IT Pros Vote 2015 Server and Other IT Brand Leaders

Repeat winners Dell, Emulex, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Riverbed & VMware; Nutanix & Palo Alto Networks top charts for first time

San Diego, CA – February 10, 2015 – IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure, today announced the results of its January 2015 IT brand leader surveys covering 12 product types. IT Pros from around the world responded to the independent, non-sponsored surveys, and were asked which vendors they perceive as the leader in the following categories: Converged Network Adapters, Enterprise Blade Servers, Enterprise Rackmount Servers, Enterprise Server LOM, Enterprise Server Operating System, Enterprise Server Processors,Hyperconverged Systems, Industry Standard Servers, Microservers, NextGen Enterprise Firewalls, Server Virtualization and WAN Optimization.

“Our January surveys revealed seven repeat winners and new brand leaders for next gen firewalls and hyperconverged systems,” said Frank Berry, CEO and Sr. Analyst, IT Brand Pulse. “At the same time, Intel and VMware reaffirmed their status as two of the most dominant brands in IT.”

Survey Highlights

  • For the fifth year, IT professionals put their votes behind Emulex, across the board, for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Supportand Innovation leadership for Converged Network Adapters. Cisco landed in the second-place Market Leader slot, with Intel, third.
    “Being recognized for Converged Network Adapter (CNA) brand leadership by IT professionals across every category that IT Brand Pulse surveyed demonstrates the technical depth and breadth of our OneConnect® CNAs, which are designed to accelerate applications, increase data center efficiency and improve bandwidth to support next generation workloads such as big data analytics, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and emerging compute architectures, such OpenStack or Open Compute-based cloud computing,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing, Emulex. “We are pleased to be recognized for the fifth straight year by IT Brand Pulse and are committed to delivering solutions that address today’s high performance data center needs.”
  • For Enterprise Server OS, Microsoft Windows Server was crowned Market Leader (for the fourth time in as many years). However, it was second-place Red Hat Linux, who secured four of the five remaining titles (Price, Performance, Reliability and Innovation). Microsoft took Service & Support Leader. IBM-AIX placed in the third position as Market Leader.
    “Microsoft is honored that Windows Server has been recognized by IT professionals as the Enterprise Server Operating System market leader for the fourth consecutive year,” said Mike Schutz, General Manager, Microsoft Cloud Platform. “Because we build and operate public cloud services at global scale, we are able to bring the experience and learnings from running our cloud to our customers, helping them to transform their datacenters to meet today’s ever-changing business needs.”
  • For the second straight year, Riverbed topped WAN Optimization as Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovationleader. Cisco finished second all-around, with the third Market Leader spot going to Citrix.
    “Riverbed is pleased to receive recognition from the IT industry as the leader in WAN optimization,” said Paul O’Farrell, senior vice president and general manager, SteelHead product group, Riverbed Technology. “Our customers turn to Riverbed SteelHead to dramatically improve applications performance despite the challenges of distance, network latency and the growing number of connections between end-users and web-based application servers. SteelHead delivers unparalleled optimization to applications, while providing visibility and control across hybrid apps and hybrid networks, to translate application performance into business performance. It is a great honor to have IT professionals select Riverbed as the market leader across every category of application optimization, which demonstrates our commitment to solving the end-user experience issues associated with the hybrid enterprise.”Jan-2015-Winners-Chart
  • HP was one of three multiple Market Leader champions in these 2015 surveys, capturing both Enterprise Blade Servers (fifth consecutive time) andEnterprise Rackmount Servers (fourth title in as many years). HP nearly swept the Enterprise Blade Server category by being named Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation leader; giving up only the Price Leader title to Dell (runner-up Market Leader, ahead of Cisco and IBMwho tied for third). For Enterprise Rackmount Servers, respondents chose almost the same leader formula (Market, Performance, Reliability andInnovation honors to HP; Price to Dell), but this time handed the Service & Support award to the number two Market Leader, Dell. IBM filled in third.
  • Another double category winner, Dell, was the favorite as Market Leader for Industry Standard Servers, as well as Microservers. For Industry Standard Servers, this marks the third year in a row that Dell was chosen Market Leader (in front of HP and Cisco, respectively), though the remaining leader titles were evenly split: Dell for Price and Service & Support awards, HP for Performance, Reliability and Innovation. This year’sMicroserver survey results showed Dell regaining the Market Leader title it lost in 2013, with IT pros also giving Dell the entire category honors (Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation). HP, the reigning two-time title-holder, finished second and Supermicro rounded out the top three.
  • As one of two new product categories added to the 2015 brand surveys, end user respondents were asked who they perceived to be the leader(s) forHyperconverged Systems, and the result was definitive: Nutanix. In a category sweep, Nutanix overcame competition from Scale Computing to be named Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation leader. SimpliVity was the third Market Leader choice.
  • Intel Xeon once again swept Enterprise Server LOM (two straight years) and picked up its fourth consecutive win for Enterprise Server Processors.Intel Xeon was selected as the Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation leader for LOM, with Broadcom coming in second across the board, followed by Emulex and QLogic in a third-place Market Leader tie. In the largest vote margin in the January surveys, Intel(with its Xeon-family offering) received Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation awards for Server Processors. The Intel Atom processor commanded the runner-up Market Leader space, followed by AMD.
  • With a crowded field of 13 vendors, the other category making its debut in the brand leader surveys was NextGen Enterprise Firewalls. Voters chosePalo Alto Networks for the first Market, Price, Performance and Innovation honors, while awarding Cisco, (the number two Market Leader)Reliability and Service & Support leader. Check Point Software came in third.
  • VMware overwhelmingly made it five-in-a-row with its 2015 victory in every leader category of Server Virtualization (Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation). Microsoft and Oracle placed second and third, accordingly, for Market Leader.

