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2010 Best of Interop Finalists Announced

San Francisco, CA – April 12, 2010 – InformationWeek Analytics, the leading service for peer-based IT research and analysis, and Interop, the leading global business technology event series, today announced the finalists for Best of Interop Las Vegas 2010.

 Best of Interop Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 28 during Interop Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

For more information on Best of Interop visit: www.bestofinterop.com.

Best of Interop recognizes some of the world's most innovative technologies across nine major categories. The panel of judges chosen to determine the Best of Interop finalists was made up of award-winning editors and analysts from InformationWeek Analytics.  The judges selected the products they believe have the greatest potential to impact and advance business technology efficiencies, helping move the industry forward.

“The Best of Interop awards support Interop’s goal of fostering innovation and helping shape the future of the business technology market,” said Lenny Heymann, Interop General Manager.  “Each Best of Interop category finalist has truly demonstrated technological advancement in the marketplace and deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the industry.”

“The Best of Interop Awards highlight important technologies that are driving innovation and new levels of achievement in the industry,” said Art Wittmann, Managing Director, InformationWeek Analytics.  “We applaud all participating companies for their advancements within the business technology market and look forward to announcing the Best of Interop winners’ onsite at Interop Las Vegas.”

More than 100 companies’ submitted products for consideration and the finalists selected for each category include:

Cloud Computing

IBM - Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud

ManageEngine - ServiceDesk Plus On-Demand

Morphlabs, Inc. - mClouds

Collaboration

Alcatel-Lucent - OmniTouch 8082 My IC Phone

Vidyo, Inc. - VidyoDesktop™ Executive Videoconferencing

Zoho Corporation - Zoho Projects

Data Center and Storage

Cisco Systems - Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)

Ixia - Native Fibre Channel Test Solution

Mellanox Technologies - BridgeX 5020

Infrastructure

3Com Corporation - H3C® S9500E Series

Arista Networks - Upcoming addition to the Arista 7000 Family

Elliptical Mobile Solution - Relocatable Adaptive Suspension Equipment Rack

Network Management, Monitoring and Testing

Apposite Technologies, Inc. - Netropy Network Emulation

ExtraHop Networks - Network Timeout

Gigamon - GigaSMART

Performance Optimization

Blue Coat Systems - Blue Coat ProxySG Virtual Appliance

Cisco Systems - Cisco WAAS for Public Clouds

Spirent Communications - Spirent Avalanche Virtual

Security

Astaro Corporation - Astaro RED

Cisco Systems - Cisco ASA 5500 Series Version 8.3

TippingPoint, a division of 3Com - TippingPoint Virtual Controller (vController)

Virtualization

Citrix Systems - XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 1

Extreme Networks - Direct Attach (NW Virtualization Architecture)

ManageEngine - ManageEngine Applications Manager

Wireless and Mobility

AirWatch - AirWatch 5.10

AppRiver - AppRiver's Secure Hosted Exchange

Cisco Systems - Upcoming addition to the Aironet Series of Access Points

In addition to the nine category winners, there will be three special awards: “Best of Interop” Award which is the overall grand prize winner and will be determined by the judges from the pool of category winners; Best StartUp, which selects a vendor that has existed as an independent company for two years or less; and the Green Award, which recognizes eco-friendly products.  Best of Interop is hosted by InformationWeek Analytics. 

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