MIDRANGE SERVERS (MORE THAN $25,000 IN PRICE)
Cisco may be the server newcomer, but it is moving into the data center at warp speed thanks to its large networking presence and to solid partnerships with storage behemoths EMC and NetApp. Cisco's strategy of focusing less on selling a server and more on selling a solution including servers, networking and storage appears to be paying off for the company in the channel.
It was voted Midrange Servers Channel Champ over its much older and larger competitors including HP, IBM and Dell. Solid support and financial satisfaction ratings overcame a tie with HP for second place after IBM in the technical satisfaction ratings.