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Redmond Magazine Announces 2011 Readers Choice Award Winners

11/01/2011

Irvine, CA, Nov. 1, 2011 -- Redmond magazine has unveiled the winners of its annual Redmond Readers Choice Awards. The 2011 Winner and Preferred Product awards are presented to vendors in more than 50 different categories of products, ranging from performance management and network monitoring to migration and SharePoint solutions.

"There is more hype than ever before about products and vendors, but every year the Readers Choice Awards cuts through the hype and right to what’s important: What our readers use and like," said Lee Pender, executive editor of Redmond magazine and editor of the Readers Choice Awards. "This is the ultimate scoreboard for both Microsoft and ISVs in Microsoft’s ecosystem. Opinions straight from the people who matter mostthe customers—let vendors know exactly where they stand with their user bases. And, as always, we’re thrilled to have such vibrant and enthusiastic participation from Redmond readers."

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. Vendors are not allowed to vote. 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 readers’ true favorites, they report the results.

The awards appear in the November issue and online at:
http://redmondmag.com/articles/2011/11/01/2011-readers-choice-awards.aspx

Here’s the list of winners for each individual category:

Network and Systems Management

Best Network Management Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner
  • SolarWinds Network Management Software, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Preferred Product
Best Application Management Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Preferred Product
  • Citrix XenApp, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best Performance Management Product
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Winner
  • SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Grand Slam Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Preferred Product
Best General Network Monitoring Tool
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Preferred Product
  • HP OpenView Operations for Windows, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best Interoperability Product
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • MKS Toolkit, Preferred Product
Best Bandwidth/Traffic Monitoring Product
  • Barracuda Web Filter, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Citrix Branch Repeater, Preferred Product
  • Netwrix, Preferred Product
Best Web Usage Monitor
  • Websense Enterprise, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • SpectorSoft Spector 360, Preferred Product
  • GFIWebMonitor, Preferred Product
Best Asset Management/Resource Inventory Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best License Management Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
Best Compliance Tool
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • SpectorSoft 360, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • NetWrix Regulatory Compliance Suite, Preferred Product
Best Non-Microsoft Browser
  • Mozilla Firefox, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Google Chrome, Preferred Product
Best SQL Tool
  • NetWrix SQL Server Change Reporter, Winner
  • ScriptLogic Security Explorer for SQL Server, Preferred Product
  • Quest Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise, Preferred Product
Best SharePoint Product or Service
  • Quest Notes Migrator for SharePoint, Winner
  • Mimosa, Preferred Product
  • NetWrix SharePoint Change Reporter, Preferred Product

Installation and Deployment

Best Software Distribution Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server, Preferred Product
  • InstallShield, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best Software Packaging Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • InstallShield Admin Studio, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • ScriptLogic MSI Studio, Preferred Product
Best Drive Imaging Product
  • Symantec Ghost Suite, Winner, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, Preferred Product
  • •Acronis True Image, Preferred Product

Administration

Best Overall Migration Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 35.2 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Acronis Backup & Recover Advanced Server, 7.3 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Acronis Migrate Easy, 6.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Server Migration Product
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 27.1 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • VMware vMotion, 11.9 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Acronis Backup & Recover Advanced Server, 11.4 percent, Preferred Product
Best Group Policy Manager
  • ScriptLogic Active Administrator, 13.1 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Citrix Access Gateway, 10.5 percent, Preferred Product
  • McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, 10.2 percent, Preferred
Best Disk Defragmentation and Drive Monitoring Tool
  • Diskeeper, 56.6 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Winternals Defrag Manager, 11.4 percent, Preferred Product
  • Acronis Disk Director Suite, 9.1 percent, Preferred Product
Best Remote Troubleshooting Solution
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 40.4 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Symantec Client Management Suite, 8.3 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • ScriptLogic Remote Support Center, 6.8 percent, Preferred Product
Best Network Automation and Batch Processing Tool
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 42.7 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, 18.4 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Kaseya IT Center, 6.6 percent, Preferred Product
Best Scripting Tool
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 19.7 percent, Winner
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, 17.1 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Microsoft IIS Windows PowerShell Snap-in, 16.8 percent, Preferred Product
Best Patch Management Product
  • Microsoft Software Update Services, 28.1 percent, Winner and Five-Star Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 24.1percent, Preferred Product
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority, 7.5 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best Application-Conflict Testing Tool
  • ScriptLogic Desktop Authority MSI Studio, 37.4 percent, Winner
  • InstallShield AdminStudio, 27.9 percent, Preferred Product
  • Symantec Package Studio, 18.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Exchange Hosting Provider
  • Rackspace, 38.7 percent, Winner
  • MessageLabs, 23 percent, Preferred Product
  • Verio, 16.9 percent, Preferred Product

