Winner: Microsoft Windows Server 2012
The final Tech Innovator award was presented for virtualization, and it also happened to be the CRN Test Center's Editor's Choice. Trailing in the virtualization market early on, Microsoft has worked hard for years to build a system with capabilities that are almost beyond belief. For example, imagine migrating an established LAN and its users from behind a company's firewall to the cloud using drag-and-drop with virtually no user downtime. With its data-center abstraction layer, companies are able to deploy and manage virtualized applications, full desktops and servers -- even orchestrated Web services -- through a GUI, from a command prompt or with natural-language scripting, to name a few its capabilities. And, competitors are learning that simple, core-based pricing is the method most preferred by resellers and the industry. So we congratulate this year's winner of the Tech Innovator award for virtualization and the 2012 Editor's Choice award. Both go to Microsoft and its Windows Server 2012.