Vote for the Most Valuable Products

InfoStor, in conjunction with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (www.asnp.org), is once again co-sponsoring the Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards. The awards will be presented at the Storage World Conference (SWC), June 7-9, in Long Beach, CA (www.storageworldconference.com). Attendance at SWC is free for qualified end users.

By the time you read this, a group of our editors, selected industry analysts, and members of the ASNP will have chosen five finalists in each of seven product categories:

  • Storage Management Software
  • Data Protection Software
  • Backup Hardware
  • Networking Equipment
  • Disk Subsystems
  • Compliance and Retention
  • Most Innovative Product

It’s now up to you to determine the winners. Ballots will be e-mailed to all of InfoStor’s end-user readers as well as to the more than 2,000 members of the ASNP. We urge you to vote for the MVPs because this awards process is unique in that end users determine the final winners in each category according to their own criteria. It’s your chance to give credit to the vendors that did the best job in meeting your demanding storage requirements, and voting only takes a few seconds. Look for the MVP ballots in your e-mail over the next two weeks.

D2D and D2D2T

You’ve read a lot about disk-to-disk (D2D) and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup and recovery over the last couple of years in this publication. And according to our reader surveys, you’ve actually been buying a lot of disk-based backup products. If you’re adding to that arsenal, or plan to implement D2D, be sure to read this month’s Special Report, “The devilish details of disk-to-disk backup,” by Phil Goodwin (see p. 28).

Unlike most articles on disk-based backup, Phil’s is based on “lessons learned” from extensive testing of D2D and D2D2T products by his company, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories. Specifically, he delves into cost and performance issues and draws some general conclusions that should help simplify your next purchase.

InfoStor adds editor

Ann Silverthorn
Web editor
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This month, we welcome into our editorial ranks Ann Silverthorn (anns@pennwell.com), who joins us as Web editor. Ann will be focused on adding to the content, and timeliness of the content, on all of our digital media vehicles, including our Website, weekly e-newsletters, and Webcasts. She will also be contributing news analysis articles to our print publication.

Some of you may recognize Ann’s byline from her stint at Business Solutions magazine, where she was a technical editor covering a variety of IT technologies, including storage, of course.

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Dave Simpson

This article was originally published on April 01, 2005