Top products named for SQL Server staff editors announced today their annual Products of the Year 2006 Awards. The winners span three categories with nine new or updated products that enterprise IT professionals should consider

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when evaluating new Windows database hardware and software tools.

Thirty-three entries were evaluated for the awards, which were divided into Backup and Recovery, General, and Performance and Tuning categories.

The products were judged by TechTarget editors in conjunction with teams of users, industry experts, analysts and consultants. Judges evaluated Windows products introduced and shipped between Sept. 30, 2005, and Nov. 1, 2006. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners were selected by a panel of judges based on these seven criteria: innovation, performance, ease of integration into existing environments, ease of use and manageability, functionality, value and support.

Quest Software's LiteSpeed for SQL Server 4.6 was the Gold Award winner in the Backup and Recovery category, while Tableau Software's Tableau v2.0 took the top spot in the General category. In the Performance and Tuning category, SQL Sentry's SQL Sentry Event Manager Enterprise Edition v2.7 won Product of the Year honors. Silver and Bronze Award winners chosen from each of the product entries can be seen on the site.

The complete listing of winners is as follows:

  • Backup and Recovery
    Gold: Quest Software Inc. --LiteSpeed for SQL Server 4.6
    Silver: TimeSpring Software Corp. -- TimeData for SQL Server 2005
    Bronze: Idera -- SQLsafe 3.2

  • General
    Gold: Tableau Software Inc. -- Tableau v2.0
    Silver: Idera -- SQL compliance manager 2.1
    Bronze: RippleTech Inc. -- Informant 1.11

  • Performance and Tuning
    Gold: SQL Sentry Inc. -- SQL Sentry Event Manager Enterprise Edition v2.7
    Silver: GridApp Systems Inc. -- GridApp Clarity 3.2
    Bronze: Advanced Micro Devices Inc. -- Next-Generation AMD Opteron processor

TechTarget's annual Products of the Year 2006 Awards covered a total of 15 product categories and highlighted nearly 45 new products in the Windows market that enterprise IT professionals should consider when examining new hardware and software tools. More than 160 entries vied for Windows Product of the Year honors.

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