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A look at the data storage industry: clouds, BlackPearl and helium
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of January 2014 Vol. 12 No. 11
Storage expert Jon Toigo takes a look back at some of the interesting developments in the data storage industry during 2013 and how they might affect users going forward. Happy New Year! That somewhat arbitrary placeholder means little more than an opportunity for department stores and mall kiosks to sell millions of new calendars every year. Symbolically, for me at least, the date suggests that the prior year's burdens are coming to an end and we're at the beginning of an entirely new workload in the data storage industry. I would like to think clouds are done, or at least that variety of cloud hosting services for applications and data that provide no exit strategy for customers silly enough to contract for them. Last year's Nirvanix debacle should have taught us a thing or two, or at least reinforced the view that a cloud storage service should use tape technology to keep its own costs to a minimum and to provide a viable exit strategy for its customers. In the closing months of 2013, we saw Fujifilm, already offering its ...
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Features in this issue
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Columns in this issue
It's a new year and I'm newly optimistic again, hoping that 2014 brings a healthy dose of clarity and reality back to the data storage market.
Good-bye, or perhaps good riddance, to 2013, and welcome to a new year for the data storage industry.
A surprising number of firms suspect employees of using consumer online file-sharing services on work devices to store and share sensitive data.
Raw capacity numbers are becoming less useful as deduplication, compression and application-aware storage provide more value than sheer capacity.