Friday, February 27, 2009

Storage Options: Which One Is Right for Me?

A Full Lineup of Storage and Backup Solutions on Display for Your Evaluation

Networked storage solutions. Automated backup systems. Hi-speed data transfers. Firewire. eSATA. USB2. Aaack, there are so many different options! How do I know which solution will fit my current needs? Will it efficiently scale with me over time?

The Editors' Lounge heard your cries, and invited vendors from all over to set up shop at our place so guests could see see their products and services up close and personal (and do a little comparing, too). Avid's Unity, Apple's XSAN, Facilis' Terrablock with Cache-A's LTO-4 backup, CalDigit's HDPro and CalDigit VR, Tandberg Data's RDX QuikStor and LTO Tape, LaCie's 4big Quadra, Rimage's Producer 7100N, Archion's Synergy HDu, Sonnet's Fusion DX800RAID and Fusion F2, Maxx Digital's Evo2 HD and Edit Vault, and StorageDNA's DNASync-ISAN were all on display.

Instead of round-robin presentations like past Lounges, attendees were free to wander from room to room, focusing on those systems and solutions that most interested them. By all accounts the evening was a resounding success, and the folks at AlphaDogs would like to extend thanks to all of the vendors who participated. An extra special thank you goes to Key Code Media and J-KAM Digital for helping make the event possible.

See video highlights of the event, courtesy of AlphaDogs (please note the page might not load properly in Firefox).