When war was thrust upon the United States two years ago today, we saw (and we still see) the best in ourselves come out: supporting each other, responding to the most serious challenges, and rebuilding our economy and the American spirit that were among the key targets of our enemies that day.
CRN and VARBusiness covered that day, and it's effects on our industry and its people, extensively. Below, you'll find all our coverage of 9/11 and it's aftermath:
The first article we posted about the events of 9/11 was a wire-service report about the inital World Trade Center attacks. Solution providers at three industry shows going on that day reacted in shock to the news, and began scrambling to figure out how they would get home.
CRN and VARBusiness reporters were able to continue updating our web sites until about 7:00 pm the night of September 11. At that time, 7 World Trade Center collapsed, cutting the connection between our Jericho offices and our production web servers, located in Virgina. By the next morning, alternate routing had been arranged.
As the day drew to a close, we came to learn the names of the victims. Many were from the technology community, including Oracle's Todd Beamer, one of the heroes of Flight 93.
With rescue operations still onging, and business at a standstill across the country, organizations began putting the pieces back together.
VARBusiness, CRN and ChannelWeb editors provided personal insights into some of the heroes and victims of the tragedy, and encouraged solution providers to embrace the tasks of recovery.
Tech Firms Pitch In
One of the things the solution provider community can be most proud of is how we rallied, helping relief agencies, customers and even competitors get back on their feet.
The Effects On Business
When the bell finally rang again on Wall Street, nearly a week after the attack, it reassured the world that American business would endure. Meanwhile, solution providers found a renewed emphasis on security, and data backup and recovery solutions among customers.
Trade Shows and Industry Events
Even once the airlines began flying again, business travel was depressed for months. It caused serious strains for trade shows and partner events.
During the (still unsolved) anthrax attacks against government and media facilities that followed 9/11, scares shut down Microsoft and Ingram Micro office. Fortunately these proved not to be deadly attacks.