• Clear Skies Ahead As Chip Designs Debut
    With virtualization and ever-greater leaps in price performance reaching from one end of the value chain to the other, driven by server software, CPUs and graphics, the next two years mean change at break-neck speed—even for an industry used to quick changes. It also means that system builders large and small will in many ways have easier access to more powerful technology than in the past. Here's a look at 10 milestones you should track over the next 12 to 24 months because they have the potential to alter the IT business significantly.
  • Review: Security Is In The Air
    Wireless networks are vulnerable to all kinds of security issues, ranging from rogue access points to unauthorized equipment. To properly secure the network, information is necessary to understand what is going on within the wireless environment.
  • Alternative Vendors: Wireless Networking
    As wireless networking becomes much more pervasive, partially due to the upcoming deluge of 802.11n products, VARs are faced with a choice: Go with the established leader, or align themselves with second-tier wireless vendors that can offer similar performance, better prices and higher margins.
  • What's The Alternative?
    Solution providers partnering with hungry alternative vendors are delivering improved Return On Investment (ROI) for their customers and higher margins for themselves by opening their eyes and looking beyond the market leaders. Here's a rundown of the leaders -- and the alternatives -- across more than a dozen technology categories.
  • ShadowRAM: January 28, 2008
    For most of the MacWorld faithful, the new paper-thin MacBook Air stole the show. But for those who like their satire served up cold in the form of a pop song, the big draw was celebrated composer Randy Newman, who works with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' other blockbuster company, film maker Pixar.
  • Recurring Relationships
    How do you become a member of the billion-dollar club? According to Joel Schleicher, knowing your customers' needs—and meeting them—is a pretty big piece of the puzzle.
  • Can Juniper Make You Switch?
    Is a Hurricane ready to blow through the channel? With Juniper Networks poised to launch its first-ever enterprise Ethernet switch line, code-named Hurricane, VARs pondering whether to get on board face some big hurdles.
  • Nortel's Latest SMB Foothold: VoIP
    Nortel Networks Corp. has again proved it's placing a strong focus on small and midsize businesses, with last month's release of a string of SMB-targeted VoIP products that VARs say can ease the transition to VoIP.
  • What's On Your Radar?
    As solution providers leave a year scarred by mortgage issues and high energy prices, CRN asked a number of companies from our annual Fast Growth list for their 2008 forecast. Some say advanced technologies will open new doors. Others agree, but add that CIOs will be waiting with sharpened pencils and a need to justify spending. Almost all expect to feel the squeeze from a lack of qualified talent. We'll let their words speak for themselves.
  • Robots For The System Builders
    Standardization and componentization have often stood as stumbling blocks for bleeding-edge technologies. But some new technologies are on their way to overcoming these hurdles.
  • Aruba Targets Cisco With AirWave Acquisition
    Aruba can now offer AirWave's wireless management to existing Cisco customers along with other Aruba solutions that will compliment their Cisco installed base without the need for replacement.