Winners Announced and Awards Presented at NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit Gala Charity Dinner San Jose, California

Menlo Park, CA — October 2, 2017 — The winners of the IoT, Cloud & Cybersecurity Innovation Awards 2017 were announced at the NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit in San Jose, California, USA. These prestigious awards celebrate the year’s most significantly innovative start-ups and established companies in the fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud/Datacenter and Cybersecurity arenas.

Six company categories were awarded this year, plus one special award:
The three “Hot Start Up awards” categories, judged by the Shark Tank panel of venture capitalists, included newcomers in Cybersecurity, IoT & Cloud/Datacenter.

There was an additional special category — the “Innovation Idol Award” — presented for an individual who, in the judges’ opinion, had made an outstanding and inspirational contribution to the industry.

All money raised by this years’ awards, including profits and donations from the gala dinner evening, is being shared between three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF. This year’s charitable contributions brought the total raised to-date to over $125,000.

For the Hot Start Up category, the finalists, including Mansour Karam CEO and Founder of Apstra were nominated by the international press community and had to present “shark tank” style to a panel of VC and industry judges at the NetEvents Global Press & Analyst Summit before an audience of technology leaders, press and analysts representing over 35+ countries around the world. The finalist judging panel included Silicon Valley VCs and business angels

For the Hot Start-Up – Cloud/Datacenter – Apstra was chosen to receive the award presented by Rajesh Ghai, Research Director, Telecom Network Infrastructure, IDC. Janice Roberts, Partner, Benhamou Global Venture Partners commented, on behalf of the VC judging panel: “It is time that CIOs change the way they think about networks given universal digital transformation, and we like the fact that Apstra is a pioneer of intent-based autonomous networking. It’s a hard problem and they are relatively early, but they have an exceptional team.”

The special Innovation Idol Award — presented by Mark Fox, CEO of NetEvents — went to Professor David Cheriton, who commented: “David has made a tremendous contribution to the computer networking industry since arriving in Silicon Valley 36 years ago. David is a distributed systems and networking expert with keen insight into identifying big market opportunities and building the architectures needed to address these opportunities. David has inspired many of his Stanford University students to progress and achieve great success – perhaps the most notable are Sergey Brin and Larry Page who, with guidance and initial seed funding from David went on to form Google. David also met Mendel Rosenblum at Stanford who in turn introduced him to Diane Greene, and went on to become the first investor and an early advisor to VMWare. David has funded more than 20 companies. David’s latest venture is Apstra where he is developing an intent-based self-operating network for the Datacenter – his vision is gaining considerable attention from the international media community. As Innovation Idol, David joins an elite club of past winners which includes Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe, OpenFlow inventor Martin Casado, who can also be attributed with setting the industry down the SDN path, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim, plus last years winner Stuart McClure for his work in successfully leading the industry in applying Artificial Intelligence in security applications”.

For the complete list of this year’s NetEvents winners please click here.

About Apstra, Inc.
Apstra® has delivered the only Intent-Based Network operating system that enables a Self-Operating Network™ an autonomous network that configures itself, fixes itself and defends itself. The company is redefining network operations and economics to make the network a CIO’s most valuable asset to address business velocity. The Apstra Operating System (AOS™ provides the only vendor-agnostic, intent-based, closed-loop “command and control” system delivering agility and massive TCO savings through automation of the full lifecycle of network operations. Apstra is based in Menlo Park and is privately funded.
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