Top data storage products of the year's Products of the Year awards are out. Find out which five products – in five categories -- made it to the top of the pile of storage hardware and software released last year.

Storage managers didn't get much of a break in 2008 as the struggle to keep pace with growing capacity demands continued unabated, but there was plenty of good news to hearten them. Scores of excellent products were rolled out in the past year, introducing new technologies or adding significant enhancements to tried-and-true storage technologies. In 2008, the key themes of "bigger" and "faster" were joined by "efficiency" and "cost savings," terms that provided even more encouragement to beleaguered storage pros.

The editors of Storage magazine and our sister site,, as well as a panel of judges -- including users, consultants and analysts -- pored through this bumper crop of new or improved products and selected the 15 we feel stood out based on innovation, performance, ease of integration, functionality and value. Congratulations to all of the storage Product of the Year winners and finalists!

Below you will find the finalists in five 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 hardware
  Disk and disk subsystems
  Networking equipment
  Storage management software




Backup and disaster recovery software

The finalists …

  • Acronis Recovery for Microsoft Exchange
  • Asigra Televaulting - Version 8.0
  • BakBone NetVault: Backup v8.1 and NetVault: Backup VMware Plugin v1.0
  • Continuity Software RecoverGuard v3.0
  • FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) 6.0
  • InMage Systems DR-Scout 4.2
  • Paragon Software Group Drive Backup 9 Server Edition
  • Spare Backup Inc. Spare Switch Data Transfer Version 4 (and Spare Backup Version 5)
  • Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 for Windows Servers
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5
  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 1.0

And the winners are




Backup hardware

The finalists …

  • Cleversafe Inc. Dispersed Storage Network
  • Data Domain DD690 Deduplication Storage System
  • Hifn Inc. Express DR 250/255
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. StorageWorks D2D2500 Backup System
  • IBM Corp. System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive
  • Permabit Technology Corp. Enterprise Archive Data Center Series
  • Quantum Corp. DXi7500

And the winners are




Disk and disk subsystems

The finalists …

  • 3PAR InServ T-Class Storage Servers T400 and T800
  • Atrato Inc. Velocity1000 (V1000)
  • BlueArc Corp. Titan 3200 Network Storage System
  • EMC Corp. Clariion CX4 Series
  • Hitachi Advanced Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 Family
  • IBM Corp. XIV Storage System
  • Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • Isilon X-Series Clustered Storage with OneFS 5.0 OS
  • NetApp 3100/V3100 series
  • Pivot3 Inc. Serverless Computing
  • Seagate Technology Savvio 10K.3
  • Xiotech Corp. Emprise 7000

And the winners are




Networking equipment

The finalists …

  • Brocade DCX Backbone
  • Cisco Systems Inc. MDS 9500
  • Cisco WAAS 4.0
  • IBM SVC 4.3
  • NetEx HyperIP 5.5
  • Riverbed Technology Inc. RiOS 5.0

And the winners are




Storage management software

The finalists …

  • EMC Corp. ControlCenter 6.1
  • Mimosa Systems Inc. NearPoint 3.5
  • NetApp Deduplication
  • Nirvanix Inc. CloudNAS
  • Ocarina Networks ECOsystem 2.0
  • SANPulse Technologies SANlogics 2.0
  • Seanodes Exanodes -- Virtual Machine Edition
  • StoredIQ Intelligent Information Management 4.5
  • Storwize STN-6000p
  • Symantec Corp. Veritas Virtual Infrastructure 1.0
  • VMware Inc. Storage VMotion

And the winners are

UPDATE: View the 2011 best data storage products and the2012 best data storage products.

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