Datamation Awards Product of the Year Honors

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Last year's Datamation Product of the Year Awards served as an enterprise coming-out party for Linux, with Red Hat scoring a landslide win in the Network & Systems Management category.

This year's awards feature another Linux winner in that category, Mandrake Linux. But the brightest stars in the enterprise firmament, according to Datamation voters, are two industry stalwarts -- business intelligence software giant SAS and business software provider SAP, both of which won a pair of Datamation Product of the Year awards.

The SAS Text Miner won the Data Mining & Business Intelligence group, defeating runner-up Cognos BI Series 7 and other finalists CorBusiness from CorVu, DataFlux's dfPower Studio and digiMine's Customer Segment Manager. Readers may have been impressed by Text Miner's versatility, which is designed to help users locate and extract information from any number of unstructured text documents such as patents, warranty claims, client notes and customer emails.

SAS also topped the E-Commerce category with its SAS Marketing Automation 2.2, outpacing second-place Microsoft Commerce Server 2002. The SAS software's ability to synthesize customer data across multiple lines of business, as well as its data warehousing, analytics and campaign planning tools appeared to have won over Datamation voters.

Other finalists in this category were VeriSign's Shared Hosting Security Service, LaGarde's Storefront Now and Clickjam's eBusiness Tools.

Germany-based SAP's CRM 3.0 edged Lotus Sametime 3 for the Enterprise Applications award. Other finalists were Spamnet from Cloudmark, xMetal 3 from Corel, Bidmaker 2002 from Bidmaker and Computer Associates' Advantage Plex. The SAP product's comprehensive list of features includes advanced analytics, data mining and order management.

In the Enterprise Resource Planning competition, SAP's R/3 Enterprise software turned back a challenge from runner-up Cognos Enterprise Planning Series. The R/3 extends SAP's flagship ERP software to the enterprise and includes an open technical platform, a valuable feature in any multiple-platform IT shop. Other finalists in this category were OpenAir Complete from OpenAir and CorVu's CorStrategy.

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.6 ran away with the Security award, outpacing Tripwire's Tripwire for Servers 3.0, ReefEdge Connect System 3.0 from ReefEdge, FirewallAnalyzer 3.0 from eIQnetworks, Teros-100 APS from Teros and WatchGuard Firebox V80 from WatchGuard Technologies.

By now, any corporation still in business knows how important virus protection is. Today, the issue is whether you spend all your time updating and confirming workstation protection. Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition won our readers' votes because it simplifies protection chores, thanks to the NAVEX repair engine and centralized admin control that audits workstations, even those protected by competitive products.

In a tight storage contest, StorageTek's T9940B Tape Drive just beat Brocade Communications Systems' Silkworm 3900 Enterprise Fabric Switch.

The exciting technology in storage is not all about faster disks. The StorageTek T9940B is a breakthrough in fast backup with tape, delivering 30 Mbytes/second (that's 252 Gbytes/hour) over 2 GByte fiber channel. And this isn't something brought in for occasional full data dumps. The T9940B was designed for 70% tape motion duty cycles -- as close to 7x24 operation as you can get with tape.

Other finalists in the Storage category were the NetApp F880 series from Network Appliance, FalconStor Technologies' IPStor 3.5 and ATAboy2 from Nexsan Technologies.

Mandrake's Linux Distribution operating system succeeded Red Hat in the Network & Systems Management category, topping runners-up Sun Microsystems' Capacity on Demand 2.0 and NetIQ's WebTrends Reporting Service 6.0.

Mandrake Linux is billed as an operating that can run for months without a reboot; Datamation readers seem to like that idea. The operating system is a system administrator's dream, built into independent layers that provide strict permissions protections. The result is an OS that runs trouble free.

Other finalists in this category were Warp Solutions' WARP 2063e Edge Appliance and ManageSoft 6.2 from ManageSoft.

In the Client Systems race, the Dell Optiplex SX260 minicomputer topped all products. Other finalists were runner-up HP's Compaq Tablet PC, Toshiba's Portege 2000 and Hughes Network Systems' DW 4020 satellite terminal.

Datamation readers may have been impressed by the SX260's tiny footprint, which enables installation in tight quarters, and its extensive set of centralized management tools.

Over the next two weeks, Datamation will run stories about the winners and some of the other nominees in each of our eight categories, starting today with the Client Systems group.

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