Data Storage: 10 Most Important Data Storage Stories of 2010

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-12-29 Print this article Print
10 Most Important Data Storage Stories of 2010

10 Most Important Data Storage Stories of 2010

by Chris Preimesberger
For the data storage business, 2010 was another year of great profit and success, and 2011 is expected to follow suit. There's little question that storage -- including hardware, software and services -- has been the most profitable and consistent-performing sector of IT for most of the last decade; the market numbers bear this out quite clearly. Demand remains high due to the constant deluge of files and data filling up disk drives, often as soon as they can be installed. Meanwhile, steady advances in both magnetic disk and solid state technology are allowing manufacturers to keep expanding storage capacities. It was a year of business consolidation, with several large storage-related companies being acquired by even larger systems makers. Oracle's $7.4 billion buyout of slumping Sun Microsystems gave new life to a proud and innovative organization. Hewlett-Packard's $2.3 billion purchase of 3PAR and EMC's $2.25 billion acquisition of Isilon allows both companies to expand their enterprise storage product lines. Dell made a smart move in getting Compellent for a mere $960 million -- a relative bargain. All this news helped change the face of the data storage industry in 2010. This eWEEK slide show highlights the 10 news events that will continue to shape the industry in 2011.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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