2015 Redmond Reader’s Choice Award Winners Announced

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Redmond magazine, published by 1105 Media, Inc. and the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group, is pleased to announce the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award winners.

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In this program, IT professionals voted for the software, hardware and services that complement the core Microsoft offerings.

Redmond magazine, published by 1105 Media, Inc. and the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group, is pleased to announce the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award winners.

In this program, IT professionals voted for the software, hardware and services that complement the core Microsoft offerings.

“These awards are voted on by our readers,” said Redmond magazine Editor-in-Chief Jeff Schwartz. “It's always interesting to learn what the most popular products are. At the same time, there were some close votes in quite a few categories where some products missed only by a few votes. ”

2015's Redmond Reader’s Choice Award Winners:

  •     Network and Systems Management

o    Platinum Winner: SolarWinds Network Management Software
o    Gold Winner: Cisco ONE for Access
o    Silver Winner: Spiceworks Network Monitoring
o    Bronze Winner: IBM Tivoli NetView Performance Monitor

  •     Applications Performance Management

o    Platinum Winner: SolarWinds Server & Applications Monitor
o    Gold Winner: Dell Foglight/Foglight for Virtualization
o    Silver Winner: VMware vFabric APM
o    Bronze Winner: IBN Tivoli Monitoring/IBM Tivoli Composite

  •     Systems Performance Management

o    Platinum Winner: VMWare vCenter Operations Suite
o    Gold Winner: SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
o    Silver Winner: Dell Foglight for Virtualization Enterprise Edition
o    Bronze Winner: Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (TIE)
o    Bronze Winner: Hewlett Packard Operations Manager

  •     General Network Monitoring Tool

o    Platinum Winner: SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor
o    Gold Winner: Cisco Syslog Analyzer
o    Silver Winner: Dell OpenManage Network Manager
o    Bronze Winner: IBM Tivoli Netview

  •     Remote Monitoring and Management/IT Control Management

o    Platinum Winner: Dell PacketTrap
o    Gold Winner: Kaseya
o    Silver Winner: N-able by SolarWindos N-central (TIE)
o    Silver Winner: ManageEngine OpManager

  •     Mobile Device Management Provider

o    Platinum Winner: VMware (AirWatch)
o    Gold Winner: Citrix
o    Silver Winner: BlackBerry
o    Bronze Winner: Spiceworks

  •     Asset Management

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Asset Manager
o    Gold Winner: HP Asset Manager
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Asset Management Suite
o    Bronze Winner: BMC Remedy IT Asset Management

  •     License Management

o    Platinum Winner: Dell KACE Software License Management
o    Gold Winner: Symantec Asset Management Suite
o    Silver Winner: IBM Tivoli License Compliance Manager
o    Bronze Winner: BMC Remedy IT Asset Management

  •     SQL Tool

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Toad
o    Gold Winner: Netwriz Auditor
o    Silver Winner: SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
o    Bronze Winner: Red Gate DBA Bundle

  •     SharePoint Tools/Services

o    Platinum Winner: Netwrix Auditor for SharePoint
o    Gold Winner: WebTrends for SharePoint
o    Silver Winner: Dell Migration Suite for SharePoint
o    Bronze Winner: Dell Change Auditor for SharePoint

  •     Software Distribution

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Desktop Authority
o    Gold Winner: Symantec Deployment Solution
o    Silver Winner: Goverlan Remote Administration
o    Bronze Winner: Acronis Snap Deploy

  •     Software Packaging

o    Platinum Winner: Dell ChangeBASE
o    Gold Winner: Flexera Installshield AdminStudio
o    Silver Winner: Scalable Smart Packager
o    Bronze Winner: Viewfinity Systems Management

  •     Imaging Software

o    Platinum Winner: Acronis True Image
o    Gold Winner: Symantec Ghost
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Client Management Suite
o    Bronze Winner: Paragon Hard Disk Manager

  •     Migration Tool

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vMotion
o    Gold Winner: VMware Converter
o    Silver Winner: Dell Migration Manager for Active Directory
o    Bronze Winner: Dell Migration Suite for Exchange

