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IT Brand Pulse 2014 SSD Innovation Leader Awards (Voted by IT Pros) Presented at FMS


IT Brand Pulse will be honoring the 2014 SSD Innovation Leaders, as voted on by IT professionals in the annual survey last month. Fourteen SSD product categories are represented, as well as three special achievement awards for Contributions to SSD Innovation. Many top vendors, like you, 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:

2014 Special Achievement Awards -Contributions to SSD Innovation
Wednesday, August 6 at 11:30 am Mission City Ballroom
(Immediately before Steve Wozniak’s Keynote)
2014 SSD Innovation Leader Awards (14 product categories)
Wednesday, August 6 at 3:30 pm
FMS Theatre (in Exhibit Area)

About The IT Brand Pulse Leader Awards

Facebook winner

Santosh Janardhan, Manager, Database Administration and Storage Systems, accepts the award plaque from IT Brand Pulse on behalf of Facebook and talks about being honored for “Contributions to SSD Adoption, 2008-2013”. The special achievement, as voted by IT pros in last year’s SSD survey, was presented at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit.

The IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership: covering a wide range of products including networking, servers, and storage, and measuring 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, Flash Memory Summit. “Monthly 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!”

Press Release: IT Brand Pulse Presenting Awards to 2014 SSD Innovation Leaders at Flash Memory Summit

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…

2014 SSD Innovation Leader Product Categories

All Flash Fibre Channel, All Flash InfiniBand, All Flash iSCSI, All Flash NAS, All Flash Unified, Hybrid HDD/SSD, SAS/SATA Module, SSD Controller Chip, All Flash System Management Software, Flash Cache Software, Virtual Server Cache Software, PCIe SSD DAS Adapter, PCIe SSD SAN Adapter, and Memory Channel Storage.

IT Pros were also asked to vote for: INDIVIDUAL who contributed most to innovation in All Flash Storage Arrays during the last 5 years (2009-2014); IT ORGANIZATION that has contributed most to innovation in All Flash Storage Arrays during the last 5 years (2009-2014), and the COMPANY/ORGANIZATION that has contributed most to innovation in Enterprise-Class Cloud Storage during the last 5 years (2009-2014).

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

IT Brand Pulse