Several prizes were won by the products we work with every single day. The subtitle says “Independent Voice of the Microsoft IT Community”. Well I don’t know the magazine very well so I will not begin to doubt that it is. It’s always nice winning prizes, especially if VMware comes in second.
Best Virtual Server Product
6 products in category
Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V, 30.7 percent, Winner
VMware vSphere, 29.2 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner, Five-Star Award
An upset! Finally, Hyper-V, which had been slowly closing the gap, takes this category over 2009 Grand Slam winner VMware. However, vSphere, now ISV Winner five years running, still merits a Five-Star Award honor. For what it’s worth, though, Microsoft is reaching the virtualization market, at least among Redmond readers.
Best Storage Management Product
38 products in category
Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, 15.1 percent, Winner
Acronis Backup and Recovery Advanced Server, 12.9 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner
EMC ControlCenter SRM Software, 7.9 percent, Preferred Product
Symantec Storage Central, 7.9 percent, Preferred Product
Best Clustering and Failover Solution
11 products in category
Microsoft Windows Server Clustering Services, 29.5 percent, Winner, Five-Star Award
VMware Fault Tolerance, 24.2 percent, Preferred Product, ISV Winner
Barracuda Load Balancer, 9.6 percent, Preferred Product
The margin closes every year, but Microsoft Windows Server Clustering Services held off VMware Fault Tolerance this year to earn a Five-Star Award. The VMware product, having won consecutive ISV awards. Barracuda Load Balancer jumped into Preferred Product status after being shut out in 2009.