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Let's focus on storage performance in 2011
This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 1 March 2011 issue of Storage magazine
For the last few years our focus has been on storage capacity and dealing with astronomical data growth rates. In the process, we've overlooked storage performance, but promising developments are afoot. By Jeff Boles As we approach the end of the first quarter of the new year, it looks like we're going to see a much different data storage industry in 2011. That's a good thing because 2010 was a minefield for strategic planning -- a roller coaster of excitement with the unpredictable future that goes with it. Game-changing technologies made their real first forays into the market, including cloud storage service providers, cloud on-ramps, cloud backup, cloud disaster recovery (DR) and others. In a recent emerging market forecast, Taneja Group identified storage products associated with the cloud as growing into a $10 billion market by 2014. As we see it, we're out of the gate with new product innovations and now engaged in a steady march. In 2010, there was turmoil among the vendor ranks like we've never seen, with major vendor ...
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