The AWS re:Invent floor this year was much more vibrant than last year. It included remarkable cloud products’ promotions made by the 189 conference sponsors, some of which only began their ventures one year ago. Naturally, the ‘experienced’ vendors made themselves known, with more lavish displays and a larger staff headcount, but that is to be expected.
My time at AWS re:Invent, however, was spent a little differently than last year. I was accompanied by my brilliant partners, Andy McCaskey from SDRNews and Business Disrupted blogger, Cameron Peron, holding inspiring media interviews to hear the exhibitors’ takes on the event, as well as learning more about how their offerings and business values benefit AWS users.
I truly feel honored to have had the opportunity to become acquainted with 98% of the exhibitors, leaders, products and the like. Based on the knowledge we acquired from these extraordinary people, Mr. Peron and I nominated the exhibitors who we considered The Best of Show among the innovative startups and companies exhibited at the event.
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The winners were nominated based on the following criteria:
- Offering – overall offering of the company or service
- Goodies – cool free stuff like t-shirts and giveaways
- Booth layout – signage and access
- Pitch – delivery and power of the message
- Booth Vibe and Energy – attractiveness and accessibility
And now, the 10 Best of Show (the order is not relevant):
Datadog – Datadog is a monitoring service that brings together data from servers, databases, applications, tools and services to present a unified view of the infrastructure. These capabilities are provided on a SaaS-based data analytics platform that enables Dev and Ops teams to work collaboratively on the infrastructure to avoid downtime, resolve performance problems and ensure that development and deployment cycles finish on time.
GenieDB – GenieDB provides the database technology that enables enterprises to globally scale their existing MySQL applications without incurring the costs and pain associated with abandoning traditional database architecture. By simplifying the migration of enterprises into cloud-based infrastructures, GenieDB brings global scalability to the mainstream.
Skytap – Skytap Cloud uses a browser-based interface for all system management, and hosts a library of pre-configured virtual machine images. Using either these images or their own imported VMs, users can create sharable configurations of one or more machines, and securely connect to active machines via a proprietary java applet.
2ndWatch – 2nd Watch assists customers in evaluating the economics of moving IT operations into AWS, designs and builds highly reliable and scalable AWS-based enterprise IT platforms, and provides software tools and management services that enable enterprises to deploy, manage and optimize cloud-based IT operations infrastructure.
Garantia Data – Garantia Data offers enterprise-class Redis through its fully-managed Redis Cloud service. Providing infinite seamless scalability, true high availability, stable top performance and zero management, Garantia Data enables developers and enterprise IT organizations to enhance Redis operations in a variety of use cases. (Disclosure: Mr. Peron supported Garantia’s reInvent booth…)
Stackdriver – Stackdriver provides monitoring and management solutions for applications that run on AWS and Rackspace Cloud. Stackdriver’s monitoring-as-a-service product delivers the flexibility and control that DevOps professionals need without the integration complexity and operational overhead associated with disparate open source components and home-grown tools.
Ravello Systems – Ravello Systems is the industry’s first Cloud Application Hypervisor provider. With Ravello, enterprises can encapsulate their multi-VM applications and run them anywhere – on-premise or in any cloud – without making any changes whatsoever, and thereby implement a true hybrid cloud. Learn more
Boundary – Boundary has developed the first central intelligence service for modern IT operations management. The service analyzes and correlates per-second application traffic “chatter” with inputs from third-party IT management tools, to provide IT operations teams with early warnings on application and cloud failures.
Dome9 – Dome9 is an innovator and leader in cloud security management. DevOps, Security Ops and Cloud Professionals use Dome9 every day to ensure their cloud architecture is secure and compliant, easily spot potential security vulnerabilities, and execute security decisions confidently. Learn more