InformationWeek Analytics and Interop Las Vegas 2011 Announce Best of Interop Finalists Leading Technology Brands Recognize Companies' Latest Advancements in Eight Award Categories

SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 2011.  Best of Interop Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 10 during Interop Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information on Best of Interop visit:


Best of Interop recognizes some of the world's most innovative technologies across eight major categories. More than 100 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 Analytics. 

"The Best of Interop finalists should be proud of their accomplishments and deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the industry," said Lenny Heymann, Interop General Manager.   "This awards program supports Interop's goal of fostering innovation within the business technology market and the advancements being made by all participating companies are helping shape the future of the industry."

"The Best of Interop Awards celebrate the spirit of innovation in the business technology market. Each finalist has demonstrated their commitment to the industry through their advancements in leading edge technologies," said Art Wittmann, Vice President and Director, InformationWeek Analytics.  "We applaud all participating companies and are excited to announce the Best of Interop winners onsite at Interop Las Vegas."

The finalists selected for each category include:

Cloud Computing & Virtualization


Quest Software – Quest Cloud Automation Platform


Vembu Technologies – StoreGrid Professional Edition v 3.6


VMware – VMware vCenter Operations Standard 1.0





Cisco – Cisco WebEx with Media Services Interface (MSI) client


NetScout Systems, Inc. – Unified Communications delivery management extension to nGenius Service Assurance Solution


Vidyo - VidyoMobile



Data Center & Storage


Alcatel-Lucent – Alcatel-Lucent Data Center Switching Solution Blueprint


Juniper Networks - QFabric: QFX3500


Mellanox Technologies – Ethernet Switch System





Broadcom – Broadcom BCM56840 Series


Cisco – Catalyst C-SeriesCompact Switches


NEC Corporation of America – NEC ProgrammableFlow Switch



Network Management, Monitoring & Testing


BreakingPoint Systems – BreakingPoint FireStorm CTM


Cisco – Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)


Citrix Systems, Inc. – Citrix AppFlow



Performance Optimization


Certeon – aCelera Cloud


Riverbed Technology – Whitewater


Talari Networks – Mercury T750 APN Appliance





Barracuda Networks – Barracuda Web Security Flex


Ixia – IxLoad-Attack


Juniper Networks – vGW Virtual Gateway



Wireless & Mobility


Citrix Systems, Inc. – Citrix Receiver For iPhone


Enterasys Networks – Enterasys Cloud Wireless Solutions


VMware – VMware View Client for iPad



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 Analytics.  For more information on Best of Interop categories and awards, visit

About InformationWeek Analytics

InformationWeek Analytics is the leading resource for peer-driven research, providing business technology professionals with the real-world analysis and perspective they need to run better, smarter IT organizations.  InformationWeek Analytics content is written and produced by an analyst team comprised of practicing senior IT professionals and InformationWeek's world-class editors.   Featuring a combination of quantitative research and qualitative real world analysis, coupled with technology-adoption best practices, the InformationWeek Analytics site boasts more than 900 reports and briefs written specifically for and by IT professionals.  InformationWeek Analytics is part of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.  For more information, visit

About Interop®

Interop® drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Part of UBM TechWeb's family of global brands, Interop is the leading business technology event series. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet program, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. Interop Las Vegas is the flagship event held each spring, with Interop New York held each fall, with annual international events in Mumbai and Tokyo, all produced by UBM TechWeb and partners. For more information about these events visit,

About UBM TechWeb

UBM TechWeb the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology. Through its three core businesses – media solutions, marketing services and paid content – UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands and media applications in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs and IT managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software Developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively engage in UBM TechWeb's communities and information resources monthly. UBM TechWeb brands include: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and Enterprise Connect; award-winning online resources such as InformationWeek, Light Reading, and Network Computing; and market-leading magazines InformationWeek, Wall Street & Technology, and Advanced Trading. UBM TechWeb is a UBM company, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.



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