Products of the Year 2011's annual Products of the Year awards recognize innovation and performance in data center technologies. Nominate a product today!

The deadline for all nominations is November 10, 2011, 5 p.m. PST. will not accept nominations past this date/time. All virtualization products qualify for entry if they were new (or newly updated/revised) and shipped after November 1, 2010, and before November 1, 2011. All nominated products must be generally available (GA) to customers.

Users and vendors are invited and encouraged to nominate their favorite/best products by completing the online nomination form and including details in each of the required fields. Submit a separate nomination form for each product. Products cannot be nominated in more than one category. Incomplete or duplicate nominations will be rejected. Winning products will be highlighted on in January 2012.

Submit product nominations only through the online nomination form. Product nominations will not be accepted by conventional mail, email, fax or phone. Nominations received through mail, email, fax, phone or alternative media will be rejected. When completing the online nomination form, take note of the character limits per field; space cannot be provided for additional details.

Categories Products of the Year for 2011 will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Virtualization platforms
  • Virtualization management
  • Virtualization security
  • Hardware for virtualization
  • Backup and storage for virtualization
  • Desktop virtualization

Judging editors and other data center industry experts will judge the entries.

Your product nominations will be judged on the criteria below. Please consider them as you fill out the nomination form:

  • Innovation. Does the product introduce new capabilities or provide such significant improvements to standard capabilities that it stands out within its product category? Does it break new ground, redefine the category or define a new "subcategory" within the overall field?
  • Performance. Does the product perform to the degree that it could improve a significant portion of the overall data center operation?
  • Ease of integration into environment. How easily does the product integrate with other products -- both from the same manufacturer and others? Can the product operate effectively in heterogeneous environments? Has the product been certified by a significant number of major vendors?
  • Ease of use and manageability. Is the product easy to install? Are the product's interfaces intuitive? Are the product's functions clear as well as easy to learn and run? Is the product likely to require the help of professional services on an ongoing basis? Does the product provide useful reports, audits, etc.? Will the product scale smoothly to accommodate growth in an environment?
  • Functionality. Does the product deliver as promised? Is the product's feature set complete and more than adequate to handle its job? Does the product provide greater or more useful functionality than others in its category? Are there serious functional omissions?
  • Value. Does the product represent a cost-effective solution? Can the ROI be easily justified? If the product is expensive or represents an additional cost for most data centers, is the added functionality worth the price? Will the product be cost effective to maintain TCO?

This was first published in October 2011

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