It’s time to open the virtual envelope and announce the winners of the Citrix Ready StorageLink Challenge video competition. If you haven’t a clue what this is about, here’s a reminder:

We invited our storage vendor partners to demonstrate to the market what makes their solutions unique, in the Citrix Ready StorageLink Challenge. We asked them to prepare a short video that showcases their product capabilities and its integration with StorageLink. Seven partners responded – DataCore, Dell, GreenBytes, HP, LSI, NetApp, and Nexenta.

Here are their videos so you can see for yourself the creative ways our partners found to promote their products.

We judged the winners in the following categories:

  1. Best storage for Desktop Virtualization deployments
  2. Best storage savings (TCO)
  3. Best performance
  4. Most innovative video

The first three categories were judged by me, John Fanelli and Chris Wolf (blog) of the Burton Group.

  1. Best storage for Desktop Virtualization: NetApp
  2. Best storage savings (TCO): HP
  3. Best performance: GreenBytes

We asked the Citrix Community to vote for the most innovative video. The StorageLink Challenge page was viewed more than 10,000 times during the contest, and the most watched video is the entry from LSI with 2,070 views. The second most viewed video is from HP with 2,050 views, with Dell at 1,900. The total number of videos played was in excess of 9,000.

Votes from the community in the category of “Most innovative video” resulted in a close tie between Dell and LSI with both winning 31% of the total votes cast.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who participated and voted.