This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
As a relative newcomer to the network management space, ExtraHop Networks gets its foot in the door with a promise of performance and scalability combined with simplicity. That and an innovative new Web service for network and application troubleshooting have earned ExtraHop Networks recognition as the Best of Interop startup company.
ExtraHop's flagship product, the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance system, is an appliance that provides auto discovery of network-attached devices, real-time packet processing and archiving of performance metrics. The passive appliance (it doesn't use agents) monitors application performance, detects potential issues and helps with troubleshooting.
At Interop, ExtraHop Networks introduced a free Web-based service called Network Timeout that lets network managers and other IT pros analyze packet captures in an online community. The service, powered by the ExtraHop appliance, provides a crowd-sourced knowledge base for app performance tuning and troubleshooting. Users can share and compare network capture files via the NetworkTimeout.com portal to access forums to get expert feedback from peers. The service supports views into applications, networks, databases and storage systems.
At Interop, ExtraHop Networks also announced a partnership with F5 Networks to jointly market and sell ExtraHop's appliance with F5's Big-IP family of traffic managers and other modules. Based in Seattle, ExtraHop Networks was founded in 2007 by two former F5 architects. ExtraHop Networks is funded by Madrona Venture Group and private investors.
-- John Foley
Category: Green Award
Cyber Switching -- ePower
Judge: Steven Hill, InformationWeek
For years now, Cyber Switching has been all about providing high-quality and controllable power to all sizes of infrastructure applications. Their new line of ePower Power Distribution Units (PDU's) brings a whole new level of granular power control to IT managers by offering independent, color LCD touch-screen reporting capabilities on the PDU itself, in addition to its USB and Ethernet-based remote management capabilities. Also available on the ePower series is new Cyber Breaker technology that lets a customer protect a branch circuit by limiting the use of any open outlets, so that anything non-essential plugged into the PDU won't accidentally trip an entire rack.
What made the ePower product a great choice for our Green Award was that it was designed from the ground up using the latest in power-saving technologies; including low-power microcontrollers, highly efficient latching relays and switching power supplies. All this was done to insure that the PDU itself was operating just as green as the products it was designed to protect. And just as important, the manufacture of the entire ePower line meets or exceeds the RoHS-6 standards for avoidance of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, PBB and PBDE.
It's this attention to energy efficiency and environmental impact in design, construction and operation that identifies Cyber Switching as a company truly dedicated to green technology, and we're delighted to present them with the Green Award for 2010.
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