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Since 1976, Black Box Network Services has been dedicated to delivering high-quality, trusted communications services and technology product solutions backed by outstanding technical support and service. In acknowledgement of that commitment, Black Box has been recognized with the following awards:

2014

Black Box ClimateCab Environmentally-Controlled Cabinets Win 2014 Commercial Integrator BEST Award
The cabinets provide a cost-efficient method for cooling equipment outside of the data center in remote locations, wiring closets, and industrial areas.

Cisco Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star
Black Box achieved a Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star from Cisco® for delivering outstanding customer service to customers in the U.S. Black Box is also a Cisco Gold Certified Partner.

ShoreTel Platinum Partner
In the past year, Black Box was elevated from a Gold Partner to a Platinum Partner. This is the highest designation possible, and Black Box is only one of seven Platinum partners worldwide.

ShoreTel Honors Black Box with Customer Experience Award
This award exemplifies the best in delivering innovative products and services to ShoreTel customers.

Black Box Named 2014 Channel Partners 360 Top 10 Winner
Channel Partners magazine, a resource for indirect sales channels offering IT and telecom solutions, named Black Box Network Services a Top 10 winner of the 2014 Channel Partners 360 Business Value Awards. The awards recognize companies providing holistic telecom and IT solutions that deliver business value to their customers.

AVST Recognizes Black Box
Black Box achieved a top partner status with AVST by earning the Highest Overall Sales Award for North America.

Black Box Wins a Silver Stevie Award for Customer Service
Black Box won a Silver Award in the 2014 Stevie® Awards in the Customer Service Department of the Year, Computer Hardware category.

Black Box Receives 5-Star Rating from CRN
Black Box was recognized by CRN’s 5-Star Partner Program Guide as an elite Partner Program Guide Vendor offering the best resources and elements through their partner channel program. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

EncrypTight™ named as Most Innovative End-to-End Encryption Solution
Cyber Defense Magazine, the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine, has named Black Box’s EncrypTight WAN encryption solution The Most Innovative End-to-End Security Solution.

EncrypTight™ Named a Finalist in Best Products Awards
Network Product Guide Names EncrypTight a Finalist in the 2013 Best Products Awards in the Security Hardware category.

3-Series Lockable Patch Cables Named Best Physical Security Solution
Cyber Defense Magazine the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine, has named Black Box’s 3-Series Lockable Patch Cables the Best Physical Security Solution.

3-Series Lockable Patch Cables a Silver Award Winner
Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, named 3-Series Lockable Patch Cables a Silver Award Winner in the 10th Annual Global Excellence Awards in the Best Security Hardware Product category.

2013

Black Box Achieves Cisco Master Managed Services Certification and Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization
This distinguishes Black Box as having the highest level of expertise in managed services and recognizes its investment in the ITIL® (IT Infrastructure Library) processes, practices and tools. Black Box also achieved Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization, which recognizes the fulfillment of training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, design and deploy comprehensive Cisco Data Center solutions.

Black Box Named 2012 Supplier of the Year by Day & Zimmermann
This is the highest honor Day & Zimmermann bestows on its suppliers and it recognized Black Box for delivering outstanding service. Black Box provides voice and infrastructure to Day & Zimmermann on a global basis.

Black Box Wins Channel Partners 360° Award
This award recognizes communications systems providers who deliver best-in-class solutions for the indirect sales channel.

Network Products Guide Names EncrypTight a Silver Award Winner
Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, has named EncrypTight™ a Silver Award winner in the Security Hardware category in its 8th annual 2013 Best Products Awards. These prestigious industry and peer awards awards honor achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry.

Black Box Wins Stevie® Awards for Customer Service
Black Box was voted the favorite customer service provider in the Computer Hardware category in the 2013 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards. Black Box also won a Bronze award in the Customer Service Department of the Year, Computer Hardware category.

EncrypTight™ Named a Silver Award Winner in 2013 Global Excellence Awards
Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named the Black Box EncrypTight appliance a silver award winner in its 2013 Global Excellence Awards in the Encryption/Smart Cards category. These prestigious global awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, groundbreaking products and solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.

Black Box Receives 5-Star Rating from CRN
Black Box was recognized by CRN’s 5-Star Partner Program Guide as an elite Partner Program Guide Vendor, offering solution providers the best resources and elements through their partner channel program.

2012

ShoreTel Honors Black Box for Outstanding Achievement in Customer Satisfaction
Only the top 10 percent of ShoreTel resellers receive this recognition. ShoreTel uses Net Promoter Score, which is a stringent measure of satisfaction, as a way to measure customer satisfaction.

