CRN Channel News


  • Tribute To A Leader
    For GreenPages, a 12-year-old solution provider that sits on a picturesque ocean inlet in Kittery, Maine, this week marks the dawn of a new era.
  • Staying Cool With BTX
    BTX is cool, or at least cooler, and distributors should begin stocking motherboards and cases for the new form factor beginning in the fourth quarter, according to the CRN Test Center.
  • Betting On eBay
    ustin Nolte says the big bet he made selling custom systems on eBay has paid off beyond his wildest dreams.
  • Flexibility A Key Driver
    Paul Su, president of San Jose, Calif.-based AOpen, a leading supplier of components of custom-system builders and solution providers, recently spoke with CRN Senior Editor Joseph F. Kovar about the state of the custom-system market.
  • Verari Extends Its Blade Operations
    Even though Verari Systems is still receiving venture capital funding, it's one of the true veterans of the blade-server space. The system builder has been shipping blade systems for more than three years.
  • Solution providers lead vendors in finding opportunities


    Channel Left To Its Own Devices In RFID Movement
    Interest is high and business opportunities may be ripe for the picking, but when it comes to figuring out how to apply RFID to midmarket customers, solution providers are largely on their own.
  • OS X: The Apple Of Systems Integrators' Eye?
    Forget the new iMacs and iPods. When it comes to the business market, Apple is leaving money on the table by not aggressively pushing its Mac OS X operating system into corporations running Windows.
  • MaXware Solves Access, ID Issues
    Identity management solutions like MaXware's Identity Center are an important tool for companies trying to streamline and manage user access to sensitive data systems.
  • Outsourcing Shift
    The CRN Monthly Solution Provider Survey reveals a significant change is taking place in the way solution providers are approaching the custom-system market.
  • Blade Battle Royale
    IBM and Hewlett-Packard are attacking the blade server market from opposite sides of the mountain.
  • Taking Care Of Spam
    If you get them by their e-mail, their hearts and minds will follow. At least that’s the way executives at Tangent Computer see it.
  • Serving Up Storage
    The storage market is booming as content management, e-mail archiving and other applications continue to drive the amount of storage capacity required by customers. Can custom-system builders tap into this growing arena?
  • Ikon Changes Its Strategy To Services
    Talk about changing your stripes. Ikon Office Solutions (No. 37 on the VARBusiness 500) a few years back decided its strategy as a holding company that functioned primarily as a document management product distributor just wasn't cutting it. The product of 500 acquisitions, Ikon was big but burdened by debt. But when CEO and chairman Michael J. Espe joined about two years ago from GE Lighting, he decided the company needed a regrooving. Here's what he did.
  • Synnex Sales, Profit Continue To Rise In Q3
    Synnex posted yet another strong quarter Wednesday, surpassing Wall Street estimates with a 29 percent revenue increase and a 50 percent jump in net income for the third fiscal quarter ended Aug. 31, 2004.