Unlike Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won his first Oscar in 2016 for survival epic The Revenant, after six nominations, Mellanox Technologies took home the title of “Outstanding Components Vendor” in the Light Reading 2016 Leading Lights Awards with our FIRST TRY. This award is given to the components vendor that stands out from its competitors, is consistently innovative and trendsetting in the industry, makes investors proud and makes employees happy. You can see why we were thrilled to win, and why Mellanox deserves to be the winner.
The Leading Lights program, which is in its 12th year, has 26 core categories focusing on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services and strategies. The awards are given to companies that have shown prominent leadership and inventive thinking in their fields for the past year. Judging was conducted by Light Reading’s editors and the analyst team from Heavy Reading, and the winners were announced at an awards dinner at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas, on Monday, May 23 to coincide with the Big Communications Event. Kevin Deierling, our VP of Marketing, Chris Shea, our VP of Business Development for the CSP vertical, and I were able to attend and accept the award in person on behalf of Mellanox Technologies.
As part of the celebration, Mellanox had sponsored a table at the award dinner to share this moment with our valuable customers, partners and friends from the cloud and NFV ecosystem including Affirmed Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Verizon, Technicolor, Nokia and Heavy Reading.
The more amazing thing is, the Mellanox table won the largest number of awards! Out of the six companies represented on our table, we were honored with a total of four trophies including Affirmed Networking winning “Private Company of the Year”, Technicolor honored for “Best New Cable Product”, and Nokia hailed to have the “Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy”. In addition, the Mellanox table also won the loudest cheering table at the award dinner!
We are thrilled! We are also grateful of the recognition from Light Reading, thank you Steve Saunders and Ray Le Maistre. Based on the volume and quality of entries, as well as how seriously the industry takes these awards, we were very excited and proud to accept it. I’d say it’s even better than an Oscar!