Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009

By Steve Wexler  |  Print this article Print


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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.

#6 HP Targets Cisco

HP and Cisco have been allies for a long time, but it appears Cisco's UCS strategy was too much to stomach for the owner of one-third of the global server  market. HP published a scathing assessment of Cisco's UCS strategy, titled: "The Real Story about Cisco's "One Giant Switch" view of the Datacenter". The article goes into great detail in a blunt critique that boils down to UCS being too complex, inefficient, insecure, costly and, most damning, designed to just sell more Cisco gear.

But this is much more than a war of words. Last month HP agreed to shell out $2.7 billion for 3Com that will up the ante in its growing rivalry with Cisco. HP says the acquisition will add to its next-generation data center strategy.

In a direct shot against the networking giant, HP executive Dave Donatelli (ex EMC, the subject of another wonderful storage story) says customers are looking for another choice. "Companies are looking for ways to break free from the business limitations imposed by a networking paradigm that has been dominated by a single vendor," says Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Servers and Networking at HP, in a prepared statement. "By acquiring 3Com, we are accelerating the execution of our Converged Infrastructure strategy and bringing disruptive change to the networking industry." 


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