Storage Products of the Year

Put the kettle on and open a fresh packet of biscuits. You are in for a treat. Here is a definitive list of the best storage products of 2004.

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Over the past year we've probably had more product pitches than you've had hot dinners. Most of them are the same thing over and over, but once in a while we learn about a real gem. As in past years, our 2004 Storage Products of the Year awards vividly reflect the innovation in our industry. 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:
  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Ease of integration into existing environments
  • Manageability
  • Functionality
  • Value

For a detailed explanation of how we selected the winners, click here. Without further ado, here is our list of the best Storage Products of the Year in 2004.

If you are strongly opposed to any of these winners, contact editor@searchstorage.com and let us know why. Remember to read the criteria for selection first.

Happy New Year.

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