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IT Channel News Briefs, Oct. 6

Today's headlines:, Microsoft team on mail; Juniper releases 'JUNOS for Dummies.'

Information technology (IT) channel news in brief for Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. adds hosted Microsoft Exchange to playlist

Add to the list of hosted Microsoft Exchange providers. The company, famous as an Internet domain registrar and website hosting service, is adding the Microsoft mail option for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Users can stick with the familiar Outlook client but offload the infrastructure headaches of maintaining email servers to GoDaddy. The hosted plans include use of Personal Outlook, Outlook with Mobile and Group Outlook to facilitate often-mobile workers who need to coordinate activities with others.

Who needs formal training? Juniper releases JUNOS for Dummies

So much for all that channel partner training. Juniper Networks released a JUNOS for Dummies book that offers a "practical guide" to managing the OS software used for most of the networking company's infrastructure components. The book is meant to provide a "fast-track approach" to learning to use the JUNOS software to manage networks with Juniper's routers, switches and security appliances, among other pieces. The book is mostly aimed at network administrators, but also to those configuring networks. JUNOS for Dummies is available worldwide wherever technical books are sold.

Allworx adds channel enhancements

Allworx, which supplies IP-based phone systems for SMBs, has beefed up its channel partner program. Allworx's resellers can now get interactive, online training in a self-paced course that provides three introductory modules. The company also added in-person training courses throughout October and November. In order to streamline operations, the company also unveiled a Return Materials Authorization process, which shortens turnaround time for returns. Finally, Allworx unveiled the IFrame Web content capability, which enables partners to stream up-to-date Allworx product information and marketing content to their own websites.

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