• Piling On
    Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9 have made great strides in making desktop Linux more user-friendly and technologically advanced. With OpenSUSE 11, Novell Inc. can match them feature for feature.
  • Fast Growth Is Smart Growth
    If you're looking for the secret recipe for Fast Growth success, look no further than the sitcom "Married With Children." Well, it's not an exact match, but at least one Fast Growth solution provider thinks there's something to be learned from perpetually aggrieved women's shoe salesman and ex-jock Al Bundy, the head of the dysfunctional Bundy clan on the long-running Fox series.
  • ShadowRAM: July 28, 2008
    Ever wonder what the employees at top tech vendors really think about their bosses, their work environments and the general direction their companies are taking? only launched its beta version Web site in mid-June, but it already boasts some 40,000 anonymous reviews from employees at more than 11,000 companies across a host of business sectors. Employees rate their companies and CEOs by the numbers, but are also encouraged to post pro and con commentaries about the firms they work forand#8212;and there are some real doozies.
  • Make Way For The Airflow King
    With the goal of providing every gamer a case they can identify with, El Monte, Calif.-based NZXT has been striving to become the premier chassis manufacturer for the gaming community since the company was established in 2004. Within that short period of time, they have successfully created more than a dozen award-winning designs that fall into either their Classic Series or Crafted Series, each with their own unique look.
  • Tech To Watch: Profiles
    Minneapolis, Minn.-Digital River bills itself as a multichannel e-commerce solution provider, whose clients include big time tech companies such as Microsoft, Novell, Symantec Corp., Computer Associates and SanDisk Corp. The company builds, manages and hosts businesses for more than 40,000 software publishers, manufacturers, distributors and online retailers.
  • The Coming Storm Over Software Renewals
    As the IT world moves toward cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service as the norm, I can't help but wonder if there's a storm brewing in that cloud over renewals.
  • The Green Monster
    Every solution provider on the planet should be looking at starting a green practice aimed at saving their clients buckets of cash being eaten up by rising energy costs.
  • 2008 CRN Fast Growth 100: Company Profiles
    "It's a great industry. It's a great time. There are opportunities everywhere." That's the economic worldview from the president and CEO of the fastest-growing company on the 2008 CRN Fast Growth 100.
  • Custom Gaming Rigs
    If you follow the hype and have come to believe online video and social networking are huge, consider this: Through last year, the number of U.S. consumers taking part in online gaming was almost double that of video or social networking, according to research firm Parks Associates.
  • NAC Grows Up
    There are a million things to take into consideration when building out network security; making sure that even employees and welcomed guests only get in if they're prescreened is right at the top. Still, development of a common industry standard for deploying Network Access Control (NAC) has been elusive as vendors take different approaches to get the job done.
  • VAR's Voice: NAC
    Dan Thormodsgaard, director of solutions architecture at Fishnet Security Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo., gives a few tips for successfully getting into the NAC space.