CRN Components and Peripherals News


  • Super Micro's blade system is a lean, mean winner


    Super Blade
    While tier-one vendors continue to duke it out over whose blade servers are the most quiet, most powerful and most effective, San Jose, Calif.-based Super Micro Computer Inc. is making a powerful case for its own blade offering to be considered among the industry leaders.
  • Review: Small Projectors With A Lotta Value
    Smaller and cheaper, but easier and more powerful: That's the mantra in IT for everything from servers and PCs to printers and monitors. Projectors are no different, even though sensitive pieces of technology and science, like lenses and light, are to a large degree impervious to theories like Moore's Law.
  • New Intel-Powered RAID Offering
    With the release of RocketRAID 3520, HighPoint Technologies Inc., Milpitas, Calif., is taking hardware RAID to another level. The 3520 RAID controller comes with Intel Corp.'s new IOP 341 high performance I/O processor, which includes a multiported 533 MHZ DDR 2 cache memory controller that can store up to 4 Gbytes of 64-bit memory. The chip's speed of 1.2 GHz provides realtime RAID functionality.
  • Review: The Lenovo ThinkPad X300
    Lenovo is touting its ThinkPad X300 notebook as an ultra-slim laptop with no compromises. CMP Channel Test Center takes a look in this review.
  • Alernative Vendors: Notebooks, Laptops
    When it comes to deciding on a notebook vendor, variety is the spice of life. While market leaders Dell and HP offer choices, sometimes customers come in looking for things the big guys don't provide.
  • Alternative Vendors: UPS
    Stan Lichenstein, president of Global Technologies, a Melville, N.Y., solution provider and longtime Liebert Corp. partner, says he takes an "old school" approach to his choice of UPS vendor.
  • Review: Stoked On Intel's Stoakley
    Today's quad-core servers are powerful enough to run the most complex applications available. In some ways the days of bloated code are back, but execution time is less noticeable due to these multicore chips.
  • Alternative Vendors: Server Virtualization
    The fast-growing x86-based server virtualization market stands unique from a competitive perspective. It's not just that the market is overwhelmingly dominated by VMware. Instead, the alternatives are an eclectic mix of startups, open-source developers, no-names, and a group of companies more used to being on top.
  • A new breed of mobile devices packs the power of a full-blown PC into a tiny package


    Ultramobile PCs: The Next (Not So) Big Thing
    When Intel Corp. President and CEO Paul Otellini tells the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show that ultramobile PCs (UMPCs) are going to spearhead "the largest opportunity to redefine consumer electronics and entertainment since the introduction of the television," solution providers have to stand up and take notice.
  • Alternative Vendors: Displays Under 30 Inches
    Brian Lisse, owner and manager of Madison Computer Works, says that after 25 years in business, the nightmares from vendors that didn't offer any support stay with him. But with Acer Inc., there's never been a support snafu that had him losing any sleep. "They just have a really low failure rate, which is why we like them," he said.

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