2006 Technology of the Year Awards: The winners' list

Find all of our Technology of the Year Award winners here, organized by category

See correction at end of article

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES

Best Enterprise Server

IBM eServer OpenPower 710 

Multiprocessing powerhouse with excellent fault-tolerance features Best Industry Standard Server

HP ProLiant DL585 

Outstanding out-of-band management and serviceability Most Innovative Server

Sun Fire T2000 

Changes the math for threaded performance and power consumption Best Blade System

ClearCube PC Blade System 

Powerful management software for high-availability workstations Best Workstation

Apple Power Mac G5 Quad 

Impressive hardware specs, sub-$5,000 price tag, and the magic of OS X

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OPERATING SYSTEMS

Best Server Operating System

Mac OS X Server v10.4 

A powerful, extensible Unix server with a uniquely robust set of standard features Best Client Operating System

Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger 

A rich and friendly desktop OS built with professional users in mind

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VIRTUALIZATION

Best Server Virtualization

VMware ESX Server and VirtualCenter 

Dynamic duo points to new possibilities in datacenter management Best Workstation Virtualization

VMware Workstation 5.5 

Indispensable companion to software developers and testers

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NETWORKING

Best Enterprise Switch

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GE 

Wire-rate 10-Gig switching and granular QoS support for the edge Best SMB Switch

Dell PowerConnect 3424P 

Delivers an array of enterprise-class features in a tidy package Best WAN Traffic Manager

Packeteer PacketShaper 9500 

The Cadillac of QoS for WAN circuits, upholstered with extensive reporting Best WAN Accelerator

Riverbed Steelhead 3010 

Amazing caching and optimization techniques overcome chatty apps and slow links Best IP PBX

Siemens HiPath 8000 Real-Time IP System 

Full-featured, scalable phone system that set the standard for SIP support in our test Best Network Analysis Tool

Niksun NetVCR 2005 

Complete network analysis package that puts complete historical data at your fingertips

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STORAGE

Best SAN

Compellent Storage Center QuickStart 

Extensive management, strong performance, great scalability, and superb ease-of-use Best iSCSI SAN

EqualLogic PS200E 

A well-designed and superbly executed storage array, boasting extremely good performance Best Director Switch

McData Intrepid i10K Director 

Fabric partitioning and long-haul connectivity take the sting out of distributed SANs Best NAS

NetApp FAS3020c 

Solid performance, flawless fail-over, exceptional scalability, and a jack of all trades Best NAS Killer

HP StorageWorks Enterprise File Services Clustered Gateway with PolyServe Matrix Server 

Brings the processing power and high-availability of clustering to Linux and Windows Best Storage Management Software

HP Storage Essentials 4.0 

Accurate discovery, powerful provisioning, and seamless support for heterogeneous hardware Best Storage Virtualization

EMC Invista 

Preserves investments in existing hardware without sacrificing manageability or performance

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APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Best IDE

Visual Studio 2005

A unified, end-to-end, role-based toolset that extends the IDE's reach in all directions Best Java IDE

IBM Rational Software Architect 6.0 

The most feature-complete Java development environment for architects and coders Best AJAX Toolkit

Tibco General Interface 3.1 

Friendly, capable toolkit for building sophisticated applications that run in a browser Best Application Test Tool

Agitar Agitator 3.0 and Parasoft Jtest 7.0 

Two great ways to create unit tests and exercise code forced us to call it a draw Best Security Analysis Tool

Fortify Source Code Analysis Suite 3.0 

Thorough analysis and detailed recommendations make remedial action quick and effective Best Rules Management System

ILOG JRules 5.0 

Adds depth and polish to an already rich set of tools, including customizable rule language

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APPLICATIONS AND MIDDLEWARE

Best CRM Application

Salesforce.com Winter '05 Enterprise Edition 

The undisputed champ of hosted CRM combines strong features and unparalleled extensibility Best Enterprise Service Bus

Sonic SOA Suite 6.1 

Complete, flexible, and powerful, delivering the reliability necessary for high-volume transactions Best Application Performance Manager

Indicative Service Director and SLA Manager 6.5 

Especially strong at linking real-time performance measures with service-level agreements

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DATABASES

Best Enterprise Database

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 

Ambitious, enterprise-oriented overhaul creates a new measuring stick for database management Best XML Database

eXist 1.0

A smooth, even pleasurable introduction to the power of XQuery and XML content management

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CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Best Enterprise CMS

EMC Documentum 5 Enterprise Content Management Platform 

Impressively unified approach to managing content creation, reuse, archiving, and disposal Best Enterprise Search

Vivísimo Velocity 4.2 

Advanced capabilities that can be deployed faster and less expensively than competing solutions Best Document Manager

Xerox DocuShare 4.0.1 

Strong mix of collaboration, personalization, ease-of-use, and extensibility Best Web Analytics

Omniture SiteCatalyst 12 

Makes site traffic data easier to analyze and streamlines the process of fixing problematic pages

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COLLABORATION

Best Exchange Killer

Gordano Messaging Server 10.05 

Feature-rich messaging server that eases swaps with unique real-time mailbox migration

Best Live Collaboration

WebEx WebOffice 

Shared databases, documents, and discussions, plus seamless integration with real-time meetings

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IDENTITY MANAGEMENT

Best Identity Manager

Novell Identity Manager 2 

Powerful graphical workflow and design tools plus intuitive user interface set it apart

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SECURITY

Best Anti-Spam

Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series 

Best-in-class accuracy and ease-of-use with great policy-driven filtering and e-mail firewall features Best Anti-Spyware

F-Secure Anti-Virus Client Security 6 

The best real-time protection we've seen, backed by first-rate detection and removal Best Insider Threat Defense

Vontu 4.0

Exceptional administration combined with the best collection of built-in compliance policies Best Network Access Controller

Elemental Compliance System 1.1 

Powerful policy engine and deep reporting constitute a major step toward enterprise-wide NAC Best SSL VPN

Juniper Secure Access 5000 

A beast of a box that provides exceptional remote access capabilities with fine-grained control Correction:

In this article, the name of EMC's content management product should have been EMC Documentum 5 Enterprise Content Management Platform . InfoWorld regrets the error, which has been corrected.

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