Everything Channel Honors Leading Vendors at the Annual CRN Channel Champions Awards Ceremony

Study is Premier Resource to Evaluate Channel Vendors, Products and Services

Mar 11, 2010

Last night at an awards ceremony during the XChange Solution Provider conference, Everything Channel, a UBM company, honored the CRN Channel Champions award winners. The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall Solution Provider perceptions of vendor products and services. The result is a premier resource used by VARs and technology integrators throughout the industry to evaluate vendors and their programs.

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The CRN Channel Champions survey is the largest and broadest-based technology integrator market study in the industry. CRN received more than 100 vendor ratings across 21 product and service categories. The survey was conducted between December 2009 and February 2010.

Solution Providers were chosen at random from CRN's subscriber list and were pre-qualified to ensure that they worked in the category, were familiar with the products and had a significant relationship with the vendor(s) being rated. Many respondents were qualified to rate more than one vendor. CRN specified that VARs and technology integrators rate only those vendors with whom they had either a strategic partner type of business relationship, when possible.

Vendors rated in each category were chosen on the basis of market share data provided by major research firms. In the case where market share data was not available, vendors were chosen by CRN senior editorial staff recommendations.

VARs and technology integrators were asked to rate the relative importance of the individual evaluation criteria. To derive the overall score for each vendor, the raw satisfaction scores were weighted according to the relative importance of the evaluation criteria.

  The 2010 CRN Channel Champions winners are as follows:

                       Technical     Support       Financial
                       Satisfaction  Satisfaction  Factors     Overall
                       Channel       Channel       Channel     Channel
  Categories           Champion      Champion      Champion    Champion
  ----------           ------------  ------------  ---------   --------
  Client Security
   (Firewall, Anti-    Kaspersky     Kaspersky     Kaspersky   Kaspersky 
   Spam, Anti-Virus)    Lab           Lab           Lab         Lab
  ------------------   ---------     ---------     ---------   ---------
  Data & Information
   Management          Microsoft     Microsoft     Sun/MySQL   Microsoft
  ------------------   ---------     ---------     ---------   ---------
   Networking HW
   (includes                                       Juniper
   wireless)           Cisco         Cisco          Networks   Cisco
  --------------       -----         -----         ---------   -----
  Flat Panel Displays
   19"-30"             HP            HP            HP          HP
  -------------------  --            --            --          --
  Middleware           IBM           IBM           IBM         IBM
  ----------           ---           ---           ---         ---
  Midrange Servers
   (more than $25,000
   in price)           IBM           IBM           IBM         IBM
  -------------------  ---           ---           ---         ---
   Printers            Xerox         Xerox         Lexmark     Xerox
  -------------        -----         -----         -------     -----
  Network Security     Juniper                     Juniper     Juniper
   Appliances          Networks      Cisco           Networks    Networks
  ----------------     --------      -----         ----------  ----------
  Network Security
   Software            Trend Micro   McAfee        Trend Micro Trend Micro
  ----------------     -----------   ------        ----------- -----------
  Enterprise Network
   Storage (SAN or
   NAS)                Dell          Dell          Dell        Dell
  ------------------   ----          ----          ----        ----
   Computers           Lenovo        Lenovo        HP          HP/Lenovo
  ----------------     ------        ------        --          ---------
  Power Protection
   and Management      APC           APC           APC         APC
  ----------------     ---           ---           ---         ---
  Processors           Intel         Intel         Intel       Intel
  ----------           -----         -----         -----       -----
  SATA Hard Drives     Seagate       Seagate        Digital    Seagate
  ----------------     -------       -------       --------    -------
   Virtualization      VMWare        VMWare        VMWare      VMWare
  ------------------   ------        ------        ------      ------
  SMB (Small and
   Hardware (includes
   wireless LANs)      HP ProCurve  HP ProCurve    HP ProCurve HP ProCurve
  -------------------  -----------  -----------    ----------- -----------
  SMB Network Storage  HP           HP             HP          HP
  -------------------  --           --             --          --
  Storage Management
   Software            EMC          EMC            EMC         EMC
  ------------------   ---          ---            ---         ---
   Technology          Cisco        Cisco          Cisco       Cisco
  ----------------     -----        -----          -----       -----
  Volume Servers
   (less than $25,000
   in price)           HP           IBM            Lenovo      HP
  -------------------  --           ---            ------      --
  Workgroup Color
   Printers            HP           Xerox          Xerox       Xerox
  ---------------      --           -----          -----       -----

"Each year we survey the Solution Provider community to learn their satisfaction with the technology vendors they work closely with to deliver solutions to their customers. This survey is an essential resource for the Channel community," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. "We congratulate these leading technology vendors on this recognition."

The CRN Channel Champions awards are supported by Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Samsung and Xerox.

The CRN Channel Champions award winners and the related study will be published in the April 26, 2010 issue and online at www.channelweb.com.

About Everything Channel (www.everythingchannel.com, www.channelweb.com)

Everything Channel, headquartered in Framingham, MA, is a technology marketing and sales solutions company. Through its "Complete Technology Channel Solution," Everything Channel offers the right business tools to accelerate technology sales. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative field sales and marketing solutions to the sellers of technology to achieve measurable and significant results.

About United Business Media Limited

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetisation of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

  Maureen Park
  Everything Channel
  516 562 5942

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