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The Best Of The Best: CRN's 2018 Annual Report Card Awards

HPE Aruba, Sophos and Fortinet were among the companies taking top honors at XChange 2018 in the 33rd consecutive Annual Report Card awards.

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And The Award Goes To…

Some 280 solution providers from across the country gathered in San Antonio, Tex., to celebrate the 24 winners of the 33rd consecutive CRN Annual Report Card awards.

Thousands of solution providers cast their votes for the ARC awards, scoring vendors in the categories of partnership, support, product innovation, and managed and cloud services. The winners were recognized at an awards ceremony on Aug. 21 at XChange 2018.

Read on to find out which vendors were voted the best of the best by solution providers.

For a detailed wrap up of the complete Annual Report Card scores, see 2018 Annual Report Card Winners: Solution Providers Give Top Marks To Key Vendors.



The most sophisticated IT systems can't help a business when they go down due to a power failure or other disaster. To keep their customers up and running, solution providers work closely with companies that develop key power protection and management technology.

Winning this year's award for Product Innovation in the Power Protection and Management category is APC, which received a score of 90.6.

Katie Boeh, APC Director of Channel Marketing and Communications, accepted the award from CRN Executive Editor, News, Steve Burke.


Aruba, A Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Networks are the backbone of corporate IT, tying together all IT resources and handling ever-greater volumes of data and communications traffic. That means that suppliers of network systems are playing an ever-more critical role in today's IT infrastructure industry.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, was one of the biggest winners in this year's ARC, sweeping the Enterprise Networking Infrastructure (83.0 overall score) and Enterprise Wireless LANs (86.6 overall score) categories, and winning top scores in product innovation, support and partnership and winning best overall score (85.5) in SMB Networking.

Donna Grothjan, Aruba Vice President of Worldwide Channels, accepted the awards from CRN Executive Editor, News, Steve Burke.


Buffalo Technology

Keeping data safe and secure is a key need that businesses are asking their solution providers to meet these days. And that's driving the demand for external data storage technologies.

Buffalo Technology is this year's winner in SMB External Storage Hardware, sweeping the category and garnering an overall score of 89.9. The company's scores for Support (90.0) and Partnership (95.5) were the highest across all technology categories.

Daisuke Maki, CEO of Buffalo Americas, accepted the awards from CRN Executive Editor, News, Steve Burke.



Collaboration software has emerged as a critical technology area in recent years, helping employees work together – whether sitting side by side or around the world – and making them more productive.

Cisco outscored the competition in this category in Product Innovation with a score of 90.6.

David Stearns, Americas Collaboration Director, Americas Partner Organization, accepted the award from CRN Executive Editor, News, Steve Burke.

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