The Biggest IT Vendor Stories Of 2010
2010 was a busy year for the IT vendors that supply the technologies for the IT channel. And the bigger IT vendors, such as Oracle, HP, IBM, Dell and others, were in the news all year long making acquisitions, hiring and firing executives and releasing products that directly impacted their solution providers.
Here's a look at CRN's picks for the biggest IT vendor stories of 2010, including some highly publicized drama between HP and Oracle and the supply chain woes that left Cisco partners waiting out in the cold for a handful of its products.
Whether it was the $7.3 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems or the hiring of Mark Hurd, Oracle always seemed to be in the news in 2010. Here's our list of the top Oracle stories of 2010, including an ongoing battle with HP and an emphasis on Oracle reseller specialization.
Between the resignation of Mark Hurd and the hiring of Leo Apotheker, it's easy to overlook the rest of 2010 when it comes to Hewlett-Packard. But plenty happened in the HP universe in 2010, including the acquisition of 3Par, the end of HP's channel relationship with Cisco and a run-in with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
2010 was a year of highs and lows for Cisco and Cisco partners. While Cisco saw astonishing adoption of its Unified Computing System (UCS), the company struggled with supply chain shortages for a handful of its products. Here's a look at our picks for the top Cisco stories of 2010, including the launch of Cisco Cius and the acquisition of Tandberg.
While Dell pulled the trigger on five acquisitions in 2010, it lost out to HP in the bidding war for 3Par. Check out our list of the top Dell stories of the past year, including the success of the Dell PartnerDirect program and the launch of the Dell Streak smartphone.
From a major reorganization emphasizing hardware-software integration, to an aggressive push into cloud computing, to a slew of acquisitions, the focus for IBM in 2010 was ensuring that the company stayed on the right strategic course. Check out our list of the top IBM stories of 2010.
While Microsoft Windows 7 was a success, the Kin was widely viewed as a failure. And between Windows Phone 7, a cloud computing feud with Google and a handful of executive departures, it's safe to say that 2010 was a turbulent year for Microsoft.
While there's no denial that 2010 will be remembered as the year of the iPad for Apple, Steve Jobs and crew made plenty of other headlines. Check out our list of the biggest Apple stories of 2010, including the iPhone 4 'AntennaGate' scandal, a sneak peek at the OS X 10.7 and that whole thing about Verizon getting the iPhone.