In just a few days, the door will shut—and your outstanding data storage product will be left standing out in the cold rather than in the running for a Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Storage Products of the Year award!
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I’ve been involved with the Storage Products of the Year competition for 14 of its 16 years, and it is without any self-consciousness I can say that there are few—if any—accolades as prestigious as these awards. Just ask any one of the 238 gold, silver and bronze award winners to date. That’s some pretty heavy metal and a mark of honor for the vendors and products that have been singled out for innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use, functionality and value.
Make no mistake, the competition is tough and our panel of judges—an assembly of prominent storage analysts, consultants and editors—hold each product to the highest standards. That’s why winning is such a great honor, and why winning vendors proudly display their badges of honor.
Sixteen years is a long time for anything in the IT world, but year in and year out, the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Storage Products of the Year awards have continuously strived to recognize the storage products that stand out among their competition.
Some of the companies and product names that snagged awards 14 or 15 years ago may be memories now, the results of the mergers and acquisitions that help ensure that cutting-edge technologies can survive and thrive in the storage ecosystem. On the other hand, some companies and their products have established trails of excellence over the course of 15 Storage magazine Products of the Year competitions with repeat wins. And while names like McData or AppIQ may be distant memories today, other Products of the Year winners have managed the transition from upstart to established star. In 2002—our inaugural Products of the Year, Commvault won gold for it Galaxy 4.1 backup app—but then came back five more times to add more gold, silver and bronze medals to its haul.
But, as they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it. The deadline is looming, so don’t delay—fill out that entry form now!