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January 2017, Vol. 15, No. 11

Top enterprise storage vendors to watch in 2017

The storage world is spinning faster than ever. Fast-paced developments in hyper-convergence, solid-state, software-defined storage and the cloud are pushing traditional SAN and NAS systems out of the data center, revolutionizing the way we deploy, manage and secure data in the process. This brings challenges, especially for established vendors (some undergoing corporate changes), and opportunities, particularly for newer players. How these companies live up or down to both in the coming year will tell us a lot about the short- and long-term direction of the storage market. Here's our rundown of the dozen leading enterprise storage vendors to keep an eye on and what to watch for as 2017 unfolds. Dell EMC Dell EMC was born Sept. 7, 2016 when Dell's $60 billion-plus acquisition of EMC closed, nearly 11 months after EMC accepted Michael Dell's bid. Executives of the new Dell Technologies -- Dell EMC's parent -- said the time it took waiting to close the biggest IT deal in history gave the newly combined company a head start, which ...

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