  •     Disk Defragmentation and Drive Monitoring Tool

o    Platinum Winner: Acronis Disk Director Suite
o    Gold Winner: Netwrix Disk Space Monitor
o    Silver Winner: WiseCleaner Wise Care 365
o    Bronze Winner: O&O Software Defrag

  •     Remote Client Management and Troubleshooting Solution

o    Platinum Winner: Goverlan Suite
o    Gold Winner: LogMeIn Pro‎
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Client Management Suite
o    Bronze Winner: Dell Desktop Authority Remote Support Center

  •     Network Automation/Batch Processing Tool

o    Platinum Winner: HP Network Automation
o    Gold Winner: Goverlan Renote Administration Suite
o    Silver Winner: N-Able by SolarWinds N-Central
o    Bronze Winner: Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (VSA)

  •     Scripting Tool

o    Platinum Winner: Goverlan WMIX
o    Gold Winner: Dell PowerGUI
o    Silver Winner: VMware VI Toolkit for Windows
o    Bronze Winner: HP Scripting Tools for Windows PowerShell

  •     Patch Management

o    Platinum Winner: Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance
o    Gold Winner: SolarWinds Patch Manager
o    Silver Winner: LANDesk Software Patch Management
o    Bronze Winner: IMB Tivoli Endpoint Manager for Patch Management

  •     Application-Conflict Testing Tool

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Desktop Authority
o    Gold Winner: HP QC Enterprise
o    Silver Winner: Flexera InstallSheild AdminStudio
o    Bronze Winner: Scalable WinInstall

  •     Compliance Tool

o    Platinum Winner: Netwrix Auditor
o    Gold Winner: Dell Change Auditor
o    Silver Winner: SolarWinds Log & Event Manager (LEM)
o    Bronze Winner: Dell In Trust

  •     Group Policy Manager

o    Platinum Winner: Netwrix Auditor
o    Gold Winner: Dell Active Administrator
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Control Compliance Suite
o    Bronze Winner: NetIQ Group Policy Administrator

  •     Security Auditor

o    Platinum Winner: Netwrix Auditor
o    Gold Winner: Dell Security Explorer
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Control Compliance Suite
o    Bronze Winner: MacAfee Security Information and Event Management

  •     Hardware-Based Firewall

o    Platinum Winner: Cisco ASA 5500 Series
o    Gold Winner: Dell SonicWal Next Generation Firewall Series
o    Silver Winner: Palo Alto Networks PA Series
o    Bronze Winner: Cisco PIX Series

  •     Software-based Firewall

o    Platinum Winner: Symantec Endpoint Protection
o    Gold Winner: Kapersky Internet Security
o    Silver Winner: Citrix NetScaler with Application Firewall
o    Bronze Winner: Palo Alto Networks VM Series

  •     Intrusion Detection System

o    Platinum Winner: Symantec Sygate Enterprise Protection
o    Gold Winner: Cisco IOS Firewall Intrusion Detection System
o    Silver Winner: McAfee Network Security Platform
o    Bronze Winner: FireEye CM Series

  •     Intrusion Prevention System

o    Platinum Winner: Cisco Next Generation IPS
o    Gold Winner: CheckPoint Advanced Threat Prevention
o    Silver Winner: Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM)
o    Bronze Winner: Barracuda Web Application Firewall

  •     Smart Card/Biometric/Two-Factor Authentication

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Defender
o    Gold Winner: RSA Secure ID
o    Silver Winner: SafeNet Authentication
o    Bronze Winner: Dell Digital Persona Suite

  •     Spam/Content FIlters

o    Platinum Winner: Dell SonicWall Email Security
o    Gold Winner: Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall
o    Silver Winner: Kaspersky Anti-Virus Protection
o    Bronze Winner: Symantec Mail Security for Exchange

  •     Client Anti Malware

o    Platinum Winner: Symantec Endpoint Protection
o    Gold Winner: Kaspersky Anti-Virus
o    Silver Winner: McAfee Total Protection
o    Bronze Winner: AVG Anti-Virus Business Edition

