IT industry association CompTIA has unveiled the Big Three from its recently concluded ChannelCon event, held in Phoenix earlier this month. Best of ChannelCon recognition, as determined via voting by ChannelCon attendees, was bestowed a trio of prestigious tech firms: computer-making titan Dell (Best Hardware), business cloud provider Intermedia (Best Services), and data management group StorageCraft (Best Software). It was an especially auspicious ChannelCon for StorageCraft, which also claimed an overall Best of Show recognition.
CompTIA exec Nancy Hammervik said in a press release announcing the awards that making a splash at ChannelCon is no small feat. “The Best of ChannelCon awards carry added significance because the winners are selected by their industry partners and peers,” Hammervik said.
StorageCraft, based in Draper, Utah, adjoining Utah’s tech-heavy “Silicon Slopes” region, was founded in 2003. The company develops and distributes top-caliber data management tools, providing software solutions for data protection, data backup, disaster recovery, system migration and virtualization. Storagecraft technologies are designed to be implemented at all levels of data storage, ranging from servers to laptops.
Intermedia, which shares its name (but not its corporate DNA) with the Hollywood production companies behind such films as Adaptation, The Aviator, Basic Instinct 2 and Terminator Salvation, was founded in 1995 and has corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. Intermedia provides cloud services to “small and medium-sized businesses,” with 60,000 customers worldwide.
In addition to its Best Services win, Intermedia claimed victory in the ChannelCon 2014 Recruitment Challenge, for recruiting the greatest number of channel partners to attend the conference.
Dell, which bears the name of founder Michael Dell (ranked last year by Forbes as the 40th-richest billionaire in the world at age 49), is one of the largest technology corporations in the world, with a global workforce of more than 108,000 employees. Headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, Dell had revenues in excess of $59 billion in 2013.
In making their determination, the more than 1,800 ChannelCon attendees had to choose between 145 tech firms present at the event. ChannelCon 2015 will be held Aug. 3-5 next year in Chicago. Many of the proceedings of ChannelCon 2014 are available via video-on-demand.