ABOUT THE AWARDS

 

In this age of digital transformation, the enterprise technology environment is fast-changing. Evolving enterprise needs demand that agility and responsiveness are critical, especially for IT vendors and service providers.

While established niche players and traditional tech giants often demonstrate the ability to innovate, scale and transform solutions for businesses, sometimes new players come in to meet new or specific needs and demands even more effectively.

The Readers’ Choice Product Excellence Awards recognize both established and new solution providers that have made the most impact on Asian end-user organizations in 2016, based on votes from qualified readers of NetworkWorld Asia, Asia Cloud Forum, Security Asia and Storage Asia. For the Rising Star categories, our readers also have the chance to vote for vendors whose technologies, products or solutions are deemed to have great potential in meeting their organization’s needs today and in the near future.

N.B. Votes from vendors will be excluded from the final count. Instead, vendors should encourage their customers to vote for them!

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JUDGING CRITERIA

01. Reputation of vendor in the marketplace

02. Features and USPs of the solution

03. Widespread acceptance of technology and/or brand

04. Users' feedback on the solution/deployment

05. Durability, scalability and quality of service as contributing factors


Disclaimer: Not every category will be awarded, and we reserve the right not to award them if no clear winner emerges from the votes.

2016 WINNERS

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MAIN AWARDS CATEGORIES

Celebrating the 11th year of the Readers' Choice Awards

Structured/physical network cabling
CommScope
Data center power/cooling management system
Schneider Electric
Data center capacity planning and services
NTT Communications
Data center cabling solution
Panduit
Desktop virtualization solution
VMware
Hyperconverged/unified system
Cisco Systems
Data center application delivery/availability
F5 Networks
Network testing, monitoring & protection
Ipswitch / Ixia / NetScout (Tie)
Network analytics and traffic management
Gigamon
Network switch/router
Cisco Systems
Software-defined networking solution
Avaya
Wireless and mobile broadband infrastructure solution
Ruckus Wireless
Intelligent building infrastructure
CommScope
Enterprise server system
HP Enterprise
Software-defined WAN solution
Silver Peak
Technology consulting and advisory services
Dimension Data
Systems integrators and VARs
Logicalis
Managed infrastructure services
Singtel
Managed security services
Quann
Data center hosting/colocation services
Equinix
Document management
Kofax
Storage infrastructure
Dell EMC
Storage/data management solution
Hitachi Data Systems
Backup/archiving solution
Barracuda Networks
Disaster recovery/business continuity solution
Veritas
Unified threat management solution
Fortinet
Next-generation firewall
Fortinet / Palo Alto Networks (Tie)
Identity management suite
i-Sprint Innovations
Enterprise mobility management suite
Check Point / MobileIron (Tie)
DDoS Protection
F5 Networks
Continuous network monitoring and vulnerability management
Tenable Network Security
IP services infrastructure
StarHub
Unified communications & collaboration
ShoreTel
Enterprise management software
Oracle
Application performance management solution
Riverbed
Application development & management platform
CA Technologies
Rapid application development tool
K2
Server/Network operating system
Microsoft
Server infrastructure management
Hitachi Asia
Cloud infrastructure provider
CenturyLink
Cloud Services Provider
CITIC Telecom CPC
Big data solution
Splunk
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RISING STARS

Awarded to the up-and-coming vendors who are growing quickly in size and influence

Rising star - Networking solution
A10 Networks
Rising star - Network security solution
NSFOCUS
Rising star - Cybersecurity solution
Gigamon
Rising star – Endpoint detection & response solution
Cyberbit
Rising star - Data storage & management
Pure Storage / Veeam Software (Tie)
Rising star – Data center management
Nutanix
Rising star – Application development & lifecycle management
OutSystems
Rising star – Industrial Internet of Things solution
Microsoft

VOTING CATEGORIES

MAIN AWARDS CATEGORIES
1. Structured/physical network cabling

The physical transfer environment (cables, patchpanels, connectors, etc.) upon which an organization’s network relies for internal and external communication

2. Data center power/cooling management system

Tools for managing the power systems within a data center

3. Data center capacity planning and services

Provision of advanced infrastructure services and solutions to ensure scalability, low-latency connectivity, energy efficiencies and network/application/data performance of the data center

4. Data center cabling solution

Cabling infrastructure specifically catered to data centers, including intelligent cabling and optical fiber solutions for the data center environment

5. Desktop virtualization solution

Solutions that provide the ability to host and centrally manage desktop virtual machines

6. Hyperconverged/unified system

Solutions that provide the ability to virtualize and integrate servers, storage and networks typically for data centers to hyperscale

7. Data center application delivery/availability

Tools and solutions that ensure availability and performance of applications and networked resources in the data center, providing services such as load balancing and application delivery

8. Network testing, monitoring & protection

Tools and services that monitor and test corporate networks, troubleshoot problems and protect integrity of the network infrastructure

9. Network analytics and traffic management

Solutions and tools that monitor, analyze and manage enterprise network traffic data for network trends and traffic patterns to deliver timely insights for policies to optimize bandwidth, minimize congestion and provide network forensics

