Products of the Year 2009:

Find out the winners in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com enterprise data storage 2009 Products of the Year awards

The results are in: 2009 produced a solid crop of new and upgraded enterprise data storage products. The enterprise data storage 2009 Products of the Year offers a mix of products that implement leading-edge technologies in innovative ways, and more traditional products that take tried-and-true technology to the next level.

Awards are presented in five enterprise data storage product categories: backup and disaster recovery (DR) hardware, backup and disaster recovery software and services, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment.

The 15 awards presented here go to companies and products that stand out for their functionality, value, performance, innovation, ease of use and integration. In short, these products had the wherewithal to impress our panel of judges.

The technologies that these products advance cover a wide range -- from those generating much of the current buzz, like data deduplication and solid-state storage, to bread-and-butter operations like data protection and storage-area network (SAN) storage.

As usual, we have a blend of older, more established vendors and those who can still be considered in startup mode. A number of our awards go to repeat winners -- some of whom have won multiple awards -- but a fair share also go to relative newcomers. That's a strong indication that successful enterprise data storage vendors continue to innovate even as the upstarts challenge them.

Only the top three products in each category receive an award, but we'd like to recognize this year's finalists. Check out all of the Enterprise data storage 2009 Products of the Year finalists.

How we selected the winners