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SearchStorage's best data storage products of 2012
The Storage magazine/SearchStorage Products of the Year singles out the best new/enhanced storage products from 2012. Our judges rate products in six categories: backup and DR software and services, backup hardware, storage networking equipment, storage management software, storage system software and storage systems. The winners were chosen from a list of 52 finalists; our editors describe the key features of the winning products and why they stand out among their peers.
Problems related to configuring storage for virtual server and desktop environments are well documented. Virtual environments can stress storage systems in ways that traditional architectures can't cope with, but clever storage developers have created new array designs intended for virtualized servers and desktops. We'll tell how these new systems differ from what you may be using now, and why those differences matter.
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Features in this issue
Find out the 14 best data storage products in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 Products of the Year competition.
Despite the benefits of virtualizing servers and desktops, admins often struggle to support storage for virtual environments. Here's what vendors are doing to address the problem.
While often overlooked, there's a lot happening with network storage technologies to keep up with the ever-increasing I/O demands coming from virtualized servers and storage.
Our most recent Storage magazine survey finds that 35% of respondents use multiple cloud-based backup services and have an overall average of 13 TB of data in the cloud.
Columns in this issue
The old fundamentals of data storage protection that required separate processes for backup, DR and archive can't keep up with today's data capacities.
Use 3-D printing to build your own storage array. Or get a 3-D printer and watch your storage array fill up with data.
As backup dedupe matures, it's still very much a proprietary technology. We need standardization to eliminate some of today's software-hardware headaches.
Providing and managing storage for remote and branch offices can be a challenge, but a hybrid approach using local and cloud-based storage may be the best solution.