10. Network switch/router

Products that forward/filter traffic through the enterprise network

11. Software-defined networking solution

Network virtualization solutions that allow network administrators to have programmable central control of network traffic and resources without requiring physical access to the network's hardware devices, typically but not necessarily based on OpenFlow standards

12. Wireless and mobile broadband infrastructure solution

Connectivity solution that enables users to tap into wireless network applications and resources

13. Intelligent building infrastructure

Builds the infrastructure for intelligent buildings by harnessing info-communication technology, connectivity and building automation systems to provide more efficiency, higher productivity and increased comfort for occupants, including greener use of power, cooling and facilities

14. Enterprise server system

These servers provide data centers and enterprises with services to multiple users. It does not necessarily need to take the form of traditional PCs and can be designed as rack or blade servers with key components such as power and shared storage

15. Software-defined WAN solution

The specific application of software-defined technology to wide area network (WAN) connections over large geographical distances

16. Technology consulting and advisory services

Providing consultancy and advisory services in large or enterprise-wide deployments

17. Systems integrators and VARs

Providing systems integration and value-added services in enterprise technology deployments

18. Managed infrastructure services

Service providers who host or provide Internet access, or manage segments of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure

19. Managed security services

Service providers who host, provide or manage the security of enterprise infrastructure, network and Internet access

20. Data center hosting/colocation services

Data centers designed to host or manage enterprise networks, IT or cloud infrastructures

21. Document management

Networked printer and/or software to provide document and print management enterprise-wide

22. Storage infrastructure

Disk arrays, SAN and NAS solutions

23. Storage/data management solution

Tools and software for managing a heterogeneous storage environment

24. Backup/archiving solution

Data backup, recovery, replication, deduplication, encryption and compression and solutions

25. Disaster recovery/business continuity solution

Solutions that get you back up and continuously running after a disaster or downtime

26. Unified threat management solution

Appliance used to provide integrated firewall, spam filtering, gateway antivirus protection, intrusion detection or prevention

27. Next-generation firewall

Appliance used to provide next-generation firewall protection to intelligently address internal and external threats in the fast-changing information security landscape

28. Identity management suite

Provides discrete identity information of each user in the network along with network log data

29. Enterprise mobility management suite

Provides end-to-end management and security of mobile devices on a secure and integrated platform for mobile/remote access to corporate networks and IT resources

30. DDoS Protection
31. Continuous network monitoring and vulnerability management

Tools and services to continuously monitor corporate networks and network traffic for patterns and anomalies to manage threats and vulnerabilities

32. IP services infrastructure

Builds or provide infrastructure solutions for voice, video and other traffic over IP, including automated IPv6 migration

33. Unified communications & collaboration

Products that provide a consistent unified user interface and user experience across multiple communication devices and media types, including videoconferencing and online interaction

34. Enterprise management software

Software solutions that allow enterprises to strategize, automate and manage business functions/processes/workflows, including ERP, CRM and project/system management software

35. Application performance management solution

Tools to manage, configure and optimize data center environments and/or IT infrastructure resources

36. Application development & management platform

Platforms for the development, maintenance and governance of application software, including visibility, testing, diagnostics and performance benchmarking

37. Rapid application development tool

Tools for the development and secure deployment of enterprise mobile and cloud applications

38. Server/Network operating system

Operating platforms on which servers, networks, storage and software applications run

39. Server infrastructure management

Solutions/tools to simplify and automate management and configuration of server resources in the data center or IT infrastructure

40. Cloud infrastructure provider

Reliable and scalable provision of cloud computing infrastructure for the enterprise

41. Cloud Services Provider

Reliable and scalable provision of cloud-based services and applications for the enterprise

42. Big data solution

Data-as-a-service, data integration technologies, and unstructured data intelligence and analytics for the data center or cloud environment

RISING STARS
1. Rising star - Networking solution

Next-generation wired or wireless networking solutions for data centers and enterprises, especially for intelligent management, monitoring and acceleration of network and internet traffic, as well as optimization of network resources

2. Rising star - Network security solution

Next-generation network and infrastructure security solutions for data centers and enterprises, including security for cloud and mobility

3. Rising star - Cybersecurity solution

Next-generation web, sensitive/personal information and device security solutions for enterprise users

4. Rising star – Endpoint detection & response solution
5. Rising star - Data storage & management

Next-generation data storage solutions for managing, storing, backup, recovery, retrieval and analysis of the fast-growing volume, variety and velocity of applications and information

6. Rising star – Data center management

Next-generation solutions that automate the management, monitoring and troubleshooting of data center assets, resources and services

7. Rising star – Application development & lifecycle management

Next-generation solution platforms that help enterprises in the development, maintenance and governance of application software, including visibility, testing, diagnostics and performance benchmarking

8. Rising star – Industrial Internet of Things solution

Next-generation solution platforms that help enterprises in interconnecting industrial equipment, computers, mobile devices and sensors etc., and in accessing, processing, securing and analyzing information traversing across all these connected devices