Products of the Year 2006:

In our Storage Products of the Year for 2006, check out which products ranked the best in the backup hardware category.

Backup hardware

The top winners in this category are:

Gold Award:

IBM System Storage TS1120 tape drive model E05

Data breaches played prominently in 2006's headlines, and IBM Corp. has led the charge in responding to this problem by making data security as much a part of the tape process as compression.

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Silver Award:

Sepaton S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Appliance

As disk-to-disk backup grows more popular, disk targets are getting smarter. This hardware-based standout is the second version of Sepaton Inc.'s disk-only VTL.

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Bronze Award:

Data Domain DDX Array Series

Data Domain Inc. is a perennial medal winner in this category, and the data deduplication pioneer hasn't been standing still—and neither have storage growth and consolidation trends.

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