For the eleventh consecutive year, Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com will be selecting the best new or enhanced enterprise data storage systems of the year. Of the many entries submitted by both traditional and startup storage vendors, we've narrowed the field to these 52 finalists.
Our panel of judges -- analysts, consultants, users and other industry experts -- will work with the TechTarget Storage Media Group's team of editors and reporters to select Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each of six categories. The results will be published in the February issue of Storage magazine and online.
Over the last couple of years, the storage world has been shaken up by a combination of new technologies that have matured sufficiently to have an impact on enterprise environments, and by upstart companies that are challenging some of the traditional methods and processes of delivering storage to data center applications.
Solid-state storage in its many forms, cloud storage, object-based systems and hypervisor-based storage controllers are all doing their part to help bring about revolutionary change to storage infrastructures. And the companies and products that are at the vanguard of the new wave of storage technologies are well represented by the 52 finalists described here.
And as we've seen year after year, our list of finalists reads like a mix of who's who in storage and a roster of upcoming insurgents. But it's just that kind of potent blending of old and new that ensures a wide variety of storage products appropriate for nearly any environment will always be available and evolving.
So, take a look at the data storage systems that have already demonstrated their innovation and value, and are poised to help storage keep pace with today's rapidly changing data center environments.
1. Backup and DR software and services Products of the Year finalists
Products eligible for consideration in the backup and disaster recovery (DR) software category include backup and recovery software, cloud backup and recovery services, DR, snapshot and replication, electronic vaulting and data archivers.
2. Backup hardware Products of the Year finalists
Products eligible for consideration in the backup hardware category include tape libraries and drives, backup media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries, deduplication devices and gateway appliances for cloud backup.
3. Storage infrastructure Products of the Year finalists
The storage infrastructure category was open to switches, host bus adapters, network interface cards, security devices, converged network adapters, virtual networking and I/O products, and WAN-optimization products.
Storage Management Tools
4. Storage management tools Products of the Year finalists
The storage management category includes products that can handle storage resource management, performance monitoring, capacity planning and provisioning.
Storage System Software
5. Storage system software Products of the Year finalists
The storage system software category spans a wide range of technologies, including flash-based caching, storage virtualization, software-defined storage, cloud storage and performance optimization.
6. Storage systems Products of the Year finalists
The data storage systems category has a variety of products, including Fibre Channel/iSCSI SAN, network-attached storage and multiprotocol systems, DAS, hard disk drives, solid-state storage, disk controllers, caching appliances, storage virtualization appliances and cloud gateway appliances.