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IT Brand Pulse 2015 Flash Storage Innovation Leader Awards (Voted by IT Pros) — Presented at FMS


IT Brand Pulse will be honoring the 2015 Innovation Leaders for Flash Storage, as voted on by IT professionals in the recent annual survey. Thirteen product categories are represented, as well as two special achievement awards for Contributions to Innovation over the last five years. Top vendors will be on hand to accept award plaques and receive public recognition. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will take place in two parts:

Wednesday, August 12
2015 Special Achievement Awards - Contributions to Flash Innovation (2010 – 2015)
11:30 am — Mission City Ballroom (immediately before keynote)
2015 Flash Storage Innovation Leader Awards (13 product categories)
5:30 pm — IT Brand Pulse Stage (#325 in Exhibit Area)

About The IT Brand Pulse Leader Awards

eBay winner

eBay was voted by IT Pros in in 2014 for a special achievement award, Contributions to Innovation in All Flash Storage Arrays (2009-2014). Pictured: Russ McElroy, Manager, Storage Engineering, eBay. Click here to see past Innovation Leader winners.

The IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership; covering hundreds of IT categories each year – from servers, storage and networking to cloud, software and other broad IT market segments. The surveys measure the perceptions of IT professionals in large enterprise, medium enterprise and HPC environments. Winners are voted by IT pros in surveys that are independent, non-sponsored research. The surveys are designed to capture the pulse of brand leadership in different product categories. Within each product category, respondents choose the overall market leader, as well as the leader in price, performance, reliability, service and support, and innovation.

“The IT Brand Pulse awards reflect the judgment of major customers and key IT personnel at important data centers. They are the only awards based on the experience of those who actually buy and use the products,” said Lance Leventhal, Program Chairperson, FMS. “Regular surveys assure that the responses are recent and up-to-date. Receiving an IT Brand Pulse award shows that a company is doing the job where it really counts – in the field!”

Respondents to Recent Surveys (partial list)

  • AT&T - Server Administrator/Architect
  • Bank of America - Data Center Manager
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Storage Administrator/Architect
  • Boeing - Data Center Manager;
  • Citigroup - Network Administrator/Architect
  • City of Los Angeles - IT Manager/Director
  • Delta Airlines - Server Administrator/Architect
  • Duke University - IT Manager/Director
  • ExxonMobil - Network Administrator/Architect
  • Fermilab - Network Administrator/Architect
  • Ford Motor Company – Storage Administrator/Architect
  • GE - IT Manager/Director
  • JP Morgan - IT Manager/Director
  • Lowe's - Storage Administrator/Architect
  • NASA - IT Manager/Director
  • PepsiCo – Storage Administrator/Architect
  • Stanford University - Network Administrator/Architect
  • Staples - Network Administrator/Architect
  • Target - IT Manager/Director
  • Transamerica - Storage Administrator/Architect
  • Universal Parks and Resort - IT Manager/Director…among many others…

2015 Flash Storage Innovation Leader Product Categories

All Flash Converged Systems, All Flash Fibre Channel Arrays, All Flash Hyperconverged Systems, All Flash InfiniBand Arrays, All Flash iSCSI Arrays, All Flash NAS Arrays, All Flash PCIe Adapters, All Flash Unified SAN/NAS Arrays, Flash Caching Software, Hybrid HDD/SSD Arrays, Memory Channel Storage, SAS/SATA SSD Modules and SSD Controller Chips.

IT Pros were also asked to vote for who contributed most to innovation over the last five years in two Flash Storage categories: 3D NAND Flash and Flash Storage Deployment.

About IT Brand Pulse

IT Brand Pulse is a trusted source of research, data and analysis about private, public and hybrid cloud IT infrastructure, including servers, storage, networking and operating platforms. It is headed by CEO/Senior Analyst Frank Berry, former VP Marketing at QLogic and Quantum, and a 30-year veteran of the technology industry Learn more at

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