Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009

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As we wrap up a troubled 2009 and look towards a brighter 2010, a number of storage-related stories stand out as the top news candidates, ranging from increasing demand for capacity coupled with decreasing price tags to the ongoing soap opera that is poor Sun Microsystems. The following are Channel Insider's choices for the top 10 news stories for 2009.

#5 Cisco Targets the Data Center

My personal favorite is Cisco's announcement of its Unified Computing System (UCS) architecture, code-named California. It's an ambitious plan that's still short on details, but it's Cisco's, so it has a lot of credibility. According to the networking giant, it 'unites compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy efficient system that can reduce IT infrastructure costs and complexity, help extend capital assets and improve business agility well into the future.'

At the UCS launch in March confirmed partners included Accenture, BMC, EMC, Emulex, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Novell, Oracle, QLogic, Red Hat, Tata, and VMware. Noticeably absent was long-time partner HP, and it appears Brocade was equally unimpressed.

The UCS vision became a little clearer in November when Cisco and EMC, together with VMware, announced the Virtual Computing Environment coalition and introduced the Vblock Infrastructure Packages.  The packages are validated platforms that can be scaled with additional storage or compute capability after purchase.


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