Network Security Appliances: Cisco And SonicWall
CEO: John Chambers (Cisco) and Matthew Medeiros (SonicWall)
Last year's No. 1 vendor in this segment, SonicWall, tied for top honors overall with Cisco. Each earned scores of 83.0, lower than SonicWall's 87.5 in 2011. Although SonicWall won in the product innovation subcategory, and Cisco took the support subcategory, a third vendor -- Fortinet -- won in partnership. Third-place overall, Fortinet was just barely out of first place, missing the winner's circle by half a point.