IT Pros Vote 2018 Brand Leaders for Networking & Endpoint Security

Top Quote Cisco named Market Leader in three product categories; SolarWinds, Symantec each top two; Broadcom/Emulex, Citrix, Cylance, Mandiant, Mellanox, Riverbed, Schneider Electric also take Market titles. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 14, 2018 - SAN DIEGO, CA - IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source for research, data and analysis about data center infrastructure, today announced the results of the recent IT brand leader survey covering Networking & Endpoint Security products. IT professionals from around the world responded to the independent, non-sponsored annual survey in January 2018, asking which vendors they perceive to be leaders in these fourteen categories:

    • 25-100Gb Ethernet Adapters
    • 25-100Gb Ethernet Switches
    • 32 GFC Fibre Channel HBAs
    • 32 GFC Fibre Channel Switches
    • Always-On Network Recording Appliances
    • Application Delivery Controllers
    • Fibre Channel Network Monitoring
    • Network Performance Monitoring
    • Storage Performance Validation Software & Appliances
    • Compromise Assessment/Incident Response
    • Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR)
    • Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)
    • Next Gen AI-Based Endpoint Protection
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

    “This year’s networking and security surveys brought a slew of new brand leaders, said Frank Berry, CEO and Sr. Analyst, IT Brand Pulse. “Cisco, Schneider Electric and SolarWinds unseated incumbent networking leaders; Cisco and Mellanox led in new 25-100GbE product categories; while Mandiant and Symantec established incumbency in two new security product categories.”

    Survey Highlights

    32 GFC Fibre Channel Switches
    Cisco secured its first Market Leader title for 32 GFC Fibre Channel Switches in the eight years of these brand leader surveys, and picked up the 2018 Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation honors. Former and long-standing champion Broadcom/Brocade broke up the sweep by being chosen Price Leader.

    25-100Gb Ethernet Switches
    In this newly-added category to the annual survey, IT pros cast their votes for Cisco as Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation leader. Brocade filled in the number two Market slot, followed by Juniper.

    Fibre Channel Network Monitoring
    For the fourth time since 2013, Cisco captured Market leadership, as well as Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation. Runner-up Broadcom/Emulex/Brocade (finishing ahead of third-place IBM) took Price Leader.

    “Cisco’s commitment to providing customers best in class, intent-based, open data center networking solutions is reflected in this year’s findings in the IT Pulse 2018 Brand Leader survey,” said Dhritiman Dasgupta, vice president of product marketing for Cisco Data Center solutions. “We are pleased to be voted as Brand Leader in the categories of 25-100GbE Switches, 32GFC Switches, FC Network Monitoring and Network Performance Monitoring, with Cisco’s 25-100Gbe Nexus 9000 Switches recognized in all six categories and the MDS 9000 switches leading in five.”

    Network Performance Monitoring
    In this 2018 brand survey, SolarWinds pushed two-time, reigning winner Cisco down to the second Market Leader spot, while nabbing Price and Innovation honors. Cisco, however, did pick up Performance, Reliability and Service & Support. NetScout Systems rounded out the top three Market Leader positions.

    Storage Performance Validation Software & Appliances
    SolarWinds—by garnering over 50% of the votes—recouped the all-around leadership lost in 2016: Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. Virtual Instruments/LoadDynamiX and Ixia came in as the number two and three Market Leaders, respectively.

    “Recognition as a leader in the latest IT Brand Pulse awards is the another clear reflection of the tremendous value we create for our customers by providing simple, powerful, and affordable products that enable effective IT performance monitoring,” said Christoph Pfister, executive vice president of products, SolarWinds. “It reflects our commitment to deeply understanding our customers’ challenges and needs, and then offering the best technology to help them assure optimal IT performance and availability.”

    Application Delivery Controllers
    Citrix—for the fifth year in as many surveys—gained the Market Leader title, as well as Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. As in 2017, F5 was named the second place Market Leader, with Barracuda Networks finishing third.

    “It is an honor to be recognized by IT Brand Pulse and the IT professionals that voted for Citrix and its networking solution, NetScaler, as a leader for the fifth year in a row in the application delivery controller category across market, price, performance, reliability, service and support as well as innovation,” said Manoj Raisinghani, vice president of secure digital perimeter at Citrix. “With the innovative networking solutions, Citrix is providing customers with secure access to all types of apps and data on any device and across hybrid and multi-cloud networks.

    25-100Gb Ethernet Adapters
    Mellanox pulled out a complete victory in 25-100Gb Ethernet Adapters, as IT professionals chose the company for leadership in Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. Intel finished second as Market Leader, followed by Broadcom, in third.

