We are pleased to announce the finalists of the Citrix Best of Synergy awards for 2013. These awards recognize Citrix Synergy sponsoring partner companies who best excel in delivering products and solutions that solve customer challenges in combination with Citrix technology. A panel of judges, consisting of Citrix executives & product leaders collectively reviewed nominations and selected three finalists from each of the four major markets we serve — mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud and networking.

The selection criteria for the awards were: technology innovation, ability of the product/solution to solve a customer need, and propensity to further accelerate adoption within the respective market served.

Visit this page for more information on the results. The winners in each of the categories will be announced during Synergy Los Angeles 2013.

 Desktop Virtualization Category Finalists

CA Technologies – CA Nimsoft Monitor for Citrix XenDesktop

CA Nimsoft Monitor for Citrix XenDesktop offers the monitoring capabilities that administrators need to establish the highest service levels for their Citrix XenDesktop-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. With CA Nimsoft Monitor, administrators can track the health, end-to-end performance and availability of all systems, applications, networks and storage infrastructure that supports the VDI environment, including the virtual desktops themselves and the Desktop Delivery Controllers in one unified intuitive user interface.

ComTrade – Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop

ComTrade’s Management Pack for Citrix XenDesktop helps users to measure, monitor and manage XenDesktop and provides a complete end-to-end view of your entire Citrix environment from within Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. It fully integrates topology, health, and performance information into the OpsMgr console, enabling proactive control over the virtual desktop delivery process and at the same time reducing operational cost by leveraging people and processes already in place.

Dell – More details to be announced at Synergy surrounding Dell Desktop Virtualization Solution.

Networking Category Finalists

Anuta Networks – nCloudX

Anuta Networks nCloudX simplifies multi-tenant network service deployment and reduces delivery time from weeks to a few hours. The nCloudX controller programs network devices, including the Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller, through a combination of APIs, SNMP and automated CLI interaction, providing efficient software automation in existing physical networks and emerging SDN controlled data centers.

Blue Cat  – BlueCat DNS, DHCP & IP Address Management

This integration is the industry’s first offering of ADC + DNS/DHCP server on a single networking appliance that leverages SR-IOV for network isolation and performance, and integration with NetScaler SDX’s VM provisioning framework. This enables strategic multitenant deployment in private cloud build outs without compromise to consolidation ratio, reducing operational expenses, ensuring SLA delivery and protecting investment while shortening time to service provisioning and maintaining app / tenant independence.

Palo Alto – Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall

Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls allow customers to safely enable applications and strengthen security posture across the entire organization with firewall policies that use business-relevant elements such as the application identity, which is using the application and the type of content or threat as network access decision criteria. The platform can address a broad range of your network security requirements, ranging from the data center to the enterprise perimeter to the far edges of the network, which includes branch offices and mobile devices. Operating together, Citrix NetScaler Application Delivery Controller and Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall provides enterprises with a powerful, best-in-class network solution for secure application delivery.

Mobility Category Finalists support embrace endorse celebrate rally mobilize optimize

Catch.com – Catch Notes

Catch Notes is a note-taking app designed to make sure an idea is never missed. It lets customers capture ideas and information across all devices and when ready, turn ideas into action with colleagues using mobile, real time collaboration.

Samsung Electronics – Samsung KNOX

Samsung KNOX™ is the comprehensive enterprise mobile solution for work and play. Available exclusively for select Samsung devices, it is the first comprehensive enterprise mobility solution in the industry to deeply integrate software and device hardware to let you manage devices, applications, and data from a single console. The solution combines Citrix XenMobile MDM software with a secure Samsung KNOX container built into the platform. This approach protects the device, the data on it, and the networks employees use to access corporate resources—all while giving IT administrators full, centralized visibility and control, addressing the mobile security needs of enterprise IT without invading the privacy of its employees.

ViewSonic – More details to be announced at Synergy.

Cloud Category Finalists

Appcara – AppStack

AppStack is a dynamic model-driven cloud application platform that streamlines and accelerates time-to-market for distributed workloads into the cloud, whether they are multitier business apps, Big Data apps, custom apps, or a small business’ line of business apps. The application frees users to select the most optimal cloud target for their apps, including Citrix CloudPlatform and Apache CloudStack, whether public or private – and then to save time, costs and hassles in deploying and managing cloud applications with peak efficiency throughout their lifecycle.

CA Technologies – CA Nimsoft Monitor for Citrix CloudPlatform

CA Nimsoft Monitor for Citrix CloudPlatform provides the coverage, insights and automation that administrators need to practically and efficiently monitor dynamic Citrix CloudPlatform-based private, public or hybrid infrastructures, along with the cloud services being delivered. At customizable intervals, CA Nimsoft Monitor can collect availability, capacity and performance metrics and alarms from multiple Citrix CloudPlatform implementations —whether virtual data centers are on-premise, running at a service provider or a combination thereof, deliver single pane- of-glass.

Trend Micro – Deep Security

Deep Security is a scalable, extensible platform that currently includes anti-malware, file integrity monitoring, log inspection, intrusion prevention and intrusion detection (IPS/IDS) and firewall; it accommodates multi-tenancy a must-have for service providers and very large enterprises. It is the most comprehensive, performance optimizing cloud/VDI security solution for XenDesktop. Also, at present runs as agent-based implementation with XenServer with demonstrable ability for anti-malware module in agentless form.

See you at Synergy! And be sure to check out these exciting solution demos in the Expo Hall opening Tuesday night!