2008 in rear view, 2009 up ahead

Find out what the top issues were for solution providers in 2008 -- and learn where to focus your attention in 2009 to stay ahead of the curve in what promises to be a shaky year economically.

There's no question that 2008 has been a big year for channel news. Between Infra-Comm's ground-breaking lawsuit against Cisco and Microsoft changing its partner strategy, there was plenty to talk about. We've compiled the year's biggest channel news stories into one resource to give solution providers a reminder of the year we're leaving behind us.

Once you've read the top news stories of the year and listened to our year-end channel news podcast, check out the other resources compiled on the page. We're giving our readers a sneak peek into 2009 -- predictions for the biggest trends and emerging technologies. Read up and get ahead for the new year with our channel look-ahead articles.

Look back

  • IT security resellers faced new kinds of threats in 2008
    IT security resellers faced a barrage of threats from social networks, malware and spear phishing in 2008.

  • Partner News Podcast: 2008 IT channel year in review
    Hear how Infra-Comm's lawsuit against Cisco, Microsoft's online strategy and Oracle's price increases affected the IT channel in 2008.

  • Top 10 IT channel news stories of 2008, part 1
    Microsoft's online push, Cisco's court battle and Oracle price increases captured solution providers' interest in 2008. Find out what other IT channel news stories made the list.

  • Top 10 IT channel news stories of 2008, part 2
    Read the rest of the top 10 IT channel news stories of the year, from executive shuffles to Apple's and Linux's gains on Microsoft.

  • Top 10 networking tips for solution providers of 2008
    Read the top 10 networking tips as chosen by our solution provider readers, covering topics such as maximizing WLAN performance, network troubleshooting and calculating bandwidth.

    Look ahead

  • Top IT channel topics for 2009
    Cloud computing and virtualization will continue to be subjects of channel chatter, but the economy and depressed IT spending will be the top topics in 2009.

  • Storage trends 2009: Strategies for solution providers
    Get a handle on the major storage trends that are emerging for 2009 so you can guide your customers and develop your channel strategy.

  • Top four server virtualization enhancements for efficiency gains in 2009
    In 2009, customers will be looking to improve data center efficiency to drive down costs. You can help them reach that goal by delivering four key server virtualization enhancements.

  • Virtualization predictions for 2009
    Virtualization pundits are coming out with their predictions for 2009 and Channel Marker blogger Colin Steele rounds up what the experts have in mind.

  • Whose cloud is it anyway?
    Channel Marker blogger Barb Darrow is looking forward to more cloud clarity in 2009.

  • Virtual servers, BI offer bright spots in dark quarter
    VARs expect server virtualization and business intelligence to be relative hot spots in a pretty bleak first quarter for IT spending.

  • This was first published in January 2009

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