An independent team of judges consisting of 13 independent experts, analysts and editors from SearchServerVirtualization.com and its sister site, SearchVMware.com, reviewed and evaluated the products according to innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use.
"We spent hours and hours discussing and arguing over who should win these awards, and in many cases they were close calls," said Jan Stafford, the editorial director for TechTarget's Data Center Media Group.
The awards cover eight categories: data protection software; security and virtualization; application and infrastructure management; hardware for virtualization; desktop virtualization; storage software for virtualization; new technology, and best of show.
Only products currently available for purchase were considered for all categories. Products being demonstrated but not available for purchase were considered only for the New Technology category.
The Best of Show award was presented to Reflex Security Inc. for Virtual Security Center.Best of VMworld 2008 awards ceremony
BEST of VMWORLD 2008 AWARD WINNERS
1. Data Protection Software
- Gold: PHD Technologies Inc. for esXpress v3.1
- Finalist: CommVault Systems Inc. for CommVault Simpana 7.0 Software Suite
- Finalist: Symantec Corp. for NetBackup 6.5.2
2. Security and Virtualization
- Gold: Reflex Security Inc. for Virtual Security Center
- Finalist: Altor Networks for Virtual Network Security Analyzer
- Finalist: Catbird Networks Inc. for Catbird V-Security 2.0
3. Application and Infrastructure Management
- Gold: eG Innovations Inc. for eG VM Monitor
- Finalist: FastScale Technology Inc. for FastScale Virtual Manager
- Finalist: BlueStripe Software for FactFinder
4. Hardware for Virtualization
- Gold: Compellent Technologies for Storage Center 4.0
- Finalist: Bay Microsystems Inc. for ABEx 2020
- Finalist: LeftHand Networks Inc. for Virtualization SAN
5. Storage Software for Virtualization
- Gold: VMware Inc. for Storage VMotion
- Finalist: Sanbolic Inc. for Melio FS
- Finalist: Xiotech Corp.for Virtual View
6. Desktop Virtualization
- Gold: InstallFree Inc. for InstallFree Bridge
- Finalist: Quest Software Inc. for Experience Optimization Pack for VDI
- Finalist: RingCube Technologies Inc. for vDesk
- Winner: Cisco Systems Inc. for Cisco Nexus 1000V/
Cisco VN-Link/NX-0S 4.1
- Finalist: Vizioncore Inc. for vOptimizer Pro
8. Best of Show
- Winner: Reflex Security Inc. for Virtual Security Center.
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