The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com storage systems 2011 Products of the Year category covers includes Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI storage-area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS), multiprotocol systems, direct-attached storage (DAS), hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state storage, disk controllers, caching appliances, storage virtualization appliances and cloud storage gateway appliances.Products achieving success in this area are an iSCSI cloud storage gateway, a scale-out storage system that supports live virtual machine migration and high availability, and a scale-out network-attached storage system for SMBs. UPDATE: Get the winners in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2012 storage systems category.
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The StorSimple 5010 and 7010 are enterprise-class, cloud-integrated storage devices. They provide nondisruptive software upgrades and application-consistent snapshots. Both appliances include solid-state drives (SSDs) and SAS drives with automated application-aware tiering and primary data deduplication and compression.
The Nutanix Complete Cluster offers a converged, scale-out compute and storage system that is said to deliver a virtualized data center in a compact building block. It ships as a rackable 2U unit with four high-performance server nodes, each running a standard hypervisor complete with processors, memory and local storage.
The Gridstore GS-1000 Scale-out NAS Storage System provides scale-out storage to small- and medium-sized businesses. It combines virtualization with a grid processing platform to create a virtualized storage pool built from storage blocks of various capacities. Incremental capacity scaling lets customers start small and add nodes as needed.