After evaluating over 200 individual product entries, Windows IT Pro has selected finalists for the Best of TechEd 2014 awards. Our judging panel, which is comprised of editors, authors, and technical editors, will be interviewing finalists at the TechEd 2014 conference in Houston to make our final selections in the categories listed below. Products are evaluated based on strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and overall value to customers.

Furthermore, we'll also be choosing a Breakthrough Product at the show, and TechEd attendees will be able to vote for their favorite products for the Attendees' Pick awards. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 14, at 3:30 pm.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Backup and Recovery

Dell AppAssure
Veeam Backup & Replication
InMage 4000

Database

Dell Toad Development Suite for SQL Server
SQL Sentry Power Suite PLUS
Idera SQL Toolbox

Hardware

Dell Quad Video Thin Client
HP Moonshot System
IronKey Windows To Go Certified USB Drive

Messaging and Unified Communications

Binary Tree E2E Complete
STEALTHbits Technologies StealthAUDIT® for Exchange
Enow Software Mailscape for Exchange Online

Security

Proofpoint Predictive Defense 7.5
A10 Networks, A10 Thunder Series TPS
Centrify Server Suite

SharePoint

K2 Appit
STEALTHbits Technologies StealthAUDIT for Data Access Governance
Optimal IdM Virtual Identity Server for SharePoint

Software Development

DevExpress Universal
Coverity Development Testing Platform
Kaonsoft Meerue Platform
Perfecto Mobile MobileCloud for Visual Studio

Systems Management and Operations

Enhansoft Enhanced Web Reporting
SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
Comtrade Management Pack Suite for Citrix XenDesktop
Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

Virtualization

2X Software 2X Application Server XG
VMware Virtual SAN
Dell Software Foglight for Virtualization