|Networking: Networking Infrastructure
||Top Layer Networks Inc.
||Cisco Systems Inc.
||Cisco Emergency Responder
In this category, the judges recognized network infrastructure products that filled gaps or extended services that improve business performance.
Two of our finalists work in the area of IP telephony: Alcatels OmniPCX 4400 is an enterprise-class telephony product that can integrate with existing phone systems and provides superior branch-office survivability over competitive products. Ciscos Emergency Responder is among the first products to address one of the biggest stumbling blocks of wide-scale IP telephone deployment: effective handling of 911 calls. The judges recognized Emergency Responder as a good first step in systematizing handset location data so it can be used reliably by emergency services.
The winner in this category, Top Layer Networks IDS Balancer, demonstrated product excellence and thoughtful application of technology to the burgeoning problem of attacks aimed at the network. By distributing the suspected packet streams among a group of IDS (intrusion detection system) sensors, IDS Balancer enables organizations to more effectively prevent attacks while also maximizing the utilization of security equipment. Cameron Sturdevant