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Five developments we need in the data storage market in 2013
This article is part of the January 2013 issue of Storage magazine
Rich Castagna offers a list of five developments that we all want to see in the data storage market in 2013 but, alas, probably won't. Why? Because vendors continue to drag their heels. Hope springs eternal, especially at the outset of a new year. Even for a jaded, somewhat cynical, ex-New Yorker like me, the image of 12 fresh months is rejuvenating. Having survived 2012, hard-pressed storage managers can now breathe a sigh of relief and focus on the bounty that 2013 will bring. Well … maybe. Last year was probably the busiest I've ever seen in the storage market, with the release of lots of new products, super-fast flash having an impact practically everywhere, and storage companies pursuing mergers and acquisitions like bargain-crazed shoppers at Walmart. But despite all the new developments on the tech front and the stretching of the data center into the cloud, a lot of other fundamental storage stuff had few changes. In the spirit of the new year, here's my list of five developments that we all want to see in the data ...
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Rich Castagna offers a list of five developments we all want to see in the data storage market in 2013 but probably won't. Why? Because vendors continue to drag their heels.
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