Tadasoft’s RestorePoint integrated hardware and software back-up solution is the winner of storage-biz.news’ Product of the Year 2008 award.

With 45 per cent of the nominations, the solution for network administrators was the clear winner in a field that included Fujitsu, Dell, Compellent, Brioo, Akorri and cloud storage specialists Asankya.

RestorePoint automatically backs-up and stores the configuration of your network devices and restores it when needed.

The solution has established itself as a vendor-independent appliance and Tadasoft says it is the first product to address this "commonly overlooked" issue.

Its simplicity is a major selling factor – it is managed from one convenient central location with an easy to use web interface.

In collecting the most votes RestorePoint also got some strong endorsements from readers.

One voter described RestorePoint as "unique", stressing the appliance-based solution’s ability to automatically backup configs from multi-vendor devices.

"It will also alert the admin if any change has been made to the config and detail this change," said the storage-biz.news reader.

"The admin can then on the fly roll back the config by restoring the master copy template or one of the other back ups from a previous hour/day/week/month."

Another factor that garnered support was the fact RestorePoint supports numerous devices, including Cisco, Brocade, Juniper, Blue Coat, Proofpoint and HP Procurve.

While cost and ease of use were highlighted, one voter pointed to RestorePoint’s ability to increase network management productivity.

"It can also help towards gaining or maintaining the complex PCI DSS compliance standard," said the voter.

Among the other nominations, Dell-EqualLogic’s PS Series of virtualized iSCSI SAN were singled out for attention.

They were described as the clear leader in the midrange (1-500TB) iSCSI SAN space – a market that includes EMC, NetApp, IBM and Hitachi.

Areas where the PS Series impressed included ease of use, flexibility, performance and overall value.

Compellent’s SAN was also highly recommended, not least for its space reclamtion offer and being the only SAN in the market with Automated ILM.

Storage-biz.news would like to thank everyone who took the effort to nominate a product and to cast a vote.

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