Organizers of Interop, one of the industry's top technology events, announced winners of the 2013 Best of Interop competition. Award winners were announced Tuesday, May 7 on the expo floor during Interop Las Vegas, taking place this week, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The Best of Interop awards program is designed to recognize some of the world's most innovative technologies across seven major categories related to enterprise IT. This year, nearly 150 companies submitted products for consideration. A team of 16 judges, comprised of 16 IT editors and analysts, selected finalists based on the products they believe have the "greatest potential to impact and advance business technology efficiencies."
Kudos to the Finalists
As with most awards programs like these, the winners don't necessarily represent the absolute best solutions in any given category. Instead, they can be viewed as stand-outs in some way, in the eyes of the judges, in comparison with other products whose own companies nominated them for consideration.
Very often, in competitions like this, new and lesser-known brands can make a name for themselves. While winning a Best of Interop award doesn't necessarily mean a product or service is the best in its class, the title is still prestigious and kudos go to the finalists as well as the winners of each category.
Out of the 150 submissions, three finalists were selected for each of 7 categories: cloud computing & virtualization, data center & storage, management & monitoring, networking, performance optimization & testing, security, wireless/mobility & BYOD support. We've listed the finalists below as well as the winner in each category.
Cloud Computing & Virtualization
ExtraHop Networks: ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Brocade: Brocade Software Networking Solution
Riverbed Technology: Next Generation ADC Technology
ExtraHop for Amazon Web Services (AWS) won the Cloud Computing & Virtualization award because, the judges said, "it does something that's not been possible before" -- offering visibility into how all parts of a customer's systems are performing in the cloud. While Amazon Web Services give a list of statistics, ExtraHop got the nod for giving the extra info IT managers need to be able to know exactly what's happening at any given moment.
Data Center & Storage
OCZ Technology: ZD-XL SQL Accelerator
Dell: Dell Networking S5000
HP: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage
OCZ Technology won the Data Center & Storage category with its ZD-XL SQL Accelerator that the company says can boost database performance to run between 3 and 20 times faster. The judges were impressed that, in addition to constantly monitoring and fine-tuning current caching needs, the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator also offers "a rule-based, pre-warming cache engine that lets administrators pre-load cache contents to accommodate specific workloads that run at scheduled times." (continued...)