How will 2014 be remembered? The year of solid-state drives, cloud backup and all-flash arrays? Or maybe it will be known for the year hyper-converged systems hit their stride and vendors like Hitachi and Unitrends got in on the backup appliance game.
In case you missed any of the highlights, we’ve collected all of our top news and trends in 2014 in one spot to give storage pros a full view of the year -- just as they get started planning the next.
Emerging and expanding tech in 2014
In 2014, all-flash arrays and hyper-converged systems made a splash with significant acquisitions, partnerships and product offerings. The cloud dominated disaster recovery (DR) trends in 2014, with new product releases from vendors like Axcient, IBM and VMware. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) saw some advancement, with more than 100 vendors adding EFSS capabilities. Read the stories below to see the major trends and changes in 2014.
The lines between backup, DR, archive, file sync and primary storage blurred in 2014 to streamline processes, reduce redundant copies and help with protecting and restoring data. Continue Reading
Startups and legacy vendors alike rolled out all-flash platforms to highlight 2014 in flash, underscoring solid-state's steadily increasing footprint in the enterprise. Continue Reading
The crowded enterprise file sync-and-share market is poised for change, as functionality increasingly becomes a feature of larger products, analysts predict. Continue Reading
2Mergers and acquisitions-
Flash and cloud see biggest purchases in 2014
Cloud acquisitions and mergers were numerous in 2014, with EMC alone snapping up four cloud storage companies. However, flash technology made up the bigger buys of the year, with SanDisk's billion-dollar acquisition of Fusion-io, and large purchases for Samsung and Seagate.
Cloud storage acquisitions were common in 2014 with EMC, NetApp and Microsoft getting into the act, but flash brought in the big bucks. Continue Reading
3A year in the cloud-
Cloud providers duke it out
Cloud technology continued to evolve in 2014, with Microsoft, Amazon and Google duking it out for the top public cloud vendor title. Cloud providers confronted outages while releasing new features, and companies like EMC and NetApp got into the cloud game with their own acquisitions.
Google Cloud Storage rolled out its Cloud Storage Connector in 2014, but not much else. The connector and price cuts were the biggest announcements for the year. Continue Reading
AWS adds Amazon Zocalo, upgrades to Amazon Glacier and EBS in 2014 as it tries to defend its No. 1 position in cloud storage. Continue Reading
VMware VSAN makes a big splash
Hyper-converged infrastructure dominated virtual storage news in 2014. The most talked about products were VMware's Virtual SAN (VSAN) and EVO: RAIL, which brought the server virtualization vendor into the storage spotlight. Startups Nutanix and SimpliVity also made headlines with upgrades to their hyper-converged products.
We take a look back at the most-read content on SearchVirtualStorage during 2014 to see what trends are shaping the industry. Continue Reading
Hyper-converged, all-flash and cloud storage formed a three-legged stool of dominant storage news in 2014, while the Symantec breakup stunner added an element of surprise. Continue Reading