InformationWeek Analytics and Interop Announces 2009 'Best of Interop' Award Winners

VMware is Named 2009 Best of Interop Grand Prize Winner

May 19, 2009

InformationWeek Analytics, the premium content service for business technology leaders, and Interop, the leading global business technology event series, today named VMware as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Best of Interop Awards in a ceremony held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during Interop Las Vegas 2009. Also selected at the ceremony were the Best of Interop winners in eight categories, including Cisco, Juniper Networks, ScienceLogic, Expand Networks, CHARGE Anywhere, and Aruba Networks. Interop Las Vegas 2009 will conclude on Thursday, May 21. For more information, please visit:

The finalists for the 2009 Best of Interop Awards were hand-selected by InformationWeek's panel of expert judges. Each year, Best of Interop winners prove to be the key players in the continuing evolution of business technology.

"This year was an exciting year for the Best of Interop Awards because there were so many strong contenders in every category," said Art Wittmann, Managing Director of InformationWeek Analytics. "VMware and each of the category winners have truly demonstrated the essence of innovation and deserve this recognition for their contributions to the industry."

"The submissions we received for the Best of Interop Awards were a true reflection of the tremendous amount of energy and innovation in the market today," said Lenny Heymann, Interop General Manager. "We congratulate VMware for their contributions and for demonstrating that Interop is the best place to see the latest and most exciting advancements in the business technology industry."

  The 2009 Best of Interop Awards winners in each category are:

  --  Cloud Computing and Virtualization:  VMware - VMware vSphere 4
  --  Collaboration and Unified Communications:  Cisco - WebEx Node on Cisco
      ASR 1000 Series Routers
  --  Data Center and Storage:  Cisco - Unified Computing System
  --  Infrastructure:  Juniper Networks - SRX650 Services Gateway
  --  Network Management:  ScienceLogic - EM7 G3
  --  Performance Optimization:  Expand Networks - Virtual Accelerator
  --  Security:  CHARGE Anywhere - CHARGE Anywhere PCI Security Solution
  --  Wireless and Mobility:  Aruba Networks - 600-Series Branch Office

In addition to these eight category winners, two special awards were also awarded:

  --  Best Startup Company: Rhomobile
  --  Green Award: Cisco - Cisco EnergyWise

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InteropĀ® drives the adoption of technology, providing knowledge and insight to help IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. Part of TechWeb's family of global brands, Interop is the leading business technology event series. Through in-depth educational programs, workshops, real-world demonstrations and live technology implementations in its unique InteropNet and InteropLabs programs, Interop provides the forum for the most powerful innovations and solutions the industry has to offer. For more information about these events visit,

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