Our top five systems tips -- so far

Get the top five systems tips of the first half of 2008, as chosen by SearchSystemsChannel.com readers.

If there's anything that systems VARs crave, it's expert tips that help make their jobs easier. Here are SearchSystemsChannel.com's top five tips for VARs. Read on for advice on selling SaaS, virtual vs. Vista desktop management, business prospects for iPhone with ActiveSync, VMware Server ESX 3i and upgrading to Windows Server 2008.

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Selling SaaS: How and why providers need to change their thinking
Software as a Service (SaaS) is dramatically changing the software distribution landscape. And while it won't render service providers obsolete, it will require some operational changes and a different approach to selling software within many application categories. Find out what changes will be needed and how to survive the shift to SaaS.

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Cost comparison: Virtual vs. Vista desktop management
The rise of virtualization is changing the desktop upgrade equation. Up until recently, almost all shops went straight to a Windows upgrade when client PC operating systems reached end of life. Now, desktop management efficiencies are swaying the pendulum in virtualization's direction. Find out how the numbers break down in this cost comparison.

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iPhone with ActiveSync: Legitimate business tool?
Apple's support for Exchange ActiveSync on the iPhone will improve the viability of the device for business users. Find out how iPhone 2.0 will measure up against BlackBerry and Palm.

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Changing virtualization services in wake of VMware Server ESX 3i
The server virtualization services market is about to change. VMware Server ESX 3i is an embedded solution that customers can configure on their own. Service providers need to take note and begin to change their server virtualization offerings.

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Upgrading to Windows Server 2008
Upgrading to Windows Server 2008 will require hardware refreshes at many customer sites. Even with hardware that's already capable of running Server 2008, configuration and testing are on the list of chores. Service providers can ease the burden on customers by bundling hardware upgrades and system testing into a support package built around Windows Server 2008.

This was first published in June 2008
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