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RCP Reader's Choice Awards 2017: The Year's Top Products for Microsoft Partners

The very best in each of 23 categories as chosen by the RCP audience.

A well-run Microsoft partner's business depends on multiple vendor relationships.

To find out which vendors are most important to that business, we asked the experts, our readers, to decide. Hundreds of you responded to our online ballot invitations in August and September of this year.

The results are in for the second Redmond Channel Partner Reader's Choice Awards, covering everything you sell to customers along with the critical services and programs you use internally to run your own business. On the sell side, categories range from security products to desktop hardware to cloud services. On the internal use side, they include critical tools like managed services provider tools and Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programs. For each category, the platinum award goes to the top vote-getter, followed by gold, then silver.

2017 Winners List

Listed here are the very best in each of 23 categories from among hundreds of choices in the complex Microsoft ecosystems.

ANTI-VIRUS SOLUTION
Platinum Award: Kaspersky
Gold Award: Microsoft
Silver Award: Symantec (Norton)

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

CSP INDIRECT DISTRIBUTOR
Platinum Award: SherWeb
Gold Award: Rackspace
Silver Award: Tech Data and Ingram Micro (tie)

SOFTWARE-AS-A-SERVICE APP PROVIDER
Platinum Award: Microsoft
Gold Award: Amazon
Silver Award: Salesforce

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

LAPTOPS
Platinum Award: Lenovo
Gold Award: Dell
Silver Award: Apple

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

DISTRIBUTION PARTNER
Platinum Award: Ingram Micro
Gold Award: Tech Data
Silver Award:Synnex

HYBRID/CONVERTIBLE PC
Platinum Award: Microsoft
Gold Award: Lenovo
Silver Award: Dell

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

REMOTE MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT (RMM) PLATFORM
Platinum Award: Kaseya
Gold Award: Solarwinds MSP
Silver Award: ConnectWise

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

CLOUD MIGRATION SOLUTION
Platinum Award: BitTitan
Gold Award: Kaseya
Silver Award: SkyKick

PUBLIC CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE
Platinum Award: Microsoft Azure
Gold Award:Amazon Web Services
Silver Award: Google Cloud Platform

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

SERVER HARDWARE
Platinum Award: Dell
Gold Award: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Silver Award: Intel

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

BACKUP AND RECOVERY HARDWARE
Platinum Award: Barracuda, EMC (tie)
Gold Award: Datto
Silver Award: Unitrends

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 Internet Explorer

SHAREPOINT TOOL
Platinum Award: Nintex
Gold Award: Sharegate
Silver Award: Accellion and AvePoint (tie)

SOFTWARE-BASED FIREWALL
Platinum Award: Fortinet
Gold Award: Kaspersky
Silver Award: Webroot

HARDWARE-BASED FIREWALL
Platinum Award: Cisco
Gold Award: Fortinet
Silver Award: SonicWall