  •     User Activity Monitoring

o    Platinum Winner: GFI WebMonitor
o    Gold Winner: ObserveIT Enterprise
o    Silver Winner: SpectorSoft 360
o    Bronze Winner: Proofpoint Enterprise Governance

  •     Active Directory Provisioning/Administration

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Spotlight on Active Directory Pack
o    Gold Winner: Netwrix Auditor
o    Silver Winner: ManageEngine AD Manager Plus (TIE)
o    Silver Winner: NetIQ Directory and Resource Administrator

  •     Identity Access/SSO Software

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Cloud Access Manager
o    Gold Winner: RSA Identity and Access Management Suite
o    Silver Winner: VMware Identity Manager
o    Bronze Winner: IBM Tivoli Identity & Access Manager

  •     Backup Software

o    Platinum Winner: Dell AppAssure
o    Gold Winner: Veeam Ability Suite
o    Silver Winner: Symantec Backup Exec
o    Bronze Winner: Acronis Backup

  •     Software Management Software

o    Platinum Winner: Veeam Availability Suite
o    Gold Winner: Dell Foglight for Software Management
o    Silver Winner: NetApp OnCommand*
o    Bronze Winner: Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Storage

  •     Clustering/Failover

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance
o    Gold Winner: Symantec Cluster Server
o    Silver Winner: StarWind Failover Cluster for Windows Server
o    Bronze Winner: Symantec Global Cluster Manager

  •     ADC/Load Balancers

o    Platinum Winner: Citrix Net Scaler
o    Gold Winner: F5 Big IP
o    Silver Winner: Barracuda Load Balancer
o    Bronze Winner: Riverbed SteelApp (formerly Stingray)

  •     Exam Prep Vendor

o    Platinum Winner: CBT Nuggets
o    Gold Winner: Kaplan IT Learning
o    Silver Winner: Cisco Press
o    Bronze Winner: Sybex

  •     Online, Disk or Instructor-Led Training

o    Platinum Winner: CBT Nuggets
o    Gold Winner: Global Knowledge
o    Silver Winner: Pluralsight
o    Bronze Winner: Cisco Press

  •     Microsoft Certification-Based Boot Camp

o    Platinum Winner: Global Knowledge
o    Gold Winner: CBT Planet
o    Silver Winner: Certification Camps
o    Bronze Winner: Real MCSE Bootcamp

  •     Preferred Hypervisor for Existing Infrastructure*

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vSphere
o    Gold Winner: Microsoft Hyper-V
o    Silver Winner: Citrix Xen
o    Bronze Winner: KVM

  •     Preferred Hypervisor for New Infrastructure*

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vSphere
o    Gold Winner: Microsoft Hyper-V
o    Silver Winner: Citrix Xen
o    Bronze Winner: KVM

  •     Application Virtualization

o    Platinum Winner: VMware ThinApp
o    Gold Winner: Citrix XenApp
o    Silver Winner: Dell Wyse vWorkspace
o    Bronze Winner: Liquidware Labs FlexApp for Profile Utility

  •     Virtual Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
o    Gold Winner: Dell AppAssure
o    Silver Winner: Acronis DR Service (formerly nScaled)
o    Bronze Winner: Acronis True Image Echo

  •     Virtual Management/Optimization

o    Platinum Winner: Veeam Management Pack for VMware
o    Gold Winner: Dell vFoglight
o    Silver Winner: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
o    Bronze Winner: Veeam Management Pack for Hyper-V

  •     Storage Virtualization and Management

o    Platinum Winner: EMC VPLEX
o    Gold Winner: NetApp-V Series Systems
o    Silver Winner: Intense School
o    Bronze Winner: LiveAmmo

  •     Virtual Server

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vSphere
o    Gold Winner: VMware ESXi
o    Silver Winner: Citrix XenServer
o    Bronze Winner: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

  •     Virtual Server Add-Ons

o    Platinum Winner: Veeam Availability Suite
o    Gold Winner: Dell AppAssure Replay Hyper-V
o    Silver Winner: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager
o    Bronze Winner: Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Server Virtual Edition