IT Brand Leader Surveys

IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership. Winners are voted by IT pros in surveys that are independent, non- sponsored research. The surveys are designed to measure the pulse of brand leadership in specific product categories. Within each product category, respondents choose the overall market leader, as well as the leader in price, performance, reliability, service and support, and innovation. Respondents are provided with a category description at the start of each product section, a randomized choice of vendor answers, and the ability to write-in a vendor, if not listed.

Respondents to our surveys have included: AT&T – Server Administrator/Architect; Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) – Storage Administrator/Architect; Boeing – Data Center Manager; Booz Allen Hamilton – Network Security Architect; CalPERS, State of CA – Network Administrator/Architect; Caterpillar – Server Administrator/Architect; Citigroup – Network Administrator/Architect; City of Los Angeles – IT Manager/Director; Delta Airlines – Server Administrator/Architect; Duke University – IT Manager/Director; EarthLink – Server Administrator/Architect; Environmental Protection Agency – Network Administrator/Architect; ExxonMobil – Network Administrator/Architect; Fermilab – Network Administrator/Architect; Ford Motor Company – Network Administrator/Architect; GE – IT Manager/Director; General Dynamics – Network Administrator/Architect; General Motors – Server Administrator/Architect; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab – IT Manager/Director; JP Morgan – IT Manager/Director; Lockheed Martin – IT Manager/Director; Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) – Network Administrator/Architect; Lowe’s – Storage Administrator/Architect; Mattel Inc.- IT Manager/Director; Morgan Stanley – Network Administrator/Architect; NASA – IT Manager/Director; National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) – Network Administrator/Architect; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – IT Manager/Director; Northrop Grumman – Network Administrator/Architect; Oppenheimer – Executive/Management; PepsiCo – Storage Administrator/Architect; Porsche Cars North America – Network Administrator/Architect; REI – Server Administrator/Architect; Sandia National Labs – Network Administrator/Architect; Shell – Storage Administrator/Architect; Social Security Administration (SSA) – Server Administrator/Architect; Stanford University – Network Administrator/Architect; Staples – Network Administrator/Architect; Target – IT Manager/Director; The University of Chicago – Server Administrator/Architect; Thomson Reuters -Server Administrator/Architect; T-Mobile – Data Center Manager; Transamerica – Storage Administrator/Architect; UBS – Executive/Management; UCLA – IT Manager/Director; United Airlines – Network Administrator/Architect; Universal Parks and Resort – IT Manager/Director; University Of Michigan- Data Center Manager; University of Michigan Medical School – IT Manager/Director; University of Notre Dame – Storage Administrator/Architect; USC – Network Administrator/Architect; Verizon – Network Administrator/Architect; Yale University – IT Manager/Director…among many others.

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