After carefully evaluating nearly 300 individual product entries, the Windows IT Pro judging panel has selected the finalists for the Best of TechEd 2013 Awards. Editors, authors, and technical editors from Windows IT Pro will be interviewing vendors onsite at TechEd 2013 in New Orleans 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 Attendees’ Pick Awards for both partner products and Microsoft products. Winners will be announced on the show floor Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Backup & Recovery
Code 42 CrashPlan PROe
UltraBac Warp 1.1
Veeam Backup & Replication

Cloud Computing
NetIQ Cloud Access
Sherpa Attender Online
Optimal IdM Virtual Identity Server for Office 365

Database
Idera SQL toolbox
Dell (Quest) Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise
FatCloud FatDB

Hardware
A10 Thunder Series
Dell S2340T Touchscreen Monitor
Lenovo Thinkpad Helix Ultrabook Convertible

Messaging and Unified Communications
Add-On Products Resource Central
Binary Tree E2E Complete
StorageCraft Shadow Protect Granular Recovery for Exchange

Security
Proofpoint Targeted Attack Protection
BeyondTrust PowerBroker for Windows
Ping Identity PingOne

SharePoint
AvePoint DocAve 6
GSX Monitor & Analyzer for SharePoint
Infragistics SharePlus
Idera SharePoint audit

Software Development
DevExpress Universal
Infragistics NetAdvantage Ultimate
Telerik DevCraft

Systems Management
Adaptiva OneSite
NetApp Cisco FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud
Dell Mobile IT
SOTI MobiControl

Virtualization
Dell DVS Enterprise for vWorkspace
Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch for Hyper-V
SolarWinds Virtualization Manager