But our awards aren't based solely on innovation or, as we like to say, the "way cool" factor. A product can possess a fair share of the latest bells and whistles, but it won't win an award if it doesn't solve real-world problems, make a storage manager's life easier and more efficient or make a company's data more secure and accessible.
What makes these awards fun to judge is that winning products come from all corners of the storage industry: from well-established companies, startups barely out of stealth mode and from companies located outside the U.S. It's a global economy and no one company has a lock on new ideas. For the record, our awards are based on the following criteria:
- Ease of integration into existing environments
Congratulations to all the winners.