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Top 10 Storage Predictions for 2011 (and Beyond)

Dec 29, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Newman)


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"It is another year and another try at predicting the future in our complex storage industry. The year in review for 2010 can be summarized in two words -- stagnation and consolidation: stagnation as there has been limited innovation, which is totally understandable given the economic downturn, and consolidation as Tier-2 and Tier-3 storage players have been acquired right and left as the large vendors prepare for the economic upturn.

"So how did I do with my predictions for 2010?

"I said that FCoE will become available end-to-end and major vendors will support it. At least two major vendors support FCoE end-to-end, but cost reductions have not been realized yet. Given the economy, many companies are sticking with upgrading their current Fibre Channel architecture rather than deploying completely new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) architecture.

"Score: 1 (but not a strong 1)"

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