Affinity Index: SMB Network Security

It's no surprise that Cisco Systems would garner a lot of solution provider attention in the SMB network security space. In new research by the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), Cisco was the top vendor in terms of the value of all SMB proposals through the channel. But when it came to rating vendors, Cisco finished a distant eighth in the new Channel Affinity Index.

The 10 Biggest IBM Stories Of 2008

IBM may not dominate the IT industry the way it did in the 20th century, but it's still the industry's 800-pound gorilla and the fortunes of many solution providers rise and fall with the goings-on at Big Blue. Here is a recap of the 10 biggest stories in 2008 in the IBM world.

Affinity Index: SMB Storage Virtualization

Of the top three SMB storage virtualization vendors, IBM looks to be on track to gain the most share of the storage virtualization market compared to its top competitors, Hewlett-Packard and EMC.

The 10 Biggest Dell Stories Of 2008

The year was not easy for PC manufacturer Dell. While the company took important steps forward to strengthen its channel play, it was also hit by layoffs, a court ruling that said it engaged in deceptive business practices and a corrosive market. ChannelWeb looks at these and other stories that shaped Dell's year.

Affinity Index: External Storage Hardware

VARs expect SMB external storage management sales will increase in the second half of the year, compared to the first half, with Western Digital and Sun Microsystems among the vendors trying to gain some market share from Seagate Technology for the No. 1 spot, according to new research by the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED).

The Top 10 iPhone Apps Of 2008

The Apple iPhone is the mobile device of 2008. Part of what makes it so compelling are the applications you can download from the App Store. Check out our choices for the top 10 iPhone apps of 2008.

The 10 Biggest Security Stories Of 2008

To say the least, 2008 has been a security rollercoaster, complete with monumental mergers, cyber espionage, monster data breaches and channel turnabouts. Here are the 10 that drew the most attention this year.

Affinity Index: Desktop Systems

Dell accounted for the largest percentage of the dollar value of customer proposals written by VARs in the first half of the year, but that doesn't translate into Dell having the largest share of deals closed, according to new research.

The 10 Biggest HP Stories Of 2008

What news out of Palo Alto had Hewlett-Packard channel partners and IT professionals buzzing this past year? ChannelWeb looks at the most important headlines involving the most important technology company in the world.

20 Terrible Tech Holiday Gifts

Everyone gets a stinker of a gift during the holidays. Here are 20 awful, or just plain cheesy, technology gifts to avoid giving your favorite techie this year.

Bright Lights: 8 Projectors That Really Shine

Projector technology has made great strides over the past year, with brighter, sharper and more vivid displays becoming
less expensive, and more available in smaller form factors. A large number of these models have made their way through the CRN Test Center. From BenQ to Panasonic, these are the projectors that really shined.

Top Channel Books of 2008

This year's collection of top books for channel technology and business people covers a wide range of topics -- from hands-on ways to drive your business, to best practices in software development, to creative approaches to achieving success in business and life. And of course, there are laughs.

12 Recommended Displays From 2008

The Test Center highlights some of the more noteworthy monitor displays to come through the lab so far this year. Here's our list of recommended displays from 2008.

The 10 Biggest Microsoft Stories Of 2008

ChannelWeb looks at the stories and developments that garnered the lion's share of attention among Microsoft's channel partners during 2008.

How We Built the 'Ultimate PC'

This year, the Test Center responded to requests and set out to once again build the "Ultimate PC" -- a desktop PC based on the most powerful and compelling components and configuration we could find.

Affinity Index: Displays/Monitors

Opinions vary on the best displays and monitors and how best to move them through the SMB channel. But as Everything Channel's Institute for Partner Education & Development shows, a vendor's ability to achieve targets and customer brand preference are the most important factors VARs considered when scoring vendors.

The 15 Key Channel Chief Departures Of 2008

Lots of big-name channel executives left their posts over the course of 2008. ChannelWeb looks back at some of the notable departures.

Affinity Index: Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows market share may be slowly eroding due to the growing popularity of competitors' offerings, but the software giant still dominates the operating systems space.

10 Burning Questions In Print And Imaging

The economy, vendor M&A and guiding light technologies were on the brain for end users, vendors and analysts at Everything Channel's Print & Imaging Summit.

The Top 10 Tech CEO Departures Of 2008

It was a tumultuous year to be in the top spot at a tech company in 2008. From Symantec to Synnex to VMware, CEOs were either ousted, resigned or retired. Here are some of the most prominent CEO departures in 2008.

Affinity Index: SMB Database Software

While IBM, Microsoft and Oracle have long battled in the database software market, with IBM and Oracle usually leading, research by the Institute for Partner & Education Development shows Microsoft is strong in the SMB channel, with VARs warming to Sun's MySQL offerings.

D&H's Holiday Spirit: Giving Back To The Community

D&H, the 90-year-old employee-owned distributor, has a long history of giving back and supporting community causes. That legacy of caring is especially appreciated during the holiday season.

12 Hot Technologies For Government Customers

Everything Channel's IT ChannelVision: Government
Edition conference brought together more than 100 top solution providers.
to sunny South Florida this week. Here's a look at some of the latest
technology they saw.

Affinity Index: Server/Application Virtualization

VMware is by far the market leader for server virtualization, with competitors Microsoft and Citrix far behind. But when one expands the market to include application virtualization, the race gets much closer.

The 10 Big Stories Of 2008

Hot technology categories got even hotter, big-name vendors ate a bit of humble pie and the channel looked for ways to make global issues their own. Here are the stories that kept ChannelWeb readers coming back for more.