Black Box Wins Multichannel Merchant Gold Award
Multichannel Merchant honored Black Box for excellence in cross-channel marketing in the business-to-business, large company category. Black Box won for its 2012 AV, Multimedia, and Digital Signage campaign, which consisted of a print catalog, an e-catalog, end user and reseller e-mails, videos, case studies, trade shows, social media, print ads, articles, and more. Criteria included creativity, marketing strategy, return on investment, sales performance, and customer service.

Black Box Recognized by Cisco for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
Black Box received a Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star from Cisco for delivering outstanding customer service to customers in the U.S.

Black Box’s iCOMPEL™ WDS Receives 2011 TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award
This award from TMC recognized the most innovative products and services brought to market from March 2011–March 2012. Black Box’s iCOMPEL WDS wearable digital signage system consists of a player no bigger than a nametag that shows full-motion, customized video loops, and it supports global content uploads and updates when used with the Black Box iCOMPEL EDS.

Black Box Named to InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators
Black Box was recognized for innovative technology for the consolidation and relocation of the company’s data center through virtualization and centralization. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique because they emphasize innovation in IT rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

GCN Named Black Box® ServSwitch™ Secure the Product of the Month in August
Government Contracting News (GCN) recognized the ServSwitch Secure KVM Switch for going far beyond the required levels to keep government data secure.

Black Box Secures 31st Spot in Prestigious CRN Solution Provider 500 List
The annual list, previously called the VAR 500, includes the largest integrators, service providers, and IT consultants in North America. Black Box has been recognized by CRN for the 11th year in a row.

Digital Signage Association Industrial Excellence Awards Honor Black Box’s iCOMPEL™ Deployment
The iCOMPEL digital signage installation for Joy Mining Company was named Best Corporate Digital Signage Deployment.

2011

Black Box Wins Two Top Awards from AVST
Black Box was recognized in 2011 for Highest Overall Sales and Highest Individual Sale. The award for the largest U.S. sale was for a Black Box AVST deployment at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

SC Magazine Gave the Veri-NAC™ a Five-Star Rating
Veri-NAC earned five stars indicating “Outstanding in all respects—an A’ on the product’s report card,” based on a review in six categories: features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support, and value for money, as well as an overall rating. Five stars is the highest rating a product can receive. The review staff was particularly impressed with the Veri-NAC product price point and its ease of use. The magazine’s reviews are highly regarded in the security industry because they are so rigorous and involve two sets of tests.

EncrypTight™ and ServSwitch™ Secure Are Finalists in Network Products Guide 2011 Awards
The EncrypTight WAN encryption device and the ServSwitch Secure KVM switch were named finalists in the 2011 Product Innovations portion of the Network Products Guide Best Products and Services awards.

iCOMPEL™ Finalist in AV Technology Magazine 2011 End-User Awards
The iCOMPEL digital signage platform was honored in the Best User-Friendly Digital Signage category. Entrants were judged on ease of use, reliability, overall network impact (if applicable), and ROI.

TMC Communications Names the iCOMPEL™ As One of Its Products of the Year
This is the third straight year that Black Box has received the award for iCOMPEL, a comprehensive line of browser-based, networked appliances and players for delivering dynamic content to digital signage in small to medium businesses and organizations.

Network Products Guide Honors Three Black Box White Papers as Best White Papers
During its 2011 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, Network Products Guide, recognized the following Black Box white papers: A Beginner’s Guide to Cybercrime, CAT 6a F/UTP vs. UTP: What You Need to Know, and The Basics of NAC—Network Access Control.

InformationWeekAgain Names Black Box One of the 500 Most Innovative Users of Business Technology
The annual list, in its 23rd year, highlights IT innovation by identifying and recognizing business technology teams that have made a notable difference in how their companies do business.

Black Box Recognized by Cisco for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction in the U.S.
Black Box has received a Customer Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star from Cisco for delivering outstanding customer service in the U.S. Additionally, Black Box is a Cisco Gold Certified partner.

VirtuaCore™ Receives 2011 R&D 100 Award
R&D Magazine recognized the VirtuaCore desktop virtualization computer sharing system as a top technology product. The awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology.

ShoreTel Gives Black Box the Circle of Excellence Award
The Circle of Excellence Award, the highest honor ShoreTel bestows on a partner, recognizes achievements in sales and customer satisfaction.

