Top data storage products chosen by the experts

With hundreds of data storage products available, choosing the right one can be daunting. Here are the top products chosen by a team of data storage experts.

Data storage is a broad, ever-changing field encompassing both data storage software and data storage hardware, and vendors are only as good as their latest products. Indeed the pace of storage technology is changing so rapidly that the market leaders in one year are left in the dust the next. Service providers have a challenge to keep abreast of the latest and greatest, but we've done some of the hard work for you.

Change was the story of the 2007 Storage magazine and Products of the Year. In the space of a year, most of the favorite data storage vendors of 2006 – including names like HP, Symantec and IBM – were unceremoniously left off the list. Startups, some of which didn't even have products on the market in 2006, came on strong and won in three product categories. and Storage magazine put together a team of readers, analysts, industry experts and the Storage Media Group editorial staff to rate the data storage products used and deployed within organizations. The team evaluated products in five different categories based on six criteria. Below you will find the finalists in those categories with links to reviews of the winners. Use the information to re-evaluate your line card and recommend products to your customers.

Top data storage products
  Backup and disaster recovery software
  Backup and disaster recovery hardware
  Disk and disk subsystems
  Storage networking equipment
  Storage management software


Backup and disaster recovery software

Data application protection, disaster recovery monitoring, continuous data protection


  • Arsenal Digital Solutions' ViaRemote
  • BakBone's NetVault:Backup Version 8.0
  • CommVault's Simpana 7.0 Software Suite
  • Continuity Software's RecoverGuard
  • EVault's EVault InfoStage 6.0
  • FalconStor's FalconStor Continuous Data Protection (CDP) Virtual Appliance for VMware Virtual Infrastructure
  • SteelEye's SteelEye Data Replication for Windows v6
  • Symantec's Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0
  • Symantec's Veritas NetBackup 6.5
  • Yosemite Technologies Inc.'s FileKeeper Corporate

And the winners are…


Backup and disaster recovery hardware

Secondary storage, grid storage, subfile-level data deduplication, data migration


  • Copan Systems' The Revolution 300T
  • EMC's Avamar Data Store
  • EMC's EMC Centera Generation 4 LP (low power) nodes
  • Gresham's Clareti VTL
  • NEC's NEC HYDRAstor HS8
  • ProStor's InfiniVault
  • Quantum's DXi-Series disk backup and replication appliances with data deduplication technology
  • Spectra Logic's Spectra T950 with BlueScale 10 Management Interface

And the winners are…


Disk and disk subsystems

Full disk encryption, block (SAN) and file (NAS) data access, high-capacity Fibre Channel and SATA drives


  • AMI's StorTrends 3200i (with StorTrends iTX 2.7 software)
  • Applied Micro Circuits' 3ware 9600 Series
  • Compellent's Storage Center SAN (version 3.6 with NAS)
  • EMC's Celerra NS20
  • Hifn's Swarm 3000 Encrypted IP SAN Appliance
  • Hitachi's Universal Storage Platform V
  • Network Appliance's FAS2000 Series
  • Seagate's Momentus 5400 FDE.2
  • STEC's ZeusIOPS Solid State Drive
  • Xiotech's Magnitude 3D 4000s

And the winners are…


Storage networking equipment

Converged IO, wide-area data services appliances, data compression


  • Emulex's LightPulse 8Gb/s Fibre Channel HBAs
  • Qlogic's 8Gb Fibre Channel Storage Network
  • Riverbed's Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) 4.0
  • SANRAD's V-Switch 3400
  • Storwize's Storwize STN-6000 appliance
  • Xsigo's VP780 I/O Director

And the winners are…


Storage management software

Centralized network reporting, port monitoring for Fibre Channel SANs, load balancing based on anlysis of storage tier assignments


  • Akorri's Akorri BalancePoint 1.7.1
  • Brocade's Brocade StorageX version 6.0
  • Clearwell's Clearwell Intelligence Platform 2.5
  • EMC's EMC ControlCenter 6.0
  • Finisar's NetWisdom Enterprise
  • Index Engines' Enterprise eDiscovery Platform, version 2.0
  • Moonwalk's Moonwalk 6.0
  • Onaro's Application Insight 2.0
  • Quantum's StorNext v3.0
  • Symantec's Veritas CommandCentral Storage 5.0
  • WysDM's WysDM for Backups 4

And the winners are…

EDITOR'S UPDATE: The 2011 best storage products winners have been announced.

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