Top data storage products of the year, 2009

Check out which companies and products were awarded prizes in SearchStorage.com/Storage magazine's 2009 Products of the Year awards in five categories: backup and disaster recovery hardware, backup and DR software and services, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools, and storage networking equipment.

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SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine judges sifted through almost 200 entrants to its 2009 Products of the Year competition, narrowed the list down to 40 finalists and have chosen three winners in each of five categories: backup and disaster recovery hardware, backup and DR software and services, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment. See which 15 products won awards.

2009 PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR WINNERS

Backup and DR hardware
Backup and DR software and services
Disks and disk subsystems
Storage management tools
Storage networking equipment

 Backup and DR hardware
The Gold Award winner in this Products of the Year category goes to a product that combines two popular trends: scale-out NAS management and data deduping.

 Backup and DR software and services
The Gold Award winner in the backup and DR software and services category was recognized for its ability to dedupe data on tape and dedupe remote site backups -- and consolidate all deduplication results in a database.

 Disks and disk subsystems
The Gold Award winner among disk and disk subsystems entrants provides mesh-active quad-controller technology, thin provisioning ASIC and management software. It can also help convert fat volumes to thin and keep them thin over time.

 Storage management tools
The Gold Award winner among storage management tools added analysis for SAN switches from Brocade and Cisco, as well as better metrics for virtual machines (VMs) and storage, in 2009.

 Storage networking equipment
The Products of the Year storage networking equipment Gold Award winner can selectively apply admin-created performance profiles to users and applications, to ensure adequate resources for them and enable better confidence around scaling and tiering storage resources.

This was first published in February 2010

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