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NME Awards 2011 honours networking leaders

Annual awards celebrates achievements in region's networking industry

NME Awards 2011 honours networking leaders
The NME Awards 2011 celebrated innovation in the networking sector

The successes of the region's networking industry were celebrated on Wednesday at Network Middle East's seventh annual Innovation Awards.

The event, held last night alongside a gala dinner at Dubai's Grosvenor House hotel, attracted networking professionals from across the vendor, customer and channel partner landscapes, where they were recognised for their achievements and commitment to the regional industry over the last year.

Accolades at the NME Innovation Awards, the longest-running of its kind in the Middle East, were handed down to for the best technology providers, professionals and projects in the region.

Highlights during the evening included: Fijo George of Dubai's RTA walking away with the Networking Professional of the Year award, HP Networks picking up the prize for Networking Vendor of the Year, and Orbit Showtime Network collecting the gong for Best Data Centre Project.

"The Network Middle East Innovation Awards showcase the region's foremost networking projects, vendors and professionals. The quality of entrants for this year's awards was stronger than ever, plainly illustrating the Middle East's status as a centre of innovation in ICT and networking," said Walid Akawi, CEO, ITP Publishing.

"Those whose industry achievements were recognised this year included providers working to forge innovative new technologies, CIOs leveraging networks in order to gain a competitive edge, and individuals who have led some of the most ambitious IT projects seen over the last 12 months. I and the ITP directors would like to congratulate all of our winners, and thank our sponsors for their support."

The full list of winners:

Implementation Awards

Best Wireless Implementation

Abu Dhabi Education Council

Best Fixed Network Implementation

Perma-Pipe Middle East

Best Storage Implementation

Qatar Foundation

Best Security Implementation

Jacky's Electronics

Best Data Centre Project

Orbit Showtime Network

Company Awards

Best Systems Integrator

BIOS Middle East

Best Managed Services Provider

eHosting DataFort

Best Networking Distributor

Redington Gulf

Network Value Added Distributor

Optimus Distribution

Best IP Telephony Range

Avaya

Best Storage Range

EMC

Network Management Solution Range

Symantec

Best On-Site Security Range

Blue Coat

Best Data Centre Security Range

McAfee

Best Security Appliance Range

Elitecore

Best Fixed Networking Range

Cisco

Best Wireless Networking Range

Meru Networks

Networking Vendor of the Year

HP Networks

Networking Professional of the Year

Fijo George, RTA

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