Many will look back on 2010 as the year of big storage acquisitions, but the wheeling and dealing was only part of the story. Data storage vendors turned out a slew of ingenious enterprise data storage products to address some of the key issues users have been grappling with in their storage shops.
From nearly 200 entries, the judges of Storage magazine's and SearchStorage.com's 2010 Products of the Year awards have selected 43 products as finalists. All products are distinguished by their innovation, value and capabilities.
This year's finalists are eligible to win gold, silver or bronze awards. The Products of the Year competition considers products in five data storage product categories: backup and disaster recovery (DR) software and services, backup hardware, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment.
Check out the following product categories to get a complete description of each of our finalists.
Backup and disaster recovery (DR) software and services 2010 Products of the Year finalists category covers backup, recovery, disaster recovery (DR), snapshot, replication, electronic vaulting and archivers.
Backup hardware 2010 Products of the Year finalists category covers libraries, tape drives and backup media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and deduplication devices.
Disks and disk subsystems 2010 Products of the Year finalists category covers storage-area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), direct-attached storage (DAS), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state storage and disk controllers.
Storage management tools 2010 Products of the Year finalists category covers storage resource management (SRM) and SAN management software, performance monitoring, file systems, volume management, virtualization software and security software.
Storage networking equipment 2010 Products of the Year finalists category covers switches, host bus adapters (HBAs), network interface cards (NICs), virtualization appliances, security devices and caching appliances.
UPDATE: Read about the winners of Storage magazine's and SearchStorage.com's 2010 Products of the Year awards.
This was first published in January 2011