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Vol. 9 Num. 8 November/December 2010

Bracing for change in storage ... or not

Despite recent acquisitions and rumors of mega-mergers, don't expect the storage landscape to change all that much over the next few years. After many years of meeting with IT professionals and storage vendors, presenting at seminars and trade shows, and conducting research, it's clear to me that storage is still very confusing for users. It's not the complexity of the technology that's hanging them up, but rather which vendors/products to select for their environments. There's no single leader that's the right choice for everyone. This is certainly true with storage-area network (SAN) storage, which generates the most vendor revenue and has the most competition. Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, LSI, NetApp and Oracle all have multibillion dollar SAN storage revenue. And there are dozens of other vendors -- like Compellent, Nexsan, Pillar and Xiotech -- that might be making less today but are still having an impact. I'm going to stick my neck out and predict that for at least the next five years nothing ...

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