Best data storage products 2011

Backup hardware

The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com backup hardware 2011 Products of the Year category covers tape libraries, tape drives for backup, media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), deduplication devices and gateway appliances for cloud backup.

The three top choices in this category are a VMware backup and dedupe appliance, an appliance that offers one application to manage multiple silos and data protection functions, and a scalable disk backup appliance.

UPDATE: Get the winners in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 backup hardware category.

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Quantum vmPRO 4000 appliance

Gold Winner 2011 POYThe Quantum vmPRO 4000 appliance combines the DXi 4500 data deduplication backup appliance for remote offices with Pancetera’s virtual appliance that optimizes virtual machine (VM) backup. Pancetera’s Smart Read technology moves the VMs and removes VM disk files that are redundant or no longer in use to reduce I/O.

Actifio PAS

Silver Winner 2011 POYThe Actifio Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) appliance offers one app that manages multiple silos and data protection functions. Administrators define a service-level agreement (SLA) for each protected system or application, while virtual volume clones are created for functions such as development, quality assurance or performance analysis.

Symantec NetBackup 5220 appliance

Bronze Winner 2011 POYThe Symantec NetBackup 5220 appliance is an enterprise backup appliance that offers deduplication for physical and virtual systems. It can be set-up as a media server, master server or both. The NetBackup 5220 appliance can act as an all-in-one backup server or can scale out for environments that require multiple backup media servers.