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2006 Best of Interop Awards

On May 2, 12 judges from Network Computing's editorial team plus one member of the Network Professional Association board of directors performed a competitive analysis of the best Interop 2006 had to offer. This year, vendors submitted 141 products and services in seven categories: Application Networks & Performance, Data Center & Storage, Infrastructure, Network Software & Services, Security, VoIP & Collaboration, and Wireless & Mobility. We rated all entries on factors ranging from distinguishing features to price, to how the product or service advances the state of the art for networking, to the strength of the business case for purchase and implementation. We then chose finalists in each category.


Finalists had mandatory interviews with judges at Mandalay Bay the day before the Interop Exposition opened. We put vendors in the hot seat, as judging teams dug into the nitty-gritty of each product. Judges then convened to discuss the merits of each qualifier and select a winner in each category. We also awarded two special accolades: Best Start-Up, given to the outstanding product from a company less than two years old, and the coveted Best of Interop Grand Prize, selected from among the category winners.

Grand Prize Winner (Application Networks & Performance)

Crescendo Networks ALP Technology

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