Enterprise data storage 2019 Products of the Year finalists
The field of entrants in our 18th annual Products of the Year contest has been winnowed to 50 contenders vying for gold, silver and bronze glory in five data storage categories.
by James Alan Miller, Nick Martin, Stacey Peterson, Paul Crocetti and Erin Sullivan Published: 13 Jan 2020
You don’t have to be a storage manager to encounter enterprise data storage. Chances are, no matter what kind of IT professional or corporate business decision-maker you are, issues with implementation, provisioning and management of storage capacity come to your attention. But with so many products available, it’s difficult for even the most seasoned veteran to separate the wheat from the chaff. Enter Storage magazine and SearchStorage’s annual Products of the Year competition.
Now in its 18th year, Products of the Year compares the best in enterprise data storage hardware, software and services to award gold, silver and bronze to the year’s most deserving products. As in the past, the 2019 awards process required vendors to submit new and upgraded products across five categories. This year, those categories arebackup and disaster recovery hardware, software and services; cloud storage; disk and disk subsystems; hyper-converged and composable infrastructures; and storage system and application software. We then narrowed the competition down to 50 finalists.
All finalist products were rolled out or significantly upgraded by vendors during the preceding year. No incrementally upgraded products were allowed. Our panel of analysts, consultants and users consider innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value when weighing the competition.
We tip our hats to all the finalists in the 2019 enterprise data storage Products of the Year competition. While earning a medal is the ultimate award for competing vendors, the designation of finalist is an achievement that should be applauded. We will reveal the gold, silver and bronze award winners next month on SearchStorage and in the February issue of Storage magazine.