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Best of Citrix Synergy 2017 Awards: Rules and criteria

Get all the information you need about the Best of Citrix Synergy 2017 Awards, which will be announced in an awards ceremony.

The Best of Citrix Synergy 2017 Awards will take place during the Citrix Synergy conference, May 23-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Vendors nominate their products, which will compete in the following categories:

•             Application, Data and Network Security

•             Desktop and Application Delivery

•             Storage, Networking and Infrastructure

•             Enterprise Mobility

•             New Technology

A team of editors, IT professionals, and independent analysts and consultants will evaluate the nominated products, and choose winners in each category. These judges will also select a Best of Show winner.


For all categories except New Technology, products must be generally available and have shipped between June 2016 and May 2017. Products that are not generally available, but will ship between May 2017 and December 2017, are eligible for the New Technology category.

A vendor may nominate multiple products, but it may not nominate the same product in multiple categories. Please complete one nomination form for each product. Do not nominate a product for Best of Show; judges will choose that award winner from among the individual category winners.

All nominated products must be available on the Citrix Synergy show floor in the event a judge requests a demonstration. Judges will not contact all nominees directly.

Judges' decisions are final and will not be disclosed to any party prior to the awards ceremony.

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Category descriptions

Application, Data and Network Security: Products that protect applications, data or networks in cloud infrastructures or desktop and application delivery environments.

Desktop and Application Delivery: On-premises products or cloud services that virtualize desktops and applications, manage virtual desktops and applications, or provide additional capabilities for those environments; or peripherals purpose-built for virtual desktops and applications.

Storage, Networking and Infrastructure: Products that enhance the role of networking, storage or compute in building and maintaining cloud infrastructures or desktop and application delivery environments.

Enterprise Mobility: On-premises products or cloud services that enable mobile productivity and/or secure mobile devices, applications and content.

New Technology: Products and services in the aforementioned categories that are not generally available but will ship by the end of 2017.

Judging criteria

Judges will evaluate nominated products using the following criteria:

Ease of use: Is the product simple to install, integrate with other systems, use and manage? Are its functions clear? Can it work in heterogeneous environments?

Innovation: Does the product introduce new features, or make major improvements to existing capabilities? Does it fill a gap in the market?

Functionality and performance: Does the product actually do what the vendor says it does? Does it significantly improve operations?

Value: Is the product worth what it costs? Is its return on investment clear?

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