CRN’s 2019 Year In Review

2019 Year End

It's been a whirlwind 12 months in the channel universe. From rampant rumors swirling around HP and Xerox, to major channel leadership changes at Dell and Cisco, to the increasing influence of private equity in solution provider M&A, CRN takes a look back at the companies, executive moves, acquisitions, products and news stories that stole headlines in 2019.


The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2019
From major acquisitions like Salesforce-Tableau, to the exploding use of AI and machine learning technologies, to increased consumer demands for data protection regulations, the headlines in the big data world in 2019 were, well, big.

The 10 Biggest HPE Stories Of The Year
HPE CEO Antonio Neri delivered a blinding pace of innovation and a ‘record’ year for channel performance with big gains in partner profitability and Net Promoter Score. Here is our list of the top 10 HPE stories of the year.

The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2019
Whether it was a security vendor hit by hackers, whistleblower accusations of hiding damaging figures or a major channel policy change that raised the ire of partners, 2019 was a year filled with controversial companies. Here’s our list of the top 10 most controversial.

The 10 Biggest Data Center News Stories Of 2019
From new Data Center as-a-service offerings by Dell Technologies and Lenovo to the massive M&A spree, CRN breaks down the biggest data centers stories of 2019 that shaped the market.

The 10 Biggest Channel Stories Of 2019
Several of the top items in this year’s list of top channel news could have won the No. 1 spot in other years, but the 2019 news cycle was dominated by ransomware attacks that show little sign of slowing down.

The Top 10 Biggest VMware News Stories Of 2019
From spending billions on acquisitions to forming new partnerships with public cloud titans, CRN breaks down the top ten biggest VMware stories of 2019 that will reshape the company next year.

The 10 Biggest Cybersecurity News Stories Of 2019
The cybersecurity industry has in 2019 seen lots of outside money to address challenges around data and identity, with vendors tapping into the deep pockets of venture capital and IPOs, while many MSPs have found themselves under siege.


The 10 Hottest Kubernetes Tools And Technologies Of 2019
Startups, open source foundations and industry giants are jointly contributing to a comprehensive ecosystem mushrooming around the core Kubernetes project.

The 10 Hottest Android Devices Of 2019
Top Android smartphone and tablet launches this year included Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Tab S6, along with Google's Pixel 4 XL and the OnePlus 7 Pro.

The 10 Hottest New Network Tools Of 2019
Networking tools are becoming more intelligent, automated and secure as enterprise networks become more and more complicated. CRN gathers up ten of the hottest new network tools Of 2019.

The 10 Hottest Budget Smartphones Of 2019
Device makers including Samsung, Google and Motorola launched an array of affordably priced new smartphones this year.

The 10 Hottest New DevOps Tools And Technologies Of 2019
These 10 DevOps tools and technologies enable enterprises to repeatedly and reliably push out product upgrades and security patches with minimal friction.

The 10 Hottest New SDN Products Of 2019
Enterprises are asking for more software functions for flexibility and scale, and vendors are rising to the occasion. Here are 10 of the hottest SDN products of 2019 that are helping businesses and end customers build next-generation networks.

The 10 Hottest Hyperconverged Systems Of 2019
CRN breaks down the ten coolest and most popular hyperconverged systems in the world in 2019.

The 10 Hottest Must-Have Mobile Apps Of 2019
Fun new games, plus apps for productivity and security, are among the top apps you can download right now for iOS and Android devices.

The 10 Hottest SSD And Flash Storage Products Of 2019
Flash storage has entered a new level of maturity, with new performance and capacity springing from such technologies as NVMe and vendors including NetApp, Dell EMC, HPE, Hitachi Vantara and Pure Storage leading the charge.

The 10 Hottest New Open-Source Technologies And Tools of 2019
These 10 open source projects changed the game by solving real-world enterprise problems in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

The 10 Hottest Ransomware Protection Tools Of 2019
The 10 tools leading the way in the ransomware protection market have emphasized assessing infrastructure for attack readiness, identifying ransomware patterns both before and during execution, and isolating infected endpoints to prevent lateral movement.

The 10 Hottest New Smart Gadgets And Devices Of 2019
These smart gadgets range from autonomous suitcases that can roll alongside you to occupancy sensors that can change the settings of a room depending on who is there.

The 10 Hottest Wearable Tech Devices Of 2019
From hearables like Apple's Powerbeats Pro to ThirdEye's X2 augmented reality glasses, this year's hottest wearables represent a wide range of applications and approaches to how technology can augment the human body.

The 10 Hottest New Big Data Technologies Of 2019
Products that offer new ways to capture, manage, navigate and analyze data were among the hot technologies in the big data arena this year.

The 10 Hottest New Mobile Phones Of 2019
Along with three new iPhones, 2019 has also seen big phone launches by Samsung, Google, LG and OnePlus.

The 10 Hottest New Cybersecurity Tools Of 2019
The 10 new cybersecurity tools capturing the market’s attention allow businesses to better assess, prioritize, detect, and respond to threats by automating repeatable processes and ensuring security teams are dealing with the most important alerts.

The 10 Hottest New IoT Devices And Products Of 2019
From AdLink AI at the Edge to Helium's Hotspot gateway, CRN takes a look at the 10 hottest new IoT devices and products of 2019 that are making the connected world a better place.

10 Hottest Cloud Security Tools Of 2019
The 10 tools making noise in the cloud security market have emphasized the safe migration of applications and data, maintaining compliance in the public cloud, and correlating threat activity in disparate clouds.


The 10 Hottest Tech Startups Of 2019
Here are the 10 hottest technology startups in 2019—from players in artificial intelligence and machine learning to SaaS and security—that are shaking up the market.

The 10 Hottest Data Storage Startups Of 2019
CRN looks at 10 startup storage vendors that in 2019 made headlines as they came out of stealth, unveiled their first storage products, or pursued acquisitions.

The 10 Coolest DevOps Startups Of 2019
These 10 startups deliver the technology that enables development and operations teams work together, work fast and work effectively.

The 10 Hottest SaaS Startups Of 2019
2019 might be winding down, but the SaaS market is doing anything but slowing. From collaboration-focused offerings, to solutions that are harnessing big data, here are 10 SaaS startups to put on your radar.

The 10 Hottest AI And Machine Learning Startups Of 2019
From Cerebras Systems to SparkCognition, CRN looks at the 10 hottest startups of 2019 that are developing new offerings for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The 10 Hottest Enterprise Networking Startups Of 2019 (So Far)
Networking upstarts are giving the incumbent competition a run for their money with their focus on hybrid cloud networking, analytics, and SD-WAN. Here are 10 of the hottest networking startups of 2019 that have emerged onto the scene this year so far.

The 10 Hottest Cybersecurity Startups Of 2019
The 10 hottest cybersecurity startups include companies solving challenges around identity control, complying with new privacy regulations, and safeguarding cloud platforms and IoT assets.

The 10 Hottest Industrial IoT Startups Of 2019
From Altizon to Xage Security, CRN looks at the 10 hottest startups of 2019 that are bringing new offerings to the world of industrial IoT.

The 10 Hottest Data Analytics Startups Of 2019
With the volume of digital data growing exponentially, businesses and organizations are struggling to make sense of – and derive value from – all that data. Here are 10 startups with leading-edge data analysis technology to help tackle the problem.

The 10 Hottest IoT Startups Of 2019
From Armis to Zededa, CRN looks at the 10 hottest startups of 2019 that are providing new ways to secure IoT devices and deploy applications at the edge, among other things.

The 10 Coolest Robotics Startups Of 2019
Makers of innovative robots for farming, retail and manufacturing are featured on our list of notable robotics startups.