Data Storage: NetApp's 11 Storage-Related Predictions for 2011

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-03 Print this article Print
NetApps 11 Storage-Related Predictions for 2011

NetApps 11 Storage-Related Predictions for 2011

by Chris Preimesberger
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.
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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