Friday, September 14, 2012

VMworld 2012 Best of Show Winners

Here are the VMworld 2012 Best of Show winners straight up from TechTarget.  I can't say I understand all of the choices and you have to take them for what they are - press picks, but most of these products are worth another look.  I share a couple of thoughts after some sections, all just my opinion, of course:

Business Continuity and Data Protection
Gold: FalconStor RecoverTrac 2.5, FalconStor Software
Silver: EMC Avamar 6.1, EMC Corp.
Bronze: Symantec NetBackup 5220, Symantec Corp.

Comment: How does yet another proprietary hardware box from EMC win silver?  Where's vSphere replication with SRM, especially now that it's free with vSphere?  I saw other products at VMworld that were more deserving.

Security and Compliance for Virtualization
Gold: Layer 7 API Portal, Layer 7 Technologies
Silver: None
Bronze: None

Comment:  No Silver or Bronze?  That seems odd.  These guys need to try harder.

Virtualization Management
Gold: HotLink Hybrid Express, HotLink Corp.
Silver: Control Console 7.1, CiRBA Inc.
Bronze: Puppet Enterprise 2.5, Puppet Labs

Comment:  HotLink has some cool products, but the other two?  Again, I saw better management products at VMworld.

Hardware for Virtualization
Gold: Tintri VMstore T540 with Tintri OS 1.4, Tintri Inc.
Silver: Nutanix Complete Cluster, Nutanix
Bronze: Zebi Storage Arrays, Tegile Systems Inc.

Comment:  All of these products are cool and worth a look.  Nutanix won this last year and has since exploded in growth and mind share - I heard several people talking positively about them at the conference.  They should have included SimpliVity and Scale Computing.

Desktop Virtualization
Gold: Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI, Atlantis Computing Inc.
Silver: SysTrack MarketPlace, 6.1, Lakeside Software Inc.
Bronze: HP t410 All-in-One Zero Client, Hewlett-Packard Co.

Comment:  Again, all products worth looking at.  Only I would have included Teradici PCoIP, they now provide a solutions for Microsoft RDS and "shared GPU" putting them on par (or close to?) Citrix HDX 3D Pro.

Private Cloud Computing Technologies
Gold: Piston Enterprise OpenStack, Version 1, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc.
Silver: ManageIQ's Enterprise Virtualization Management Suite, Version 4
Bronze: Embotics V-Commander, Version 4.5, Embotics

Public and Hybrid Cloud Computing Technologies
Gold: DynamicOps Cloud Suite 4.5, DynamicOpsby VMware Inc.
Silver: Skytap Cloud, Skytap Inc.
Bronze: None

New Technology
Gold:  Systems Management Virtualization, 1.0, Intigua
Silver: EqualLogic Storage Blade Array, Dell Inc.
Bronze: XtremIO Flash Array, Version 1.1, XtremIO

Best of Show
Winner: HotLink Hybrid Express, HotLink