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Emerging Vendors 2011

CRN's annual listing of the IT industry's upstarts and start-ups.

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Emerging doesn't mean what it used to. And this collection of up-and-comers and new-to-the-game vendors is on an upward trajectory that a host of young companies that preceded them could barely imagine.

With new innovations like cloud computing and virtualization speeding up the pace of innovation and technology mainstays like storage and networking branching off into new directions, this list encapsulates a tectonic technology shift where the recently founded are starting to rule the roost and become household names much more quickly than in the past.

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This list comprises companies from every discipline and technology facet. The only rules: They must have been established or have undergone a major transformation in 2005 or later and have a strategy to leverage the channel to go to market. Each of these companies brings something different to the table, and each has a fresh perspective. And some are already gaining a foothold in the bustling IT marketplace.

Among these emerging vendors you'll find companies that have already established themselves as big dogs in their market segment, and others that just kicked off earlier this year, but are already creating chatter. They represent new partnership and go-to-market opportunities for solution providers looking to separate the wheat from the chaff in an IT market that is becoming increasingly more crowded and noisy.

2011 is the year where emerging turns to emerged and startups and upstarts take hold. Here are 2011's emerging vendors.

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