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As in past years, the 2004 Products of the Year awards vividly reflect the innovation in our industry. Each of the winning products solves real-world problems and makes your company's data more secure and accessible. And this year's awards prove that larger, older and more established companies don't have a monopoly on innovation.
Vendors and users alike are grappling with how to spread the benefits of storage networking beyond today's implementations. That means tackling WAN distribution problems, enabling greater consolidation, meeting lower cost points, simplifying complex environments, and improving manageability, data protection and availability. That's a long wish list, but this year's winners largely meet many of those goals.
As always, entrants are judged on six criteria:
- Ease of integration into existing environments
Disk & Disk Subsystems
This was first published in January 2005