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The Future of Data Storage: FCoE, SSD Mergers, But No Clouds

Dec 22, 2009, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)

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"As I wrote a year ago, the data storage market was going to be tough to predict this year because of the economy, and indeed, the economy did hold back some technological advances that might otherwise have occurred this year. With that as a caveat, we'll look back on how my predictions for this year fared, and look ahead for what might be ahead for data storage and storage networking in 2010.

"I had predicted that that at least one additional vendor would support T10 OSD file systems, which will allow better scalability over most current block-based file systems. I got this one somewhat right: Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA) announced T10 OSD QFS for OpenSolaris, but then canceled the project in January and open-sourced OSD QFS. As of right now, no one I am aware of is offering T10 OSD-based file systems other than Panasas, so I had it right for at least one point in time.

"I also predicted that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) was coming. Well, it's been hard to miss all the announcements from server, storage and networking vendors about FCoE products and plans. It'll take a while for FCoE to fully materialize in the marketplace, but it's well on its way."

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