After carefully evaluating nearly 300 individual product entries, the Windows IT Pro judging panel has selected the finalists for the Best of TechEd 2012 Awards. Editors, authors, and technical editors from Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine will be interviewing vendors onsite at TechEd 2012 in Orlando to complete the judging process and select winners in each of the categories listed below. Products will be evaluated based on strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to customers.

In addition to the categories you see here, we will be choosing a Breakthrough Product at the show. TechEd attendees will also be able to vote for their own favorite products with the Attendees’ Pick Award. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Backup and Recovery

Symantec NetBackup 5220 appliance

EMC Avamar 6.1 appliance

Quest Software NetVault FastRecover

Business Intelligence

Attunity Replicate

Sherpa Software Report Attender

Infragistics NetAdvantage Reporting

Cloud Computing

Mimecast Unified Email Management Suite

Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Accelerator

BrainStorm QuickHelp

Hardware and Storage

X-IO Hyper ISE

HP X5000 Network Storage System

Drobo B1200i

Messaging and UC

Plantronics Smarter Working UC Toolkit

GSX Solutions GSX Monitor & Analyzer for Exchange and SharePoint

Exclaimer Mail Disclaimers

Microsoft

SQL Server 2012

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

System Center 2012

Mobile & Wireless

Symantec Mobile Management

Nokia Lumia 900

Quest Mobile IT

Networking

SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor

Citrix NetScaler with TriScale

NEC Programmable Flow

Relational Database

Red Gate SQL Toolbelt

Idera SQL toolbox

Quest Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise

Security

Viewfinity Privilege Management

TITUS Message Classification

Specops Password Suite

Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection

SharePoint Admin

Colligo Briefcase Pro for iPad

KnowledgeLake Unify

BA Insight Longitude Connector Framework

SharePoint Development

K2 blackpearl

ComponentOne Studio for SharePoint

BA Insight Longitude AutoClassifier

Software Development

DevExpress DXperience Universal

Telerik DevTools for .NET Ultimate Collection

Infragistics NetAdvantage Ultimate

Systems Management and Operations

SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Cisco UCS Manager

Quest ChangeAuditor

Virtualization

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

HP VirtualSystem for Microsoft

Veeam ONE