• ShadowRAM: May 26, 2008
    The channel eagerly watched the season finale of "American Idol" last Wednesday to see if David Archuleta, the son of one of their own, could grab a victory in the popular singing contest. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Archuleta earned nearly 43 million votes, but that wasn't enough to overcome rival David Cook for the title. David Archuleta is the 17-year-old son of Jeff Archuleta, owner of Arch Consulting Group, a VAR in Salt Lake City.
  • Don't Hold HP To A Double Standard
    I don't hear VARs screaming about IBM Global Services. People applaud IBM for its success, so why wouldn't the same hold true for HP?
  • AMD Shakes Things Up
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. was a busy chip maker in recent weeks, announcing a major update to its road map and a shake-up of top executives to go along with the creation of a new engineering division.
  • Singing Up A Storm
    Son of the channel David Archuleta came close but missed the top spot on the "American Idol" singing competition.
  • Mac Migration Mania
    The virtualization solution phenomenon is not only driving the biggest profits for all stripes of solution providers, it also is helping to fuel a Mac renaissance in businesses. More companies and even more consumers are making the big jump from the PC to the Mac platform. In fact, the virtualization solution wave is Microsoft's biggest nightmare come true. Whether it's a stick-with-XP or a move-to-Macintosh stance, it's all bad news for Microsoft's bid to move the operating system and Office productivity franchise to the next level.
  • Seven Sizzling Products For Custom Builders
    If custom-system builders provide the steak, some key components available to the channel this year can certainly provide some sizzle. As always, there is a lengthy list of peripherals in distribution that provide ever-greater amounts of performance, storage, multimedia and "wow factor." For this report, we've whittled it down to seven that system builders might want to keep on the front burner.
  • 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.