Security

Best Hardware-Based Firewall Product
  • Cisco Systems PIX Series, 34 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • SonicWall Pro and TZ Series, 14.5 percent, Preferred Product
  • Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall, 8.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Software-Based Firewall Product
  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway, 23.5 percent, Winner
  • Symantec Enterprise Firewall, 15 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Kaspersky Laboratories Anti-Hacker, 10.8 percent, Preferred Product
Best Security Auditing Product
  • NetWrix Change Reporter Suite, 10.3 percent, Winner
  • GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor, 9.3 percent, Preferred Product
  • SpectorSoft Spector 360, 9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Intrusion-Detection System
  • Cisco Systems Secure Intrusion Detection System, 25.4 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • GFI, 12 percent, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Network Security Platform, 10.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Intrusion-Prevention System
  • Cisco Systems Okena Stormwatch, 15.1 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, 14 percent, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention, 10.1 percent, Preferred Product
Best Smart Card/Biometric/Two-Factor Authentication System
  • RSA SecureID, 35.6 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager, 23.9 percent, Preferred Product
  • Quest Defender, 6.1 percent, Preferred Product
Best Secure Messaging Tool or Service (Spam and Content Filtering)
  • Microsoft/Sybari Antigen for Exchange, 11.3 percent, Winner
  • Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall, 10.6 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Symantec Mail Security, 5.6 percent, Preferred Product
Best Anti-Virus Tool
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection, 20.5 percent, Winner, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft Security Essentials, 14.6 percent, Preferred Product
  • McAfee Total Protection, 11 percent, Preferred Product
Best Anti-Spyware Tool
  • McAfee Total Protection, 23 percent, Winner
  • Trend Micro Antispyware, 16.3 percent, Preferred Product
  • Webroot AntiSpyware, 10.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best User Activity Monitoring Product
  • Websense, 25 percent, Winner
  • SpectorSoft Spector 360, 20.5 percent, Preferred Product
  • Barracuda, 14.7 percent, Preferred Product

Storage and Backup

Best Backup System
  • Symantec Backup Exec, 22.5 percent, Winner, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, 15.8 percent, Preferred Product
  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, 10.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Storage Management Product
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, 18.2 percent, Winner
  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, 8.9 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • EMC ControlCenter SRM Software, 6.7 percent, Preferred Product
  • Symantec Storage Central, 6.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Disaster-Recovery Product or Service
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, 13 percent, Winner
  • Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, 9 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, 9 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
Best Clustering and Failover Solution
  • Microsoft Windows Server Clustering Services, 42.5 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • VMware Fault Tolerance, 23.2 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Barracuda Load Balancer, 8.6 percent, Preferred Product
Best Load-Balancing Product
  • Microsoft Windows Server Network Load Balancing, 23.4 percent, Winner
  • VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler, 18.2 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, 15.1 percent, Preferred Product

Training and Certification

Best Exam Preparation Vendor
  • Microsoft, 29.5 percent, Winner and Grand Slam Winner
  • CBT Nuggets, 9.6 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • MeasureUp, 9.3 percent, Preferred Product
Best Online, Disk-Based or Instructor-Led Training Vendor
  • Microsoft, 25.2 percent, Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Global Knowledge, 17.9 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • CBT Nuggets, 7.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Windows Certification-Based Boot Camp Vendor
  • Microsoft, 34.7 percent, Winner
  • Global Knowledge, 24.7 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner

Virtualization

Best Application-Virtualization Product
  • VMware ThinApp, 35 percent, Winner, ISV Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), 31.1 percent, Preferred Product
  • Citrix XenApp, 21.5 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtual Automation Product
  • Reliance Automated VM Provisioning, 63.4 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • The Surgient Virtual Automation Platform, 36.6 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtual Business-Continuity and Disaster-Recovery Product
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, 39.1 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Veeam Backup, 11.9 percent, Preferred Product and ISV Winner
  • Acronis True Image Virtual Edition, 9.5 percent, Preferred Product
Best Desktop Virtualization Product
  • Citrix XenDesktop, 51.5 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Sun xVM Virtual Box, 13.7 percent, Preferred Product
  • Quest vWorkspace, 10.4 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtual Management and Optimization Product
  • SolarWinds VM Monitor, 15 percent, Winner
  • Veeam Management Pack for VMware, 12.8 percent, Preferred Product
  • NetIQ AppManager for VMware, 10.1 percent, Preferred Product
Best Storage Virtualization and Management Product
  • Citrix Essentials for XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, 36.2 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • Network Appliance NetApp Data ONTAP 7G, 11.2 percent, Preferred Product
  • Network Appliance NetApp V-Series Systems, 10.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtualization Training Vendor
  • Global Knowledge, 70 percent, Winner and Triple Crown Winner
  • NetCom, 12.7 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtual Server Product
  • Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, 26.1 percent, Winner
  • VMware vSphere, 25.1 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
Best Virtual Server Add-ons
  • Acronis Backup & Recovery Advanced Server Virtual Edition, 19.4 percent, Winner
  • Veeam Backup & Replication, 12.1 percent, Preferred Product
  • Veeam Monitor for VMware, 9.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Virtual PC Product
  • VMware Workstation, 57.7 percent, Winner, ISV Winner and Five-Star Award Winner
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Windows, 37.1 percent, Preferred Product

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

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