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Best of VMworld 2015 Awards: Rules and criteria

Read the official Best of VMworld Awards rules for contest information and find out how to nominate products.

The Best of VMworld Awards recognize the most exceptional products on display at VMware's annual user conference.

TechTarget's will accept nominations until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) Wednesday, July 29, 2015 and announce winners on the VMworld 2015 show floor in San Francisco. Before nominating a product, please read the official rules and awards criteria:

A team of expert judges -- consisting of editors, independent analysts, users and consultants -- will evaluate the nominated products and select winners in the following categories:

  • Disaster recovery and backup for virtualized environments
  • Workload management and automation
  • Virtualization and cloud infrastructure
  • Desktop virtualization and end-user computing
  • Networking and virtualization
  • Security/compliance and virtualization

(See the full category descriptions and judging criteria below.)

Additionally, a Best of Show winner will be selected from the individual category winners; nomination forms should not be submitted for this category. If you submit nominations for multiple products, complete one form for each product. The same product may not be entered in multiple categories.

Only products that have shipped between September 2014 and the end of VMworld (Sept. 3, 2015) and are generally available will be considered for this year's awards. Products that will not be generally available until after VMworld 2015 concludes will be eligible for next year's awards.

Vendors must have a booth presence at VMworld, and all products must be available on the show floor should a judge request a demo. Not all nominees will be contacted directly by judges or interviewed in person.

Questions about the Best of VMworld Awards nomination process? Email [email protected].

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Best of VMworld 2015 Awards judging criteria

Judges will evaluate products in each category in the following areas:

Innovation: Does the product introduce new capabilities or significant improvements? Does it break new ground?

Performance: Does the product perform to the degree that it could improve overall data center operation?

Ease of integration into environment: How easily does the product integrate with other products? Can the product operate effectively in heterogeneous environments?

Ease of use and manageability: Is the product easy to install? Are the product's functions clear and easy to learn and run? Will the product scale to accommodate growth?

Functionality: Does the product deliver as promised? Does it provide greater or more useful functionality than others in its category?

Value: Does the product represent a cost-effective solution? Can its return on investment be easily justified?

Fills a market gap: What needs does the product uniquely meet? What problems does it solve?

Best of VMworld 2015 Awards categories

Please review the category descriptions carefully before nominating products. Remember, a product can only be entered into one category. If you believe a product would be eligible for more than one category, use your best judgment in selecting a category, drawing from the examples included in the category descriptions and customer expectations. Judges have the authority to reassign products they believe were entered into the wrong category.

Disaster recovery and backup for virtualized environments: Legitimate entrants include software products or cloud services that are designed to back up, restore and replicate data and/or achieve fault tolerance in a virtual server or cloud infrastructure. Examples include disaster recovery as a service and workload availability software.

Workload management and automation: Legitimate entrants monitor, track, manage and automate virtual workloads either in on-premises servers or in cloud environments. Examples include products that troubleshoot workload availability, monitor performance, manage VM lifecycles and automate workload deployment or configuration.

Virtualization and cloud infrastructure: Legitimate entrants include products designed to enable organizations to build virtual infrastructures, including compute and storage hardware. Examples include servers, storage arrays and hyper-converged infrastructure appliances. Also included in this category are software products designed to manage or virtualize hardware – such as software-defined storage.  

Desktop virtualization and end-user computing: Legitimate entrants are software and/or hardware platforms that deliver or enhance the delivery of desktops and applications to various endpoints. Examples include desktop virtualization software, client devices, connection brokers, mobile application management software and enterprise app stores. Please note that hyper-converged products, sometimes used to host virtual desktop infrastructure, should be entered into the Virtualization and cloud infrastructure category.

Networking and virtualization: Legitimate entrants are hardware and/or software technologies that enhance networking in virtual or cloud infrastructures and/or enable and optimize virtualized networks. Examples include network switches, routers and software, or services that enhance networking in a virtual or cloud environment.

Security/compliance and virtualization: Legitimate entrants monitor and protect hypervisors, cloud workloads, guest operating systems and virtual networks, and enforce security and compliance best practices.

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