Winner: FalconStor, for its File Interface Deduplication System (FDS)
The winner in this category is a company that has refined and delivered on the premise of deduplication -- or the process of maximizing storage capacity. In the process, it has created a solution that is uniquely positioned for backup, business continuity and data center consolidation -- all-important traits in delivering return on investment in a challenging IT environment. We liked this company's approach and dedication to getting it right in a time when cutting corners or offering 80 percent of what it delivered might have been tempting. This is a full, innovative solution.