CRN Unveils Hotly Anticipated Solution Provider 500, Women of the Channel, and Virtualization 50 Lists in June Issue

June Cover Story Explores the Repercussions of Infidelity in the Channel, Examines One Reseller's Fall from Grace through Five-Month-Long Investigation

Jun 26, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Channel Company's CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel, unveiled three prestigious channel-related lists in its June 2014 issue, including the Solution Provider 500, Women of the Channel and the Virtualization 50, as well as a cover story that took five long months of investigative journalism to create.

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"The Solution Provider 500 has long been one of the most respected lists in the IT industry, offering a guide to the most successful solution providers in the business," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company, publisher of CRN.  "Likewise, all of CRN's lists are important benchmarks that our readers have come to depend upon for valuable insight and information.  Combining these lists with editorial content like our June cover story, delivered by CRN's channel-savvy and experienced editorial team, gives our readers a source they can trust for the channel information they want to read and need to know."

Lists in CRN's June Issue:

  • Solution Provider 500: One of The Channel Company's most anticipated annual lists, the Solution Provider 500 (formerly the VAR500), is a compilation of the top solution provider organizations in North America, ranked by revenue.  The list, which recognizes organizations that have both evolved and thrived in today's services-driven IT economy, is often used by IT customers to select solution provider partners and has become a well-respected benchmark throughout the entire IT industry.
  • Women of the Channel: This annual list recognizes the women whose accomplishments over the past year have most impacted the IT channel and have driven its success.  In addition, CRN editors have selected leading women executives from vendor and distributor organizations for the annual Power 100. New this year, elite female solution providers were recognized on the Power 50 list and 16 women earned the distinction of Up and Comers.  
  • Virtualization 50: Virtualization has worked its way well beyond servers and desktops to become a precursor to the cloud, as well as an avenue to new technology adoption and innovation from virtual desktop infrastructure to network virtualization.  With the Virtualization 50, CRN celebrates the growth made possible for solution providers and recognizes key vendors leading the charge.

In the June cover story, CRN examines one solution provider's steep fall from grace with its vendor partner.  In 2011, Torrey Point Group was one of Juniper Networks' fastest-growing and most successful partners when it was named Juniper's worldwide partner of the year. But by last summer, it had been de-authorized by the vendor and was later acquired by another VAR. A five-month investigation reveals that Torrey Point betrayed its top vendor partner by engaging in secret dealings with Juniper's archrival, Cisco Systems. Read more here.

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