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January 2014 Vol. 12 No. 11

A look at the data storage industry: clouds, BlackPearl and helium

Storage expert Jon Toigo takes a look back at some of the interesting developments in the data storage industry during 2013 and how they might affect users going forward. Happy New Year! That somewhat arbitrary placeholder means little more than an opportunity for department stores and mall kiosks to sell millions of new calendars every year. Symbolically, for me at least, the date suggests that the prior year's burdens are coming to an end and we're at the beginning of an entirely new workload in the data storage industry. I would like to think clouds are done, or at least that variety of cloud hosting services for applications and data that provide no exit strategy for customers silly enough to contract for them. Last year's Nirvanix debacle should have taught us a thing or two, or at least reinforced the view that a cloud storage service should use tape technology to keep its own costs to a minimum and to provide a viable exit strategy for its customers. In the closing months of 2013, we saw Fujifilm, already offering its ...

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