Here are the 12 finalists in the disk and disk subsystems category for the 2008 Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com Products of the Year competition. They are listed alphabetically by vendor.
3PAR InServ T-Class Storage Servers T400 and T800
With the T-Class platform, 3PAR built thin capabilities into each of its clustered nodes to detect and remove allocated but unused space in a storage volume.
Atrato Inc. Velocity1000 (V1000)
The V1000 integrates 160 massively parallel 2.5-inch disk drives into a compact 3U enclosure with self-healing capabilities.
BlueArc Corp. Titan 3200 Network Storage System
With the Titan 3200, BlueArc pumped up performance to 200,000 IOPS and 20 GBps throughput, and scalability to support a file system of 256 TB and data capacity of up to 4 PB in one namespace.
EMC Corp. Clariion CX4 Series
The CX4 was the first midrange SAN system to support Enterprise Flash, and also supports disk spin down and thin provisioning.
Hitachi Advanced Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 Family
The AMS 2000 brings symmetric active-active controllers and SAS support to Hitachi's midrange storage system platform.
IBM Corp. XIV Storage System
XIV is a grid-based system with built-in virtualization and snapshot, mirroring, and thin provisioning capabilities.
Intel X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive (SSD)
The X25-E solid state drives plug into 2.5-inch SATA drive sockets, and deliver up to 250 MBps sustained read, 170 MBps sustained write, 35,000 IOPS read, and 3,300 IOPS write performance.
Isilon X-Series Clustered Storage with OneFS 5.0 OS
With the X-Series and OneFS 5 OS, Isilon doubled the performance of its predecessor -- delivering up to 20 GBps of performance and 2.3 PB of capacity in one file system and a single volume.
NetApp 3100/V3100 series
The latest version of NetApp's midrange storage system virtualizes storage from other vendors' arrays, and supports dual controllers in a single enclosure.
Pivot3 Inc. Serverless Computing
Pivot3's clustered storage system runs server applications on IP SAN hardware by combining storage virtualization and server virtualization on x86 hardware.
Seagate Technology Savvio 10K.3
The Savvio 10K.3 drives help bring 2.5-inch hard drives into the enterprise with 300 GB of capacity and an interface that supports 6 Gbps SAS.
Xiotech Corp. Emprise 7000
Xiotech's clustered system features ISE models that provide self-healing and sparing in place, scale from 1 TB to 1 PB and include a five-year warranty.
This was first published in January 2009