Sooner or later, your business will endure a disaster and the downtime that such calamity brings. Most IT pros are old hands at handling small-scale disasters, such as computer failures and short-duration power outages. Thankfully, you're much more likely to face this sort of minor breakdown than a more serious disaster, such as damage caused by severe weather, a network hack, or, heaven forbid, a terrorist attack. To prepare for handling disasters, you need a disaster plan and technology that protects and recovers business systems and data. Fortunately, the disaster-recovery segment of the IT market is flourishing, offering a plethora of products and services in areas such as backup and recovery (tape-based and disk-based), data archiving, data replication, and power protection. For the 2005 Readers' Choice awards, hundreds of Windows IT Pro readers voted on disaster prevention and recovery products in six hardware and software subcategories, showing that Windows IT pros take their backup and recovery seriously. Here are the winners:


DISASTER PREVENTION & RECOVERY

Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Software
1st—Winternals Software Recovery Manager 2.0
http://www.winternals.com
2nd—Symantec LiveState Recovery 3.0
http://www.symantec.com
3rd—HP OpenView Storage Data Protector
http://www.hp.com

Desktop Backup/Recovery/Archive Software
1st—VERITAS Software VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers
http://www.veritas.com
2nd—Winternals Software Administrator's Pak 5.0
http://www.winternals.com
3rd—EMC Dantz Retrospect Backup
http://www.emc.com

Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Hardware
1st—Dell PowerVault Storage
http://www.dell.com
2nd—HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive
http://www.hp.com
3rd—EMC CLARiiON Disk Library
http://www.emc.com

Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Service
1st—Iron Mountain Electronic Vaulting
http://www.ironmountain.com
2nd—LiveVault InControl
http://www.livevault.com
3rd—LiveVault InSync
http://www.livevault.com

Replication/Data Availability Solution
1st—Neverfail Group Neverfail for Windows Product Suite
http://www.neverfailgroup.com
2nd—NSI Software Double-Take
http://www.nsisoftware.com
3rd—VERITAS Software Replication Exec
http://www.veritas.com

UPS
1st—American Power Conversion InfraStruXure
http://www.apcc.com
2nd—Three-way tie: American Power Conversion Smart-UPS, Liebert UPS products, and Tripp Lite UPS products, all write-ins
http://www.apc.com, http://www.liebert.com, http://www.tripplite.com