"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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