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February 2014 Vol. 12 No. 12

Data storage industry: Buy, buy or bye-bye?

Cloud closures, flash-in-the-pan solid-state vendors -- the data storage industry might seem a little more dangerous these days, but it might just be innovation at work. These are very treacherous times in the realm of data storage, or are they? With shutdowns, bankruptcies, and mergers and acquisitions happening at what might be an unprecedented rate, it could make for some very nervous times for storage and IT managers. On the other hand (the one you haven't chewed the nails off yet), all this activity might be a sign of the healthy evolution of the data storage industry. Part of the reason so much seems to be happening at the same time -- Nirvanix and Symantec scuttling cloud storage services, for example, plus OCZ's imminent demise (or acquisition by Toshiba) -- is that there's been an enormous amount of activity around storage technologies and products over the last couple of years. It doesn't take much effort to easily tick off a half-dozen or so technologies and tools that are challenging the storage status quo: cloud ...

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