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Charlene OHanlon_2

Company: The VAR Guy

Job Title: Senior Executive Editor

Charlene OHanlon_2

Charlene O’Hanlon, the former senior executive editor and director of Content for The VAR Guy, is a veteran technology journalist and editor and channel expert. She has served as editorial director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, editor and publisher at ACM and managing editor at CMP Media, and has written for numerous channel publications including CRN and eWEEK/Channel Insider, among others.


Recent articles by Charlene OHanlon_2

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IBM Sametime Plugs Into Plantronics

IBM Sametime Plugs Into Plantronics

Proponents of the speakerphone, listen up. Headset manufacturer Plantronics is reducing your dependence on that annoying piece of office equipment by making its products compatible with IBM’s Sametime technology. That means Sametime users are now free to pace their office while on a call and not have to rely on their speakerphones. Instead, users can […]

Meru Makes Wireless LAN Security Pitch

Wireless networking vendor Meru Networks has unveiled a set of wired and wireless management, spectrum analysis, and security and compliance services designed to bring some stability and security to the corporate 802.11 network.

KACE Midmarket Appliance Plugs Hole In Dell Lineup

Dell’s acquisition of KACE earlier this year netted the computing behemoth hardware and expertise to help it penetrate the systems management space. Problem was, KACE’s product lineup required a certain level of expertise to set up and manage, and a good number of Dell customers were of the plug-and-play variety. So, what’s Dell’s KACE strategy? Here are some clues.

Former Tandberg CEO Now Leads Polycom

A former CEO of videoconferencing vendor Tandberg is returning to the top spot, this time at Polycom, as speculation abounds the company is positioning itself for acquisition.

Polycom Adds Professional Services to UC Portfolio

Conferencing vendor Polycom is giving its partners another way to turn a profit in the burgeoning unified communications space through its new Professional Services portfolio. The slate of offerings will be available to Polycom customers through Open Collaboration Network partners and certified Polycom partners, as well as Polycom Global Services, which can work with partners to deliver an end-to-end services solution.

Plantronics Dials Unified Communications Partners

Headset and Bluetooth device manufacturer Plantronics is expanding its channel program to include solution providers that offer unified communications solutions, hoping to share in a market that is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years

Net Optics Taps into 40Gig Network Space

Network access vendor Net Optics delivered the latest in its line of network taps and other monitoring solutions at last week’s RSA Conference. And for solution providers dealing with high-end enterprise and larger networks, that’s good news.

3Com Pitches Enterprise Security

3Com Pitches Enterprise Security

3Com has rolled out a new chassis switch that extends enterprise network security into the core, making even virtual infrastructures more secure. The move could attract interest from Hewlett-Packard solutions providers, amid HP’s pending buyout of 3Com. The H3C S9500E is designed to extend 3Com’s Secure Network Fabric to help companies migrate to a more […]

Blue Coat Intros Program for Professional Services Partners

Blue Coat Intros Program for Professional Services Partners

Application delivery networking provider Blue Coat Systems has introduced a program that strives to help partners  make more money by expanding into professional services. Here are some quick details. The BlueTouch Professional Services Partner Program offers a palette of services that certified partners can add to their roster, including network design, installation and configuration of […]

Juniper Networks Its Way Into Mobility Space

Juniper Networks Its Way Into Mobility Space

Juniper Networks is expanding beyond its wired boundaries into the mobility space, with a slew of solutions at this year’s Mobile World Congress focusing on security, trafficking and applications development, among other things. Here are some details. The Juniper solutions are part of a new “technology framework” for mobility – an area Juniper has had […]

Telepresence: Polycom’s Big Plan for Small Business

Telepresence: Polycom’s Big Plan for Small Business

Unified communications vendor Polycom is thinking small with its latest telepresence system — small environments and a small price tag. Its latest offering, the HDX 6000, is slated for announcement Feb. 16. The new telepresence system targets small-office and remote-office environments as well as “huddle rooms” – any place where a regular-sized conferencing system would […]

Polycom, Microsoft: Unified Communications for Outlook

Polycom, Microsoft: Unified Communications for Outlook

It’s a thing of beauty when two major vendors collaborate to offer a solution that actually provides such value that it can practically sell itself. In theory, Polycom and Microsoft just may have done exactly that. The UC vendor and software behemoth have joined forces to offer Polycom Conferencing for Outlook, a unified communications service […]

Siemens Updates OpenScape UC Platform

Siemens Updates OpenScape UC Platform

Siemens Enterprise Networks (SEN) has released the latest version of its OpenScape unified communications platform, with added features that could make it an even more attractive offering for solution providers. The latest version of OpenScape, OpenScape Voice V4, features OpenScape Branch, designed with branch offices in mind, and OpenScape Concierge, designed for call attendants. OpenScape […]

New Polycom Cloud Partners Come Into Focus

New Polycom Cloud Partners Come Into Focus

Polycom has partnered with VoIP software app vendor BroadSoft to build a hosted solution that enables solution providers to offer unified communication (UC) services in the cloud. It’s the latest in a string of Polycom partner moves. Here are the details. The service, dubbed V2Connect, is a fully integrated voice and video solution providing one […]

Polycom’s Latest Partner Program: Right Place, Right Time?

Polycom’s Latest Partner Program: Right Place, Right Time?

Polycom has announced sweeping changes to its channel program (new program), installing tiered levels of partnership and certifications — a move that puts it squarely in line to challenge Cisco-Tandberg in the UC space. The Polycom Choice Program, which is slated to launch April 1, enables partners to specialize in certain vertical markets or product […]

Avaya-Nortel Roadmap: A Closer Look

Avaya-Nortel Roadmap: A Closer Look

Avaya spent much of today sharing details about its plans for the recently acquired Nortel Enterprise business unit. The complementary nature of Nortel’s communications technology with Avaya’s product offerings made the acquisition and transition much easier, Avaya officials claim. And here’s an ironic bonus: Buying a division of a bankrupt company streamlined Avaya’s planning process […]

Avaya Unveils Integrated Nortel Product Roadmap

The wait is over for Avaya and former Nortel-turned-Avaya partners. Indeed, Avaya has formally unveiled its new product roadmap — one that strives to integrate the best of Nortel Enterprise Solutions technology into the Avaya product set.

VoSKY: Giving Skype a Channel Business Boost?

Skype – usually regarded as a single-user, computer-based solution to cutting communications costs – is now taking its place among the business market as a viable alternative to traditional PBX calling. And Sunnyvale, Calif.-based VoSKY is helping Skype get there. Here’s how.

HP-3Com: Judgment Day Approaches

Hewlett-Packard’s pending takeover of 3Com will be put to a vote on January 26. Assuming the deal gets approved, the takeover could be completed in time for Interop, the networking event scheduled for April 2010. And rumors are starting to fly that HP will potentially counter Cisco Partner Summit with some sort of event. Here’s the scoop.

VoIP Comes of Age (Again)

Voice over IP technology has quietly matured from its status as cutting-edge to mainstream. But that doesn’t mean the technology isn’t moving forward. Quite the contrary: recent advances point to VoIP as a technology to watch (yet again) in 2010 = thanks to moves by Google and others. Here’s why.

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