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40 Channel Milestones Over 40 Years

As CRN celebrates its 40th anniversary, here are the 40 milestones that have shaped the channel over the last four decades.

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For four decades CRN has documented the blockbuster products, deals and channel changes that have helped solution providers drive massive productivity gains, cost efficiencies and tighter relationships with their customers.

From the PC explosion powered by Apple and IBM to the LAN revolution that made Novell a channel favorite to the cloud revolution led by Amazon Web Services, CRN has been on the front lines making sure solution providers have all the information they need on the latest and greatest products and services.

Besides all of the huge technology shifts, CRN has provided solution providers insight into the many channel changes that literally define whether they make money or lose money, or potentially go out of business. That includes everything from the original PC retailing model to the open-sourcing revolution that rocked the market to the channel assembly model.

Along the way, there has been one blockbuster deal after another that has reshaped the channel—from Hewlett Packard’s acquisition of Compaq to Dell’s acquisition of EMC, along with countless channel battles on issues like Microsoft special pricing for PC OEMs or Apple channel shifts that left partners out in the cold.

Among some of the most powerful coverage of those four decades have come from partners stepping up to help customers in a time of crisis. Whether it was Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina or the global pandemic, technology solution providers and their vendor and distribution partners have always been there to help customers through the tough times.

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, here is our list of the 40 milestones that have shaped the channel over the last four decades.

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