Tech Outlook 2004: A Look Ahead at Storage
The space to watch is clearly storage management software, writes eWEEK Labs' Henry Baltazar.Although we saw a number of interesting storage hardware products during the past year, the space to watch is clearly storage management software. In fact, the biggest problem in the storage worldstillis not performance or capacity but management. And that goes for all levels of storage, not just in the enterprise. Moving forward, we expect to see vendors not only creating more intelligent tools for manipulating and monitoring storage but also blending tools in a seamless fashion to ease the management burden. EMC Corp., for example, blends device management, virtualization and storage area network management into its Control Center management suite, and Fujitsu Software Technology Corp.s Softek Storage Manager blends virtualization, automation and supplier relationship management.
See what Storage Center Editor David Morgenstern predicts for the coming year.