According to readers, capacity, availability, and speed are the most important considerations when choosing storage products. Dell products won more than half of the Readers' Choice votes cast in our two storage categories.

Best Network Attached Storage. Dell's PowerVault Network Attached Storage (NAS) lets you add storage capacity to consolidate storage or for external backup. PowerVault offers deployment in as little as 15 minutes; built-in multiplatform support; enhanced data protection and system availability; simplified zero-impact upgradeability; and low up-front costs. PowerVault 745N holds up to 4TB of information, and PowerVault 775N holds up to 40TB.

Best Storage Area Network. Dell/EMC's Fibre Channel (FC) Storage arrays provide SAN environments for business-critical applications and workgroups. A modular, redundant hardware architecture and hot-pluggable parts provide high availability. The product ensures data integrity with cache vaulting, data scrubbing, end-to-end checking, sector-level data protection, and patented SNiiFFER data protection firmware. The CX300 has up to 50,000 cached IOPs and sequential performance of up to 680MB/sec. Navisphere management software reduces management cost. You can pack two storage processors, a standby power supply, and up to 60 Fibre Channel disk drives in less than 13 inches of rack space. Readers who voted for Dell/EMC's SANs praised their speed, reliability, and service.

Best Storage Products
Best Network Attached Storage
Dell, PowerVault Network Attached Storage (NAS)
800-999-3355, 512-338-4400,
http://www.dell.com
Price: Starts at $1799
Best Storage Area Network
Dell/EMC Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Arrays
800-999-3355, 512-338-4400,
http://www.dell.com
Price: Starts at $9999