Storage in 2016: More of the same, only much, much more
Storage industry watchers saw the rise of hyper-converged infrastructure, all-flash and hybrid flash storage and software-defined storage prior to 2016, and thought they would some day negatively impact the storage business as it has existed since EMC sold its first Symmetrix array to the IBM mainframe market.
It seemed to all come to a head in 2016. New ways of configuring, managing and buying storage have altered the business significantly, bringing upstarts to the forefront and sending stalwarts reeling. EMC, which started the modern storage industry? Sold to Dell in a blockbuster, industry-transforming deal.
The changes in the storage industry we saw in 2016 are only the precursor of what will happen in 2017 and beyond. Here’s a look at the top happenings in 2016.