SOURCE: IBM

March 07, 2008 14:26 ET

IBM Recognized Leader in 2008 CRN Channel Champions Survey

Honored as Top Vendor in Six Categories

ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) was named a 2008 CRN Channel Champion in six categories at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA on March 6. The CRN Channel Champion award program, now in its 17th year, is sponsored by Everything Channel's CRN providing vital information for VARs and technology integrators.

IBM was recognized as the overall winner in the following categories:

--  Middleware: WebSphere
--  External Data Backup: Disk - DS Family (DS8000, DS4000) and Tape - LTO
    (Linear Tape Open)
--  Midrange Servers:  System i, System p and System x
--  Data & Information Management: Information Management
    

IBM also won in these sub-categories:

--  Network Storage - Financial: SAN & NAS - System Storage N Series,
    TotalStorage SAN 256B, 256M, System Storage 32B-3, 16B-2
--  Collaboration - Programs & support:  Lotus Notes/Domino, Lotus
    Notes/Domino Express, Lotus Quickr, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime
    (Entry, Standard, Advanced)
    

The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall Solution Provider perceptions of vendor products and services. The survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry. The result is a premier resource used by VARs and technology integrators throughout the industry to evaluate vendors and their programs.

The survey rated more than 100 vendors in 29 key product and service categories. The categories included: Client & Server Processors; Client Security Software (Firewall, Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus); Collaboration Software; Data and Information Management; Enterprise Business Software Suites; Enterprise Networking Hardware (excluding wireless LANs and Voice); Enterprise Wireless LANs; External Data Backup; Flat Panel Displays 19-30"; Flat Panel Displays 30"+ (includes Large Screen TV's); High Capacity Hard Drives (300 GB & Above); Infrastructure Integration Software/SOA; Midrange Servers ( > $25,000); Multifunction Printers; Network Security Appliances; Network Security Software; Network Storage (SAN or NAS); Notebooks/Mobile Computers; Projectors; (SIEM) Security Information and Event Management; SMB (Small and Midsize) Wireless LANs; SMB (Small and Midsize) Business Software Suites; SMB (Small and Midsize) Networking Hardware (excluding wireless LANs and Voice); SMB Volume Servers ( < $25,000); Storage Management Software; Systems and Network Management Software; UPS Data Center Power Management; Voice-over-IP Technology; and Workgroup Color Printers.

"IBM is focused on helping our partners grow profitably with solutions and services along with partner programs that expand their ecosystem through collaboration and innovation," said Ravi Marwaha, general manager of IBM Global Business Partners. "We are dedicated to becoming the partner of choice and are honored that the Business Partner community selected IBM as a leader in these categories."

"For the last 17 years Solution Providers have come to rely on the CRN Channel Champions study as a way to evaluate the leading technology vendors in the Channel today. We congratulate the winners for delivering high quality solutions that satisfy business partners," said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, CMP Channel.

For more information on IBM Channel Program please visit: www.ibm.com/partnerworld.

About CRN (www.crn.com)

CRN provides solution providers and technology integrators with the crucial information and analysis they need to drive their company's sales. As an advocate for and voice of the IT channel, solution providers turn to CRN first for immediate information. With nearly 25 years of experience, CRN is the most trusted source for channel professionals. CRN can be found on the web at http://www.crn.com.

About Everything Channel (www.everythingchannel.com, www.channelweb.com)

Everything Channel is the global leader in Channel execution and serves as the one stop shop for Solution Providers and the hardware and software suppliers that engage with the indirect sales Channel, which drives 75 percent of all technology sales throughout the world. Solution Providers turn to Everything Channel for product information, business guidance, market intelligence and management tools. IT suppliers use Everything Channel to gain access to and influence the Solution Provider audience, develop strategy, obtain market intelligence and execute sales, recruitment and Channel enablement objectives. Everything Channel provides for the wide range of business needs for both Solution Providers and IT suppliers to run their business.

Everything Channel is the number one source for the Channel market, helping businesses run more profitably and effectively. Through use of its portfolio of channel solutions which include the ChannelWeb online network, magazines (CRN and VARBusiness), events (XChange and Vision), workflow tools (MTC and eXalt), tele-recruiting, sales support, marketing services, research and education (IPED), technology sellers are able to rapidly accelerate sales. Everything Channel provides the answer to strategy and branding, online marketing, market intelligence, lead generation, branded and custom events, education and workflow tools targeted to those who buy and sell through the Channel.

Everything Channel (www.everythingchannel.com, www.channelweb.com)

Everything Channel is the global leader in Channel execution and serves as the one stop shop for the indirect sales channel that drive 75 percent of technology sales throughout the world.

IT suppliers and Solution Providers turn to Everything Channel to manage and accelerate their business. Everything Channel provides the answer to strategy and branding, online marketing, research/market intelligence, lead generation, branded and custom events, education and workflow tools targeted to those who buy and sell through the Channel.

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