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Published: 22 Oct 2012

These days, it's hard to avoid the phrase Storage 3.0. The next-wave storage trend relies on the premise that storage systems will be built on increasingly standardized hardware components, and that those storage systems will be policy driven, services oriented and object centric. At least that's how Framingham, MA-based industry research firm IDC sees it. Of course, the Storage 3.0 wave is fueled in part by the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Indeed, a few weeks after IDC released its 2008 Top 10 storage predictions report, EMC introduced Fortress, its new SaaS infrastructure aimed at helping the company deliver online services--an announcement right in line with IDC's No. 1 prediction that online storage services will be viewed as a viable option. One way to consider the Storage 3.0 revolution is to focus on tighter integration between all those new applications and your storage systems, says Benjamin Woo, VP of enterprise storage systems at IDC and a member of the team of analysts who co-authored the Top 10 list report. The second prediction on the annual IDC list is... Access >>>

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