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Which data storage technologies will reshape storage shops in 2013?
Each year, our editors pick the hottest new storage technologies that are likely to appear in data centers in the coming year. We skip the "gee whiz" science project type of technologies and focus on those that, while still new, have developed sufficiently to be useful additions to data storage environments. With that in mind, we describe how flash storage, cloud services, specialized storage arrays and 21st-century data protection techniques are likely to find their way into your shops in 2013. We also review our predictions from last year and list several up-and-coming storage techs on the verge of being "hot."
Also in the December issue, we revisit backup deduplication to assess the state of the technology, and report the results of our latest Quality Awards survey where users report on their satisfaction with the service and reliability of their tape libraries.
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Features in this issue
These six storage technologies will play pivotal roles in transforming data centers in 2013.
It may seem like data deduplication for backup has been around forever, but there are plenty of companies that have yet to add dedupe to their backup operations.
The seventh edition of our Quality Awards for tape storage systems tallied tape users' ratings for service and reliability, and Spectra Logic came out on top twice.
Arrays that combine block and file storage in a single box -- also known as multiprotocol arrays or unified storage systems -- are more popular now than ever before.
Columns in this issue
Vendors and their cohorts at the big IT think tanks offer a steady stream of predictions and survey data; but is any of it useful?
Not-so-heavenly bodies are scooping up smaller data storage companies threatening innovation in the storage universe.
There are several ways to back up private cloud data, but none of them is ideal.
Don't look now, but a lot of the innovation in iSCSI storage systems is coming from midrange iSCSI vendors.