eWEEK's Top 10 Storage Stories of 2008

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-12-12 Print this article Print

eWEEK Senior Writer Chris Preimesberger ranks the top 10 storage stories of the year. Online backup, private cloud systems and vastly improved overall capacity for disks, flash memory, and even tape all make the list for 2008.

To read the introduction to this Top 10 list, go here:

Data Storage 2008: It Was All About Capacity and the Cloud

Here are Storage Station blogger and eWEEK Senior Writer Chris Preimesberger's Top 10 Storage Stories of the year, somewhat in order of importance:

Feb. 22: Why We're Starting to Trust Storage in the Cloud

Online services such as EMC MozyHome, Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Carbonite and Box.net shot up in popularity in 2008. Most offer unlimited personal or business data storage for anywhere from $50 to $75 per year, depending upon optional features.

Nov. 4: Get Off of My Cloud: Private Cloud Computing Takes Shape

Private cloud computing differs from the mainstream version in that smaller, cloudlike IT systems within a firewall offer similar services, but to a closed internal network. This network may include corporate or division offices, other companies that are also business partners, raw-material suppliers, resellers, production-chain entities and other organizations intimately connected with a corporate mother ship.

Nov. 10: Sun Goes Beyond RAID in Its First Storage Appliance

The Sun Storage 7000 product line is the industry's first open-source storage appliance that can be used in a small IT system-or, using a larger form factor, in a large data center. Probably the most important Sun storage innovation in the company's history.

We at eWEEK know first-hand that there was a lot of interest here. Within 2 hours of posting the story, we recorded about 4,000 page views, and by the end of the first 24-hour period there had been some 34,000 hits on the story.

June 26: Spansion Reveals 'Flash on Steroids'

Designed to replace DRAM (dynamic RAM) in servers, startup Spansion's new EcoRAM aims to cut power draw by 75 percent and increase read/write performance. This might be the biggest advancement in NAND flash technology in 20 years.

Jan. 15: EMC Breaks New Ground with SSDs in Storage Arrays

EMC claimed to be the first enterprise storage vendor to integrate flash-based solid-state drives into its core product portfolio. EMC's 73GB and 146GB SSDs became available as an option in the first quarter in EMC's high-end Symmetrix DMX-4 systems.

Nov. 24: Gifts That Can Save Your Data's Life: Good Portable Storage Options

Capacities keep going up, as do the number of value-added and optional features. And prices keep coming down, much to the joy of buyers and the chagrin of storage executives. "The prices are all market-driven. It's ridiculous how cheap these things are, but it is what it is," Iomega President Jonathan Huberman told eWEEK.

Nov. 10: EMC Launches Atmos, Its First Cloud-Building Platform

EMC showed that it is now officially a next-generation IT creator when it comes to cloud storage development. In November, EMC introduced Atmos, its first cloud-building appliance package-a combination of software and industry-standard x86 server hardware that can result in a multipetabyte, enterprise-level cloud storage infrastructure.

Oct. 15: Iomega Offers 1TB of Network Storage for $300

Iomega introduced the StorCenter ix2, a 1TB-capacity network storage drive with a desktop footprint that the company describes as "smaller than a large dictionary." The price: $300. The StorCenter ix2 is the first co-produced storage drive Iomega has launched since the company's acquisition by storage giant EMC in August.

July 10: Seagate Launches First 1.5TB Desktop Drive

Only about a year after introducing 1TB desktop drives, Seagate Technology unveiled the industry's first 1.5TB desktop drive along with a 500GB (half-terabyte) notebook hard drive.

June 13: IBM Unveils Portable Data Center 'Pods'

IBM's answer to Sun's Project Blackbox and Rackable, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft portables is designed to cut way back on power usage.

And click here to see our Top Personal Storage Products of 2008 slide show.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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