Think of 2008 as the year of the milestone.
There were milestones reached in processing performance, operating system performance and functionality. Notebooks pushed the envelope on smaller form factors and battery life, and desktops made a strong comeback from a performance, function and design perspective.
More of IT now scales from the browser to the data center than ever before, and technology providers managed to make cost, return on investment and manageability critical.
The Test Center evaluated hundreds of products in 2008, from the palmtop to the data center and everything in between. In selecting each product of the year, Test Center editors needed to make sure that there was a critical offering to the market at large, significant value to the end user and immediate impact on how the lion's share of solution providers in the channel would think about and deliver technology.