Motherboards


  • Handling Blade Server Objections
    Rob Wolfe, founder and executive director of Avcom Technologies Inc., a solution provider in Sunnyvale, Calif., on how to overcome the challenges of selling blade servers to midmarket customers:
  • Getting Started In Midmarket Blade Server Market
    Jay Tipton, owner and vice president of business solutions at Fort Wayne, Ind.-based solution provider Technology Specialists, and a director on the board at the Computing Technology Industry Association, on getting into the midmarket blade server market:
  • Blades Of Glory
    When CRN Test Center reviewers first set out to examine midmarket blade servers, much of the rhetoric in the space revolved around claims and counterclaims by giants IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. Each company claimed to offer the best solution for midmarket blades, and the invective between the two was more heated than the racks of dense servers each could plug into a wall.
  • Growth Engine
    Solution providers grew at a heady 24.3 percent clip in 2007, despite slow nationwide job creation in business overall, coupled with manufacturing reports that seem to indicate little to no growth in many sectors.
  • The Atom-ic Intel
    All of IT is moving more of its day-to-day work toward the edge of the network, and Intel Corp. is seeking to move more of its resources there as well--clearly positioning its new Atom lineup of low-power processors to take advantage of that growth potential. And the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker believes the channel will play a big role.
  • The Economies Of Success
    At a time when escalating gas prices make daily headlines, grocery prices have soared and home foreclosures are at an all-time high, solution providers can actually continue to expand their business and profitability by focusing on certain vertical or geographic markets and technologies that deliver proven cost savings to customers.
  • All Together Now: Mergers And Acquistions
    Activities surrounding the mergers with and acquisitions of solution providers, including those in the 2008 VARBusiness 500 list, have shown no sign of letting up in the past year or so.
  • Bake-Off: Eight Color Printers Put Through The Paces
    Of all the major segments in IT, the printer space remains one of the most expansive and competitive. While consolidation in the software and PC spaces has continued apace over the past year, the printer industry is as broad as ever—and choices remain as complex when it comes to color printing.
  • The Many Faces Of Linux
    Nowadays, the Linux user experience is slick, clean, and aesthetically pleasing, thanks to the GNOME and KDE desktop environments. Users can keep the same desktop experience from distribution to distribution.
  • AMD's Tale Of A Too-Hot Test Drive
    Previously referred to as B3, Advanced Micro Devices' X4 Quad Core 9550, 9750 and 9850 amount to a new revision of the CPU in which the TLB erratum that plagued the last round of Phenoms is no longer present. The CRN Test Center set up a test bed and ran some tests on the 2.5GHz X4 9850 Black Edition.
  • Grow Or Die Hard
    In his epochal song, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," Bob Dylan sings "he not busy being born is busy dying." Well, if you replace "being born" with the word "growing," that could very well be the anthem of the channel right now. Bleeding indeed.

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