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Best storage Products of the Year 2008
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 7 Num. 13 February 2009
Traditional and not-so-traditional products and services earned honors this year, addressing such issues as data deduplication, solid-state storage and storage cloud services. Storage managers didn't get much of a break in 2008 as the struggle to keep pace with growing capacity demands continued unabated, but there was still plenty of good news to hearten them. Scores of excellent products were rolled out in the past year, introducing new technologies or adding significant enhancements to tried-and-true storage technologies. As with most technological advances, "bigger" and "faster" were key themes; however, this year they were joined by "efficiency" and "cost savings," terms that provided even more encouragement to beleaguered storage pros who are quickly learning how to do more with less. The editors of Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com, as well as a panel of judges -- including users, consultants and analysts -- pored through this bumper crop of new or improved products and selected the 15 we feel stood out based on ...
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