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The data storage industry will turn upside down in 2017, or will it?

I predict ... that the Chicago Cubs will win at least one more World Series over the next 108 years. If you don't think I'm going out on a limb with that prognostication, think about how someone making the same prediction back in 1908 would've been laughed into Lake Michigan -- after all, those Cubbies had Tinker to Evers to Chance and Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown on the mound. We can meet up in a North Side Starbucks in 2124 to see how that prediction fared. Meanwhile, we have our hands full with a steady stream of 2017 predictions and self-serving surveys from data storage industry vendors that are just begging for some attention. It's an annual thing, as vendors try for a vox populi approach to marketing to persuade you that your peers -- and you -- are yearning for their technologies. Here are some of my favorite vendor-generated divinations on the data storage industry, along with my probably much-less biased take on their predictions. As usual, to protect the not-so-innocent, no vendor names are revealed. Disaster ...

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