Capacity, availability, and speed are the most important considerations when choosing storage products. Readers' Choice voters chose Dell and EMC products as their top storage solutions.

Best Network Attached Storage Solution and Best Network Attached Storage Hardware. Offering storage for up to 4TB of information, 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; enterprise-level data protection and system availability; disk-to-disk backup; simplified zero-impact upgradeability; and low up-front costs. Customers can use PowerVault NAS as a dedicated file server to reduce bandwidth for application servers. For the second year in a row, readers have chosen Dell products' reliability, scalability, and performance.

Best Fault-Tolerant Storage Solution and Best Direct Attached Storage Hardware. Readers call the EMC CLARiiON Family of networked storage solutions "the best!" The entry-level EMC CLARiiON AX100's compact, efficient hardware design incorporates 12 Serial ATA (SATA) drives in a 2U (3.5") rack-mountable enclosure and has a 3TB maximum capacity. CLARiiON CX systems provide even faster performance, continuous availability, data integrity, and increased scalability—from 5 to 240 drives in modular, pay-as-you-grow increments. CX systems provide advanced, middle-tier software capabilities, including full and incremental replication and anytime/any distance mirroring for business continuity protection. The CLARiiON CX offers array-based software functionality and online metaLUN expansion for increased information availability. Organizations can take advantage of the CLARiiON Family's easy-to-use management tools and support for multiple server OSs. The solutions are also designed to handle rugged, industrial environments.

Best Storage Area Network Solution. Dell/EMC's Fibre Channel Storage arrays provide SAN environments for business-critical applications and workgroups. A modular, redundant hardware architecture and hot-pluggable parts provide high availability. Dell/EMC Fibre Channel RAID Arrays solve crucial storage needs that require highly available and scalable external fibre channel RAID storage. Dell/EMC Fibre Channel AX100 and iSCSI AX100i provide an easy-to-manage storage array with low-cost SAN expandability. Dual-processor capability adds performance and redundancy. Readers praise Dell/EMC SAN's speed, reliability, and service.



Best Storage

Best Network Attached Storage Solution


Dell, PowerVault Network Attached Storage (NAS)
800-999-3355, 512-338-4400
http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/nasto?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz
Price: Contact vendor for pricing

Best Fault-Tolerant Storage Solution


EMC, CLARiiON Family
866-464-7381, 508-435-1000
http://www.emc.com/products/systems/clariion.jsp
Price: Approximately $5000

Best Storage Area Network Solution


Dell, Dell/EMC Storage Area Network (SAN)
800-999-3355, 512-338-4400
http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/sanet?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz
Price: Contact vendor for pricing

Best Direct Attached Storage Hardware


EMC, CLARiiON Family
866-464-7381, 508-435-1000
http://www.emc.com/products/systems/clariion.jsp
Price: Approximately $5000

Best Network Attached Storage Hardware


Dell, PowerVault Network Attached Storage (NAS)
800-999-3355, 512-338-4400
http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/nasto?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=biz
Price: Contact vendor for pricing