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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

Upstarts shake up the storage status quo The votes have been tallied, and to the victors go the spoils ... WELL, I HOPE. I found this year's "Products of the Year" awards fascinating (see "Best storage products of 2005," Storage, February 2006). None of the winners, with the possible exception of McData and Sun Microsystems, can be considered old school. First, understand that I had nothing to do with picking the winners. Second, recognize that however the judges came to their conclusions, most of these winners were NOT the safe bets. I could add up the marketing budgets of the four smaller (not Sun) winners and it would still be a small fraction of one month's budget of one of the big boys. That shows some bravado by this magazine and makes me proud to cling to this back page. Two of the winners, Avamar Technologies and Kazeon Systems, won by being radically new. Avamar won for being smart (and lucky) enough to start a company that would revolutionize the backup/restore world with engineers who had no background in the backup/...

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Features in this issue

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • Voice apps can strain storage

    Digital voice recordings are creeping up on storage like e-mail did a decade or so ago, but they're roughly 1,000 times larger per element. Here's how to prevent them from overwhelming your data center.

  • iSCSI moves up the ranks

  • New life for InfiniBand

    InfiniBand storage is finally emerging, but despite its cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. But clustered, high-performance computing and demanding applications have helped renew interest in InfiniBand-based storage networks.

  • New DLT drive tops a terabyte

  • Finding Data

    Archiving applications are increasingly being used to minimize online data stores and to meet compliance requirements. Most of those archivers include search features, but the capabilities vary widely. Understanding how these search tools work will help you find the best fit for your company.

Columns in this issue

  • The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

    Storage Bin: The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising, as so few of them were big-name storage vendors. Here's Steve Duplessie's take on the subject.

  • Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

    By deploying Intelligent Information Management applications, organizations can improve resource management by eliminating the storage of duplicate data, reduce risk by quickly responding to discovery requests, comply with record-retention and privacy regulations, and restore the right data faster.

  • Misplaced priorities

    by  Stephen Foskett

    In this age of compliance and despite well-publicized cases of data theft, a recent security survey from GlassHouse Technologies indicates that few companies are paying much attention to storage security.