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Best data storage products 2017: Products of the Year

Storage magazine's annual awards honor data storage products in backup and disaster recovery software and services, backup and DR hardware, software-defined storage, storage arrays and storage management tools.


For 16 years, Storage magazine and SearchStorage have held the annual Products of the Year awards. The competition recognizes the best data storage products the industry has to offer and helps steer readers toward them.

As in the past, the 2017 Products of the Year contest started with an invitation to storage vendors to submit their products for consideration and to storage users to tell us about the products they love. Our competition stands out from similar awards because we only accept products released or significantly upgraded during the previous year. This policy gives new or lesser-known products and startups an opportunity to more fairly compete against bigger, more-established products and brands.

Our judging panel included users, analysts, consultants, and Storage magazine and SearchStorage writers and editors. Judges considered several factors when assessing finalists to determine the best data storage products of 2017. High among the criteria considered is technological innovation, with performance, ease of integration, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value also weighed. After all, a storage product can't just be innovative; it must be practical, as well, to satisfy users.

Enterprise storage products competed in five categories this year: backup and disaster recovery hardware, backup and DR software and services, software-defined storage, storage arrays and storage management tools. Of the more than 100 entries we received, our judges narrowed the field to 47 finalists. Fourteen of those went on to win gold, silver or bronze awards as the best data storage products of the year. Congratulations to all our winners!

Learn more about why each medalist earned a spot on the 2017 Products of the Year podium by clicking on the links in the sections below. We've also included links to information on the 2017 finalists to let you discover more about the competition our winners were up against.

1Products of the Year winners-

Backup and disaster recovery hardware

The backup and disaster recovery hardware category is comprised of tape libraries and drives, backup media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries, deduplication devices, gateway appliances for cloud backup and replication, and backup software integrated with hardware appliances. Winning products highlighted some of the latest trends in backup and recovery, including support for more hypervisors and one-click recovery, as well as providing integrated backup, archiving and data analytics while shrinking the secondary storage data footprint.


Rubrik Cloud Data Management (Alta 4.0 software)

Rubrik Cloud Data Management provides a platform for backup and recovery, as well as search, replication, data analytics, copy data management and archiving. Continue Reading


Quorum OnQ version 4.0

Quorum OnQ 4.0 enables local and remote instant recovery of applications, data and servers. The company's appliances are designed around modular disaster recovery storage and software. Continue Reading


Cohesity DataPlatform version 4

The Cohesity Data Platform offers a converged data protection platform that handles global deduplication across an entire cluster while strengthening data recovery and resiliency with erasure coding. Continue Reading


2017 backup and disaster recovery hardware finalists

The eight products selected as finalists in this category range from cloud to software-defined to hyper-converged and even tape technologies. Continue Reading

2Products of the Year winners-

Backup and disaster recovery software and services

This category covers backup and recovery software; cloud backup and recovery services; and on-premises backup and disaster recovery, snapshotting, replication and archiving products. The winners span a range of platforms, from software-defined to cloud-focused to even some physical support. The group of finalists reflects trends in cloud protection and object storage. Some of the vendors are familiar names from past Products of the Year winners' lists, while others are new to the competition.


Veeam Availability Suite version 9.5

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 provides enterprise-level protection for virtual, physical and cloud data. This edition of Veeam's flagship product adds integrations and a Restore to Microsoft Azure capability. Continue Reading


Rubrik Datos IO RecoverX version 2.0 (formerly Datos IO RecoverX 2.0)

Rubrik Datos IO RecoverX 2.0 cloud backup software impressed judges with its innovation. Highlights include semantic deduplication and point-in-time backup and recovery. Continue Reading


Acronis Storage version 2

With innovative blockchain integration, Acronis Storage 2 can verify the authenticity and integrity of stored data. Object storage geo-replication helps improve data protection. Continue Reading


2017 backup and disaster recovery software and services finalists

The seven finalists in this category reflect the latest developments in cloud protection and object storage. Continue Reading

3Products of the Year winners-

Software-defined storage

Winners in the software-defined storage category all focus on high-performance storage. Gold winner Excelero's NVMesh pools ultra-fast nonvolatile memory express-based storage resources. Silver winner DataCore Software's SANsymphony is noted for its parallel I/O technology. And bronze winner WekaIO's parallel scale-out file software takes advantage of pooled flash storage in application servers. Eligible products run on standard servers with no dependencies on underlying hardware. Entries included offerings that pool and manage storage, object stores, file systems and the software powering hyper-converged infrastructure.


Excelero NVMesh version 1.1

Excelero's NVMesh 1.1 software-defined block storage gives applications networked access to a pool of NVMe-based storage devices at high speed and low latency. Continue Reading


DataCore Software SANsymphony PSP6

DataCore's SANsymphony PSP6 boosted performance and also provided REST API integration, container support and cloud replication. Continue Reading


WekaIO Inc. WekaIO Matrix

WekaIO Matrix aggregates local SSDs to boost performance and tiers cold data to cloud object storage. Continue Reading


2017 software-defined storage finalists

The 11 finalists in this category include products that support performance-boosting nonvolatile memory express flash, as well as cloud and container storage options. Continue Reading

4Products of the Year winners-

Storage arrays

Entries in the storage arrays category cover systems with flash, hard disk drives or a hybrid mixture. Products include Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN, NAS, multiprotocol systems, converged infrastructure, SSDs, HDDs, disk controllers and caching appliances. They have integrated software management and storage features. While flash dominates enterprise storage, two winners exploit the performance and low cost of spinning media. All three winning products use flash, but only one is called "all-flash." Two systems use HDDs to store data, with targeted flash to enhance performance.


Datrium DVX version 3.0

Datrium DVX storage system combines flash and disk, and the company claims its server-side flash architecture is four times faster and one-fourth the cost of typical all-flash arrays. Continue Reading


Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pure Storage FlashBlade integrates proprietary NAND flash modules that talk to flash chips to curtail latency. FlashBlade addresses enterprises that need scalable flash for high-performance computing. Continue Reading


Infinidat InfiniBox version 3.0

Infinidat's InfiniBox is a hybrid system with 3% flash for acceleration. Hot data remains on the fastest media, warm data is sent to NAND flash, and cold data is written to disk. The majority of I/O traffic is handled by dynamic RAM. Continue Reading


2017 storage arrays finalists

Many of the 14 storage arrays that made this year's finalist list are all-flash and hybrid products. Continue Reading

5Products of the Year winners-

Storage management tools

Companies entering the data storage management tools category range from startups to established storage giants. Despite the variety of sizes, there are common themes among the entrants, including the use of artificial intelligence and cloud connections. In addition, support for multi-platform, multi-cloud and multiple storage tiers is common. This category includes SAN management and storage resource management software, as well as performance monitoring, third-party analytics, configuration management, and provisioning and data reduction products. There was no bronze winner in the Storage Management Tools category because of a low number of nominees.


IoFabric Vicinity version 3.0

IoFabric Vicinity 3.0 brings machine intelligence to its multisite, multi-cloud data fabric. This allows Vicinity 3.0 to migrate data to the lowest cost storage that's most appropriate. Continue Reading


Caringo Inc. FileFly Secondary Storage Platform

Caringo FileFly Secondary Storage Platform, working with Windows Server and NetApp OnTap, seamlessly adds intelligent data transfer to a limitless tier of scale-out secondary storage at a low cost. Continue Reading


2017 storage management tools finalists

The cloud and machine learning are the focus of several of the seven products that made the finalist list in this category. Continue Reading

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