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Partner News Podcast: Linux-based Cisco routers, Microsoft Live Mesh

Hear what Cisco partners think about Cisco's new Linux-based routers and what Live Mesh means for Microsoft's SaaS showdown with Google. Plus: tips to survive a tough economy.

Cisco is launching Linux-based integrated services routers (ISRs), but some partners are skeptical about Cisco's open source intentions, senior news writer Rivka Little tells us. We also discuss the integration of Google Apps into the platform, the release of Dynamics CRM Online and what the Microsoft Live Mesh announcement means for Microsoft and Google's battle in the online services market. Then features writer Yuval Shavit checks in to talk about how solution providers can survive a recession in the IT industry.

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