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Redmond Magazine Unveils 2010 Readers Choice Award Winners

Five-Star Award Added to Mark Consistent Product Excellence

11/01/2010

Irvine, CA, Nov. 1, 2010 -- Redmond magazine has announced the winners of its annual Redmond Readers Choice Awards. The 2010 Winner and Preferred Product awards are presented to vendors in more than 50 different categories of products, ranging from group policy manager and network monitoring to firewalls and backup solutions.

"For 2010, we’ve expanded our Readers Choice awards to include more honors and winners than ever before,” said Lee Pender, executive editor of Redmond magazine and editor of the Readers Choice Awards. “We’ve created a new category of award, the Five-Star Award, for products that have won categories five times in a row. And we’ve expanded our definition of category winner beyond outright winners to include ISV Winners, or products that finish as the highest-ranking non-Microsoft entries. By including ISV Winners in the Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Five-Star honors, Redmond is showing its continued commitment to recognizing the independent vendors that contribute so much to both Microsoft as a company and to Redmond as a publication."

The Redmond Readers Choice Awards are truly the voice of our readers. First, the Readers Choice online survey form is sent out to thousands of readers. Responses are collected during a two-week period. After gathering all the results, a team of editors examines the rankings looking for any unusual patterns. Once they’re satisfied that the list is a clean and accurate representation of Redmond’s readers’ true favorites, they report the results.

The awards appear in the November issue and online at:
http://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/11/01/2010-redmond-readers-choice-awards.aspx

Here is the list of winners for each individual category:

Network and Systems Management

Best Network Management Product, 39 products in category

  • Cisco Systems LAN Management Solution, Winner
  • SolarWinds Network Management Software, Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Preferred Product

Best Application Management Product, 43 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner
  • Citrix XenApp, ISV Winner and Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Preferred Product

Best Performance Management Product, 35 products in category

  • SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Manager, Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials, Preferred Product

Best General Network Monitoring Tool, 60 products in category

  • Cisco System Syslog Analyzer, Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Preferred Product
  • HP OpenView Operations for Windows, Preferred Product

Best Interoperability Product, 9 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Winner
  • McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • MKS Toolkit, Preferred Product (tie)
  • Quest Authentication Services, Preferred Product (tie)
  • Veeam nworks Management Pack for VMware for SCOM, Preferred Product (tie)

Best Bandwidth/Traffic Monitoring Product, 10 products in category

  • Barracuda Web Filter, Winner
  • Citrix Branch Repeater, Preferred Product
  • Lightspeed Systems Total Traffic Control, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Perspective, Preferred Product

Best Web Usage Monitor, 18 products in category

  • Websense Enterprise, Winner, Five-Star Award
  • Barracuda Web Application Firewall, Preferred Product
  • Barracuda Web Filter, Preferred Product
  • GFI Web Monitor, Preferred Product

Best Asset Management/Resource Inventory Product, 26 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials, Preferred Product
  • Novell Asset Manager, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product (tie)
  • Symantec Altiris Service and Asset Management Suite, Preferred Product (tie)

Best License Management Product, 11 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Symantec Total Management Suite, Preferred Product

Best Compliance Tool, 44 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner
  • ScriptLogic File System Auditor, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Symantec Control Compliance Suite, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Vulnerability Manager, Preferred Product

Best Non-Microsoft Browser

  • Mozilla Firefox, Winner, Five-Star Award
  • Google Chrome, Preferred Product

Best SQL Tool, 37 products in category

  • ScriptLogic Security Explorer for SQL Server, Winner
  • SQL Power Tools Zero Impact Enterprise Monitor, Preferred Product
  • Quest Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, Preferred Product

Installation and Deployment

Best Software Distribution Product, 19 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server, Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials, Preferred Product
  • Symantec Deployment Solution, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product

Best Software Packaging Product, 9 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • InstallShield AdminStudio, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award
  • ScriptLogic MSI Studio, Preferred Product

Best Drive Imaging Product, 7 products in category

  • Symantec Ghost Suite, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • Acronis True Image, Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Preferred Product

Administration

Best Migration Product, 22 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • Acronis Migrate Easy, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Symantec Deployment Solution, Preferred Product

Best Server Migration Product, 23 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • Acronis Backup & Recover Advanced Server, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • VMware VMotion, Preferred Product

Best Group Policy Manager, 21 products in category

  • ScriptLogic Active Administrator, Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Symantec Control Compliance Suite, Preferred Product
  • NetIQ Group Policy Administrator, Preferred Product
  • Quest GPOAdmin, Preferred Product

Best Disk Defragmentation and Drive Monitoring Tool, 10 products in category

  • Executive Software Diskeeper, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • Winternals Defrag Manager, Preferred Product
  • Acronis Disk Director Suite, Preferred Product

Best Remote Troubleshooting Solution, 26 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • Symantec Client Management Suite, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • ScriptLogic Remote Support Center, Preferred Product

Best Network Automation and Batch-Processing Tool, 21 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Winner
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award
  • HP OpenView Operations for Windows, Preferred Product

Best Scripting Tool, 18 products in category

  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), Preferred Product
  • Microsoft IIS Windows PowerShell Snap-In, Preferred Product

