The Enviable Problem of Abundant High Quality
eWEEK Excellence Awards judges' tough task will likely be good news for buyersIts eXcellence Awards judging time again for eWeek Labs analysts and some of our Corporate Partners. This year is shaping up to be the most challenging ever, at least as far as picking a winner in the Enterprise Storage category is concerned. This years Enterprise Storage entries have really impressed me, and we judges have our work cut out for us in choosing a winner. Although Im nowhere near ready to announce our decisions for this categorys award winners, I have noticed, during the winnowing process, some market distinct trends that run through this years entries. The first major trend I noticed was the aggressive movement of vendors into the disk-to-disk backup market. Major players including Network Appliance (with its NearStore R100 System), StorageTek (with BladeStor) and Quantum (with the Quantum DX30 Enhanced Backup System) have entered disk-to-disk backup systems in our eXcellence Awards competition.
The two most innovative advantages that these backup units bring to the table are high-speed performance (compared with standard tape drive solutions) and easily accessible datawhich will allow nearline storage to come back in vogue.