management
TORONTO, ON -- Dallas-based Beck Group (www.beckgroup.com) chose Computer Methods International Corp.'s (www.cmic.ca) integrated CMiC Enterprise and CMiC Project Management software suites. The end-to-end solution includes CMiC Financials; CMiC Projects; CMiC Human Capital; CMiC Cost and Budget Management; CMiC Bid and Procurement Management; CMiC Document Management; CMiC Site Management; and CMiC Collaboration Manager.

FundSERV Picks Sajus BPM Suite to Analyze Transaction Processes
MISSISSAUGA, ON -- FundSERV Inc. (www.fundserv.com), a provider of electronic business services to the investment fund industry, chose software from Sajus Technologies Inc. (www.sajus.com), to analyze end-to-end business transactions flowing through the FundSERV network. FundSERV serves 193 investment fund manufacturers, 472 distributors and 42 intermediaries. FundSERV's services and applications support more than 10,000 different investment fund instruments.

CBL Data Recovery's Chang Named Innovative Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur
MARKHAM, ON -- Zhengong Chang, co-founder and chief technology officer of CBL Data Recovery Technologies Inc. (www.cbltech.ca), a provider of computer data recovery services, was awarded the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Award for "Most Innovative." The awards promotes entrepreneurship in the Chinese Canadian Community. CBL offers data recovery services worldwide through its network of labs and authorized partners.

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