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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."
Management & Monitoring
ScienceLogic: ScienceLogic EM7 v7.3
ExtraHop Networks: EH8000
ScienceLogic dominated the Management & Monitoring category with its Smart IT software that delivers comprehensive, multi-tenant support for Amazon Web Services and vCloud Director. Lead judge Steven Hill described the current version, EM7 v7.3, as "pretty much the network administrator's equivalent of Batman's amazing utility belt, offering practically any customizable tool you need when you need it."
Performance Optimization & Testing
Talari Networks: APN 3.0 Operating Software
PathSolutions: PathSolutions Network Performance Manager, Release 4.3
Mellanox Technologies: Unstructured Data Accelerator (UDA) Version 3.1
Talari's Adaptive Private Network (APN) 3.0 won the Performance Optimization & Testing category for its ability to provide a dynamic, simple and robust private network over existing WAN technologies, with minimal effort required for configuration and management. Judge Mike Fratto, who is a senior analyst with Current Analysis, pointed out how Talari's APN 3.0 builds a mesh network between destinations and tunnels network traffic through the best path. This process helps ensure application performance regardless of what's happening in the underlying network.
The Hacker Academy: HackRack
F5 Networks: Application Delivery Firewall
Solera Networks: Solera DeepSee Virtual Appliance
The Hacker Academy's HackRack won the Security category by offering a solution to the industry's shortage of skilled security professionals. HackRack uses a virtualized training environment to give security and IT people a simulated attack environment, enabling them to learn how best to react to different threat scenarios -- much the same way that pilots learn to fly in flight simulators.
Wireless, Mobility & BYOD Support