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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

Data storage trends: Information lifecycle management

In my job, you can't help but become a storage expert. Believe me, I'm not bragging; I think it's more a matter of osmosis than intelligence. I sit among a bevy of experts at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), so I hear the latest storage industry trends and scuttlebutt on a daily basis. What's more, a new ESG research report containing the latest user attitudes and trends magically appears on my desk every few months. With this type of input, I could learn about storage in my sleep--as could most other people. As we conclude another calendar year, I can safely say the storage industry is buzzing again. No, it's not as frenzied as it was during the Internet boom and probably won't be again in our lifetimes, but dollars are clearly being spent by IT departments and investments are being made by venture capitalists. Storage capacity continues to grow, technology is getting faster and cheaper, and there are still plenty of places to innovate. Of course, the New Year is an excellent time to look at the market, reflect on the past ...

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