  •     Virtual PC

o    Platinum Winner: VMware Workstation
o    Gold Winner: Citrix Xen Desktop
o    Silver Winner: Dell Wyse Workstation
o    Bronze Winner: Parallels Virtuozzo

  •     VDI Solution

o    Platinum Winner: VMware View
o    Gold Winner: Citrix Xen Desktop
o    Silver Winner: Dell Wyse vWorkspace
o    Bronze Winner: Hewlett Packard Converged System for Hosted Desktop

  •     Managed Services/Hosting Providers

o    Platinum Winner: Rackspace
o    Gold Winner: GoDaddy
o    Silver Winner: CenturyLink
o    Bronze Winner: Dimension Data

  •     Identity and Access Management as a Service Provider

o    Platinum Winner: VMware (TriCipher) MyOneLogin
o    Gold Winner: McAfee Cloud Identity Manager
o    Silver Winner: Symantec O3
o    Bronze Winner: Okta

  •     Cloud Management Tool

o    Platinum Winner: VMware vCloud Automation Center/vCloud Director
o    Gold Winner: Dell Cloud Manager
o    Silver Winner: Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager
o    Bronze Winner: Cisco Intercloud (TIE)
o    Bronze Winner: EMC Cloud Automation Center
o    Bronze Winner: HP Cloud Service Automation

  •     Cloud Storage Service

o    Platinum Winner: Amazon Web Services S3
o    Gold Winner: Dropbox
o    Silver Winner: Google Cloud Storage
o    Bronze Winner: Citrix ShareFile

  •     E-Mail Hosting Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Rackspace
o    Gold Winner: Hewlett Packard
o    Silver Winner: AT&T
o    Bronze Winner: AppRiver

  •     Universal Communications Hosting Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Rackspace
o    Gold Winner: AT&T
o    Silver Winner: Verizon
o    Bronze Winner: Dimension Data

  •     SaaS-Based Application Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Google
o    Gold Winner: Dell Boomi
o    Silver Winner: Salesforce.com
o    Bronze Winner: Oracle

  •     PaaS Provider*

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft
o    Gold Winner: Amazon Web Services
o    Silver Winner: Dell Boomi
o    Bronze Winner: Google

  •     Infrastructure as a Service*

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft
o    Gold Winner: Amazon Web Services
o    Silver Winner: Dell
o    Bronze Winner: Google

  •     SaaS-Based APM Provider

o    Platinum Winner: AppDynamics
o    Gold Winner: BMC
o    Silver Winner: Dynatrace (formerly Compuware)
o    Bronze Winner: CA

  •     SharePoint Cloud/Hosting Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Amazon Web Services
o    Gold Winner: Sharepoint 360
o    Silver Winner: Rackspace
o    Bronze Winner: Network Solutions

  •     Server Manufacturer

o    Platinum Winner: Dell
o    Gold Winner: Hewlett Packard
o    Silver Winner: Cisco
o    Bronze Winner: Lenovo (including IBMs former x86 business)

  •     Storage Hardware Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Dell
o    Gold Winner: EMC
o    Silver Winner: Hewlett Packard
o    Bronze Winner: NetApp

  •     Thin Client Device

o    Platinum Winner: Dell Wyse
o    Gold Winner: Hewlett Packard Client Virtualization
o    Silver Winner: Google Chromebook
o    Bronze Winner: NComputing

  •     Windows PC Vendor

o    Platinum Winner: Dell
o    Gold Winner: Hewlett Packard
o    Silver Winner: Lenovo
o    Bronze Winner: Asus

  •     Windows Tablet Provider

o    Platinum Winner: Microsoft (Surface line)
o    Gold Winner: Dell
o    Silver Winner: HP (TIE)
o    Silver Winner: Lenovo

  •     Web Browser

o    Platinum Winner: Google Chrome
o    Gold Winner: Internet Explorer
o    Silver Winner: Mozilla Firefox
o    Bronze Winner: Apple Safari|

  • Microsoft included in this category

The full list can be found at https://redmondmag.com/whitepapers/2015/09/redmond-readers-choice-awards upon registration, and will appear in the September print issue of Redmond magazine.

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