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Interop Announces Networking Awards Finalists

The Interop conference and expo, which focuses on network infrastructure, has announced 30 finalists for the 2016 Best of Interop Awards. The awards recognize innovation and technological advancements in nine technology categories, and a tenth award goes to best startup of the year. Award winners will be announced at Interop Las Vegas 2016, taking place May 2 to May 6.

The Best of Interop Awards will be judged by an expert panel consisting of 20 influential IT practitioners, analysts and professionals. Each category is assigned two judges who select the winner based on a range of briefings, demos and business cases.

This year’s Best of Interop categories and finalists include:

Applications

  • CollabNet TeamForge, an open platform for enterprise software development, delivery, and collaboration
  • JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service for Google Apps, an outsourced directory service to manage access to cloud servers
  • VMware Workspace ONE, a platform for delivering and managing apps on any mobile device

Cloud/Virtualization

  • AppFormix, a cloud service optimization platform that enables state-driven automation via real-time analytics, capacity planning, and orchestration tooling
  • Veeam Cloud Connect Replication for Service Providers, a data center service provider that helps enterprises improve recovery time and point objectives
  • Cloud On-Ramp as a Service with VeloCloud Gateways, a service that simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links

Data Center

  • Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager, a virtual machine that builds and manages fabrics
  • CrossCage Plus, a colocation data center cross-connect request service provider
  • Puppet Enterprise 2015.3, an automation platform for the delivery and operation of enterprise software

Mobility/Wireless

  • Cisco Flexible Radio Assignment, a technology that optimizes wireless networks for high density conditions in real time
  • Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution, a Wi-Fi optimization technology that improves signal quality
  • PrinterLogic Mobile Printing, an enterprise Printer Management solution for server-less remote site printer deployments

Networking Solutions

  • Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), a network optimization technology that abstracts network services from their underlying hardware
  • ExtraHop Discover 1100 Appliance, a wire data analytics tool for network traffic
  • VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN, a branch WAN networking service that automates deployment and optimizes performance

Performance/Management/Monitoring

  • Pluribus VCF Insight Analytics, a fabric-based data center analytics tool
  • ExtraHop Explore Appliance, a data analytics appliance for transaction and flow records
  • Uila Virtual Infrastructure Performance Management, a virtual infrastructure performance management solution

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

  • Cisco APIC-EM Release 1.1, a module that delivers SDN with centralized automation of policy-based application profiles to enterprise clients
  • VMware NSX 6.2, a virtualized network platform for the software defined data center
  • Aryaka SD-WAN Ultra, a network connectivity and application acceleration tool

Security Solutions

  • Cisco FirePower next-generation firewall, a security appliance providing multi-layer threat protection
  • Somansa Endpoint Data Loss Prevention (DLP), a data protection service for enterprise devices
  • VMware Identity Manager, an identity-as-a-service solution for the mobile cloud

Storage Solutions

  • Ambedded Distributed Storage Platform — Mars 200, a software-defined storage solution for data centers
  • Druva inSync 5.6, a data availability and governance tool for mobile devices and the cloud
  • VMware Virtual SAN, a shared storage solution optimized for flash-based data centers

And for Best Startup…

  • AppFormix, a cloud service optimization platform that enables state-driven automation via real-time analytics, capacity planning, and orchestration tooling
  • LiquidPlanner, a project management and scheduling software developer
  • Uila Virtual Infrastructure Performance Management, a virtual infrastructure performance management provider

Winners in each category, along with an overall Best of Show award, will be announced at noon on May 4, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists.

Image Credit: Logo, pictured above, via Interop.

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