Moltzen presented the first Tech Innovator Award to Ctera, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer of appliances which tie customers' on-site storage to a storage cloud.
Moltzen said Ctera offers an interesting hybrid storage cloud approach by combining plug-and play network storage with point-click-and-pay cloud storage in a single device.
"The end result: the channel has a stellar opportunity for both on-premise or hosted IT for SMBs and enterprise workgroups alike," Moltzen said.
Ctera CEO Liran Eshel accepted the award.
The runner up for the cloud computing category was CloudShare, a San Mateo, Calif.-based developer of technology for providing IT-as-a-Service, including storage, computing, networking, and installed software.