Black Box Again Named to CRN Magazine’s Everything Channel VAR500 List
CRN Magazine’s VAR500 list ranks the top technology integrators in North America. It’s the who’s who of the solution provider community. In this 17th annual ranking, Black Box placed 27th, up from 69th last year. This marks Black Box’s highest VAR500 ranking to date.

Black Box® Catalog Wins Multichannel Merchant Award for 16th Consecutive Year
The 712-page 2010 catalog, known as “The Big Book,” won a Silver Award in the Computer and High-Tech Equipment category. The annual Multichannel Merchant awards are hosted by Multichannel Merchant magazine and honor print and Web merchandising.

Info Security Products Guide Names Veri-NAC™ and Intelli-Pass™ 2011 Global Excellence Award Winners
Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, named Black Box’s Veri-NAC network access control a winner in the Data Leakage-Protection/Extrusion Prevention category. It also named Black Box’s Intelli-Pass biometric access control a winner in the Intrusion Detection/Prevention category.

2010

Black Box Honored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA)
The AMA named Black Box the Marketer of the Year in the Technology category at its 2010 awards.

Black Box Veri-NAC™ Deployment Honored by Info Security Products Guide
Black Box’s network access control solution was cited for its deployment at Lane County Head Start. Veri-NAC helped the Head Start program’s IT department find problems instantly and keep unauthorized users off its network.

Intelli-Pass™ Recognized by Security Products
The Intelli-Pass biometric access control solution received the magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Award.

Everything Channel Named Black Box a CRN Tech Innovator for Its iCOMPEL™ Channel Solution
The award, which went to the Black Box iCOMPEL in the LCD Signage category, honors “innovative new solutions to bridge the widest gaps between current problems and solutions facing channel executives today.”

Black Box Honored As 2010 Top Partner by AVST
The Top Partner award is based on U.S. sales, and is comprised of sales numbers from all of 2009 and the first six months of 2010. AVST touted Black Box’s ability to match the solution to the client’s needs and Black Box’s high level of service.

Black Box Cited As One of InformationWeek’s 500 Most Innovative Users of Business Technology
The annual list recognizes business technology teams that have found innovative ways to drive revenue, increase collaboration, and sharpen use of analytics in their organizations.

Black Box® iCOMPEL™ Receives TMC Solutions Product of the Year Award
For the second year in a row, Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) named the iCOMPEL digital signage appliance its Communications Solution Product of the Year. TMC picks award recipients that have brought “the most innovative products and services to the market,” and cited iCOMPEL as an “outstanding” contribution to the communications industry for its simplicity, flexibility, and advanced capabilities.

Black Box Recognized by ShoreTel for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction
ShoreTel cited Black Box’s “world-class professionalism and customer care in network assessment, system design, project management, end-user training, and post-sale follow-up.” As a partner of ShoreTel, Black Box helps customers navigate voice over IP (VoIP) options, including LAN, WAN, call center, voice and data application integration, technology deployment, and training and support.

Premier Healthcare Honors iCOMPEL™ as an Innovator
At its 2010 awards, Premier cited Black Box’s iCOMPEL digital signage system as a top healthcare product innovation in the IT category.

The American Business Awards Names iCOMPEL™ a Stevie® Award Finalist
Black Box’s iCOMPEL digital signage system was recognized in the New Product or Service of the Year–Media and Entertainment category.

Black Box® Catalog wins Multichannel Merchant Award
The 2009 Black Box Catalog won a Silver award at the 27th annual Multichannel Merchant Awards. This marks the 15th consecutive year that Black Box has received honors from Multichannel Merchant magazine (formerly Catalog Age). The 620-page catalog, nicknamed the Big Book, showcases the company’s extensive range of communications, networking, and infrastructure products. The award is based on a points system for creative, merchandising, copy, customer service/navigation, and marketing execution.

SpaceGAIN™ Cables and Patch Panels from Black Box win Reader Trust Award from Network Products Guide
Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading information technology research and advisory guide, has named SpaceGAIN space-saving cables and patch panels a winner of the 2010 Best Products and Services Award. This respected annual award honors products and services that represent the rapidly changing needs and interests of technology end users worldwide.

Black Box Recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services North America
Gartner, Inc. placed Black Box in its Challengers quadrant for Communications Outsourcing and Professional Services (COPS). The evaluation criteria used for the COPS Magic Quadrant considered IT vendors’ ability to execute. Gartner examines the processes, methods, and procedures that enable providers to deliver these services as well as the completeness of vision surrounding market direction, innovation, customer needs, and competitive forces.

