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April 2014 Vol. 13 No. 2

The yin and yang of data storage technologies

According to Rich Castagna, it's so hard to tell where data storage technologies are headed these days that he feels like the little girl in The Exorcist whose head spins around. A couple of months ago, I wrote about how the storage landscape was changing rapidly with new players appearing, a slew of acquisitions, and a few vendors giving up the ghost and getting out of the game entirely. It seemed like a scary time to be storage shopping, but I suggested that the volatility was a sign of a healthy, evolving storage ecosystem. I guess I'm just an optimistic guy. Lately, I've seen other signs that seem to indicate that the storage sphere I called healthy just might be a bit schizophrenic. Two of the most watched -- and if you believe the vendors, most active -- data storage technologies seem to be at polar odds with each other. One is my favorite whipping boy, software-defined storage (SDS), and the other is the concept of hyper-convergence. Just to refresh your memory, hyper-convergence is where a single vendor (or maybe a ...

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