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Tech Trailblazer Winners 2014: Nutanix; PernixData; VMTurbo

Tech Trailblazer Winners 2014: Nutanix; PernixData; VMTurbo

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The results are out for the 2014 Tech Trailblazer awards and there’s a few old favourites in the list of categories I follow and voted in, including Nutanix, Pernix Data and VMTurbo.  Runners-up include Avere Systems and GridStore.

This year’s voting event was bigger and better than ever.  The judging list contains some prestigious names in technology and of course there was a more global feel to the competition with the assignment of regional cups.

But let’s get back to the winners.  There are some clear trends in the technologies being developed at the forefront of the industry with lots of focus on cloud, virtualisation and in many cases fixing the problem with old technology.

  • Nutanix – bringing convergence 3.0 to the enterprise
  • Pernix Data – improving caching of virtual environments – fixing the storage problem
  • VMTurbo – addressing the issue of virtualisation management
  • Avere Systems – fixing the problem of NAS performance and migration to the cloud
  • GridStore – accelerating storage in the cloud

The Architect’s View

Each of these finalists shows that traditional IT is changing.  Teams are moving out of their towers and having to work together as technology becomes more connected, making the future an exciting time.  The question is, who will be on the shortlist for next year’s competition?

Related Links

Comments are always welcome; please indicate if you work for a vendor as it’s only fair for others to judge context.  If you have any related links of interest, please feel free to add them as a comment for consideration.

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About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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