The winner of the Tech Innovator Award in storage, which Correia called one of the most popular and lucrative technologies for solution providers, was Cisco and its Small Business NSS 300 Series Smart Storage appliance.
Cisco has parlayed its networking industry leadership into network attached storage, Correia said. "This particular product simplifies configuration and management, on-disk encryption, as well as flexibility," he said. "(Cisco) covers all the bases, protocols, topologies, platforms."
Accepting Cisco's second Tech Innovator Award of the day was Bill Luloffs, Cisco Product Management.
The runner up in the storage category was FalconStor for its NSS SAN Accelerator.