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Best storage products of the year

SearchStorage.com & Storage magazine editors
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Turbulent economic times resulted in a year that was marked by many stops, starts and shifts in product development. Despite a down economy, many new products hit the market, including some that were highly innovative.

The editors of Storage and SearchStorage.com 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

    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

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