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She pointed to one especially informative keynote presentation delivered by a Dell vice president and the VP and director of the Center for BioIntelligence at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen. The keynote centered on cancer research in the cloud.
"There's also a panel that highlights how cloud computing is working in the entertainment and animation market segments," DiDio said. "Again, it's extremely useful for corporate and vendor attendees alike to see specific technology use scenarios and the impact on business."
Best of Show Awards
Also on Wednesday, the Best of Interop awards were presented on the show floor.
NEC Corporation was recognized as the grand prize winner for Version 2.0 of its ProgrammableFlow Controller. NEC says the system gives IT managers the flexibility needed to operate secure, multi-tenant networks from a single point of control.
Other 'Best of Interop' winners in the eight different categories include big names like Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, McAfee, and Citrix Systems, as well as some relative new-comers like Cloudpath Networks, Gnodal, and Panzura.
Cloud Computing & Virtualization
In the 'Cloud Computing & Virtualization' category, Citrix Systems won for its Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, touted as an all-in-one solution for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that enables staffers to work from anywhere, on any device.
Among the 'Collaboration' finalists, Alcatel-Lucent won for its OpenTouch Conversation software that helps enterprises unify communications, while dealing with the challenges of the new 'bring your own device' to work trend.
Data Center & Storage
In the 'Data Center & Storage' category, relative newbie Panzura (founded in 2008) took the prize for its Quicksilver Global Cloud Storage System that facilitates enterprise data storage management and distribution in the cloud.
Gnodal, another up-and-comer, founded in 2007, won the 'Networking' category with its new GS-Series Switch, an Ethernet switch with adaptive technology optimized for high-performance data centers.
Cisco took top prize in the 'Performance Optimization' field for its new AppNav Virtualization Technology. AppNev helps IT departments deal with the performance challenges created by BYOD, cloud computing, and virtual desktops. (continued...)