In our 2012 kick-off podcast, featuring a roundup of headlines from TechTarget's Storage Media Group, Senior News Director Dave Raffo and Executive Editor Ellen O’Brien review the biggest trends of 2011, and discuss our data storage forecast and what's on the industry horizon as 2012 begins. The two talk about where non-backup cloud storage services stand, why "big data" is such a hot topic and how EMC might change without the legendary Joseph Tucci at the helm. They also delve into flash technology, and talk about whether deduplication was as popular as predicted.
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In other Storage Media Group headlines, seven major data storage acquisitions and mergers took place in 2011, including the Samsung-Seagate deal, the Hitachi-BlueArc merger and Oracle's acquisition of Pillar.
SearchStorageChannel.com wrote about the Wisconsin Army National Guard, which recently employed SwishData Corp., an IT services reseller, to help implement storage virtualization.
Our Data Defenders blog had news about tape backup sales falling 4% in the third quarter of 2011 -- it appears LTO format tapes are the more popular option, with sales accounting for 89% of total backup tape sales.
And lastly, contributor Randy Kerns offered a Storage Soup post about life after RAID and why new developments in the implementation of erasure codes, also known as forward error correction (FEC), look promising.