The 10 Biggest Channel Stories of 2009

From scandals to mergers to executive job-hopping, here's a look at the stories that kept solution providers talking about the goings on in the channel.

The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories Of 2009

Microsoft's ride through the choppy economic seas has been rougher than most: Even the perpetually optimistic Steve Ballmer has called it the toughest economic environment Microsoft has ever faced. But this year has also seen many positive stories come to light for Microsoft. Here we look at 10 stories that best capture the ups and downs of Microsoft's 2009.

The 10 Biggest Cloud Computing Stories Of 2009

With everyone from big companies such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft to startups like Ctera and Doyenz jumping on the bandwagon, it's no surprise that cloud computing was the biggest "megatrend" this year. Here are the top cloud computing stories of 2009.

The 10 Big Stories Of 2009

From the launch of Windows 7 to the rise of cloud computing to a huge insider trading scandal, here's a look at the stories that kept readers intrigued throughout the year.

The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2009

Convergence, consolidation and competition characterized the storage industry and channel in 2009 as HP and Cisco squared off over the future of the data center, EMC and NetApp fought about the future of dedupe, and everyone looked at ways to consolidate.

The Top 10 Chip Stories Of 2009

From Intel and AMD's historic antitrust settlement to the rise of GPU computing, we look back at the biggest stories in silicon from the past year.

The Top 10 Security Stories Of 2009

While 2009 marked a year of new attacks and new targets, it also brought rejuvenated awareness about cybersecurity issues and a continued commitment by vendors to the channel. Here are some of the biggest security stories of the last 12 months.

The 10 Biggest Networking Stories Of 2009

From Cisco and HP squaring off, to the consolidation of the video market, the battle for net neutrality and the channel concerns of Avaya-Nortel, it's been a wild year in this space.

Storage: Top 10 Backup and Recovery Software Vendors

Backup and recovery software is one of the backbones of the business of any storage solution provider. Partners in a recent survey picked their top 10 backup and recovery software vendors according to how well their products met customers' business needs.

The Most Innovative Products Of 2009

Each year, innovative technology products emerge that influence the way we work and play. CRN and Everything Channel selected some of the best of these products in key areas from 2009.

The Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders Of 2009

CRN's Top 25 Channel Sales Leaders of 2009 fought hard to provide their solution provider partners with the tools and support they need to battle the biggest industry downturn in the history of IT. These are the executives who went the distance for solution providers in 2009.

Top 10 Cyber Monday Threats

Forget Black Friday. The Monday following Thanksgiving is the biggest online shopping day of the year. And hackers will be ready. Here are a few threats to watch while surfing the Web Monday morning.

Scenes From's Dreamforce Conference

An estimated 18,000 customers and partners attended what has rapidly become the cloud computing event of the year. Along with hearing keynotes from CEO Marc Benioff and Gen. Colin Powell, attendees partied to the music of the Black Crowes. If you didn't make it, here's what you missed.

The Top 25 Channel Mavericks Of 2009

The Top 25 Channel Mavericks of 2009 bucked the system with brash, bold thinking to make sure that solution providers weren't caught in the economic down-draft. These are the independent, make-it-happen channel chargers that made big bets to aggressively grab market share with channel enhancements and cutting-edge products that blew partners away.

Scenes From Varnex: Sinatra, Martin, Davis Jr. And ... Stegner?

More than 250 solution provider and vendor executives hit Palm Springs last week to talk about their 2010 strategies at Synnex's Varnex Conference. Most VARs are expecting the IT industry to grow, and the show provided opportunity for VARs to gather some ideas.

25 Holiday Gifts Your Techie Will Love

The perfect holiday gift guide for all the gadgets, smartphones and PC products the geek in your life will covet.

10 Tech Turkeys For 2009

Most everyone loves Thanksgiving turkeys. But IT industry turkeys? Not so much. We look at 10 examples of 'turkeys' that have disappointed the tech industry this year.

The 25 Most Innovative Executives Of 2009

Our list of the most innovative executives of the year spotlights the people that are pushing the envelope with new products and channel programs to bring solution providers to new heights.

The 25 Most Influential Executives of 2009

Find out which executives made the grade and held their own, despite the great IT downturn of 2009.

Scenes From TechSelect, Disney Style

More than 280 VARs helped Tech Data celebrate the 10th anniversary of TechSelect at Walt Disney World Nov. 12-14. Solution providers got business advice from Tech Data and Disney executives, including Mickey Mouse himself.

2009 CRN Tech Innovator Awards

The Sixth Annual Tech Innovators Awards, unveiled this week at the XChange Tech Innovators conference in Las Vegas, honored companies for using new methods or technologies to deliver top-notch products.

Oracle 2009 Titan Awards

At the Oracle OpenWorld conference last month, Oracle honored its channel partners who thrived in 2009 despite the tough economy. See which solution providers were the recipients of this year's annual Titan Awards.

Vendors Ramp Up Services: What It Means To VARs

With vendors eyeing -- and buying -- solution providers in recent months, what is the game plan and how can VARs work with these large hybrid companies? We spoke with vendors and industry analysts to gain perspective.

Hot, Healthy Scenes From Healthcare IT Summit

Everything Channel's Healthcare IT Summit brought hundreds of health care CIOs, vendors, insurers, providers and systems integrators to La Quinta, Calif. Here's a look at what they saw and heard.

25 Scenes From Symantec PartnerEngage 2009

At Symantec PartnerEngage 2009, at the JW Marriott in Orlando, Fla., partners came away with new channel tools, a new services strategy and a brand new set of culinary skills. Here are a few scenes from the show.