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Below are the six finalists in the storage networking equipment category in the 2009 Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com Products of the Year competition. They are listed alphabetically.
Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s DCX-4S Backbone Switch
Brocade's DCX-4S Backbone Switch is a network-edge switch or core application engine for mid-sized environments. It includes four 256 Gbps blade slots for Fibre Channel (FC) or FICON, and up to 192 ports.
Dataram Corp. XcelaSAN
The Dataram XcelaSAN dynamic caching appliance holds 128 GB of dynamic RAM (DRAM) and 360 GB of NAND flash, and applies intelligent caching algorithms to serve the most active block-level data from its solid-state drives.
NetApp Inc. Performance Acceleration Module (PAM) II
NetApp swapped the DRAM with single-level cell (SLC) NAND in the second-generation intelligent read cache Performance Acceleration Module. The company also increased the module size from 16 GB to between 256 GB to 512 GB so the unit can be used as a unified cache with up to 2 TB per controller and 4 TB of total cache.
QLogic Corp. 8100 Series Converged Network Adapters
The QLogic 8100 Series PCI Express (PCIe) converged network adapter (CNA) on a single chip has an integrated Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Offload Engine and no external components. It's for blade servers and high-density environments that handle data and storage networking traffic at 10 Gbps line speeds.
Storspeed Inc. SP5000 Application-Aware Cache
Storspeed's SP5000 application-aware cache applies administrator-created user and application performance profiles so its real-time traffic inspection engine can automatically identify and accelerate designated user and application traffic.
VirtenSys Inc. VIO 4000 Series I/O Virtualization Switch
The VirtenSys VIO 4000 Series I/O virtualization (IOV) switch consolidates and virtualizes I/O adapters in a top-of-the-rack switch by extending the internal PCIe bus of connected servers, thereby eliminating multiple aggregation switches and reducing cabling, power and cooling needs.Complete listing of 2009 Products of the Year enterprise data storage finalists