After carefully evaluating close to 200 individual product entries, our panel of judges has selected the finalists for the Best of TechEd 2009 Awards.

Editors from Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine will be scheduling meetings with vendors onsite at TechEd 2009 next month in Los Angeles to complete the judging process and select winners in each of the categories listed below.

Note: The Breakthrough Product and Best Microsoft Product category winners will be selected by the judges at TechEd.

The winners will be selected by a judging panel of editors from Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine, and are evaluated based on each finalist's strategic importance, competitive advantage, and value to customers.

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 Wednesday, May 13, 2009 in Los Angeles at a location near the Conference Center. Winners will be announced, from Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine booth, during lunch on Thursday, May 14, 2009.

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Best of TechEd 2009 Award Finalists

Category: Business intelligence

  • DevExpress Analytics - DevExpress
  • MessageSolution Email & File Archive Enterprise Suite - MessageSolution, Inc.
  • Novell Business Service Manager - Novell
Category: Database Administration
  • Idera SQL admin toolset - Idera
  • Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Quest Software
  • GRIDSCALE for SQL Server - xkoto
Category: Database Development

  • NeoData - Alchemy Solutions
  • Toad for SQL Server - Quest Software
Category: Developer Tools

  • AVIcode Intercept Studio - AVIcode
  • ComponentOne Studio for WinForms - ComponentOne
  • Idera PowerShell Plus, Professional Edition - Idera Software
Category: Hardware, Networking and Storage

  • Unified Computing System - Cisco
  • DroboPro - DataRobotics
  • HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array - HP
Category: Messaging

  • NetApp Single Mailbox Recovery for Microsoft Exchange - NetApp
  • Quest Spotlight on Messaging - Quest Software
  • Mail Attender for Exchange - Sherpa Software
Category: Productivity & Collaboration

  • Reflection 2008 - Attachmate
  • ControlPoint - Axceler
  • Idera SharePoint admin toolset - Idera
  • K2 Blackpoint - K2 (SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc.)
  • Quest Site Administrator for SharePoint - Quest Software

Category: Security

  • BeyondTrust Privilege Manager - BeyondTrust
  • Specops Password Reset - Special Operations Software
  • VIPRE Enterprise - Sunbelt Software
Category: Software Components & Middleware

  • Fujitsu PROGRESSION - Fujitsu America
  • JNBridgePro - JNBridge
  • ScaleOut StateServer Grid Computing Edition - ScaleOut Software, Inc.
Category: Systems Management and Operations

  • Double-Take Move - Doubletake Software
  • SmartDeploy Enterprise - Prowess Software
  • Quest ActiveRoles Server - Quest Software
  • Altiris Server Management Suite - Symantec Corp.
Category: Virtualization

  • Citrix XenDesktop - Citrix
  • Specops Virtual Deploy - Special Operations Software
  • VMware Infrastructure 3.5 - VMware