The year’s best products
Drawn from the more than 200 products we tested during 2003, these winners represent the most innovative and effective solutions in their category
Hardware and Software Platforms
Best Server Hardware:
HP ProLiant DL760 G2
— Almost unrivalled in terms of reliability, redundancy, and raw processing power.
Best Server Blade System:
RLX ServerBlade 2800i and System 600ex
— The rest of the industry could learn a lot from RLX’s approach to management.
Best Systems Management Solution:
Vieo 1000 v1.1
— Easy-to-deploy management appliance learns normal system behaviour and responds to changes by dynamically provisioning existing resources.
Best Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
— Sets the bar for simplicity and ease of use, extends support to 64-bit hardware, and it’s secure by default.
Best Application Server:
IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0
— Tight integration with tools, smooth application deployment, granular management.
Best Networking Hardware:
Extreme BlackDiamond 10K
— An excellent mix of raw 10Gig performance and polished management capabilities.
Best Wireless LAN Solution:
— Provides extensive yet flexible control over who can access what, when, and where from 802.11 networks.
Best SAN Solution:
TotalStorage SAN Integration Server
— Edged out competing EMC and HP solutions as the all-around best performer in our mid-tier SAN roundup.
Best SAN Switch:
— Conquers multivendor SANs with useful virtualisation, replication, and other application-layer capabilities.
Best NAS Solution:
HP StorageWorks NAS b3000
— High-performance file server scales to 48TB and can connect to Fibre Channel SANs.
Best Storage Management Software:
Fujitsu Softek Automated Storage
— Provided the greatest control over mixed SAN hardware among the solutions we tested.
Best Development Tool:
Eclipse 2.1 An extensible, soup-to-nuts IDE whose Standard Widget Toolkit is breathing new life into client-side Java software.
Databases & Data Management
Best Analytics, Reporting Solution:
Iteration Real-time Reporting Suite
— Innovative reporting software combines real-time information streams, events-based alerting, and easy-to-create dashboards.
Best Hosted Application:
Salesforce.com Winter ‘04
— An easily customised SFA/CRM application that allows you to bend automated workflow to match the way you do business.
Best Web Services Iintegration Solution:
Grand Central Business Services Network
— Provides flexible, reliable, and auditable routing of SOAP messages among business partners.
Best Enterprise Collaboration Platform:
IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5
— Greatly improved interface for both Web and stand-alone clients makes Notes-Domino a win-win.
Best Team Collaboration Solution:
Groove Workspace 2.5
— A well-integrated, peer-to-peer workspace extensible via an elegant SOAP API.
Best Network Security Product:
— A near perfect match of innovation and execution. Not only detects but records and replays intrusions.
Best Application Security Product:
KaVaDo InterDo 3.0
— Powerful wizard takes the mystery out of setting up a strong and complex Web application firewall.