DSA Awards: the winners are announced!

The elders (readers) have spoken and the prophecies (results) are revealed.

OK I will stop. Then again the editor only gets let loose that many times in a year – considering I have to keep my composure most of the year to write about the very serious issues revolving around enterprise data. It’s nearly Christmas so let me have some fun eh?

This year, we had over 1,400 votes from readers around the region. Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill in our form and told us your favourites in the industry.

(Voting is anonymous, we only collect emails to ensure no repeated votes were allowed. So yes, we know some of you submitted the forms several times. Your vote only counts once.)

That aside, I am sure you are all a nervous wreck waiting for the results to be revealed. Ok. I will spare you all the pain. In fact, to save you from having to read my horrible quips, I will list them below. If you do enjoy my wisecracks – I have a separate article on editor’s choice, honourable mentions and I will dissect the result3s. Keep your eyes peeled for that!

Without further ado. The winners. (and close 2nd and 3rd)

  • Best storage vendor 2016: Dell EMC – with a majority of 33.8%.
NetApp following behind with 18.5%, closely in third is HDS with 17.1%
  • Best Enterprise Storage in the Cloud Vendor: AWS – landslide of 55.5%
Closest rival Google with 16.6%, Microsoft Azure with 14.9%
  • Best NAS Vendor: Seagate – tight competition of 32.1%
Against WD with 29.8%, and Synology with 17%
  • Best Big Data Vendor: Teradata – 42.3%
With Cloudera tagging behind with 28.4%, Fusionex 11.2%
  • Best Data Protection Vendor: Commvault – close call of 31.6%
Followed closely by Barracuda with 26.2%, Storagecraft coming in at 14.9%
  • Best Flash Storage Vendor: Dell EMC – good run with 26%
Followed by NetApp at 16.2%, and HDS 16.1%
  • Best Disaster Recovery Vendor: Dell EMC landslide 59.6%
Zerto 13.8%, DoubleTake 11.4%
  • Best Software Defined Storage Vendor: VMware swept 37.7%
Next on the board Dell EMC 15.7%, RedHat 13%
  • Best Data/Storage M&A: Landslide Dell EMC 52.4%
NetApp/SolidFire fought it out with Cisco/CliQr at 19.9% and 18.7% respectively.
  • Best Data Security Vendor: Symantec by huge margin 45.7%
Closest rival Carbon Black 14.3%, Check point 11.3%
  • Best Data/Storage Newcomer: Box with 34.3%
Coming in with 25.7% DriveScale, Datto takes third with 10.6%

Congratulations to all the winners and to those who weren’t featured this time around – we want you to know, all of you put up an incredible fight. A lot of the votes were very close calls and for many categories, the distributions were quite even – so be proud! You have worked hard and proven yourselves this year to be very formidable rivals to these winners.

And to all the winners – nudge your boss for a company dinner to celebrate? Pop the secret stash of wine, bring out your best tea/coffee, grab a cake, order pizza, bring out the expensive chocolates! You know it’s hiding in the office somewhere. (Ahem. Personally, this editor runs on coffee. And pizza. Just add coffee when grumpy.)

And with that, I, Satoko Omata, sign off for this award season as Senior Journalist and acting Editor for Data & Storage ASEAN. The 2016 awards a wonderful success and we will see you again next year!

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful year ahead!

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