SMB Network Storage: Buffalo Technology
CEO: Hajime Nakai
This is a product category that EMC has won handily each year. But in 2012 the category champion found itself challenged by Buffalo Technology, which took second place. This year Buffalo usurped EMC's dominance, beating the storage system giant by nearly 2 points with an overall score of 86.1. But it wasn't a clean sweep for Buffalo. While the upstart outscored EMC and other competitors such as Dell, D-Link and Hewlett-Packard in support and partnership, EMC retained its lead in product innovation with a 91.8 score to Buffalo's 90.4.