After carefully evaluating more than 300 individual product entries, the Windows IT Pro judging panel has selected the finalists for the Best of TechEd 2011 Awards. Editors, authors, and technical editors from Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine will be interviewing vendors onsite at TechEd 2011 next week in Atlanta 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 also be choosing a Breakthrough Product and Best Cloud Computing Product/Service 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 Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Winners will also be announced from the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine booth on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

 

Backup/Recovery

AppAssure Replay 4
CommVault Simpana 9
Quest LiteSpeed for SQL Server Enterprise  

Business Intelligence

ComponentOne OLAP for Silverlight
DevExpress Analytics
Dundas Dashboard  

Database Administration

Argent for SQL Server
Idera SQL toolbox
Red Gate SQL DBA Bundle  

Database Development

DevExpress eXpress Persistent Objects (XPO)
Red Gate SQL Developer Bundle
Telerik OpenAccess ORM  

Hardware/Storage

Cisco Unified Computing System B250 M2 Blade
EMC Isolon Scale-Out NAS
Xiotech Hybrid ISE

Messaging

Argent for Exchange
Binary Tree E2E Complete
Messageware OWA Desktop  

Microsoft

Lync 2010
Windows SBS 2011 Essentials
Windows Intune
Windows Azure  

Mobile/Wireless

JOOB Mobile
Odyssey Athena for Configuration Manager 5.0
Symantec Mobile Management  

Networking

F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager
Men & Mice Suite
Spiceworks

Security

Accellion Secure Collaboration
Barracuda Web Security Flex
Okta
ScriptLogic Security Explorer 

SharePoint Administration

Colligo Contributor Pro
Idera SharePoint diagnostic manager
Quest Recovery Manager for SharePoint  

SharePoint Development

AvePoint DocAve Deployment Manager for SharePoint
ComponentOne Studio for SharePoint
K2/SourceCode K2 blackpearl  

Software Development

ComponentOne Studio Enterprise
DevExpress DXperience Enterprise
Infragistics NetAdvantage Ultimate  

Systems Management/Operations

Argent Commander
Cyber-Ark Privileged Identity Management (PIM) Suite
NetWrix Password Manager
SpecOps Deploy 

Virtualization

Citrix XenDesktop
KEMP Virtual LoadMaster - Exchange for Hyper-V
Quest vWorkspace
Spoon Server