Best of Interop Finalists Announced

How do you know we’re getting close to the beginning of Interop? The judges have announced the finalists for Best of Interop, that’s how. The folks over at InformationWeek Analytics who are running this year’s competition released the list of finalists today — take a look and leave a comment to let us know who you think will win in Las Vegas.

Cloud Computing & Virtualization
Amazon Web Services – Amazon Elastic MapReduce
Ixia – IxVM
VMware – VMware vSphere 4

Collaboration & Unified Communications
Cisco – WebEx Node on Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers
Polycom, Inc. – Polycom VVX 1500 Business Media Phone
Siemens Enterprise Communications – OpenScape

Data Center and Storage
Cisco – Unified Computing System
Cleversafe – Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) 2000
Fusion-io – ioDrive Duo

Juniper Networks – SRX650 Services Gateway
Nortel – Network Infrastructure Platform
Rackwise – Rackwise Data Center Manager v3.4.1

Network Management
APCON – TITAN EnterPoint
ServersCheck – ServersCheck Monitoring Appliance
ScienceLogic – EM7 G3

Performance Optimization
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Expand Networks – Expand Network’s Virtual Accelerator
Spirent Communications – Spirent TestCenterâ„¢ Virtual

CHARGE Anywhere – CHARGE Anywhere PCI Security Solution
Juniper Networks – Juniper Networks SRX3600 Services Gateway
TippingPoint Technologies – TippingPoint 10 IPS

Wireless and Mobility
Aruba – Branch Office Controllers
Cisco – Cisco 3310 Mobility Services Engine
Rhomobile – Rhodes

In addition to the eight category winners, there will be three special awards: Grand Prize Winner, Best StartUp, and the Green Award. The Green Award recognizes eco-friendly products. For the Best StartUp category, the vendor must have existed as an independent company for two years or less. The judges will determine the overall Grand Prize Winner from the pool of category winners. For more information on Best of Interop categories and awards, visit the Best of Interop web site.

Now — which companies do you think will take home the prizes? Let us know — with enough comments, I’ll put together a few graphs before the awards, and we’ll see how The Wisdom of the Crowd compares to the judges’ results. Plan to check back on Tuesday, May 19, when winners will be announced and the ceremony will be blogged right here.