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Virtualization innovators vie for Best of VMworld 2009 Awards

The Best of VMworld 2009 Awards from TechTarget's narrowed down the best technologies in categories ranging from desktop virtualization to cloud computing.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearly 200 products were considered in The Best of VMworld 2009 Awards in categories ranging from desktop virtualization to cloud computing. The awards, sponsored by TechTarget's, highlight the most innovative technologies at the show.

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In the Security and Virtualization category, the gold award winner was HyTrust Inc. for its HyTrust Appliance. The finalist was Catbird Networks Inc. for Catbird vCompliance.

The HyTrust product "provides a single point of control for hypervisor access management, configuration, logging and compliance," according to a statement from the judging panel, which is anonymous.

In the Business Continuity and Data Protection Software category, Vizioncore Inc. took the gold award for vRanger Pro 4.0.

There were two finalists in that category: Veeam Software Inc. for Veeam Backup & Replication and PHD Virtual Technologies for esXpress n 3.6.

VMworld 2009 awards:
The winners
Security and Virtualization
Gold: HyTrust, HyTrust Appliance
Finalist: Catbird Networks Inc., Catbird vCompliance

Business continuity and Data Protection Software
Gold: Vizioncore Inc., vRanger Pro 4.0
Finalist: Veeam Software Inc., Veeam Backup & Replication
Finalist: PHD Virtual Technologies, esXpress n 3.6

Hardware for Virtualization
Gold: Cisco Systems Inc., Unified Computing System
Finalist: Xsigo Systems, VP780 I/O Director 2.0
Finalist: AFORE Solutions Inc., ASE3300

Virtualization Management
Gold: Netuitive Inc., Netuitive SI for Virtual Data Centers
Finalist: Veeam Software, Veeam Management Suite
Finalist: Embotics Corp.,
V-Commander 3.0

Desktop Virtualization
Gold: AppSense, AppSense Environment Manager, 8.0
Finalist: Liquidware Labs, Stratusphere
Finalist : Virtual Computer Inc., NxTop

Cloud Computing

Gold: Mellanox Technologies, Intalio Cloud Appliance
Finalist: InContinuum Software CloudController 1.
Finalist: Catbird Networks Inc., Catbird V-Security Cloud Edition

New Technology
Gold: VirtenSys, VirtenSys IOV switch VMX-500LSR
Finalist: Lakeside Software, SysTrack Image Provisioning Planner

Best of Show
Gold: HyTrust, HyTrust Appliance

"While contenders in this category were close rivals, the winner changed the most for the better," the judges wrote. "The gold winner provides a cleaner interface and all-around faster tool, speed being crucial in this category."

In Hardware for Virtualization, Cisco Systems Inc.'s Unified Computing System (UCS) won the gold award.

Judges said that UCS "provides a unified platform for hardware and networking that radically reduces the number of devices requiring setup, management, power and cooling, and cabling. ... This offering will be hugely impactful in the marketplace."

A group of engineers from the National Defense and Canadian Forces in Ontario who attended a super session on UCS Tuesday said the UCS system is ideal for dedicated technologies such as desktop virtualization.

"It looks like a good technology. ... You could get the system and throw a bunch of desktops on the blades, and it would run great," said one of the engineers, who wished to remain anonymous.

The two finalists were Xsigo Systems for VP780 I/O Director 2.0 and AFORE Solutions Inc. for ASE3300

More than 40 companies entered in the Virtualization Management category, and Netuitive Inc. won for its Netuitive SI for Virtual Data Centers. The product impressed the judges by providing "broad management far beyond virtual environments and a self-learning capability that alerts you to problems hours before they happen," the judges said.

Finalists in the management category were Veeam Software for Veeam Management Suite and Embotics Corp. for V-Commander 3.0.

The gold award winner in the desktop virtualization was AppSense for AppSense Environment Manager 8.0. The judges said AppSense "rocked our boat. ... It offers the most complete user management environment system out there."

The two finalists in this category were Liquidware Labs for its desktop virtualization diagnostic tool Stratusphere and Virtual Computer Inc. for NxTop.

For Cloud Computing technologies, the gold went to Mellanox Technologies for its Intalio Cloud Appliance. Judges said Mellanox offered "the most impressive integrated private cloud system for building large-scale internal clouds."

The finalists were InContinuum Software for CloudController v 1.5 and Catbird Networks Inc. for Catbird V-Security Cloud Edition.

The best new technology at VMworld 2009 was VirtenSys' VirtenSys IOV switch VMX-500LSR. Judges considered VirtenSys innovative because of its potential cost savings. "It eliminates an entire layer of switching," the judges wrote. "Without this product, you would have to buy big iron to get all this functionality."

The finalist in the new technology category was Lakeside Software's SysTrack Image Provisioning Planner.

The Best of Show award this year went to HyTrust for HyTrust Appliance because, according to the judges, it offers "the greatest potential to secure virtual environments by providing a single point of access control. It frees admins to set policies once that won't be overridden by other tools."

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer.

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