Finalists for the Best of Interop award have been announced in seven categories, including cloud computing and virtualization, data center and storage, networking and security. The Best of Interop awards recognize innovative software and hardware products that have been released during the past year by Interop exhibitors. Interop attendees can see the Best of Interop finalist products on the show floor at the 2013 Interop conference in Las Vegas this May.
Our panel of 16 judges, which is comprised of editors, technology writers and analysts, sifted through almost 150 entries. We narrowed down entries to three finalists in each of the seven categories. The judges look for products that advance the state of the art and offer meaningful improvements to help IT pros get their jobs done.
We'll announce the category winners on May 7. One of those winners will also receive the grand prize "Best of Interop" award. We'll also pick the Best Startup. On May 8, we'll announce Interop's first-ever Audience Choice Award, which will be determined by keynote attendees.
Here are the finalists:
Cloud Computing & Virtualization
Brocade Software Networking Solution – Brocade
ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services (AWS) – ExtraHop Networks
Next Generation ADC Technology – Riverbed Technology
Data Center & Storage
Dell Networking S5000 – Dell
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage – HP
ZD-XL SQL Accelerator – OCZ Technology
Management & Monitoring
AppQoS – iTrinegy
EH8000 – ExtraHop Networks
ScienceLogic EM7 v7.3 – ScienceLogic
Network as-a-Service (NaaS) – Aryaka Networks, Inc.
New 7000-series Data Center Switch – Arista Networks
nGenius 3900 series packet flow switch – NetScout Systems, Inc.
Performance Optimization & Testing
APN 3.0 Operating Software – Talari Networks
PathSolutions Network Performance Manager, Release 4.3 – PathSolutions
Unstructured Data Accelerator (UDA) Version 3.1 – Mellanox Technologies Inc.
Application Delivery Firewall – F5 Networks
HackRack – The Hacker Academy
Solera DeepSee Virtual Appliance – Solera Networks
Wireless, Mobility & BYOD Support
Adaptive Radio Modules for the 3600 Access Point – Cisco
Solstice – Mersive
The Citrix Mobile Solutions Bundle – Citrix Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio