Trend Micro's Spam Prevention Solution (SPS) was a landslide winner in a new category for Datamation's Product of the Year Awards -- Anti-Spam. SPS is designed for enterprises and blocks both non-productive and malicious spam at the Internet gateway. The application won out over second-place Brightmail Inc.'s Anti-Spam Enterprise Edition 5.0. Other finalists were IronPort Systems Inc.'s IronPort C60, IntelliReach Corp.'s MessageScreen Platinum and Cloudmark Inc.'s Authority 2.0.
In the tightest race this year, Business intelligence software giant SAS won in the Enterprise Applications category with its SAS Marketing Optimization, edging runner-up DataFlux Corp.'s dfPower Studio by a dozen votes out of nearly 900 cast. Marketing Optimization is an application that helps marketers plan and prioritize outgoing customer communications. It features a Web-based interface geared toward business users and requires no client software. Other finalists in this category were IBM's Lotus Notes, Cognos Inc.'s Cognos Enterprise Planning and SAP's mySAP SRM.
This year's winner in the Security category is a name familiar to many home computer users who want to protect their PCs from unwelcome intrusions. But Zone Labs Inc.'s Integrity 4.0 is an end-point enterprise security product for Windows PCs. Integrity 4.0 allows IT pros to centrally manage security policies, and it integrates well with other common security systems from Check Point Software Technologies and Cisco Systems. Finishing second in this group was Symantec's Gateway Security 5460, followed by Securify Inc.'s SecurVantage 4.0, eIQnetworks' FirewallAnalyzer Enterprise and NIKSUN Inc.'s NetDetector.
Storage Technology Corp.'s EchoView E400 data protection appliance was the winner in the Storage category this year, followed by Sun Microsystems' StorEdge 3510 Fibre Channel Array. EchoView E400 is designed to continuously capture data as it's written, thus providing a full data history that can be accessed and recovered back to the protected server. Other finalists in this category were BacBone Software Inc.'s NetVault 7, Storability Software Inc.'s Global Storage Manager 3.6 and Stampede Technology Inc.'s TurboGold Enterprise Edition.
Linksys Inc.'s WRT54G Router/Gateway was an easy winner in the Wireless category, which is another new award added this year. This low-cost ($80-$150) wireless device is favored by many enterprise pros for its high throughput and easy set-up, advantages that help offset a fairly short operating range. Finishing well behind the WRT54G were SMC Networks Inc.'s EliteConnect 2.4GHz 802.11b High Power Wireless PC Card (SMC2532W-B), Micro Solutions Inc.'s Backpack workgroup server and ClearOne Communications Inc.'s Max Wireless Conference Phone.
During the next two weeks, Datamation will run stories about the winners and some of the runners-up in each of our 10 categories.