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Top storage acquisitions: SSD technology in demand

Headlines: In 2011, data storage acquisitions highlighted the demand for SSD technology and continued innovation in the industry; plus, a look ahead to the top storage trends to expect in 2012.

Storage channel news roundup for Dec. 22 to Dec. 28, 2011


Top data storage acquisitions: SSD technology in demand


In December 2011, the closely scrutinized $1.4 billion Seagate-Samsung deal closed to put an exclamation point on a year in which hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drive (SSD) technology were in demand. There was a great deal of consolidation among hard drive vendors during the year, following a flurry of storage array acquisitions in 2010. But storage array acquisitions didn’t entirely disappear in 2011.

Below, we’ve highlighted the data storage acquisitions that altered the storage landscape in 2011:

Seagate-Samsung make deadline, Western Digital-HGST deal pending. Seagate Technology acquired Samsung Electronics’ M8 product line for $1.4 billion in December. The deal required seven months to close, mainly because of major regulatory hurdles. The Seagate-Samsung acquisition gave Seagate its archrival’s enterprise hard drive business, which led regulators to have serious concerns about what that means for competition in the marketplace. The deal gives Seagate Samsung’s line of 2.5-inch high-capacity hard drives. Samsung will also provide Seagate with chips for enterprise SSDs, while Seagate will supply hard drives to Samsung for PCs and consumer devices.

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Data storage industry preview 2012: Rise of SSDs and clarity for cloud

Here’s a look at the top trends to expect in the data storage industry in 2012. A few hints of what you’ll find in our storage industry preview: flash and virtualization will continue to ascend, "big data" and cloud storage will stabilize, NetApp and Dell will sit on the hot seat, and EMC will prepare for life after Joe Tucci.

Flash “floods” the market. The stars are aligned for solid-state drives (SSDs) to surge in enterprise data storage this year. Prices are coming down, less expensive multi-layer cell (MLC) SSDs are good enough for many enterprise applications, practically every vendor offers SSD, all-flash storage arrays are available at the price of hard drive arrays and server-side PCIe flash is expanding. The Thailand floods that make hard drives harder to come by -- and hard drives more expensive in some cases -- can only help push SSDs.

Virtualization everywhere. It’s tough to find a storage product that doesn’t at least claim to be optimized for virtual environments. A year from now, it will be impossible. Handling virtual machine backup, optimizing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) performance and making storage easier to provision with virtual servers are key attributes for storage hardware and software. This trend will accelerate even more as titan VMware Inc. widens its storage management capabilities and Microsoft Hyper-V adoption rises.

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Top 5 cloud storage trends of 2011: Cloud washing, expanded use cases

The top five cloud storage trends of 2011 reflect a young market searching for acceptance while the number of options and features continued to expand. Like many emerging technologies, hype still outpaces reality, but reality is hustling to catch up.

Cloud washing is still an issue. Confusion remains about what makes up a storage cloud, mainly because of cloud washing by those vendors trying to position legacy products and services as "cloud." As a result, many data storage administrators spent the year trying to understand the differences among public, private and hybrid clouds, and why any of those are different than the storage-area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS) they’ve been running for years.

Confusion caused by cloud washing was evident at a September 2011 Storage Decisions event in New York City, where several analysts tried to dissect private storage clouds. “What is [private] cloud storage?” asked Howard Marks, chief scientist at DeepStorage.Net, during his presentation on building your own private cloud or hybrid storage cloud. “Now, it’s anything the guy who has a product wants it to be.”

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