IDG’s InfoWorld Names Top Technologies Impacting IT in 2005; Annual Technology of the Year Awards Honor 33 Innovative Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 3, 2005 – Today, InfoWorld announced the recipients of its 2005 Technology of the Year honors. The awards recognize significant technologies of the past year that promise to make the greatest impact on enterprise IT strategies as well as the products that best exemplify the implementation of those technologies. The InfoWorld Technology of the Year awards are not open to outside nominations; only products reviewed by InfoWorld's Test Center during the previous year are eligible. The final selections are made by InfoWorld's Test Center analysts and editors. Winners are formally announced in the January 3, 2005, edition of InfoWorld and are available online at http://www.infoworld.com.

"Innovation trumps consolidation," said Steve Fox, InfoWorld's editor-in-chief. "InfoWorld's annual Technology of the Year awards highlight the value of more powerful systems, more flexible storage, richer networks, more elegant applications, smoother integration, automated management, and granular security. The real winners are the organizations implementing these technologies."

InfoWorld's 2005 Technology of the Year award winners (listed alphabetically by category) include:

Application Development

Best Application Testing Tool: RadView TestView

Best Java Development Tool: Agitar Agitator 1.5

Best Software Change Management Solution: IBM Rational ClearCase 6.0

Best Web Services Development Tool: Mindreef SOAPscope 3.0

Collaboration Software

Best Enterprise IM Solution: IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing 3.1

Best IM Management Solution: IMlogic IM Manager 6.0

Best Team Collaboration Solution: Groove Virtual Office 3.0

Databases & Data Management

Best Content Management Solution: CrownPeak Advantage CMS

Best Database: Oracle Database 10g

Best Mobile Database: IBM DB2 Everyplace Enterprise 8.1.4

Enterprise Applications and Integration

Best Enterprise Portal: Plumtree Enterprise Web Suite

Best CRM Application: Salesforce.com Winter '05

Best Process Automation Solution: Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004

Best Web Services Integration Solution: Grand Central Business Services Network 4.0

Hardware and Software Platforms

Best Blade System: HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure

Best Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3, Panther

Best Server Hardware: Apple Xserve G5

Best Virtual Server: VMware ESX Server 2.1.1

Networking

Best IP PBX: Zultys MX250 Enterprise Media Exchange

Best Networking Hardware: Extreme Networks BlackDiamond 10808

Best WAN Accelerator: Riverbed Steelhead 2000

Best Wireless LAN Solution: Trapeze MX-20 Mobility System

Security

Best Firewall: SonicWall Pro 2060

Best Network IDS: Lancope StealthWatch 4.0

Best WLAN Security Product: AirDefense 4.0

Best Host-based IDS: McAfee Entercept 5.0

Best Anti-Spam Solution: Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0

Storage

Best IP Storage Router: Stonefly Networks i3000 Storage Concentrator

Best NAS Solution: NetApp FAS270C

Best SAN Solution: Dell/EMC AX100

Best Storage Router: Brocade Silkworm Multiprotocol Router

Systems and Network Management

Best Network Management Solution: Rendition Networks TrueControl 3.0