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Shopping for data storage systems not getting any simpler
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of August 2014 Vol. 13 No. 6
"Confusion now hath made his masterpiece." I'm willing to bet Shakespeare's Macduff probably wasn't describing the current storage scene when he delivered that line to Macbeth. And yet, it does seem apropos. There was a time when data storage technologies developed slowly and took their time evolving into actual, useful products. That's still happening in some pockets of the storage world, but for the most part, unfortunately, chaos reigns. Consider solid-state storage. That technology seemed destined to play out in a predictable fashion, with solid-state drives taking over spinning disk, yet there have been surprises along the way. Solid-state's impact has been profound and, as a result, hard disk sales are sputtering. A recent IDC report revealed that revenues from sales of external disk storage systems dipped by 5.2% year over year for the first quarter of 2014. Toss in internal storage and the picture was even bleaker: a 6.9% drop for all disk storage systems. IDC noted these disappointing numbers (at least to the few hard ...
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