No. 9: Network Infrastructure

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Print this article Print

The Dow Jones is bleeding billions, but solution providers say key technologies continue to drive strong profitability. Here are the top 10 technologies according to Channel Insider readers.

9. Network Infrastructure
2008 Profitability Rating: 12%
2007 Profitability Rating: 18%
Profitability Change: -6%

Sun Microsystems was right: "The network is the computer." Networks are more than conduits for the exchange of information; they are now the means by which we access applications, tools and interactive resources. Through virtualization, servers are able to host and deliver multiple applications, and the demand for bandwidth will only continue as everything from online video to SOA and SaaS applications clog the pipes. Solution providers are solving the problem of providing the additional bandwidth capacity and structural resources. Going forward, solution providers will find profitable opportunities in network optimization to deliver peak application performance. Sure, network infrastructure experienced a significant year-over-year profitability hit, but the technology is an essential and will remain a strong profit driver.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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