The new year is firmly underway and time is running out for you to submit your nominations and votes for’ 2008 Man and Product of the Year awards.

But with voting expected to be close in both award categories there’s plenty of opportunity for latecomers to make their mark.

In the product section, submissions can be made for anything storage-related that has particularily impressed in 2008.

Among the leading contenders in this category are Compellent (SAN with automated ILM), Akorri (BalancePoint), TADASoft (RestorePoint), Dell (EqualLogic), Texas Memory Systems (RamSan-440) and Brioo (Brioo Live Backup).

EMC also gets nominated for a couple of its products – the CLARiiON AX4 networked storage solution and its Enterprise Flash Drives.

The former is described simply as "mind blowing". Heady stuff.

For Person of the Year, StorageRap’s Marc Farley is among the contenders.

He is praised for his insightful and witty handling of some of the "hot button issues" facing the industry.

Also up there is Adam Fox, a senior systems engineer at NetApp.

But there’s still time for other names to be put forward.

But please don’t delay – we need your product or person nominations before the end of January.

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