What are the best read stories on SearchStorage.com in 2002 and what do they mean to the industry? Take a look at the top 10 storage stories of the year and how they shaped 2002.
Skinny: Curious about EMC's next move, this article was a winner with many different segments of the storage market. EMC did come away with a Prisa Networks, but you have to think Joe Tucci is ready to pull the trigger on another company, and soon.
Skinny: Is SAN management an oxymoron? Is there any way to effectively manage a heterogeneous SAN? Gartner seems to think that EMC, BMC and Veritas are at least headed in the right direction.
Skinny: Be afraid, be very afraid. Microsoft is slowly creeping into storage and they are already trying to clarify their position. Will Mr. Softee and the rest of the storage industry play nice? Don't count on it.
Skinny: You may need more than a compass (pun intended) to navigate IBM's virtual shark plans. This highly read article clears up with on again off again plans to introduce virtualization for its Shark Enterprise Storage Server.
Skinny: Called into question by this popular article is the technology embedded in IBM's shark product. IBM counters that the Shark has been made-over a number of times including the upgrade of its FICON, SCSI and Fibre Channel interconnect technologies.
Skinny: Standards, who needs standards? EMC is just going to go out and provide something that manages everything, right? Not so fast says the rest of the vendor community.
Skinny: Vendors aren't the only ones questioning EMC about their standards and management plans. Outspoken analyst Steve Duplessie questions an EMC exec. on the company's plans to cooperate with standards bodies.
Skinny: The first full year of the merger that was supposed to be dead, dead, dead actually goes through and rather smoothly, all things considered. Some lingering questions abound, but for the most part the HPaq merger is going along just fine.
Skinny: The future is autonomic says outgoing IBM storage leader Linda Sandford. IBM's autonomic server project, eLiza, may not be nirvana, but could prove useful for users in the future.
Skinny: Merging servers and storage groups at IBM? That can't be good for storage.