Best Patch-Management Product, 23 products in category

  • Microsoft Software Update Services, Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Shavlik Technologies HFNetChkPro, Preferred Product

Best Application-Conflict Testing Tool, 5 products in category

  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority MSI Studio, Winner
  • Symantec Package Studio, Preferred Product
  • InstallShield AdminStudio, Preferred Product

Security

Best Hardware-Based Firewall Product, 23 products in category

  • Cisco Systems PIX Series, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • Sonicwall Pro and TZ Series, Preferred Product
  • Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall, Preferred Product

Best Software-Based Firewall Product, 17 products in category

  • Symantec Enterprise Firewall, Winner
  • Microsoft ISA Server, Preferred Product
  • Kaspersky Laboratories Anti-Hacker, Preferred Product

Best Security Auditing Product, 45 products in category

  • Symantec Security Information Manager, Winner
  • GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Vulnerability Manager, Preferred Product

Best Intrusion-Detection System, 19 products in category

  • Cisco Systems Secure Intrusion Detection System, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • WebSense Web Security Suite, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Network Security Platform, Preferred Product

Best Intrusion-Prevention System, 27 products in category

  • Cisco Systems Okena Stormwatch, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Network Security Platform, Preferred Product

Best Smart Card/Biometric/Two-Factor Authentication System, 15 products in category

  • RSA Secure ID, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager, Preferred Product
  • Quest Defender, Preferred Product
  • Tumbleweed ValidationAuthority, Preferred Product

Best Secure Messaging Tool or Service (Spam and Content Filtering), 66 products in category

  • Microsoft/Sybari Software Antigen for Exchange, Winner (tie)
  • Symantec Mail Security, Winner and ISV Winner (tie)
  • Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall, Preferred Product
  • GFI Software GFI MailEssentials, Preferred Product

Best Anti-Virus Tool, 23 products in category

  • Symantec Antivirus, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • McAfee Total Protection, Preferred Product
  • Kaspersky Laboratories Anti-Virus, Preferred Product

Best Anti-Spyware Tool, 17 products in category

  • Webroot AntiSpyware, Winner
  • Trend Micro Antispyware, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Total Protection, Preferred Product

Storage and Backup

Best Backup System, 47 products in category

  • Symantec Backup Exec, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, Preferred Product
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Preferred Product

Best Storage-Management Product, 38 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Winner
  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • EMC ControlCenter SRM Software, Preferred Product
  • Symantec Storage Central, Preferred Product

Best Disaster Recovery Product or Service, 58 products in category

  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Preferred Product
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, Preferred Product

Best Clustering and Failover Solution, 11 products in category

  • Microsoft Windows Server Clustering Services, Winner, and Five-Star Award
  • VMware Fault Tolerance, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Barracuda Load Balancer, Preferred Product

Best Load-Balancing Product, 15 products in category

  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, Winner
  • Microsoft Windows Server Network Load Balancing, Preferred Product
  • Barracuda Load Balancer, Preferred Product

Training and Certification

Best Exam-Preparation Vendor, 14 vendors in category

  • Microsoft, Winner and Triple Crown Award
  • MeasureUp, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Sybex, Preferred Product

Best Online, Disk-Based or Instructor-Led Training Vendor, 20 vendors in category

  • Microsoft, Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Global Knowledge, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Train Signal, Preferred Product

Best Windows Certification-Based Boot Camp Vendor, 10 vendors in category

  • Microsoft, Winner
  • Global Knowledge, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award

Virtualization

Best Application Virtualization Product, 8 products in category

  • VMware ThinApp, Winner
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Preferred Product
  • Citrix XenApp, Preferred Product

Best Virtual Automation Product, 2 products in category

  • Reliance Automated VM Provisioning, Winner and ISV Winner

Best Virtual Business-Continuity and Disaster-Recovery Product, 15 products in category

  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, Winner
  • Acronis True Image Virtual Edition, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Acronis True Image Echo, Preferred Product

Best Desktop Virtualization Product, 15 products in category

  • Citrix XenDesktop, Winner
  • Quest vWorkspace, Preferred Product
  • ThinLaunch Thin Desktop, Preferred Product

Best Virtual Management and Optimization Product, 27 products in category

  • SolarWinds VM Monitor, Winner
  • SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor, Preferred Product
  • IBM Systems Director, Preferred Product

Best Storage Virtualization and Management Product, 16 products in category

  • Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Hyper-V, Winner
  • Network Appliance NetApp V-Series Systems, Preferred Product

Best Virtualization Training Vendor, 5 vendors in category

  • Global Knowledge, Winner
  • NetCom, Preferred Product

Best Virtual Server Product, 6 products in category

  • Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, Winner
  • VMware vSphere, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award

Best Virtual Server Add-ons, 13 products in category

  • Acronis Backup and Recover Advanced Server Virtual Edition, Winner
  • Reflex Virtual Management Center, Preferred Product
  • Uptime Software up.time, Preferred Product

Best Virtual PC Product, 4 products in category

  • VMware Workstation, Winner, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Windows, Preferred Product

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Contact:
Lee Pender, Executive Editor, Redmond magazine
lpender@1105media.com

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