Best data storage products 2011

Storage management tools

The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com storage management tools 2011 Products of the Year category covers storage resource management (SRM) and storage-area network (SAN) management software, performance monitoring, configuration management and provisioning.

Our judges best-of-category selections are a performance and capacity management software product, an I/O system monitoring product, and a product that monitors storage and virtualization systems.

UPDATE: Get the winners in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 storage networking tool category.

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NetApp OnCommand Insight Balance

Gold Winner 2011 POYNetApp OnCommand Insight Balance collects performance-related data. It offers a feature called Automated Scorecard Reports, which is a consistent set of metrics that help keep tabs on storage, virtual machines and physical servers. One judge noted the product offered “broad support and insight, [with] information that’s actionable.”

Emulex OneCommand Vision 2.0

Silver Winner 2011 POYEmulex OneCommand Vision 2.0 looks at I/O from the perspective of the application, and monitors performance across multiple servers and storage devices. The product offers Custom I/O Analyzer alerts and a Dashboard with five new summary reports (I/O Latency, I/O Profile, I/O Analyzer, Intelligent Alerts and I/O Reports) that highlight important performance areas.

SolarWinds Storage Manager 5.0.1

Bronze Winner 2011 POYSolarWinds Storage Manager 5.0.1 monitors and identifies storage performance bottlenecks, and helps diagnose the issue in the host, switch or array. The product automates the collection of forecasting data, and aggregates data from multiple arrays and vendors into consolidated dashboards and reports. Judgers gave it high marks for ease of management.