Black Box Receives Honda’s 2010 Supplier of the Year Award
Black Box has served Honda for more than five years, and this year it received the company’s 2010 Supplier of the Year Award. The honor was awarded to suppliers in 12 unique categories and recognized safety, quality, cost, development, and management for Honda’s Maintenance, Repair and Operational (MRO) business areas. Black Box received the award for Information Systems—Managed Services, which encompasses the management of servers, related hardware, and various software and mobile devices. Black Box supports Honda’s NEC and Cisco voice infrastructure as well as the integration of Cisco voice into Honda’s data infrastructure.

Black Box Named a Top 100 IT Integrator in the VAR500
CRN Magazine recognized Black Box Corporation as one of North America’s top technology integrators. This marks the ninth year in a row that Black Box is named a top 100 IT solution provider in the prestigious VAR500. The VAR500 lists the leading technology integrators with headquarters in North America based on worldwide gross revenue and earnings from professional and managed IT services. Black Box climbed to number 69, up from number 88 last year, with $1 billion in revenue.

Optinet™ Named a 2010 Product Innovation by Network Products Guide
Optinet was named a 2010 Product Innovation in the Internet Filtering category by Network Products Guide. The technology research and advisory guide noted what makes Black Box’s Optinet innovative is that it’s a deep-packet, inline device that sits directly behind the firewall, which provides unparalleled visibility into network traffic.

Network Products Guide Names Veri-NAC™ a 2010 Product Innovation
Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, named the Veri-NAC network access control device a 2010 Product Innovation in the Network Access Control category. Unlike most NAC solutions on the market, the Black Box Veri-NAC provides maximum security in a simple, agentless design that’s also very affordable and doesn’t require network upgrades or extensive training.

Award of Excellence Given for SpaceGAIN™ from Cabling Business Magazine
Cabling Business Magazine gave Black Box’s new SpaceGAIN CAT5e and CAT6 45-Degree Angled-Port Patch Panels its Award of Excellence for January. The magazine cited the 45-degree angled design of the connectors as a unique and cost-effective solution because it makes patching easier, eliminates horizontal cable management, and saves space.

Intelli-Pass™ Awarded Five Stars by SC Magazine
SC Magazine, a top magazine for IT security professionals, awarded Black Box’s biometric access control five stars in each one of its ratings categories. It honored the Intelli-Pass for its split-architecture design, which provides ”solid security.”

Black Box Honored with Customer Service Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star from Cisco
This designation recognizes Black Box for delivering outstanding customer service to customers in the United States. Additionally, Black Box maintains a Gold-level partnership with Cisco, the highest Cisco partner designation available.

Black Box Receives Aspect Service Excellence Award for the Third Consecutive Year
For the third year in a row, Black Box Network Services has been honored by Aspect for exceptional service performance. Black Box received the highest satisfaction ratings of any Aspect North American partner for resolving customer issues. Additionally, the award recognized Black Box for the quantity and quality of technical resources it devoted to Aspect unified communications applications for contact center and services offerings

2009

SC Magazine declares Veri-NAC one of the 20 most influential security products of the last two decades.
SC Magazine—the number one magazine for IT security professionals—has named Veri-NAC™ one of the 20 most influential security products of the last two decades. SC Magazine says, “This is a product that solves a very important problem—network access management—in an inexpensive and simple manner.”

Veri-NAC Awarded Five Stars by SC Magazine
SC Magazine cited the Black Box Veri-NAC™ for its “solid suite of hardcore NAC products with a clear focus on keeping unauthorized systems and users off the network.” The industry-leading magazine gave the network access control solution five stars in all categories.

ShoreTel Circle of Excellence Award
Black Box Network Services was recognized as a Circle of Excellence winner and awarded first place in its category by ShoreTel, provider of IP phone systems with Unified Communications (UC). The award is based on world-class customer satisfaction and strong revenue achievement, and is the highest partner award given by ShoreTel.

Polycom Voice Communications Reseller of the Year Award
Polycom recognized Black Box as the top Polycom U.S. Reseller Channel Partner in Voice Communications for 2008. These annual awards are based on outstanding sales performance and excellence in meeting customer solution, service, and support needs. Black Box was one of only 19 award recipients in four categories: Voice Communications Resellers, Visual Communications Resellers, Regional Resellers, and Marketing.

iCOMPEL receives TMC Solutions Product of the Year Award
Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) named the Black Box® iCOMPEL™ digital signage appliance its 2008 Communications Solution Product of the Year. TMC picks award recipients that have brought “the most innovative products and services to market,” and cited iCOMPEL as an “outstanding” contribution to the communications industry for its simplicity, flexibility, and advanced capabilities.

