Cisco continued its networking dominance this year with a big win in the Enterprise Networking Infrastructure category. Cisco won two of three subcategories by significant scores, ceding only the financial satisfaction subcategory to Hewlett-Packard by a slim margin, and won the overall Channel Champ award by nearly three full points. Cisco won this category last year as well, followed by Juniper and HP-although all three vendors boosted their overall scores.
For Cisco, the win is a validation for the refocused and restructured company, which spent much of 2012 rallying around the core businesses that made Cisco the networking leader. While competition and pricing pressure have increased in recent years, Cisco has kept its enterprise routers and switches at the top of the hill.