Published On: Tue, Apr 18th, 2017

ACG Research Announces 2016 Omega Winners: Cavium, Cisco, HPE, Intel, Ixia and Red Hat

The Omega Award recognizes industry excellence in product innovation and message marketing

ACG Research has announced its 2016 Omega Award for excellence. The Omega Award recognizes excellence in product innovation, message marketing in HotSeat, Whiteboard and Spotlight Innovation videos. Awards are determined by customer ratings, video views and feedback from service providers, enterprises and the financial community. These videos discuss the key points and advantages of the vendor’s product, outline concepts related to the topic, present a deep dive into the issues significant to the company and its customers and focus on fundamental innovations of the vendor’s product, service, and platform to highlight the nature of the innovations and their role in enabling the value proposition.

The Omega Award also recognizes operational excellence. Vendors winning this award demonstrate operation excellence and sustainability as measured by ACG’s financial vendor index. The vendors’ performance scores are calculated using 11 ratios and Z scores, subdivided into two categories: sustainability and operational; the data originates from annual reports, and quarterly filings. The index examines standard financial ratios related to profitability and liquidity, which are validated by Wall Street. An average of all ratios across all vendors was defined as the index. The goal of the index service is to create an industry baseline that takes the vendors in targeted sectors and creates an industry average to determine vendors’ risk levels.

Winners Cavium, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Ixia and Red Hat were cited and honored because “of their achievements in the areas of product innovation, message marketing or operational excellence,” said Ray Mota, CEO, ACG Research.

Cavium, winner of the Trailblazing Innovation award in open networking technologies, was cited for addressing issues with for conventional networking platforms, which have come under pressure in the past five years for their comparatively closed designs, relatively slow pace of innovation, customers’ needs to do more for less, and customers’ requirements for flexibility and innovation. Cavium has addressed these goals on several levels in different categories of need. It has incorporated its XPliant packet switching technology into the Open Computing Project’s networking initiative in an approved set of designs, making it available in parallel to Broadcom’s technologies to platform builders looking to take advantage of its functions. It has innovated in general purpose computing platforms by bringing its ThunderX ARM processing family to market as an alternative solution to Intel’s x86 designs for workloads service providers value highly in IoT and other deployments. The company has embraced the evolution of mobile networking toward ultra-broadband, diverse, 5G deployments by innovating toward system on a chip (SoC) designs for hetnet RANs in its Octeon line of processors. In each of these areas Cavium is pushing the industry forward to more for less, and to do it with great flexibility. By doing this it is helping the industry move forward more rapidly toward goals its customers and stakeholders clearly value. For those achievements.

This year, Cisco won two awards. For the Hotseat Video award Cisco and Ixia share the award for Performance, Success & Visibility: You Can’t Secure What You Can’t See HotSeat. In this video Wendy Bahr, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Organization, Cisco Systems, Lori Cornmesser, Vice President of Global Channel Sales at Ixia and Ray Mota, CEO, ACG Research, discuss Ixia’s integrated architecture solution that works with the Cisco Nexus 3K switch and what it means to customers and, more importantly, the channel. They talk about why the partnership simplifies deployments and engagements with a compelling solution that addresses visibility, security with a world-class switch.

Additionally, for the third year in row Cisco has continued to demonstrate operational excellence and sustainability as measured by ACG’s financial vendor index, winning the Trusted Vendor award. Factors contributing to its sustainability include a very high operating margin (25%) primarily due to continued productivity improvements; effective asset utilization for each fixed-asset dollar; high receivables efficiency ratio, indicating aligned credit policy; high R&D potential allocated (more than $1.5 B to R&D each quarter in past two years); efficient inventory management; net cash ratio is highest in the industry; and continued solid performance of WebEx and ACI platforms. The company continues to focus on focus on innovation in areas such as security, collaboration, and next-generation data center.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel were awarded the Thought Leadership Video award for Is IoT the Driver for NFV within CSPs? This TelecomTV Superpanel video sponsored by our winners brought together an exceptional team of very senior NFV experts in a lively and informative debate examining the proposition that IoT is a major driver for NFV in communication service provider networks.

Red Hat has been award its Omega for Sustained Innovation at the leading edge in open computing for cloud and NFV. Red Hat pioneered the subscription-based open source business model with its Enterprise Linux OS distribution. That platform earned a significant user and partner base in the service provider community over the past decade. Building on that track record the company has been a prominent contributor to the OpenStack cloud computing platform for the past five years. In the past two years, it has become the most prominent open source distribution for OpenStack in NFV in the service provider market. In addition to its own distribution, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is now included as a partner offering in Cisco, Dell EMC, Ericsson, HPE, NEC and Nokia cloud and NFV solution offerings. In addition to its OpenStack contributions Red Hat has been making substantial contributions to open source efforts toward orchestration via the Ansible open source community, and toward continuous innovation via its OpenShift devops platform.

Congratulation to all of the winners!