Cisco has taken its original mix of networking infrastructure products and moved into a variety of adjacent markets including unified communications, servers, wireless, security and more. It has made investments in a number of emerging technologies, such as software-defined networking and virtualization security, and has unveiled its Cloud Connect platform. All the while the company continues to build its model on leveraging the channel, and the channel has remained loyal to them as a result.
This year Cisco won 16 ARC awards, including sweeping unified communications, enterprise networking infrastructure and midrange servers. The company also scored highest in support and overall in SMB networking hardware, received top scores in support and tied for the overall win in network security appliances. Edison Peres (second from left), senior vice president of worldwide channels, and his team accept the ARC awards from CRN’s Kelley Damore and Steve Burke.