At the halfway point of each year, CRN takes a look back at the previous six months in the channel and throughout the technology world. We start by honoring the coolest new products across a variety of technology segments and highlighting the startups shaking up cloud computing, networking, big data and more. We then look at the best-performing vendor and channel stocks for the first half of 2014, where the biggest executive moves happened, and which tech companies stirred up the most controversy.
The CRN editorial staff also offers its picks for "5 Companies That Came To Win This Year" and "5 Companies That Had A Rough Year." Bookmark this page for easy access to these slideshows and more.
Companies have been on an acquisition spree so far in 2014. From Dimension Data's Nexus acquisition, to Lenovo's x86 server and Motorola Mobility buys, to major telecom mergers, take a look back at the biggest blockbuster acquisitions of 2014 so far.
From innovation to raw horsepower, the processor landscape in 2014 is evolving fast, proving that the battle for chip domination in the server, desktop and mobile fronts is hotter than ever.
From channel chiefs at major vendors, to leading VAR executives, it's been a busy year so far for executives in channel roles. Take a look back at the 30 biggest channel executive moves of 2014 so far.
Virtualization is the key to enabling technology for cloud, storage, servers and networking. Here are CRN's picks for the 10 coolest virtualization startups of 2014.
From Microsoft's new CEO, to Symantec firing its top executive, to departures for management disagreements, take a look back at the 25 biggest IT executive appointments and departures from the year so far.
Storage startups, which continue to pop up with new ways to tackle old issues, may or may not survive getting acquired, but in any case help shape the future of the storage industry.
The security market is flooded with investors eager to pump money into innovative startups that tout new ways to detect suspicious activity, aid incident responders and prevent data security breaches. Here are 10 potential winners.
From healthcare and storage to virtualization, security and more, take a look at the 10 coolest startups of the year so far.
From software for building fault tolerance to massive mainframe-like systems, the server industry in the first half of 2014 was subjected to a barrage of new solutions for handling customer tasks ranging from the most mundane to the most sophisticated.
CRN looks at 2014's first-half winners and losers among technology vendor stocks.
Big data has continued to be big bucks in 2014. Here are 10 of the coolest big data startups of the year.
Software-defined networking continued to be a hot topic of the networking world in 2014, but other trends also have emerged. Here are 10 networking startups that shook up the market, and its incumbents, so far, in 2014.
Stock price gainers outnumbered losers among publicly traded solution providers in the first half of 2014.
There have been a total of 395 reported breaches in 2014, exposing more than 11 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Here are 10 of the biggest ones.
Open source apps continue to hit the market, and are just as good as any. These are the 10 coolest (plus a bonus) that were released so far this year.
Big data remains one of the most dynamic segments of the IT industry with new products for data management and business analytics seemingly hitting the market every day. Here are 10 that made a splash in the first half of 2014.
CRN looks at 10 flash storage products ranging from flash drives to software to entire flash storage arrays that were released in the first half of 2014.
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for laptops with new innovation, price points and technologies. Here are the 10 coolest so far this year.
There's never a shortage of cool apps for smartphones and tablets. This year, there were plenty to choose from. So here are the 10 coolest apps of 2014 so far.
The first half of 2014 saw many unique tablets hit the market, including the latest devices from Dell, Samsung and HP. Here are 10 of the coolest so far this year.
The smartphone market in the first half of 2014 saw established giants release their latest wares and newcomers try to leave a lasting impression. Here are the 10 coolest smartphones so far this year.