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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Best Storage Products of 2007

New companies and their products garner most of this year's awards. If there's a lesson to be learned from the 2007 Storage magazine and Products of the Year, it's that vendors can't rest on their laurels. New guys on the block pop up every day with fresh ideas and technologies, and better ways of doing things. Only a few vendors from last year's winners' list are back, and none of the 2006 gold medal winners showed up this year. You'll have to keep reading to find the winners, but here are a few companies that failed to make the 2007 list: Brocade Communications Systems Inc., EMC Corp., Emulex Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., QLogic Corp. and Symantec Corp. Who does that leave? Three startups won in one category, and two startups won in two other product groups. Three of the winners are companies that launched their first products in 2007. Award winners include two virtualization software products--no, not VMware--a storage grid system, a self-encrypting hard drive and a disaster ...

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