SearchWinComputing's Products of the Year can help admins in five areas

Administrators will want to check out our systems management, desktop management, storage hardware, storage management software and server Products of the Year.

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SearchWinComputing.com has announced the winners of its Products of the Year competition, giving awards in five categories: systems management, desktop management, storage hardware, storage management software and servers.

The submissions in the systems management category included products to manage the defrag process; configuration management products; diagnostic tool bundles; event management software; performance monitoring software; and server reporting tools. The Gold Award winner was Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, a performance management package that identifies and resolves performance issues.

In the storage hardware category, the submissions included iSCSI SANs; archiving systems; tape drives; removable storage devices; and network backup appliances. The Gold Award winner was Alacritech's dual-port iSCSI controller, which supports PCI Express bus technology.

The storage management software category consisted of products that increased server availability; suites that added storage management capabilities, data protection products; and backup/restore products. The Gold Award winner was Storactive Inc.'s LiveBackup 2.9 continuous data protection (CDP) software package.

The submissions in the server category included blade servers and non-blade servers, but the judges awarded the top three prizes to blades. The Gold Award winner was IBM's newly designed BladeCenter HS20, which this year added I/O expansion flexibility that allowed customers to add two internal SCSI drives.

The desktop management category included a broad array of products for the systems administrator, including software suites that deploy patch packages and spyware removal packages. The Gold Award winner was Winternals Software's Recovery Manager 2.0, a software package that helps companies recover data from Windows servers, workstations and laptops.

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