Storage Hardware

Silver Award:

EqualLogic PS300E Storage Array

The Silver Award in the Storage Hardware category goes to the PS300E Storage Array from EqualLogic Inc. The PS300E is part of the PS Series, which is designed as a simple SAN offering the benefits of storage consolidation to companies of all sizes. The PS300E is an iSCSI SAN that offers a lower-priced alternative to Fibre Channel SANs.

Performance, as well as the innovation that went into the product, caught the judges' attention this year, vaulting the product into second place. The product's ease of integration and ease of use were also key factors in the judging.

Each PS Series array comes with fully redundant, fault-tolerant hardware and includes automatic storage-management software. With it, you can combine multiple arrays to form a scalable enterprise storage grid of more than 100 terabytes.

In October, EqualLogic's PS Series became the first networked storage array to achieve Microsoft's Simple SAN for Windows Server designation. Microsoft created the Simple SAN program to identify networked storage products that eliminate the traditional cost and complexity of SAN implementation and that integrate with the storage management capabilities of the Windows Server 2003 platform.

Pricing: EqualLogic's PS Series storage arrays start at $24,900. A PS300E with 7.0 TB of storage capacity, fully redundant, fault-tolerant hardware, and automatic storage management software is priced at $56,000.

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