    “As the performance, efficiency, and market share leader in high performance NICs, Mellanox is honored to sweep all six award categories with its ConnectX family of 25-100G Ethernet adapters,” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Faster storage needs faster networks and this is driving the data center transformation from 10G to 25G. That, along with more powerful CPUs, is accelerating the adoption of 25G-100G adapters, to future proof data center networking. We are pleased that the IT Design Pros have recognized the value of our ConnectX accelerators to boost the efficiency of cloud, artificial intelligence, big data, storage, and NFV workloads.”

    Next Gen AI-Based Endpoint Protection
    In a near mirror-image of last year, Cylance again emerged as Market, Performance and Innovation Leader, while Sophos took home Reliability, and Service & Support; the difference this time around was in the Price category, which saw a new winner: Malwarebytes. Sophos received the number two Market designation, ahead of Palo Alto Networks.

    “We are grateful for our customers that took the time to recognize Cylance as a leader in Next-Generation AI-Based Endpoint Protection for the second year running,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing at Cylance. “Cylance was founded on the principle that prevention is possible and security should be proactive versus reactive, and we will continue to challenge the status quo to reduce layers, complexity, cost and confusion in providing true prevention to our customers.”

    Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)
    Global respondents favored Symantec for a second straight year—delivering the security giant all available awards: Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. McAfee was next in line as Market Leader, in front of Palo Alto Networks.

    Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR)
    Another new 2018 survey segment, EDR, saw Symantec besting McAfee as the overall Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation leader, with third-place going to Cylance.

    Mandiant (FireEye)
    Compromise Assessment/Incident Response
    As a first-time survey product category over the ten year history of the IT Brand Pulse leader program, 2018 brought a benchmark winner, Mandiant (FireEye), for all six awards: Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. Cylance and Secure Works were the next highest Market Leader vote-getters, in that order.

    32 GFC Fibre Channel HBAs
    Posting one of the largest first and second place results margin in the entire 2018 Networking & Endpoint Security collection of surveys, Broadcom/Emulex easily scored a repeat sweep of last year’s Fibre Channel HBAs (Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation). Cavium/QLogic was the runner-up leader across the board; ATTO settled for third.

    Always-On Network Recording Appliances
    Riverbed NetShark claimed Market Leader (for the second time in as many surveys), and along with it came Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. NetScout Infinistream was cast in the number two across-the-board leader role, leaving third to Solarflare SolarCapture.

    Schneider Electric
    Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
    For DCIM, Schneider Electric surged from 2016’s second-place showing to top this year’s Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation charts. Rackwise pushed into second as the Market Leader challenger; Panduit grabbed third.

    IT Brand Leader Surveys
    IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership. Winners are voted by global IT pros in surveys that are independent, non-sponsored research. The surveys are designed to measure the pulse of brand leadership in specific product categories. Within each product category, respondents choose the overall Market Leader, as well as the leader in Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation. Voters are provided with a category description at the start of each product section, a randomized choice of vendor answers, and the ability to write in a vendor, if not listed.

    Global IT Pro respondents to recent surveys include:
    American Airlines - American Express - Adobe Systems - Advocate Health Care - Aetna - AF Group - Air Force Space Command - Allstate - AT&T - BAAQMD - Bank of America - Beckman Coulter - Boeing - Baylor College of Medicine - Bosch - Boston Scientific - Brinker International - CA Department of Insurance - Capital Group - Caesars Entertainment - Celanese Corporation - Citibank - City of Los Angeles - Combined Insurance - Coca-Cola - Colliers - Comcast - Cox Enterprises - CPS Energy – Daiwa Capital Markets - Dana Foundation - Daybreak Game Co. - Disney - DLL Group - Dow Corning Corp - Duke University - Edmunds - Encore Capital Group - EnerCare - Ensco - Exelon Corp. - ExxonMobil - EY - FedEx - First Acceptance Corp. - Four Seasons - Franklin Templeton - General Electric - General Motors - Great-West Life - GWDG - HCSC - Kaiser Permanente - Kingston - LANL - Library of Congress - Lockheed Martin - LRZ – Michael Kors - MIT IS&T - Morgan Stanley - NASA Ames Research Center - NIH - NBC/Universal/Comcast - NCR - Optum - Orbital ATK - Polycom, Inc. - Quicken Loans - Raytheon - Ricoh - Ryanair - Schindler Elevator Corp. Shaw Industries - Siemens Corp. - Snyder's-Lance - Spectrum Brands - Stanford University - Staples – Starbucks - States of AL CT, LA and MT - Time Warner - TMZ - Torchmark - Tiger Corporation - T-Mobile - UCLA - United Health Group - U.S. Dept. of Labor - U.S. Navy - UPS - Veolia - Verizon - Walmart - Weizmann Institute of Science - West Pharmaceutical Services - Yale – Yazaki...and many more.

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