VARBusiness Honors EmergeCore Networks with Innovator Choice Award

11/3/2003 - EmergeCore Networks, a leader in the development of high-value, low-cost integrated IT solutions for small business and branch offices, has been recognized by VARBusiness magazine for outstanding achievement in technology innovation. Its IT-100 "IT-in-a-Box"® was named Technology Innovator Choice in the Linux category of the VARBusiness Tech Innovators award competition.

VARBusiness magazine, which covers the business of technology integration, honored EmergeCore at an awards event held on Oct. 27, 2003, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The IT-100 was among more than 400 entries submitted by nearly 250 companies in eight technology categories.

"Innovations like those we've seen from EmergeCore demonstrate the vibrancy and vitality of the technology industry," says VARBusiness Editorial Director Robert C. DeMarzo. "They represent breakthroughs for our solution-provider readers."

EmergeCore CEO Dave Brown says: "A key aspect of this award is that EmergeCore has succeeded in making Linux so easy to use that the majority of our customers may never realize they're touching a Linux OS. Our GUI interface and ease of use features truly make the IT-100 the first consumer-level Linux device of its kind."

Brown continued, "Of all of the awards the IT-100 has garnered so far, we consider the Technology Innovator Choice award to be the most significant. To have received this level of validation from the VAR community, through their premiere publication, is a significant validation of the role we expect the IT-100 to play."

In addition, the company will be recognized in the VARBusiness Dec. 15 "State of Technology" issue, which will include profiles, features and in-depth explanations of the technologies and products.

Currently shipping, the IT-100 combines 20 gigabytes of storage with a router, a four-port switch, a firewall, a "wi-fi" wireless access point, an FTP server, multiple domain support, an e-mail server and VPN services in a single device. In addition to its unparalleled low price point, the IT-100 greatly reduces the cost of IT support. Simplified setup is facilitated through the CoreVista Web browser interface. There's no software installation required. With on-board WEB Site Builder, the IT-100 is the only network device to allow users to quickly and easily design and build Web sites and set up eCommerce, without the need to perform an FTP upload.

The resulting network can support PCs, Macintosh workstations, and Unix machines-basically any device with an Ethernet or wireless access point, including laptops, Tablet PCs and PDAs. With the built in wireless LAN access point, a small business can save the expensive task of wiring an office. With the built in VPN Server, a small business has the ability to remotely and securely connect to the office network, and multiple remote offices can securely connect to the head office. An office staff member can handle the setup functions of the IT-100, or if they choose, they can administer the unit through a local ISP, CLEC, or a consultant or reseller. The IT-100 design is particularly appealing to the SMB with limited office space.

About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 16 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides unique strategic business and technology insight for Solution Providers through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available on the magazine's Web site at

About EmergeCore
Founded in September 2000, EmergeCore Networks is focused on the further development of "IT in a Box"® networking solutions for small business and branch office customers. To reduce costs and simplify IT solutions, small businesses are focusing on simple, easy to manage technologies. EmergeCore Networks developed the IT-100 specifically to address the infrastructure technology needs of the small business customer. The IT-100 all-in-one IT solution provides the support, services, and functionality required for the small business owner.

EmergeCore is a private company based in Boise, Idaho. For more information about EmergeCore, readers can visit the company's Web site at

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