Black Box Catalog wins Multichannel Merchant Gold Award
This marks the 14th consecutive year that the company has won top honors in the Computer and High-Tech Equipment category. The 620-page catalog, nicknamed the Big Book, showcases the company’s vast line of 118,000+ communications, networking, and infrastructure products. The Gold award, conferred as a “tribute to excellence,” is based on a points system given by a panel of experts through a series of three judging sessions. Evaluations are based on creative, merchandising, copy, customer service/navigation, and marketing execution.

Named to the 2009 VAR 500 by CRN magazine
Black Box Network Services was named to the VAR 500, which is the definitive list of the largest IT solution providers, system integrators, IT consultants, and services companies with headquarters in North America. Black Box came in at number 88 with more than $1 billion in revenue for FY 2008. For the eighth year in a row, Black Box was a Top 100 IT solution provider.

2008 Boeing Performance Excellence Award
Black Box was recognized as a supplier who has achieved superior performance in the areas of quality, delivery, and business management.

Siemens Enterprise Communications 2007/2008 Partner of the Year Award
In addition to being honored as Siemens Enterprise Communications 2007/2008 Partner of the Year, Black Box Network Services has been named the 2008 winner of the Siemens “Go For It!” incentive program in North America. “Go For It!” is a global program that rewards top growth partners. Black Box has also won the Siemens Sales Pinnacle–Enterprise Market Award.

Aspect Service Excellence Award for the Second Year in a Row
Black Box Network Services received the award by once again earning the highest satisfaction ratings of any Aspect North American Partner for resolving customer issues. The award also encompasses the quantity and quality of technical resources Black Box has devoted to Aspect products and services.

2008

Named One of Information Week's Most Innovative Users of Business Technology
Black Box Network Services has been named one of InformationWeek’s 500 most innovative users of business technology. The annual list, in its 20th year, tracks the business and technology best practices of the nation’s most innovative companies by analyzing their IT budgets, technology deployment, strategies, and staffing.

Siemens Sales Pinnacle – Enterprise Market Award
This marks the fourth consecutive year that Black Box Network Services has won this award for outstanding sales of the HiPath 4000®. In 2007, Black Box sold more HiPath units than any other Siemens enterprise partner and achieved the highest revenue of any partner.

Aspect Service Excellence Award
Awarded for the quantity and quality of technical resources Black Box Network Services has dedicated to the Aspect Software solutions and for having the highest partner response rate in North America for customer resolutions.

2008 Business-to-Business (B-to-B) Multichannel Merchant of the Year Award
This top honor for multichannel marketers recognizes superior cross-channel marketing of a print catalog and Web site, and the synergy between the two.

2008 Multichannel Merchant Print Channel Gold Award
Awarded by Multichannel Merchant, the gold award marks the thirteenth year in a row that one of our catalogs has been recognized as best in the Computer and High Tech Equipment category.

2008 Multichannel Merchant Web Channel Silver Award
Multichannel Merchant awarded Black Box Network Services a silver award in the Computer and High Tech Equipment category for its Web site.

2007

Bill Boardley Named Insight’s Partner Representative of the Year
Bill Boardley, a Technical Account Manager with Black Box Network Services Products division, was named Insight’s Partner Representative of the Year for the second consecutive year. This is the first time a representative has won the award two years in a row.

Pittsburgh Business Times’ Manufacturer of the Year Finalist
The award recognizes the “leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and global vision” of select companies in the 10-county Pittsburgh region. Nominees are judged, in part, on how their products or services are superior to those of their competitors, their plans for long-term growth, and their plans for growing a qualified workforce.

Community Choice Award for KVM ServSwitch
The Black Box Network Services ServSwitch™ line of KVM over IP switches won top honors from Windows IT Pro. The awards include 12 highly competitive product categories.

Named Multichannel Merchant Print Channel Catalog of the Year
The Catalog of the Year award marks the third time in four years that Black Box Network Services has earned the highest honor in the Print Channel, an unprecedented accomplishment. The catalog also won best in the Computer and High Tech Equipment category for the twelfth year in a row.

Siemens Sales Pinnacle – Enterprise Market Award
Black Box Network Services has won this award for outstanding sales of the HiPath 4000® for the third year in a row.

Nortel Innovation Award
Received by the Communications Canadian team.

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