2003 Storage Products of the Year

The editors of SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine sat down this past fall to assess the best products of 2003.

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.

    2003 Products of the Year

    DISK & DISK SUBSYSTEMS
  • Gold: EMC Symmetrix DMX
  • Silver: Xiotech Magnitude 3D
  • Bronze: NetApp FAS200 Series

    NETWORKING EQUIPMENT
  • Gold: Cisco MDS 9509
  • Silver: CNT UltraNet Edge Storage Router -- Model 3000
  • Bronze: SANRAD V-Switch 3000

    BACKUP HARDWARE
  • Gold: Data Domain DD200 Recovery Appliance
  • Silver: IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Tape Drive 3592 Model J1A
  • Bronze: EMC Centera with Compliance Edition

    BACKUP & DISASTER RECOVERY SOFTWARE
  • Gold: CommVault QiNetix 4.2
  • Silver: FalconStor IPStor 4.0
  • Bronze: CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5

    STORAGE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  • Gold: AppIQ StorageAuthority Suite Version 3.0
  • Silver: CreekPath Storage Operations Management Suite 3.0
  • Bronze: OuterBay Application Data Management 3.0

    If you'd like to submit a product for next year's award, please fill out this form.

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