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Isilon Systems

Isilon IQ

Isilon Systems Isilon IQ storage appliances help IT managers deal with the overwhelming burden of reference data storage.

With companies gathering up digital data-in the forms of audio, video, pictures and documents-at exponentially increasing rates, managing storage is no easy chore. The Excellence Awards judges in this category therefore kept the ability to consolidate storage resources and management high on the list of key evaluation points.

Isilon IQs ability to cluster multiple performance and storage nodes gives it a level of flexibility not available in most NAS (network-attached storage) solutions today. The judges also liked the ease of use of Isilon IQ, which allows IT managers to add new nodes without disrupting user access to data. In addition, thanks to a shared global namespace, data can be moved across nodes transparently without forcing users to remap their network drives.

Indeed, Isilon IQ eliminates much of the complexity associated with managing multiple NAS units while providing the storage scalability most organizations need.



InServ Storage Server with Dynamic Optimization

Another product designed to help IT managers with their storage consolidation needs is 3Pardatas InServ Storage Server with Dynamic Optimization, a highly scalable storage array that can provide multiple tiers of storage within a single system. InServ Storage Server with Dynamic Optimization also can migrate older and less important data to less expensive storage without disrupting applications.

Spectra Logic

Spectra T950

Spectra Logics Spectra T950 is the first library the Excellence Awards judges had seen with integrated AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)-256 capabilities. In light of all the embarrassing data thefts that have occurred during the last two years, we expect more library vendors will follow Spectra Logics lead. With its key-deletion capabilities, the Spectra T950 can quickly expire tape media without the need for costly physical destruction of the media. The library also supports multiple tape formats in a single enclosure.

-Henry Baltazar

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