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AMD converges chip channel programs; other news

AMD fuses disparate partner programs; Open-Xchange now syncs with BlackBerry, iPhone; more headlines.

IT channel news in brief for Sept. 30, 2009

AMD fuses disparate partner programs

AMD is melding heretofore separate partner programs for its AMD and ATI chip lines. The new AMD Fusion program also segments partners by business model -- not just on the type and volume of chips they resell, David Kenyon, vice president of AMD Inc.'s worldwide channel told recently. The change means less emphasis on big distributors and more on systems builders and VARs that influence chip choices. Previously, the chip maker fielded separate programs for its ATI graphics chips, AMD solution providers and distributors. Fusion itself is divided into elite, premier and select tiers.

AMD bought ATI and its graphics chip franchise three years ago for about $5.4 billion.

Open-Xchange now syncs with BlackBerry, iPhone

The new Open-Xchange OXtender for Business Mobility lets users of the open source Open-Xchange mail product synchronize their contacts, calendar and other information to popular smart phones, including the iPhone and BlackBerry. The company uses Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol and promises easy synchronization of popular functions without configuration headaches -- and without Microsoft Exchange Server. Software clients for Symbian-based devices, BlackBerry or Google Android are also available.

Zimbra updates collab suite

Speaking of open source mail, Yahoo's Zimbra group updated Zimbra Collaboration Suite. ZCS 6.0 improves delegation and adds read receipts, a three-pane email view and remote wipe for mobile devices.

There have been reports of late that Yahoo is looking to offload Zimbra. The company is not commenting.

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