It Pros Pick 2013 Ssd Innovation Leaders; Awards To Be Presented At Flash Memory Summit On August 14 At 1 P.m.

Top Quote Eleven SSD categories: Flash SAN, Flash NAS, DRAM SAN, Unified All-Flash, PCle DAS Adapters, PCle SAN Adapters, SAS/SATA Modules, DAS/SAN Cache, NAS Cache, SSD Controllers, Hybrid HDD/SSD. Special innovation contribution awards to be presented to both David Flynn & Facebook. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 13, 2013 - IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source of data and analysis about IT infrastructure, will publicly honor Innovation Leader winners in eleven SSD categories at the Flash Memory Summit on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

    The presentation of awards, as voted on by IT professionals in 2013, also include two special Innovation achievements-David Flynn, founder of Fusion-io (and now CEO of PrimaryData), for Contributions to SSD Innovation, 2008-2013; and Facebook for Contributions to SSD Adoption, 2008-2013. The awards ceremony takes center stage in the Santa Clara Convention Center (IT Brand Pulse-IT Pro Theatre #108, Exhibitor Hall) at 1 p.m.

    "Personal productivity is the ultimate driver of innovation in the Flash market users want more information, more quickly, from multiple access points. Whether it's in the device in the user's hand or in the data center that feeds it, Flash is central to serving more rich and relevant content faster," said David Flynn, CEO, PrimaryData. "The all-Flash data center is not a pipedream; it is the linchpin for building the systems that will meet the future demands for improved human productivity."

    The list of companies that stand out in the minds of IT professionals for SSD innovation in 2013 includes:
    • Samsung - The giant flash memory pioneer was selected as the innovation and performance leader for SSD SAS/SATA Modules.

    "Committed to relentless innovation, we are deeply grateful to all of those who selected our SAS and SATA SSDs in the IT Brand Pulse polling as the most innovative SSDs on the planet," said Jim Elliott, Vice President of Memory Marketing for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "As a vertically integrated manufacturer, we are committed to devoting all the necessary resources to producing the finest SSDs available, with innovation that is second to none."

    • EMC / XtremIO - XtremIO is EMC's all-flash storage array. IT Pros clearly like what they see, since they voted them the innovation leader for All Flash SAN systems.

    "Flash is a transformational technology and XtremIO arrays redefine what is possible in our customers' database, virtual server, and VDI environments. We're pleased to be recognized as one of the flash innovation leaders for our role helping customers make the most of this powerful technology. EMC innovation will drive flash to every layer of the data center, and deliver superior automation and management of all flash assets in the years ahead," said Josh Goldstein, VP of Marketing and Product Management for XtremIO at EMC Corporation.

    • Nimbus Data - For the second year in a row, this pure-play All Flash storage systems company was recognized as the innovation leader for All Flash NAS systems and for All Flash Unified NAS/SAN systems.

    "At Nimbus Data, we strive to engineer the best technology with the best customer support - a next-generation all-flash storage infrastructure that our customers can bet their business and reputation on with confidence," stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO of Nimbus Data. "We are delighted to have been recognized again by real end-users for our achievements and are very grateful for their support of Nimbus Data in winning back-to-back 'best-in-class' awards in the IT Brand Pulse survey."

    • QLogic - The company was first-to-market with PCIe-based flash memory solutions, which can be shared in a SAN, and IT pros rewarded them by voting QLogic the innovation leader for PCIe SSD SAN Adapters.

    "QLogic has a rich heritage of delivering innovative, high-performance data center connectivity solutions, and we're delighted to have IT professionals recognize FabricCache as the Innovation Leader in the important new category of PCIe SSD SAN Adapters," said Chris Humphrey, vice president corporate marketing at QLogic. "Leveraging QLogic's universal Fibre Channel driver, FabricCache delivers true, enterprise-ready cache acceleration that is shareable across clustered and virtualized applications and transparent to the server, network and storage subsystem."

    • IBM / TMS - After acquiring Texas Memory Systems, and announcing plans to invest over $1 billion in their SSD program, IT pros selected the company as the innovation leader for All DRAM SSD systems and for Hybrid SSD/HDD systems.

    "It's an honor to be recognized by IT Brand Pulse as a solid state storage market leader for our innovation around flash solutions," said Michael Kuhn, Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM Flash. "Solid state storage is changing the economics of the data center and IBM is committed to driving innovation that helps our clients realize the benefits."

    • Fusion-io - The pioneer in PCIe-based flash memory solutions acquired IO Turbine, and as a result added an innovation award for SSD DAS/SAN Cache systems to their DAS PCIe SSD innovation achievement.

    • LSI / SandForce - With each new design win, LSI strengthens perceptions of the company as the innovation leader for SSD controller chips.

    • NetApp / CacheIQ - Mirroring most of our storage surveys, which have included NetApp, the company was chosen as the innovation leader for SSD NAS Cache Appliances.

    "IT Brand Pulse Awards are special - the major customers vote on them," said Lance Leventhal, Program Chairperson, Flash Memory Summit. "For recipients, they indicate top ratings from those who are currently using the products every day. For those looking for guidance on purchases, they reflect the judgments of people like themselves. An IT Brand Pulse award tells the world that a company is doing the job with the only audience that really counts - the end users."

    About the Brand Leader Awards
    IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership because they are voted by IT pros (not vendor-sponsored). Our surveys are designed to measure the pulse of brand leadership in specific product categories. IT professionals respond to one survey covering various products. 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 to the 2013 SSD Brand Leader Survey included (partial list):
    IT Manager/Director - Baylor College of Medicine; IT Manager/Director - Deloitte Services LP; Storage Administrator/Architect - ARI Fleet Management; Data Center Manager - Utah State Office of Education; IT Manager/Director - Artesian Water Company (Public water utility, State of DE); IT Manager/Director - Berkshire Capital Securities; IT Manager/Director - Duke University; Storage Administrator/Architect - Sony Online Entertainment; IT Manager/Director - Kawasaki; IT Manager/Director - Yale University; IT Manager/Director - NBC Universal; Executive/Management - IDS (a Raytheon Company); IT Manager/Director - Ogilvy & Mather; Server Administrator/Architect - Pitney Bowes; IT Manager/Director - Stanford University; Network Administrator/Architect - Transamerica; Data Center Manager - University of Washington; Infrastructure Architect - St. Luke's Hospital …among many others…

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