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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 9 November 2007 issue of RAID turns 20: Do you still need it?
A couple of months ago I read an IDC research report that said iSCSI storage was hot, really hot. The think tank reported that in 2006 the iSCSI market grew to nearly $750 million (about $150 million less than a good EMC quarterly revenue number), a gain of approximately 140%. That's impressive enough, but then they predicted that by 2010 we would be buying approximately $5 billion worth of iSCSI stuff. Hmmm, better take another look at those budgets ... Of course, we don't know how accurate IDC's ambitious prediction will be. We do know Storage readers and Storage Decisions attendees have proven themselves to be a good measure of what's happening in the real world, and while iSCSI is certainly of interest, it doesn't look like a good $5 billion bet today. We think 10Gig Ethernet will give the technology a kick in the pants, but can it boot it up into the billions? It's fun to watch the prognosticators push around big numbers, but they have little practical value to typical storage pros. Tell them how to ease pain points, not which market segments will ... Access >>>
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Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening
Web services for storage? It's already happening
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