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:


Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Software
1st—Winternals Software Recovery Manager 2.0
2nd—Symantec LiveState Recovery 3.0
3rd—HP OpenView Storage Data Protector

Desktop Backup/Recovery/Archive Software
1st—VERITAS Software VERITAS Backup Exec for Windows Servers
2nd—Winternals Software Administrator's Pak 5.0
3rd—EMC Dantz Retrospect Backup

Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Hardware
1st—Dell PowerVault Storage
2nd—HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive
3rd—EMC CLARiiON Disk Library

Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Service
1st—Iron Mountain Electronic Vaulting
2nd—LiveVault InControl
3rd—LiveVault InSync

Replication/Data Availability Solution
1st—Neverfail Group Neverfail for Windows Product Suite
2nd—NSI Software Double-Take
3rd—VERITAS Software Replication Exec

1st—American Power Conversion InfraStruXure
2nd—Three-way tie: American Power Conversion Smart-UPS, Liebert UPS products, and Tripp Lite UPS products, all write-ins,,