Data Storage: NetApp's 11 Storage-Related Predictions for 2011
NetApp started out in the early 1990s as a "nice little file server company," in the words of Chairman and former longtime CEO Dan Warmenhoven. Since then, however, it has blossomed into one of the world's most successful independent data storage companies and its prospects again look good going into a new year. It is the second-largest independent NAS maker/seller in the world behind EMC and No. 3 to EMC and IBM for external disk storage, according to IDC. This slide show looks ahead at some of the important trends in storage technology the company sees for 2011. "2011 will feel much like 2010," NetApp CEO Tom Georgens said. "We'll see the same economic conditions (low interest rates, high unemployment, long-term uncertainty) and the same major IT themes. The IT refresh will continue to drive business. Next year will be a year of solidification and increased adoption of some key storage technology trends that began in 2009/2010." It will also be the year to begin the migration of business critical production apps to the cloud and this transition will stretch beyond 2011, NetApp predicts.