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Best of VMworld 2020 Awards: Rules and criteria

Read the updated rules, criteria and categories for the Best of VMworld 2020 Awards to find out what the requirements are for each product nomination.

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

You can view last year's Best of VMworld U.S. winners here.

TechTarget is now accepting nominations for the Best of VMworld 2020 Awards. We have extended the deadline and the nomination window will now remain open until 5 p.m. PST on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. The winners will be virtually announced by SearchServerVirtualization. Before nominating a product, please 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:

  • Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure
  • DevOps and Automation
  • Networking
  • Resilience and Recovery
  • Security
  • Digital Workspace

See the full category descriptions and judging criteria below.

A Best of Show winner will also be selected from the individual category winners; nomination forms cannot 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 and are available between July 25, 2019, and August 12, 2020, will be considered for this year's awards. The product must be generally available before the submission period closes. Products that are generally available after August 12, 2020, will be eligible for next year's awards. All product nomination forms must include a link to a public announcement, press release or other proof of availability containing the official product general availability date.

Nominations must also include the name and contact information for at least one customer reference. This customer must have access to the exact version of the generally available product for which the nomination is submitted (i.e., if the nomination is for version 1.2 of the product, the customer must have access to 1.2). Customer references may be contacted by judges, but their names and contact information will not be shared or published.

In previous years, only vendors with a physical booth presence were eligible to participate in the Best of VMworld Awards. This year's event will be digital; vendors must be a sponsor of the digital event or have arranged a contracted presence at VMworld prior to the cancellation of the physical event. Not all nominees will be contacted directly by judges or interviewed in person.

Submissions that fail to follow rules and regulations will be disqualified.

If you have questions about your eligibility or the Best of VMworld Awards nomination process, email bestofvmworld@techtarget.com.

Best of VMworld 2020 Awards judging criteria

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

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

Performance. Does the product perform to a 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 2020 Awards categories

Please review the category descriptions carefully before nominating products. Remember, a product can only be entered in one category. If you believe a product is 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 entered into the wrong category.

Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure. Eligible entrants include hardware products designed to enable organizations to build virtual infrastructures, including compute and storage hardware. Examples consist of storage arrays, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures, and hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, as well as software products designed to manage or virtualize hardware, such as software-defined storage.

DevOps and Automation. Eligible entrants include products that help operations teams and developers build, deploy and support applications in VMs and containers on premises and in the cloud, as well as products that monitor, track and manage on-premises or cloud-based workloads, or that enable workload migration across cloud platforms. Examples include products that monitor performance, troubleshoot workload availability, and automate workload deployment, scaling or configuration.

Networking. Eligible entrants are hardware and 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, such as software-defined networking and software-defined WANs.

Resilience and Recovery. Eligible entrants include software products or cloud services -- such as disaster recovery as a service -- that are designed to back up, restore and replicate data and/or achieve fault tolerance in a virtual server or cloud infrastructure.

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

Digital Workspace. Eligible entrants include products that secure mobile devices, applications and content while enabling mobile productivity, or software and hardware platforms that deliver or enhance the delivery of desktops and applications to various endpoints.

To submit a product for consideration, please fill out the nomination form.

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