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What's the future of data storage technology and the IT pro?
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of February 2018, Vol. 16, No. 12
Have you sensed a shift in storage these days? Maybe you've noticed a certain resignation among storage industry veterans contemplating the future of data storage technology. Or maybe when it comes time to refresh aging storage arrays, there's less differentiation among competing products or no exciting new storage technologies -- everyone has flash by now, right? -- or flaming vendor wars to get excited about. Maybe many of your important storage needs are now met using a cloud service, a relatively no-name vendor product or even open source. For many years, it's been fun to watch the big storage vendors fight the good fight. They used to line up elbow-to-elbow in the front row at big shows like VMworld, vying for the biggest booth to show off their hottest products. This last year, it seemed storage has moved back a few rows. Market forces and trends such as software-defined and hyper-converged have changed large parts of the storage game, sure. But when the game shifted in the past, competitive storage vendors shifted with it...
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