eWeek Channel Insiders - Product of the Year 2008 - Storage Management category

Today, System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 was awarded silver in the Storage Management category for this year's awards.

 

Criteria:

The winners were chosen by a select group of solution providers, and their picks reveal what the channel values most. Value. Support. Profit potential. The winner's list-- broken into five categories: Business Software, Security, Utility Software and Systems, Clients and Peripherals, Networking and Storage--serves as a roadmap for products that should be on every VAR’s roster.    .

eWeek's Methodology

To ensure that our awards are not only fair and just, but that they are compiled with the strictest of criteria and reflect real channel opinion, we chose a select list of VARs--from very large to SMBs and those selling a range of solutions and vendors--and contacted them to participate in an e-mail voting system. This controlled research allowed us to monitor and ensure the quality of our awards. 

 

Each participant was asked to rate the products from 0-10.  Products were scored, based on each voter's responses, from 0 to 10 as follows:

· 1 point: level of familiarity with product

· 3 points: profit potential of product

· 2-1/2 points: opportunity for aftermarket sales related to product

· 1-1/2 points: impact of product on the technology market as a whole

· 2 points: service/support level from vendor for product

We also weighted responses by level of familiarity with the product, so that votes counted more if they were from voters more familiar with the product.  

 

A special and sincere thanks to all of the Microsoft partners who voted for DPM. 

-- Jason Buffington / DPM product manager