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Best Of Interop: Meet The Judges

IT executives, practitioners, analysts, and editors will judge the 2015 Best of Interop awards at Interop Las Vegas.

The Best of Interop program recognizes exhibitors that have made significant advancements in IT products and services and help drive business technology forward.

Interop assembles a panel of expert judges, including editors, analysts, executives, and IT pros, to review submissions and choose winners in 11 categories, including networking, data center, security, mobility and more.

Our 2015 Best of Interop judges are:

Charles Babcock @babcockcw

Categories: Cloud/Virtualization

Charlie is editor at large for InformationWeek with a focus on cloud computing and author of the book “Management Strategies For The Cloud Revolution.” He’s also participating in the workshop Cloud Applications: The Next Generation at Interop Las Vegas.


Lee Badman @wirednot

Categories: Mobility/Wireless

Lee is a wireless and network engineer at Syracuse University and a long-time contributor to Network Computing. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he’s also an amateur radio operator. He speaks at a variety of tech conferences, including Interop, and writes his own blog on wireless tech.


Ethan Banks @ecbanks

Categories: Data Center, Networking

Ethan is a co-host of the Packet Pushers podcat, a tech blogger, and network architect. You can see Ethan in person at his Interop sessions, including Lessons Learned Operating Active-Active Data Centers  and The Bleeding Edge: Live Interviews With 3 Startups.


Tom Claburn @ThomasClaburn

Categories: Mobility/Wireless

Tom is editor at large at InformationWeek on the mobility beat and the chair of Interop’s Mobility track. He’s been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. He also created the smartphone game Blocfall, available on the iTunes App Store.


Steve Comstock @surfinbabaluga

Categories: Best Startup

Steve is CIO of CBS Interactive, where he’s modernized workforce technology and reduced operating costs. Before joining CBS Interactive he held positions at Sendmail and Oracle in engineering and IT. He gave a keynote address at Interop New York on embracing shadow IT.


Drew Conry-Murray @Interop_Andrew

Categories: Best Startup, Performance

Drew is Director of Content & Community for Interop, where he helps set the direction of the conference and oversees speaker recruitment. He also blogs for InformationWeek. Prior to joining Interop he was editor of Network Computing, and has covered the tech industry since 1999.


Susan Fogarty @SusanFogarty

Categories: Storage

Susan is editor in chief of Network Computing and chair of Interop’s Storage and Virtualization tracks. She has almost two decades of experience writing and editing for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget as editorial director, where she managed seven websites including the flagship


Mike Fratto @mfratto

Categories: SDN, Networking

Mike is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, where he covers enterprise networking and data centers. A former editor of Network Computing, Mike has long experience in product testing and reviews. He teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University and was an independent consultant.


Ken Griffin

Categories: Applications

Ken is director of IT services and operations at Harvard Business School Publishing. He has more than 20 years of technology-related business management experience in established companies and startups. You can see Ken at Interop Las Vegas in his session Cloud Adoption Gets Serious 2.5 Years In.


Eric Hanselman @e_hanselman

Categories: SDN

Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. Eric chairs the SDN track for Interop and will present the workshop Software Defined Networking and Network Virtualization at Interop Las Vegas.


Steven Hill

Categories: Data Center

Steven is senior analyst at Current Analysis, where he’s responsible for covering the emerging technologies that are remapping the traditional data center landscape. He’s a former editor at Network Computing and served a number of technology roles at a Fortune-500 retail company.


Ben Kepes @benkepes

Categories: Cloud/Virtualization

Ben is a technology evangelist, investor, commentator and business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. In addition to serving as a Best of Interop judge, he’s also co-chair of Cloud Connect at Interop Las Vegas.


Howard Marks @DeepStorageNet

Categories: Storage

Howard is founder and chief scientist at, a cosultancy and lab testing firm. He’s also a contributing editor at Network Computing and co-host of the podcast Greybeards on Storage. Howard is speaking at Interop Las Vegas, including a half-day workshop Making Cloud Storage Work For Your Organization.


John Pironti @jpironti

Categories: Security

John is president of IP Architects, LLC. He advises organizations on information security, risk management, and compliance. He’s also co-chair of Interop’s InfoSec and Risk Management track and is leading the workshop Integrating Risk and Security Into Your Organization’s DNA at Interop Las Vegas.


Marcia Savage @marciasavage

Categories: Performance,

Marcia is managing editor for Network Computing, and has been covering technology for 15 years. She has written and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily newspapers, where her writing won regional journalism awards.


Dave Wagner @GeekendDave

Categories: Applications

Dave is community editor at InformationWeek. He's been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, leadership, and innovation.


Tim Wilson @darkreadingtim

Categories: Security

Tim is editor in chief and co-founder of Dark Reading, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He’s also co-chair of Interop’s InfoSec and Risk Management track and will host the Dark Reading Cyber Security Crash Course at Interop Las Vegas. Tim has been recognized as one of the top cyber security journalists in the US in voting among his peers, conducted by the SANS Institute. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media.

Interop attendees can also get in on judging via our Audience Choice award. During the Interop keynotes, we’ll review the Best of Interop winners and let attendees vote via text for the most compelling product.

Interop Las Vegas is April 27 through May 1. Register now to learn the latest technology developments, accelerate your career, and network with your peers in the IT community.

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

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