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RCP Reader's Choice Awards: Best IT Products and Services of 2016

The results are in for the first-ever Redmond Channel Partner magazine Reader's Choice awards.

We wanted to know what you saw as the best products of 2016 in 23 different categories. Awards covered all the elements critical to a Microsoft partner's business -- from software and hardware to cloud services and vendor programs.

The survey was open for three weeks in late August and early September, and 375 of you cast your ballots. For each category, the platinum award goes to the top vote-getter, followed by gold, then silver.

Here are the products, services and programs that you said were the very best on the market.

2016 Winners List

ANTI-VIRUS SOLUTION
Platinum Award: Avira
Gold Award: McAfee
Silver Award: Symantec (Norton)

BACKUP AND RECOVERY SOLUTION
Platinum Award: Axcient
Gold Award: Veeam
Silver Award: Acronis

2-TIER CSP DISTRIBUTOR
Platinum Award: SherWeb
Gold Award: Rackspace
Silver Award: AppRiver and Ingram Micro (tie)

SAAS APPLICATION PROVIDER
Platinum Award: Salesforce
Gold Award: Microsoft
Silver Award: Amazon

DESKTOP HARDWARE
Platinum Award: Dell
Gold Award: Acer
Silver Award: HP

LAPTOPS
Platinum Award: Lenovo
Gold Award: Dell
Silver Award: Apple and HP (tie)

CLOUD FILE SHARING SOLUTION
Platinum Award: Dropbox
Gold Award: Hightail
Silver Award: Microsoft

DISTRIBUTION PARTNER
Platinum Award: Ingram Micro
Gold Award: Arrow Electronics
Silver Award: Tech Data and Synnex (tie)

HYBRID/CONVERTIBLE PC
Platinum Award: Microsoft
Gold Award: Vaio
Silver Award: HP

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AUTOMATION (PSA) PLATFORM
Platinum Award: Tigerpaw
Gold Award: Autotask
Silver Award: ConnectWise

REMOTE MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT (RMM) PLATFORM
Platinum Award: Solarwinds MSP
Gold Award: Pulseway
Silver Award: Kaseya and LabTech (tie)

INTEGRATED RMM/PSA SUITE
Platinum Award: Solarwinds MSP
Gold Award: ConnectWise
Silver Award: Autotask

CLOUD MIGRATION SOLUTION
Platinum Award: BitTitan
Gold Award: Microsoft
Silver Award: SkyKick and Kaseya (tie)

PUBLIC CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE
Platinum Award: Amazon
Gold Award: Fujitsu
Silver Award: Microsoft

MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
Platinum Award: Microsoft
Gold Award: AppTec
Silver Award: VMware

SERVER HARDWARE
Platinum Award: Dell
Gold Award: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Supermicro (tie)
Silver Award: Cisco

SMARTPHONE
Platinum Award: Apple
Gold Award: Samsung
Silver Award: Google

BACKUP AND RECOVERY HARDWARE
Platinum Award: QNAP
Gold Award: Synology
Silver Award: Barracuda

UPS AND POWER CONDITIONING
Platinum Award: APC/Schneider Electric
Gold Award: Eaton
Silver Award: CyberPower

BROWSER
Platinum Award: Google Chrome
Gold Award: Mozilla Firefox
Silver Award: Microsoft Edge

SHAREPOINT TOOL
Platinum Award: Accellion
Gold Award: Nintex
Silver Award: Dell and Metalogix (tie)

SOFTWARE-BASED FIREWALL
Platinum Award: Privacyware
Gold Award: Checkpoint
Silver Award: Symantec

HARDWARE-BASED FIREWALL
Platinum Award: Adtran
Gold Award: Cisco
Silver Award: FireEye