The editors of Storage and sat down this past fall to assess the 2002 crop, with an eye toward helping you choose those products that you have to include on your "A" list for evaluation. From our conversations with storage managers, we knew that innovation, while certainly the hallmark of great new products, wasn't sufficient to single out such products.

Given tight budgets, short staffs and ever-increasing data volumes, we decided on the following criteria as being most critical:

  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Ease of integration into environment
  • Ease of use and manageability
  • Functionality
  • Value

And so we solicited nominations from vendors, scoured the market for our own nominations and recruited a panel of judges composed of independent industry experts, storage managers and editors. They reviewed a total of 39 products in five major categories. The results are presented within.

You'll see products that are simply the best at what you're doing now, that next step in the evolution of current technology. You'll see products that are just the opposite - they break the mold and let you go where you've been unable to go. None are a panacea - all have to be evaluated as part of your overall storage infrastructure. But we think you'll agree they all have

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a mix of valuable attributes that when matched to the right task in the right environment, advance the state of the art in storage.


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

This was first published in January 2003

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