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Best of VMworld 2016 US Awards: Rules and criteria

Read the official Best of VMworld 2016 US Awards rules for contest information and find out how to nominate products.

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

You can view the Best of VMworld 2016 winners here. has extended the nomination window and will accept nominations until 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 29, 2016 and announce winners on the VMworld 2016 show floor in Las Vegas. Before nominating a product, please carefully read the official rules and awards criteria:

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

  • Workload management and migration
  • Agility and automation
  • Virtualization and cloud infrastructure
  • Networking and virtualization
  • Data protection
  • Security
  • Desktop and application delivery
  • Enterprise mobility

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

A Best of Show winner will be also 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 2015 and the end of VMworld (Sept. 1, 2016) and are generally available will be considered for this year's awards. Products that will not be generally available until after VMworld 2016 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.

If you have a question about the Best of VMworld Awards nomination process, email [email protected].

Best of VMworld 2016 US 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 2016 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 choosing 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.

Data Protection: Legitimate entrants include software products or cloud services (DRaaS) that are designed to back up, restore, replicate data and/or achieve fault tolerance in a virtual server or cloud infrastructure.

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

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

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

Desktop and Application Delivery: Legitimate entrants include software and/or hardware platforms that deliver or enhance the delivery of desktops and applications to various endpoints.

Enterprise Mobility: Legitimate entrants include products that secure mobile devices, applications and content while enabling mobile productivity.

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.

Agility and automation: Legitimate entrants include tools, platforms and services that enable organizations to deliver and manage IT operations in an agile, DevOps fashion.

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