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Many storage managers had a heads-down 2003, struggling just to keep pace. If you were one of them, you may not have noticed that 2003 was a watershed year in many areas: new storage architectures, the arrival (finally!) of real iSCSI products, more useful storage management tools and a host of other beneficial and welcome additions to your arsenal.

To make the lives of busy storage managers easier, the editors of Storage and SearchStorage.com once again present the 15 best products introduced and shipped in 2003.

As in the past, our criteria are:

  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Ease of integration into existing environments
  • Ease of use and manageability
  • Functionality
  • Value
More than 100 submissions were scrutinized, and the best of that group were judged by a panel of independent experts, storage managers and editors. Products were scored on all of the previously mentioned criteria. Some of the winners were highly innovative; some set new benchmarks for value or another attribute; and some just had a great combination of several qualities. But all represent a new state of the art for storage products.

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Disk & Disk Subsystems
Networking Equipment
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Backup & Disaster Recovery Software
Storage Management Software

This was first published in January 2004

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