All Systems Go
Despite the rise of cloud computing, most businesses still base their IT operations around networks of servers, networking and storage hardware, infrastructure and management software, and PCs and mobile computers that connect to it all.
Solution providers who sell, install and maintain these systems for their customers often work with some of the biggest vendors in the IT industry, including Cisco, Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. But they also have the opportunity to work with smaller IT vendors, even startups, that offer IT products that compete with the established players or leading-edge technology that the big guys just don't have.
For solution providers, that means making decisions about which vendors to partner with. And what level of support, incentives and rewards vendors are offering through their partner program is a big part of those decisions. CRN's 2018 Partner Program Guide offers the information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. The guide is based on detailed applications vendors submitted outlining all aspects of their partner programs.
As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs. Here we present the 5-Star designees in the system and data center technology space. This list covers vendors who supply hardware such as servers, networking, storage and hyper-converged systems. It includes vendors of data center software for systems and network management, data and information management, disaster recovery, virtualization, and software-defined networks and storage. Manufacturers of processors, personal computers and tablets are included, as are Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers.
Other slideshows in the Five-Star Partner Program Guide series running this week include companies that provide software, cloud, network/unified communications, storage, peripherals and security technology.