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2012 Best of Interop Finalists Announced

InformationWeek Reports, the leading resource for peer-based IT research and analysis, and Interop, the leading global business technology event series, today announced the 2012 Best of Interop finalists.  Best of Interop Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 8 at 3:00 pm on the expo floor during Interop Las Vegas, taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information on Best of Interop visit: www.bestofinterop.com.

"The Best of Interop awards program supports Interop's goal of fostering innovation within the business technology marketplace," said Jennifer Jessup, Interop General Manager.  "Each Best of Interop finalist should be proud of their unique contributions to the industry.  It's exciting to recognize the accomplishments and innovations of the companies who are truly making advancements in business technology."

Best of Interop recognizes some of the world's most innovative technologies across eight major categories. More than 130 companies submitted products for consideration and judges selected finalists based on the products they believe have the greatest potential to impact and advance business technology efficiencies.  The panel of judges chosen to select the Best of Interop finalists was made up of 16 award-winning editors and analysts from InformationWeek Reports. 

"The Best of Interop Awards are an indicator of the most innovative and exciting offerings available in the business technology marketplace and this year's finalists have truly demonstrated their commitment to the industry," said Art Wittmann, Vice President and Director, InformationWeek Reports. "We want to applaud each of the participating companies for their advancements in technology and capturing the spirit of innovation."

The finalists selected for each category include:

Cloud Computing & Virtualization
Cisco - Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 1240
Citrix Systems - Citrix VDI-in-a-Box
Kontiki, Inc. - Kontiki Enterprise Video Platform

Collaboration
Alcatel-Lucent - Alcatel-Lucent OpenTouch Conversation
Avaya, Inc. - AvayaLive™ Engage
HD Distributing, LLC - SCOPIA XT5000

Data Center & Storage
Ceph Storage, Inc. - Ceph
Panzura - Panzura Quicksilver Global Cloud Storage System v3.0
Riverbed Technology - Granite

Management, Monitoring & Testing
NEC Corporation of America - NEC ProgrammableFlow Controller, PF6800
Net Optics - Spyke
Riverbed Technology - Virtual Cascade Shark

Networking
Gnodal - New GS-Series Switch
Mellanox Technologies - SX1024
PLX Technology - TeraPHY TN8045 10GBASE-T Tranceiver

Performance Optimization
Cisco - AppNav Virtualization Technology
Citrix Systems - Citrix NetScaler 10
Riverbed Technology - Steelhead Cloud Accelerator

Security
Avaya, Inc. - Avaya Identity Engines
ManageEngine - Firewall Analyzer
McAfee - McAfee Network Security XC Cluster

Wireless & Mobility
Broadcom Corp. - BCM43460 - 5G Wifi System-on-Chip (SoC)
Cisco - Aironet 3600 Series Access Point
Cloudpath Networks - XpressConnect Enrollment System

In addition to the eight category winners, there will be two 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 and "Best StartUp" which selects a vendor that has existed as an independent company for two years or less.  Best of Interop is hosted by InformationWeek Reports.  For more information on Best of Interop categories and awards, visit www.bestofinterop.com.

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