Data storage systems: 2015 Products of the Year finalists

Last updated:January 2016

Editor's note

The time has come. For the 14th consecutive year, Storage magazine and are proud to announce the Products of the Year awards. We've narrowed the field of data storage systems entrants in the 2015 competition to 70 finalists.

As has been the case in previous years, we asked technology vendors to nominate their data storage systems products for our Products of the Year awards, which recognize new or upgraded storage products. Once again, the six data storage systems categories included backup and disaster recovery software and services, backup hardware, storage management tools, storage system software, and the storage hardware categories for all-flash systems and disk/hybrid systems.

What separates our Products of the Year competition from contests such as "Readers' Choice" awards is that we focus specifically on the previous year. The emphasis levels the playing field among legacy vendors and startups.

This year's crop of data storage systems finalists was judged by a panel comprised of a cross-section of users, analysts, consultants and Storage magazine and editors. The products are rated according to their innovation, performance, ease of integration, ease of use, functionality and value.

We offer our sincerest congratulations to all of our finalists. Click on the 2015 Storage magazine/ Products of the Year categories listed below to learn more about the product finalists that we believe are above their peers when it comes to data storage systems technology.

The results will be published in the February issue of Storage magazine and online.

12015 POY finalists

Backup hardware eligible products include tape libraries and drives, backup media, disk backup targets, virtual tape libraries, deduplication devices and gateway appliances for cloud backup.

22015 POY finalists

The storage management tools category eligible products include storage resource management and SAN management software, performance monitoring, configuration management, provisioning and data reduction.

32015 POY finalists

The storage system software category eligible products include file systems, volume management, storage virtualization software, security software, storage optimization applications, solid-state caching software, cloud storage software, software-defined storage and object storage software.

42015 POY finalists

Products eligible in the all-flash systems category include storage platforms that can only be purchased with all flash storage and no hard disk drives; includes FC and iSCSI SAN, NAS, multi-protocol systems, converged/hyper-converged infrastructure products, DAS, solid-state storage drives, disk controllers, caching appliances, storage virtualization appliances, cloud-integrated storage.

52015 POY finalists

Products eligible for the hybrid storage systems category include hybrid flash arrays, Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN, NAS, multiprotocol systems, converged/hyper-converged infrastructure products, DAS, hard disk drives, disk controllers, caching appliances, storage virtualization appliances and cloud-integrated storage.