2007 Technology of the Year Award Winners

Selected by Test Center editors and reviewers from more than 230 products tested during 2006, these 41 hardware and software products represent the best and most innovative in their class

PLATFORMS

Best Server Virtualization (Hardware Virtualization)

VMware Infrastructure 3

infoworld.com/4791

Rich VM management features reinforce VMware’s standing as the virtualization leader

Best Server Virtualization

(OS Virtualization)

SWsoft Virtuozzo 3.0

infoworld.com/4105

Excellent shared-kernel solution makes an outstanding choice for large infrastructures

Adaptive Infrastructure

Innovator

Scalent Virtual Operating Environment 2.0

infoworld.com/4564

Provides a glimpse of what a truly adaptive datacenter could look like

Best Application Virtualization

Altiris Software Virtualization Solution 2.0

infoworld.com/3952

Windows configuration management will never be the same

Best Virtual Lab Automation

Surgient Virtual QA/Test Management System 5.0

infoworld.com/4563

An extensive, enterprise-scale solution with excellent capture and replay capabilities

Best Linux Desktop

Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

infoworld.com/4238

Combines professional fit and finish with unique usability features

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award winners

HARDWARE

Best Server

Sun Fire X4200

infoworld.com/3949

A serious, well-designed workhorse combines performance and value

Best High-Performance Server

Sun Fire X4600

infoworld.com/4761

Beefy, eight-socket Opteron server is a triumph of capability and design

Best Fault-Tolerant Server

Stratus ftServer W Series 4300

infoworld.com/3955

If you require true redundancy in a Windows server, look no further

Performance Management

Innovator

PremiTech Performance Guard 4.1

infoworld.com/3885

Rich reporting from the client perspective fills a gap in application performance management

Best Desktop/Workstation

Apple Mac Pro

infoworld.com/4804

Impeccably designed workstation stands apart from a crowded Woodcrest field

Best Notebook

Apple MacBook Pro

infoworld.com/4806

An elegant mobile computer characterized by unsurpassed attention to detail

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award winners

APP DEV

Best Business Rule Management System

Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor 6.1

infoworld.com/4342

A wealth of rule tools and superior speed make it the top enterprise BRMS

Java IDE Innovator

Sun NetBeans 5.5

infoworld.com/4693

An intuitive, well-designed IDE with superb

collaboration and remarkable features

Best Java Test Tool

Parasoft Jtest 8

infoworld.com/4594

An already great Java testing suite extends the reach with exhaustive code analysis

Best Source Code Analyzer

Klocwork K7 v. 7

infoworld.com/4086

A comprehensive analytical suite with excellent defect discovery and superior tools

Best AJAX Toolkit

Backbase 3.2

infoworld.com/4725

A smooth, crisp collection of widgets with a nice, modern look

Best Open Source AJAX Kit

Dojo

infoworld.com/4338

A broad, well-packaged open source project with an excellent editor and many features

Best Rich Internet Application Platform

Adobe Flex 2

infoworld.com/4434

A feature-rich IDE and capable back-end shine for real-time, data-driven Web apps

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award winners

APPLICATIONS

Application Innovator

Zimbra Collaboration Suite 3.0

infoworld.com/4009

Truly integrated mail/contacts/calendar enables rich, service-oriented extensibility

Best Exchange Troubleshooting

Zenprise 1.0

infoworld.com/3996

Proactively identifies potential problems and provides easy-to-understand solutions

Best Exchange HA Solution

Quest Availability Manager for Exchange 2.0

infoworld.com/4569

Offers automatic fail-over protection of

individual mailboxes and easy administration

Best Open Source Portal

Liferay Portal 4.0

infoworld.com/4131

Rivals many commercial portals in both functionality and technology

DATA MANAGEMENT

Best Enterprise Search

Vivisimo Velocity 5

infoworld.com/4525

Excellent categorization plus federation of

enterprise and public knowledgebases

Best Enterprise RSS Manager

NewsGator Enterprise Server 1.4

infoworld.com/4719

Superior security and multi-platform RSS

readers give it an edge over rivals

Best Enterprise Wiki

Traction TeamPage 3.7

www.infoworld.com/4814

Superior in usability, search capabilities, and delivering customized content

Best Enterprise DRM

SealedMedia E-DRM 5.0

infoworld.com/4506

Full-featured and easy-to-use solution for

protecting and tracking documents

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award winners

STORAGE

Best Data Classification Solution

EMC Infoscape

infoworld.com/4743

Provides a rich toolbox for automatically classifying files according to sophisticated rules

Best E-Mail Archiving Solution

HP StorageWorks RISS 1.1

infoworld.com/3954

Fast, reliable system provides easy search tools and seamless integration with mail clients

Best Mid-Tier Tape Library

Spectra T120

infoworld.com/4723

Winning mix of powerful backup hardware, safe encryption, and excellent management tools

Best Unified Storage for SMBs

HP StorageWorks 600 All-in-One

Storage System

infoworld.com/4547

Combines scalable hardware and an autopilot for data migration and key management tasks

NETWORKING

Best WAN Accelerator

Riverbed Steelhead 3.0

infoworld.com/4640

Perennial winner continues to impress with expanded CIFS and NFS support

Best 10-Gig Switching

Infrastructure

Extreme BlackDiamond 10808 and 8810

infoworld.com/4556

The Cadillac of Ethernet switching conquers core, edge, management, and security

Best SOBO Services Consolidation

Cisco 2811 Integrated Services Router

infoworld.com/4068

Modular 1U unit combines routing, firewall, VoIP call management, and voicemail

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award winners

Best Network Analysis Solution

Network Physics NetSensory NP-500

infoworld.com/4037

Collects an impressive amount of data and provides nearly limitless ways to analyze it

SECURITY

Best Anti-Spam

Symantec Mail Security 4.1 &

IronPort C-Series v. 4.0

infoworld.com/3994 & infoworld.com/4194

This one was too close to call: Reigning champ Symantec proved best in accuracy, while IronPort proved superior at avoiding false positives

Best Data Leak Prevention

Vontu 5.0

infoworld.com/3874

Repeat champion still can’t be beat for enforcing policies around confidential data

Best Unified Threat Management

SonicWall Pro 2040

infoworld.com/3951

The best all-around mix of features and functionality we’ve seen

Best Security Compliance

Management

Elemental Security Platform 2.0

infoworld.com/4033

Agent-based solution provides granular control over all devices on the network

Vulnerability Management

Innovator

Blue Lane PatchPoint G/450

infoworld.com/4763

Excels at protecting unpatched servers against many publicly known exploits

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