The channel today is undergoing seismic shifts as new technologies such as cloud computing, software-defined networking, hyper-converged infrastructure and big data reshape the IT industry. While the channel overall has felt the impact of these technology advances, some solution providers are ahead of the curve when it comes to transforming their businesses to meet demands for such emerging technologies.

And so we present the 2015 CRN Next-Gen 250, the annual list of solution providers that are setting the pace for the rest of the channel in meeting customers’ ever-evolving IT needs. These are the solution providers that offer, or even specialize, in emerging technologies and so have the potential to greatly impact the channel in the near future.

Take Coretelligent, a Needham, Mass.-based solution provider that provides a full range of IT services but is especially adept at private cloud computing, managed services and around-the-clock support. The company was started in 2006 largely as a traditional IT services provider, but its founders soon realized the company could be something more.

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