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IDG’s InfoWorld Names Top Technologies Impacting IT in 2008 ; Annual Technology of the Year Awards Honor 45 Innovative Solutions


SAN FRANCISCO, CA .- IDG’s InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT Decision Makers, today announced the recipients of its 2008 Technology of the Year honors, recognizing 45 products across 9 general categories. Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products on the IT landscape. InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year Awards are not open to outside nominations. Winners are drawn from all of the products tested during the past year, with the final selections made by InfoWorld’s Test Center staff. All products reviewed by the Test Center are eligible to win. Full results appear on

“InfoWorld tests upwards of 200 IT products every year, and we see many, many good ones,” said Doug Dineley, InfoWorld’s Test Center Executive Editor. “Our Technology of the Year award winners represent not only the cream of the crop, but the best products in the most important product categories. From the top AJAX development tools and SOA middleware to the best blade servers and VoIP systems, these are the products at the leading edge of IT.”

InfoWorld’s 2008 Technology of the Year Awards winners include:
LOMBARDI (Best Business Process Management)
ORACLE (Best Enterprise Service Bus)
SEEMORE (Best Database Middleware)
EXPRESSO (Best Spreadsheet Collaboration)
JIVE SOFTWARE (Best Community Platform)

CURL (Best Rich Internet Applications Platform)
JACKBE (Best Enterprise Mashups Platform)
FAIR ISAAC (Best Business Rule Management System)
BMC (Best Application Debugger)

ORACLE (Best Enterprise Content Management)
TRIDION (Best Web Content Management)
VIVISIMO (Best Enterprise Search)
NEXTPAGE (Best Document Retention System)

DELL (Best Blade Server System)
HP (Best Blade System for Small Sites)
SUN (Best Storage Server)
STRATUS (Best Fault-Tolerant Server)
APC (Best Row Cooling Solution)
APPLE (Best Notebook Computer)
NOKIA (Best Mobile Handset for the Enterprise)
HTC (Best Notebook Substitute)

CISCO SYSTEMS (Best Aggregation Router)
PROCURVE/HP (Best Workgroup Switch)
JUNIPER NETWORKS (Best Web Application Accelerator)
SHUNRA (Best Network Emulation Tool)
DIVITAS (Mobile Convergence Innovator)
POLYCOM (Best IP Phone, Best IP Conference Phone)

APPLE (Best Operating System)
SUN (Most Innovative Server OS)
SYMANTEC (Best Application Virtualization)
VMWARE (Best Desktop Virtualization)
PARALLELS (Best Desktop Virtualization for Mac)

VONTU (Best Data Leak Prevention)
MU SECURITY (Best Fuzzer)
CORE SECURITY (Best Penetration Tester)
SYMANTEC (Best Mail Security)
BEYONDTRUST (Best Windows Client Security)

SUN (Best File System)
ADAPTEC (Best Entry-Level SAN)
NETWORK APPLIANCE (Best Unified Storage System)
BREECE HILL (Best Backup for SMBs)
APRICORN (Best Portable Drive with Encryption)

About InfoWorld Media Group
InfoWorld Media Group helps IT Decision Makers choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations. InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at .

About International Data Group
International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG also publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. IDG’s media brands include CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, Storage Networking World, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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