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Best of Interop Finalists Announced For 2014

Interop announced 27 finalists for the Best of Interop awards. Judges chose finalists in 9 categories, including SDN, mobility, and security.

Interop has announced the finalists for the 2014 Best of Interop awards. Judges chose 27 products and services in 9 categories, including SDN, networking, mobility, cloud, and security. The Best of Interop awards recognize innovative products and services from Interop exhibitors that advance business technology. This year, judges chose the finalists from almost 130 submissions.

Interop judges include industry analysts as well as editors and contributors from Network Computing, InformationWeek, and Dark Reading. Once the submissions are collected, lead judge Steven Hill sorts the submissions by category. Each category has a two-person judging team. The teams review each submission in the category and then meet to choose 3 finalists.

Judges consider several things when choosing finalists, including the degree to which the product advances the state of the art, the product’s ability to solve a problem or provide value, and the “wow” factor -- that is, the presence of a feature or function that’s unique, surprising, or just plain cool.

After the finalists are announced, the category judges meet with each finalist to get a briefing and demonstration. The judges ask questions and drill into details about how the product works. The category judges then confer to select the category winner. All the judges meet as a body to nominate (and argue for) the Grand Award winner.

Interop attendees can weigh in on these products by participating in the Audience Choice award during the keynotes on Wednesday April 2. Interop GM Jennifer Jessup and I will give a brief overview of the winners, and attendees can vote for their favorite product or service using their smartphones.

Attendees can see the finalists and winners on the Expo Floor. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and get a demonstration.

Category winners will be announced at Interop Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1 at 5:30 pm in the Interop Theater on the Expo Floor. In addition to the category winners and the Grand Award, Interop will also give an award for Best Startup. Stop by to see the award show and join us for a beer afterwards.

The 2014 finalists are:

Cloud
Enterprise Cloud Services Portal – iland
Spirent Velocity – Spirent Communications
vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – VMware

Data Center
Arista 7300X 10/40GbE Data Center Switch and EOS Programmability (SSU) – Arista Networks
Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch – Cisco
Stratus everRun Enterprise – Stratus Technologies

Management
NEC Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) – NEC Corporation
NetFlow Generation Application – Gigamon
Purview – Extreme Networks

Mobility
Cisco Mobility Services Engine - Enhanced Wi-Fi Location Accuracy and Analytics – Cisco Systems
Dell Enterprise Mobility Management – Dell Software
PresenTable SemiPresence – Presentia

Networking
Avaya Fabric Attach – Avaya
Cisco ISR 4451-X Converged Branch Infrastructure Solution – Cisco Systems
HP Network Optimizer SDN Application for Microsoft Lync – Hewlett Packard

Performance
APCON IntellaFlex Time Stamping & Packet Slicing Blade – APCON
Avalanche NEXT – Spirent Communications
TotalView 5 – PathSolutions

SDN
Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure – Cisco
Hydrogen – OpenDaylight Project
VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform – VMware

Security
Avaya idEngines® (aka Identity Engines) Single Sign On (SSO) – Avaya
Dell™ SonicWALL™ Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2600 – Dell Software
Spector 360 Recon – SpectorSoft

Storage
Coho DataStream 1000 – Coho Data
On Premise File Sharing Appliance – SmartFile
VMware Virtual SAN – VMware

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Drew is formerly editor of Network Computing and currently director of content and community for Interop. View Full Bio

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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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3/13/2014 | 4:34:48 PM
Early voting?
Drew, Any plans to let attendees vote on audience choice award ahead of time via mobile or the Interop site? Or is voting only at keynote?
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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3/27/2014 | 11:01:37 AM
Re: Early voting?
We hold the audience voting Wednesday morning on the keynote stage. JJ and I will provide a quick overview of the winners in each category, and the audience can vote for their favorite via text. Unfortunately we can't provide a sneak-preview of the winners, but everyone is welcome to join us at the award ceremony on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Interop Theater on the Expo floor.
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