Best of Interop ITX Awards

The Best of Interop ITX Awards recognize exhibitors who have made significant technological advancements in some of the most important facets of the IT industry - infrastructure, data & analytics, cloud, security and DevOps. The winners in each category represent the products that our independent team of judges consider the most innovative and valuable for addressing real-world customer concerns. 

This year, we offered two awards in each category - one for a product by an industry veteran, and one for a product by an up-and-coming, emerging vendor. We want to recognize both the companies that have long contributed to the growth of the IT industry as well as newer companies that show great promise moving forward.

Congratulations to the 2017 finalists and winners (in bold) below! 

  • Cisco Catena
  • Portnox CLEAR
  • Viptela Fabric
  • NetBeez Beezkeeper (Emerging Vendor Winner)

Data & Analytics

  • ExtraHop Addy
  • ThousandEyes Internet Outage Detection
  • Cisco Catena


  • Cisco iCAM
  • Cisco PLB


  • Pluribus Networks Adaptive Cloud Fabric
  • Cisco Catena
  • Samsung PM1643 32TB Solid State Drive
  • 128 Technology 128T Networking Platform (Emerging Vendor Winner)


  • Cisco iCAM
  • Portnox CORE
  • Versive Security Engine (Emerging Vendor Winner)

Applications - CollabNet TeamForget

Best Startup - AppFormix

Cloud/Virtualization - AppFormix

Data Center - Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager

Mobility/Wireless - Cisco Flexible Radio Assignment

Networking - Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization

Performance/Management/Monitoring - Pluribus VCF Insight Analytics (VCF-IA)

SDN - VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2

Security - Cisco NGFW

Storage - Ambedded

Applications - JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service

Cloud/Virtualization - FixStream Operational Analytics and Visualization Platform

Data Center - Cisco ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director)

Mobility - Cisco Hyperlocation Module

Networking - Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Intelligent Fabric

Performance/Management/Monitoring - VMware vRealize Operations 6

SDN - Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Security - Dell SonicWall Secure Remote Access

Storage - NEC Hydrastor HS8-4000

Best Startup - VeloCloud Cloud Networking Services

Grand Award - JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service

SDN - OpenDaylight Project Hydrogen

Storage -VMware Virtual SAN

Cloud - VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™

Data Center - Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch

Management - NEC Unified Network Coordinator (UNC)

Mobility - Dell Enterprise Mobility Management

Networking - Cisco ISR 4451-X Converged Branch Infrastructure Solution

Performance - Spirent Communications Avalanche NEXT

Security - SpectorSoft Spector 360 Recon

Best Startup - Basic6

Audience Choice - VMware Virtual SAN

Grand Award - OpenDaylight Project Hydrogen