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The 2014 Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards categories

Find judging criteria and category descriptions here for the 2014 Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards.

The Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards recognize the top products, technologies and services in the essential areas of technology that Modern Infrastructure covers. The award-winning tools will be those helping to run enterprise businesses with efficiency and insight -- whether they're used inside the data center or out.

Award judging

A team of experts and editors will evaluate submissions and choose the top 10 finalists in each category. This list of nominees will contain those products that reflect the most modern technology trends and that provide tangible operational benefits for IT organizations. The final nominees will then be submitted to readers for voting. There will be a winner (and possible honorable mention nominee) announced for each category in December.

The deadline for submission is September 26, 2014. If you submit multiple products or services, complete a form for each one. The same product or service may not be entered in multiple categories. Enter through our Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards nomination form.

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Category descriptions

Best AWS Consultant or Integration Partner: Legitimate entrants are consultants and integration partners helping enterprise customers with strategic planning, including cost realization, step-by-step application identification and migration, and other services related to Amazon Web Services.

Best Cloud Computing Service Provider: Legitimate entrants provide infrastructure, software or platform as a service that enables an organization to move any part of its IT operations off-site.

Best Converged Infrastructure: Legitimate entrants offer compute, network and storage hardware infrastructure that is significantly improved with software.

Best Data Protection Solution: Legitimate entrants offer hardware, software or services that simplify and improve an organization's data protection capabilities.

Best DevOps and Cloud Management Tool: Legitimate entrants offer a service, platform or tool that enables organizations to deliver and manage their IT operations in an agile, DevOps fashion.

Best Software-Defined Infrastructure: Legitimate entrants are software-only products that provide advanced infrastructure capabilities to commodity data center hardware.

Bright Idea Award: This award recognizes an emerging product with the potential to shake up data center operations. Nominees in this category should be beta or pre-general-availability products.

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